By GREG WEBB
Completing its non-district schedule on Tuesday with a win over host Springtown, Ladycats head coach Kathy Goings thinks the Aledo varsity still has room for improvement, but does not doubt the group’s resolve.
“The girls have already set their goal to be undefeated in [District 7-4A],” Goings said, “and, even though they still have room to grow, I know they will come out fighting hard.
“We open with Granbury, who will be very tough this year, but I would never sell these [Aledo} girls short. They are real competitors and love to win.”
Aledo set the stage for its district opener with a straight-set performance against Springtown, winning 25-18, 25-12, 25-15. The Lady Porcupines scrapped gamely at the conclusion in each of the three sets, but failed to equalize the Ladycats hitters.
Finishing its pre-district slate with a 22-6 record, Aledo will host the district opener against the Lady Pirates on Friday, with a 5:30 p.m. start.
Springtown head coach Leighann Strickland was a bit dismayed why the Lady Porcupines seemed disjointed in the match, but found some solace in that it was a rarity thus far in the season.
“We just seemed to be hit-n-miss all night and never really all got on the same page,” Strickland said of the Lady Porcupines play. “I really think it was just our turn to have ‘one of those night.’ I believe we had 37 blocking errors, which is never good.
“But, we really have not had one of these type matches all season, thank goodness, so I’ll take that.”
Springtown had its bright spots, with senior co-captain Shelbi Meek knocking down 11 kills, with as many assists. Meek’s co-captain counterpart, senior Ashley Mainord, had 12 digs.
Springtown will wait a little longer for its District 6-3A opener, slated for Sept. 27 at Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis, but will resume the pre-district slate against another tough opponent on Friday, playing host to Class 2A defending state champ Brock on Friday, 5 p.m.
Strickland is happy to be playing teams the calibre of Aledo and Brock, hoping the competition will pay dividends in the district schedule, as well as the postseason.
By GREG WEBB
Prep football playoff pairings
CLASS 5A DIVISION I
DeSoto (14-0) vs. Allen (14-0)
2 p.m. Saturday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium
Pearland (13-1) vs. SA Madison (11-3)
3 p.m. Saturday, Waco ISD Stadium
Sports briefs - December 12, 2013
Lady Roos fall in district opener
The Weatherford varsity girls hosted Arlington Lamar in one of the few area games played on Tuesday, falling to the Lady Vikes in the District 3-5A premier, 53-39.
Aledo sets new scoring mark; Not through, yet
Paced by Jess Anders’ three touchdowns, Aledo swamped another playoff foe on Monday, beating Wichita Falls, 69-14.
College football - bowl pairings
2013-14 College Football Bowl Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 21
New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque (ESPN)
Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), 1 p.m.
Las Vegas Bowl (ABC)
Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern Cal (9-4), 2:30 p.m.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise (ESPN)
Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 4:30 p.m.
New Orleans Bowl (ESPN)
Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 8 p.m.
Aledo, Ennis to play Saturday at Midlothian
Aledo and Ennis are set to play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Midlothian in the Class 4A, Division II, state semifinals of the Texas high school football playoffs.
Aledo rolls on with 69-14 romp over Coyotes
A 97-yard run by backup running back Isaiah Mallory capped yet another dominating performance by Aledo (14-0), who is still looking for a viable challenger in Class 4A, Division II playoff competition.
Bearcats making up for lost time; lead 49-7 at halftime
Nearly midway through the opening quarter in a Class 4A quarterfinal match against Wichita Falls at Waxahachie's Lumpkin Stadium, Aledo's Daythan Davis finished a Bearcats drive with a 3-yard plunge, which opened the floodgates for the Aledo offense. With subsequent TDs on a Luke Bishop to Ryan Newsome pass, a 1-yard run by Jess Anders and blocked punt recovery in the end zone, the Bearcats held a 28-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Aledo, Wichita Falls to play tonight in Waxahachie
The Aledo-Wichita Falls Class 4A high school football playoff game is scheduled to be played today at 6 p.m. at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.
Aledo-Wichita Falls to meet in Waxahachie
The Aledo-Wichita Falls quarterfinal football playoff match, which has been a moving target since the ice storm visited the area last Thursday, has been set for Monday,
2013 APC volleyball roster simply ‘Super’
Overall, the prep volleyball teams of Parker County may have fallen a bit short of last season’s accomplishments (just barely), but that factor was hardly a reflection on the calibre of players area teams continue to display.
Nearly all of the area squads were prevalent in their respective districts, and individually were more than significant, with 15 players being named to their district’s superlative categories.
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