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January 2020

KEENE OPPORTUNITY: Cubs win thriller in West, sets up showdown

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CLIFTON – Capitalizing on a dominating fourth quarter performance, the Clifton Cub boys basketball team rallied to slip by the West Trojans, 51-49, to a key District 17-3A road win Tuesday night.

In a showdown for fourth place in district, the Cubs (4-4 in district, 16-8 overall) will host Keene (4-4, 10-10) at 5 p.m. Friday in the Clifton High Gymnasium.

Trailing 40-32 going into the final period, the Cubs outscored West, 19-9, down the stretch to come from behind against the Trojans. Senior TJ Ferch led Clifton with 17 points, followed by junior Luis Rodriguez with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Griffin Phillips tossed in eight points, while senior Everett Sadler added six and sophomore Jorge Rodriguez dished out a team-high seven assists.

In other District 17-3A action Tuesday night, first place Grandview knocked off Keene, 62-49, Whitney defeated Rio Vista, 70-41, and Maypearl crushed Harmony School of Innovation, 57-17.

Friday’s district matchups include Grandview (8-0, 16-12) visits Rio Vista (1-7, 7-17), Maypearl (7-1, 14-7) hosts West (3-5, 13-12), and Waco Harmony (0-8, 0-11) travels to Whitney (5-3, 9-11).

Photos by DAVID HARDING

DOWN & OUT: Lady Cubs ousted from contention by 21st-ranked West

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CLIFTON – After experiencing the thrill of victory on Senior Night last Friday, the Clifton girls basketball team suffered a crushing 56-26 loss at 21st-ranked West Tuesday night, officially eliminating the Lady Cubs from postseason contention.

Senior Kamryn Ketter led the Lady Cubs with 14 points, followed by senior Dacey Dietiker with four points and a team-high 11 rebounds and senior Josephine Burke and with four points and seven boards. Senior Sutton Finney led Clifton with three assists and two steals.

In other District 17-3A action Tuesday night, ninth-ranked Grandview knocked off Keene, 39-25, 25th-ranked Whitney crushed Rio Vista, and Maypearl slammed Harmony School of Innovation, 71-16.

The Lady Cubs (3-7 in district, 12-17 overall) return home to take on Keene Keene (4-6, 9-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Clifton High Gymnasium. Other district matchups include ninth-ranked Grandview (9-1, 25-4) visiting Rio Vista (1-9, 2-14), 25th-ranked Whitney (7-3, 24-6) hosting Harmony School of Innovation (0-10, 1-11), and West (8-2, 23-6) traveling to Maypearl (8-2, 21-6) in a battle for second place.

Photos by DAVID HARDING

THRILL OF VICTORY: Jackets grab first district win in dramatic fashion

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MERIDIAN – In dramatic fashion, the Meridian boys basketball team found a way to earn its first District 10-2A win of the season as the Yellowjackets held off a late rally to slip by the Hico Tigers, 46-43, Tuesday night in Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

Led by senior Demarius Parks with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Meridian clung to a 37-31 lead going into the final period. The Tigers clawed at the deficit, but the Jackets rose to the challenge to preserve the victory.

Junior Dylan Poole added 10 points, while seniors Matt Rosas and Zade Kendall tossed in eight each. Rosas finished with team highs in rebounds (14), assists (8) and steals (4).

“Great win for us,” Meridian boys basketball head coach Carlos Johansson said. “We didn’t have our best shooting night, but we persevered and came out with the win. Now, it’s back to work.”

The Jackets (1-2 in district, 9-16 overall) will wrap up the first round of district when they travel to Santo to take on the Wildcats (1-2, 10-16) Friday at 7 p.m.

In other District 10-2A action Tuesday night, Goldthwaite remained undefeated in district by easing past DeLeon, 56-41, while Santo had an open date. Friday’s other matchups feature Hico (0-3, 10-15) faces second place DeLeon (2-1, 13-14), while Goldthwaite (4-0, 17-10) draws an open date.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

RESTORING HOPE: Lady Jackets turn the table on Hico for 1st district win

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MERIDIAN – Picking up their first District 10-2A victory of the season, the Meridian girls basketball team restored hopes for a playoff berth with a thrilling 40-34 victory over the Hico Lady Tigers Tuesday night at Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

Using a big second quarter to build a comfortable 24-14 lead before halftime, the Lady Jackets (1-4 in district, 15-12 overall) held off the surging Lady Tigers in the second half to secure the win. Senior Dakota Cassidy led Meridian with a game-high 20 points, giving her 999 points for her high school career.

