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Duo to star in TGCA games

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, July 7, 2012

Joey Redwine

Two Wise County standouts will star among the state’s best next week in Arlington.

Decatur graduate Joey Redwine will play for the West in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 3A, 2A, A volleyball game Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Lamar High School.

Paradise graduate Laura Wilson will represent the Red team in the 3A, 2A, 1A softball game Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Workman Complex.

Redwine, an all-state selection, led Decatur to an undefeated run to a District 7-3A crown and a trip to the Class 3A Region I quarterfinal for a second straight year. She doled out 1,060 assists, averaging 20 per match. She also led the team in blocks with 224.

“I’m really excited. it’ll be a lot of fun,” Redwine said about getting back on the floor.

In the fall, she’ll play at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla. She reports Aug. 10.

“I haven’t been playing,” Redwine admitted. “This will help me get ready.”

It will also be the last time for the two-sport star, who was the 7-3A MVP in basketball, to represent Decatur.

“It’s sad and exciting at the same time,” she said.

Wilson hopes to get in the pitcher’s circle Tuesday. In her senior season at Paradise, she helped the Lady Panthers make the area round of the Class 2A Region II playoffs. Wilson posted a 14-4 record with a 1.68 ERA. She struck out 219 batters on her way to earning District 10-2A Pitcher of the Year.

“I really am looking forward to it,” Wilson said about the all-star game. There’s so many other people from bigger schools. I want to take on some of the better girls.”

Wilson is headed to Waco to play at McLennan Community College in the fall.

Wilson said the all-star game is one last chance to give thanks to her coaches and teammates for a great senior year.

“This year was one of the best ever for Paradise,” Wilson said.

Laura Wilson

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