Three pointers were falling in the Aledo Bearcats' 65-38 win over South Hills in the opening round of the Moritz Invitational in Aledo on Dec. 27. The video shows three-pointers by Kyle Gromann and Taylor Johnson.
The Bearcats will play Centennial in the second round of the tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 in the Aledo High School gym.
More photos and coverage can be found in the Dec. 30 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo junior guard Mallory Powell is fouled going to the basket in Tuesday night's win over Keller Timber Creek. Powell had 15 points in the game.Click on the photo for a gallery from Tuesday night.
The Aledo Ladycats defeated Keller Timber Creek 57-39 Tuesday night on the road. Timber Creek was picked to win district, but the Ladycats didn't seem fazed by the pick. The Bearcats lost their district opener 64-51.
Full stories and photos will be in the Dec. 23 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Players for the Aledo Bearcats hold up the state championship trophy after their third consecutive 4A Division II state championship Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
The Aledo Bearcats defeated the Manvel Mavericks 49-28 to capture their third consecutive 4A Division II State Championship at Cowboys Stadium in Saturday.
Jaylen Hill was named Defensive MVP, and quarterback Matt Bishop received Offensive Player of the Game honors.
A recap of the game follows. Read more about the game in the Dec. 23 issue of The Community News.
Caleb Frysinger returns the opening kickoff out to the Aledo 42 yard line.
The Bearcats are unable to move the ball and are forced to punt. Manvel will operate from their 38 yard line.
The Aledo defense holds, and the offense will work from the 21 yard line this time. Two first downs have moved the ball out to the 44 yard line. A third and three is converted, first and 10 Bearcats
On 1st down a Matt Bishop to Willie Gibson pass is good for 6 and the PAT is good. Aledo 7 Manvel 0 with 5:37 left in the first quarter.
The Mavericks are held on the next series, but get off a beautiful punt to get the Bearcats started inside their own 10 yard line.
A Pate Davis from Matt Bishop completion gives Aledo a 1st down. A penalty on the Manvel defense will give Aledo the ball at their 46. A crossing pattern is a completion to Johnathan Gray for a Bearcat 1st down at the Manvel 39 as the first quarter ends.
The Aledo Athletic Booster Club will have a sendoff for the Bearcats as they leave Aledo for Cowboys Stadium on Saturday morning.
Bearcat fans are asked to line Bailey Ranch Road and FM 1187 (as safety permits) from Bailey Ranch to FM 1187 to cheer for the team as it leaves Aledo High School about 8:30 a.m.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Megan Wood eludes a Birdville defender in the Aledo Ladycats' district opening win against Birdville Tuesday in Aledo.
The Aledo Ladycats made it 1-0 in district standings Tuesday night by defeating Birdville 66-39 at home. More about the week in boys and girls basketball can be found in the Dec. 16 issue of The Community News.
Tickets for the Class AAAA Division II State Football Championship between Aledo and Manvel will go on sale Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. at the Bearcat Store in the ALedo ISD Administration building. Tickets will be available at Aledo High School beginning Thursday.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets at the gate will be $15, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster for an additional fee of $5.30.
Aledo Will be the visiting team and sit on the north side of Cowboys Stadium.
The Aledo Bearcats will face the Manvel Mavericks at noon on Saturday in the 4A Division II State Championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Ticket information is pending.
Manvel is located about 24 miles south of Houston. The Mavericks are 15-0 this season. The defeated las year's runner-up, LaMarque, 29-14 in the regular season and again 38-35 in the state quarterfinal. Manvel defeated Calallen 31-28 on Saturday to earn the berth to the state finals.
Aledo is seeking its third consecutive 4A Division II State Championship.
Live game updates will be provided at this website. Check this post for ticket information.
A crisp night in Mesquite as we get close to game time. The Stadium is Blue on one side and Orange and Black on the other here at Memorial Stadium.
Aledo will kick off to the Corsicana Tigers. A touchback will set the Tigers up at their 20 yard line.
Aledo's defense holds firm, two of three tackles from Gunner Johnson, and the Bearcats will start from their own 48 yard line. A first down is followed by a holding penalty, then Matt Bishop breaks outside to the Tiger's 27 yard line. The yards are hard to come by, and Corsicana forces a 4th down and 8. Matt Bishop keeps left on a pass option and has a 1st down at the Tiger 16 yard line.
On 1st down Johnathan Gray has his first touchdown of the day and 60th of the season, breaking his own Texas single season touchdown record of 59 from last season. The PAT is missed and the Bearcats lead 6-0 with just over 5:00 left in the 1st quarter.
Aledo's coverage team does a great job on the kickoff and the Tigers start at their own 11. The Bearcats force a three and out and will get the ball back in good field position.
Beginning at the 48 yard line, in Tiger territory, a swing pass to Johnathan gray for 31 yards will get Aledo into a first and goal situation. Two Gray carries later, the second for a touchdown from 1 yard out, and it's 12-0 Aledo after a failed two point conversion attempt.
The Tigers have driven into Bearcat territory and are making their offensive presence known. The 1st quarter will end with Corsicana working from the Aledo 34 yard line.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Junior Dylan Campbell battles for a rebound against Gainesville at the Decatur Tournament on Friday.
The Aledo Bearcats defeated Gainesville 54-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the Consolation Championship at the Dacatur Tournament on Saturday at noon.
The Ladycats defeated Lubbock Estacado 59-34 to earn a spot in the Tournament Championship Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
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.