Cece and parents, Helen and
Darby and brother, Coulter
AUSTIN - The Shiner Lady
Comanches spent last week
hating a certain pitching machine
but trusting it would pay off at the
UIL Class 2A State Tournament.

"It pitches all kinds of stupid stuff,
and (coach Steven Cerny would)
have us on it every day," said
senior Hannah Nevlud. "It doesn't
matter if we were hitting on the
field with it, or we were bunting
on the field with it during our
athletic period. He always had us
bunting on that machine."

Shiner executed its early plan of
attack, and five innings later, the
Lady Comanches topped
Windthorst 13-0 for their sixth
state championship in program
history at Red & Charline
McCombs Field on Thursday.

"One thing coach Cerny teaches
you in life, failing to prepare is
preparing to fail," Nevlud said.

Cece Darilek pitched a perfect,
10-run-rule shortened game and
was named state championship
game MVP. Nevlud was 3-for-4
with a double and three RBIs,
Mackinly Pilat was 3-for-4 and
Taylor Wenske went 3-for-3.

Shiner's big first inning began in a
way the team least expected -
bunts. Pilat and Hannah Nevlud
each dropped one down for
back-to-back singles to start the
game, and Bethany Nevlud
bunted into a fielder's choice that
left everyone safe and the bases

"Coach Cerny gave us the bunt
sign - you're at a state game;
you've got to put it down,"
Hannah Nevlud said.

After Darilek drew a bases-loaded
walk, Lauren Schuette added an
RBI single and Kailey Williams
followed with a sacrifice fly.
Wenske later blooped a two-out,
two-RBI single to right field for a
5-0 lead.

The No. 9 hitter in the lineup,
Wenske embodied Cerny's
yearlong message - anybody can
be called upon to do anything, at
any time.

"Her first time playing was last
week against Weimar (in the
regional final); our starting right
fielder got hurt," Cerny said. "She
came in for maybe one or two
innings, and then her first time to
start - the state semifinals. What
was it? 3-for-3? Awesome,

Darilek's two-RBI single in the
second made it 7-0 and drove in
the Hannah and Bethany Nevlud,
who hit a respective single and
double to start the frame. The
cousin Nevluds high-fived near
home plate as Hannah scored the
final run of her career.

"We were playing Little League
on the same team together. It's
the best feeling in the world to be
able to have her by my side
through it all," Hannah said of
Bethany. "She's literally my go-to
girl. She's always there for me.
She's my rock."

Bethany Nevlud's RBI-single in
the third pushed the lead to 8-0.

Shiner piled on five runs in the
fourth inning behind an RBI
groundout from Kailey Williams,
Wenske's RBI single, and RBI
single from Pilat and an RBI
double Hannah Nevlud laced to
left field.

After the final out, the Lady
Comanches rather calmly
exchanged exultant hugs and
lined up to shake hands.

"Everyone was a lot more jittery
and very excited (last year),"
Darilek said. "Everyone was a lot
more mellow and just focused
(this year)."

Part of its preparation Shiner
ended up not needing - a five-run
first inning and Darilek's
perfection kept the Windthorst
crowd quiet, unlike the Lady
Comanches' practices last week.

"We had music blaring, and we
had managers with buckets and
sticks, beating on them," said
Kori Landman.

But other parts of practice
yielded gold medals for the
second straight year.

"The thing is, during the year, we
never really bunted that much,"
Landman said. "But (last week)
we would still bunt all the time,
and we were like, why are we
doing this? We never bunt. And
then we come to the state game
and bunt three times."

Shiner 13, Windthorst 0

Shiner 521 50 - 13 15 0

Windthorst 000 00 - 0 0 2

W - Cece Darilek, 5 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3
K, 0 BB. L - Cy Schroeder, 3 2/3
IP, 11 ER, 14 H, 2 K, 3 BB.
Highlights: (Shiner) Mackinly Pilat
3-4, RBI, 2 R; Hannah Nevlud 3-4,
2B, RBI, 2 R; Bethany Nevlud 2-4,
RBI, 2B, 2 R; Cece Darilek 1-3,
BB, RBI, R; Lauren Schuette 3-3,
3B, RBI, 2 R; Kailey Williams 2
RBI; Kori Landman BB, R;
Madison Jalufka BB, R; Taylor
Wenske 3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R

No offensive stats for Windthorst
(Darilek perfect game). Records:
Shiner 31-5, Windthorst 33-4

Shiner wins Class 2A state

By  Chris Derrett
June 2, 2016 at 11:45 p.m.
Updated June 3, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.
AUSTIN - Shiner senior Hannah Nevlud
looked down at the sleeve of her
uniform, knowing Thursday's state
championship victory might have
been the last time she'd ever wear it.

