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Spring Sports
2013
Baseball — Softball — Golf — Tennis
Track — Swimming — Powerlifting
Cleburne High School spring sports previews, schedules
and photos of the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets.
A supplement of the Cleburne Times-Review
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Cleburne Spring Sports 2013
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TABLE.OF.CONTENTS
Golf....................................................................................... Page.2,.10
Track..................................................................................... Page.3,.11
Powerlifting................................................................................ Page.8
Softball................................................................................. Page.5,.10
Baseball................................................................................ Page.7,.12
Swimming........................................................................... Page.8,.12
Tennis........................................................................................... Page.9
By A.J. Crisp
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
If. the. Cleburne. golf. program.
was. available. for. purchase. on. the.
stock. market,. one. would. be. smart.
to. heavily. invest. in. a. program. that.
is.trending.upwards.
The. Yellow. Jacket. golf. teams.
had.one.of.its.most.successful.sea-
sons. in. recent. years. during. the. fall.
season.
“I. was. very. pleased. with. the.
progress. of. the. teams. this. fall,”.
Coach. Pat. McHargue. said.. “We.
placed. second. twice. for. the. boys.
and. third. once. for. the. girls. teams..
These. are. my. frst. varsity. placings.
since.I.have.been.here.”
While. Cleburne. experienced.
success. during. the. fall. season,.
McHargue. said. he. expects. the. go-
ing. to. be. a. little. tougher. in. the.
spring. season,. mostly. due. to. the.
competition.
“The.spring.golf.season.is.going.
to. see. some. stiffer. competition. as.
the. strongest. teams. in. north. Texas.
are.going.to.be.at.most.of.the.tour-
naments. that. we. play. in,”. he. said..
“It’s. going. to. be. an. eye-opening.
experience. as. we. get. to. see. frst.
hand. what. it’s. going. to. take. to. get.
to.regionals.and.to.state..We.are.still.
very. young.. We. have. eight. sopho-
mores.on.the.two-deep.boys.roster,.
so.we.will.have.great.days.as.their.
potential. comes. through,. and. we.
will. have. terrible. days. when. their.
youth. and. inexperience. creeps. to.
the. surface.. On. the. girl’s. side,. we.
are.still.fairly.young.with.only.one.
senior,. Alex. Ibarra,. but. there. is.
some.potential.there.to.build.on.”
Despite. the. stout. competition.
Cleburne. is. expected. to. compete.
against,. McHargue. said. he. expects.
a. high. fnish. in. the. district. on. the.
boys. side.. But. due. to. the. inexpe-
rience. and. youth. on. the. girls. side,.
Cleburne golf program on the rise
After.successful.fall.season,.spring.
season.brings.tougher.competition
David Beans/Special to the CTR
Alex Ibarra had a strong fall season and is the clear-cut leader
for the Lady Jacket golf team. See GOLF, Page 10
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The. 2012. track. season. for.
Cleburne. High. School. was. one.
that. saw. small. numbers. in. par-
ticipation.. This. year,. the. Yellow.
Jacket. coaching. staff. is. striving.
the. importance. of. track. and. try-
ing. to. build. the. track. and. feld.
program. in. numbers. as. well. as.
more.success.
Coach.Jeff.Merket.is.the.head.
boys. track. coach. and. Coach. Ky.
Kelm.leads.the.girls.
“Hopefully. we. can. get. some.
more. numbers. out. on. the. girls.
track.team.this.year,”.Kelm.said..
“The. more. we. have,. the. bet-
ter. chance. we. have. to. attain. our.
main. goal. and. that. is. to. be. dis-
trict. champs.. Right. now. a. lot. of.
girls.are.in.basketball.and.soccer,.
so.we.are.pretty.thin.at.workouts..
We.are.just.trying.to.get.the.eight.
to.10.girls.that.are.out.there.now.
a.little.base.to.get.their.legs.ready.
to.go..Once.the.[girls.basketball].
playoff.run,.which.I.hope.is.deep,.
is.over,.we.will.be.in.full.swing.”
“We’re. trying. to. build. some-
thing.from.the.ground.up,”.Mer-
ket.said..“We.didn’t.have.a.lot.of.
participation. last. year.. So. that’s.
what. we’re. looking. at.. We’re.
looking.to.fll.teams.at.the.JV.and.
varsity. levels. and. be. competi-
tive.”
Despite. the. lack. of. partici-
pation. last. season,. Merket. and.
Kelm. both. said. that. winning. a.
district. championship. is. the. goal.
for.Cleburne.track.this.year.
“Our. goal. is. to. win. a. district.
championship,. whether. it. be. this.
year. or. next. year,. that’s. what.
we’re. always. striving. for,”. Mer-
ket. said.. “We. don’t. want. to. be.
Yellow Jacket
track looking for
rise in numbers
Coaches.Merket,.
Kelm.aiming.for.
district.titles
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Kendall Nettik looks to take the next step after he was a regional
qualifier in the pole vault last season.
