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INDEX
Alvarado Indians Page 4
Alvarado Lady Indians Page 5
Burleson Elks Page 6
Burleson Lady Elks Page 7
Centennial Spartans Page 8
Centennial Lady Spartans Page 9
Godley Wildcats Page 10
Godley Lady Cats Page 11
Cleburne Yellow Jackets Page 12
Cleburne Lady Jackets Page 13
Grandview Zebras Page 14
Grandview Lady Zebras Page 15
Joshua Owls Page 16
Joshua Lady Owls Page 17
Keene Chargers Page 18
Keene Lady Chargers Page 19
Rio Vista Eagles Page 20
Rio Vista Lady Eagles Page 21
The 2010-11 season will be tough to surpass
The.2011-12.basketball.sea-
son.has.a.tough.act.to.follow.
after.last.year’s.performance.
Last.season.contained.several.
breakthrough.years.with.
Alvarado.breaking.a.nine-year.
playoff.drought.and.with.
Grandview.advancing.to.the.
regional.quarterfinals.after.miss-
ing.the.playoffs.the.last.two.
years.
The.Godley.Lady.Cats.were.
just.a.few.baskets.away.from.
knocking.off.three-time.defend-
ing.state.champion.Brock,.and.
the.youthful.Lady.Zebras.put.
together.a.run.for.the.ages.in.
qualifying.for.the.regional.tour-
nament.for.the.first.time.since.
1994.
At.first.glance,.it.would.
appear.this.season.could.be.even.
more.intriguing.
Alvarado.returns.most.of.its.
starters.from.last.year.despite.los-
ing.a.few.key.pieces.
Both.Burleson.teams.are.
primed.for.a.playoff.push.after.
the.Elks.and.Lady.Elks.finished.
in.fifth.place.last.year,.just.miss-
ing.the.postseason.
The.Cleburne.Yellow.Jackets.
have.Travis.Edwards.back.as.
head.coach,.the.first.time.in.five.
years.the.Jackets.have.the.same.
head.coach.for.two.consecutive.
seasons.
They.also.have.plenty.of.
returning.talent.starting.with.
senior.point.guard.Connor.
Martyniuk..Can.the.basketball.
team.follow.in.the.football.team’s.
footsteps.and.make.a.push.for.the.
postseason?
After.a.12-21.season.last.year,.
the.Lady.Jackets.are.now.under.
the.direction.of.long-time.assis-
tant.coach.Jamie.Calahan..They.
are.led.by.a.trio.of.sophomores.in.
Bria.McCullough,.Avery.Hough.
and.Courtney.Jeffcoat.
Centennial.will.have.its.first.
ever.varsity.boys.and.girls.bas-
ketball.teams.and.the.Spartans.
and.Lady.Spartans.are.loaded.
with.talent.
They.will.compete.in.District.
7-3A.
With.football.season.winding.
down,.basketball.season.in.
Johnson.County.is.ready.to.carry.
us.through.the.winter.with.prom-
ises.of.more.excitement,.unpre-
dictable.finishes.and.deep.playoff.
runs..Who.is.to.say.one.team.will.
steal.the.show.and.captivate.fans.
across.the.area?.Last.year,.several.
teams.caught.our.attention..This.
season.figures.to.be.the.same.
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Zack Cunningham
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2011 brings a new coach, same expectations for Indians
By Tommy Brown
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-REVIEW
For. Michael. Seibert,. his. first. head.
coaching.job.seems.like.the.perfect.fit..He.
finds. himself. with. a. team. that. made. the.
playoffs. a. year. ago,. has. a. lot. of. returning.
talent. and. still. has. a.bitter.taste.from. how.
last.year’s.season.ended.
While. some. first-year. head. coaches.
may.not.embrace.the.expectations.of.being.
successful.immediately,.Seibert.enjoys.the.
pressure.
“Expectations. are. always. good,”. he.
said..“I’d.much.rather.come.into.good.sit-
uation. with. kids. that. know. how. to. win,.
have. ability. and. have. talent.. I. definitely.
like.the.expectations.”
Some. of. that. talent. may. not. be. on. the.
basketball. court. for. a. while. as. several.
players. are. on. the. football. team,. which.
hopes. it. can. sustain. another. deep. playoff.
run.like.last.year.
Returning. seniors. for. the. Indians. are.
Tyler. Bates,. Ricky. Bocanegra,. Abel.
Manriquez.and.Ricky.Handy.
Juniors. include. Taylor. Seeton,. Keith.
Kantner,. Sam. Manning,. Marcus. McNeil.
and.Jake.Geeo.
Sophomores. Jayden. Turner,. Brandon.
Castillo,.Xavier.Adams.and.freshman.Trey.
Nixon.round.out.the.roster.
Seibert.is.not.concerned.about.the.players.
being. away. from. basketball,. but. rather. he.
sees.an.opportunity.for.some.the.young.play-
ers.to.step.into.roles.they.wouldn’t.otherwise.
“It’s. a. unique. situation. to. smaller.
schools,”.Seibert.said..“Hopefully.football.
is. playing. for. a. long. time. and. then. when.
we.do.get.those.kids.in.we’ll.have.a.com-
pletely.different.look.
“It’s.going.to.be.good.for.those.younger.
kids. to. get. experience. and. take. on. bigger.
roles. than. they. would. if. football. wasn’t.
playing..It’ll.definitely.help.us.with.depth.
and.in.the.future.”
Another. reason. for. Seibert’s. stance. on.
hoping.the.football.team.continues.playing.
through. November. and. into. December. is.
that.winning.can.become.contagious.
“There’s. always. something. to. be. said.
about. winning,”. he. said.. “Getting. kids. in.
here. that. know. and. expect. to. win. is. an.
exciting. thing.. Winning. is. a. learned. habit.
and.to.have.that.infused.into.the.team.mid-
way.through.the.season.will.be.nice.”
Expectations. of. playoffs. and. playoff.
runs.are.something.Seibert.encourages.and.
after.the.way.last.year.ended,.he.envisions.
Alvarado. being. the. perfect. situation. for. a.
new.coach.
“The. expectation. is. to. be. in. playoffs.
again.–.I.expect.it,.kids.expect.it,.everyone.
expects. it,”. he. said.. “I. think. last. year’s.
experience. was. good. for. this. season..
Having. kids. that. are. experienced. and. yet.
hungry.is.what.every.coach.wants.to.walk.
into.
“The.fact.that.they.did.make.it.last.year.
but. didn’t. finish. how. they. wanted. –. its.
nice. to. have. that. to. use. as. a. motivator,. to.
keep. them. focused. on. improving. every.
day.”
Alvarado. fell. to. Lake. Worth,. 67-48,. in.
the. bidistrict. round. of. the. playoffs. to. fin-
ish.22-10.
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Alvarado’s Xavier Adams, middle, breaks upcourt during a District 8-3A game against Venus last season at Alvarado High School. The
Indians are under new head coach Michael Seibert this season.
Michael.Seibert.takes.over.
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By Tommy Brown
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-REVIEW
For.the.first.time.in.four.years,.the.Lady.Indians.will.see.a.familiar.
face.when.they.look.to.the.front.of.the.bench.….Jenny.McKinney.
That.familiar.face.has.already.made.a.big.difference.–.even.before.
the.first.game.of.the.year.
“I. think. they’re. buying. in,”. McKinney. said.. “Even. after. this.
week’s. scrimmage. they. were. saying,. ‘Wow,. look. at. where. we. are.
compared.to.this.time.last.year,’.and.they’re.right.
“I’ve. got. them. playing. ball. during. the. summer. and. spring. and. I.
think.that.can.only.help.us.as.we.try.to.build.a.winning.program.”
Building. a. winning. program. is. something. McKinney. knows. will.
not. happen. overnight,. but. she. is. confident. the. first. step. in. the. right.
See ALVARADO, Page 24
Tommy Brown/AISD
Alvarado junior Bailey Warden (23) could be a spark plug for the
Lady Indians in the 2011-12 season..
Jenny.McKinney,.Alvarado.laying.the.
foundation.for.future.success.in.hoops
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Burleson short on height, big on experience in 2011
By John henry
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-REVIEW
As.the.basketball.season.approaches,.let’s.
have.some.virtual.fun.with.Photoshop.
Envision.substituting.the.head.of.Burleson.
boys. basketball. coach. Ted. Tomchesson. for.
Uncle.Sam’s.famous.noggin.in.the.time-hon-
ored. “I. Want.You”. poster..And. then. add. the.
words,.“to.step.up.”
“I.Want.You.….To.Step.Up.”
He.needs.some.guys.to.arrive.
“We’re. gonna. have. a. little. bit. of. experi-
ence.but.not.a.lot.of.depth,”.Tomchesson.said,.
visions.dancing.in.his.head,.no.doubt,.of.the.
effects.of.building.a.second.high.school.in.the.
boom.town.of.Johnson.County.
When. Burleson. begins. pursuing. its. hard-
wood. hopes. in. the. season. opener. at.
Weatherford.on.Nov..15,.the.Elks.will.send.to.
center. stage. a. core. of. three-year. letterman.
Turner. Schwarz,. a. 6-foot-4. senior. and. all-
district. selection. a. season. ago;. Lance.
Forehand,. a. 6-3. forward,. and. guards. Jacob.
Richardson.and.senior.Nathan.Johnson.
Beyond. that. is. a. group. of. capable. guys,.
but.who.have.never.proved.themselves.at.this.
level.of.high.school.basketball.
“Past.that.first.four.it’s.gonna.be.how.they.
respond. to. that. first. varsity. experience. they.
see,”.Tomchesson.said.
Schwarz.is.The.Man..He.has.the.physical.
tools,. and. he. knows. how. it’s. done,. having.
played. on. the. Elks’. playoff. team. two. years.
ago.
His.role.then.was.to.complement.a.trio.of.
all-district.talent.
Now,.he’s.the.guy,.and.he.has.the.full.con-
fidence.of.his.coach.and.teammates.
“He.knows.what.it.takes.to.play.at.a.high.
level,”. Tomchesson. said.. “Last. year. was. the.
first.time.we.had.to.count.on.him.
“But. he’s. adjusted. to. seeing. how. teams.
game-plan. to. stop. him.. The. experience. last.
year.will.help.him;.knowing.what.it.takes.to.
be.the.man.to.carry.the.load.”
Richardson. and. Johnson. will. be. counted.
on.out.on.the.perimeter.
The. Elks. followed. up. the. playoff. season.
of. 2009-10. with. a. fifth-place. finish. last. sea-
son.. “We. were. up. in. it. to. the. last. game.. We.
just.couldn’t.get.it.done,”.Tomchesson.said.
His. players. know. what. it. will. take. to.
return. to. the. playoffs. and. compete. with. the.
likes. of. preseason. frontrunners. Arlington.
