Sports Briefs, Jan. 19

January 19, 2013



The North Central Texas Academy Lady Pioneers had little trouble getting past Fort Worth Covenant Classical Tuesday, winning 70-37.

The Lady Pioneers (16-2 overall) improved to 4-0 in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools District 2-A. They are the two-time defending TAPPS Class A state champions.

“We are playing well,” said first-year NCTA coach Emily Britt.

“We have developed a great team chemistry reading each other, just getting out there and playing basketball.

“We are a different team than we were before Christmas. I am very proud of how far the girls have come.”

Shelby Lyle (26) and Sara Etherington (20) combined for 46 points to lead NCTA. Cynthia Rivas scored 14, Anna Strickland scored four, Jenni Chen two, and Melissa Rivera two.



The North Central Texas Pioneers continued their turnaround from a slow start to the season by winning their third consecutive game in district, 61-42 over Fort Worth Covenant Classical Tuesday.

The Pioneers (5-11 overall) are 3-1 in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools District 2-A.

Cale Dodson popped in 20 points to pace the Pioneers, followed by Caleb Finley with 17 and Elias Fekadu with 14. Jared Dodson scored four, and Ken Reita, Tyler Hawkins and John Durant each added two.

The Pioneers were coming off a 71-29 win over Wichita Falls Christ Academy. They outscored their opponent in every quarter, 21-8, 15-6, 27-10 and 8-5.

Cale Dodson again led NCTA with 22 points, while Reita and Finley scored 12 each, and Jared Dodson added 11. William Wayman and Zach Pate tallied four each. Fekadu, Durant and Aaron Bui each scored two.


The Lipan Lady Indians remained No. 2 in Class A Division II by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. They are the only area team among the state rankings.

Other ranked teams from districts including area teams are Aledo (No. 20 in 4A), which shares 7-4A with Granbury; Trimble Tech (No. 14 in 4A, also in 7-4A); and Strawn (No. 10 in Class A Division II), which shares 17-A with Lipan.

Lipan is also ranked second by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Saltillo is ranked No. 1 in Class A Division II by the TABC, while Evant holds down the top spot in the TGCA.



The Granbury Athletic Association, formerly the Hood County Youth Baseball Association, is currently holding registration for the spring season.

Players who sign up before Saturday, Feb. 16 will receive an early bird discount. Online registration is open through Saturday, Feb. 23.

Saturday, Feb. 9 is the only in-person registration date. It will be from 10 a.m.-noon at Chicken Express.



Don Fairweather had a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Pecan Plantation Country Club recently. Witnesses were Ken Mageson, Glen Conners and Ted Erickson.


A party to honor Granbury SEALS Swim Team coach Janet Steenberge’s induction into the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Hall of Fame is set for Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Acton Baptist Church.

The event will include a pot luck dinner, slide show presentation covering 23 years of SEALS with comments by current and former members of the team.

Steenberge founded the team and is the only coach it has ever had. She was chosen for induction into the hall of fame this past fall, along with four-time Olympic gold medalist and former SEAL Dana Vollmer.

Steenberge was Vollmer’s coach when the Olympian swam for the SEALS during the mid-late 1990s. She also helped coach her on the Fort Worth Area Swim Team prior to Vollmer winning her first gold medal in 2004 at the Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The induction takes place tomorrow night in Frisco.


All Granbury boys and girls, ages 10– 14, are invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus Annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday, Jan. 27 at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church’s New Life Center.

The contest is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Awards and photos will immediately follow. All contestants will be recognized for their participation and will receive a certificate.

There is no entry fee.


The 2013 Granbury Pirates High School Youth Baseball Camp is scheduled for Feb. 16.

The camp is for youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The camp sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1. Participants are required to provide their own lunch.

Participants are expected to attend both sessions if they register. They will receive instruction from GHS high school coaches.

Contact 817-243-4398.

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