Aledo High School
Bearcats drop 76-68 decision to Porcupines
Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie scored a game-high 24 points and added 10 steals to lead the Ladycats to a convincing 63-53 victory over Springtown Friday night (Jan. 15) in a District 6-4A contest at Springtown.
The win - which closes out the first half of girls' district hoop play - elevates the Ladycats to 6-1, while Springtown suffered its first league loss.
The Aledo win and Springtown loss combined with Saginaw's win over Azle puts the Ladycats, Springtown and Saginaw in a three-way tie for first place as all three teams sport 6-1 marks.
But unlike Saginaw and Springtown, Aledo will play five of its last seven district games at home, including its last four.
The Ladycats will continue district play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at home against Mineral Wells.
The Ladycats led for most of the game and dominated the boards, paced by Tara Gough's 12 rebounds. The senior post also added six points.
Two other Ladycats also reached double figures in scoring. Sophomore wing Caileen Tallant scored 14 points and freshman wing Malory Powell recorded 11 points.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo senior defensive end Cy Wilson signs a poster for Bearcat fan Elizabeth Boll Friday afternoon after the state-championship parade and rally at the Aledo High School gym.
The Class 4A state champion Aledo Bearcats football team was honored this afternoon (Friday, Jan 15) with a parade through downtown Aledo and a rally at the Aledo High School gym.
Hundreds of Bearcats fans lined FM 1187 to cheer the team, coaches, trainers and cheerleaders in a parade led by the Bearcat Regiment.
Fans and students packed the AHS gym at the ensuing rally, where Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall declared "Friday, Jan. 15, as Aledo Bearcat Day in Aledo." Mayors from the surrounding Annetta's, Willow Park and Hudson Oaks also declared Jan. 15 as "Bearcat Day" in their respective towns.
Bearcats head coach Tim Buchanan thanked the Aledo ISD administration and the community for their support, and awarded state-championship certificates to players, trainers and cheerleaders.
Five Aledo Ladycats volleyball team members earned Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A all-state academic status.
Aledo Seniors Karsyn Bezner, Sarah Bogdanoff, Lauren Glass, Tara Gough and Kendall Naquin each achieved requirements of an average of 94 or above in all classes during the fall semester.
Ladycats suffer first district loss in overtime
The Aledo Bearcats rebounded from a six-point halftime deficit with 49 second-half points on their way to a convincing 84-71 victory over Saginaw Tuesday night in District 6-4A hoop action at Saginaw.
The win lifts the Bearcats to a 1-3 record in 6-4A, while Saginaw drops to 1-3.
Aledo senior guard Ryan Talley recorded a double double with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Shane Smith also had eye-opening game with 22 points and and five boards.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Danny Glass with 11 points, Dillon Hawkins with eight, Matt Barron with five, Dillon Huerta with four and Blake Reynolds with two.
Saginaw 75, Ladycats 70 OT
The Aledo Ladycats trailed by 15 points with seven minutes left to play before rallying with 23 fourth-quarter points at Saginaw in District 6-4 action Tuesday to force overtime.
However, Saginaw outscored AHS 15-10 in the extra session to claim the win.
The loss - the Ladycats first in league play - drops Aledo to 5-1 in district play as Saginaw moves to 5-1.
As reported in the Jan. 8 issue of The Community News and on this site, the Aledo High School basketball teams will play at Saginaw today (Tuesday, Jan. 12) in District 6-4A action.
The original schedule had the Ladycats and Bearcats at home today against the Rough Riders, but a scheduling conflict at Saginaw on Feb. 5, the original date of AHS teams traveling to Saginaw, has resulted in a switch in the schedule.
The Ladycats will face the Lady Riders at 6 p.m. today at the Saginaw High School gym followed by the boys' contest at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The first-place Ladycats will take a 5-0 record into the contest with 4-1 Saginaw, while the Bearcats (0-3) are seeking their first league win.
The Aledo Bearcats Booster Club is pleased to announce that planned festivities for Championship Weekend in Aledo have now been finalized.