Seguin. and. Crowley,. and. the. always. athletic.
Mansfield.Summit.and.Everman.
“Being. better. defensively. and. rebound.
better,”. Tomchesson. said.. “Those. are. the.
things.we.really.talked.about.
“We’ve. got. to. limit. teams. to. one. posses-
sion.”
And.really.get.after.teams.on.that.posses-
sion.
The.Elks.are.a.playoff.team,.Tomchesson.
said,.if.all.the.pieces.come.together..Just.like.
playing.with.Photoshop.
“If.we.can.keep.the.guys.healthy.and.prog-
ress,.I.think.we.can.be.very.competitive.come.
district.time,”.Tomchesson.said.
“Can. we. beat. [the. favorites]?. I. think. we.
can.”
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Young Lady Elks rising fast
By John henry
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-REVIEW
It. would. be. no. wonder. if. Burleson. girls. basketball. coach. Rusty.
East. these. days. channels. Aesop’s. “The. Wolf. and. the. Lamb”. while.
awake.counting.sheep.at.night.
The.story.is.about.a.young,.inexperienced.and.naïve.lamb.who.is.
talked.into.helping.what.appears.to.be.a.starving,.humbled.wolf.with.
ulterior.motives.
“It.seems,”.the.lamb.said.after.hearing.the.manipulative.wolf.talk.
his.way.into.the.other.side.of.the.fence,.“those.who.say.you.feed.on.
flesh.accuse.you.falsely,.since.a.little.grass.will.easily.content.you.”
“We’re.gonna.be.real.young,”.said.East,.whose.Lady.Elks.open.the.
2011-12.season.at.home.against.former.District.3-5A.rival.Haltom.on.
Nov..8..“Starting.two.freshmen.is.a.bit.concerning.”
No.matter.who.you.are.
Nonetheless,. he. doesn’t. believe. freshman. Mackenzie. Hailey,. a.
post,. and. Lindsay. Bryan,. a. guard,. will. be. thrown. to. the. wolves. of.
District.7-4A..And.for.a.number.of.reasons.
See BURLESON, Page 24
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It’s only the beginning for Centennial Spartans in ’11
By John henry
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-REVIEW
When. it. comes. to. the. young,. senior-less.
boys. basketball. team. at. Centennial. High.
School,. the. line. delivered. by. protagonist.
Thomas. Anderson. of. Hollywood’s. famed.
“The.Matrix”.comes.to.mind.
“I. don’t. know. the. future,”. says. Neo,.
Anderson’s. alias.. “I. didn’t. come. here. to. tell.
you.how.this.is.going.to.end..I.came.here.to.
tell.you.how.it’s.going.to.begin.”
Where.it.begins.is.Nov..15.at.home.against.
Joshua.. Beyond. that,. very. little. is. known.
about.this.first.Spartans.varsity.unit.
Who.all.will.suit.up.for.that.first.game.is.
even.unknown,.Coach.Jeff.Carroll.says.
“We’re. really. open,”. said. Carroll,. who.
added.that.a.number.of.those.who.will.be.on.
final.roster.are.still.playing.football..“One.of.
the.great.things.we.have.here.is.a.lot.of.kids.
play.sports..That’s.a.bonus.for.all.of.our.kids.
to.get.to.participate.in.as.much.as.they.can.in.
their.high.school.careers.”
Not. exactly. knowing. the. makeup. of. the.
roster.is.good.and.bad,.Carroll.said..
“It’s. bad. for. planning,. but. every. kid.
knows.they.got.a.shot..We’re.real.ambiguous.
as.to.who.will.play.where.”
Two.guys.are.varsity.locks.
Junior. Garrett. Easterling,. the. program’s.
leading.returning.scorer.who.can.score.with.a.
jumper. outside. or. driving. to. the. hole.. And.
Coleman.Reed,.a.junior.forward.who,.Carroll.
said,. will. be. “instrumental. in. the. things. we.
will.do.”
Predicting. how. this. team. will. perform. is.
comparable. to. forecasting. a. tornado.. To.
Carroll,. it’s. not. one. game. at. a. time.. No,.
rather.it’s.one.possession.at.a.time.
“We. talk. about. winning. possessions,”.
Carroll. said.. “You. win. that. first. possession,.
then. you. win. the. second. possession,. then. a.
third,. and. you. take. the. season. like. that,. in.
possessions..
“Do.the.very.best.you.can,.no.matter.what.
you’re.doing,.and.no.matter.who.you’re.play-
ing.and.we’ll.see.how.it.all.turns.out.”
The.Spartans.played.10.varsity.games.last.
year,.the.school’s.first..They’ll.play.in.District.
7-3A,.which.includes.Bridgeport,.Castleberry,.
Decatur,.Lake.Worth.and.Mineral.Wells.
“My.expectation.is.that.every.time.we.step.
on.the.floor,.whether.it.be.practice.or.a.game,.
we.play.as.if.we’re.playing.for.a.state.cham-
pionship,”.Carroll.said..“We.want.the.expec-
tation. that. we’re. going. to. perform. at. the.
highest. level. possible,. no. matter. who. we’re.
playing..
“My.expectation.is.that.we.play.as.well.as.
we’re.capable.every.single.night.and.see.how.
it.comes.out.”
And. that,. high. school. basketball. fans,. is.
how.this.will.begin..
Darlene Moore/Special to the Times-Review
Centennial’s Garrett Easterling goes up for a dunk during practice at Centennial High
School on Thursday morning.
With.no.seniors,.Centennial.
playing.for.the.future
By John henry
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-REVIEW
Where. does. a. team. with. no. senior. class.
and. that. has. a. roster. with. little. to. no. varsity.
experience.look.to.for.inspiration?
Well,.if.you’re.the.Centennial.girls.basket-
ball. team. it’s. the. school. volleyball. team,.
which. found. itself. facing. the. circumstances.
in. uncharted. territory. and. turned. the. experi-
ence. into. a. playoff. spot. in. its. first. varsity.
season
If.them,.why.not.us?.Heck,.yes.
“Being. a. brand-new. program. we. don’t.
have.a.lot.of.experienced.players,”.said.Greg.
Peters,. the. Lady. Spartans’. coach.. “They’re.
working.hard,.and.they.are.coachable.
“They’re. learning. to. compete. at. a. high.
level.”
Centennial. —. which. opens. the. season.
with. a. nondistrict. game. against. Fort. Worth.
O.D..Wyatt.at.home.on.Tuesday.—.will.play.
in.District.7-3A.with.Bridgeport,.Castleberry,.
Decatur,.Lake.Worth.and.Mineral.Wells.
The.Lady.Spartans.finished.18-8.last.year.
playing. primarily. a. junior. varsity. schedule..
Peters. said. his. team. acquitted. itself. well. in.
eight.varsity.games,.while.struggling.in.some.
“We. learned. to. play. as. a. team.. It. was. a.
very. good. foundation. year.. We. put. some.
definite.building.blocks.together.
One. of. those. building. blocks. is. on. the.
block.. Good. things. can. happen. to. a. team.
when.it.has.a.player.of.the.caliber.of.sopho-
more.forward.Brooklyn.Garcia.
“She. is. an. aggressive. rebounder. and. has.
good.quickness.for.a.post.player,”.Peters.said..
“She. has. a. knack. for. getting. to. the. goal..
When.she.wants.to.get.to.the.goal,.she.makes.
it.happen.
“She’s. a. sophomore,. but. whatever. she.
lacks. for. in. experience,. she. really. makes. up.
for.in.desire.”
Peters,.an.assistant.on.Mansfield.Summit’s.
last.state-championship.team,.and.his.players.
are.confident.about.their.prospects.
“We’re. hoping. that. even. in. a. very. tough.
district,. we. can. claim. one. of. the. playoff.
spots,”.Peters.said..
“As. I. tell. the. team,. ‘some. can. do. the. big.
things,. most. people. can. do. the. little. things.’.
They.need.to.do.all.the.things..That’s.hard.to.
do.sometimes.
“I.think.we.have.a.group.that.can.do.that,.
and. leadership. needs. to. step. up. and. take.
shape.”
Sure,. the. Lady. Spartans. are. starting. from.
scratch,.but.…
Remember. the. volleyball. team. that.
showed.the.way.
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Lady Spartans look to volleyball for guidance on the court
Darlene Moore/Special to the Times-Review
Centennial’s Madison Thompson goes up for a layup during morning practice at Centen-
nial High School. Thompson is a freshman for the Lady Spartans.
Centennial.out.to.prove.
playoffs.are.a.possibility
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Cleburne sees light at end of tunnel with talented roster
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
It’s.Year.Two.of.the.Travis.Edwards.era.in.
Cleburne..The. Lyle. Lacky. and. Greg. Kudrna.
eras. with. the.Yellow. Jackets. lasted. one. year.
each,. so. Edwards’. return. hints. at. a. sign. of.
stability. for. the. beleaguered. basketball. pro-
gram. which. has. won. just. eight. games. in. the.
last.two.years.
After.going.26-9.in.Lackey’s.final.season.
in. 2008-09,. Cleburne. has. struggled. mightily.
to. a. 4-25. record. in. 2009-10. and. to. a. 4-26.
record.last.season.
Cleburne. finished. 2-12. in. District. 7-4A.
play.last.year.and.occupied.the.seventh-place.
slot.ahead.of.last-place.Joshua.
The.Jackets.return.a.wealth.of.experience,.
but.will.have.to.do.without.Shyrod.Anderson.
whose.improvement.last.year.helped.Cleburne.
down.the.stretch.
Connor. Martyniuk,. Pete. Black,. Quade.
Coward,. Kameron. Pickett. and. Vince. Maes.
are. the. returning. starters. from. last. year..
Returning. seniors. include. Patrick. Morgan,.
Preston.Bullard.and.Colten.Ellis.
Coward.is.a. junior. and. is.also.the.varsity.
starting.quarterback..Pickett.is.a.sophomore.
Cleburne. will. run. various. motion. offens-
es,.sets.and.counters,.according.to.Edwards.
On.defense,.he.said.the.Jackets.plan.to.be.
variable.as.well.
“We.want.to.be.solid.in.our.defensive.fun-
damentals,”. he. said.. “But. flexible. enough. to.
plan.for.our.opponents.”
Edwards.said.his.team.has.its.work.cut.out.
for. it. in. the. tough. confines. of. 7-4A. with. the.
likes. of. Everman,. Mansfield. Summit. and.
Crowley. expected. to. contend. for. the. district.
title.
“Our.goals.are.to.build.as.a.team.and.com-
pete. for. a. playoff. position. this. season,”. he.
said..“We.believe.that.by.emphasizing.a.hard.
work. ethic. that. we. can. compete. with. our.
scheduled.opponents.”
Edwards.emphasized.taking.pride.in.play-
ing.for.the.Jackets.and.said.last.year.the.team.
went.through.some.necessary.growing.pains.
