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The 2014-2015 Aledo Bearcat football season opened at the McLane Stadium in Waco, TX. tonight .It was a matchup of the last 2 Class 4A state champions. The Aledo Bearcats are the defending champions and the Cedar Park Timberwolves won their state championship in 2012.
The first quarter was not your typical performance that we have come to know from the Bearcats.
Cedar Park was not intimidated at all by the Aledo mystique and out played the Bearcats on both sides of the ball.
Cedar Park scored the first points of the game with an 18 yard field goal on their second possession of the game. That was the first time in 16 games Aledo was behind in a game. Cedar Park scored again on a 61 yard pass to make the score 10-0 after one.
Coach Wood and his staff made some adjustments and Aledo held Cedar Park scoreless in the second. Aledo scored on a 27 yard pass from Bishop to Newsome and trailed 10-7 at halftime.
Cedar Park scored early in the 3rd with a 66 yard touchdown run but Aledo answered with a 34 yard touchdown pass from Bishop to Newsome. The scored stayed Cedar Park 17 and Aledo 14 all the way to the 1:09 mark of the 4th when Bishop found a wide open Jess Anders on a 34 yard touchdown pass.
Aledo put the clamps on defense and Cedar Park’s last pass of the game went out of the back of the end zone with no time left.
It was an incredible way for Coach Wood to debut as the Bearcat head coach.
Way to go Bearcats!!
Baylor University will have shuttle runs for fans attending the Aledo Bearcats/Cedar Park game Friday, Aug. 29 at McLane Stadium.
The first shuttle pickup will be at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Square, located in downtown Waco at 4th Street and Austin Avenue.
The drop off point will be at University Parks Drive near the Baylor School of Law building.
The shuttle frequency is expected to be every 10-15 minutes.
Parking and shuttle ride are free.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo sophomore hitter Camryn McLelland sends down a kill Tuesday night during the Ladycats sweep of Stephenville at the AHS gym.
Aledo sophomore middle Maddie Goings recorded a match-high 13 kills and senior outside hitter Emily Clayton added six stoppers and a match-high three blocks to lead the Class 5A state-ranked No. 8 Ladycats to a convincing 25-16, 25-8, 25-17 win over Stephenville Tuesday night at the AHS gym.
The win raises the Ladycats record to 12-5, while the Honeybees drop to an even 9-9.
Sophomore middle Emily Smith added six kills for AHS, with senior hitter Madison Lopez adding five.
For more, and for comments from head coach Kathy Goings, see the Aug. 29 issue of The Community News.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo sophomore middle Madison Goings blocks a kill attempt Saturday morning during the Ladycats win over Prosper at the Northwest tournament. The Ladycats host Stephenville at 6:30 p.m. today.
Class 5A state-ranked No. 7 Aledo will continue non-district volleyball play at 6:30 p.m. today at home as the Ladycats take on Stephenville.
The freshman and JV matches will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The 11-5 Ladycats are coming off a strong weekend at the Northwest Volleyball Classic where they defeated 5A No. 4 Prosper in the quarterfinals before falling to Denton Guyer in the semifinals.
The Honeybees bring a 9-8 record into the match.
Winning their pool on Friday, the Class 5A state-ranked No. 9 Aledo Ladycats will have a chance to play for the Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic title as they advance to Saturday's championship bracket.
The Ladycats will face Class 5A No. 4 Prosper at 9:30 a.m. at Northwest High School.
Should the Ladycats win, they would play in the championship bracket semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The championship game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo senior running back Isaiah Mallory looks for an opening Friday morning during the Bearcats scrimmage at Byron Nelson High School. Mallory scored touchdowns on runs of 42 and 5 yards.
In their final tune up before the season opener next week, the defending state champion Aledo Bearcats scored the last touchdown of the controlled portion of the scrimmage and the last in the timed segment Friday morning in a practice game at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club.
The Bearcats will open the 2014 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, against Cedar Park at Baylor University's McLane Stadium.
"It went a lot like we thought," Bearcats head coach Steve Wood said. "We're green, and we had a lot of guys who were experiencing their first 'Friday night' type of experience. They will have to learn and grow up fast.
"The offense finally settled in after a few jitters, but we still have a long way to go. We aren't there yet, but we will get there, and that's why we have these scrimmages.
"Defensively, I don't know yet where we really stand (until the coaches watch the film), but right now I am not pleased.
"Nelson (in the timed part of the scrimmage) took the ball and drove 94 yards (for a touchdown) on us, and that is not good.
"We got tired, they were going fast (no-huddle offense) and we didn't get lined up correctly for two or three downs and it cost us. We have to grow up; we have to grow up.
If all goes according to plan, the construction barricades along FM 1187 and Aledo Trail should come down between 3-4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 20).
Shortly after noon, the southbound lanes were opened south of Bailey Ranch Road.
"Our goal was to have this open by the time school opened, and we are pleased about that," said Joel Kertok, project coordinator with the Parker County judge's office. Classes begin Monday.
There will be work along the roadways continuing for a few weeks, such as landscaping and sidewalks, which could result in some temporary lane closures, he said.
"It's an exciting day," Kertok said. "We know it has been a challenge."
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo senior libero Tyler Lucas digs a ball during the Ladycats win over Decatur Tuesday night at the AHS gym.
Class 5A state-ranked No. 9 Aledo turned a close match into victory as the Ladycats defeated Class 4A No. 1 Decatur, 15-6, in game five to clinch the best-of-5 non-district match Tuesday night at the AHS gym.
The win elevates the Ladycats to 5-3.
In a seesaw match, Aledo won the opener, 25-20, but the Lady Eagles came back with the same 25-20 count to even the match.
The Ladycats took game three, 25-20, but the Lady Eagles once again squared the match with a 25-18 win in game four.
Aledo jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth game. Later in the game, a pair of kills by Madison Goings - who led the Ladycats with 16 kills - and a stopper from Madison Lopez extended the hosts' lead to 10-4.
The Ladycats brought game five to match point after a kill by Emily Clayton, and AHS sealed the match when Erin Weiss set up Lopez for the match-winning kill.
For the complete story, and for comments from head coach Kathy Goings, see the Aug. 22 issue of The Community News.
Aledo voters will decide Nov. 4 whether the school district can issue $61.5 million in bonds to improve schools and build a new elementary.
Trustees were unanimous in calling the election Monday night, following six months of work by an appointed committee of citizens and educators that investigated the district's growth projections.