Or maybe, Nevlud thought as she
stood with a gold medal around her
neck, she could find a way to avoid
turning in the golden garment.

"Somebody punch me, and I'll bleed
on it," Nevlud said. "If I bleed on it,
they can't take it away."

Nevlud and her three fellow seniors
left Red and Charline McCombs Field
at Texas-Austin as back-to-back state
champions after a 13-0 win over
Windthorst in the UIL Class 2A State

Tears were shed on those same
jerseys in 2012 and 2013, when district
rival Weimar beat the Lady
Comanches in the regional final and
went on to win state both seasons.

"It fueled our fire, man," said Kori
Landman, who transferred to Shiner
before her sophomore season.

The 2016 senior class - Nevlud,
Landman, Cece Darilek and Ally
Chumchal - has earned two of the
program's six state championships
and made four regional final

"I'd say wow. I tell you what, when
you've got seniors that win it all,
you're going to miss them - there's no
doubt," said Shiner head coach Steven
Cerny. "You just hope somebody else
can step up. There's not one thing; it's
everything they bring to the plate."

The seniors have each led in their own
ways, on and off the field. To fans,
perhaps it was most evident on the
mound, where Darilek set the tone
time and time again by shutting down
opponents early in the game.

Darilek pitched what she said was her
first career perfect game to help
Shiner win the title Thursday. She
received the championship game MVP
award after pitching both the state
semifinal and state final.

"Just a lot of growing up," Darilek said
of the last four years. "I learned how to
place pitches better, looked to learn
where the batter was in the box. Just
trusting everybody and doing what
coach calls."

As much as Darilek wowed her
teammates with multitalented pitching
and hitting - she also batted 4-for-7 at
the state tournament with two doubles
and six RBIs - Nevlud and her younger
cousin, Bethany Nevlud, kept the team

"We're both so goofy," Hannah Nevlud
said. "We're just a bunch of goofballs
loving life."

"Nobody is serious with them," Darilek

The "goofballs" combined to go
7-for-13 at the state tournament,
Hannah with two doubles and Bethany
with a double and a triple.

When they returned to the dugout
from less satisfying at-bats, that's
where Chumchal's guidance took

"You come in from striking out, and
Ally's sitting there ready to shake your
hand," Hannah Nevlud said. "She
doesn't say much, but Ally will sit
there and smile at you and you're just
like, 'All right Ally, you're right, it'll be
all right.'"

Chumchal, a reserve for the Lady
Comanches, was called upon to play
third base in last week's regional final
against Weimar due to an injury to a

"I had a few errors, but then I was able
to figure out what to do, and then I
settled down and I finally started
making some plays," Chumchal said.
"I just know that I need to get my job

That's the way the seniors - and
younger players for that matter - have
been coached to lead the perennial
power that is Shiner softball.

"(Coach Cerny) tells us (that)
everything we do, it kind of reflects
back on how we're supposed to be as
a person and how we're supposed to
grow as a person," said first baseman
Landman. "I think we've learned to be
leaders by looking at him and seeing
how well he does it."

Landman is headed to Sam Houston
State to compete in the track and field
discus throw. Darilek will play for Mary
Hardin-Baylor's softball team.
Chumchal will attend Texas A&M
University, and Nevlud will return to

If she has to surrender her uniform
before then, Nevlud has one provision.

"Whoever gets mine, they better be a
goofball like me," Nevlud said.

By Chris Derrett who is the assistant
sports editor for the Victoria
Shiner Places 9 on
All-State Tournament

As if Shiner's dominance
wasn't apparent enough
on the field at the state
tournament, the Lady
Comanches ruled the
ballot box afterward as

The 2016 state champion
Lady Comanches (31-5)
placed nine players on
the Class 2A all-state
tournament team,
including state
championship game MVP
pitcher Cece Darilik.