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By A.J. Crisp
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
In.two.powerlifting.meets.to.start.the.sea-
son,.the.Cleburne.powerlifting.team.had.suc-
cessful. outings. in. both. meets,. most. notably.
from. Lady. Jacket. lifters. Bree. Gossett. and.
Kristen.Mosoba..
At. each. meet,. Gossett. and. Mosoba. have.
taken.home.frst.place.and.the.most.outstand-
ing.lifter.award.
“I’m.very.pleased.with.the.results.so.far,”.
Coach. Chris. Lackey. said.. “All. the. girls. are.
working. hard. and. getting. stronger.. Both. of.
these.girls.work.extremely.hard.and.are.very.
competitive..They.take.the.sport.very.serious-
ly.and.strive.to.get.better.every.day..I.expect.
to. see. both. of. these. girls’. totals. go. up. each.
meet..My.expectations.are.for.both.of.the.girls.
to.make.it.to.state..They.both.have.a.good.op-
portunity.to.earn.a.state.medal.”
On. the. boys’. side,. the. Jackets. are. led. by.
Zach. Haler,. Tevin. Boone,. Jeremy. Fuentes,.
Kyle.Parkinson.and.Osbaldo.Ruiz.
“Our. goal. is. to. advance. to. regionals. and.
our.ultimate.goal.is.to.get.some.kids.to.state,.
but. the. frst. goal. is. regionals,”. Coach. Sam.
Skidmore.said..“We.want.to.get.some.younger.
kids.participating..We.all.want.to.get.stronger..
I.think.we.have.four.or.fve.kids.who.have.a.
chance.to.get.to.regionals..Some.of.those.kids.
don’t. play. other. sports. so. powerlifting. gives.
them.a.chance.to.compete.and.get.after.it.”
Lackey. said. the. team’s. goals. are. to. im-
prove.themselves.each.day,.perfect.their.tech-
nique,.get.stronger.with.every.lift.and.simply.
compete.
Selena. Degado,. Reyna. Garcia. and. Nikki.
Gravitt. are. three. seniors. lifting. for. the. Lady.
Jackets. and. Lackey. said. he. expects. all. three.
to. advance. to. regionals. at. least.. Sophomore.
Brittany. Bryant. has. shown. a. lot. of. good.
things.so.far.and.she.has.the.potential.to.make.
it.to.state,.Lackey.said.
Both.Lackey.and.Skidmore.said.powerlift-
ing.helps.athletes.in.every.other.feld.of.play.
“First.off,.it.gives.them.an.opportunity.to.
get.more. work. in. the.weight.room.and.get.a.
little.stronger,”.Skidmore.said..“Strength.will.
help.in.any.sport.you.play..The.stronger.you.
are. the. more. explosive. you’ll. be..As. long. as.
you.get.kids.competing,.it’ll.make.them.better.
in.other.areas,.too.”
“It. just. helps. kids. to. continue. to. be. com-
petitive,”.Lackey.said..“As.a.coach,.I.always.
want.our.athletes.competing..It.also.helps.im-
prove.strength.and.explosiveness.”
Cleburne’s. next. scheduled. powerlifting.
meet.is.Feb..22.at.Lehman.High.School.
Cleburne powerlifting off to solid start
David Beans/Special to the CTR
Bree Gossett has taken home first place in
the first two powerlifting meets for Cleburne.
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By A.J. Crisp
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
Coming. off. a. disappointing.
season. that. ended. without. a. play-
off. berth. for. the. third. consecutive.
year,. the. Cleburne. Lady. Jacket.
softball.team,.comprised.of.young,.
but. experienced. players. look. to.
end.that.playoff.drought.
“We. are. working. hard. to. im-
prove. our. record. with. hopefully. a.
playoff. run. as. well,”. Coach. Sara.
Bell. said.. “I. feel. like. my. team. is.
one.of.the.hardest.working.groups.
that.I.have.had.as.a.head.coach.and.
I.know.they.want.success.as.well..
With.a.common.goal,.I.believe.we.
can. achieve. anything. we. set. out.
to. do.. Our. focus. this. year. will. be.
playing.as.a.team.and.working.to-
gether.”
Cleburne. went. 13-16. overall.
with. a. 4-10. mark. in. district. play..
This.season,.the.Lady.Jackets’.dis-
trict. competition. is. stout,. but. fol-
lowing.the.Cleburne.volleyball.and.
girls. basketball. team’s. seasons,.
Bell. said. she. hopes. the. softball.
team.can.continue.that.success.
“As. a. program. we. are. hoping.
to.keep.the.success.going.for.CHS.
girls. programs,”. Bell. said.. “We.
are.so.proud.of.our.volleyball.and.
basketball.teams.for.their.success-
ful. seasons,. and. we’re. hoping. we.
can.do.the.same..It.is.not.going.to.
be.easy..This.is.a.tough.district.for.
softball.with.Burleson,.Centennial,.
Joshua. and. Crowley. being. domi-
nant.softball.programs.the.past.few.
years.. However,. we. are. working.
towards.our.goal.this.season.and.I.
feel.we.are.up.for.the.challenge.”
Bell,.a.Cleburne.alum,.has.been.
an. assistant. coach. with. the. Lady.
