Mansfield Sports

February 24, 2014


The Lake Ridge girls soccer team is headed for the second loop of district play and all’s looking good, said head coach Kim Wallace.

Lake Ridge girls in playoff position

The Lake Ridge girls soccer team is headed for the second loop of district play and all’s looking good, said head coach Kim Wallace.

“We’ve got to be there mentally and not just go through the motions,” Wallace said, as the Lady Eagles are coming off a two-loss week last week. They dropped games to Crowley and Burleson Centennial.

The losses leave the Lady Eagles at 13-4-1 and 5-3 in district play, and in second place behind Centennial.

“We’ll battle back,” Wallace said, as they prepared to take on Summit and Everman this week.

With nine underclassmen – four freshmen and five sophomores – Lake Ridge has learning yet to do about getting into the flow of the game.

The Lady Eagles won the Kennedale Classic and finished second in the Vernon Newsom Classic, losing to Lovejoy in the finals.

Summit baseball picking up experience in tournament play

The Summit baseball team is now 2-3-1 after struggling in the Jerry Durant Classic last week. The Jaguars picked up their two wins in succession, beating Birdville, 10-2 and Azle, 11-9 but tied Abilene and then lost to Richland. The tournament was played at Azle, Richland and Weatherford.

Summit head coach Chris Peacock said the team was up and down and in close games. “We were very competitive and there were lots of chances but we just weren’t able to execute,” he said.

The Jaguars are senior-heavy this season, with 10 in the regular lineup, but they don’t all have substantial starting experience.

“That’s why we play the tournaments early, so we can get experience,” Peacock said.

Summit is now entering the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Tournament this week. They will start the district schedule on March 11.

Mansfield hockey looks to favorable matchup this week

The Mansfield hockey team dropped last week’s game to Coppell, 8-0, but has a .500 team to face this Thursday.

Although Mansfield’s record is just 1-16-1, they are slated to meet Highland Park this Thursday. The Highlanders’ record is 9-9.

Leading Mansfield in scoring is James Sullivan with six points. Nicholas Culter has four assists, which is tops on the team.

Legacy swimmer takes title; Mansfield swimmers place at state meet

In the recent UIL 4A state swimming meet, Legacy’s Haley Yelle became a state champion in the 200m Free, with a time of 1:48:79. Yelle was also the runner-up in the 500m Free, 12th in the 100m Breaststroke and 14th in the 100m Free.

The 400m Free relay team finished 15th. That quartet included Yelle, Madison Yelle, Hannah Pikey and Kendall Martinson.

The girls finished 17th as a team.

On the boys side, Legacy’s Austin Spenser, was 14th in the 1-meter diving, Nicholas Tullbane was 15th in the 100m Backstroke, leading the boys to a top 50 finish at 46th.

Mansfield placed swimmers in the 5A finals events.

In the 5A division, Mansfield’s Mike Thibert was fifth in the 200m Free and the 100m Free events. As a team, Mansfield finished in the 30th spot for the boys.

On the girls side, Lauren Thompson was seventh in the 200m IM and sixth in the 100m Breaststroke. Sara McClendon was 10th in the 500m Free for Mansfield, who finished 22nd overall as a team.

- Randy Sachs

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