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The Karnes Countywide

Sports

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

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Badgers fall to Blanco, 21-14 By James Ratcliff

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Mauricio Blanco carries the ball for the Badgers on this kickoff return Friday night in Wimberley. The Badgers’ 2012 season ended as area finalists with a 21-14 loss to Blanco in the second round playoff game.

WIMBERLEY – After earning a “bye” in the bidistrict round of the Class 2A Division II playoffs, the Karnes City Badgers looked to keep their season going strong as the Blanco Panthers stood in their way on Friday night. When the smoke cleared in this low-scoring affair, the Badgers were on the short end of the deal as the Panthers edged out the Badgers by the score of 21-14. The loss ended Karnes City’s football season with an overall record of 9-2. “We came into that game wanting to win,” said Karnes City head coach Jim Wood. “We’re disappointed in losing, but the kids fought well. It went down to the last minute. I was proud of the kids.” The Panthers scored the only touchdowns of the first half, one in each quarter. The first quarter’s score came with 9:41 on the clock as Tim Goodman scored on a 28-yard run, with Aikman Elrod kicking the PAT. The second quarter’s score came with 10:10 to go on a 2-yard run by Colton Elrod, though the missed PAT left the score at 13-0 at the half. The Badgers came back in the second half, scoring twice in the fourth quarter. The first score came at the 11:06 mark on a 6-yard run by Dylan Lopez, with John Garcia’s PAT splitting the uprights. The second score came with 4:26 on the clock on a 22-yard run by Lopez. Garcia’s kick gave the Badgers a 14-13 lead. The Panthers, however, had the last score of the contest as Goodman scored on a 6-yard run with 1:05 left in the game. Sam Isenberg connected with Colton Elrod on the two-point conversion to give the Panthers the 21-14 lead that stood as time expired. Statistically, the Badgers gained 282 yards of total offense, with 169 yards rushing over 36 carries and 113 yards passing over 10 completions. The Panthers, by comparison, gained 164 yards of total offense, with 156 yards rushing over 39 carries and one 8-yard pass completion. Penalties were minimal as both teams were flagged twice, with the Badgers being penalized for 10 total yards and the Panthers being penalized for eight total yards. Despite the loss, Wood looks to keep the momentum of the football season going into other sports throughout the remainder of the school year. “The one thing in our whole athletic program is to build confidence” said Wood. “I had a great group of seniors. Everybody did their role and we had a successful team.”

Lady Badgers beat ‘state ranked’ Moulton By Allen Cordaway and Chance Leal

Going into their game against Moulton last Tuesday, the Lady Badgers felt nervous. After all, Moulton was state-ranked in Class 1A. But the Lady Badgers managed a decisive victory, 54-22, and upheld their undefeated season. Sophomore post Morgan Kelley led all scoring with 12, while senior guard Jonie Reyes chipped in 10 and senior post Lani Pitts 8. On the JV end, the Lady Badgers rolled over Moulton 50-15 and continued their winning streak. Sophomore Clara Gotthardt tallied 11 points, while freshman Amanda Chesser had 10 to lead in scoring. Nov. 16-17

The Lady Badger Basketball team blew away their competition to claim first at the Pleasanton Tournament. Seniors Lani Pitts and Aileen Lundquist and sophomore Morgan Kelley earned All-Tournament honors. In Round 1 last Friday, the girls took out San Antonio Hawkins 55-20, with Lundquist leading all scorers with 15 and senior Jonie Reyes added another 10. At half, the Lady Badgers led 32-7. The defense allowed only one Hawkins girl to score in double digits. In the second round, the girls met hosts Pleasanton and defeated the Lady Eagles 66-24. Kelley totaled 16 points, followed closely by senior Courtney Pieprzyca with

14 and Lundquist with 10. The defense did not allow any of the Pleasanton athletes to make double digits. In the championship round vs. Devine on Saturday, the girls won 49-16. Pitts was highpoint scorer with 12, while Kelley chipped in 9 and Lundquist added 8. The girls outscored Devine in every quarter, but Coach Burke Braun had hoped they would have hit more of their shots and equaled the performances of previous games. The varsity girls will appear in the Karnes City Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while the JV girls travel to Goliad Friday and Saturday for a tournament.

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The Karnes Countywide

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Beavers smash Sabinal, 33-0 Falls City gets rematch with Woodsboro in Floresville By James Ratcliff Countywide staff

SAN ANTONIO – After earning a “bye” in the bidistrict round of the Class 1A Division II playoffs, the Falls City Beavers returned to action on Friday night to face the Sabinal Yellow Jackets in the Area round. With their balanced offense and defense not missing a beat, the Beavers defeated Sabinal by the score of 33-0 to advance to the Regional round of the playoffs. “The defense played great throughout,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “Sabinal had a lot of speed but we tackled well. We hope to keep that going.” The first quarter’s lone score came with 5:52 on the clock as Cameron Soto connected with Dean Gaskamp on a 31-yard touchdown pass, with the extra point by Cody Jendrusch putting the lead at 7-0. The Beavers broke it open in the second quarter, scoring three times. The first came at the 10:45 mark as Soto ran through the Sabinal defense and into the end

