The preseason Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association poll was released today (Thursday, Feb. 4) with the Aledo Bearcats ranked No. 8 in its Top 10 poll.
The Bearcats begin regular season play on Feb. 25 at home in the Jerry Durant Classic and are coached by Ryan McCurley, who will begin his second year as Aledo’s head baseball coach.
Blake Rosson is the assistant head coach, and other assistants are Chad Berry and Chris O’Donnell.
The Bearcats finished in second place last year in District 6-4A and fell in the bi-district round to regional-finalist Wichita Falls Rider.
The 2010 Class 4A THSBCA preseason poll:
2. AUSTIN LAKE TRAVIS
3. PFLUGERVILLE HENDRICKSON
4. CORPUS CHRISTI CALALLEN
5. CORPUS CHRISTI MOODY
6. FORT WORTH ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
7. CANYON RANDALL
9. ROCKWALL HEATH
Aledo freshman Mallory Powell scored 12 points and sophomore guards Caileen Tallant and Alanna Martin each added 10 to lead the Ladycats to a 54-33 victory over Azle Tuesday night in District 6-4A action at the Aledo High School gym.
The win raises the Ladycats' district mark to 11-1. The Aledo ladies will continue 6-4A play at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at home against Saginaw.
Senior post Tara Gough led AHS with six rebounds and Powell added five. Gough also recorded a game-high five steals, with Martin registering four.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were senior guard Melissa Howell with nine points, Gough with six, junior guard Logan Mittie with four and junior guard Shelby Stockard with three.
Azle runs past Bearcats, 67-33
District-leading Azle jumped out to a 21-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to a 67-33 win over the Aledo Bearcats Tuesday night in 6-4A play at the AHS gym.
The loss drops Aledo to 2-8 in district play. The Bearcats will continue 6-4A action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at home against Saginaw.
The University Interscholastic League announces new district alignments for the purpose of interscholastic competition for the next two years.
Beginning in the school year 2010-11, Aledo will be part of District 5-4A, which will consist of:
Keller Timber Creek
Trophy Club Byron Nelson
Keller Timber Creek and Trophy Club Byron Nelson are new schools that will be competing in varsity football for the first time next season.
Aledo's new district will not include past 6-4A schools Saginaw and Mineral Wells. Saginaw was bumped up to Class 5A, while Mineral Wells is headed to District 7 in Class 3A.
The new District 5-4A will matchup in the bi-district playoffs (first round) with the new District 6-4A, which consists of all Fort Worth ISD schools in Class 4A.
Aledo ISD athletic director/head football coach Tim Buchanan is pleased with the new district, and pleased Aledo was placed in an eight-team district, meaning he did not have to add extra non-district football games.
No. 17 Ladycats move to 10-1 in 6-4A with 64-46 win
Paced by a double double from senior Shane Smith, the Aledo Bearcats stopped a four-game District 6-4A losing streak with a convincing 62-55 victory over Boswell Saturday afternoon at the AHS gym.
Smith pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds while also scoring 12 points. Three other Bearcats reached double figures in scoring including junior guard Robbie Spreier with a team-high 15 points, junior guard Danny Glass with 11 and junior guard Matt Barron with 10.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were sophomore post Mike Wilson with six points, and senior guards Gregg Lowe and Dillon Hawkins, each with four.
Defensively, Spreier and Smith led AHS with four steals apiece, with Lowe adding three.
The Bearcats led 17-15 after the first quarter and built a 29-21 lead at the half. Spreier led the Bearcats with 11 points in the opening half, including a pair of three-point buckets.
Boswell outscored Aledo 10-8 in the third quarter to cut the Bearcats' lead to six points as the game entered the fourth period.
Today's (Friday, Jan. 29) scheduled District 6-4A basketball games between Aledo and Boswell are postponed due to weather and varsity games only will be rescheduled tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 30) at the Aledo High School gym.
The Ladycats will play Boswell at noon tomorrow followed by the Bearcats/Pioneers game at 1:30 p.m.
The start times of today's Aledo/Mineral Wells soccer matches at Bearcat Stadium have been changed. The Ladycats and Lady Rams will kickoff at 5 p.m. followed by the boys' contest at 7 p.m.
Any further changes will be posted on this site.
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo head girls basketball coach Rusty Johnson plans strategy during a recent Ladycats game. The Ladycats own a four-game winning streak and will host Boswell at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the AHS gym. The Bearcats game will follow at 8 p.m.
The Aledo High School basketball teams will host Boswell at the AHS gym while the soccer teams will entertain Mineral Wells at Bearcat Stadium on Friday, Jan. 29.
The state-ranked No. 17 Ladycats basketball team is 9-1 and sits atop of the District 6-4A standings. Springtown also sports a 9-1 district mark, but Aledo holds the tiebreaker due to a 10-point win at Springtown earlier in league play.
The Ladycats have won four consecutive games and will be facing a Lady Pioneer team with a 5-5 district mark. Tip off is at 6 p.m.
The Bearcats (1-7) will face a 2-6 Boswell squad. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The AHS defending-district-champion soccer teams are both 1-0 in league play.
Bearcats drop 56-35 decision to Bears
Five Aledo Ladycats reached double figures as the AHS ladies ran past the Brewer Lady Bears, 87-35, Tuesday night in District 6-4A action at Brewer.
The win elevates the No. 17 and district-leading Ladycats to 9-1 in 6-4A. The Ladycats will continue district play at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at home against Boswell.
Junior guard Logan Mittie led the Ladycats with 21 points, with freshman wing Mallory Powell and senior post Tara Gough each recording 14 points.
Also reaching double figures was sophomore wing Caileen Tallant with 13 points and junior guard Sarah Hawkins with 10.
Aledo jumped out to 17-5 lead after the opening period. Paced by nine points from Gough with an additional seven from Tallant, the Ladycats scored 29 points in the second quarter to take a 46-20 lead at the half.
The Ladycats put the game away with a 21-7 run in the third period to take a 67-27 lead into the final stanza.
Also scoring for Aledo were junior wing Shelby Stockard with eight points, senior guard Melissa Howell with four and sophomore guard Alanna Martin with three.
Brewer 56, Bearcats 35
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo senior guard Dillon Hawkins drives to the basket in a recent game. The Aledo basketball teams will continue District 6-4A play Tuesday night at Brewer.
AHS basketball teams play at Brewer on Tuesday, while soccer teams travel to Springtown
Aledo High School teams will be in district action on Tuesday (Jan. 26) as the basketball teams travel to Brewer, and the soccer teams open district play at Springtown.
In girls' hoops, the state-ranked No. 17 Ladycats will bring an 8-1 District 6-4A record into Brewer to face the 1-8 Lady Bears. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Aledo ladies are in a first-place tie with Springtown, although Aledo sits at the top of the standings due to a win over the Lady Porcupines 10 days ago.
The Bearcats (1-6) are seeking revenge from an earlier loss to Brewer. The Bears will bring a 5-2 record into the contest, which is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. at the Brewer High School gym.
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.