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August 2019

PUT TO THE TEST: Young Lady Cubs look strong in Dublin Tourney

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VALLEY MILLS – Having won three of their last four matches, the Clifton Lady Cub volleyball team will be put to the test when they hit the road to take on Bosque County rival Valley Mills at 4:30 p.m. Friday

Coming off a strong showing at the Dublin Tournament last weekend, the Lady Cubs (10-11) swept past Marlin in straight sets, 25-21, 25-12, 25-17, at home Tuesday.

“The girls work hard to find four to eight-point runs they can take,” Clifton volleyball’s first-year head coach Paige Poth said. “And in this game, they had many of runs that kept their energy up and momentum going.

“The first game, we were behind and had trouble starting, but ended up catching up and closing the game. The second game, the girls played well start-to-close, and I was very excited with our results. I was very pleased overall with the way we played.”

Class 2A’s ninth-ranked Valley Mills (13-3) will put an eight-match winning streak on the line against the Lady Cubs.

“ Valley Mills will be a good competition for us,” Poth said. “Again, any chance we can get to test and work our defense, we are excited and ready to face the challenge. The girls came in with two good practices following Marlin, and all the small things we were looking to fix are all starting to come together.

“Our competition from here on out will be tough, but preparing us for district.”

With two weeks remaining before district competition, Clifton will open District 17-3A play Sept. 13 by hosting Harmony Science Academy. The power-packed district also includes Class 3A’s 22nd-ranked West (20-4), 24th-ranked Maypearl (11-5), Grandview (11-5), Whitney (17-9), Rio Vista and Keene.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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OFF & RUNNING: Clifton boys, girls claim hardware at Moody Invite

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MOODY – Competing in their first meet of the season, the Clifton boys and girls cross country team brought home some hardware from the Moody Bearcat Invitational last Friday.

Senior Daniella Gaona claimed the individual bronze medal with a time of 13:06.8 to lead the Lady Cubs to a sixth place finish as a team. Sophomore Kasandra Gaona finished 23rd, followed by sophomore Kamryn Zint 28th, junior Autumn Estrada 43rd and senior Sutton Finney 56th.

The Clifton boys placed 10th as a team, led by the 24th place finish of sophomore Jorge Rodriguez, followed by junior Jordan Rodriguez (46th), junior Aude Cano (47th), senior Luke Cockrell (53rd) and junior Cameron Bateson (55th).

“We’ve been practicing since August 1, so it’s good to finally start having some competitions,” Clifton cross country coach Ryan Hunt said. “I feel good about where we are. It’s early, so the thing I try to stress to the kids is where we want to finish the year at. Our goal is to be running our best when October rolls around.”

Next up, the Clifton boys and girls cross country teams will compete at the Valley Mills Invitational this Saturday.

Photos by SANDRA VASQUEZ GAONA

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GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 2

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE

Join Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford, Meridian head coach Wade Morton, local sports photography David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss every Wednesday as The Sports Buzz Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the week’s upcoming college and pro football games involving teams that call Texas home.

In addition to picking the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, our panel will select games involving your favorite teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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BATTLING BRAWN: Lady Cubs building momentum in non-district

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CLIFTON – Coming off a strong showing at the Dublin Tournament last weekend, the Clifton Lady Cub volleyball team will play host to the Marlin Lady Bulldogs today, beginning with the Junior Varsity at 5 p.m. followed by the Varsity at 6 p.m.

The Lady Cubs (9-11) captured second place in the Challenger’s Bracket after placing third in the pool play on Thursday, winning three of five matchups.

“We had a tough pool on Thursday,” Clifton volleyball’s first-year head coach Paige Poth said. “Saturday, we came out and played amazing.”

Clifton swept through Albany Saturday morning before doing the same to Venus. But in the Challenger’s Bracket title game, Albany turned the tables on the Lady Cubs.

“Our first two matches against Venus and Hawley were great,” Poth said. “The girls were fired up. We ran the best offense I have seen us run all season, but also the best defense against Hawley.

“In the final match against Albany, we fought, but couldn’t get a run on points very often. Errors got the best of us. But we battled, and I was proud of the way the girls battled and pushed through every point.”

With two more weeks to prepare for the challenge, Clifton will open District 17-3A competition Sept. 13 by hosting Harmony Science Academy. The power-packed district includes, West (20-4), Whitney (17-9), Maypearl (11-5), Grandview (11-5), Rio Vista and Keene.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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FAST START: Lady Jacket runners win team title at Moody Invitational

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MOODY – With five runners returning from last season’s Class 2A state qualifying team, the Meridian Lady Jacket cross country squad raced toward a repeat trip in its first meet of the season.

Led by top 15 finishes from senior Dakota Cassidy (4th), senior Mallory Paruszewski (6th), junior Norah Lira (10th) and senior Reese Errington (13th), the Lady Jackets ran away with the team title at the Moody Invitational last Friday. Meridian scored 63 points to easily outpace host Moody with 93, followed by West with 102.

“I am super excited about this group of athletes,” Meridian cross country coach Jill Kendall said. “We have 10 girls running, of which five went to state last year. I expect nothing less than another state qualifying trip in their future. We also have a strong JV group that will be pushing the varsity, which will keep them on their toes.”

Although Meridian did not compete as a team on the Boys Division, top Jacket finishers were De’Marius Parks (38th), Cody Warren (57) and Zak Dirkse (58th).