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The Falls City Beavers roared into the the stadium Friday night, ready for action. The Beavers shut out Sabinal in the second round playoff game becoming area champions and advancing to the regional championship game.

zone on a 10-yard run, though the extra point attempt was no good. The second came with 3:50 on the clock on a 4-yard run by Soto, though the twopoint conversion attempt failed. The third came

with 40 seconds left until halftime as Soto connected with Stephen Harlos on a 5-yard passing score. Jendrusch’s kick put the Falls City lead at 26-0 at the halftime break. The only score of the

second half came with 9:30 to go in the fourth quarter as Soto punched it in on 1-yard run, with Jendrusch’s kick putting the final tally at 33-0. Statistically, the Beavers gained 397 yards

of total offense, with 207 yards rushing over 37 carries and 190 yards passing over 12 completions. The Yellow Jackets, by comparison, were held to 188 yards of total offense, with 120 yards rushing

over 33 carries and 68 yards passing over eight completions. Penalties were minimal throughout the game as the Beavers were flagged three times for 35 total yards and the Yellow Jackets were flagged four times for 20 total yards. “It helps a lot,” said Marbach about the Beavers’ offensive versatility. “Sabinal was being aggressive and blitzing on every down. We did a good job making the big plays.” This week, the Beavers will have a rematch with the Woodsboro Eagles at Eschenburg Field in Floresville. Falls City is the designated home team for the contest. The Beavers won the first meeting by the score of 30-22. “They’ve got a good head of momentum,” said Marbach about Woodsboro. “It’s going to be similar to the first time we played them. We’ve got to contain them. We’re going to have to do an excellent job defensively.” Kickoff in Floresville is set for Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Badgers earn All District honors for volleyball

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Pictured here are members of the Karnes City Lady Badgers volleyball team who received All District honors. From left, are, Aileen Senior Tiffany Dziuk scores for the Falls City Beaverettes during Lundquist (1st team all district, academic all dist.), Jonie Reyes (2nd team all dist.), Courtney Pieprzyca (honorable mention all dist, the team’s recent win over Shiner St Paul. academic all-dist.), Morgan Kelley (hon. Mention all –dist, academic all-dist.), Lani Pitts, (honorable mention all-dist., academic alldist.), Khadeshia Hopkins (2nd team all-dist.), Kalli Ferguson (2nd team all-dist.), Kayla Ramirez (hon. Mention all-dist.), and Lauren Kelley (academic all dist.).

Badger basketball team loses in overtime to Jourdanton By Haleigh Warlick

With only a skeleton crew, the Badger Basketball team kicked off its regular season with a hard-fought overtime loss to Jourdanton last Wednesday, 45-46.

Senior Victor Flores poured in 18 points, while junior Cody Martinez and senior Jacob Puente chipped in 9 apiece and junior Josh Martinez added another 8. Sophomore Brandon

Harrin hit a free throw to round out scoring. Some players had been missing at the time because of football playoffs. Now with football season complete, Coach Jeremy Gamez will have

the a full squad hard at work. After the game with Jourdanton, goals for this team continue to grow. The boys play in Karnes City’s own tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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The Karnes Countywide

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

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Jackets fall in overtime, 35-28 By James Ratcliff Countywide staff

SOMERSET – After defeating Granger in the bi-district round of the Class 1A Division II playoffs, the Runge Yellow Jackets faced the D’Hanis Cowboys in the area round on Friday night. After the game went into overtime and the smoke cleared, the Yellow Jackets were handed a 35-28 to end their season with a 9-3 record. “If you step outside of it, it’s a big turnaround,” said Runge head coach Ken Wallace. “On the inside, it feels like we should still be going. We hung right there with them.” After being tied at 14-14 at halftime, Runge scored twice in the second half, each time on runs by Travis Perez, with Ryan Saucedo kicking the extra points. After each Yellow Jacket score, however, the Cowboys counted to even it up. The score stood at 28-28 at the end of regulation, with D’Hanis getting the ball first to start overtime. The Cowboys scored seven on their possession and kept the Yellow Jackets out of the end zone on their overtime possession.

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Runge senior quarterback Travis Perez dodges the D’Hanis defense in a closely fought game Friday night in Somerset. The Yellow Jackets’ loss to D’Hanis ended the season with the team finishing as area finalists.

Despite the loss, Wallace is proud of the team for turning things around and ending the longest postseason

drought in Class 1A. “We’re ahead of our schedule,” said Wallace. “We had a five year plan. It’s a credit to the kids.

They’re working their tails off. One thing has a domino effect on the other, so we’re hoping it keeps going.”

Wallace also appreci“It feels good to have ated the support of the people fired up and excitYellow Jackets’ support- ed,” said Wallace. “It got ers throughout the turn- everybody rejuvenated.” around season.

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A Runge coach talks briefly with Justin Vasquez before sending him back to the action on the field during Friday night’s game in Somerset.

Dylan Torres follows blocker Coty Garza through the D’Hanis defense picking up yards for the Jackets Friday night.

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