Both the Aledo High School Ladycats and Bearcats golf teams captured District 8-5A championships after the final round of their respective tournaments Wednesday at Squaw Valley Golf Course in Glen Rose.
The Bearcats shot a 36-hole total of 599 (299-300) to clip Cleburne by a stroke, while the Ladycats shot a two-day total of 576 (290-286) to win the tournament over second-place Joshua (708) by a whopping 132 strokes.
Defending state champion Cheyenne Knight (63-65-128) of Aledo won the individual girls' championship with teammate Mary Katherine Ingram finishing third overall.
The Bearcats' top medalist, Sam Shryoc, shot a 141 (72-69) to place third overall in the boys' tournament.
Former Aledo Ladycats state-championship and All-American pitcher Whitney Canion, also a two-time all-American at Baylor, is preparing to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Aledo/Centennial softball game Tuesday night at the AHS softball field. The Ladycats were recognizing Canion, who 10 days ago had her No. 11 jersey retired at Baylor University. She is the first former Aledo High School athlete to have a number retired at a major university.
Aledo senior forward Brittney Trought (17) puts pressure on the Birdville goalkeeper during the Ladycats' 1-0 loss to the Lady Hawks Friday night in an area playoff soccer match at Bearcat Stadium.
Birdville scored a goal from within the box with 7:33 left in the second half and then held back a late Aledo charge as the Lady Hawks escaped with a 1-0 win over the Ladycats Friday night in a Class 5A area soccer playoff at Bearcat Stadium.
The Ladycats end a successful season with a 19-6 overall record.
Aledo had two goals disallowed in the first half on offsides calls.
Facing possibly their first loss of the season, the state-ranked No. 1 Aledo Ladycats were down to their last strike Friday night in a key District 8-5A softball game at Joshua.
Host Joshua led 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning, and the Ladycats had a runner on base with two outs with Riley Sartain at the plate with a two-strike count.
With Joshua one strike away from the upset, Sartain drove the next pitch over the wall for a two-run home run that also drove home Mary Myers as Aledo took their first lead of the contest, 2-1.
Sartain’s blast held up as pitcher Lauren Craine retired the Lady Owls in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win.
The win raises the Ladycats district mark to 8-0, while Joshua drops to 6-2.
Bearcats stay unbeaten after 8-4 win
Aledo forward Sydney Laughley (13) advances the ball as Abigail Shryoc (20) gets into position during the Ladycats win in the bi-district playoffs last week. The Ladycats will face Birdville at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Bearcat Stadium in a Class 5A, Region I area playoff match.
Coming off a 5-1 victory last week over Western Hills in the opening round of the Class 5A soccer playoffs, the Aledo Ladycats will hope to continue their playoff run when they face the Birdville Lady Hawks on Friday, April 3 in a rare home playoff match.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium.
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A scout for the Carolina Panthers works out several Tarleton State University and Midwestern State University football players Wednesday morning at the Aledo High School indoor facility. TSU invited Midwestern players to the workout session. TSU decided to hold its pro day in Aledo as many NFL scouts are in the area this week for pro days on the campuses of TCU and SMU. Scouts from the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams and other NFL teams were working out players at the facility.
Aledo center fielder Mary Myers makes solid contact Monday during the Ladycats' 13-1 win at Cleburne.
Aledo catcher Alli Ramsey swatted a home run and two triples while driving in five runs to lead the state-ranked No. 1 Ladycats to a 13-1 win over Cleburne Monday in a District 8-5A game at Cleburne.
The win – at the halfway point of district softball play – raises the Ladycats’ league record to a sparkling 7-0.
Riley Sartain also smashed a homer and added a triple, and also collecting a pair of hits were Rhylie Makawe (double, single) and Kayden Kirkpatrick (two singles).
Lauren Craine (7-0) earned the win in the circle for Aledo.
Both the Aledo Ladycats softball team and Bearcats baseball team will take to the road today in respective District 8-5A contests.
The Ladycats will play at 5 p.m. today at Cleburne.
Aledo, in first place in 8-5A, brings a 6-0 league record into the contest, while Cleburne is 2-4 in district play.
The Bearcats will travel to Burleson today to face the Elks. The first pitch will be at 7 p.m.
The Bearcats, all alone at the top of the 8-5A standings, comes into the game with a 4-0 district mark, while Burleson stands at 1-3 in league play.
Former Aledo Ladycats state-championship winning pitcher Whitney Canion is surrounded by the 2015 Baylor Lady Bears today prior to Baylor's home softball game against Oklahoma State. Canion, who was a two-time All-American at Baylor, had her No. 11 jersey retired in a pre-game ceremony. It is the first jersey ever retired by the Baylor softball program, and Canion is the first former Aledo athlete to have a number retired at a major university. Look for the April 3 issue of The Community News for more photos of the ceremony and Canion's thoughts on her special day.