Playoffs begin for Lady Cougars

Kaydee Honeycutt gets a kill against the Lady Vikings.

The Leon Lady Cougars finished the District 18 season last Tuesday, October 24 with their twelfth win coming against the Frankston Maidens. The Cougars defeated all district opponents twice and claimed their 10th district title in a row.  The team played a warm-up game against the 5A District 18 Lady Vikings of Bryan High School on Friday, October 27. On Monday, October Leon played the Blooming Grove Lady Lions in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.  The Lions finished fourth in District 17. The game was played after the Messenger went to press on Monday night. Look for game results on our website at and on the Jewett Messenger Facebook page. If the Lady Cougars advance to the Area round, the game will be played at the end of this week. Area round games are scheduled to run from November 2 through 4. Check our social media for details as they become available.
On Senior Night at Leon High gym, coaches, teammates, family, friends and fans expressed their appreciation to Kaydee Honeycutt. Before the start of the match, Kaydee was escorted to center court by her parents, Vicki and Mark and her grandfather, Gilbert.  The only senior on this year’s team, Kaydee has had an incredible four years on the varsity squad and has been an invaluable member of this teams success. The Lady Cougars have posted a remarkable 166 wins to only 15 losses in the four years Kaydee had played. She has received many awards during that time including; 1st team all-district 3 times, District Offensive MVP, All-Tournament at the State Tournament in her sophomore year, Texas Girls Coaching Association All-Star and Kaydee was an instrumental part of the 2015 team that won the State Championship. Kaydee has also been involved in basketball, track and Leon FFA. After graduation, Kaydee will attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University on a full volleyball scholarship. Kaydee’s appearances at the Leon County Youth Livestock Show each year are evidence of her love for animals and she plans to major in Animal Science while attending college.
Leon 3 – Frankston 0
Caroline Richmond got the Lady Cougars rolling against Frankston with a kill to tie the score 2-2 in the first set. A service ace by Raelyn Theiss followed by two unreturned serves and a block out by the Maidens and Leon quickly went up 7-3. From there it was all Leon. More aces by Richmond, Honeycutt and unreturned serves by Rosemary Rivera fueled the 25-6 win. An unassisted kill by Sarah Grace Merry finished the set.
Maddie Thomas had a couple of unreturned serves to start set two and Jordan Robinson added three at the end to secure the 25-9 win. Rivera, Honeycutt, Merry, Camyrn Davidson and Allee Pervis all had kills in the set.
The third belonged to senior Kaydee Honeycutt. She scored 10 points for Leon with Robinson providing most of the sets. Digs by Merry, Rivera, Theiss and Richmond on the defense allowed Frankston 6 points in the third set. Final scores: 25-6, 25-9, 25-6.
Leon 2 – Bryan 3
The warm-up game played last Friday at Bryan High was a match between two very good teams with similar styles. The 5A Lady Vikings play a physical offense and strong defense. Leon matched up with the Vikings well and each set was a battle. Leon took the first set 25-23 and came from behind twice to win set two, 25-20.  Bryan took an early lead in set three and won 25-19. Set four was close to the end with Bryan holding a one-point lead at 20-19. A couple of blocks by Bryan and some ball out of bounds by Leon gave the Vikings the 25-20 win. In the deciding fifth set, the two teams traded points to a 10 all tie, but from there Bryan went on a five point run to win the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.
It was an exciting game from start to finish, one that should give the Lady Cougars an added incentive going into the playoffs.
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Elkhart defeated Buffalo for the final spot in post-season district play.
Final District 18 standings:
Leon    12-0
Teague     10-2
Westwood     8-4
Elkhart     5-8
Buffalo     4-9
Malakoff      3-9
Frankston    1-11
The top four played Monday or Tuesday this week.
Leon vs. Blooming Grove
Teague vs. Rio Vista
Westwood vs. Maypearl
Elkhart vs. Grandview
If Leon defeated Blooming Grove on Monday, they will play the winner between Troy and Rockdale later this week.



Sarah Grace Merry on the attack.


Caroline Richmond blocks a shot against Bryan.



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