James Albritton/Salt Fork Images: Aledo senior running back Jess Anders accelerates through a huge hole Friday night during the Bearcats 68-6 victory over Joshua in the District 8-5A opener at Bearcat Stadium. Anders recorded touchdown runs of 23 and 8 yards.
Aledo senior receiver Toby Gray began the 2014 season at linebacker, but recently was moved to a wide-out spot as coaches looked to take advantage of his height and athletic ability.
And in only his second game starting at receiver, Gray, who also returns kickoffs, scored all four times he touched the ball to help the state-ranked No. 1 Bearcats to a 68-6 win over the Joshua Owls Friday night in the District 8-5A opener at Bearcat Stadium.
The win raises the Bearcats overall record to 3-1.
"I was shocked when I was moved from linebacker to receiver," Gray said.
"But Coach (Steve) Wood is a smart man, and he knows what he is doing.
"I had a lot of fun out there tonight."
Gray ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and freshman Carson White booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
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Aledo Middle School's Gracie Morris, left, and Nik Smith were winner's in their respective races Wednesday afternoon at the AMS Cross Country Meet held at McAnally Intermediate School.
Morris led the girls' race from start to finish, and after rounding the first turn in third place, Smith passed two runners halfway through the 2-mile course and easily won the boys' race.
The Aledo Bearcats junior varsity Black team will face Crowley at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at Old Bearcat Stadium at Aledo Middle School.
In other sub-varsity action on Thursday, the Bearcats JV Orange team will play at 7 p.m. at Joshua, while the Bearcats freshman Black team will play Joshua at 5:30 p.m. at Bearcats Stadium followed by the Bearcats freshman Orange/Joshua game at 7 p.m.
The state-ranked No. 4 Aledo Ladycats swept Crowley, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19 Tuesday night in District 8-5A volleyball action at Crowley.
The win raises the Ladycats' district mark to 4-0 and 26-7 overall.
Aledo middle Emily Smith recorded a match-high 12 kills, Emily Clayton added seven and Maddie Goings and Madison Lopez each finished with six.
All three Aledo sub-varsity teams downed Crowley with respective sweeps.
The Ladycats junior varsity strolled to wins of 25-11, 25-6; the freshman A team won in a 25-16, 25-21 sweep; and the freshman B team cruised to a 25-12, 25-17 victory.
For the complete story see the Sept. 26 issue of The Community News.
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Aledo senior hitter Madison Lopez elevates for a kill during a recent match. The state-ranked No. 4 Aledo Ladycats will continue District 8-5A volleyball action at 6:30 p.m. today at Crowley. The Ladycats lead District 8-5A with a 3-0 record.
Aledo sophomore middle hitter Maddie Goings finished with a match-high 12 kills and added four blocks and sophomore hitter Emily Smith recorded nine kills to lead the state-ranked No. 4 Ladycats to a 25-6, 25-10, 25-19 victory over Cleburne Friday night in a District 8-5A volleyball contest at Cleburne.
The win raises the Ladycats overall record to 25-7 and 3-0 in district play. Aledo will continue district play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crowley.
"I like that we got it done in three," Ladycats head coach Kathy Goings said. "But again, they have to keep that intensity throughout the third game. We had some mental errors again, like last Tuesday at Everman (in a Ladycats 3-1 win where AHS dropped the third game after taking a 2-0 lead), and we have to keep that intensity throughout every game.
"I really liked the way we came out and took care of business in the first two games. We were aggressive, and the serving, hitting, passing and setting were accurate, and on defense we were ready to move.
"But we just kind of got lax in that third game."
Early in the opening game, sophomore setter Erin Weiss - who finished with a match-high 26 assists - targeted sophomore middle hitter Maddie Goings on short sets for slams from the middle. In a four-point run, Maddie Goings recorded three kills and a block as Aledo took a quick 8-2 lead.
After a Cleburne point on the next rally, Weiss set Maddie Goings for consecutive kills before an ace by Hannah Berkovsky and a kill by Madison Lopez extended the Ladycats' lead to 12-3.
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Aledo sophomore middle hitter Maddie Goings recorded a match-high 20 kills and sophomore setter Erin Weiss dished out a match-high 38 assists as the state-ranked No. 4 Ladycats defeated No. 17 Everman, 25-10, 25-9, 23-25, 25-8 Tuesday night in a District 8-5A volleyball match at Everman.
The win raises the Ladycats district mark to 2-0 and 24-7 overall, while the Lady Bulldogs fall to 0-2 in 8-5A.
Defensively for Aledo, Madison Lopez recorded 17 digs with Tyler Lucas adding 13.
The Ladycats will continue district play at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at Cleburne.
For more see the Sept. 19 issue of The Community News.
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Aledo senor Hannah Berkovsky (14) sends the ball back during the Ladycats win over Granbury on Sept. 12. Aledo travels to Everman to face the Lady Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. today as District 8-5A play continues.
The state-ranked No. 4 Aledo Ladycats will travel to Everman today to take on the No. 17 Lady Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m.
Aledo (23-7) is 1-0 in district play and coming off a district-opening win over Granbury, while Everman (22-6) fell to Joshua in its district opener.
The freshman A and JV matches will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the freshman B match scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Check this site tonight for results of the matches.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo senior quarterback Luke Bishop (4) nears the end zone on his two-point conversion run Friday night during the Bearcats 49-0 victory over Monterrey Tech at Bearcat Stadium. Bishop threw for three touchdowns.
Aledo senior quarterback Luke Bishop threw for three touchdowns and added a two-point conversion run to lead the Class 5A No. 4 Bearcats to a convincing 49-0 victory over Monterrey (Mexico) Tech Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.
The win raises the Bearcats record to 2-1. Aledo will enjoy an open date next week and open District 8-5A play on Friday, Sept. 26 at home against Joshua, which is also Homecoming Night.
"It feels good to get our first win at home," Bearcats head coach Steve Wood said. "I thought we ran our offense well, and anytime you get a shutout on defense you have to be pleased."
The Bearcats scored on their first drive and led 21-0 after the first quarter. Aledo's first touchdown came on a 60-yared touchdown pass from Bishop to senior receiver Toby Gray, who broke two tackles on his way to the end zone. The PAT kick was wide as AHS led 6-0.
The Bearcats found the end zone again on their second drive. Running back Isaiah Mallory capped an eight-play, 83-yard drive with a two-yard TD run off left tackle. Bishop ran in the two-point conversion, diving into the end zone to give the hosts a 14-0 advantage.
Linebacker Ryan Heiss intercepted a Tech pass to set up the next Aledo score.