“We have three returning senior boys who all went to regionals last year,” Kendall said. “We are hopeful that we can find two more boys in high school to make up a team. I see lots of good things in their futures.”

Photos courtesy of JILL KENDALL & BECKY PARUSZEWSKI

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GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 1

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE

Join Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford, Meridian head coach Wade Morton, local sports photography David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss every Wednesday as The Sports Buzz Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the week’s upcoming college and pro football games involving teams that call Texas home.

In addition to picking the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, our panel will select games involving your favorite teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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YOUTHFUL RESILIENCE: Lady Cubs come from behind in win over Blum

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GLEN ROSE – After finishing out the tough Glen Rose Tournament with a much-needed victory over Class 4A Fort Worth Castleberry, the Clifton Lady Cubs rode that momentum to an inspired, come-from-behind, five-set victory over Blum at home Tuesday evening.

“We were excited about the game,” Clifton volleyball head coach Paige Poth said. “The girls were wonderful coming from behind and overcoming adversity.”

Clifton (6-9) won the first game, 25-23, but then the Lady Cubs dropped the next two, 25-23 and 25-6. Facing a possible disappointing loss, the Lady Cubs responded with a 25-21 win in Game 4 before putting Blum away in the fifth, 15-6.

“The third game we really struggled to score and allowed too many errors,” Poth said. “But the fourth game was complete opposite and the energy on the court and on the sidelines was exactly where it needed to be. They pushed every point, not giving more than four points in a rotation. That set was a big turning point for us because all that energy and grit carried into the fifth set.”

Riding a two-match winning streak, the Lady Cubs hit the road to play in the Dublin Tournament Thursday-Saturday where Poth believes her youthful squad can hold its own.

“Having that resiliency and grit with such a young group this early in the season is phenomenal, especially when that mentality and drive is on the court and the sidelines,” Poth said. “It makes the difference. We came in this season making it a point to be the team with energy and fire, and they are holding themselves accountable.”

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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TOUGH TIMES: Lady Cubs hit road block in Glen Rose tourney

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GLEN ROSE — After wrapping up the Glen Rose Tournament with an impressive two-set sweep of Class 4A Castleberry, the Clifton Lady Cub volleyball team will host Blum at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Playing in the highly-competitive tournament at Glen Rose last Thursday-Saturday, the Lady Cubs (5-9) opened with a 25-6, 25-17 loss to Class 4A Bridgeport. Clifton went on to lose five straight matches to Class 4A Andrews, Class 5A Wichita Falls, Class 3A Bowie and Class 4A Iowa Park before snapping the skid against Castleberry last Saturday.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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COME TOGETHER: Lady Cubs ride momentum of strong tourney

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CLIFTON – Coming off a fourth place finish in the annual Clifton Volleyball Tournament last Thursday and Saturday, the Clifton Lady Cubs volleyball team knocked off Covington in straight sets, 3-0, Tuesday evening.

“The leadership is coming together,” said Clifton volleyball first-year head coach Paige Poth. “I was very proud of the girls for their fight and determination to win, even though we fell into holes where we gave up too many points.”

After placing second in Pool A on Thursday by winning two out of three matchups in the tournament, the Lady Cubs (3-4) faced Dublin in the third place game on Saturday. Dublin navigated through Pool A undefeated before knocking off Clifton for the second time in a three-set thriller, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18.

The Lady Cubs opened the tournament by beating Moody in straight sets, 25-10, 25-21, on Thursday. Then after losing to Dublin, 25-23, 25-18, Clifton rebounded to win a hard-fought battle with Waco Reicher Catholic Academy, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21.

“I was very impressed with the way we played,” said Poth. “We had a few times when we gave up more points than we should have, but we always bounced back and recovered. We had good competition, and we fought hard.

“Our defense is improving every step of the way. Every day, we improve. We have a lot of small things to take care of. But each week and each game, it comes together a little better.”

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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FIELD OF DREAMS: Clifton renovates stadium with artificial turf

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CLIFTON – After months of work and anticipation, the Clifton Cubs are about to get their very own Field of Dreams.

With the artificial turf being rolled out at Clifton High School’s Cub Stadium last week, the final stage of renovations began.

With the project ahead its scheduled Aug. 22 completion date, the newly-renovated Cub Stadium will be ready in time for the upcoming Texas high school football season, specifically for the Cub home opener against Crawford on Senior Night Sept. 6.

“I’m thrilled that our district is providing this surface for our students,” Clifton athletic director and football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “The great thing about having a synthetic field is that we no longer have to worry about rain or overuse of the field. We can literally be on it all day, every day. That’s what it is designed for.

“I’m so happy for our kids and our community, and I’m excited about the opportunities it gives our students.”

Because of the soil content in the stadium, the contractors had to dig down 12 feet and begin moisture conditioning the soil back up to nine feet. To do so, they had to pull out a large area of soil, and begin moisture conditioning it as they put it back in.

Once they filled it back in up to the nine-foot level feet, they began mixing lime with the soil as they graded it back in to stabilize the soil, ensuring that there wouldn’t be any shifting. From there, they began working on the drainage system and the subgrade of the field. With that phase now completed, the contractors have started laying the turf. 

“It’s a pretty interesting process,” Caniford said. “It’s really exciting for us to watch this project take shape and think about all the opportunities that we will have that we haven’t in the past.”

Photos by BRETT VOSS

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