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Aledo second in prestigious Lone Star Cup competition


The University Interscholastic League announced Aledo ISD finished in second place among 5A schools in the state in its annual Lone Star Cup competition.

The Lone Star Cup is annually one of the most sought after prizes by school districts throughout the state of Texas. The award given by the University Interscholastic League encompasses success throughout academics and athletics and all points in between.

In the 2023-24 school year final standings for Class 5A, Aledo scored 91 points. Lucas Lovejoy took the top prize with 109 points, with Frisco Wakeland third with 90.

“Finishing as the runner-up in the Class 5A Lone Star Cup means that we have had across-the-board success throughout the 2023-2024 school year in academics, athletics, and fine arts and with students in multiple grades,” Aledo Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn said. 

“This really shows how our students, staff, and community are all-in on helping our students achieve at the highest level in Aledo. The 2023-2024 school year was phenomenal for Aledo ISD. Lone Star Cup success just shows everyone else what we already know — that Aledo really is a special place.”

Leading the way athletically was the Bearcats football team, which finished 16-0 and won a second straight Class 5A Division I state championship — the program's 12th title in all and 11th since 2009. Also, the Ladycats softball team advanced to the state semifinals, the girls and boys cross country teams each qualified for the state meet (believed to be a first in program history) and spirit/cheerleading won the Crowd Leading Award.

Fine arts points received included the marching band and one-act play qualifying for state. Academically, the Robotics FIRST program also qualified for state.

“I knew coming into Aledo ISD a year ago that this district and community were incredible in how they support and rally around athletics, but I have seen this year how the entire Bearcat community supports everything our students are involved in whether it be athletics or fine arts or academics,” Athletic Director Brandy Belk said. “It has been exciting to see our students celebrated over and over again for success in so many different activities. We’re excited to do even better next year!”

Also advancing to the postseason in athletics were volleyball, girls basketball, boys basketball, boys and girls soccer, team tennis, and baseball, all of whom advanced to the postseason.

Numerous individuals also advanced to regional and state competition in various sports, with Lauren St. Peters winning a state championship in shot put for girls track. Also, pole vaulters Lauren Hindman and Braylon Brown each finished third at state, and Sofia Brandenburg — who also ran cross country — qualified in the 800-meter run.

Swimming featured Porter Lane placing third in state in the 100-yard butterfly, with Haley Roberson, Victoria Crews, Avery Faulkner, and Julia Gordy also reaching state. In golf, Braden Stokes advanced to state. 

Academically, several individuals advanced to regionals, with some qualifying in a few events, including Jaden Delgado (calculator applications, mathematics, number sense), Cassidy Cole (editorial, feature writing and headline writing, Madison Cook (headline writing, news writing), and Joshua Wheeler (ready writing, literary criticism.)

In other classifications, Brock finished third in Class 3A with 77 points in a close competition. Holliday won with 88 and Corpus Christi London was second with 81.

Southlake Carroll won in Class 6A with 111 points, with Katy Seven Lakes second with 93. Shiner topped 2A with 69 points to 60 for Crawford, and Gail Borden County scored 69 to win in Class A over Jayton's 66.


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