Sports Briefs, Dec. 19

December 19, 2012


The North Central Texas Lady Pioneers overcame an early deficit to defeat Dallas Lake Hill Prep 41-32 Saturday at home.

Cynthia Rivas led NCTA (11-2) with 18 points, while Shelby Lyle added 14. The only other Lady Pioneer to score was Sara Etherington with nine points.

Lake Hill led 16-11 after the first quarter and 22-19 at the half, but a 10-4 third-quarter run gave NCTA a 29-26 lead going into the final quarter. They finished things off with a 12-6 run.

“We started out slow on defense, but picked it up after the first quarter,” said NCTA coach Emily Britt. “We played hard and aggressive, buckled down and pulled through.”

The Lady Pioneers are ranked 15th in the state among small private schools by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. They are two-time defending TAPPS Class A state champions


The top players on the Granbury Pirates football team were recognized during an end-of-season celebration held recently at the Granbury High cafeteria.

Award recipients included:

Johnny Perkins Overall MVP – Caleb Bendewald.

Jimmy Tidwell Offensive MVP – Brandon Fichter.

Jerrel Bolton Defensive MVP – Brandon Lane.

Josh Kubiak Special Teams MVP – Blake Wooten.

Harold “Poggie” Ames Jr. Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award – Austin Bradley.

Lynn Ford Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award – Tristen Gilmore.

Mark Hayworth Outstanding Offensive Back Award – Justice Love.

Larry Stewart Outstanding Defensive Back Award – Evan Sledge.

George Rains Fighting Heart Award – Nathan Urbanovsky.

James Hodges Leadership Award – Ashton Goodson.

Ike Thomas Student Athlete Award – Ashton Guerra and Kyle Koiner.

Outstanding Scout Team Awards – Offense: Cameron Hatfield. Defense: Jacob Hinojosa.

The Pirates finished 7-4 and advanced to bidistrict for a third consecutive season. It was the first time they won seven games in a season since 1998, and it’s only the second time in school history the team has advanced to the playoffs three straight seasons.



Taylor Murrell, a senior for Cornerstone Christian Academy, was named second-team all-state by the Texas Christian Athletic League in volleyball this season.

Murrell led the Lady Crusaders to the TCAL State Tournament in their first season of varsity play. They finished 12-8.

Cornerstone tied for second in district with Stephenville Faith, and then defeated Faith to earn a postseason berth. They then defeated Portales N.M. Faith Triumphant to earn the spot at state.

Murrell is eligible to play in the TCAL All-Star Game in San Antonio in March.

Murrell also anchors the Cornerstone state champion 800-meter relay team in track.

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