A curse may have turned into a blessing for the Aledo Ladycats volleyball team.
Playing at the Northwest ISD Volleyball Tournament without injured top hitters Maddie Goings and Emily Smith, the Ladycats went 1-2 in Thursday pool play.
But after the lineup settled - and paced by a bevy of eager hitters - the Ladycats went undefeated in Friday pool play and won all three games Saturday in bracket play, including a 25-21, 25-19 victory over Class 6A Plano East in the finale to win the consolation bracket.
Ladycats head coach Kathy Goings praised the efforts of hitters Amanda Norman, Camryn McLelland, Sarah Haeussler, Peyton Lambert, Izzy Gonzalez and Brecken Roquemore - hitters who saw more touches in the tournament due the absences of Maddie Goings and Smith.
Aledo junior receiver Logan Bridges made the catch of the day when he pulled in this pass with one arm Friday morning during the Bearcats scrimmage with Byron Nelson High School at Bearcat Stadium.
Although both the No. 1 Aledo Bearcats and Byron Nelson found the end zone during the controlled portion of their Friday morning scrimmage at Bearcat Stadium, the two squads fought to a scoreless tie in the 12-minute, timed portion of the practice game.
Bearcats head coach Steve Wood said he liked his team's effort and enthusiasm in the scrimmage, and added that it was good to see the team "hit someone else" after two weeks of practices.
Aledo senior receiver Carter Windes (2) races down the sideline after catching a pass on Aug. 15 during the Bearcats intrasquad scrimmage. The Bearcats will host Byron Nelson in a scrimmage that begins at 9 a.m. Friday (Aug. 21) at Bearcat Stadium.
The state-ranked No. 1 and two-time defending state champion Aledo Bearcats will host Byron Nelson High School in a controlled scrimmage at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Bearcat Stadium.
The JV and freshman scrimmages will follow.
The Bearcats open the 2015 season against No. 2 Cedar Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at McLane Stadium in Waco.
Aledo libero Allegra Rivas (6) bumps a pass to the front row during the Ladycats 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 victory Tuesday night at Decatur.
Paced by a match-high 19 kills from junior hitter Maddie Goings, the Class 5A No. 4 Aledo Ladycats swept past the Class 4A No. 3 Decatur Lady Eagles, 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 Tuesday night in a non-district volleyball match at Decatur.
The win raises the Ladycats' record to 7-4.
Junior hitter Amanda Norman added eight kills, with junior setter Erin Weiss recording a match-high 32 assists.
Defensively, libero Allegra Rivas had a match-high 13 digs with Weiss adding 11.
Coder Elementary School Pre-K teacher Dianne Gillham takes advantage of the Taco truck parked outside of Aledo High School during a lunch break Tuesday. Gillham and other teachers from throughout Aledo ISD are attending annual staff development workshops at AHS. Mobile lunch trucks were parked outside of the high school today to give staffers a chance to eat a hot meal without leaving campus. The first day of school at all Aledo ISD campuses is Monday, Aug. 24.
Aledo sophomore setter Drew Gates (2) focuses on the ball before setting hitter Emily Smith (12) during a recent match.
In a clash between two schools that qualified for their respective state tournaments last year, the Aledo Ladycats will travel to Decatur to meet the Lady Eagles at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18.
The freshman and junior varsity matches will begin at 5:30 p.m.
In the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, the Ladycats were ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, while the Lady Eagles were No. 3 in the Class 4A poll.
The Ladycats reached the state semifinals last year before falling to eventual 5A champion Lucas Lovejoy.
Capping the first week of practices with a final workout Saturday morning at Bearcat Stadium, the two-time defending state champion Aledo Bearcats scrimmaged each other in only the second day of workouts in full gear. Shown is senior receiver Ryan Mullins catching a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Dillon Davis. The Bearcats will host a scrimmage at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 against Byron Nelson High School at Bearcat Stadium.
Aledo Nation turned up large and loud as several families, including hundreds of girls and boys, came to the Aledo High School Indoor Facility Thursday night for the "Meet The Bearcats" event. Shown are several girls and boys getting their Bearcats posters signed by the Bearcat players. Football players, cheerleaders, drill team members, trainers and band members were available to meet and greet and sign autographs. For more on 'Meet The Bearcats" night see the Aug. 21 issue of The Community News.
Aledo junior and No. 1 girls' singles player Nikki Adamie sends down a forehand winner Thursday morning at the Aledo High School tennis courts in a team tennis match with Hereford. Adamie won her match. The AHS tennis team will face Lubbock Moneterrey beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at the AHS courts.
The annual Meet The Bearcats event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Aledo High School Indoor Facility. The two-time defending state champion Bearcats and the AHS cheerleaders will be on hand to sign autographs and autograph posters, and fans can also meet the AHS coaching staff.