Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo High School student trainers Kaitlin Ingle (left) and Morgan Staral try to keep warm in the third-base dugout at Bearcat Field during the Bearcats' 13-6 win Friday afternoon in the Jerry Durant Classic. The temperature was 39 degrees during the game with gusty winds.
Bearcats, Conn down North Crowley in nightcap
Aledo senior pitcher Austin Vassberg allowed just four hits and AHS scored in all but one inning as the Bearcats defeated South Grand Prairie, 13-6, Friday afternoon at windy and frigid Bearcat Field in the Jerry Durant Classic.
On Friday night, the Bearcats (4-1) slapped 10 hits in a 6-3 victory over North Crowley. Ryan Conn was the winning pitcher for AHS.
Today (Saturday, Feb. 27) Aledo will face Haltom at noon and Midlothian at 5 p.m. Both games will be played at Bearcat Field.
On Friday afternoon against SGP, the Bearcats scored six runs in the first inning to take a 6-4 lead. The big hit in the frame was a three-run homer to left field by senior first baseman Asher Zeeb.
Randy Keck/The Community NewsChase Hyles sends his bowling ball toward its target in the Aledo bowling team's last regular match against Azle Thursday at Cowtown Lanes in Fort Worth. The boys bowling team will compete at regionals in San Antonio March 6-7. For the full story, see next week's issue of The Community News.
Aledo shortstop Hayden Hall bounced a ground ball to second base in the bottom of the seventh inning that drove home Sean O'Donnell with the winning run to lift the Bearcats to an 8-7 victory over Crowley Thursday night at the Jerry Durant Classic at Bearcat Field.
The win evens the Bearcats' record to 1-1. Earlier Thursday afternoon, Sherman handed Aledo a 7-2 defeat.
The Bearcats will continue tournament play tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 26) at noon against South Grand Prairie and at 5 p.m. against North Crowley. Both contests will be played at Bearcat Field.
Hall's RBI completed a five-run seventh inning that brought AHS back from a four-run deficit.
With Aledo trailing 7-3, right-fielder Nils Smith and designated hitter Blake Dietrich each walked to begin the bottom of the seventh frame.
After Crowley forced an infield fly for an out, third baseman Zach Scott followed with a single to right field which drove in Smith and cut the Eagles' lead to 7-4.
Second baseman Matt Bishop worked a walk on a 3-2 count to load the bases, and O'Donnell followed with a line-drive single to left field that plated Rinker and Scott to cut the Crowley lead to 7-6.
Photo by Marina Chavez/Special to The Community News: Members of Green River Ordinance are (from left) Geoff Ice (bass), Denton Hunker (drums), Joshua Wilkerson (guitar), Josh Jenkins (vocals/guitar/piano), and Jamey Ice (guitar).
Green River Ordinance’s “Rise Up” is featured on the 2010 Olympic Soundtrack, along with other songs from artists such as 3 Doors Down, Mariah Carey, Gloriana, and Sugarland. The album is the exclusive AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, GRO has two Aledo High School graduates within its five-member band: Josh Jenkins and Josh Wilkerson, both members of the Class of 2003. Jenkins is the group’s frontman and Wilkerson is guitarist. All members of the band, including bassist Geoff Ice, drummer Denton Hunker, and guitarist Jamey Ice, unite their skills and experiences to write the band’s song.
See more on this story in the Feb. 26 issue of The Community News.
Cold job: In the snow and cold, a crew for Texas Gas Services conducted regular maintenance repair on a natural gas line in front of Aledo City Hall. The work has caused the natural gas service to the Aledo Community Center to be shut off. However, Lori Moreno with Texas Gas Services, said the crew is working to repair the line in time for tonight's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) meeting at 7 p.m. at the center.
Willow Park City Council and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission came away from an hour-and-a-half workshop on Feb. 22 with agreed-upon tactics to improve communication, education, and direction.
The workshop came a week following the mayor’s recommendation during the Feb. 15 city council meeting to disband the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). The recommendation was resolved with the resignation of P&Z Chairman Marvin Glasgow and member David Carlisle. During the Feb. 15 meeting, the mayor and some council members voiced concern over what was described as the P&Z’s insubordinate attitude.
During the Feb. 22 workshop, Mayor Ken Hawkins spoke for the first hour detailing the positive work of the council that is, and will, benefit Willow Park.
Councilman Gene Martin then began a process to allow each of the council members and P&Z members to voice their concerns so improvements and ways to correct problems can be formulated.
Early Tuesday morning snowfall has canceled Aledo High School sporting events while others are pending.
The Aledo Ladycats junior varsity and varsity softball games at Grapevine, scheduled for today (Tuesday, Feb. 23) have been canceled with no makeup day scheduled.
"There is a possibility later in the season that we might make up the Grapevine game," Ladycats softball coach Jeff Lemons said.
With Mineral Wells ISD closing today due to the weather, the Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats soccer matches scheduled for tonight at Mineral Wells will be played instead on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
The boys' soccer match will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the girls contest at 8 p.m. at Mineral Wells.
Tonight's girls playoff basketball game at Aledo High School between No. 1 Timberview and Stephenville has been reschedule for tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 24) at 6:30 p.m.
Tonight's boys playoff game between Arlington Heights and Crowley at 7:30 p.m. will remain on schedule.
Gough selected to first team; Martin, Tallant earn second-team honors
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie (22) was the unanimous selection by District 6-4A coaches as the league's Most Valuable Player. Four other Ladycats received district honors, including freshman wing Mallory Powell as Newcomer of the Year.
Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie was the unanimous selection for District 6-4A's Most Valuable Player in a vote of 6-4A girls coaches, it was announced today.
Mittie - who was a first-team, all-district guard in her freshman and sophomore years - was not the only Ladycat to earn top district honors as freshman wing Mallory Powell was chosen as Newcomer of the Year.
Ladycats senior post Tara Gough earned first-team, all-district honors, and Aledo sophomores Alanna Martin and Caileen Tallant were second-team selections.
Christian Cassity of Springtown was chosen as the district's Offensive Player of the Year, with Saginaw's Gionna Jackson voted as Defensive Player of the Year.
Ken Thompson of Springtown was selected Coach of the Year.
A joint workshop of the Willow Park City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 22) at the city's municipal building.
The workshop, open to the public, will include a discussion of the "responsibilities of the Planning and Zoning Commission and expectations of duties of the Commission by the City Council."
During last week's regular meeting of the city council, the P&Z Commission Chairman resigned after the council expressed disappointment in the leadership. Another commission member's resignation was also requested.
Notice of the workshop was posted at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, on the bulletin board of the city's municipal building.
With brilliant pitching from Morgan Farley and Sarah Simpson to go along with an offensive output of 24 hits in 14 innings, the Aledo Ladycats softball team completed the round-robin Birdville tournament with wins Saturday over Class 5A schools Richland and Trinity.
The wins raise the Ladycats' record to 4-2. Aledo will continue non-district play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Grapevine.
The Ladycats began with a 15-hit effort in a 7-1 victory over Richland.
Farley was the winning pitcher, allowing no earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Kendall Kizer led the Ladycats with three hits, including two doubles, with two runs batted in.
Carolyn Clayton, Farley, Lauren Durham and Jordan Simons each recorded a pair of hits.
Aledo closed the tournament with a 4-3 win over Trinity.
Simpson was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Kizer and Farley each swatted two hits to pace the Ladycats. The game-winning hit came from Durham, whose fifth-inning single to left field drove in Farley in what turned out to be the game-winning run.