Sports

Tue
07
Feb

Lady Cubs officially eliminated from race

by Brett Voss 

Despite facing the kind of adversity that might lead some teams to fold in the tents, the Clifton Lady Cubs continued to battle down to the bitter end.

Losing two hard fought district games last week, the Lady Cubs (4-9 in District 19-3A, 17-15 overall) wrapped up the regular season at Groesbeck (3-7) Tuesday after press time. Marlin (12-1, 24-9), West (10-2, 16-8), McGregor (9-2, 17-8) and Whitney (8-5, 11-17) clinched the district’s four post-season berths.

After losing to district-leading Marlin, 63-47, last Tuesday, the Lady Cubs lost a heartbreaker, 33-31, to second place West last Friday in their home finale.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

Clifton boys look to close out season

by Brett Voss 

While the District 19-3A boys basketball race looks like it will go down to the wire in determining its four post-season berths, the Clifton Cubs go into the final week of the regular season just looking to get in the win column.

After losing to co-league leading Marlin, 51-39, last Tuesday, the Cubs fell to third place West, 59-46, last Friday to remain winless in district and extending their losing streak to 10 straight.

Following a road game in Groesbeck Tuesday after press time, Clifton (0-11 in district, 8-20 overall) will host Whitney (6-5, 13-13) in the home finale Friday before closing out the regular season at McGregor (9-2, 16-7) Feb. 14.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

Jackets face tough home stretch in race

by Brett Voss 

After winning back-to-back games to take over sole possession of fourth place in the District 10-2A playoff berth chase, the Meridian Yellow-jackets have lost two straight.

And as a result, the Jackets find themselves in a battle for their post-season lives going into the final three games of the regular season.

Since posting an impressive 50-36 victory over Santo Jan. 24, the Jackets (4-5 in district, 9-11 overall) lost to league-leading DeLeon, 76-62, Jan. 27 before coming out of their open date to fall to second place Goldthwaite, 60-53, last Friday on the road.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

Meridian girls ousted from playoff contention

by Brett Voss 

Facing a must-win situation, the Meridian Lady Jackets came out ready to play last Friday night. But it wasn’t enough to keep their post-season hopes alive.

Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Lady Jackets could not maintain the momentum as the playoff- bound Goldthwaite Lady Eagles rallied to hand Meridian a 45-27 loss, eliminating the Lady Jackets from playoff berth contention in District 10-2A.

“This game officially knocked us out of playoff chase,” Meridian girls basketball head coach Chris Hicks said. “We played a good first half. But when Goldthwaite switched to zone, our lack of outside shooting made it extremely difficult to score. Our defense was solid all night though.”

 

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Tue
31
Jan

Lady Jackets win to stay in playoff race

Meridian girls face must-win situation in final two games in District 10-2A

By Brett Voss

With their backs against the wall and the weight of a three-game losing streak on their backs, the Meridian Lady Jackets knocked off post-season contender DeLeon, 50-37 last Friday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Senior Carson Gebhardt poured in a gamehigh 25 points as the Lady Jackets jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

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Tue
31
Jan

Clifton powerlifting starts season strong

Cubs, Lady Cubs compete in Glen Rose Feb. 11

By Brett Voss

Despite a roster that includes only three seniors, the Clifton boys and girls powerlifting teams got off to a strong start this season while competing in meets at Bosqueville and Moody January.

In the first meet of the season, the Cubs placed fourth out of 17 teams in Bosqueville while the Clifton girls placed fifth among 16 teams Jan. 14.

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Tue
31
Jan

Clifton hoops look for winning ways

Lady Cubs snap losing streak

By Brett Voss

Despite snapping a three-game losing streak with an overwhelming 45-18 victory over Bruceville-Eddy last Friday night, the Clifton Lady Cub basketball team’s hopes for making the post-season tournament came to an end.

Freshman Gracee Hilburn scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Lady Cubs over Bruceville-Eddy after Clifton suffered a 62-46 loss at Troy last Tuesday.

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Tue
24
Jan

Clifton hoops struggle down the stretch

Lady Cubs lose two key games

By Brett Voss

Facing a critical stretch in the second round of District 19-3A competition, the Clifton Lady Cubs rose to the ocassion. But in the end, being shorthanded caught up to them, in more ways than one.

Even while playing without sophomore sensation Sydney Harris since the holiday break due to a season- ending injury, the Lady Cubs have stayed in the playoff chase. But in two must-win games last week, the Lady Cubs fell short late in the contests when foul trouble caught up to them.

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Tue
24
Jan

Football accolades keep coming for Cubs

Clifton’s Gutierrez named to Super CenTex first team; Caniford selected to coach Victory Bowl

By Brett Voss

After winning their first district championship since 2002 and making the Class 3A playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Clifton Cubs continue to draw accolades for their achievements.

Junior running back Marc Gutierrez was named to the 2016 Waco Tribune-Herald’s Super Centex first team, while senior offensive lineman Jesus Enriquez made the second team. Senior two-way starter Clayton Caniford, senior defensive lineman Clayton Bayer and junior defensive lineman Mason Oliver drew honorable mention.

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Tue
17
Jan

Lady Cubs get back in the win column

Clifton girls snap two-game losing streak, edging Groesbeck, 35-34

By Brett Voss

By knocking off Groesbeck last Friday night, the Clifton Lady Cub girls basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak to stay in the thick of the District 19-3A playoff chase.

West stayed in the three-team log-jam at the top of the district with Marlin and Mc- Gregor by knocking off Clifton, 37-23, last Tuesday. The Lady Trojans put the game away by taking a 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

While no Clifton player scoring in double figures, senior Makayla Meador led the Lady Cubs with six points, followed by senior Catherine Pieri and Mackenzie Wells with four each.

“Defensively we did a great job of executing our game plan,” Clifton girls basketball head coach Jamie Duke said. “We just struggled offensively.”

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