The Granbury Lady Pirates downed Burleson Centennial, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 Friday night in a District 8-5A volleyball contest at the GHS James Wann Sports Center. It was the fifth straight win and 11th victory in the last 12 matches for coach Tammy Clark’s 10th-ranked Lady Pirates (11-2 in district, 29-9 overall). The Lady Pirates had previously clinched second place in the district. Granbury will close out the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Everman (6:30 p.m.), before going into their bidistrict playoff game against the runner-up from District 7-5A, either Fort Worth South Hills or Fort Worth Trimble Tech.
After the game was tied at 14 at halftime, the Tolar Rattlers got busy in the second half to post a 39-26 triumph over Goldthwaite Friday night in Tolar in a key District 7-2A Div. I football contest. Offensive leaders for the Rattlers were running back Blayne Denton with 236 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries, and Dalton Shaw, who caught six passes for 62 yards and two TDs. The win moved 6-2 Tolar into a tie for second place in the district with 4-4 Goldthwaite, each at 2-1. Tolar’s next game will be Friday, Oct. 31 at San Saba (7:30 p.m.).
The Granbury High School girls cross country team qualified for the Region I-5A regional meet Thursday by placing third in the District 8-5A meet in Cleburne. The Lady Pirates advanced to the regional round for the third straight year, as Lauren Hammonds took third place overall. Granbury’s boys placed 7th overall. The regional meet will be Friday, Oct. 31 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.
The Cornerstone Christian Academy Crusaders six-man football squad filled its open date for this weekend by scheduling a nondistrict game in Jonesboro tonight (Oct. 24). Kickoff is set for 7:30. The Crusaders are 3-5 on the season after their 52-34 TCAF Div. II, District 2 win over Weatherford Christian last Friday night. Jonesboro is 7-0. Cornerstone will return to district play on Oct. 31 at home against Odessa Latter Rain, and a win will clinch a playoff spot for coach Chris Eikenhorst’s squad.
The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers were defeated by Fort Worth Covenant Classical Thursday in Fort Worth, 89-65. The TAPPS Div. III, District 2 loss dropped the Pioneers to 2-1 in league play and 4-4 overall. NCTA will play at home on Oct. 31 against Longview Trinity in another district contest (7:30 p.m.) as the Pioneers continue to seek a playoff spot.
The Granbury Lady Pirates beat Burleson High, 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 Tuesday night in the GHS James Wann Sports Center to clinch second place in the District 8-5A volleyball standings behind Aledo. Granbury improved to 10-2 in district and 28-9 on the season. It was the second straight loss for Burleson, now 8-4 in district and 24-13 overall. On Monday, the Lady Pirates moved up from No. 11 to 10th in the Texas Girls Coaches Association rankings. Granbury has two more regular-season matches, Friday at home against Burleson Centennial (5:30 p.m.), and Oct. 28 in Everman (6:30 p.m.), before starting their playoff run.