The COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for Abby Brown, Laynie Brown, and Kora Pennartz to do what they do best in spring sports. Abby and Laynie should have spent the spring of 2020 catching and pitching their way to the softball playoffs to try to repeat last year’s appearance at the State Tournament. Kora missed a chance to return to the State Track Meet in the 100-Meter Dash and the Long Jump. Kora also missed out on what would have been a stellar season in softball.
Kora signed to run track for Tarleton State University last Tuesday morning in front of the Windthorst gymnasium. Surrounded by family she commented, “It’s a huge accomplishment. Having everyone in the community here to support me is a great feeling.” Tarleton, in Stephenville, is an NCAA Division II university in the Lone Star Conference. Kora is believed to be headed for training in the heptathlon in September. The heptathlon is a seven-event competition including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, javelin throw, 800-meter run, and the 200-meter spring.
Kora is tough competitor and will be up to the challenge. Her athleticism has allowed her to excel in several sports. She qualified for the 2A State Track meet in 2018. She won gold at the Class 2A Region II Track Meet in the long jump and the 100-meter dash. At that meet she had a third-place finish in the 200-meter. She battled injury last year, but was set to rebound this spring before the pandemic wiped out the opportunity.
Abby Brown will join the East Texas Baptist University Tiger softball team as a catcher. ETBU is in Marshall competing in the American Southwest Conference. When the season was called off Abby was among the area leaders in several categories. She was batting .473 and was second in runs scored with 27. Kora was number one in the area with 31 runs scored. Abby was in the top 10 with 8 doubles and 2 triples. She ranked third in the area in homeruns with 4. She had 14 stolen bases to her credit.
Laynie Brown will be pitching for the Vernon College Chapparals in Vernon. The Chaps were number 17 nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Vernon College is in Region 5. When the season was called off in March, Laynie was in the area top ten with 22 runs batted in. Her best work before the season ended was in the ring with a 2.31 earned run average. She was among the area leaders in strikeouts with 126.
These three Windthorst High School Trojanettes have had awesome high school careers and will no doubt take their winning ways to the next level of competition. Good luck in your new adventures.