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First year head coach Shelby Holcomb sends Lady Pack to first regional quarterfinal in 16 years


The Lufkin softball team is reaching bigger milestones and writing a new history lesson for their program. The Lady Pack has made it to the regional quarterfinals for the first time in 16 years.

The furthest Lufkin softball has made it in the postseason is to the regional semifinals which is the next round, and that was in 2000.

What makes this all the more impressive is that head coach Shelby Holcomb has managed to steer the team this far in just her first year ever as a head coach.

Holcomb pulled the girls through an undefeated district season, and at 32-3 with a No. 4 ranking in the state, they're hoping this is just the start for more to come.

“It's not me. All the glory goes to the girls and it goes to God. They've put in the work this year and have busted their tails. It's paying off and like I tell them every day, the harder you work in practice, the farther we'll go in playoffs. We don't get tired,” said Holcomb. “I push them to the limit. That's what I’m here for. They can be mad at me all they want but at the end of the day, as long as they're getting the job done I'm a happy person.”

In this regional quarterfinal Lufkin is matched up against Hallsville. The three-game series will start this Thursday at Morris Frank Park at 7 p.m. Game 2 will be at Hallsville High School, Friday at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 will be played Saturday at Hallsville High School, starting at 2 p.m.

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