By Angel Verdejo

The Cove Herald

The area picked up its second individual state champion Saturday, as Copperas Cove's Ashleigh Andrews won the 165-pound weight division at the 5A powerlifting championships Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.

On Friday, Gatesville's Veronica Cardenas was crowned the 3A champion in the 105-pound division.

Andrews was a state qualifier a year ago, claiming the title this year after a fifth-place finish in 2010. The Lady Bulldawgs sent five lifters to the state meet, with each placing in the top five of her respective division. Kenya Williams (114) and Jinea Witter (123) both finished third, Alicia Drever (97) placed fourth and Lindsey Chisholm (97) took fifth.

Softball falls at Temple

The Lady Bulldawgs put two runners on in the seventh inning, including a Tia Starns double, but couldn't push them across on the road, falling 4-1 to first-place Temple (14-9, 5-0 12-5A) on Tuesday.

Cove (9-11, 1-4) manufactured its lone run in the first inning, with Ashley Hartwell getting hit and moving to second base on a passed ball. A Justin Hartwell bunt moved her sister to third, but Ashley never stopped, scoring on the throw to first.

Temple tied the game with a run in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a Lady Dawg error. The Tem-Cats then took the lead in the next frame.

Bembridge takes second in College Station

Senior Malika Bembridge led the Copperas Cove tennis team at the A&M Consolidated Tiger Invitational two weeks ago, finishing second in Girls A Singles. The one-time state qualifier won three matches before falling 6-2, 6-3 to Magnolia's Jireh Groenow.

Paola Nunez and Marisa Rinear took fourth place in Girls A Doubles. Kiera Dierter won her first match in Girls B Single, losing in the second round before rallying to finish sixth.

Tim Ortner and Cameron Wood (Boys A Doubles), and Eric Juarez and Dana White (Mixed A Doubles) each rebounded from opening-round losses, winning three straight matches to finish ninth.

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