Aledo High School
Aledo goalkeeper Justen Woody turned back three late Crowley scoring chances to preserve a Bearcats' 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon in the boys' championship game of the Moritz/Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcats Stadium.
With his team holding a one-goal advantage after Crowley scored a goal with 5:32 remaining in the match, Woody made a jump save at the 3:01 mark, and with 1:27 left to play the Aledo keeper forced a wide shot on a penalty kick from 20 yards out.
Crowley had an excellent chance to tie the game with 20 seconds left, but Woody had all angles covered as a Crowley header went high and to the left of the net as the Bearcats held on for the win.
Aledo's Matt Nickell was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Nickell scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 16:55 left in the second half. Nickell bent a low shot from the right side from 20 yards out through traffic into the lower left corner of the goal.
After a scoreless first half, the Bearcats got on the board when Thomas Davis scored on a penalty kick in the box at the 27:42 mark of the second half.
Aledo freshman wing Mallory Powell scored 16 points and junior guard Logan Mittie added 15, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Ladycats to a 50-44 victory over Birdville Friday night in a key District 6-4A game at Birdville.
The win raises the state-ranked No. 17 Ladycats' district mark to 8-1.
Aledo and Springtown - a winner Friday night over Saginaw - are locked in a first place tie in 6-4A as Saginaw drops a game back.
The Ladycats will continue district play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Brewer.
The Ladycats trailed 24-18 at the half. In the third quarter, AHS held the Lady Hawks to just seven points while scoring 19 to take a 37-31 lead into the fourth period.
A key to the game was second-half free throw shooting. At one point from the middle of the third period until late in the fourth, the Ladycats connected on 16 consecutive free throws, while Birdville struggled at the line.
Both teams scored 13 points in the final stanza as the Ladycats hung on for a six-point win.
The Aledo Bearcats soccer team defeated Red Oak 2-1 in a shootout Friday afternoon to reach tomorrow's championship game of the Moritz/Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcat Stadium.
Kickoff in the boys' title match will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Bearcat Stadium.
In other Moritz/Kia TOC action, the Aledo Ldycats fell to Amarillo Caprock, 3-2.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo forward Thomas Davis (10) heads upfield during the Bearcats' 3-2 victory over Stephenville this afternoon (Thursday, Jan. 21) in the opener of the Moritz/Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcat Stadium. Davis scored two goals and assisted on another.
Aledo forward Thomas Davis scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Bearcats to a 3-2 victory over Stephenville Thursday afternoon at the Moritz/Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcat Stadium.
The Bearcats will play in the boys’ tournament semifinals at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 22) at Bearcat Stadium against the winner of the Denton/Red Oak match.
The Bearcats opened the scoring at the 29:15 mark of the opening half when Davis sent a corner kick to Brady Lain, who found the back of the net from in front of the goal.
Just six minutes later, Davis beat the Yellowjackets’ keeper with a 25-yard shot that reached the upper-right corner for a 2-0 lead.
The Bearcats’ lead grew to 3-0 when Lain found Davis in front of the goal. The senior blasted a shot from 15 yards out at the 20:06 mark.
Bearcats fall in overtime to Rams
Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie scored a game-high 30 points and freshman guard Mallory Powell added 11 to lead the Ladycats to a 68-46 victory over Mineral Wells Tuesday night in District 6-4A action at the Aledo High School gym.
The win raises the Ladycats' mark to 7-1 in district play. Aledo remains in a three-way tie for first place with Saginaw and Springtown.
The Ladycats will continue district play at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Birdville.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were sophomore wing Caileen Tallant with nine points, Gough and sophomore guard Alanna Martin, each with seven, and sophomore guard Haley Loftin and junior guard Shelby Stockard, each with two.
Mineral Wells 57, Bearcats 50 OT
The Bearcats dropped to 1-5 in District 6-4A after a 57-50 overtime loss to Mineral Wells Tuesday night at the AHS gym.
With the game tied at 46-46, the Bearcats' last-second shot was partially blocked as the Rams forced overtime.
Mineral Wells outscored the Bearcats 11-4 in the extra session to take the win.
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.