District 8-5A basketball play begins tonight for the Granbury Pirates at Burleson High, and the district gauntlet continues for the GHS Lady Pirates. The Pirates will play the early varsity game at Burleson High, starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the varsity girls taking on the Burleson squad starting at 8 p.m. The Pirates of coach David Breazeale (10-2) have been idle since taking home third place from the Van Griffith Kia Basketball Classic on Dec. 13. Coach Steve Schmidt’s Lady Pirates (5-10) are coming off a 61-51 loss in their first district game, Tuesday in Crowley.
The Tolar girls basketball team is set for its second District 10-2A contest of the season tonight on the road, at Goldthwaite, starting at 6:30. The boys, still in their nondistrict schedule, will be playing at home in Rattler Gym, taking on Rio Vista at 7:30.
Lipan’s girls and boys basketball teams will be back in action again tonight (Friday, Dec. 19), in Petrolia for nondistrict contests. Coach Brent Gaylor’s Indians are coming off a 54-46 win over the Abilene Eagles (a team of homeschoolers). Coach Amber Branson’s Lady Indians are ranked No. 2 in the state in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class A girls poll. The Lady Indians were idle since beating Peaster on Dec. 9. The JV girls game is set to begin at 4, followed by the JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys.
The Granbury Cornerstone Christian Academy girls and boys basketball teams will be at home tonight for games against St. Paul Academy out of Arlington. The Lady Crusaders (2-5) have their tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m., while the boys (4-2) are set for a 7:30 p.m. start.
The Granbury Cornerstone Christian Academy Lady Crusaders lost a 32-25 girls basketball decision to Azle Christian, and the CCA boys were outscored, 37-33, by Azle Thursday night at home in the Crossland school gym.
Waskom defeated Newton tonight in Arlington, 41-22, to win the Class 3A, Div. II state football championship, featuring a coaching staff that includes both a former Granbury player and a former Granbury High School assistant coach. Jeremy Kubiak, a 34-year-old, 1999 Granbury High School graduate, along with former GHS assistant coach Greg Pearson, are assistant coaches for Waskom (15-1). Kubiak is the offensive coordinator. This is Kubiak’s fourth season coaching at Waskom, which was 0-10 the season before he arrived. The team reached the state semifinals a year ago. Kubiak’s father, David Kubiak, is a former offensive coordinator for the Granbury football squad. Pearson was an assistant for the Pirates for several years, starting in the late 1990s.