Other Shiner
all-tournament players
were catcher Madison
Jalufka, first baseman
Kori Landman, second
baseman Lauren
Schuette, third baseman
Bethany Nevlud,
shortstop Kailey Williams
and outfielders Mackinly
Pilat, Hannah Nevlud and
Taylor Wenske.

Windthorst utility player
Breann Schreiber was the
only non-Shiner player on
the 2A all-tournament

The Lady Comanches
won the state title for the
second straight year and
earned the program's
sixth overall state
championship.  They
defeated Harleton 13-2 in
a 10-run rule - to win the

"I told (my teammates), I
said "Wouldn't it be
something if we played
10 innings at the state
tournament?" Landman
said, after the
championship game.  
"And they were like,
"Shut up." " that's not
going to happen."

AUSTIN - Even though Shiner beat Harleton for the state
championship last season, the Lady Comanches still had
redemption planned for Wednesday's UIL Class 2A State
Semifinal at Red & Charline McCombs Field at
Texas-Austin - a rematch of the 2015 title game.

"It's like I told them before the game - last year we won
two close games, but we didn't do a very good job at the
plate," said Shiner head coach Steven Cerny. "And that's
what I challenged them with before the game, and they
answered. They came up with some very big hits."

Shiner pounded Harleton 13-2 in a 10-run-rule-shortened,
five-inning contest to advance to Thursday's state
championship game. The Lady Comanches (30-5) had 11
hits - seven for extra bases - while Shiner starter Cece
Darilek held the Lady Cats (33-5) to four hits in five

The Lady Comanches will play Windthorst - which
defeated Crawford 11-1 in five innings in the other
semifinal - for the championship at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Shiner managed just four hits last year against Harleton
ace Randi Carol Phillips. Phillips did not suit up
Wednesday after leaving last week's regional finals with
a leg injury.

"It's definitely a different (style) pitcher," said Shiner
second baseman Lauren Schuette. "You've got to scoot
up in the box a little because she's a little slower, but it's
the same thought process up there. Just hit the ball."

Darilek was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, and
Schuette went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Shiner pounced on Harleton starter Taitum Atkins, who
threw six illegal pitches in the first inning as the Lady
Comanches scored four runs in the frame.

"(At) state, they're very strict about it, and it's nothing we
can worry about," Darilek said. "We just had to play our
game. I just had to make sure I was good (with the rule),
and I've worked on it before."

With an illegal pitch and a throwing error each bringing in
a Shiner run earlier in the first inning, Kori Landman's
bloop double to right field pushed the Lady Comanches
ahead 4-0.

Darilek helped break the game open in the second
inning, smashing a two-RBI double to right center.
Schuette followed with a two-RBI double off the tall left
field wall, and Shiner led 8-0.

"When (Darilek) gets a hit almost every time she goes up,
it makes you feel like, 'I need to do the same thing,'"
Schuette said.

A double by Darilek and a single from Schuette added
two more runs for Shiner in the top of the third.

Harleton got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third
via an RBI-triple by Avery Underwood. Hailey Pyland
later reached home on Morgan Underwood's steal of
second base before Darilek closed out the inning with a

"My curveball was working really good for me today, and
my changeup a little bit," Darilek said. "I'll probably work
that more tomorrow."

Bethany Nevlud drove a low line drive to right center for
a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning, and Nevlud scored
on the play for a 13-2 lead after a throwing error by the
right fielder.

Darilek's defense backed her up with only one error on
the day. Kailey Williams punctuated the defensive effort
by snagging a fly ball over her shoulder to end the game
in the fifth.

"Practice, practice, practice," Schuette said. "Drills over
and over again. Coach Cerny, he focuses on defense."

With the final out recorded, the Lady Comanches left the
field the same way they began in the first - business as

"Last year, we were pretty excited, and everyone was
very pumped up and stuff," Darilek said. "This year, we
were here last year, so everyone was more focused and
more ready to play than last year."

