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Three Bearcats earn top District 6-4A honors

December 21, 2009 by Tony Eierdam

22 other AHS gridders receive all-league recognition

By Tony Eierdam

Three players from the District 6-4A and state-champion Aledo Bearcats earned top district honors and 22 other Bearcats were also recognized in a vote of 6-4A coaches.

Aledo senior Danny Heiss was the unanimous choice for “Defensive Player of the Year," while sophomore running back Johnathan Gray was selected the league’s “Offensive Player of the Year."

Heiss recorded 83 tackles in seven district games, including 54 solo stops. Gray ripped through 6-4A with 1,222 yards and 28 touchdowns. Gray finished the season with 2,814 yards and 50 TDs in 16 games.

Rounding out top honors from Aledo were sophomore quarterback Matthew Bishop, who earned “Offensive Newcomer of the Year,” and head coach Tim Buchanan and his assistant coaches were chosen as “Coaching Staff of the Year.”

Bishop completed 97 of 145 passes in district play (67 percent) for 1,385 yards and 13 touchdowns. Buchanan and staff have compiled a perfect 14-0 record the last two seasons the Bearcats have competed in District 6-4A.

Earning first-team honors from Aledo were senior tight end Forrest Cook, senior offensive tackle Asher Zeeb, senior offensive guard Brandon Corley, junior center Garrett Young, senior kicker Andrew Kocurek, senior defensive tackle Michael Williams, senior defensive end Cy Wilson, senior inside linebacker Dillon Hawkins, sophomore outside linebacker Brady Lambert, junior cornerback Rylan Riney and junior safety Rob Blowers.

Earning second-team honors from Aledo were senior fullback/slot back Trey Ozee, senior receiver Stetson Stockard, junior defensive lineman Cody Brooks, junior defensive lineman Slaiter Vandertuin and junior cornerback Cameron Cunningham.

Bearcats earning honorable mentions were senior defensive end Devin Davis, sophomore cornerback Dane Davis, junior offensive lineman Kevin Frantz, and senior offensive linemen Nolan Cleveland, Hunter Stockon and Bragen Frank.

Sports Calendar

Friday, March 27

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Preview at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Texas Relays, Qualifiers Only

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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