Sports

Wed
26
Feb

Lady Jackets make all-district

By Brett Voss.

Despite taking their lumps as a young team in a very tough district, the Meridian Lady Jackets were recognized for their efforts in the District 12-1A, Division I race. Lady Jacket junior Cassidy Menger was named to the first-team, while junior Sonya Mendoza and sophomore Ashlee Hooks made the second team for Meridian (3-7 in district, 13-16 overall.
 
Wed
26
Feb

Diamond Cutting

By Brett Voss.

Opening the 2014 Texas high school baseball season at home Monday night, the Meridian Yellowjackets greeted first-year head coach Robert Barber with a welcome gift - his 100th career victory as a head coach. The Jackets held off a persistent Abbott squad to post a season-opening 10-8 victory at Yellowjacket Field Monday night, giving Barber his first victory in Meridian, but his 100th as a head baseball coach. Sophomore Ethan Hightower started on the mound and delivered three solid innings while striking out six to earn the victory. Senior Nick Prestwood came in to relieve before freshman Bradley Wallace tossed two innings for the save.
 
Wed
26
Feb

Cubs baseball off to winning start

By Carol Spicer.
 
The Clifton Cubs started the baseball season with a 18-2 run rule victory over the visiting Hillsboro Eagles on Tuesday, Feb. 18, despite a 1-0 first inning deficit. The Cubs fell behind early but used a big 14 run second inning to put the game away,” said Coach Brian Slater. “The big hit in the inning was a three-run triple by Collin Schasteen.” The second inning seemed never-ending as runner after runner kept flashing over home plate. Zach Potts got the start on the mound and pitched three scoreless innings striking out seven and earning his first win of the year.
 
Wed
26
Feb

Lady Cubs take 2nd in Glen Rose

By Carol Spicer.
 
In an exciting week, the Lady Cubs won five of six games at the Glen Rose Tournament last week. On Thursday, the team got a 4-2 win over Mineral Wells when Emily Brewer carried the Lady Cubs to a 4-2 victory with a strong game at the plate and in the circle. Brewer was solid at the plate going 2-3, driving in one and scoring two runs. Clifton would not relinquish the lead as Mineral Wells was unable to weather a three to one fourth inning deficit.
 
Wed
19
Feb

Shining moment for U.S.A.

By Brett Voss.

Despite all of the expectations, all of the failures, all of the disappoints for Team U.S.A. at the 22nd Winter Olynmpics in Sochi, Russia, a bright shining light emerged from the darkness Monday as hopes for a silver lining remains. For the Americans, name after name has disappeared into oblivion, failing to make regular appearances on the podium -- Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White, Evan Lysacek, Julia Mancuso, Bode Miller and Shani Davis.
 
Wed
19
Feb

New Beginnings

By Brett Voss.

As the Meridian High School baseball and softball teams took to their respective fields to begin practicing for the upcoming seasons last week, both teams did so with new coaches providing the guidance. And while both coaches bring a fair share of experience and success to their new squads, Jacket baseball head coach Robert Barber and Lady Jacket softball head coach Leslie Partridge inherit young teams that could prove to be diamonds in the rough.
 
Wed
19
Feb

Cubs set to open baseball season

By Carol Spicer.
 
Due to schedule changes, the varsity played early on Thursday in a scrimmage against Italy, so some missed out on the varsity action, but were able to catch the JV game which was played later. With several pitchers taking to the mound, Coach Brain Slater said “We pitched really good. We gave up only one hit the whole scrimmage.”
 
Wed
19
Feb

Booster club discusses plans

By Carol Spicer.
 
With a full board on hand last week for a Clifton Athletic Booster Club meeting, and the reception for the new AD Chuck Caniford, the group announced that they had raised about $20,000 last year for the athlete department. President Bill Larance said, “Everything we do is for the kids.” He went on to talk about the need for more flags for the baseball fields – both the solid green ones and the Clifton Claw flags. A motion was made to purchase more, with one member saying that they are a great moral builder.
 
Wed
12
Feb

Cubs fall short of postseason berth

By Carol Spicer
 
On Friday night, the Crawford Pirates came to town only to be clawed by the Cubs. The teams battled it out for four quarters, only to tie it up at 44-44 to go into overtime. At the end of overtime, the score was 53-50 for the Cubs.
 
Wed
12
Feb

Cub baseball opens in cold

By Carol Spicer
 
Despite the cold breeze and dampness in the air, the Clifton Cubs took to the field on Monday night of their first scrimmage against Whitney. With Zach Potts on the mound, the first “inning” went by quickly as he put out the Whitney Wildcats one, two, three.
 

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