“Our. boys. needed. to. gain. experience. at.
the.varsity.level,”.he.said..“Our.emphasis.last.
year.consisted.of.teaching.several.elements.of.
the. game. such. as. learning. to. compete,. skill-
development,.self-belief.and.the.development.
of.our.basketball.IQ.
“Our.primary.emphasis,.however,.was.on.
the.academic.and.athletic.development.of.our.
players.”
Coward. led. the. team. in. rebounding. last.
year. and. figures. to. be. a. force,. along. with.
Black,.on.the.boards.this.year..
Martyniuk. was. the. starting. point. guard.
last.year.and.the.second-leading.scorer.behind.
Anderson.. He. led. the. the. team. in. made. free.
throws.
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Cleburne’s Connor Martyniuk (22) is a senior point guard for the Yellow Jackets this sea-
son under second-year head coach Travis Edwards.
Travis.Edwards.returns.
continuity.to.Cleburne
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Cleburne. Lady. Jacket. basketball. program. will. see. its. third.
coach. in. as. many. years. in. 2011. with. Jamie. Calahan. at. the. helm..
Calahan.was.an.assistant.coach.under.Clayton.Harris.last.year.when.
the.Lady.Jackets.went.12-20.and.finished.1-13.in.District.7-4A.play.
Cleburne. graduated. seniors. Jessie. Richardson. and. Lizzy. Herrera.
last.year.but.return.a.wealth.of.young.talent,.including.a.trio.of.sopho-
mores.who.played.big.minutes.on.last.year’s.team.
Sophomores. Avery. Hough,. Bria. McCullough. and. Courtney.
Jeffcoat.are.three.of.the.returning.four.starters.with.the.final.one.being.
senior.Bailey.Hafford,.a.force.on.the.boards.and.an.adept.scorer.in.the.
paint.
Hough.is.also.a.big.rebounder.for.the.Lady.Jackets.and.McCullough.
and.Jeffcoat.accounted.for.a.majority.of.Cleburne’s.scoring.last.year.
In.addition.to.the.youth,.Cleburne.returns.eight.seniors.in.Jasmine.
Boston,. Katelyn. Elizondo,. Jessica. Prows,. Marianne. Reynaga,.
Mercedes.Spann,.Lacy.Stinebaugh.and.Megan.Suess.
Having.been.with.the.program.for.the.last.six.years,.Calahan.said.
he. expects. the. Lady. Jackets. to. be. familiar. with. his. schemes. on. the.
court.
“I. think. it’s. safe. to. say. they. know. my. philosophies. and. expecta-
tions,”.he.said..
Calahan. alluded. to. keeping. parts. of. Harris’. full-court. pressure.
defensive. system. intact,. but. added. Cleburne. needs. to. be. versatile.
enough.to.adjust.to.what.the.opponents.bring.
District.7-4A.will.bring.several.high.quality.opponents..Summit.is.
coming.off.a.14-0.district.season.
“The. district. we. are. in. is. a. very. tough. and. hard-nosed. district,”.
Calahan.said..“For.us,.the.teams.to.beat.are.all.of.them.”
Calahan.added.his.team’s.No..1.goal.is.to.qualify.for.a.postseason.
slot.despite.last.year’s.1-13.finish.
“We. want. to. improve. on. last. season. and. to. contend. and. compete.
hard.each.and.every.game,”.he.said..“Our.No..1.goal.is.to.get.to.the.
playoffs.
“My. expectations. are. to. compete. hard. each. and. every. game. and.
give. our. team. the. best. chance. to. win. each. and. every. one. of. those.
contests..I.know.the.playoffs.are.a.big.leap.forward.from.what.we.did.
last.year,.but.I.do.think.we.are.very.capable.of.giving.it.our.best.shot.”
Calahan.said.he.expects.maximum.effort.from.all.the.Lady.Jackets,.
both.under.and.upperclassmen.
“I.want.us.to.come.together.and.do.what.we.do.as.a.team.and.work.
together. to. accomplish. our. goals,”. he. said.. “We. are. all. here. for. the.
same.reason.and.we.need.to.put.our.best.foot.forward.”
Cleburne. opens. the. season. on. the. road. against. Arlington. Sam.
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Three.sophomores.to.lead.way.for.Cleburne.
after.last-place.finish.in.District.7-4A.in.2010
12
Former Stephenville head coach McFarland takes over
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Godley. Wildcats. will. be. starting.
over.in.more.than.one.sense.of.the.word.for.
the.2011-12.basketball.season.
The. Wildcats. have. just. three. returning.
starters.from.last.year’s.area.finalist.team.....
and. they. have. a. new. coach. in. Keith.
McFarland.
Jon.Normand.left.over.the.summer.to.fill.
the. boys’. head. coaching. position. at.
Stephenville.. The. Wildcats. enjoyed. plenty.
of.success.under.him,.including.a.trip.to.the.
regional.finals.in.2010.
While.Godley.is.short.on.returning.start-
ers,.they.will.have.nine.seniors.on.the.team.
Returning. starters. from. last. year. include.
dynamic. scorer. Kolby. Brown,. Drew. Benge.
and.Rhett.Roden.
Roden. and. Brown. are. both. seniors. and.
Benge.is.a.junior.
The. Wildcats. also. have. Koby. Foster,.
Canyon. Williams,. Edde. Babbe,. Rhett.
Brawner,. Joshua. move-in. Riley. Davis,.
David.Bryant.and.Riley.Bo.Davis.
McFarland.said.the.Wildcats.will.operate.
out. of. a. motion. offensive. set. and. will. use.
multiple. defensive. schemes. to. battle. their.
opponents.
Godley.competes.in.the.tough.confines.of.
District. 10-2A. along. with. perennial. powers.
Brock.and.Peaster.
Last.year,.the.Wildcats.finished.in.second.
place.behind.the.Brock.and.defeated.Locona.
in.the.bidistrict.round.of.the.playoffs.before.
falling. to. state-ranked. Whitewright. in. the.
area.round.
“The.team.will.have.to.decide.their.goals.
once. the. season. begins,”. McFarland. said..
“It’s. their. team. and. these. young. men. have.
played. together. long. before. I. came. to.
Godley.
“It. will. be. up. to. them. as. to. where. they.
want. to. go. and. how. far. they. think. they. can.
take.it.”
With. football. season. typically. extending.
beyond. the. regular. season. in. Godley,. the.
Wildcats.won’t.be.at.full.strength.until.well.
after. the. start. of. the. basketball. season..
That’s.something.McFarland.said.he’s.ready.
for.
“When.you.are.learning.something.that.is.
new,.I.don’t.think.there.is.any.substitute.for.
time,”.he.said..“I.believe.the.athletes.here.at.
Godley.will.do.anything.I.ask.them.to.do.
“They.will.be.great.and.more.than.capa-
ble,. but. it’s. a. situation. that. will. require.
time.”
Under. Normand,. Godley. was. known. for.
its. fast. pace. on. both. offense. and. defense..
With. Godley’s. overall. team. speed,. the.
Wildcats. should. again. be. one. of. the. faster.
teams.in.the.district.
“Above. all,. I.expect. to. win,”.McFarland.
said.. “I. think. Brock. and. Peaster. will. be. the.
favorites. in. our. district,. but. I. believe. that.
Boyd. has. a. chance. to. be. really. good. as.
well.”
Time.will.tell.
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Godley’s Trace Brown rises up for a shot against his teammates during practice at the
Godley Intermediate school on Thursday.
Godley.returning.loads.of.
experience.from.2011.team
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The.Godley.Lady.Cats.advanced.to.the.regional.finals.last.year.and.
came.within.10.points.of.knocking.off.three-time.state.champion.Brock.
On.that.team,.Godley.had.standout.Brady.Sanders,.who.is.now.play-
ing.for.the.Lady.Longhorns.in.Austin.
For. the. 2011-12. season,. Godley. will. be. without. Sanders,. Ashley.
Allen,.Chelsee.Clark.and.Micki.Jefferson..The.Lady.Cats.return.District.
10-2A’s.defensive.player.of.the.year.in.senior.Anna.Perez,.junior.point.
guard.Maelan.Brown.and.senior.post.Tolli.Wylie.
Godley.has.four.more.seniors.in.Dallas.Young,.Brittney.Neill,.Bailey.
Watson.and.Tori.Davis..Young,.Wylie,.Perez.and.Neill.are.all.four-year.
letterman.while.Brown.and.Lyndsey.James.are.juniors.who.have.been.
on.the.varsity.since.they.were.freshmen.
“That’s. the. key. for. us,”. Head. Coach. Mark. Chauveaux. said.. “Our.
experienced.players.and.our.upperclassmen.will.need.to.play.like.veter-
ans. and. our. freshmen. will. need. to. not. play. like. freshmen.. We’re. not.
going.to.be.near.as.deep.this.year.”
Chauveaux.said.last.year’s.defeat.in.the.regional.finals.could.serve.
as. motivation. but. added. he. and. the. team. haven’t. mentioned. anyone.
from.last.year’s.Lady.Cats’.squad.
“It’s. a. whole. new. team.. We. know. it’s. a. whole. new. year. and. that.
we’re. not. going. to. be. the. same. team. we. were. last. year,”. he. said..
“There’s.going.to.be.a.whole.different.way.we’re.going.to.play.”
Even.with.Sanders.last.year,.Godley’s.scoring.was.evenly.distribut-
ed..
“Our.schemes.are.really.going.to.be.based.on.who.we’re.playing,”.
Chauveaux.said..“I.think.we’re.going.to.be.a.team.that.isn’t.very.big,.
obviously,.but.defensively.it’s.not.going.to.do.us.a.lot.of.good.to.play.a.
lot.of.zone.
“I. don’t. see. us. doing. that,. and. we. don’t. run. man. to. man. the. way.
most.would.run.it..I.like.what.we’re.going.to.do.defensively.”
Chauveaux. acknowledged. Godley. has. lost. quite. a. bit. from. last.
year’s.team.and.said.it’s.going.to.be.on.everyone,.not.just.one.person,.
to.pick.it.up.
“It’s.going.to.fall.on.everyone.for.the.most.part.to.make.up.what.we.
lost,”.Chauveaux.said..“I.don’t.think.we’ll.have.what.Brady.brought.to.
us.at.the.guard.position.and.we’re.losing.quite.a.bit.of.leadership.and.
points.. We’ll. have. to. make. up. for. that. with. who. we. have. bringing.
back.”
Last.season,.Godley.and.Brock.both.finished.13-1.in.District.10-2A.
play.and.Brock.won.the.tiebreaker.to.take.the.district’s.top.seed.in.the.
playoffs..They.eventually.met.again.in.the.regional.finals.
