This issue of the Cardinal Sports Report features recaps from Basketball, Football, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Wrestling.
The Lady Cardinals won 59-36 over Celina in their district opener on Tuesday. Coach Chris Oestreich credits junior Wendy Clemmons and seniors Mya Ellis and Ashley Gideon for leading the team this season. In addition, he says that leaning heavily on pressure defense and high energy, Jaydyn Bullard and Mia Ellis have helped pressure and disrupt opponents to the advantage of the Lady Cards. Sophomore Grace Moothart leads the way in perimeter scoring, shooting at a 30 percent clip from the three-point line.
The team travels to Anna on Friday, Jan. 17, and then to Gainesville on Saturday, Jan. 18.
The Cardinals completed non-district play in basketball on Monday against Denison. Through 22 non-district games, the team’s leading scorers are senior Ezra Monroe with 14.7 points per game, and senior CJ Shellie with 10.6 points per game. The Cardinals’ leading rebounders are sophomore Tavenor Watts with 5.9 rebounds per game, and senior CJ Shellie with 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Cardinals begin district play on Friday, Jan. 17 at Anna and will play their first district home game on Tuesday, Feb. 21 against Sanger.
The Melissa Cardinals completed the 2019 football season as the regional semi-finalist with a 9-4 record after losing to state finalist, La Vega, 42-45 in the third round of the playoffs. The Cardinals previously won 56-6 over Wilmer Hutchins and 41-31 over China Springs, and finished second in district play behind Argyle.
The Melissa High School powerlifting teams competed in the Princeton Invitational last weekend, where five student-athletes won individual medals. The Cardinals placed tenth overall out of 22 teams. The Lady Cardinals placed tenth overall out of 21 teams.
For the Cardinals, freshman Jeffrey Boyd took third place in the 132 lb. weight class, junior Dax Ogden took fourth place in the 198 lb. weight class, and freshman Brandon Ward took third place in the Super Heavyweight class.
For the Lady Cardinals, junior Raegan Knight took second place in the 123 lb. weight class, and senior Brianna McGee took fifth place in the 165 lb. weight class.
Coach Jacob Alford shared, “I am proud of the work these kids have put in so far and I know they will improve each week.”
The soccer season is underway with a strong 3-2-1 start from the Cardinals. The players will compete in the Highway 5 Invitational Tournament this week from Jan. 16-18, facing tough competition with Caddo Mills, Farmersville, and ILT Garland. Coach Kelly Pitzer says the players are certainly looking forward to the challenge.
The Cardinals start district play on Feb. 10 against Anna at Cardinal Stadium.
The Lady Cardinal softball team will return to the diamond for the first time in the new year on Friday, Jan. 24. The first game of the season is scheduled for Feb 28 at home against Pottsboro.
According to coach Eric Rodgers, the team will try to build on their current five-year playoff run and a history-making 2019 season, during which the Lady Cardinals defeated the district foe and the number one team in the state, the Aubrey Chaparrals, during the Regional Quarterfinals, leading to the program’s first ever appearance in the regional finals.
Returning starters are senior Trinity Needham, senior Savannah Rodriguez, senior Maggie Rodgers, and sophomore Bryton Wright.
The spring tennis season has begun. The JV tennis team competes next in the Braswell Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Denton. Varsity competes in the Anna Tournament on Friday, Jan. 24.
The new tennis courts are expected to open soon at the Z-Plex Texas Sports Village in Melissa.
The Melissa Cardinal wrestling team traveled to The Colony High School last Thursday for duals against The Colony and Whitehouse. The team wrestled against an experienced team from The Colony, but came up short with a final score of 30-48. The team picked up a win against district opponent Whitehouse, with a final score of 48-24. Wrestlers Jaydon Kiefer, Ian Wood, Jay Ndanzia, Mateo Valdez, Daylynn Borges, Haden Nofziger, Brandon Ward, and Byrson Zufelt all came out strong with dominant wins, pinning their opponent in the first period.
Last Friday and Saturday, the team traveled to Euless Trinity High School for the Trojan Classic Tournament. The Cardinals wrestled among teams across the state, as well as a few team from Oklahoma and Nevada. Colton Whittwer took second place in the 138 lb. weight class in the JV tournament. Bryson Zufelt took fifth place in 285 lb. weight class in the varsity tournament. Haden Nofziger took third place in the 220 lb. weight class in the varsity tournament, and took home an additional award for recording the fastest pin across all men’s divisions.
This week the Cardinals will travel to McKinney North High School for district duals on Thursday, Jan. 16 where the team will square off against McKinney North, Wylie East, and Carrollton Newman Smith. On Saturday, the team competes in the Trail Blazer Invitational Tournament at Frisco Lebanon Trail.
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications
Melissa ISD’s return-to-school plans for 2020-2021 were updated on July 30, 2020 with more extensive information and protocols. Please be advised that conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic are ever-changing. Plans for the upcoming year could change at any time in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines. The district will continue to notify families of any and all major updates that are published.