Jackets. since. 2006. and. took. over.
head.coaching.duties.in.2009.
“I.am.anxious.to.get.the.softball.
team. back. in. the. playoffs,”. Bell.
said..“I.was.a.2003.graduate.from.
Cleburne. High. School. and. was.
actually. a. part. of. the. frst. softball.
team.in.CHS.history.to.make.it.to.
playoffs.my.senior.year..My.assis-
tant. Kala. Winn,. was. also. a. mem-
ber.of.the.team.that.year..Also,.as-
sisting. this. year. is. head. volleyball.
coach. Jim. Wood,. who. had. a. suc-
cessful. season. with. volleyball.and.
went.to.playoffs.this.year..We.each.
have. experienced. the. excitement.
and.sense.of.achievement.of.going.
to.the.playoffs.and.we.are.working.
hard.to.get.the.playoff.expectation.
back. for. this. program. so. the. girls.
can.experience.that.as.well.”
The. Lady. Jackets. bring. back.
several.returning.starters.this.year,.
which.Bell.said.she.hopes.will.lead.
to.more.wins.this.season.after.gar-
nering.experience.from.last.year.
Senior.Haley.Byers,.juniors.Alli.
Suitt,.Rachel.Brooks,.Kendall.Bell,.
Natalie.Campbell,.Savannah.Milne.
and. sophomores. Mackenzie. Kirk-
patrick,.Shelbi.Ritchey.and.Jacky.
Lady Jackets look for turnaround season
David Beans/Special to the CTR
Mackenzie Kirkpatrick played a big role as a freshman for the Lady Jackets last season, and Coach
Sara Bell said she will be relied upon more this season.
Cleburne.softball.
hopes.to.follow.
volleyball,.girls.
basketball.teams
See SOFTBALL, Page 10
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Cleburne softball schedule
Date Opponent Time
Feb. 12 at Waxahachie 6 p.m.
Feb. 14-16 College Station Inv’t TBA
Feb. 19 at Keller Fossil Ridge 5:30
Feb. 21-23 Rotational Tourn TBA
Feb. 26 Everman* 5:30
Feb. 28-Mar. 2 North Crowley Tourn TBA
Mar. 5 at University* 5:30
Mar. 8 Waco* 5:30
Mar. 11 at Joshua* noon
Mar. 12 at Burleson* noon
Mar. 19 Centennial* 5:30
Mar. 22 at Crowley* 5:30
Mar. 26 at Everman* 5:30
Mar. 28 University* 5:30
Apr. 5 at Waco* 5:30
Apr. 9 Joshua* 5:30
Apr. 12 Burleson* 5:30
Apr. 16 at Centennial* 5:30
Apr. 19 Crowley* 5:30
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By A.J. Crisp
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The.Cleburne.baseball.team.is.
coming. off. a. historic. season. last.
year. as. the.Yellow. Jackets. had. a.
magical.run.through.the.postsea-
son.that.ended.with.a.berth.in.the.
Class. 4A. state. fnal.. The. chal-
lenge. facing. the. Jackets. in. 2013.
revolves. around. replacing. key.
contributors.from.last.year’s.team.
while.getting.the.opponents’.best.
shot.on.a.nightly.basis.
“I. think. that. the. big. message.
has. been. that. anytime. you. go. as.
far. as. a. team. did. last. year,. that.
you. always. have. a. big. target. on.
your. back,”. Coach. Ross. Taylor.
said.. “And. you. can. expect. that.
everybody. you. play. is. going. to.
throw.their.No..1.[pitcher].at.you.
and.it’s.huge.for.their.program.if.
they. beat. a. team.that. was. a. fnal.
four.team.a.year.ago..That’s.been.
the.message.is.you.can’t.go.back-
wards,.you.have.to.keep.working.
hard.”
Cleburne. returns. fve. major.
contributors. from. last. season. —.
Nick. Woodall,. Quade. Coward,.
Tucker. Nolen,. Stevan. Martinez.
and. Tyler. Fowler.. The. Jackets,.
however,. will. need. new. players.
to. step. in. and. fll. the. voids. left.
by. German. Hernandez,. Brach.
Farmer,. Max. Reynolds,. Cooper.
Walls. and. Conner. Martyniuk. as.
the. seniors. from. last. year’s. state.
runner-up. squad,. all. of. whom.
played. integral. roles. in. last. sea-
son’s.playoff.run.
“I.think.we’ve.got.some.good.
guys,”.Taylor. said.. “I. feel. pretty.
good.about.our.infeld.right.now..
I’m. not. saying. we. won’t. make.
some. mistakes. because. we. will..
Tyler.Fowler.is.a.returning.short-
stop.. Last. year. as. a. freshman. he.
had. a. pretty. good. year. and. we.
expect.him.to.be.better.this.year..
We’re. moving. Stevan. Martinez.
in.from.right.feld.to.play.second,.
which. is. his. natural. position.. He.
may. be. one. of. the. smoothest. in-
felders. that’s. been. through. here.
in.a.long.time..
