Aledo High School
Bearcats fall 53-50 in league opener to Bears
Saturday marked the opening of District 6-4A basketball doubleheaders as the Aledo High School hoop teams hosted Brewer, with AHS coming away with a split.
Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Ladycats to an 82-51 victory over the Lady Bears as the AHS ladies raised their league mark to a perfect 3-0.
The Aledo Bearcats followed the ladies in the boys' district opener against Brewer, falling 53-50 to the Bears as a late AHS comeback fell just short.
Both teams will continue district play on Tuesday (Jan. 5) at Boswell. The girls' game will tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys' contest at 7:30 p.m.
The Ladycats jumped out to a 20-9 lead after the first period as Mittie set the pace with 11 points.
On the strength of two three-pointers and five additional field goals, Mittie scored 17 of the Ladycats' 26 points in the second quarter as Aledo took a 46-23 lead at the break.
Junior guard Logan Mittie scored 21 points to lead the Aledo Ladycats to a 52-32 victory over Keller Central this afternoon (Thursday, Dec. 31) at Keller Central in AHS' final non-district game.
The win - the Ladycats ninth in a row - elevates AHS' overall mark to 14-5.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were Melissa Howell with eight points, Mallory Powell and Shelby Stockard, each with seven, Tara Gough with four, Caileen Tallant with three and Sarah Hawkins with two.
The Ladycats led 15-5 after the opening period and built a 28-16 cushion at the half. Aledo outscored Central 15-5 in the third period to take a 43-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Ladycats (2-0 in District 6-4A) and Bearcats will host Brewer in 6-4A contests on Saturday, Jan. 2. The girls game will tip off at 3:30 p.m. at the AHS gym followed by the boys contest at approximately 5 p.m.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo Ladycats head coach Rusty Johnson gives instruction during a recent game. The Ladycats and Bearcats hoop teams will host Brewer on Saturday (Jan. 2) in District 6-4A action
Ladycats make up non-district game at Keller Central at noon Thursday
The Aledo Bearcats and Ladycats basketball teams will host Brewer on Saturday, Jan. 2, in District 6-4A action.
The Ladycats - 2-0 in district play - will tip off at 3:30 p.m. at the AHS gym, while the Bearcats, in the boys' 6-4A opener, will follow at approximately 5 p.m.
On Thursday (Dec. 31), the Ladycats will conclude non-district play at noon at Keller Central.
Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Ladycats to a 41-37 victory over Birdville Dec. 18 in a District 6-4A contest at the Aledo High School gym.
The win elevates the Ladycats to 13-5 and 2-0 in district play. The Aledo ladies will play next in non-district action at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Keller Central.
The Ladycats will continue district play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at home against Brewer. The Bearcats game will follow at 5 p.m.
22 other AHS gridders receive all-league recognition
By Tony Eierdam
Three players from the District 6-4A and state-champion Aledo Bearcats earned top district honors and 22 other Bearcats were also recognized in a vote of 6-4A coaches.
Aledo senior Danny Heiss was the unanimous choice for “Defensive Player of the Year," while sophomore running back Johnathan Gray was selected the league’s “Offensive Player of the Year."
Aledo running back Johnathan Gray eludes a Brenham defender during the first half of the Aledo/Brenham state championship game in Austin. Gray had 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo running back Johnathan Gray eludes a Brenham defender during the first half of the Aledo/Brenham state championship game in Austin. Gray had 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and finished with 252 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-clinching 89-yard run late in the contest.
Aledo sophomore Johnathan Gray rushed for 252 yards and scored four touchdowns, including an 89-yard sprint late in the fourth quarter that clinched the game, and senior quarterback Trey Ozee added another score to lead the Aledo Bearcats to a 35-21 victory over the Brenham Cubs Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A, Division II state championship game at D. K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The state championship win was the second in Aledo High School history and the first in Class 4A.
The victory was also aided by the Bearcats' defense which stopped a Brenham fourth and one at the AHS 10 late in the game. Gray's championship-clinching run followed three plays later, on third and eight.
Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan is all smiles moments after the Bearcats defeated Denison, 40-28, in the Class 4A semifinals. The Bearcats will play Brenham at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at D.K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin for the Class 4A, Division II state championship.
James Albritton/The Community News Sophomore running back Johnathan Gray takes the handoff from sophomore QB Matthew Bishop in Saturday's come-from-behind victory in the 4A State Semifinal game against the Denison Yellow Jackets. The Bearcats won the game 40-28 and will now face Brenham in the State Championship next Saturday.
By Tony Eierdam
The Aledo Bearcats came from two touchdowns behind to defeat Dennison 40-28 and earn a trip to the state championship game next week against Brenham.
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