“Big win for us against Hico,” Meridian girls basketball head coach Jill Kendall said. “I’m so very proud of their effort.”

Senior Jalen Clifton added nine points, eight rebounds and three assists, while senior Reese Errington led the Lady Jackets with nine boards and four assists. Cassidy also pulled down nine rebounds while dishing out three assists and grabbing three steals

In other District 10-2A action Tuesday night, 17th-ranked Goldthwaite slipped by third place DeLeon, 38-35, while 20th-ranked Santo (4-0, 19-8) remained idle. Friday’s matchups feature Meridian visiting 20th-ranked Santo (4-0, 19-8), and DeLeon (2-3, 13-14) taking on Hico (1-4, 19-7), while second place Goldthwaite (4-1, 23-5) draws an open date.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

TURNING IT AROUND: Lady Cubs visit state-ranked West coming off win

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CLIFTON – After opening the second round of District 17-3A competition with a tough loss to 25th-ranked Whitney, the Clifton Lady Cub girls basketball team won for the second time in the last four games by dismantling the Harmony School of Innovation, 53-22, last Friday night.

But playing in a district loaded with state-ranked teams, the Lady Cubs (3-6 in district, 12-16 overall) travel to West to take on the 21st-ranked Lady Trojans (7-2, 22-6) today at 6 p.m.

“The girls gave a great defensive effort,” Clifton girls basketball head coach Whitney Holdbrook said. “They implemented a new defense that we have been working on in practice, and it really allowed them to put more pressure on the ball.”

After building a comfortable 24-14 advantage by halftime, the Lady Cubs (3-6, 12-16) poured it on in the second half, outscoring Harmony, 28-8, on their way to a convincing victory.

Senior Kamryn Kettler led Clifton with 14 points and 16 rebounds, followed by senior Josephine Burke with 13 points and 16 boards. Senior Daniella Gaona added seven points, three assists and five steals, while senior Dacey Dietiker tossed in six points and pulled for 15 rebounds.

In other District 17-3A action last Friday night, Grandview edged West, 40-39, in a showdown for first place, Maypearl knocked off Whitney, 54-44, and Keene defeated Rio Vista.

Tuesday’s district matchups include ninth-ranked Grandview (8-1, 24-4) travels to Keene (4-5, 9-9), 25th-ranked Whitney (6-3, 23-6) hosts Rio Vista (1-8, 2-13), and Harmony School of Innovation (0-9, 1-10) visits Maypearl (7-2, 20-6).

Photos by VALERIE BROWN, Clifton High School Yearbook Staff

LOOKING AHEAD: Cubs open second round on the road at West

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WEST – After wrapping up the first round of  District 17-3A play with an impressive 70-13 victory over the Harmony School of Innovation last Friday night, the Clifton Cub boys basketball team opens the second round on the road as the Cubs (3-4 in district, 15-8 overall) take on West (3-4, 13-11) today at 7 p.m. in a key matchup to remain in control of postseason possibilities.

Against Harmony (0-7, 0-10), the Cubs jumped out to a commanding 19-5 first quarter and never let up. In fact, Clifton only allowed three points in the second half, shutting Harmony out in the final period.

Led by seniors TJ Ferch and Seth Williams with 15 points apiece, four Cubs scored in double figures, including sophomore Griffin Phillips with 13 points and sophomore Alex DeLaHoya with 10.

In other District 17-3A action last Friday night, first place Grandview crushed West, 104-33, Maypearl edged Whitney, 54-48, and Keene knocked off Rio Vista.

Tuesday’s district matchups include Grandview (7-0, 15-12) visits Keene (4-3, 10-9), Rio Vista (1-6, 7-16), travels to Whitney (4-3, 8-11), and Harmony hosts Maypearl (6-1, 13-7).