“Then.you.have.Dylan.Snyder.
and. Daniel. Richardson. kind. of.
doing.the.rotation.because.one.of.
them. will. have. to. play. shortstop.
when. Tyler’s. pitching.. Tucker,.
instead. of. [being. the. designated.
hitter]. is. going. to. have. to. play.
that. center. feld. spot. and. he’s.
been.looking.good.in.practice.”
Another. primary. concern. for.
Cleburne.heading.into.the.season.
is. replacing. pitcher. Cash. Cala-
han,.who.transferred.to.Whitney..
Calahan.went.9-2.last.season.and.
also. played. a. crucial. role. in. last.
season’s.success.
“He. would’ve. been. the. No..
1. starter,”. Taylor. said.. “He’s. the.
guy. that. beat. Midway. in. game.
3.. We. were. expecting. big. things.
from.him.and.he.was.really.work-
ing. hard. and. the. next. thing. we.
know,. he. was. withdrawing. and.
moving.to.Whitney,.so.it.is.what.
it.is.”
With. the. absence. of. Cala-
han,. Taylor. said. everyone. else.
will. have. to. step. up. and. fll. the.
void. left. by. Calahan,. Hernandez.
and. Farmer.. Taylor. said. Fowler.
would. see. more. action. on. the.
mound. as. well. as. Dylan. Snyder.
and.Casey.Kirkland.
“Now,.some.guys.we.thought.
were. going. to. be. 35-40. inning.
guys. this. year. are. going. to. have.
to. step. up. and. be. 60-65. inning.
guys. this. year,”. Taylor. said..
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After last year’s run, Cleburne baseball
looks for repeat performance
Replacing.key.
contributors.
from.2012’s.state.
fnalist.squad.key.
for.Jackets
David Beans/Special to the CTR
Tyler Fowler played a big role as a freshman for the Jackets in 2012 and he is expected to be an even
bigger contributor as a sophomore, at shortstop and as a pitcher.
See BASEBALL, Page 12
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By A.J. Crisp
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The.Cleburne.High.School.swim.team.wrapped.up.
competition. at. regionals. on. Saturday. and. the. Yellow.
Jackets.were.represented.by.15.individuals.
“This.number.is.large,.but.in.the.past.we’ve.taken.
up.to.25,”.Coach.Joni.Hundley.said..“But.our.team.is.
a. bit. smaller. than. in. the. past.. We. would’ve. loved. to.
take.more,.but.the.competition.in.our.district.this.year.
is. crazy. fast.. For. instance,. in. the. 500. yard. freestyle,.
the.time.to.beat.is.almost.30.seconds.faster.than.it.was.
last.year.
“We.are.proud.of.the.program.and.that.so.many.ad-
vance.to.regionals..I.wish.the.public.knew.what.it.took.
to.advance.to.this.level..It’s.hard.work,.dedication.and.
the.drive.to.succeed..We.don’t.have.an.offseason,.and.
we.swim.all.summer,.so.this.is.a.milestone.that.they’ve.
geared.for.all.year.”
Before. the. regional. meet. in. Mansfeld,. Hundley.
said.the.team.is.hoping.to.advance.to.state.
See SWIM, Page 12
David Beans/Special to the CTR
Members of the Cleburne Yellow Jacket swim team that qualified for the regional
meet in Mansfield on Feb. 8-9.
CHS Swim team continues building on program’s legacy
Cleburne.paced.by.15.
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Coming.off.a.second-place.fn-
ish.in.the.fall.season,.the.Cleburne.
Yellow.Jacket.varsity.tennis.team.
has.hopes.of.being.strongly.repre-
sented.at.regionals.
“I.was.pleased.with.our.district.
results,”. Cleburne. Coach. Stacey.
Foster. said.. “The. kids. improved.
throughout. the. fall. season. and.
that.is.what.I.look.for..Obviously.
I.wanted.a.district.championship,.
but. second. was. a. very. good. ac-
complishment. for. us.. The. kids.
gained. confdence. from. the. fall.
season.and.we.are.going.to.build.
on.that.”
The.majority.of.the.team.from.
the. fall. season. return. and. will.
surely. play. a. large. factor. in. the.
team’s. success. in. the. spring,. led.
by.No..1’s.Daniel.Sisk,.Joey.Wal-
ters,.Brooke.Mathis.and.Cordelia.
Keller.
Before. regionals,. Sisk. and.
Walters. lost. only. one. doubles.
match. during. the. fall. season. as.
they. consistently. dominated. op-
ponents. despite. it. being. the. frst.
time. playing. together. as. doubles.
partners.. Walters. played. doubles.
with.his.older.brother,.Jimmy,.last.
year.
Other. returning. contributors.
include.Tyler.Doyal,.Leon.Nguy-
en,. Logan. Chapin,. Ryan. Pardo.
and.Jacob.Blair.on.the.boys.side..
On.the.girls’.side,.Michelle.High-
tower,. Dana. Siler,. Jeanette. Mar-
quez,.Kylie.Conner,.Allie.Melson.
and.Sierra.Newton.return.
