Sports

Wed
10
Aug

Cubs looking to first practice test

By Brett Voss

After working through several firsts of the 2016 Texas high school football season last week, the Clifton Cubs get the first they’ve been waiting for the most this week. As a key part of the second week of training camp, Clifton will take the field for its first live action against an opponent when the Cubs host McGregor for a scrimmage Friday at Cub Stadium. The junior varsity squads will square off at 5 p.m. and the varsity units will begin immediately following at approximately 6:30 p.m.

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Wed
03
Aug

Meridian baseball shines at state

By Brett Voss

It may be summer baseball, but the Meridian high-school eligible squad took the Yellowjackets to new heights at the 2016 TTAB State Tournament July 22-24 in Buffalo. Making its best showing ever in the tournament, Meridian advanced to the semifinals in the 23-team tournament before losing to Eustace, 14-4, winning five games along the way in dramatic fashion to take third place in state.

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Wed
03
Aug

WELCOME TO RIO

It’s nothing new for stories to emerge about how unprepared the host city is in the weeks before any Olympics. In fact, it’s almost expected that there will be issues with housing, infrastructure and traffic. Still, some of the reports coming out of Rio as the Opening Ceremony nears are disturbing. As if the threat of the Zika virus wasn’t enough, the city’s own police force has warned that they are so pressed for funds that patrols have been cut and visitors will not be safe. But at least the athletes will be taken care of, right? Don’t be so sure: Guanabara Bay (site of sailing and windsurfing events) and Copacabana Beach (marathon swimming and triathalon) are so polluted with garbage and untreated sewage that athletes have been warned not to open their mouths to avoid catching serious illnesses from the polluted water.  

 

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Wed
03
Aug

Cubs open football training camp

By Brett Voss

Braving 100 degree temperatures, the Clifton Cubs opened high school football training camp working not only to make their third consecutive playoff appearance, but aiming to capture their first district title since 2002. “Overall, I was pleased with our effort and our conditioning,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “I was proud of the leadership that I saw throughout practice from some of our veteran guys.” As expected, the Cubs saw 50 student-athletes take the field for the first workout. And they hit the ground running. 

 

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Wed
27
Jul

Clifton opens training camp next Monday

By Brett Voss

What started off as an idea by one coach became a reality for all three 11-man high school football teams in the county. And while the end of the inaugural edition of the Bosque County 7-on-7 Summer Football League may have proved to be anticlimatic, the results were not disappointing. By pulling out of last week’s games due to their team being depleted by the Texas Teenage Baseball Association’s High School-Eligible State Tournament, Meridian began the domino effect that wiped out the final week’s slate of three games. 

 

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Wed
20
Jul

Bosque County 7-on-7 football tied at the top

By Brett Voss

For the Clifton Cubs and the Meridian Yellowjackets, the inaugural edition of the Bosque County 7-on-7 Summer Football League has shaped up almost like they envisioned it. After three weeks of competition, Clifton and Meridian own identical 4-2 win-loss records heading into the final week of games beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Cub Stadium.  

 

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Wed
13
Jul

GOP breaks losing streak

For the first time in eight years, the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, coached by U.S. Representative Roger Williams, defeated the Democrats, 8-7, in the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park in Washington, DC June 23. Although the Republicans maintained a lead for most of the game, the Democrats pulled ahead in the sixth inning. But the GOP scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, ending their seven year losing streak.

 

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Wed
13
Jul

Cubs football picked for district title

By Brett Voss

Thanks to publications like Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and The Old Coach’s Friday Night Football Texas, high school football for fans in the Lone Star state begins about a month before a single players steps onto the field for the first day of conditioning Aug. 1. And if these two publications can serve as an indication, Bosque County will have plenty to look forward to and cheer about during the 2016 Texas high school football season. When the UIL released the realignments for the 2016-18 school years in February, both Clifton and Valley Mills were moved to new districts with an entirely new slate of opponents, while Meridian stayed put with a new counterpart addded to the mix.

 

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Wed
06
Jul

Football Summer League will

After playing two weeks on the schedule, the Bosque Countuy 7-on-7 Football Summer League will take a week off and resume on July 14 in Meridian. Last week, the Clifton Cubs (2-2) split two games, falling to Meridian, 25-6, in the opener, knocking off Valley Mills, 19-13, in the finale.  

 

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Thu
30
Jun

County kicks off Bosque 7-on-7 football

By Brett Voss

It may only be 7-on-7 summer football, but the three Bosque County 11-man high school football teams started a league of their own last Thursday. And once the dust settled on the blistering hot field at Jacket Stadium in Meridian, it became clear old rivalries had been renewed. With the Clifton Cubs playing in Class 3A, Division II, the Valley Mills Eagles battling in Class 2A, Division I, and the Meridian Yellowjackets competing in Class 2A, Division II, the three Bosque County schools have not crossed paths on the football often in recent years. But after all three squads posted one win and one loss in the threegame round-robin format, the battle for Bosque County supremacy was on. 

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