Last. year’s. postseason. run. broke. a. trend. of. Godley. falling. in. the.
regional.quarterfinals.the.previous.two.years.
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Youthful Zebras building on last year’s playoff journey
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Grandview. Zebras. experienced. suc-
cess.on.a.level.not.seen.in.years.in.the.2010-
11.basketball.season.
Head.Coach.Todd.Jarrell.said.he.thinks.the.
Zebras.can.make.it.a.habit.
Grandview. finished. 23-8. last. year,. went.
12-2. in. District. 15-2A. play. (second. place).
and. advanced. to. the. regional. quarterfinals.
where.the.Zebras.lost.to.Crawford.
While. Grandview. is. without. four. seniors.
from.last.year’s.team.including.Jarrell’s.son,.
Derek,. Daniel. Spencer,. Trentin. Jackson. and.
Davis.Scarbrough,.Jarrell.said.there.are.plen-
ty.of.guys.ready.to.step.up.this.season.and.fill.
the.holes.vacated.by.last.year’s.seniors.
Dylan. Bartosh,. Terrell. Williams,. Kirk.
Waldrip,. Clay. Goldwater,. Rudy. Panguma,.
Ryan.Breton.and.Prescott.Holloway.return.
Jarrell. said. the. ball. will. likely. be. in. the.
hands.of.the.junior.Breton.most.of.the.time.
“If.I.had.to.pick.one.guy.to.lead.us.down.
the. floor,. it. would. be. Ryan,”. Jarrell. said.. “I.
think.other.guys.can.handle.it,.but.he.will.be.
the.primary.guy.”
Breton. is. the. quarterback. for. the. Zebras’.
football.team.
Jarrell. said. last. season’s. success. has.
helped.boost.his.kids’.expectations.after.two.
years.of.missing.the.playoffs.
“There’s. an. expectation. that. we’re. going.
to. for. sure. make. the. playoffs,”. he. said..
“During.those.two.years.before,.we.struggled.
by.not.making.it.and.we.were.close.to.getting.
there,”. Jarrell. said.. “But. we. didn’t. break.
through.. Now,. I. think. they.know. we. can.get.
in.and.be.competitive.”
Jarrell. said. one. of. the. key’s. to. last. year’s.
success. was. versatility. on. offense. and. stifling.
half-court.defense.on.the.other.end.of.the.court.
“I. think. now,. we. don’t. have. one. go-to.
guy,”. he. said.. “We. have. guys. who. can. pick.
up. the. scoring. for. Derek. and. Daniel. and. for.
Trentin.. I. don’t. have. one. guy. who. I. think.
we’re. going. to. suddenly. discover,. but. hope-
fully.what.we.do.with.our.offense.is.to.move.
people.to.various.different.spots..We.figured.
that.out.fairy.early.last.year.”
Jarrell. said. he. hopes. his. team. can. move.
from.being.a.half-court.defensive.stalwart.to.
more.of.a.full-court.strategy.on.the.defensive.
end.
“We. were. a. good. half-court. team. last.
year,”.he.said..“Hopefully.this.year.we.can.be.
a.little.more.full-court.oriented.in.our.defense..
We.have.12.kids.who.can.be.out.there.at.any.
time.and.allow.us.to.maybe.get.aggressive.in.
the.full-court.setting.
“These.last.two.years,.we.weren’t.quite.as.
deep.but.we.had.enough.guys.this.year.that.I.
feel. confident. we. can. make. plays. at. a. faster.
rate.of.speed.”
One. guy. Jarrell. said. he’s. expecting. big.
things.out.of.is.Bartosh.
“I. think. he’s. really. improved. his. game. a.
bunch,”. Jarrell. said.. “He. could. be. a. fairly.
strong. post. presence. for. us. offensively.. He’s.
an.athletic.kid.
“I’m.also.hoping.Terrell.can.give.us.some.
consistent.scoring..It.will.be.a.bit.of.a.process.
to.see.who.else.can.score.for.us.”
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Grandview advanced to the regional quarterfinals last year and had to defeat Teague in
the area round to get there.
After.deep.run.last.year,.
Grandview.aiming.high
15
Lady Zebras return experience from last year’s squad
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
By. Kevin. Pope’s. own. admission,. the.
Grandview.Lady.Zebras.overachieved.last.
year.in.reaching.the.regional.semifinals.
“We. won. about. every. close. game. we.
could,”. he. said.. “We. hit. those. buzzer-
beating. 3’s. and. such.. I. tell. the. girls. in.
practice. that. we. need. to. continue. to. work.
on. those. kinds. of. things. and. they. look. at.
me.and.say.‘Coach,.why.wouldn’t.we.want.
to.work.on.those.things?’”
It’s. that. mindset. that. has. Pope. high. on.
the.Lady.Zebras.this.season.
Last. year,. they. went. 25-11,. won. the.
District. 15-2A. title. with. a. 12-2. district.
record.. It. was. the. school’s. first. outright.
title.since.1994.
Grandview.did.all.of.that.with.just.two.
seniors. last. year..They. were. Chanci. Pruitt.
and.Portia.Henry..Pruitt.earned.all-district.
honors. and. Henry. was. an. honorable. men-
tion.candidate.
Returning. for. Grandview. are. senior.
Raven. McGrath. (last. year’s. 15-2A. most.
valuable. player),. senior. Melody. Mayse,.
senior. Lyncon. Tekell,. junior. Harley.
Griffith,. juniors. Randi. Self. and. Kalani.
Basham.and.junior.Alexis.Wheeler.
Grandview. will. also. have. senior.
McKenzie. Eubank. available. along. with.
junior. Taylor. Russell,. sophomore. Krista.
Emmons.and.sophomore.Riley.Schindler.
Tekell. was. a. second-team. all-district. selec-
tion.last.year..Mayse.was.a.first-team.selection.
Grandview.lost.to.eventual.state.cham-
pion.Brock,.43-33,.in.the.regional.tourna-
ment.. It. was. the. first. time. since. 1994. for.
Grandview. to. advance. to. the. regional.
tournament.in.Stephenville.
Pope.said.this.year.his.girls.will.run.out.
of. a. five-out. and. a. four-out. offensive. set.
and. will. use. pressure. on. defense. in. both.
half-court.and.full-court.traps.
Pope. said. he. expects. 15-2A. to. be. as.
evenly. matched. this. year. as. it. was. last.
year.
“We. expect. to. contend. for. a. playoff.
spot. again. in. which. all. the. teams. are.
evenly. matched,”. he. said.. “We. hope. to.
accomplish. our. goals.. That’s. why. teams.
set.goals,.to.accomplish.them.”
Pope. said. Whitney,. which. gave.
Grandview.fits.last.year,.is.expected.to.be.
tough.along.with.talented.Italy.and.Axtell.
“Our. district. is. very. evenly. matched,”.
he. said.. “Most. teams. return. the. majority.
of. their. starters. and. lettermen. from. last.
year,.including.us..Most.of.our.games.last.
year.went.down.to.the.wire.and.were.hard-
fought.battles.every.Tuesday.and.Friday.
“I.expect.it.to.be.more.of.the.same.this.
year. due. to. the. parity. of. our. district.. Last.
year. we. hit. big. shots. in. clutch. situations..
We. have. to. do. that. again. to. return. to. the.
playoffs.this.year.”
Pope. said. his. team. learned. last. year.
that. there. are. no. easy. games. in. the. con-
fines.of.15-2A.
“No. team. qualifies. as. an. ‘easy. win’,”.
he. said.. “We. have. to. come. focused. and.
prepared.for.every.game.”
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Grandview’s Melody Mayse, right, and Raven McGrath walk up the court during the Lady Zebras’ 43-33 loss to Brock in the regional
tournament at Tarleton State University.
Raven.McGrath,.the.15-2A.MVP,.
returns.to.lead.Grandview
16
Owls prepared to take flight in Barone’s second year
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
In. Dayton. Barone’s. first. year. as. the. head.
coach.of.the.Joshua.Owls,.they.struggled.to.a.
2-26. record. and. an. 0-14. finish. in. District.
7-4A.
This. year,. they’ll. be. without. Reid. Rose,.
Marty. Stinson. and. Joseph. Stovall. from. last.
year’s.team.
“We. had. various. rotations. of. starters. last.
year. with. injury. problems,”. Barone. said..
“But. we. will. have. several. players. back. that.
started.in.at.least.a.few.games.last.season.”
Seniors.Zack.Maxey,.Michael.Keeton.and.
Luke.Allen.return.for.Joshua.
“Zack.was.a.consistent.starter.but.missed.
a. few. weeks. with. an. ankle. injury,”. Barone.
said.
Juniors.Tyler.Wright. and. Clint. Loflin. are.
back.for.the.2011-12.season.
“Tyler.was.brought.up.from.the.JV.in.mid.
season. last. year,. but. he. started. most. of. the.
district. games. and. was. a. second-team. all-
district.selection,”.Barone.said.
Sophomore. Garret. Hoffman,. the. starting.
quarterback. on. the. Owls’. football. team,.
rounds.out.the.returners.for.the.Owls.
“He.logged.minutes.as.a.starting.freshman.
last.season,”.Barone.said..“This.should.make.
it. very. competitive. to. create. a. set. starting.
lineup.”
Other.returning.seniors.include.Paul.Blair,.
Beau. Boudreaux,. Aaron. Maxey. and. twin.
brothers.Corey.and.Casey.Dixon.
On. offense. and. defense,. Barone. said. the.
Owls. will. continue. to. build. on. the. basics.
instilled.in.his.first.year.
“It. will. vary,. but. we. will. have. a. few. set.
plays,.some.motion.offense.and.we.will.base.
our. offense. on. screens. and. ball. movement,”.
he. said.. “On. defense,. it. will. vary,. but. we’ll.
incorporate.man.principles.into.all.the.defens-
es.we.run..We’re.not.opposed.to.mix.it.up.and.
run. a. variety. of. different. looks. at. the. other.
teams.”
Barone. said. his. confidence. in. this. year’s.
team. is. high. because. of. the. progress. made.
last.year,.despite.the.number.of.losses.
“We.are.expecting.to.compete.at.a.higher.
level,”. he. said.. “Last. year,. we. made. some.
strides. at. various. points. in. the. season. and.
battled.through.a.lot.of.adversity..This.season,.
we. expect. to. be. healthier. and. deeper. with.
more.overall.talent..
“Our. confidence. is. higher,. our. system. is.
more.familiar.and.we.can.pull.out.some.extra.
wins.with.all.of.that.combined.this.season.”
Things. aren’t. easy. in. the. confines. of.
District.7-4A,.Barone.said.
“This.is.one.of.the.toughest.districts.in.the.
state,”.he.said..“There.are.teams.like.Crowley,.
