A fight to the finish
Tigers go down swinging in bi-district loss
SCHULENBURG—It had been nearly two decades since a Rockdale basketball team had proven playoff worthy, so the players that were responsible for the resurgence, wanted to leave their mark.
Despite being led by one of the nation’s elite athletes in Ricky Seals-Jones, No. 21 Sealy had to fight off a feisty Tiger squad 81- 75 Tuesday night at Shorthorn Gymnasium. Full Story
Dawgs return to playoffs produces a short stay
Hempstead prevails in wildand wooly affair
GIDDINGS—The Thorndale Bulldogs were determined to get back to the state playoffs after a rare one-year absence, but deter mi nat ion wa sn’t enough to overcome an off night.
It was one and done for the Bulldogs as they fell 75-57 in bidistrict action to Hempstead at Buffalo Gym to end their short lived return to the state basketball playoffs. Full Story
Regionals very familiar territory for Lady Dogs
No. 5 Thorndale will face No. 16 Marion Friday
LOCKHART—Familiar setting, different location.
The No. 5 Thorndale Lady Dogs are headed to the Region IV tournament this weekend after defeating Hallettsville on Tuesday night 39- 33 in regional quarterfinals action at Lockhart High School. Full Story
Irwin closes out stellar career at Howard Payne
A s hard as it is to believe, Brandon Irwin just completed his senior year in college.
For a lot of us, he’ll always be that gangly 16-year old flying through the lane, setting up for another three-pointer or leading Thorndale to another state championship. Full Story
Eagles chomping at the bit to get in the playoff mix
Milano carries 25-game winning streak against Burton
After earning their second straight district title and earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs, the No. 6 Milano Eagles will begin their post-season journey as they face Burton in area round action later this week.
School of f icia ls have tent ativelyagreedona7p. m. tipoff Friday at Caldwell High School. Full Story
Experience abounds for Tigers
Seven starters return as new coach Cox settles in
Inex per ienc e plag ued t he Rockdale baseball team last season as a young team struggled to pull it all together.
That shouldn’t be a problem in 2012.
The Tigers have a roster overflowing with experience to greet new head coach Clay Cox.
Cox replaces long-time Tiger coach Jarad Richards (62- 63 in five years) who returned to Lexington. Full Story
Bell Rivals Tournament
The fifth annual Bell Rivals Tournament gets underway Thursday with its unique format of being hosted by two schools, Rockdale and Cameron.
Ten teams will participate in the two-town tournament including Taylor, Salado, Navasota, Troy, Smithville, Lufkin Hudson, Giddings and Robinson. Full Story
The Tigers got off to a great start by edging the defending Class 2A state champion Cam- eron Yoemen 9-7 Monday night at Yoe Field in the season opener.
Rockdale fought back twice from deficits of 2-0 in the first inning and 6-5 in the fourth after the Yoemen put up four runs. Full Story
Lady Tigers suffer first loss of season
ROGERS—The Rockdale Lady Tigers suffered their first loss of the young season with a 10-2 setback to Rogers on the road.
Morgan Fischer and Amanda Boyd accounted for the Lady Tigers’ two runs, while Kayleigh Montelongo clubbed a double.
Montelongo (1-1) absorbed the complete game loss. Full Story
Lady Eagles drop opener
Lexington breaks open 6-6 game with eight runs
The Milano Lady Eagles softball team opened up its 2012 campaign with a 16-8 loss to Lexington on Monday at the Milano ISD softball field.
The team was suppose to open the season at the Hempstead Tournament over the weekend, but the event was cancelled due to wet field conditions. Full Story
5TH ANNUAL BELL RIVALS CLASSIC
POOL A—Rockdale, Taylor, Salado, Navasota, Troy. POOL B—Cameron, Smithville, Lufkin Hudson, Giddings, Robinson. THURSDAY At Rockdale 10:30—Troy vs. Taylor 12:45—Salado vs. Navasota 3:00—Salado vs. Taylor 5:15—Rockdale vs. Troy 7:30—Rockdale vs. Navasota At Cameron 10:30—Smithville vs. Robinson Full Story
Karl to compete for a spot on Olympic team
Ryan Karl is officially registered to compete for a spot on the US Olympic team at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships, hosted at Fort Carson, CO on Saturday March 3, 2012.
K a rl, 20, of Milano, will be competing in the USA Boxing National Championships with preliminary bouts beginning Feb. 26 for his weight class of 141 lbs. Full Story
Milano NHS sponsoring ‘Race to the Oak Trees’
MILANO—Milano High School’s National Honor Society and Student Council groups are joining together to sponsor the “Race to the Oak Trees Milano 5K” on Saturday, March 31.
Registration must be received by March 16to have your event t-shirt guaranteed. Registration will also be open until 8:30 a.m. on race day. Full Story
HAPPY HATCHER—Bryson Echols (left) shakes hands with his coach Donald Hatcher on National Signing Day at DeSoto High School. Full Story
Youth baseball holding final signup Feb. 25 at Walmart
Rockdale Youth Baseball Association will hold sign ups each Saturday through the month of February.
Leagues are available for ages 4-14. Tryouts are mandatory for all division except 4-yearold T-ball.
Cost is $60 per entry. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, March 31.
Sign ups will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Rockdale Walmart. Full Story
Rockdale Girls Softball to hold try outs Wednesday, Feb. 29
Rockdale Girls Softball League will hold try outs on Wednesday February 29, starting at 6 p.m. for all age divisions.
Age Divisions: T-Ball (age 4- 6), Coach Pitch (age 7-8), Midget (age 9-10), Freshman (age 11-12), Junior (age 13-15).
“Players can still sign up during the February 29 tryouts,” according to Courtney Paulsen, spokesperson. Full Story