Photos by VALERIE BROWN, Clifton High School Yearbook Staff

FRESH START AGAIN: Lady Jackets open second round tonight vs. Hico

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MERIDIAN – Wrapping up the first round of District 10-2A competition last week with two more losses, the Meridian girls basketball team will be looking for its first district victory when the Lady Jackets (0-4, 14-12) open the second round by hosting Hico (1-3, 19-6) today at 6 p.m. in Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

After a disappointing 56-33 road loss to DeLeon last Tuesday, the Lady Jackets returned home to deliver a strong performance against 17th-ranked Goldthwaite before falling short, 60-41, last Friday night.

“The Lady Jackets did not have a good night against DeLeon,” Meridian girls basketball head coach Jill Kendall said. “But against Goldthwaite, the Lady Jackets came out and had a great first quarter playing to within two points. Everyone hustled and played with intensity the whole game. I was very proud of their effort.”

Senior Reese Errington led Meridian against DeLeon with 12 points, followed by senior Jalen Clifton with eight and senior Dakota Cassidy with seven points and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Norah Lira dished out five assists, while senior Jada Crawford came up with five steals.

Against Goldthwaite, Errington poured in a team-high 16 points and six rebounds, followed by Cassidy with nine points and four steals.

In other District 10-2A action last Friday night, district leading Santo knocked off previously state-ranked Hico, 36-19, while DeLeon remained idle. Tuesday’s matchups feature 17th-ranked Goldthwaite (3-1, 22-5) at DeLeon (2-2, 13-13), while 20th-ranked Santo (4-0, 19-8) draws an open date.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

MISMATCH: Jackets looking for 1st district win after Goldthwaite loss

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MERIDIAN – After opening District 10-2A play with a hard-fought 56-42 loss at DeLeon last Tuesday, the Meridian boys basketball team proved no match for league-leading Goldthwaite as the Eagles handed the Yellowjackets a convincing 68-28 loss at home last Friday night.

Having lost four of their last five games, the Jackets (0-2 in district, 8-16 overall) host Hico (0-2, 10-14) today at 7 p.m. in Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

In the district opener against DeLeon (2-0, 13-13), senior Demarius Parks scored a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds, followed by senior Matt Rosas with 11 points, three assists and four steals. Senior Zade Kendall led Meridian with 10 rebounds and six steals, while junior Dylan Poole dished out a team-high seven assists.

“We started out slow, and then we picked it up in the second half,” Meridian boys basketball head coach Carlos Johansson said. “It’s a tough place to play at in DeLeon. I am proud that our boys showed no quit, and we fought to the last second. There’s plenty more games to go. “

Facing Goldthwaite (3-0, 16-10), Parks led Meridian with 15 points and four steals, followed by Poole with seven points while Kendall dominated the boards with eight rebounds.

“Respect to Goldthwaite, they are a very solid team,” Johansson said. “I am proud of the fight our boys had all game. We need to get back to work and prepare for the next game.”

In other District 10-2A action last Friday night, Santo knocked off Hico, 48-25, while DeLeon had an open date. Tuesday’s other matchups feature Goldthwaite at DeLeon in a showdown for first place, while Santo (1-2, 10-16) draws an open date.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 22

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: NFL PLAYOFFS

With only two games remaining in this football season, some of the best players in AFC and NFC square off in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida today at 2 p.m. in the annual showcase of elite players, providing a prelude to the best of the best playing in Super Bowl LIV next Sunday.

Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson will try to put on a show after playing at an MVP level for most of the season. But he will square off against the likely MVP award winner Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens.

Playing in Orlando for the third straight year, the AFC leads the all-time series, 24-22.

Join Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford, Meridian head coach Wade Morton, local sports photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss as The Sports Buzz Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the final two pro football games of the season.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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MAKING THE TURN: Cubs wrap up first round of district tonight

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CLIFTON – Wrapping up the first round of District 17-3A competition, the Clifton Cub boys basketball team will host Waco’s Harmony School of Innovation today at 7 p.m. in the Clifton High School Gymnasium.

Despite struggling to overcome key injuries in the first round of district, the Cubs (2-4 in district, 14-8 overall) can position themselves to make a run at their first postseason berth in 14 years with a win over Harmony School of Innovation (0-6, 0-8) tonight.