Former Lady Dog leads Lady Mustangs to Playoffs

By Carla Bass – City Editor

FormerTisha Thompson, who is the head volleyball and softball coach for the Lady Mustangs of Hughes Springs, has led her team this year to the UIL State Softball 3A Playoffs in Austin. Their first game will be Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.

 
Ms. Thompson, a 2003 graduate of Jefferson High School and played multiple sports at JJHS and JHS over the years. “I never played ball until I was 8 years old, playing two years of slowpitch softball. I then played three years of baseball (with the Dixie League), and one year of fastpitch softball before entering the High School program. Playing all four years at Jefferson High School, I went on to Southern Arkansas State University after graduation, playing all four years,” recounted Tisha.

 
She went on to say,” I think Coach Jon Purifoy gave me my greatest influence on wanting to become a coach; but I can’t say it was just one coach. It was the many coaches that I’ve had throughout my career,” when asked who had been her greatest influence in making the choice to coach.

 
Tisha was hired right out of college to coach at Hughes Springs, and has been there since 2008.

 
Broadcast information for the UIL Softball State Tournament will be on the NFHS Network. They will webcast the UIL softball state tournament May 31- June 3 at the University of Texas’ McCombs Field and Dee Dillon Field at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

 
Fans, family and alumni unable to attend can watch the UIL Softball State Championships live online with a subscription at www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/uil. Subscribers can…

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