One day after the previously-announced championship parade, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, the annual Aledo Football Banquet and Auction has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Masonic Lodge in Fort Worth.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be legendary radio personality Hal Jay of NewsTalk 820 WBAP.
Tickets - priced $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under - go on sale beginning today in the AISD Administration Building.
A silent auction will be held and will feature the following exciting offerings:
* Courtesy of Whitestone Golf Club, a golf package for four;
* From Grady's Restaurant, dinner for four and two autographed cookbooks;
* From Haven's Spa, a luxurious spa package valued at $350;
* An Aledo Bearcat football helmet, autographed by the 2009 State Champion Bearcat;s
* An Aledo Bearcat football. also autographed by the state-champion Bearcats;
Aledo sophomore running back Johnathan Gray, who rushed for 252 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Bearcats' 35-21 victory over Brenham in the Class 4A Division II state championship game, has been selected as National Sophomore of the Year by MaxPreps, a cbssports.com Web site focusing on high school sports.
Gray finished the 2009 state-championship campaign with 2,814 yards and 50 TDs in 16 games. He also added 457 yards on 29 receptions with eight TDs.
Gray won the award over finalists Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) running back Rushel Shell, Kenton (Ohio) quarterback Maty Mauk, and Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green.
Other Texans making the MaxPreps national all-sophomore first team include Hiva Lutui, a 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Euless Trinity, LaDarrell McNeil, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive back from Dallas A. Maceo Smith, and Cayleb Jones, a 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver from Austin High School.
Gray has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards in his two years at AHS.
Azle runs past Bearcats in nightcap
Showing balanced scoring with four ladies in double figures, the Aledo Ladycats moved to 5-0 in District 6-4A action after a convincing 61-44 victory over Azle Friday night at Azle.
The win - the Ladycats 12th in a row - keeps the Aledo ladies in a first-place tie with rival Springtown and elevates the Ladycats overall mark to 17-5.
Aledo senior post Tara Gough recorded a double double with a team-leading 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Logan Mittie and freshman wing Mallory Powell each registered 12 points, with sophomore guard Alanna Martin adding 10.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were sophomore wing Caileen Tallant with seven points and junior guard Shelby Stockard with four.
Azle 66, Bearcats 33
Azle remained unbeaten in boys 6-4A action after a 66-33 victory over the Aledo Bearcats Friday night at Azle.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 0-3 in district play.
Danny Glass led the Bearcats with 11 points. Also scoring were Ryan Talley with six points, Robbie Spreier and Shane Smith, each with five, Mike Wilson with four, and Dillon Hawkins and Bragen Frank, each with one.
Boswell keeps Bearcats winless in district with late comeback win
Fourth-quarter performances determined the outcome of both the Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats basketball games Tuesday night in District 6-4A action at Boswell.
The Ladycats went on a 17-6 run in the final period to come away with a 43-25 victory over the Lady Pioneers. The Aledo ladies went 19 for 22 at the free throw line, including an 11-for-12 effort in the fourth quarter.
In the boys' game, Boswell came back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter and outscored the Bearcats 18-12 in the final period to slip past Aledo, 56-54.
The Bearcats missed three shots from the lane and their last six free throws in the final quarter and fell to 0-2.
The win elevates the Ladycats to 4-0 as AHS is in a first-place tie with Springtown in District 6-4A.
Logan Mittie led the Ladycats with 13 points, with Alanna Martin adding eight. Also scoring for the Ladycats were Mallory Powell and Caileen Tallant, each with seven points, Tara Gough and Shelby Stockard, each with three, and Melissa Howell with two.
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo freshman wing Mallory Powell hustles the ball up the floor Saturday during the Ladycats' win over Brewer. The Ladycats and Bearcats will return to district action tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 5) at Boswell.
The Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats basketball teams will continue District 6-4A action today (Tuesday, Jan. 5) at Boswell.
The girls' game will tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys' contest at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Ladycats are 3-0 in district play and are coming off an 82-51 win over Brewer. The Bearcats (0-1 in 6-4A) are seeking their first league win after falling to Brewer in the boys' district opener last Saturday.