The Aledo Bearcats and Weatherford Kangaroos will hit the football field for their first practices of the season Monday. Weatherford will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Aledo at 7 a.m.
The Kangaroos are in their first season under new head coach Billy Mathis, former Aledo assistant. They are coming off a 2-8 season and return four offensive and eight defensive starters.
The Bearcats were 16-0 last season, winning the Class 5A Division II state championship, their sixth state title in eight years. They are the first team in Texas history to accomplish that.
Aledo enters the season ranked No. 1 in the state in 5A in the coaches poll. The Bearcats return three offensive and six defensive starters.
Never miss a local story.
The teams will practice in full gear for the first time on Friday, Aug. 18. Weatherford has a scrimmage at Chisholm Trail at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. Aledo scrimmages at Trophy Club Nelson that same day, time TBA.
Brock and Millsap began workouts this week. The Eagles are coming off a 13-1 season in which they reached the Class 3A Division I state quarterfinals and return four offensive and five defensive starters. The Bulldogs were 3-7 last season and return nine offensive and eight defensive starters.
Brock is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the preseason coaches poll.
ALEDO SHETLAND TEAM REACHES WORLD SERIES
The Aledo Black team rallied from a slow start to win the consolation bracket at the PONY (Protect Our Nation's Youth) Shetland (ages 5-6) South Zone World Series in Youngsville, Louisiana recently.
Aledo Black dropped two of three in pool play. In bracket play, however, they went 3-0.
Aledo defeated the Vidor Nationals 22-21 in the championship game. They defeated Kinder 25-21 in the semifinals, and opened bracket play by downing the Youngsville Nationals 25-14.
In pool play, Aledo won its opener over the Enforcers, 28-17, but dropped their next two to 24-23 to Hays Blue and 20-10 to Forest Hill.
WHS WRESTLERS PLACE AT NATIONALS
Three members of the Weatherford High School Lady Kangaroos competed recently at the prestigious USA Wrestling Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
Camille Fournier and Sydney Fenus each took fourth place in their weight classes, 106 pounds and 200, respectively. Also, Alex Herle also competed in the 122 division, reaching the semifinals.
"I am very excited to see some our kids competing in the summer. Summer wrestling makes winter champions," WHS coach Read Sanders said. "I am very proud of all three girls."
Herle has committed to compete at Emannuel College in Georgia next season.
"I know she will have a successful college career," Sanders said.
BROCK ARCHERS HAVE STRONG NATIONAL SHOWING
Two archers from Brock competed in the recent National Archery in Schools World Championships in Florida, eighth-grader Jacob Baskin and fifth-grader Danny Hoffman.
Baskin placed sixth out of 713 junior high boys in the bullseye competition with a score of 292 and was 16th out of 263 in the IBO 3D event with a 284. Hoffman was 68th out of 248 in IBO, posting a 248 score, and his 252 in bullseye was 165th out of 506 elementary competitors.
Baskin also earned the Academic Archers award at national and world competition.
"We are very proud of these two young gentlemen having them represent Brock at the World Archery level," coach and sponsor Kelly McDonald said.
This is Baskin's third year in the program and Hoffman's first.