by Chris Edwards
Two Colmesneil athletes, both of whom recently signed on to play collegiate sports, were named to the All-State Baseball Team.
Dylan Falcon and Matt Bailey, both Colmesneil class of 2014 graduates, earned spots on the Class 1A All State Baseball Team in June. The 1A class division, which included four other players from Southeast Texas teams, had the most out of any other district classification, regionally. The other schools in the region represented on the All State Team included West Sabine and Evadale, which also had two players picked, apiece.
Each year the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, headquartered in College Station, chooses a select group of outstanding athletes from around the state for the All-State Baseball Team honor, from all district divisions and scholastic regions. Those who receive the honor are nominated by their coaches, who submit their picks for inclusion to THSBCA.
First baseman Falcon and pitcher Bailey were selected for the first and third teams, respectively, and each was a key player for the Bulldog baseball teams (as well as other sports) throughout their high school careers.
Falcon, who was an All-District player for the Bulldogs in football and baseball, recently signed on with Galveston College to play first base for the GC Whitecaps. Bailey, also an All-District athlete in multiple sports (football, basketball and baseball), signed with McMurry University in Abilene to play on the University's football team as quarterback.
According to its website, the THSBCA "works hard to promote membership and further its members' knowledge and awareness of baseball at all levels." The THSBCA was established in 1972 to formulate new ideas for promoting and improving the game of baseball in Texas high schools. The association now claims over 3,000 members.