Just moments after the Aledo Bearcats defeated Cleburne last Friday in the District 8-5A finale, head coach Steve Wood issued a message to his troops as they gathered on the grass field for a post-game pow wow.
“Burleson just defeated Everman,” he told his team, “which means we are going Division I in the playoffs. That means you can be the first Aledo football team to win a Division I state championship.”
The positive message was well received by the Bearcats, who hooted and hollered after learning the direction they would be headed in Class 5A postseason play.
Showing power at the net and accuracy on the service line, the state-ranked No. 5 Aledo Ladycats swept Lake Dallas, 25-17, 25-17, 25-11 Tuesday night in a Class 5A, Region I quarterfinal volleyball match at Northwest High School.
The Ladycats (39-8) will advance to the regional tournament in Abilene and will face No. 7 Canyon Randall at 5 p.m. on Friday at McMurry University in the regional semifinals.
The regional final will be Saturday at McMurry.
Aledo sophomore middle Maddie Goings led all hitters with 20 kills, with sophomore setter Erin Weiss dishing out a match-high 41 assists.
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Aledo hitters Emily Clayton (18) and Emily Smith (12) put up the block during the Ladycats win over Wichita Falls Rider in the area playoffs. The Ladycats will face Lake Dallas at 7:30 p.m. today at Northwest High School in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal match.
Seeking a return trip the the regional tournament, the state-ranked No. 5 Aledo Ladycats will face Lake Dallas today in a Class 5A, Region I quarterfinal match.
The first serve will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Northwest High School.
The winner of the match will advance to the regional tournament in Abilene and will go up against the winner of the Canyon Randall/Canyon regional quarterfinal match on Friday in the regional semifinals.
The Aledo Ladycats volleyball team and Bearcats football team are in playoff action this week.
The Ladycats will face Lake Dallas in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal match at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 11) at Northwest High School.
Tickets at the gate will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Bearcats will open the Class 5A, Division I playoffs against Fort Worth Trimble Tech.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School stadium.
Pre-sell tickets will be available at the Aledo ISD administration building from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12, and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Scoring on the opening kickoff and on their following six first-half possessions, the Class 5A state-ranked No. 1 Aledo Bearcats ran past the Cleburne Yellowjackets, 63-28, in a District 8-5A contest at Cleburne.
With the win, the Bearcats (9-1) finish the 8-5A slate at 7-0 for their seventh consecutive undefeated district championship.
"I am not going to lie to you, it feels good," first-year Bearcats head coach Steve Wood said. "I am proud of these kids. They have come a long way.
"We got off to a hot start, and that was critical."
The Bearcats will advance to the Division I (big school) bracket and will face Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the bi-district round on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Chisholm Trail High School. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.
The Aledo Ladycats volleyball team has advanced to the regional quarterfinals and will face Lake Dallas.
The first serve will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Northwest High School.
The winner will advance to the regional tournament in Abilene.
Aledo senior hitter Madison Lopez elevates and sends down a kill Thursday night during the Ladycats 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Wichita Falls Rider in an area playoff at Jacksboro.
In 11 of their past 15 matches before the second round of the playoffs, including the bi-district playoffs, the Aledo Ladycats have swept their opponents in overpowering fashion while advancing to the area playoffs.
On Thursday in an area playoff match at Jacksboro, the Ladycats once again won in a sweep, but it was much different than the previous 11.
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The Aledo Ladycats will continue Class 5A, Region I playoff volleyball action today against Wichita Falls Rider in the area round.
The first serve will be at 7 p.m. at Jacksboro High School.
The Ladycats, District 8-5A champions, reached the second round after sweeping Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the bi-district playoffs.
Rider, the runner-up in District 5-5A, defeated Birdville in the opening round.
The winner of today's match will face the winner of the Lake Dallas/Centennial contest in the regional quarterfinals.