Everman.and.Summit.who.should.all.be.very.
tough.this.year..Crowley.may.have.state.tour-
nament.level.talent.overall..Every.team.in.our.
district.is.going.to.be.solid.and.a.tough.game.
no.matter.where.we.play.them.”
Barone. added. he. expects. his. players. to.
have.learned.a.lot.from.last.year’s.campaign.
“I. think. more. than. anything. that. playing.
with. a. young,. inexperienced. squad. last. sea-
son,. the. players. learned. a. lot,”. he. said.. “I.
think.that.will.be.what.carries.over.this.year..
The. fact. that. these. players. have. put. in. the.
work. and. time. to. get. better. and. learn. from.
last.season.will.be.a.big.benefit.for.us.
“As. a. coach. I. think. if. we. stick. with. the.
system,.it.will.pay.off.in.the.long.run.”
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Joshua Head Coach Dayton Barone, middle, looks on as members of the Joshua varsity
boys’ basketball team shoot free throws in practice.
Young.Joshua.learned.a.lot.
from.last.year’s.2-26.season
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Lady Owls blossoming under new head coach Gillham
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Joshua. Lady. Owls. are. under. first-year. Head. Coach. Danny.
Gillham,.who.has.been.the.assistant.head.coach.for.three.years.under.
Jim.Murphy.before.his.departure.last.year.to.Southwest.High.School.
in.Fort.Worth.
The.Lady.Owls.finished.11-21.overall.last.year.and.2-12.in.District.
7-4A.play..
Joshua.graduated.four.seniors..
Two. of. those,. Meagan. Woodall. and. Haley. Peveto,. are. playing.
basketball.at.Mary-Hardin.Baylor.
Returning.for.Joshua.are.senior.Gin.Wright,.a.starter.from.last.year,.
sophomores. Madison. Lasater. (a. returning. starter). and. Savannah.
Savage,.along.with.junior.Kat.Martin.
The.Lady.Owls.will.have.an.international.flair.to.their.lineup.with.
the.addition.of.senior.Asta.Florestedt,.a.foreign.exchange.student.from.
Sweden.
Gillham.said.Joshua’s.schemes.on.offense.and.defense.will.vary.as.
the.year.goes.on.to.match.the.team’s.strengths.and.weaknesses.
He.said.he.expects.his.team.to.contend.for.the.playoffs.
“I.realize.it’s.an.ambiguous.goal.that.every.team.has,”.he.said..“But.
that’s.what.we.are.striving.for.as.well.”
Gillham.said.serving.as.the.assistant.coach.for.the.past.three.years.
helped.the.Lady.Owls.become.familiar.with.his.presence.on.the.side-
line.
“From. what. I. can. tell,. they. already. seem. to. be. progressing. quite.
well,”. he. said.. “They. have. a. familiarity. with. me. from. my. previous.
years.here,.but.now.I.get.the.opportunity.to.provide.my.own.personal-
ity.and.philosophy.behind.what.we.do.as.a.program.”
Gillham. said. that. will. manifest. itself. in. the. young. Lady. Owls.
remaining.patient.on.both.sides.of.the.ball.
“I. expect. us. to. gradually. improve. as. the. season. progresses,”. he.
said..“We.are.a.young.team.this.year.with.several.players.that.will.be.
making. their. first. appearance. on. varsity.. I. want. us. to. be. a. team. that.
hangs. our. hat. on. solid,. aggressive. defense. and. patient. execution. on.
offense.”
Gillham. said. he. expects. Mansfield. Summit. to. set. the. tone. in.
District.7-4A.like.it.did.last.year.
“They.are.the.team.to.beat,”.he.said..“They.went.a.perfect.14-0.in.
district.last.season.and.returned.a.large.core.of.that.team..I.think.the.
rest. of. us. are. trying. to. catch. up. to. the. standard. they’ve. set. for. this.
district.”
Zack Cunningham/Times-Review
Joshua’s Madison Lassiter looks for an open teammate during a
scrimmage at Joshua High School.
He.was.an.assistant.under.former.head.coach.
Jim.Murphy,.who.left.in.the.offseason
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Junior Gonzales ready to lead Chargers to postseason
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
After. an. exciting. end. to. the. 2010-11.
season,. the. Keene. Chargers. will. have. a.
starkly.different.look.to.them.this.year.
Last. year’s. team. went. 22-14,. finished.
tied. for. third. in. District. 15-2A. with.
Maypearl. (10-5. in. league. play). and.
advanced. to. the. playoffs. where. the.
Chargers.fell.in.the.first.round.to.Hearne.
The. highlight. of. the. season. may. have.
come. in. the. tiebreaker. against. Maypearl.
where. senior. Seandre. Sadler. went. off. for.
47. points. in. leading. the. Chargers. to. vic-
tory.
Keene.is.without.Sadler.this.season.and.
Julian. Ganzalez,. Ben. Baggi,. Tony. Smith,.
Andy. Granda. and. Clayton. Loeak. are. also.
gone.
The. lone. returning. starter. for. Keene. is.
junior. Manuel. Gonzales,. a. three-year. let-
terman. and. one. of. the. Chargers’. most.
explosive.scorers.
The.team.does.have.five.seniors.in.Alik.
Aaron,. Moses. Thomas,. Jonathan. Lati,.
Alex.Lanki.and.Brandon.Brown.
Head. Coach. Jason. Hill. said. he. expects.
the. athletes. to. take. ownership. of. the. pro-
gram.
“Every.team.is.different,”.he.said..“You.
have. to. find. who. the. leaders. are. and. give.
them. responsibility. and. let. the. players.
take.ownership.of.the.program.”
Hill. emphasized. he. wants. his. team. to.
continue. running. the. same. up-tempo,.
spread. offense. it. ran. last. year. and. play.
man-to-man.defense.in.both.the.half-court.
set.and.apply.some.full-court.pressure.
“Our. goals. are. to. challenge. for. that.
district. championship,”. he. said.. “I. think.
Italy. is. the. team. to. beat. going. in..We. talk.
about. banners. and. goals. every. day.. We.
can’t. be. out. here. and. not. have. a. mission..
Even. though. we. lost. a. lot. of. guys. and.
we’re.not.very.big,.that’s.still.our.goal.
“Italy. should. be. the. front. runner. and. I.
know.Whitney.has.a.lot.of.kids..Grandview.
is. always. well-coached. and. athletic,. but.
our. goal. is. to. win. the. district. and. we’re.
not.going.to.sell.ourselves.short.on.that.”
Despite. lacking. the. size. of. last. year’s.
team,.Hill.said.Keene.will.benefit.in.other.
ways. from. a. smaller. and. more. accurately.
shooting.lineup.
“I. think. we. can. extend. our. defense.
more. this. year,”. Hill. said.. “Last. year,. we.
didn’t.do.that.as.much.because.we.wanted.
to. get. Seandre. open,. but. this. year. we’re.
smaller. and. faster.. We’re. going. to. try. to.
pick. it. up. full. court. and. create. a. faster.
defense. as. opposed. to. letting. the. other.
teams.walk.us.up.into.a.half-court.set.”
You. could. say. the. Chargers. are. led. by.
the. “M&Ms”. in. Manu. and. Moses,. Hill.
said.. He. added. that. Keene. has. more. scor-
ers.at.its.disposal.this.season.
“I. think. we’ll. shoot. the. ball. better,”. he.
said.. “Last. year. we. had. a. bunch. of. true.
shooters..
“I’d.say.there.are.times.where.we.could.
have.six.to.eight.kids.who.can.step.up.and.
knock.shots.down..They.can.take.the.pres-
sure.off.of.Manu.and.Moses.”
Zack Cunningham/Times-Review
Keene’s Manuel Gonzales shoots a layup during morning practice at Keene High School.
Gonzales is a junior for the Chargers.
Keene.returns.one.starter.
from.last.year’s.playoff.team
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Young Lady Chargers taking baby steps in District 15-2A
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Keene. Lady. Chargers. are. coming.
off. a. 3-20. season. in. which. they. finished.
3-10. in. the. tough. confines. of. District.
15-2A.
Head. Coach. Michelle. Connelly. said.
this.season.will.be.about.growing.together.
after. losing. four. seniors. last. year. includ-
ing. all-district. selections. Illiana. Castillo.
and.Shanon.Anitak.
Also. gone. are. Sarah. Gow. and. Xenia.
Munoz.
Jenna. Bulles. and. Jomarie. Munoz. are.
the. only. two. returning. starters. for. Keene.
,and.Munoz.is.the.lone.senior.on.the.Lady.
Chargers.
“Our.offensive.scheme.will.be.to.try.to.
get.up.and.down.the.floor,”.Connelly.said..
“On. defense,. we’ll. play. man. to. man. or. a.
sagging-man.defense.”
With. so. much. inexperience,. Connelly.
said.her.realistic.goals.for.this.team.are.to.
finish.around..500.and.gain.valuable.expe-
rience.playing.together.
“I. would. really. like. to. see. us. finish.
around. the. .500. mark. and. just. get. better.
together,”. she. said.. “We. need. to. develop.
some. confidence.. We’re. really. young.
overall. and. just. need. to. get. some. playoff.
experience.”
Keene.has.several.bright.young.players.
in.Bulles,.a.sophomore.from.last.year.and.
an. all-district. selection,. along. with. fresh-
man.Zayda.Gonzales.
Gonzales.is.the.younger.sister.of.junior.
Manu.Gonzales,.a.starter.on.the.Chargers’.
basketball.team.
She. possesses. the. smooth. shooting.
touch. of. her. older. brother. and. is. a. player.
to. watch. out. for. down. the. line,. Connelly.
said.
“She’s. going. to. be. good,”. she. said..
“They. also. have. an. older.sister.who.plays.
basketball.too.”
Castillo. and. Anitak. were. the. spark.
plugs. on. offense. for. last. year’s. team. with.
both.earning.all-district.honors..
Gow.was.a.three-year.starter.in.the.post.
and.Munoz.contributed.a.lot.on.the.boards.
during.last.season.
Connelly.said.she.expects.the.district.to.
be. very. tough. again. this. season,. which. is.
the. same. take. as. Grandview. Head. Coach.
Kevin.Pope.
“Grandview. is. going. to. be. really.
tough,”. Connelly. said.. “They. didn’t. lose.
anybody. that. I. can. think. of. and. Raven.
McGrath.is.really.a.player.
“Whitney. has. a. tall. girl. (6-4). who. will.
make.it.tough.for.people,.also..Clifton.and.
Axtell. aren’t. bad. either. but. I. think.
Grandview.is.going.to.be.very.strong.”
Connelly. has. coached. the. Lady.
Chargers.for.some.time.now.and.added.her.
team. can’t. get. caught. up. in. wins. and.
losses.this.season.
There’s.more.at.stake,.she.said.
“I. know. it’s. said. a. lot,. but. it. isn’t.
always. about. winning,”. she. added.. “I. am.
going.to.have.to.focus.on.the.positive.and.
try.to.teach.life.lessons.to.these.girls.”
