After a dramatic ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Aledo High School auditorium, Aledo "four star" recruit Ryan Newsome announced he would play football at UCLA.
However, in the wee morning hours of today Newsome called UCLA coaches and informed them he will instead play football beginning next fall at the University of Texas, joining former Bearcat All-American Johnathan Gray.
In a statement released to the media, Newsome said he had a change of heart when Texas head coach Charlie Strong "kept after me" after the receiver announced he was going to UCLA.
Newsome also said the change of heart happened when he realized it would be easier for his family to watch him play in Austin for the Longhorns.
Everman rebounded an Aledo three-pointer as time expired as the Bulldogs survived with a 51-48 win over the Bearcats Tuesday night in a District 8-5A contest at Everman.
The Bearcats built a 20-9 lead and had a 28-23 advantage at the half.
Aledo led 39-38 as the game moved to the fourth quarter before Everman took a lead with two minutes left that it would not relinquish.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 4-6 in 8-5A.
Ladycats 47, Everman 34
Aledo jumped out to a 13-2 lead and never looked back as the Ladycats ran past Everman, 47-34, in a District 8-5A game Tuesday night at Everman.
The win raises the Ladycats district mark to 8-4.
For more on both games see the Feb. 6 issue of The Community News.
Aledo sophomore post Cam Caldwell (1) elevates to block a shot during a recent game. The Bearcats and Ladycats will continue District 8-5A play today at Everman. The girls game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. followed by a scheduled 8 p.m. start for the boys.
District 8-5A basketball and soccer action continues today for the Aledo High School teams.
The AHS basketball teams will travel to Everman. The Ladycats and Lady Bulldogs will tip off at 6:30 p.m.
The Ladycats bring a 7-4 district mark into the contest, while Everman is still seeking its first district win.
Aledo junior post Rebekah Hissam drives the lane for a lay up during the Ladycats 37-25 win over Burleson Centennial Friday night in a District 8-5A game at the AHS gym.
Avenging an earlier 39-point loss, the Aledo Bearcats held off a late Burleson Centennial come back to down the Spartans, 65-59, Friday night in a District 8-5A contest at the AHS gym.
The win - Aledo's third in a row - elevates the Bearcats district mark to 4-5, while Centennial drops to 5-4.
The Bearcats led 31-26 at the half and at one point in the third quarter had a 12-point advantage before taking a 43-35 lead into the fourth period.
Braxton McCoy scored 21 points, Cam Caldwell added 15 and Dawson Gates finished with 10 to lead the Aledo Bearcats to a convincing 61-40 victory over Joshua Tuesday night in a District 8-5A basketball game at Joshua.
The win - Aledo's second in a row - raises the Bearcats' district mark to 3-5.
The Bearcats led 11-9 after the opening quarter and built a 25-16 lead at the half. Aledo scored 24 points in the fourth period to put the game away.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Dakota Fischer with seven points and Bryson Power with five.
Joshua 46, Ladycats 43
Joshua came back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 46-43 win over the Aledo Ladycats in a District 8-5A hoops contest Tuesday night at Joshua.
Aledo senior quarterback Luke Bishop scampers into the secondary during the state championship game. Bishop and six other Bearcats were selected to the Class 5A Padilla Poll Coaches all-state team.
Seven Aledo Bearcats from the 2014 state championship team earned all-state honors on the Class 5A Padilla Poll Coaches all-state team.
Also, head coach Steve Wood was named Padilla Poll Coaches Coach of the Year.
Six Bearcats - offensive lineman Hunter Harris, quarterback Luke Bishop, receiver Ryan Newsome, freshman defensive lineman James Williams, linebacker Garrett Uhl and defensive back Johnathan Durham - each earned first-team honors.
Aledo defensive back Patrick Peek earned second-team honors.
Both Aledo High School basketball teams defeated Cleburne in District 8-5A games played Friday night at Cleburne.
The Ladycats moved to 6-3 and in a tie for second place in 8-5A after a 46-39 victory over Cleburne (6-3). Kara Williams led the Ladycats with a career-high 21 points, including nine points in the second quarter to lead a 14-4 run.
The Aledo ladies trailed by four points as the game entered the fourth quarter, but the Ladycats went on a 15-4 run in the final stanza to seal the win.
The Ladycats dominated the boards as two players had more than 10 rebounds. Rhylie Makawe pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds with Rebekah Hissam grabbing 11 boards.
Aledo senior wide receiver Ryan Newsome is flanked by family as he put on a cap to indicate he would play football the next four years at UCLA. Newsome made the announcement this afternoon at the Aledo High School auditorium in front of family, friends and media.
Aledo senior receiver Ryan Newsome has decided to play football next year at the University of California at Los Angeles, he announced this afternoon at the Aledo High School auditorium.
"For the next four years of my collegiate football career, I will be attending ..." Newsome paused for about a minute as he collected himself before saying, "...the University of California at Los Angeles."
"Six Times Champions" a specialty publication of The Community News, is currently available on newsstands throughout Aledo and East Parker County.
The publication, which is inserted in the Jan. 23 issue of The Community News, takes a special look back at the Aledo Bearcats 2014 state-championship football season.
The publication offers not only a game-by-game look back at the special season, but also includes features on the players and coaches responsible for putting together the memorable season.
Subscribers will also receive the publication inside their newspaper that is delivered in today's mail.
To subscribe to The Community News call 817-441-7661.
Ladycats senior guard Treva Davis drives hard to the basket Tuesday night during the Ladycats 42-39 win over Granbury at the AHS gym.
Trailing by 14 points in the second quarter, the Aledo Ladycats scored 26 second-half points while holding Granbury to 15 as the Ladycats came back to take a 42-39 victory Tuesday night in a District 8-5A game at the AHS gym.
The win raises the Ladycats' district mark to 5-3, while Granbury falls to 2-6.
The Bearcats fell behind early and trailed by 16 after three periods before scoring 26 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Granbury hung on for a 56-51 win.