Running back Nathan Kidwell scored four touchdowns and the Palo Alto eighth-grade A-team Patriots dominated in their return from a bye week, beating Live Oak Ridge 48-6 on Tuesday at Shoemaker High School.

Quarterback Isaac Terrazas threw three touchdown passes, two to his favorite receiver Johnathan Lahmann. Kidwell had three rushing scores to go with a touchdown catch. Antonio Butler kicked four PATs, worth two points each in middle school games.

Palo Alto’s defense was equally stellar, only allowing the Lobos to cross the 50-yard line twice.  Linebacker Da’Rayvion Starling recovered a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown. Cornerback Taderian Rankin recorded his first interception of the season right before halftime.

Palo Alto’s eighth-graders host Eastern Hills on Tuesday.

LIBERTY HILL 8A 26, AUDIE MURPHY 8A 14: Amir Cavello ran and passed for touchdowns to lead the Lions to their first win.

Liberty Hill (1-2) dominated the first half, when they scored all of their points and led 26-0 at the break.

Cavello opened the scoring with a 1-yard run, then found Kristopher White for a 48-yard TD pass.

Everything went the Lions’ way in the opening half. Cavello fumbled after taking a hit, but Liberty Hill added to its lead when Markel Pearson picked up the loose ball and ran 59 yards for another score.

The Lions also scored on an Audie Murphy fumble when a snap went over the quarterback’s head. Joseph Malley picked up the fumble and fell in the end zone for the score. Cavello added two points with the PAT kick.

Other offensive standouts were Nathaniel Lahey, Anthony Maynard and Gabriel Emery.

Johnny Williams led the Lions in sacks and tackles. Massey recovered two fumbles. Rainer Fuavai also recovered a fumble. Other defensive standouts were Anthony Massey, Anthony Scott, Michael Canton and Jaiden Skorupa.

Liberty Hill’s eighth-graders open conference play Tuesday against Nolan.    

LIBERTY HILL 8B 29, AUDIE MURPHY 8B 14: Jai’Den Fletcher tossed two touchdown passes and the Lions improved to 3-0.

The Falcons scored early for a 7-0 lead, but Liberty Hill answered with Fletcher’s 3-yard TD toss to Chase Smith and a 5-yard scoring run by Isaiah Morris to take a 13-7 halftime lead.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. Fletcher tossed his second TD pass, a 48-yarder, to Hezekiah Snooks

Liberty Hill added two more points on a safety and led 21-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Hall scored on a 14-yard run, and Fletcher added the 2-point PAT kick to cap the scoring.

Snooks also caught a PAT pass.

Pedro Chavez had a strip sack for the Lions defense. The loose ball was recovered by Elias Rodriguez. Jailen Hall and Francis Moriba also recovered fumbles. Other defensive standouts were Chase Smith and Bryson Rudder.

RANCIER 7A 28, NOLAN 7A 18: At Nolan, the KaRoos took control in the third quarter to beat the Mustangs.

Nolan scored first on a 72-yard run by Haiden Bryant, who also had a 15-yard TD run. Keion Burks returned a kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown. 

Cristen Bryant intercepted a KaRoos pass that led to a Bryant touchdown.

The Nolan seventh-graders travel to Liberty Hill on Tuesday.

LIBERTY HILL 7A DEF. AUDIE MURPHY 7A: J’Narri Franklin ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Lions won their third straight to start the season.

The Lions scored early, recovering an onside kick that led to Franklin’s 32-yard scoring run.

John Lazalde’s interception set up the Lions’ next score, which came from a little trickery when Quentin Moody lateraled to Franklin who then passed to Josiah Rollins for the TD. 

Moody later tossed a 20-yard TD pass to Zy’riyan Evans.

Antonio Guajardo also ran for a Liberty Hill touchdown.

The Liberty Hill defense recorded eight sacks and four interceptions. Kye Childs had two sacks. Moody, Braiden Gardner, Andres Barrientos, Samuel Moore and Kayden Childs also had sacks.

Josiah Rollins and Isaac Diaz each had an interception.

PATTERSON 7A 7, SMITH 7A 7, TIE: At Smith, Sidney Holland threw a touchdown pass to Jamaal Jenkins for Patterson’s lone score. 

Defensively, Jammie Smart and Courtney Phillips controlled the line of scrimmage, and Joseph Fowlkes, Marques Kelley and Riku Theos made solid tackles.  

Patterson’s seventh-graders host Live Oak Ridge on Tuesday.

UNION GROVE 7A 21, EASTERN HILLS 7A 0: The Grizzlies recorded their second straight shutout and will host Rancier on Tuesday.

NOLAN 7B 24, RANCIER 7B 0: At Nolan, JaKristopher Wren scored three touchdowns and Lashaun Jordan added the extra points in the Mustangs’ victory,

Jose Alponte played well in his debut at center. Solomon Tillis led the defense with 12 tackles. 