“Our. goal. is. to. get. as. many.
people. to. regionals,”. Foster. said..
“We.are.currently.working.on.dif-
ferent.singles.and.doubles.combi-
nations..As.the.season.progresses,.
we.will.solidify.the.spots.for.sin-
gles,.doubles.and.mixed.”
While. the. varsity. tennis. pro-
gram.is.achieving.success,.Foster.
said. the. programs. at. the. junior.
high.level.need.to.improve.
“Our. numbers. are. down. at.
the.junior.high.level.from.around.
100. to. 60,”. he. said.. “When. we.
dropped. fall. junior. tennis,. it. hurt.
the. program.. When. we. lost. Me-
gan. Holleman. at. Wheat. Middle.
School. due. to. the. [reduction. in.
force],.that.hurt..We.have.not.had.
one.player.from.Wheat.make.the.
varsity.since.then..
“Coach. Brannon. Kidd. [Cle-
burne. ISD.Athletic. Director]. and.
the.administration.are.both.work-
ing.to.improve.the.situation.and.I.
am. very. appreciative. of. that.. We.
are.defnitely.moving.in.the.right.
direction.due.to.their.efforts.”
The. frst. tennis. meet. of. the.
spring. season. was. Feb.. 8.. The.
Yellow.Jackets.next.compete.in.a.
meet.at.3:30.p.m..on.Thursday.at.
Brewer.
Cleburne tennis hopes
for strong spring season
Joey Walters
had a success-
ful fall season
playing singles
and doubles
with Daniel
Sisk.
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they.may.be.a.year.away.
“If.we.live.up.to.our.potential.this.year,.then.the.
boys.will.advance.to.regionals.in.Abilene.as.either.
the.district.champions.or.district.runner-ups,”.McH-
argue. said.. “To. achieve. this. goal,. I. have. entered.
them.in.some.tournaments.that.will.feature.the.top.
teams.in.the.north.Texas.area.as.well.as.in.the.cen-
tral.Texas.area.when.we.travel.to.Waco..
“I.need.them.to.learn.to.compete.against.the.best.
so. they. are. not. intimidated. at. the. district. tourna-
ment.. Our. hope. is. to. win. the. district. title;. we. ex-
pect. to. advance. to. regionals.. The. girls. are. a. little.
bit. more. diffcult. to. read.. I. expect. to. fnish. fourth,.
perhaps. as. high. as. third. in. district,. but. they. must.
step. up. and. perform. at. the. highest. level. possible..
Realistically,.we.have.a.chance.to.advance.Alex.as.
an.individual.”
On.an.individual.basis,.returning.lettermen.Jor-
day.Piety,.Nick.Graeve,.Trent.Armstrong.and.Kylen.
Roberts. have. the. potential. to. have. solid. seasons,.
McHargue.said..
“At.some.point.this.year,.each.one.of.these.has.
shot.in.the.70’s.so.they.know.what.they.are.capable.
of,”. he. said.. “I. need. to. keep. them. in. a. competi-
tive,. yet. cooperative. mindset.. They. need. to. know.
that.they.are.a.team.of.individuals.each.playing.to.
the. best. of. their. abilities..Always. compete. among.
yourselves. to. push. each. other. to. higher. levels,. but.
ultimately,. who’s. leading. and. who’s. behind. is. im-
material,.as.long.as.the.team.steadily.improves.
“Also,. keep. an. eye. on. newcomers. Dakota. Jus-
tice.and.Ryan.Phipps..Each.are.showing.fashes.of.
brilliance,. but. they. have. to. learn. how. to. hang. on.
when. their. inexperience. causes. the. wheels. to. tem-
porarily.come.off.”
On. the. girls’. side. individually,. Ibarra. looks. to.
continue. her. strong. play. from. the. fall. season. and.
last.year..She.will.lead.a.relatively.young.group.of.
Lady.Jackets.
“Obviously,. Ibarra. is. our. leader. on. the. girls.
team,”.McHargue.said..“She.is.in.her.third.year.with.
me,. and. we. have. high. hopes. that. she. will. make. it.
out. this. year..Also. returning. are. junior. CK. Down-
ing,. sophomores. Elizabeth. Wren. and. Madison.
George. and. rounding. out. our. top. fve. is. freshman.
Hannah.Lingo..If.I.can.keep.this.team.together.and.
develop.a.replacement.for.Alex,.then.we.should.be.
competitive.in.the.years.to.come.”
McHargue.said.this.is.the.deepest.group.of.golf-
ers.he.has.had.in.his.tenure.at.Cleburne.High.School.
“This.is.my.ffth.year.coaching.and.from.a.team.
perspective,.by.far.my.best,”.he.said..“I.have.always.
had.two.or.three.really.good.golfers,.but.I’ve.never.
had.that.fourth.and.ffth.golfer.necessary.to.advance.
as. a. team.. But. we. have. the. makings. of. a. good,. if.
not.dominant.team,.for.the.next.few.years..Cleburne.
golf.is.defnitely.looking.up..
