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This issue of the Cardinal Sports Report features recaps from Basketball, Tennis, Powerlifting, Soccer, and Wrestling.
The Lady Cardinals won the regional quarterfinal Tuesday night over Dallas Pinkston with a final score of 62-48, advancing to the regional semifinal round of the playoffs for the first time in Melissa High School history.
The Cardinals were victorious over Dallas-Pinkston on Tuesday in the bi-district round of the basketball playoffs, with a final score of 62-55.
Matt Holloway led the Cardinals in scoring with 22 points. Ricky Morning added in 14 points and Kenneth Castleberry, Jr. was also in double-figures with 11 points.
The Cardinals play Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy in the area round of the playoffs this Friday, Feb. 22 at Creekview High School in Carrollton. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets to the area game cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. THSCA, TABC, District 11-4A, and District 10-4A passes will be accepted.
Cardinals on the unified basketball team recently played in events at Grand Prairie and Van Alstyne. The team is scheduled to play in the area unified basketball tournament this Saturday, Feb. 23.
The Melissa High School tennis team competed in the Ponder-Pottsboro Valentine’s Day Open and earned a number of victories.
In the boys’ doubles, John Lewis and Jake Fowler were named the tournament champions, while Sam Whitten and Dawson Mercer won silver medals. In the mixed doubles, Brandon Shipes and Megan Carr were named the tournament champions.
Earlier this month at the JV tennis tournament in Anna, Emma Krause and Savannah Smith were named the champions in the girls’ doubles. Om Patel won third place in the boys’ singles, and Landry Burwell and Luke Nichols won the consolation in boys’ doubles.
The Melissa High School powerlifting teams competed in the Forney wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Omar Villegas and Caden Hayes led the Cardinals, earning the third and fourth place medals in their respective classes. Regional qualifiers for the boys’ team will be announced on Monday, Feb. 25.
For the Lady Cardinals, Raegan Knight and Ella Branson led the way, earning second and fifth place in their respective classes.
Ella Branson, Raegan Knight, Brianna McGee, and Katelynn Wagner were named regional qualifiers; they will compete at the region championship in Gainesville next Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Regional alternates include Viktorya Dietrich, Chandler Grey, and Mackenzie Wilkie.
Earlier this week, the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams traveled to Bonham for their third district match, and both teams returned home with victories.
The Lady Cardinals started the evening by dominating the Lady Warriors. The Lady Cards out shot Bonham at 30-0, scoring four times. Goals came from Briley Bowen, Reagan Eichel, Hanna Waters, and Macie Robertson. The Lady Cards improved to 11-0-1 and 3-0 in district play to lead the way.
For the Cardinals, Luke Hansen scored twice inside the final six minute, leading to a 2-0 victory. The shutout went to Winston Chawira, who came up with several key saves in the process.
The soccer teams return to action this Friday, Feb. 22 as they travel to Gainesville to wrap up the first half of district play.
The boys’ wrestling team competed last weekend in the 5A Regional Wrestling Tournament and one wrestler is headed to state.
Hayden Nofziger’s fourth place win qualified him for the state tournament, a historic first for the boys’ wrestling team. Also competing at the regional tournament were Bryson Zufelt, who placed sixth in the heavyweight class, and Brett Schraeder.
The team travels to the state tournament in Houston this weekend.
Maddie Coe, Community Relations