Aledo senior pitcher Austin Vassberg allowed five hits en route to his second win of the season to lead the Bearcats to a 6-3 victory over co-host Trinity Friday night at the HEB Mid Cities Classic at Trinity High School.
The Bearcats (6-2) took advantage of four Trojan errors and needed just three hits - including a home run by Nils Smith and a triple by Hayden Hall - to seal the victory.
Aledo will conclude tournament play with a pair of games today (Saturday, March 6) at Trinity High School.
The Bearcats will face Arlington Lamar at 10 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. contest against Paschal.
Getting primed for postseason play, both the Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats soccer teams won easily against Boswell in District 12-4A matches played today (Friday, March 5) at Bearcat Stadium.
The Bearcats began the evening's games with a 5-2 win over the Pioneers, while the Ladycats strolled to an easy 6-1 victory over the Lady Pioneers in the nightcap.
The district-champion Bearcats raised their 12-4A mark to 11-0.
The win raises the second-place Ladycats district record to 7-4. Although they have not lost a game on the field in district play, the Aledo girls were forced to forfeit earlier district matches against Saginaw, Boswell, Brewer and Springtown due to a clerical mistake regarding a student's "incomplete" grade, according to AHS head coach Derek Vierling.
Both teams will conclude district play against Saginaw on Tuesday, March 9, at Bearcat Stadium.
Aledo forward Thomas Davis led the Bearcats with three goals, with Yusef Marwan and Matt Nickell each adding a goal.
Nickell, Marwan, Chris Twedell and Brady Lain each recorded an assist in the game that saw the Bearcats take a 4-1 lead at the half.
The first phase of a contested case hearing regarding Republic Waste's proposed waste transfer station in east Parker County will be held Wednesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. in the Aledo Community Center.
Republic Waste applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit to build the Waste Transfer Station on Nu Energy Drive between Bankhead Hwy. and I-20 in 2008. The TCEQ ruled that Republic has met all technical requirements to be issued a preliminary permit.
Because of the proposed facility's proximity to Aledo High School and athletic complex, as well as proximity to other educational outlets, residents and public officials have protested the location of the facility. Parker County Judge Mark Riley, the Aledo Independent School District and the City of Aledo have all fought the application, so far to no avail.
The Wednesday hearing is the next step in the process for those who oppose the waste transfer station.
Aledo senior pitcher Calvin Loftis allowed just two hits in six innings to lead the Bearcats to a 14-0 victory over Lubbock Coronado Thursday at the HEB Mid Cities Classic at Trinity High School.
The state-ranked No. 8 Bearcats (5-2) will continue tournament play at 7 p.m. today against Trinity at Trinity High School.
Loftis (1-1) gave way to senior Austin Vassberg in the seventh inning, who sent Coronado down in order in the final frame.
The Bearcats swatted 13 hits, including a home run each by Asher Zeeb and Lawton Rinker.
The Bearcats also played Richland on Thursday, falling 6-1.
The Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats track teams will compete on Saturday, March 6, at the Pojo Relays at Porcupine Stadium in Springtown.
The meet will begin at 8 a.m. with the girls and boys 3200-meter run.
The junior varsity girls will begin each running event followed by the varsity girls, junior varsity boys and varsity boys. The order changes in some field events.
Girls running preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m., and girls field events and boys running preliminaries are scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
Running finals will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Finals events in order:
300 Intermediate hurdles
Birdville pitcher Randi Fentress held Aledo to four hits while striking out nine to lead the Lady Hawks to a 4-0 win over the Ladycats Wednesday night in the District 6-4A softball opener at Birdville High School.
The Ladycats (5-6, 0-1 in 6-4A) will take a break from district action and play Thursday through Saturday (March 4-6) at the A&M Consolidated tournament in College Station.
AHS will resume 6-4A action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at home against Brewer.
Ladycats pitcher Sarah Simpson took the loss in the circle for Aledo. The senior allowed two earned runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
"Sarah pitched a pretty good game," Ladycats head coach Jeff Lemons said. "We made a few errors that didn't help her and led to two unearned runs, but I was pleased with the command she had on her pitches. It's just the first district game, and there is no panic here."
Junior lead-off hitter Carolyn Clayton led the Ladycats at the plate with two hits, including a triple.
Also recording a hit for Aledo were senior first baseman Rebecca Phillips with a double and junior shortstop Lauren Durham with an infield single.
Mark Riley held off a close challenge from Cary McKay to retain his seat as County Judge in Parker County in March 2 Republican primary voting. (Due to lack of Democrats as candidates for any county office, Riley is de facto winner of the election to be held in November barring unforeseen circumstances).
In a race that was close all evening, Riley ended up tallying 7,158 votes to McKay’s 6,953, a difference of 205 votes out of more than 14,000 cast.
Dusty Renfro managed to win a three-way primary race to become the de facto Precinct 4 Commissioner Elect. In a highly-visible contest, Renfro ended up with about 56 percent of the vote to escape a runoff election. Mason Wallis and Jorden Wood virtually split the remaining votes.
Incumbent Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Melvin Simons and challenger Lynn Johnson will face a runoff, however. The candidates were separated by less than a percentage point - Simons winning the plurality with 1,805 votes to Johnson’s 1,762. Ron Miller pulled in about 29 percent of the vote to force the runoff.
Former Ladycats first baseman Kelley earns RRAC honor
After the original playing date had been postponed due to recent rains, the Aledo Ladycats will open District 6-4A softball play today (Wednesday, March 3) at 7 p.m. at Birdville.
The contest will be a varsity-only affair.
In other Ladycats softball news, former first baseman Christina Kelley, who started on Aledo's 2008 state championship team and is now playing at Texas Wesleyan University, earned Red River Athletic Conference "Player of the Week" honors last week.
She hit for a .545 average last week with three home runs and 11 RBI to help the Lady Rams win five of six games.
In other AHS contests also rescheduled for today, the Aledo Bearcats and Ladycats soccer teams will continue district play at Azle.
The boys' match will begin at 6 p.m. at Hornet Stadium followed by the girls' contest at 8 p.m.
Four Aledo Bearcats basketball players earned All-District 6-4A honors in a vote of district coaches, it was announced today.
Aledo senior guards Shane Smith and Dillon Hawkins each were selected to the boys' District 6-4A second team, while junior guards Danny Glass and Matt Barron each earned honorable mentions.
Tonight's (Monday, March 1) Aledo Ladycats District 6-4A softball opener at Birdville has been postponed due to wet grounds.
A make-up game will be determined at a later date.
Tonight's Aledo High School soccer games at Azle have also been postponed due to flooding at Hornet Stadium.
The soccer games will be made up Wednesday night at Azle. The Bearcats will play at 6 p.m. followed by the Ladycats at 8 p.m.