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December 27, 2019

HOLIDAY HOOPS: Cubs come out of Christmas break in tourney

in Boys Basketball

TROY – After taking a week off for the Christmas break, the Clifton Cub boys basketball team return to action today in the Troy Christmas Tournament.

Before the holiday, the Cubs (10-2) saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end. Despite holding a 43-40 lead going into the final period, Clifton could not keep its winning streak alive as Class 4A Hillsboro rallied to knock off the Cubs, 58-48, Dec. 20 in the Clifton High School Gymnasium.

The Eagles (15-0) outscored Clifton, 18-5, in the fourth quarter to steal the victory and remain undefeated despite a 25-point effort by Cub senior TJ Ferch. Sophomore Seth Payne added eight points in the loss for Clifton, followed by sophomore Griffin Phillips with five.

But before that on Dec. 17, the Cubs won all four quarters to post a 65-36 home victory over the Troy Trojans in domination fashion.

Clifton took control of the game early, sprinting to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter before adding to its advantage in each of the next three periods. Ferch led the Cubs with 22 points, followed by Payne and Phillips with 15 points apiece.


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HOLIDAY HOSTING: Lady Cubs return to action with annual tournament

in Girls Basketball

CLIFTON – On the heels of seven days off for the Christmas holiday, the Clifton Lady Cubs return to action by hosting their Annual Holiday Tournament today and tomorrow.

Playing in Pool A, Clifton plays Axtell at 10:30 a.m. before taking on McGregor at 4:30 p.m. With Pool B consisting of Bruceville-Eddy, Hamilton and Mart, seedings for Saturday’s championship round will be determined from Friday’s results.

Before the break, the Lady Cubs (1-1 in district, 8-9 overall) rebounded from their District 17-3A opening 46-20 loss against state-ranked and league-leading Whitney to crush Harmony School of Innovation, 68-25 last Friday.

“We had everyone on the court contributing offensively and defensively,” Clifton girls basketball head coach Whitney Holdbrook said. “The game was a great team effort.

“This year, I believe district will be another fight to the finish. I believe we have strong senior leadership that will be our strong point this season.”

Despite a solid defensive effort against Whitney (2-0, 17-2), the Lady Cubs could never get their offensive attack on track, hitting on only nine of 42 shots from the field. Senior Josephine Burke led Clifton with 10 and nine rebounds while senior Sutton Finney came up with six steals.

 “The girls gave a great defensive effort against Whitney,” Holdbrook said. “We struggled to get shots to fall late in the game. Offensively, we still have areas to improve, but I fully believe the girls will get there with the effort they are putting in at practices.”


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TOP OF THE CLASS: Clifton's Ferch named to AP All-State first team

in Football

DALLAS – After playing a key role to developing a dangerous passing game in Clifton over the last three seasons, Cub senior wide receiver TJ Ferch was named to the Associated Press Class 3A All-State first-team last week.

As Clifton won its third straight District 8-3A, Division II title, Ferch caught 78 passes for 1,341 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 111.8 yards receiving per game and 17.2 yards per catch.

“This is a well-deserved honor for TJ,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “He had an outstanding year and could have been selected on either side of the ball. It’s a testament to how hard he worked, and I think what is most impressive is that everyone we played built their defensive plan around stopping him, yet he was still able to make plays in every game.”

As a three-year starter for Clifton, Ferch finished his high school career with 159 catches for 2,508 yards and 30 touchdowns. During that period, the Cubs posted a 27-8 win-loss record overall, 12-1 in district and won three consecutive district titles.

“He has grown so much and I am extremely proud of him for the player and the young man that he has become,” Caniford said. “The exciting thing with TJ is that I think his best football is still ahead of him. I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level.”

The only other Class 3A player in the Heart of Texas region to make the Associated Press first-team was Grandview junior quarterback / defensive back Dane Jentsch, who led the Zebras to their second straight Class 3A, Division I state championship last week and made both the offensive and defensive first-teams.

As a quarterback, Jentsch was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year after completing 141 of 213 passes for 2,438 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 567 yards and six scores. Defensively, Jentsch collected 111 tackles and three interceptions.

Class 3A honorable mention selections were Grandview receiver Austin Boyd, Grandview defensive lineman Dametrious Crownover, Grandview linebackers Antonio Arellano and Michael Lehnhardt, as well as Dublin linebacker Kevin Cervantes.

In Class 2A, Bruceville-Eddy senior running back Nathan Quattlebaum made the first-team by rushing for 2,395 yards and 26 touchdowns. DeLeon senior defensive back Jorge Gonzales was selected to the second-team, while Mart running back Roddrell Freeman drew honorable mention.


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