“Thanks. to. the. staff. at. our. home. course,. Cle-
burne.Golf.Links,.and.the.great.conditions.we.fnd.
there,.we.genuinely.are.a.program.on.the.rise..Every.
year,.Johnny.Pilcher.and.his.assistants.Kyle.Kerbel.
and. Blake. Curtis. bend. over. backwards. to. help. us.
at.the.course..They.give.private.lessons.to.many.of.
my.players.and.they.have.developed.a.summer.ju-
nior.program.to.help.ensure.that.the.pipeline.doesn’t.
run.dry..All.in.all,.CHS.golf.will.soon.take.its.place.
among.the.area.elite.”
The.varsity.girls.are.scheduled.to.compete.in.the.
Mansfeld. National. on. Thursday. while. the. varsity.
boys.will.compete.at.Cottonwood.Creek.in.Waco.on.
Saturday.and.Sunday..
GOLF
cont. from pg. 2
10
Torres. are. expected. to. lead.
the.way.for.the.Lady.Jackets.
Suitt,. who. plays. volley-
ball. and. basketball,. is. ex-
pected. to. be. the. No.. 1. start-
ing.pitcher.
“She. is. a. strong. athlete.
and. leader. on. our. team,”.
Bell. said.. “When. she. is. on.
the. mound,. our. team. has.
her. back. and. supports. her..
Mackenzie. Kirkpatrick. will.
also. see. the. mound.. As. a.
stand.out.on.varsity.last.year.
as. our. starting. shortstop. as.
a. freshmen,. she. will. be. at.
shortstop.for.the.majority.of.
our.games.this.season..
“I. expect. a. lot. from. my.
juniors. this. season. as. well..
Bell,. Brooks,. Campbell. and.
Milne. all. lettered. on. varsity.
their.freshmen.year.and.will.
be. entering. into. their. third.
season. as. starters. for. the.
Lady.Jackets..I.believe.their.
experience. will. guide. them.
to. a. successful. year. with.
confdence. and. leadership..
Sophomore.Jacky.Torres.has.
been.swinging.the.bat.well.in.
our. preseason.. I. expect. she.
will.be.a.solid.hitter.for.us..
“Shelbi. Ritchey. is. solid.
on. defense. and. she. is. also. a.
great. utility. player. who. can.
play. multiple. positions,. all.
of. them. equally. well.. Also,.
expected. to. be. in. a. starting.
position. for. us. in. the. infeld.
will.be.Amber.McKeighan.”
The. Lady. Jackets. frst.
game.is.scheduled.for.6.p.m..
Tuesday.in.Waxahachie.
“We.are.entering.this.sea-
son. with. confdence,. believ-
ing. that. any. goal. is. possible.
if. we. work. together,”. Bell.
said.. “These. Lady. Jackets.
are. hard. workers. and. ready.
to. play.. We. want. to. leave.
every. game. feeling. like. we.
played.to.the.best.of.our.abil-
ity.and.we.are.doing.so.with.
preparation,. motivation,. and.
drive.”
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a. middle. of. the. pack. team.. We.
want.to.be.in.at.least.the.top.two.
teams. in. the. district. year. in. and.
year. out.. And. you. accomplish.
that. by. having. a. full. team. and.
felding. quality. athletes. in. each.
event.”
On.the.boys’.side,.athletes.like.
Kendall.Nettik,.Khalil.Hall,.Aus-
tin.Tarver,. Raygene. Underwood,.
Jordan. Ebbens. and. Zach. Haler.
were.key.contributors.in.the.feld.
and. on. the. track. last. season. for.
the.Yellow.Jackets.
“Right. now,. Kendall. Nettik.
is. coming. back. and. he. was. a. re-
gional.qualifer.in.the.pole.vault,”.
Merket. said.. “Our. distance. kids.
have.done.really.well..They.won.
district. in. cross. country.. Our.
sprinters. should. be. pretty. good..
We’ll. try. to. put. together. three.
quality.relays.”
On. the. girls’. side,. Bria. Mc-
Cullough,. Taya. Berry,. Courtney.
Jeffcoat,. Jasline. Chandler,. Bri-
anna. Reband,. Meshia. Robinson,.
Whitney. Morgan,. Brittany. Bry-
ant. and. several. others. are. ex-
pected. to. return. after. successful.
seasons.last.year.
“I. expect. us. to. go. out. and.
compete. for. gold. medals. each.
meet,”.Kelm.said..“Track.is.more.
of.an.individual.sport.so.the.girls.
are.going.to.get.out.what.they.put.
in..If.they.come.to.get.better.each.
day,. we. will. perform. well. at. the.
meets.. I’ve. always. been. taught.
that. the. only. way. you. get. faster.
is.to.run,.so.that.is.what.we.will.
be. doing.. Sometimes. that. is. not.
very. much. fun,. but. I. hope. with.
the.success.they.have.had.in.other.
sports,. they. will. have. that. desire.
to.continue.winning.
“Once. you. get. that. feeling,.
you. don’t. want. to. lose. it.. With.
Bria,. Courtney,. Taya,. Jasline,.
