Aledo goalkeeper Woody turns back late Hawks' charge to preserve win
Aledo senior goalkeeper Justen Woody turned back three late Birdville shots from close range, including a breakaway with two and a half minutes remaining in the match, to help the Bearcats to a 2-1 victory over Birdville Friday night in a Class 4A sectional match at Brewer High School.
The win advances the Bearcats (23-1-1) to the regional quarterfinals where they will face the winner of the Midlothian/Crowley sectional match.
Birdville had cut the AHS lead to 2-1 with 5:56 left in the match on a goal by forward Anthony Bardon. The Hawks, using a strong win at their backs in the second half, continued to put on pressure in the Bearcats' defensive end.
With 2:36 remaining, a Birdville attacker was free on a breakaway in the middle, and when he cut to his left the forward tried to poke the ball inside the left post to Woody's right, but Woody made a diving effort to come up with the save.
"I knew I had the angle played right," Woody said. "I just dove and stretched my arms out as far as I could and I deflected the ball out of bounds."
Tony Eierdam/The Community News: Aledo hurdler Anna Stockdale flies over a hurdle at a recent meet. Aledo High School will host the Bearcat Relays on Friday, March 26, at Bearcat Stadium.
Aledo High School will host the annual Bearcat Relays on Friday, March 26, at Bearcat Stadium.
Field events will begin at noon, with the 3200-meter run scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. The meet is a “finals only" event, with running finals beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Below is a list of the scheduled events:
11:15 - scratch meeting in field house
12:00 - field events
12:15 - 3200M
3:30 - running finals
Field event order
Shot put ring #1 VG, VB
Shot put ring #2 JVB, JVG
Discus ring #1 VB, VG
Discus ring #2 JVG, JVB
Long jump pit #1 VG, VB
Triple jump pit #2 VB, VG, JVG
Long Jump pit #3 JVG, JVB / Triple Jump JV Boys
High Jump pit #1 VB, VG
High Jump pit #2 JVG, JVB
Pole Vault VB, JVB, VG, JVG combine if 12 or less
Running Finals JVG, VG, JVB, VB
3:30 400M RELAY
100/110 M HURLDLES
400M WEIGHT MAN RELAY
Matt Nickell scores pair of goals in area championship win
Matt Nickell scored two goals and Yusef Marwan and Thomas Davis each tallied a goal and two assists to lift the Aledo Bearcats to a 4-1 victory over Wichita Falls High School Tuesday night in a Class 4A area championship match at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
The Bearcats will advance to the sectional (third) round where they will face Birdville at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Brewer High School.
Aledo led 2-0 after the first half. Nickell got the Bearcats on the board when he scored after a feed from Marwan.
The Bearcats' lead grew to two goals when Marwan found the back of the net after receiving a pass from Davis.
Old High cut the lead in half, 2-1, with a goal a minute and a half into the second half.
But Aledo got the score back on a Davis goal with Marwan earning the assist that extended the Bearcats' lead to 3-1.
The Bearcats closed the scoring later in the second half on a goal from Nickell with Davis recording the assist.
Saginaw hands baseball Bearcats first district loss
Aledo right fielder Carolyn Clayton's solo inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Ladycats the run they needed to run-rule Saginaw, 15-5, Tuesday night in a District 6-4A contest at Ladycats Field.
The win raises the Ladycats district record to 3-2. Aledo will continue league action at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Springtown.
Kacie Brann was the winning pitcher for AHS. The sophomore allowed five runs on three hits with eight walks and 10 strikeouts in six innings.
Seven of Aledo's 16 hits came off the bats of Jordan Simons and Kendall Kizer. Simons swatted four singles, while Kizer had three hits, including a double.
Clayton - who also registered a single - Aubrey Jordan and Rebecca Phillips each recorded a pair of hits, while Morgan Farley, Shelby Stockard and Sarah Simpson each collected a hit.
The Ladycats broke open a 3-2 game with seven runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-2 lead. The big hit in the frame was a single by Stockard that drove in Farley and Clayton.
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo sophomore forward Kyle Underwood attacks during a recent match. The Bearcats will face Wichita Falls High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the area championship at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Aledo High School baseball, softball teams at home Tuesday against Saginaw
The Aledo Bearcats soccer team will face Wichita Falls High School in the area championship game on Tuesday, March 23, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Ticket costs are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Bearcats (21-1-1) are coming off a 5-1 win over Denton Ryan last Thursday in the bi-district playoffs. Wichita Falls had a bye in the opening round.
The Aledo Ladycats softball team and Bearcats baseball team will both face Saginaw in home diamond tilts on Tuesday.
Both games will begin at 7 p.m. at the Aledo High School athletic complex.
Aledo senior pitcher Calvin Loftis struck out 12 Azle batters en route to a complete game four-hit shutout as the Bearcats handled the Hornets, 9-0, Friday night in a District 6-4A contest at Azle.
The win lifts the state-ranked No. 8 Bearcats to 3-0 in 6-4A, while Azle drops to 1-2.
Aledo will continue district play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at home against Saginaw.
After Azle's leadoff hitter reached on an error, Loftis - who did not issue a walk in seven innings - retired nine batters in a row and 11 of the next 12. In that span, the lefty struck out eight batters, including striking out the side in the second inning.
"Calvin had everything working for him," Aledo skipper Ryan McCurley said. "To not issue any free passes definitely indicated he had quality stuff.
"He buried a lot of sliders on 0-2 and 1-2 counts, and he threw sliders for strikes when he was behind in the count. Anytime he can do those two things and have an exploding fastball, it will be tough to hit him."
Azle did not record a hit until the fourth inning, and one of the four hits Loftis surrendered was an infield singles.
Thomas Davis scored three goals to lead the Aledo Bearcats to a convincing 5-1 victory over Denton Ryan Thursday night in a Class 4A bi-district soccer playoff match at Northwest ISD Stadium.
The win advances the Bearcats to the area round where they will face Wichita Falls High School.
Following the contest the Bearcats lost a "home and home" coin flip, meaning they will travel to Wichita Falls and face the Coyotes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (March 23) at Wichita Falls ISD Memorial Stadium.
Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Davis scored his first two goals in the first half after Matt Nickell opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick from the box just 38 seconds into the match.
With 21:27 remaining in the opening half, Davis extended the Bearcats' lead to 2-0 on a 12-yard shot from the left side off a feed from Nickell.
Just 52 later, Davis struck again, this time from 20 yards out off a rebound for a 3-0 lead, which it remained at the half.
Denton Ryan cut the lead to 3-1 with 28:35 left in the second half on a penalty kick.