Keene. begins. the. 2011-12. season. at.
home.against.Boyd.on.Tuesday..
The.varsity.will.play.at.6:15.p.m.
Zack Cunningham/Times-Review
Keene freshman Zayda Gonzales fires a free throw during practice at Keene High School.
Gonzales is the younger sister of junior Manu Gonzales, who leads the boys’ team.
Keene.has.a.bright.future.with.
several.blossoming.stars
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Cavasos’ system taking shape in young, skilled Eagles
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Rio.Vista. Eagles. have. another. year.
to. learn. under. Head. Coach. Ryan. Cavasos,.
and.with.the.lack.of.returning.depth,.that’s.
a.good.thing.
Rio. Vista. returns. senior. Tyler. Allen,.
junior. Ryan. Jimison. and. junior. Joseph.
Chavez. as. starters. from. last. year’s. 9-21.
team,. which. went. 3-11. in. District. 15-2A.
play.
Seniors.Robert.Lopez,.Lane.Stevens.and.
Rider. Corneilson. are. also. expected. to. play.
big.roles,.Cavasos.said.
“Last. year,. we. tried. to. play. harder. and.
be. more. fundamentally. sound,”. Cavasos.
said.. “Defensively,. we. need. to. get. better..
Last.year.in.some.aspects,.we.got.a.lot.bet-
ter.
“By. the. end. of. the. year,. we. were. doing.
things. better. than. at. the. beginning. but. that.
doesn’t.always.translate.to.winning.games.”
Last.year’s.star.player,.Cooper.Ferguson,.
is.gone.and.it’ll.be.up.to.the.newcomers.to.
fill.in.his.shoes,.Cavasos.said..
“Jimison. was. a. very. good. defensive.
player. for. us,”. he. said.. “He. came. off. the.
bench.and.he.was.always.on.the.floor.at.the.
end. of. the. game.. We. ran. a. lot. of. box-and-
one.sets.where.I.just.stuck.him.on.the.other.
team’s.best.player.
“In. those. games. which. we. won,. we.
executed. game. plans. and. we. got. better. at.
executing.situational.things.”
In. a. district. with. playoff. contenders.
Keene,. Italy. and. Grandview. along. with.
Axtell.and.Whitney,.Cavasos.said.his.team.
will. face. a. challenge. each. and. every. night.
of.district.competition.
“We.expect.a.lot.out.of.Tyler,.Joseph.and.
Ryan,”. he. said.. “Rider. is. a. big. kid. coming.
out. of. football,. but. other. than. that,. we’re.
going. to. be. small. and. try. to. play. quick..
We’ll.try.to.play.a.lot.more.defense.and.use.
a.lot.more.of.a.pressure.set.
“At. this. point,. we’re. putting. a. lot. of.
weight. on. those. three. returning,. especially.
on.Tyler.when.he.comes.back.healthy.”
Allen. was. the. starting. quarterback. for.
Rio. Vista’s. football. team.. He. injured. his.
shoulder.towards.the.end.of.the.season.
The.Eagles.went.6-10.in.nondistrict.play.
last.season.before.finishing.the.season.with.
11.losses.in.14.District.15-2A.games.
“There. are. no. nights. off. in. this. dis-
trict,”. he. said.. “We’re. not. going. to. worry.
about. who. we’re. playing. but. we’re. going.
to.do.what.we’re.supposed.to.do.and.do.it.
well.
“I’d. really. like. to. spread. it. around. on.
offense.. If. I. could. get. four. or. five. guys.
averaging.eight.or.10.points.a.game.and.get.
everyone. involved,. that. would. be. the. most.
ideal.situation.”
Although. Ferguson. played. the. role. of.
the. go-to. guy. last. year,. Cavasos. said. this.
year. will. be. different. with. him. out. of. the.
picture.
“We.need.to.get.everyone.involved,”.he.
said.. “We’re. going. to. be. running. a. pres-
sure-style.of.defense.and.we’re.not.going.to.
have.one.guy.as.a.bonified.scorer..I’m.sure.
we’ll. get. different. looks. throughout. the.
game. and. we’ll. have. to. run. with. whatever.
works.”
Zack Cunninghan/Times-Review
Rio Vista head boys’ basketball coach Ryan Cavasos, center, looks on as the Eagles conduct practice at Rio Vista High School. The
Eagles went 9-21 last year and 3-11 in District 15-2A play.
Senior.Tyler.Allen.leads.an.
inexperienced.Rio.Vista.team
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Former RV grad heads up Lady Eagles for 2011-12
By Zack cunningham
SPORTS@TRCLE.COM
The. Rio. Vista. Lady. Eagles. are. under.
the.tutelage.of.first-year.Head.Coach.Tyler.
Adams,. a. 26-year-old. graduate. of. Rio.
Vista.High.School.
“It’s. my. first. year. to. be. a. head. coach,”.
he. said.. “Last. year,. I. was. an. assistant. at.
Paducah. and. we. won. the. state. title.. In. the.
three.years.prior.to.that,.I.was.an.assistant.
at.Big.Spring.”
Rio. Vista. has. three. seniors. in. 6-2.
Lauren. Clayton,. Brittni. Villarreal. and.
April. Rios.. Other. returners. for. Rio. Vista.
include. Caly. Linton,. Krissi. Kardos. and.
Haley.Hennis.
“We.have.a.few.girls.returning,”.Adams.
said..“But.in.terms.of.varsity.game.experi-
ence,. we’re. going. to. be. pretty. young. this.
year..Last.year,.some.of.these.varsity.girls.
didn’t.get.a.whole.lot.of.playing.time.”
Adams. said. he. has. been. around. pro-
grams,. such. as. Big. Spring,. which. were.
undergoing. troubles. when. he. arrived. and.
added. he’s. familiar. with. what. it. takes. to.
get.the.ball.rolling.again.
“It’s.always.a.challenge.when.you.have.
a.new.coach.come.in.and.the.players.have.
to. try. to. learn. a. new. system,”. he. said..
“We’re. doing. something. different,. but. the.
main. thing. is. we’re. going. to. play. a. lot. of.
man.defense.and.play.fast.
“In.the.past,.we.played.a.lot.of.zone..The.
other.teams.in.the.district.are.very.talented.
and. winning. is. more. of. a. common. thing.
with.them..We’re.not.used.to.winning.on.a.
regular. basis..We’re. going. to. have. to. learn.
how.to.win.and.to.do.it.on.the.fly.”
Aside. from. Clayton,. Adams. added. the.
Lady.Eagles.aren’t.tall.this.year.
“We’re. going. to. run. a. bunch. of. four-
out,. three-out,. mostly. motion. offensive.
sets,”. he. said.. “We’ll. be. able. to. get. a. few.
mismatches. and. we’ll. see. if. we. can. get.
people.going.to.the.basket..We’re.going.to.
try. to. play. fast. and. get. every. little. advan-
tage.we.can.”
Adams. said. his. experience. as. an. assis-
tant.at.Big.Spring.will.pay.dividends.at.his.
alma.mater.
“I. have. a. winning. mindset,”. he. said..
“I’ve.been.in.two.places.where.we’ve.won.
and. Big. Spring. was. kind. of. in. the. same.
situation. as. Rio. Vista. is. in. now.. There’s.
been.a.lot.of.coaching.turnover.but.me.and.
the. head. coach,. who. was. my. high. school.
head. coach,. had. won. our. district. and. a.
playoff.game.by.our.third.year.
“I’ve.been.around.and.worked.for.other.
coaches.who.know.how.to.build.programs.
and. get. the. ball. rolling.. I. remember. when.
I.was.in.high.school.and.Rio.Vista.basket-
ball.was.known.throughout.the.state.”
Adams. said. he. aims. to. have. the. pro-
gram.back.to.those.high.standards.
“It.was.a.given.that.Rio.Vista.and.Brock.
would.meet.in.the.regional.finals,”.he.said..
“And.the.winner.of.that.game.was.going.to.
take.it.all..That’s.what.it.was.like.for.me.in.
high. school. and. I. want. to. see. that. here.
again.”
Zack Cunningham/Times-Review
Rio Vista’s Caly Linton, left, puts up a shot during practice. The Lady Eagles are under
new head coach Tyler Adams for the 2011-12 season.
Senior.Lauren.Clayton.