Aastashia. and. some. of. the. dis-
tance. runners,. I. expect. them. to.
lead. this. team. everyday.. I. think.
our.distance.runners,.coached.by.
Brad. Pierpont,. will. have. a. good.
chance. to. get. to. area. and. hope-
fully. regionals. and,. if. things. go.
right,.to.state.”
Kelm. has. helped. coach. track.
the. past. three. years,. but. jumped.
at.the.opportunity.to.be.the.head.
girls. track. coach. this. year.. Mer-
ket.said.he.has.coached.track.his.
entire.career.
“When. asked. if. I. wanted. the.
head.girls.track.job,.there.was.not.
much. hesitation,”. Kelm. said.. “I.
know. what. they. are. capable. of.
achieving. and. I. expect. to. be. go-
ing. back. to. Joshua. on. April. 17-
18. for. the. area. meet. and. then. to.
Abilene.and.hopefully.we.can.get.
a.couple.to.Austin.”
Both. Merket. and. Kelm. said.
success. during. track. season. car-
ries. over. into. other. sports,. and.
getting. stronger. and. faster. obvi-
ously.helps.in.other.sports.
“We.lift.to.get.stronger.and.we.
run.to.get.faster,”.Merket,.who.is.
also.the.head.football.coach,.said..
“You. won’t. ever. hear. a. coach.
say. ‘you’re. too. strong. or. you’re.
too. fast.’. That’s. what. we’re. do-
ing. and. working. for.. Yeah,. it’s.
going. to. have. a. correlation. with.
football,.but.it.also.keeps.us.com-
petitive. in. the. spring. by. running.
against.our.district.foes.”
“I.don’t.know.of.any.sport.that.
does. not. require. speed,”. Kelm.
said..“Teams.with.speed.pose.big.
problems. for. their. opponent.. If.
running. different. workouts. will.
make.you.just.a.little.faster,.then.
why.not.help.yourself.out.and.run.
track.. I’m. not. going. to. sit. here.
and. say. if. you. run. track. you. are.
going.to.win.more.in.other.sports..
If. it. can. help. you. out. and. make.
you. a. better. athlete,. which. will.
make.the.team.better,.then.get.out.
there.and.compete..In.more.team-
oriented.sports,.you.can.cover.up.
the.weaker.athlete.every.now.and.
then,.but.competing.in.track,.you.
are.out.front.and.center.for.every-
one.to.see..If. you.don’t.get.after.
it,.you.will.be.exposed.”
The. frst. event. is. the. Byron.
Nelson. Bobcat. Relays. on. Feb..
21.. The. frst. full. track. and. feld.
meet. will. be. March. 8. in. Gran-
bury.
TRACK
cont. from pg. 3
David Beans/Special to the CTR
Coach Ky Kelm said he expects Brianna Reband to have another successful season in the high jump.
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“Our.goal.is.to.go.all.the.way.
to.state,.which.means.earning.that.
gold. medal,”. she. said.. “Landing.
in. the. top. six. would. be. realistic,.
but.that.top.spot.is.what.takes.you.
to.state.”
Abby.Zachary.and.Tory.John-
ston. have. represented. Cleburne.
in. a. strong. fashion. in. recent.
meets,. and. Hundley. said. they.
both. possess. the. desire. to. push.
it. to. the. fnish.. Conner. Keele.
and. Spencer. Saunders. were. one.
of. several. Jackets. who. qualifed.
for. multiple. events,. and. Hund-
ley.said.they.should.have.a.good.
showing.at.regionals.
“Our.relay.teams.have.steadily.
gotten.faster.and.we.look.forward.
to. the. talent. we. have. across. the.
board,”. Hundley. said.. “Overall,.
the. team. depends. on. everyone.
to.do.their.part.and.pump.up.the.
others,. freshmen. up. to. seniors..
Honestly,. the. fact. that. Victoria.
Childress.has.qualifed.this.far,.as.
a.freshmen,.is.amazing..What.an.
accomplishment. and. such. a. tiny.
spark.plug.she.is,.as.well.as.being.
number.one.in.her.class!”
Perhaps.the.biggest.challenge.
that. faced. the. Cleburne. swim.
team.was.a.new,.and.tougher,.dis-
trict.
“We. changed. districts. so. it.
was. a. lot. more. challenging. this.
year,”. Zach. Tassin. said.. “But. it.
was.just.as.fun.as.ever..I’m.really.
looking. forward. to. being. with.
the. team,. cheering. everyone. on,.
and. the. bus. ride.. It’s. always. the.
best.part.of.a.meet..And.as.for.the.
team,.this.season.we’ve.been.suc-
cessful.and.I.look.forward.to.next.
season.”
“It.was.very.exciting.because.
it. was. my. last. year,”. Keele. said..
“And. I. was. even. more. excited.
for. my. teammates. who. made. it.
to. regionals.. I. am. most. looking.
forward. to. the. tough. competi-
tion.at.regionals..I.would.say.that.
this.season.has.had.many.ups.and.
down,. but. it. was. one. of. the. best.
seasons.for.the.CHS.swim.team.”
