Featuring reports from Powerlifting, Softball, Baseball, and Soccer.
Contributor: Jacob Alford
Lady Cardinals Natalie Courtney and Natalia Cox competed for the Melissa High School powerlifting team Tuesday at the Region 6 Division 2 Powerlifting meet in Anna.
Natalie Courtney had her most impressive meet of her career. She ended with personal best lifts on both the squat with 240 lbs. and the deadlift with 300 lbs. She benched 105 lbs. for a total of 645 lbs. This earned Natalie a sixth place finish in the region.
Natalia started off on fire as well. She had personal best lifts on the squat with 300 lbs. and bench with 155 lbs. Natalia was unable to get her deadlift on all three attempts.
“Natalia displayed a great amount of effort and a great attitude despite the adversity and these two girls have been a great joy to coach over the last two years,” said coach Jacob Alford. “Getting to the school every morning at 6:00 a.m. is much easier when you get to see their smiling faces, and have the opportunity to see them pour their heart and soul into the weight room. They will be sorely missed, but I have no doubt that these two girls will have much success in their future.”
Contributor: Eric Rodgers
On Thursday morning the Lady Cardinals’ run ruled Van Alstyne 15-0 in three innings. Anna Fortenberry and Alexis Pevehouse each collected home runs as every Lady Cardinal hit and scored in the game.
The Lady Cards beat 2A powerhouse and the defending state champions from Bells 4-2 in a stellar performance offensively and defensively. Kylee Brakebill led the team as she was two for two from the plate, with a walk and two RBI.
The Lady Cardinals will finish up the tournament with a 4:00 p.m. matchup with Pottsboro Friday and an 8:00 a.m. game Saturday vs. Fort Smith.
Contributor: Manuel Avila
Tuesday night the soccer teams took to the road for their final district tilt versus Gainesville.
The boys opened the night in what seemed like deja vu, defending well. However, on this night the offense showed up more than in recent games. Gainesville opened the scoring off a cross into the box, but the Cards would answer with a goal by Rafael Beracochea. Coming out of the half, the Cards were on the offensive, but a miscue allowed Gainesville to find the net again. This time the Cards could not find the answer. In the end, 2-1 Leopards.
The ladies took to the field with their magic number setting at two, to clinch the district title. Four minutes in, Hanna Waters open the scoring for the Lady Cards, followed by two quick goals in succession from Reagan Eichel and again Hanna Waters. The game would stay this way until midway into the second half when Emma Schaeffer put on a dribbling expo to find the net for the final goal of the night. Lady Cards win 4-0 and push their magic number to 1 as they face Anna Friday night.
Contributor: Claude Webb
The Lady Cardinal softball team fought hard for eight innings before falling 3-2 to Decatur on Monday. Pitching was strong on both sides.
Decatur pitchers struck out 11, while Lady Cardinals sat down 13. After Decatur scored one run in the top of the first and fourth, the Lady Cardinals answered with one of their own in both innings. Alexis Pevehouse went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Lady Cardinals in hits.
Contributor: Josh Gilbert
The Melissa Cardinals lost 7-2 to Denton on Monday. Grayson Hurst took the loss for the Cardinals on the mound. He lasted three innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out four in his first start of the season.
Krisjon Segleski led the offense with two hits in three at bats.
The Cardinals will play Thursday through Saturday in the Gunter-Melissa-Pilot Point Tournament at the Melissa City Sports Complex.
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