ready.for.spotlight
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Alvarado Boys Schedule
Nov. 15 Palmer Home 8
Nov. 18 Everman Home 7:30
Nov. 21 Crandall Away 8
Nov. 29 Gateway Aca. Home 7:30
Dec. 1-3 Lake Worth Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 5 Ferris Home 8
Dec. 8-10 Centennial Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Keller Timber Creek Home 8
Dec. 16 Cleburne Home 8
Dec. 20 Wilmer-Hutchins Home 7:30
Dec. 28-30 Caprock Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Waco Robinson Home 8
Jan. 6 North Forney Away 8
Jan. 9 Stephenville Home 8
Jan. 13 Kennedale* Home 8
Jan. 17 Hillsboro* Away 8
Jan. 20 Venus* Home 8
Jan. 24 West* Away 8
Jan. 27 Glen Rose* Home 8
Jan. 31 Kennedale* Away 8
Feb. 3 Hillsboro* Home 8
Feb. 7 Venus* Away 8
Feb. 10 West* Home 8
Feb. 14 Glen Rose* Away 8
* Denotes District 8-3A contest
Alvarado Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 Paschal Away 6:30
Nov. 11 Cleburne Away 6:30
Nov. 15 Athens Away 6:30
Nov. 18 Grandview Away 6
Nov. 22 Lake Worth Home 2:30
Nov. 29 Maypearl Away 2:30
Dec. 1-3 Brewer Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Itasca Home 6:30
Dec. 8-10 West Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Ferris Home 5:30
Dec. 16 Polytec Away 7:30
Dec. 28-30 Castleberry Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Centennial Away 6:30
Jan. 6 West* Home 6:30
Jan. 10 Glen Rose* Away 6:30
Jan. 13 Kennedale* Home 6:30
Jan. 17 Hillsboro* Away 6:30
Jan. 20 Venus* Home 6:30
Jan. 24 West* Away 6:30
Jan. 27 Glen Rose* Home 6:30
Jan. 31 Kennedale* Away 6:30
Feb. 3 Hillsboro* Home 6:30
Feb. 7 Venus* Away 6:30
* Denotes District 8-3A contest
Burleson Boys Schedule
Nov. 15 Weatherford Away 7:30
Nov. 18 Haltom Home 7:30
Nov. 22 Boswell Away 2
Nov. 29 Saginaw Away 7:30
Dec. 1-3 Joshua Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Arlington Home 7:30
Dec. 8-10 Peaster Tourney There TBA
Dec. 13 Paschal Home 7:30
Dec. 16 Birdville Away 7:30
Dec. 20 Summit* Away 8
Dec. 28-30 Castleberry Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Cleburne* Home 8
Jan. 6 Joshua* Away 8
Jan. 10 Everman* Home 8
Jan. 13 Seguin* Away 8
Jan. 17 Granbury* Home 8
Jan. 20 Crowley* Away 8
Jan. 24 Summit* Home 8
Jan. 27 Cleburne* Away 8
Jan. 31 Joshua* Home 8
Feb. 3 Everman* Away 8
Feb. 7 Seguin* Home 8
Feb. 10 Granbury* Away 8
Feb. 14 Crowley* Home 8
* Denotes District 7-4A contest
Burleson Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 Haltom Home 6:30
Nov. 11 Weatherford Home 7
Nov. 15 Wichita Falls Hirschi Away 6:30
Nov. 17-19 Diamond Hill Tourney Away TBA
Nov. 21-22 Lake Country Tourney Away TBA
Nov. 29 Dallas Wilson Away 7:30
Dec. 2 Argyle Home 7
Dec. 6 Diamond Hill-Jarvis Away 7
Dec. 8-10 Nevada Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Granbury* Away 6:30
Dec. 16 Crowley* Home 6:30
Dec. 20 Summit* Away 6:30
Dec. 30 Decatur Home 3
Jan. 3 Cleburne* Home 6:30
Jan. 6 Joshua* Away 6:30
Jan. 10 Everman* Home 6:30
Jan. 13 Seguin* Away 6:30
Jan. 17 Granbury* Home 6:30
Jan. 20 Crowley* Away 6:30
Jan. 24 Summit* Home 6:30
Jan. 27 Cleburne* Away 6:30
Jan. 31 Joshua* Home 6:30
Feb. 3 Everman* Away 6:30
Feb. 7 Seguin* Home 6:30
* Denotes District 7-4A contest
Centennial Boys Schedule
Nov. 15 Joshua Home 8
Nov. 18 Dublin Away 7:30
Nov. 21 South Hills Away 1
Nov. 22 Stephenville Home 1
Dec. 1-3 Whitney Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 8-10 Centennial Tourney Home TBA
Dec. 17 Lone Star Away 7:30
Dec. 19 Itasca Away 7:30
Dec. 20 Glen Rose Home 1
Dec. 27-29 Kennedale Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 31 Lipan Home noon
Jan. 6 Waxahachie Home 7:30
Jan. 10 Red Oak Away 7:30
Jan. 13 Lake Worth* Away 8
Jan. 17 Mineral Wells* Away 8
Jan. 20 Decatur* Home 8
Jan. 24 Castleberry* Home 8
Jan. 27 Bridgeport* Away 8
Jan. 31 Lake Worth* Home 8
Feb. 3 Mineral Wells* Home 8
Feb. 7 Decatur* Away 8
Feb. 10 Castleberry* Away 8
Feb. 14 Bridgeport* Home 8
* Denotes District 7-3A contest
Centennial Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 O.D. Wyatt Home 7:30
Nov. 10-12 Grand Prairie Tourney Away TBA
Nov. 15 Diamond Hill-Jarvis Away 6:30
Nov. 17-19 Lady Spartan Classic Home TBA
Nov. 21 Rio Vista Home 6:30
Nov. 22 Keene Away TBA
Nov. 29 Grandview Away 8
Dec. 6 Paschal Home 7:30
Dec. 9 Ferris Away 6:30
Dec. 16 FW Poly Away 6:30
Dec. 20 Itasca Home 6:30
Dec. 27-29 Mineral Wells Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Alvarado Home 6:30
Jan. 6 Castleberry* Away 6:30
Jan. 10 Bridgeport* Home 6:30
Jan. 13 Lake Worth* Away 6:30
Jan. 17 Mineral Wells* Away 6:30
Jan. 20 Decatur* Home 6:30
Jan. 24 Castleberry* Home 6:30
Jan. 27 Bridgeport* Away 6:30
Jan. 31 Lake Worth* Home 6:30
Feb. 3 Mineral Wells* Home 6:30
Feb. 7 Decatur* Away 6:30
* Denotes District 7-3A contest
Cleburne Boys Schedule
Nov. 19 Aledo Home 2
Nov. 22 Haltom Away 7:30
Nov. 29 Glen Rose Home 7:30
Dec. 1-3 SW Christian Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Timber Creek Away 7:30
Dec. 8-10 Venus Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Venus Home 7:30
Dec. 16 Alvarado Away 8
Dec. 20 Granbury* Home 4
Dec. 28-30 Castleberry Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Burleson* Away 8
Jan. 6 Summit* Home 8
Jan. 10 Crowley* Home 8
Jan. 13 Joshua* Away 8
Jan. 17 Everman* Home 8
Jan. 20 Seguin* Away 8
Jan. 24 Granbury* Away 8
Jan. 27 Burleson* Home 8
Jan. 31 Summit* Away 8
Feb. 3 Crowley* Away 8
Feb. 7 Joshua* Home 8
Feb. 10 Everman* Away 8
Feb. 14 Seguin* Home 8
* Denotes District 7-4A contest
Cleburne Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 Sam Houston Away 7:30
Nov. 11 Alvarado Home 6:30
Nov. 18 North Mesquite Away 7
Nov. 22 Paschal Home 7:30
Nov. 29 Midlothian Away 6:30
Dec. 1-3 Ennis Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Birdville Away 7:30
Dec. 8-10 Peaster Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Everman* Away 6:30
Dec. 16 Seguin* Home 6:30
Dec. 20 Granbury* Home 1
Dec. 27-28 Mineral Wells Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Burleson* Away 6:30
Jan. 6 Summit* Home 6:30
Jan. 10 Crowley* Home 6:30
Jan. 13 Joshua* Away 6:30
Jan. 17 Everman* Home 6:30
Jan. 20 Seguin* Away 6:30
Jan. 24 Granbury* Away 6:30
Jan. 27 Burleson* Home 6:30
Jan. 31 Summit* Away 6:30
Feb. 3 Crowley* Away 6:30
Feb. 7 Joshua* Home 6:30
* Denotes District 7-4A contest
Godley Boys Schedule
Nov. 21 FW SW Christian Home 6
Nov. 22 Graham Home 6:30
Nov. 29 Hico Away 8
Dec. 1-3 Lake Worth Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 West Away 8
Dec. 8-10 Glen Rose Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Springtown Home 7:30
Dec. 20 Peaster Away 8
Dec. 27-28 Godley Tourney Home TBA
Jan. 3 Paradise* Home 8
Jan. 6 Brock* Away 8
Jan. 10 Tolar* Home 8
Jan. 13 Millsap* Away 8
Jan. 17 Boyd* Home 8
Jan. 20 Jacksboro* Away 8
Jan. 24 Peaster* Home 8
Jan. 27 Paradise* Away 8
Jan. 31 Brock* Home 8
Feb. 3 Tolar* Away 8
Feb. 7 Millsap* Home 8
Feb. 10 Boyd* Away 7:30
Feb. 14 Jacksboro* Home 7:30
* Denotes District 10-2A contest
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Godley Girls Schedule
Nov. 12 DeLeon Away 1:30
Nov. 15 H.H. Academy Home 6:30
Nov. 18 Kennedale Away 7:30
Nov. 22 Waco Robinson Away 7:30
Nov. 29 Hico Away 6:30
Dec. 1-3 Levelland Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 FW Christian Away 7:30
Dec. 8-10 Glen Rose Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Boyd* Away 6:15
Dec. 16 Jacksboro* Home 6:15
Dec. 28-30 N. Catholic Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Paradise* Home 6:15
Jan. 6 Brock* Away 6:15
Jan. 10 Tolar* Home 6:15
Jan. 13 Millsap* Away 6:15
Jan. 17 Boyd* Home 6:15
Jan. 20 Jacksboro* Away 6:15
Jan. 24 Peaster* Home 6:15
Jan. 27 Paradise* Away 6:15
Jan. 31 Brock* Home 6:15
Feb. 3 Tolar* Away 6:15
Feb. 7 Millsap* Home 6:15
* Denotes District 10-2A contest
Grandview Boys Schedule
Nov. 12 Adv. Academy Home 7
Nov. 29 Millsap Away 5
Dec. 1-3 Zebra Classic Home TBA
Dec. 6 Dallas Life Away 4
Dec. 8-10 West Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Robinson Home 5
Dec. 20 Keene* Home 5
Dec. 27-28 Godley Tournament Away TBA
Jan. 3 Maypearl* Home 5
Jan. 6 Axtell* Away 5
Jan. 10 Whitney* Home 5
Jan. 13 Italy* Away 5
Jan. 17 Clifton* Home 5
Jan. 20 Rio Vista* Home 5
Jan. 24 Keene* Away 5
Jan. 27 Maypearl* Away 5
Jan. 31 Axtell* Home 5
Feb. 3 Whitney* Away 5
Feb. 7 Italy* Home 5
Feb. 10 Clifton* Away 5
Feb. 14 Rio Vista* Away 5
* Denotes District 15-2A contest
Grandview Girls Schedule
Nov. 11 Glen Rose Home 4:30
Nov. 15 West Away 5
Nov. 18 Alvarado Home 6:30
Nov. 22 Joshua Home 4:30
Nov. 26 Palmer Away 1:30
Nov. 29 Centennial Home 4:30
Dec. 1-3 Zebra Classic Home TBA
Dec. 8-10 Fairfield Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Clifton* Away 5
Dec. 16 Rio Vista* Away 5
Dec. 20 Keene* Home 5
Dec. 28-30 Kaufman Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Maypearl* Home 5
Jan. 6 Axtell* Away 5
Jan. 10 Whitney* Home 5
Jan. 13 Italy* Away 5
Jan. 17 Clifton* Home 5
Jan. 20 Rio Vista* Home 5
Jan. 24 Keene* Away 5
Jan. 27 Maypearl* Away 5
Jan. 31 Axtell* Home 5
Feb. 3 Whitney* Away 5
Feb. 7 Italy* Home 5
* Denotes District 15-2A contest
Joshua Boys Schedule
Nov. 15 Centennial Away 8
Nov. 18 Birdville Away 8
Nov. 22 Saginaw Home 3
Nov. 29 Nelson Away 8
Dec. 1-3 Joshua Tourney Home TBA
Dec. 5 Boswell Home 7:30
Dec. 8-10 Weatherford Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Aledo Home 7:30
Dec. 16 Brewer Away 8
Dec. 20 Seguin* Home 8
Dec. 27-28 Aledo Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Granbury* Away 8
Jan. 6 Burleson* Home 8
Jan. 10 Summit* Away 8
Jan. 13 Cleburne* Home 8
Jan. 17 Crowley* Home 8
Jan. 20 Everman* Away 8
Jan. 24 Seguin* Away 8
Jan. 27 Granbury* Home 8
Jan. 31 Burleson* Away 8
Feb. 3 Summit* Home 8
Feb. 7 Cleburne* Away 8
Feb. 10 Crowley* Away 8
Feb. 14 Everman* Home 8
* Denotes District 7-4A contest
Joshua Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 Weatherford Away 7:30
Nov. 11 Birdville Home 6:30
Nov. 18 Peaster Away 7:30
Nov. 21 Dallas Life Home 5:30
Nov. 22 Grandview Away 7:30
Nov. 29 FW Country Day Home 6:30
Dec. 1-3 NE Lions Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Keller Home 6:30
Dec. 8-10 Lions Club Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Crowley* Away 6:30
Dec. 16 Everman* Home 6:30
Dec. 20 Seguin* Home 6:30
Dec. 27-29 Boswell Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Granbury* Away 6:30
Jan. 6 Burleson* Home 6:30
Jan. 10 Summit* Away 6:30
Jan. 13 Cleburne* Home 6:30
Jan. 17 Crowley* Home 6:30
Jan. 20 Everman* Away 6:30
Jan. 24 Seguin* Away 6:30
Jan. 27 Granbury* Home 6:30
Jan. 31 Burleson* Away 6:30
Feb. 3 Summit* Home 6:30
Feb. 7 Cleburne* Away 6:30
* Denotes District 7-4A contest
Keene Boys Schedule
Nov. 15 Peaster Away 8
Nov. 17-19 Keene Tourney Home TBA
Nov. 22 Venus Away 6:15
Nov. 29 Itasca Away 6:15
Dec. 1-3 Kopperl Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Lipan Away 8
Dec. 8-10 Glen Rose Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Palmer Away 6:15
Dec. 20 Grandview Away 8
Dec. 30 Poolville AAC 2:30
Jan. 3 Axtell* Home 8
Jan. 6 Maypearl* Away 8
Jan. 10 Italy* Home 8
Jan. 13 Whitney* Away 8
Jan. 17 Rio Vista* Away 8
Jan. 20 Clifton* Away 8
Jan. 24 Grandview* Home 8
Jan. 27 Axtell* Away 8
Jan. 31 Maypearl* Home 8
Feb. 3 Italy* Away 8
Feb. 7 Whitney* Home 8
Feb. 10 Rio Vista* Home 6:15
Feb. 14 Clifton* Home 6:15
* Denotes District 15-2A contest
Keene Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 Boyd Home 6:15
Nov. 11 Dallas Life Away 6:15
Nov. 15 Lake Worth Away 6:15
Nov. 17-19 Keene Tourney Home TBA
Nov. 22 Centennial Home 4:15
Nov. 29 Birdville Away 6:15
Dec. 1-3 Kopperl Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Lipan Home 6
Dec. 9-11 Glen Rose Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 28 Poolville TBA TBA
Dec. 13 Rio Vista* Home 6:15
Dec. 16 Clifton* Home 6:15
Dec. 20 Grandview* Away 6:15
Jan. 3 Axtell* Home 6:15
Jan. 6 Maypearl* Away 6:15
Jan. 10 Italy* Home 6:15
Jan. 13 Whitney* Away 6:15
Jan. 17 Rio Vista* Away 6:15
Jan. 20 Clifton* Away 6:15
Jan. 24 Grandview* Home 6:15
Jan. 27 Axtell* Away 6:15
Jan. 31 Maypearl* Home 6:15
Feb. 3 Italy* Away 6:15
Feb. 7 Whitney* Home 6:15
* Denotes District 15-2A contest
Rio Vista Boys Schedule
Nov. 15 Kopperl Away 7:30
Nov. 18 Frost Home 6:30
Nov. 22 Adv. Academy Away 3:30
Nov. 29 Blooming Grove Home 6:30
Dec. 1-3 Santo Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 8-10 Hamilton Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 13 Blum Away 6:15
Dec. 16 Hillsboro Home 3:30
Dec. 20 Clifton* Away 7:30
Dec. 29-31 Lake Co. Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Whitney* Home 7;30
Jan. 6 Italy* Away 7:30
Jan. 10 Maypearl* Home 7:30
Jan. 13 Axtell* Away 7:30
Jan. 17 Keene* Home 7:30
Jan. 20 Grandview* Away 7:30
Jan. 24 Clifton* Home 7:30
Jan. 27 Whitney* Away 7:30
Jan. 31 Italy* Home 7:30
Feb. 3 Maypearl* Away 7:30
Feb. 7 Axtell* Home 7:30
Feb. 10 Keene* Away 7:30
Feb. 14 Grandview* Home 7:30
* Denotes District 15-2A contest
Rio Vista Girls Schedule
Nov. 8 Rosebud-Lott Away 6:15
Nov. 15 Kopperl Away 7
Nov. 17-19 Lady Spartan Classic Away TBA
Nov. 21 Bur. Centennial Away 6:15
Nov. 22 Hamilton Home 6:15
Nov. 29 Ferris Home 6:15
Dec. 1-3 Dublin Tourney Away TBA
Dec. 6 Life Red Oak Home 6:15
Dec. 13 Keene* Away 6:15
Dec. 16 Grandview* Home 6:15
Dec. 20 Clifton* Away 6:15
Dec. 28-30 Meridian Tourney Away TBA
Jan. 3 Whitney* Home 6:15
Jan. 6 Italy* Away 6:15
Jan. 10 Maypearl* Home 6:15
Jan. 13 Axtell* Away 6:15
Jan. 17 Keene* Home 6:15
Jan. 20 Grandview* Away 6:15
Jan. 24 Clifton* Home 6:15
Jan. 27 Whitney* Away 6:15
Jan. 31 Italy* Home 6:15
Feb. 3 Maypearl* Away 6:15
Feb. 7 Axtell* Home 6:15
* Denotes District 15-2A contest
Chief.among.them.is.Bridgette.Fierro,.one.
of.two.seniors.and.an.all-district.7-4A.honor-
able.mention.who.will.provide.the.leadership.
and.know-how.from.the.backcourt..
“She’s. one. of. the. smartest. kids. who’s.
played.for.me,”.East.said..“She.knows.how.to.
play..
“Without.her.being.there,.it.would.be.dif-
ficult.molding.all.these.youngsters..She’s.like.
a.player-coach.”
In. addition. to. the. reliability. Fierro. brings.
is.Morgan.Landers,.a.versatile.6-2.junior.who.
is. getting. attention. from. some. NCAA.
Division. I. programs.. “Everything. will. go.
through.her,”.East.said.
East.also.believes.without.any.reservation.
that. his. two. youngsters. are. good. enough. to.
play.at.this.level;.they’re.not.here.simply.out.
of. necessity,. though. East. admitted. that.
Burleson’s.depth.chart.of.“true.guards”.goes.
as.deep.as.Bryan.and.Fierro.
They’ll.share.time.at.each.guard.position.
“Lindsay. will. knock. it. down.. She’s. a.
shooter,”.East.said.
“They’re.legit,”.East.said.of.the.two.fresh-
men..”They’re.as.good.as.anyone.we’ve.had.
come.in..When.it.clicks,.I.think.they’re.going.
to. be. good. this. year.. You. can. imagine. what.
they’ll.be.as.sophomores.”
To. improve. on. a. fifth-place. finish. last.
season. and. compete. with. traditional. state.
powers.Granbury.and.Mansfield.Summit,.and.
emerging.Arlington.Seguin.and.Crowley,.the.
Lady. Elks. will. depend. on. how. quickly. his.
young.team,.freshmen.or.otherwise,.mature.
He’s.confident.that.will.happen.
“It. could. be. really,. really. good. quick,”.
East. said.. “Or. there. could. be. some. growing.
pains,. but. there’s. going. to. be. a. point. where.
we’ll.be.way.better.and.in.the.mix..
“We’re. gonna. play. hard.. Our. goal. is. to.
play. harder. than. our. opponent..We’re. gonna.
make.you.beat.us.”
BURLESON
cont. from pg. 7
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direction.will.be.on.the.defensive.side.of.the.
court.
“I. start. with. fundamental. man-to-man.
defense.–.we’ve.got.to.be.able.to.do.that,”.she.
said.. “From. there. I. go. fundamentals. with.
dribbling,. passing,. catching,. shooting.. I’m.
one.of.those.that.feels.defense.wins.champi-
onships.and.I.tell.the.girls.that.all.the.time.”
Surprisingly,.the.Lady.Indians.managed.to.
get.even.younger.in.McKinney’s.second.year..
The. team. lost. three. seniors. off. last. year’s.
team.and.did.not.have.a.single.junior.on.the.
team.in.her.first.year.
This.year,.she.said.she’ll.likely.have.seven.
juniors,. four. of. which. were. with. the. varsity.
last. year,. a. couple. of. sophomores. and. as.
many.as.three.freshman.
“I’ve. caught. a. lot. of. flack. because. our.
numbers. are. down,”. McKinney. admits..
“We’re.running.a.varsity.and.a.true.freshman.
team. but. it. helps. to. look. at. next. year. –. this.
will. be. my. varsity. for. two. years. and. the.
freshmen. group. will. be. my. junior. varsity.
next. year. and. then. we. have. a. great. eighth.
grade.group.that.will.be.here.
“When. you. are. building. a. program. you.
have.to.have.an.eye.on.the.future.”
With.a.young.team.this.year.and.a.future.
that.appears.to.be.bright,.McKinney.believes.
this. year’s. team. is. set. up. to. lay. the. ground-
work.for.future.success.
“It’s.all.about.baby.steps.and.teaching.that.
heart,. that. drive. and. that. determination. it.
takes.to.win,”.she.said..“We.may.not.win.this.
year,. but. we. want. to. lay. the. foundation. to.
where.will.win.next.year.and.beyond.”
While.McKinney.says.this.year.is.going.to.
be. a. building. block. to. future. success,. she.
can’t. help. but. look. at. the. district. the. Lady.
Indians. are. in. and. not. get. a. little. excited.
about.the.prospects.of.finding.success.sooner.
rather.than.later.
“We’ve.already.started.talking.about.what.
it. would. take. to. get. into. that. third. spot. and.
into. the. playoffs,”. she. said.. “We. beat.
Hillsboro.twice.last.year,.played.Venus.close.
both.times.and.we’ve.come.a.long.way.from.
last. year. so. that’s. four. of. the. six. wins. we.
would.need.
“All. we. have. to. do. is. sneak. in. and. acci-
dentally. beat. West. that. first. time. and. from.
there.….you.never.know.what.can.happen.”
ALVARADO
cont. from pg. 5
David Beans/Special to the Times-Review
Cleburne’s Quade Coward (15) goes up for a basket during a game
at home against Alvarado last year.
David Beans/Special to the Times-Review
Cleburne’s Courtney Jeffcoat (35) shoots a layup over Alvarado’s
Sarah Head during a game last season.
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