Records: Shiner 30-5, Harleton 33-5. Shiner advances to
state championship vs. Windthorst.
Shiner senior Cece Darliek
has dominated on the
softball diamond and in the

Friday, she took a step
toward doing both at the
college level when she
signed her commitment to
the University of Mary
Hardin-Baylor in front of
friends and family in the
Shiner gym.

"They have a very strong
physical therapy program",
said Darilek of her decision
to sign with the Crusaders.  
"I really want to excel at
that as well as softball in
Daughter of Darby and Helen Darilek, Granddaughter of Gus and
Geraldine Montier Darilek

Texas Girls Coaches


Cece Darilek, Sr., Shiner


Cece Darilek, Sr., Shiner

Hunter Ervin, Sr., Weimar


Blue: Lauren Schuette, Jr.,

Red: Emma Holland

SHINER - Cece Darilek received a visit from Dr. Jeffrey Wood after having surgery at Houston Methodist Sugar Land

Wood informed Darilek the surgery was successful and she could expect to fully recover.

"When he actually came in and talked to me, he said, 'I don't know how you did it. There's no possible position you
could have been in without pain because it was so encased in your spinal cord,'" Darilek said. "He was like, 'I don't
know how you did it.'"

The surgery to remove one of two herniated discs occurred a week from the day Darilek's pitching and hitting
helped lift Shiner to its second consecutive UIL Class 2A state softball title and she was named the MVP of the
championship game.

But few at Red & Charline McCombs Field in Austin were aware Darilek played the entire season with the herniated

"I knew the team we had, I knew the coaches we had and I knew what we lost and I knew what we had," Darilek said.
"I knew if we worked hard, we had a chance to go back. I wasn't going to let this ruin my chance."

The 18-year-old Darilek was walking two hours after the surgery and drove for the first time last week.

Doctors are hopeful the other disc will heal on its own.

She is almost completely pain free and about a week away from beginning physical therapy, which should allow her
to participate in fall drills at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Darilek was recently named the Texas Girls Coaches Association's softball Athlete of the Year for Classes 1A
through 4A, and a member of the 1A through 4A softball Legacy Team.

The chance to repeat as state champion and the opportunity to earn statewide recognition seemed remote in
November when the pain in Darilek's lower back and legs became intolerable.

"I doubt that she was ever out of pain," said Helen Darilek, Cece's mother. "They told her to try and stretch it out and
she would get down on the floor and we had to get her up off the floor. She was that miserable and the pain was so

The Darileks visited Wood in Sugar Land and an MRI revealed the damaged discs.

Cece suspects she may have suffered the injury doing squats in the weight room in the eighth grade and it
worsened over time.

"It's just something I had to kind of deal with," Cece said. "After three seasons, I didn't want my senior year to go out
like that."

Wood told the Darileks surgery was inevitable, but Cece wanted to put it off until after the season.

She had spinal injections in February and March, which helped her to manage the pain.

"She's a very determined young lady," Helen said. "She was determined that she was going to do her part to go
back to state. That has been her dream since probably sixth or seventh grade. She got to the point where it was
tolerable. We did a lot of ice baths and things to do as much as we could to deal with the inflammation."

Helen told Shiner coach Steven Cerny about Cece's injury, and he worked with trainer Brandon Roberts to create a
practice routine that would not further inflame the condition.

"Basically what we did is followed the doctor's orders," Cerny said. "He gave her the OK to pitch. We just had to limit
any kind of jogging, didn't want her hitting (in practice), and really didn't want her fielding ground balls. I know it was
kind of frustrating to a lot of her teammates. They were wondering why she wasn't doing this and they were, but she
had a legit reason. It was just something that I had to keep quiet."

Cece altered her pitching motion slightly and continued to improve throughout the season.

"Normally I end up completely closed, but I stayed open more so I didn't have to torque my back as much," she said.
"It always kind of hurt. I think by the middle of the season, I had hurt for so long that I kind of got used to it."

Cece suspects opponents began picking up on her injury, especially during Shiner's playoff run.

But she elected not to have a third and final injection and continued to pitch and bat through the state tournament.

"She didn't complain," Helen said. "But just living with her I could tell by her demeanor that she was hurting. It was
just a matter of each day if it was more severe than the day before. I could tell during the playoffs that it was getting
worse. She was just to the point that, 'I'm going to do this.'"

