Aledo High School
Elizabeth Vann-Stenzler/The Community News: Johnathan Gray receives notification that he is the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year following Tuesday's practice at Aledo High School. He is shown with AHS Assistant Principal Doug Funk and AHS Athletic Director Tim Buchanan.
Aledo senior running back Johnathan Gray was awarded the 2011-12 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year in an announcement in Aledo on Tuesday morning.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Gray as the nation’s best high school football player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Gray from more than 1.1 million high school football players nationwide. Gray is now a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
The Aledo Ladycats basketball team is ranked 13th in the State of Texas in this week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
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Thursday, Dec. 8, is an early-release date for staff development for all Aledo ISD schools. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11 a.m., and secondary campuses will dismiss at noon. All Pre-K and PPCD program students will ride the bus to school for A.M. classes only and release at 11 a.m. Secondary classes (grades 6-12) will release at noon. Buses will run accordingly to accommodate these schedules.
Several hundred tickets to Saturday's Aledo-Stephenville game are still available at the Bearcat Store, located in the Aledo ISD Adminsistration building on Bailey Ranch Road. Fans are encourages to purchase tickets locally ($8 for adults, $5 for students) in order to avoid long lines at the stadium in Midlothian.
All tickets at the gate will be $10.
Class AAAA Div. II State Quarterfinal
Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville Yellowjackets
Site: Midlothian ISD Stadium
US-287 & S 14th St.
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Day/Day: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Game Time: 3:00pm
Pre-Sell: Adults $8
All tickets $10 at the gate.
The next stop for the Aledo Bearcats in their quest for a third straight state championship is Midland to face the Canyon Randall Raiders.
The game will be played at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at Grande Communications Stadium, located at 5514 Champions Drive.
Aledo will be the visiting team.
Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Johnathan Gray escapes the grasp of Mansfield Summit's Boling Dayton on the way to his first touchdown in Aledo's 59-23 win over the Jaguars. Also shown are receiver Michael Mann and quarterback Matthew Bishop.
Aledo defeated Mansfield Summit 59-23 in the Area Championship game played at Burleson Elk Stadium on Friday, Nov. 18. The Bearcats will face the winner of the Canyon Randall-El Paso Riverside game on Saturday, Nov. 15.
The regional quarterfinal game is expected to be played on Friday, Nov 25. If Randall wins, it will likely be played in Sweetwater. If El Paso wins, it will be in Midland.
Check www.community-news.com for playoff updates when the time and place are announced.
Below is a game recap of the Aledo-Mansfield Summit game. Check the Nov. 25 issue of The Community News for more photos and information.
Sights and sounds from Aledo's Area Championship win over Mansfield Summit on Nov. 18, 2011. Included are band, fans, cheerleaders and game action, including a long touchdown run by Johnathan Gray.
Aledo kicked off to Mansfield Summit, who started on their own 20.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo Ladycat pitcher Kacie Brann signed her letter of intent on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to attend Angelo State University next year.
Behind Brann's pitching, a Ladycat softball team composed mainly of freshmen went three levels deep into the playoffs last season.
For more on the signing, see the Nov. 25 issue of The Community News.
The Class AAAA Division II Area Playoff football game between the Aledo Bearcats and the Mansfield Summit Jaguars will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Burleson Elks Stadium.
Pre-sell tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the gate will be $9.
Aledo is the home team
Live updates of the game will be at www.community-news.com
Randy Keck/The Community News: Mykah Wilson jump serves to Canyon Randall in the UIL Regional Semifinal volleyball match at McMurry University in Abilene.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the match in Abilene
Canyon Randall defeated Aledo in five games in the regional volleyball semifinal in Abilene on Friday, Nov 11.
Aledo fell behind in the first game by 12 points, but gained ground later in the game, eventually losing the first game 14-25. The momentum from the end of the first game carried into the next two, which the Ladycats won 25-20 and 25-21.
They were unable to put Randall away, however, as Canyon won the last two games 17-25 and 9-15.
Scenes from the Regional Volleyball Tournament in which Aledo faced Canyon Randall. Scenes include fan support, opening warmups, introductions and an extended volley that shows the intensity of play on both sides.
For more on the regional tournament, see the Nov. 18 issue of The Community News.