— By GREG WEBB
Nearly all of the Parker County basketball teams have begun their respective district schedules, with the Springtown (Dist. 6-3A) and Poolville (Dist, 11-1A, DI) girls making their first foray on Friday. The Porcupines and Monarchs boys’ teams wait another week to begin their league campaigns.
But for most, Friday sees a resumption of the all-important district slates which will require attention through the current month and into February.
The Weatherford varsity teams travel to take on Arlington High. The Lady Roos (1-3), look to get another district win and climb back to the middle of the District 3-5A pack in hopes of snaring another playoff berth for a second-consecutive postseason appearance. The WHS boys (0-2) will try to break into the win column in a very talented district. Game starts are set for 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
Aledo’s varsity teams are home and away, with the Bearcats hosting FW Southwest after a disappointing 1-3 mark coming out of the Moritz Classic tourney.. The AHS boys are 1-1 in District 7-4A and will tipoff at 7:30 p.m. at Bearcat gym. The Ladycats (4-0) have dominated its district slate thus far, and appears to be headed to a mid-season clash with Granbury (4-0). But the district foes will need to get by Southwest and Trimble Tech, respectively, to set up the clash of the undefeateds.
District 9-2A, which is heavily populated with Parker County schools, features a intracounty clash always anticipated and usually a crowd pleaser, with Peaster and Brock squaring off for the first of two district meetings. Taking advantage of the final day of the holiday break, the games will be afternoon affairs at Peaster High School.
The Lady Greyhounds (1-2), led by new head coach Denise Yankie hope to use the home venue to even up their district mark at the expense of the Lady Eagles (4-0). Brock and Peaster will take the court slated for a 3 p.m. start.
After the girls contest, the Brock boys (2-0), who also have new leadership in head coach Zach Boxell, will take on the Greyhounds who, like Brock, has enjoyed tournament success in preparing for the district rigors. Peaster bounced Boyd in its district opener on New Year’s Eve, 66-33.
Millsap’s Lady Bulldogs, headed up by coach Ron Berry, hopes to even up its 1-2 district record, as well, as the MHS girls travel to Alvord for a 1 p.m. match.
The Millsap varsity boys follow-up, slated for 3 p.m.
Springtown’s girls open district in a home match against always-tough Kennedale ay 8 p.m. The SHS boys travel for their final pre-district meeting, playing at Sanger in an afternoon tilt. The Porcupines will open District 6-3A play next week, hosting Lake Worth.
The Poolville girls open their 2014 district campaign with a trip to Chico, while the varsity boys travel to play Lindsay. After hosting its final non-district contest against Muenster, the Monarchs will host Ranger on Jan. 10 to begin its march to return to postseason.