Cece went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs and pitched a four-hitter in Shiner's 13-2 semifinal win over

She pitched a perfect game and went 1-for-3 with three RBIs in the Lady Comanches' 13-0 win over Windthorst in the
state final.

"It was everybody's hard work," Cece said. "Everyday we did the same things trying to make everything perfect
even though you're never going to be perfect."

Darilek finished the season with a 22-3 pitching record with a 1.66 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 1351/3 innings.

She hit .379 with eight doubles and 25 RBIs.

Darilek's success came as no surprise to Cerny, who was amazed by her ability to persevere through the pain.

"We just had to hope that she could get through it," he said. "When it became crunch time, that's when we decided to let it go
and see what would happen and it worked out. The bigger the game, the bigger she played."

Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or
June 30, 2016 at 11:12 p.m.***** Updated July 1, 2016 6 a.m ***** By Mike Foreman, Sports Writer for the Victoria Advocate
Shiner won its second consecutive UIL Class 2A state softball

A state title was not the only repeat for the Lady Comanches.

Shiner pitcher Cece Darilek was selected as Player of the Year and
Steven Cerny was named Coach of the Year for the second straight
season on the Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 2A all-state

Cerny directed the Lady Comanches to a 31-5 record in his third season
that included a pair of wins by the 10-run mercy rule at the state

Darilek had a 22-3 pitching record with a 1.66 ERA and 141 strikeouts in
135.1 innings, and was the MVP of the state championship game.

She also hit .379 with eight doubles and 25 RBIs despite playing her
entire senior season with two herniated discs.

Darilek was a first-team selection at pitcher.

July 9, 2016 9:42
Victoria Advocate
July 9, 2016 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated July 10, 2016 at 6:00
Victoria Advocate
Your final memory on the field for Shiner is
winning a state championship.  As a four-year
varsity starter, what was your first memory?

The first game I ever pitched was against Rice
Consolidated, a pre-season game.  The first really
memorable one was against Junction (in the 2013
Region IV-1A semifinals).  Every single (Junction)
starter was a senior, they were ranked second
and we were below 10.  (People) didn't give us
any chance to win.  We ended up coming back,
and we beat them in a best-of-three series.  It
was a great moment for us because nobody
expected us to beat them.

You recently talked to the Advocate about playing
this season with two herniated discs.  What went
through your mind after that final out  to clinch
the state championship?

Basically just how I made it through the season,
because of how tough it was to see it through.  It
was a relief to make it through without anything
else causing me not to be able to play.

I was really proud of all the girls, because
everybody worked hard and came through.  We
knew everybody would be coming for us,
gunning for us.  Everybody worked hard and
played their best, and I'm really proud of them.  
Being a senior, the way it ended, I couldn't ask
for anymore.

What will you miss the most about Shiner

The community aspect, everybody backs us up,
no matter what.  The girls and the coaches, and
just being in high school.

Which softball pitchers have you most looked up

When I was younger, I watched (Class of 2009,
state champion Shiner pitcher) Heather Haas
pitch.  That's how I wanted to play and pitch for
Shiner, like she did.   It went on from there.  
There were a couple other college pitchers, but
mainly the reason I wanted to pitch was because
of Heather.

What brought you to choose to play at Mary

I came up to the campus and really liked it.  They
invited me to an official visit, and I got to stay
with the players and spend the night.  (It was)
after meeting all the girls, and they have a
physical therapy program, which I want to go
into.  I just fell in love with it, and it was just the
right place for me.

Assuming your physical therapy goes to plan and
you're able to do fall practice, what are your goals
for this fall at Mary Hardin-Baylor?

They said I should be in the bullpen in
September, so just a lot of bullpen work, and
there are intrasquad scrimmages.  And in the
(batting) cage, getting my swing back to where it
needs to be and getting ready for the spring.

CONGRATULATIONS Cece on being the only player from Texas selected to the
"1st Team MaxPreps 2016 Small Schools Softball All-American Team".  We are
so proud of not only your accomplishments, but your ongoing drive,
determination and focus to overcome the daily challenges of a back injury and
not only reach, but surpass your personal goals.  With surgery behind you and
rehab underway, we look forward to watching you on the mound at UMHB!

"Never Give Up Your Dreams!"