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June 29, 2013

Holding it together: Slocum hurler Selman named Dogwood Circle "Player of the Year"

PALESTINE — It’s no secret that the Slocum girls’ basketball team is really, really good.

Outside of the players on that team, no one in Slocum might no that fact better than Kelsie Selman.

The senior — affectionately known around Anderson County as Doodle — is one of only a handful of softball players at Slocum that doesn’t also play basketball.

Because of that, Selman — who assumed the role of team ace in 2013 — had to lead a team missing seven starters for the first half of the season as the Lady Mustang basketball team made its playoff run.

Even through that tough part of the season, Selman kept Slocum afloat, and when the entire team returned — right around the start of district play — the Lady Mustangs really hit their stride.

After years of trailing rival Grapeland in district play, the Lady Mustangs overtook the Sandiettes in 2013, including a dramatic 1-0 victory in Grapeland in the teams’ first meeting.

Selman called overtaking the Sandiettes the “best accomplishment of my high school career.”

“I’ve always tried to push the team to beat them, and we’d always fall short,” she said. “This year we made it a point to beat them and I just thought it was great that we could be district champs my senior year.”

After she got her full compliment of teammates, Selman was lights out. She had an ERA of 1.32 from district play through the playoffs, and struck out 141 batters.

For her play in 2013, Selman has been named the 2013 Dogwood Circle softball Player of the Year.

“I was just trying to do good and (knew) the players would improve and get the starting positions next year,” Selman said of playing without those starters early on. “I would always encourage them to try their best.”

She added that she thought knowing how successful they could be without seven starters helped the team’s confidence all season long.

“We were doing good without them, but I always had it set in my mind how good we would be once they got out there,” she said.

Her coach added that Selman was the glue that held the team together for that first part of the year and, if anyone would know, it was David Ives.

Along with his head softball coach duties, Ives was also an assistant basketball coach, going back-and-forth from practice to practice.

“She kept us in a lot of games we shouldn’t have been in,” he said of Selman. “Everything else was up in the air.”

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