Cleburne. has. built. a. strong.
tradition. in. its. swim. program,.
but. this. year. was. different. from.
recent.years.in.a.number.of.ways.
“Honestly,.you.can’t.compare.
this.team.to.past.teams,”.Hundley.
said..“Half.the.team.is.young.and.
unseasoned,.and.getting.stronger.
each.day...
“Some. of. these. kids. drink,.
breathe. and. live. in. the. water..
Honestly. I. look. for. gills. every.
day. on. some. of. them!. We. move.
from. one. milestone. to. the. next.
and. don’t. compare. ourselves. to.
the. past. because. it’s. a. different.
dynamic. of. swimmers. than. be-
fore.”
Regional. results. will. be. pub-
lished.later.in.the.week.
SWIMMING
cont. from pg. 8
Those. guys. are. going. to. have. to.
step.in.and.really.grow.up..Those.
guys.are.going.to.be.good,.qual-
ity.guys..It’s.just.that.a.lot.of.our.
pitchers.are.going.to.be.young.”
What. happens. on. the. mound.
this.year.for.Cleburne.will.likely.
be. the. primary. factor. in. another.
lengthy.playoff.run.
“I. think. the. biggest. key. is.
right.there.on.that.bump,”.Taylor.
said.. “You. knew. what. you. were.
going. to. get. out. of. German. ev-
ery. day.. I. think. Brach. grew. up.
last.year.and.gave.us.some.really.
good. quality. innings. and. starts,.
especially. from. midseason. on..
And.then.Cash.gave.us.some.re-
ally.good.games..
“So. I. think. that’s. the. biggest.
key.is.what.happens.on.the.bump..
I. think. we’re. going. to. put. some.
people.out.there.that.have.similar.
physical. qualities.. They’re. able.
to.throw.just.as.hard,.they’ve.got.
good.pitches,.it’s.just.whether.we.
can. put. it. all. together. and. them.
really.buy.in.....and.pitch.to.con-
tact. and. control. the. game. that.
way. instead. of. being. in. the. situ-
ation.where.you’re.always.trying.
to.strike.someone.out.”
On. the. offensive. side. of. the.
ball,. Woodall. fgures. to. be. the.
Jackets’. leading. offensive. threat.
again,.coming.off.an.all-state.per-
formance.last.year.
“He.had.a.huge.series.against.
Ryder.and.he.had.hits.in.every.se-
ries,.but.the.Ryder.series.was.re-
ally.the.one.to.me.where.he.stood.
out,”.Taylor.said..“He.had.a.good.
year,. was. all-state. and. made. the.
all-county. and. all-district. teams..
He.was.our.best.hitter.a.year.ago.
and. hopefully. he’ll. continue. to.
carry. that. on. and. give. us. some.
offensive.punch.”
Coming. off. the. type. of. run.
the.Jackets.are.coming.off.of.in.a.
previous.season,.there.are.always.
high. expectations. regardless. of.
other. factors,. but.Taylor. said. his.
team.is.no.longer.concerned.with.
last.year’s.success.
“It. doesn’t. matter. where.
you’re. ranked. at. the. beginning.
of. the. season,”. he. said.. “It. mat-
ters. where. you’re. ranked. at. the.
end.. Being. ranked. where. we’re.
ranked. at. right. now. is. about. last.
year’s. team. and. about. the. fact.
we’ve.got.some.starters.back.and.
things.like.that..
“But.we.still.have.to.have.peo-
ple.step.up......Those.fve.seniors.
a.year.ago.did.some.good.things.
for.us..So.some.people.are.going.
to. have. to. grow. up. and. they’re.
going. to. have. to. understand.
that. the. expectations. are. high..
They’re. high. from. us,. they’re.
high.from.the.town,.they’re.high.
from. across. the. state,. that. this. is.
what. Cleburne. baseball. is. sup-
posed.to.be.about.”
Cleburne. opens. the. season.
at. 7. p.m.. on. Feb.. 19. against.Al-
varado.
BASEBALL
cont. from pg. 7
Cleburne baseball schedule
Date Opponent Time
Feb. 19 Alvarado 7 p.m.
Feb. 21-23 Waco Tournament TBA
Feb. 28-Mar. 2 Boswell Tournament TBA
Mar. 7-9 Western Hills Tournament TBA
Mar. 12 Waco* 7 p.m.
Mar. 15 at Joshua* 7 p.m.
Mar. 16 at Stephenville 1 p.m.
Mar. 19 at Burleson* 7 p.m.
Mar. 22 Centennial* 7 p.m.
Mar. 26 at Crowley* 7 p.m.
Mar. 28 Everman* 7 p.m.
Apr. 2 at University* 7 p.m.
Apr. 5 at Waco* 7 p.m.
Apr. 9 Joshua* 7 p.m.
Apr. 12 Burleson* 7 p.m.
Apr. 13 at Legacy 1 p.m.
Apr. 16 at Centennial* 7 p.m.
Apr. 19 Crowley* 7 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Everman* 7 p.m.
Apr. 26 University* 7 p.m.
* Denotes District 8-4A game

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