Featuring reports from Basketball, Baseball, and Wrestling.
Contributor: Heather Lane
A historic basketball season for the Lady Cardinals came to an end Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the area playoff game against Sanger at Frisco Wakeland High School. The Lady Cardinals finished their season at 32-4, which is the highest number of games won in a season in Melissa High School history.
The Lady Cards led the game on Tuesday until midway through the fourth quarter. The game remained close with under a minute to play, but Sanger held on for the win.
Seniors Taylor Thomas, Taylor Carney, Natalie Conlin, and Kayla Riles helped the program attain back-to-back District 11-4A Championships, a Bi-District Championship, and an Area Championship.
Contributor: Josh Gilbert
The Cardinal Baseball Team defeated Pilot Point 11-0 on Monday, Feb. 19 as two pitchers, Andrew Cole and Krisjon Segleski, combined to throw a shutout.
The Cardinals fired up the offense in the first inning. Brady Morrison was hit by a pitch, which led to one run. Tyler Womack hit a base-clearing single.
In the second inning, the Cards tallied five runs as Whittington, Cole, Morrison and Womack all contributed in the big inning with runs batted in (RBIs).
Cole earned the win for Melissa. He lasted three innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out five and walking zero. Segleski threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Brady Morrison, Tyler Womack, Tate Whittington, Andrew Cole, Bobby Houston, Adam Davis, and Grayson Hurst each collected one hit in the matchup. The Cardinal defense was also sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.
Contributor: Rick Gagarin
The Melissa Lady Cardinal varsity wrestling team traveled to Bryan College Station to compete in the regional wrestling tournament last week, where one wrestler qualified for state.
The team consisted of Queen Humphrey, Lilly Rogers, and Hastings Frederick.
Humphrey wrestled hard but couldn’t find a win. Rogers won two matches and lost two, falling one match short of placing in the tournament. Frederick led the team with 17 points, winning five matches and only losing two. Frederick placed fourth and earned a state tournament birth.
“The girls wrestled hard to get to the state tournament but only Frederick was able reach the goal of being a state qualifier,” said coach Rick Gagarin. “Rogers’ and Hastings’ combined efforts placed the Lady Cards in nineteenth out of 30 teams.”
Frederick competes next at the state tournament from Feb. 23-24 at the Berry Center in Cyprus.
Photo by Melissa High School student photographer Layne Kemnitz.
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations