MOUNT PLEASANT — Pilot Point’s offense didn’t supply starting pitcher Skylar Cagle with many insurance runs on Friday night.
Local area teams will resume their postseason treks today when the University Interscholastic League baseball and softball playoffs resume, starting today.
PROSPER — Skylar Cagle has been as close to a sure bet as one can imagine for Pilot Point this season. The senior pitcher hadn’t lost a game all year heading into the Lady Cats’ Region II-2A quarterfinal series against Grandview. And yet, Cagle could feel the pressure building right up until she threw her first pitch on Saturday, even after Pilot Point won the first game of the series the night before.
Skylar Cagle took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with 13 strikeouts to lead Pilot Point to a 5-0 victory Friday night over Ponder in a Class 2A area round game at Bronco Field.
ABILENE — Pilot Point’s Matt Poursoltani went to the state powerlifting meet to do something no one had ever done, and he reached his goal. Poursoltani, the defending state champion in the 275-pound weight class, set a new regional record in the bench press with a lift of 670 last week, and on Saturday he improved on that with a press of 700 pounds for a new state record. The senior easily won the event with a total of 1,900 pounds, which was 200 more than second-place Riley Woodruff of Ballinger.
Video: Pilot Point powerlifter Matt Poursoltani to go for 700-pound bench press at state meet Saturday
Pilot Point High School power lifter Matt Poursoltani prepares to set records at state competition.
The Pilot Point powerlifting team claimed the Region 6 Division 3 championship on Saturday, while the Ponder Lions got a record-breaking performance from Brennan Sooter to finish third in the 23-team event at Ponder High School.
In what was a historic year for the Guyer program, and the best one in recent memory for Denton, the District 5-4A all-district team had plenty of representation from both teams following successful 2012-13 campaigns.
The Krum Lady Cats were well-represented on the 9-3A all-district team after making their second state tournament appearance in school history.
Denton was able to overcome being no-hit by Saginaw to pull out a 5-3 victory at the Russell Athletic Classic, capitalizing on four errors and numerous walks, including two by Terrance Lucas.
Guyer’s state championship was cemented by star quarterback Jerrod Heard, and the All-District 5-4A roster reflects the junior’s efforts throughout the season. Heard and the Wildcats were well represented when the all-district team was released.
EULESS — Miles Crawford had a 17-point effort to lead Guyer to a 44-39 victory over Euless Trinity.
Pilot Point senior AJ Campbell signed to play volleyball at Erskine College in South Carolina on Monday. Campbell was the District 12-2A MVP after leading the Lady Cats to the district championship. Campbell is flanked by her father, Richard Campbell, and mother, Kelly Campbell. Standing, from left, are Pilot Point girls athletic coordinator James Ramsey, brother Ricky Campbell, sister Sandra Campbell and Pilot Point volleyball coach Becky Phillips.
At Arlington’s Vandergriff Park on Saturday, four cross country teams from two schools set out to accomplish what many other squads failed to achieve. With a trip to Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on the line, Pilot Point and Sanger qualified for this weekend’s state meet.
AUBREY — Pilot Point was in control of District 12-2A matches all season, including a pair of victories over third-place Gunter. The Lady Bearcats were unable to take control in a playoff match against their district rival as Gunter defeated Pilot Point 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 on Tuesday night in a Class 2A Region II quarterfinal match.
BOWIE — The Pilot Point Bearcats faced a frustrating first 22 minutes Friday night that included a pair of turnovers and a stop inside the Bowie 10-yard line. A defensive play by Jonah Fritz put that maddening start behind the Bearcats and set them on their way to a 31-17 victory over the Bowie Jackrabbits.
TROPHY CLUB — With a vital first-set comeback, a hot start in the third set and a key run in the fourth, the Pilot Point Lady Cats extended their playoff march Thursday night with a 25-23, 18-25, 25-18, 25-17 victory over the Peaster Lady Greyhounds at Byron Nelson High School.
PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Bearcats couldn’t stop Whitesboro’s Collins Kilcrease or from shooting themselves in the foot Friday night. Kilcrease ran for 216 yards and scored four touchdowns, including one on a 67-yard fumble return, in Whitesboro’s 46-34 victory over Pilot Point at Massey Stadium.
PARADISE — Beau Ewton woke the Pilot Point Bearcats up from an early slumber Friday night. The senior linebacker batted a fourth-down pass from Paradise quarterback Tanner Valentine 15 yards backwards. The Bearcats responded to the wake-up call with a dominating effort the rest of the night on both sides of the ball in a 29-6 victory over Paradise at Panther Stadium.
PILOT POINT — Quarterback Travis Garrett ran for one score and passed for another and teammate Tristen Jurecka ran for two more as Pilot Point powered past Ponder for a 26-7 homecoming victory Friday night. The Bearcats improved to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in District 5-2A play, while the Lions slipped to 2-5, 0-3.
BOYD — Boyd Yellow Jacket running back Fino Cardona broke loose for 221 yards and four touchdowns Friday night and then intercepted a game-ending Hail Mary pass as Boyd held off Pilot Point 24-19. The win saw the Yellow Jackets improve to 2-0 in District 5-2A and 4-2 overall. Pilot Point, also 4-2 overall, dropped to 1-1 in district.
Denton head coach Danielle Silva is well aware of where her team is at after six District 5-4A matches.
AUBREY — The Aubrey Chaparrals welcomed back some old friends for Friday’s homecoming game, folks like quarterback Kyle Lynn and tight end Collin Scribner.
PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point Bearcats went 97 yards in nine plays in the final four minutes of Friday night’s game to score a 14-7 win over neighbor Sanger and remain unbeaten at 3-0. Sanger, which led from the game’s seventh minute until its 31st and next to last, fell to 0-3.
LINDSAY — Junior quarterback Travis Garrett led the Pilot Point on a pair of 80-yard drives in Friday night’s second half as the Bearcats came from behind to down Lindsay 33-24.
A concussion caused Beau Ewton to miss Pilot Point’s final football game in 2011. But it was his choice to miss the first five days of 2012 preseason practice, having decided to concentrate his athletic talents solely on baseball as a senior.