LIBERTY HILL 7B 34, AUDIE MURPHY 7B 12: Dytarius Varnando ran for three touchdowns in the Lions’ victory.

Kenneth Adkins scored on a 1-yard run. Trevon Jones-Lockhart finished with 75 yards receiving.

Varnando scored on a 50-yard run on Liberty Hill’s opening drive. Adkins forced a fumble and the Lions (2-1) scored again on a 70-yard run by Varnando. 

Liberty Hill also scored with its defense. Jayden Woodward returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown. Ayden Sopha finished with four sacks and forced two fumbles.

The seventh-grade Lions host Nolan on Tuesday.

PATTERSON 7B 30, SMITH 7B 27: At Smith, Veloni Ward scored four times and the Cavaliers won a back-and-forth thriller.

Ward ran behind the blocking of linemen Daniel Aki, Aaron Duerre, Latonio Harris, Josiah Guajardo and Chandler Vann. 

Patterson’s other score came on a blocked punt that Kenneth Huguley recovered in the end zone.

UNION GROVE 7B 13, EASTERN HILLS 7B 6: The Grizzlies picked off two passes and went on to secure their first win. 



LIVE OAK RIDGE 7A DEF. PALO ALTO 7A: Laura Kidwell served four points for the defeated Lady Patriots. Sharliese Pastrana Ortiz contributed  great sets.

UNION GROVE 7A DEF. EASTERN HILLS 7A 25-23, 22-25, 25-21: Amaya Rich served 12 points, and Alyssa Allup 11 as the Grizzlies won their final tuneup for conference play.

Other scorers for Union Grove (5-2) were Tra’leisa Williams (nine points). Jasmynn Gould-Tate (four), Zerin Albritton (three) and Milena Harrirsped (one).

Kimora Harmon and Ava Perry had some great tips at the net. Samara Johnson was a defensive standout.

The Grizzlies begin conference play against Rancier on Monday.

PATTERSON 7A DEF. SMITH 7A 25-12, 27-25: Lanai’Ya Harris recorded two kills, one assist and 12 digs for the winning Lady Cavaliers.

Other contributors for Patterson were Bryanna Bowman (one kill, seven points, five aces), Deliana Iosefo (two kills, five points, four aces and three digs), Aryanna Gonzalez (five assists, nine serves, five aces and nine digs), Shamyra Videau (two digs), Angelina Hobbs (two points and three digs), Aliyah Bowman (four digs), Kylee Inscho (one kill and one dig), Giomarlie Cruz (four points, three aces and four digs) and Lillian Swiney-Malave (eight points, three aces and three digs),

Madison Edwards had two aces for Smith. Other contributors for the Lady Leopards were Leah Jollett (one ace) and Laila Armour, Cristiana Turner,and Simone Lee (one kill each). Zulyned De Leon and Arianna Ramos Maldonado were defensive standouts.

LIVE OAK RIDGE 7B DEF. PALO ALTO 7B: Aniyah Childs served four points for the defeated Lady Patriots. Angela Nguyen shined at the net.

UNION GROVE 7B DEF. EASTERN HILLS 7B 25-17, 25-20: Gabriell Simmons served 12 points and the Grizzlies closed out their nonconference schedule with a victory.

Other scorers for Union Grove (4-2) were Sahara Palomino (four points), Eva Armstrong and Kaymora LaBeach (three each), De’Nija Sykes (two) and Cassie Stokes and Aaliyah Dixon (one each).

PATTERSON 7B DEF. SMITH 7B 20-25, 25-13, 16-14: Cherilyn Lara Sandoval, served nine points. Including four aces, and had a kill, an assist and five digs in the Lady Cavaliers victory.l

Stephanie Dunagan added eight points, three aces and two digs. Other contributors for Patterson were Lydia Byrd (two digs), Arianna Taijeron, Tofaimalae Oto and Karlee Briddell (one dig each), Ayana Carey and Zoie Thomas (three digs), Alyssa Thomas (one point and four digs), Makayla Morris (one kill, three serves and four digs), Christany Velazquez (three serves and three digs), Abigale Green (seven serves and two aces) and Karina Kendrick (six points, four aces). 

Anya Robinson had sIx aces and two kills for Smith. Other contributors for the Lady Leopards were Laila Long (four aces); Ameera Ashraf (three aces), Zabreia Jones (two aces), Kylee Breger, Ninel Samaniego and Sophia Gines each had one ace. Alana Woods had one kill, and Andraya Woullard, Alana Capestany, Francisca Gines and Marissa Christenson were defensive standouts.

LIVE OAK RIDGE 8A DEF. PALO ALTO 8A 26-24, 25-22: Tereyn Lauderdale and Ava Nautu each had kills for the defeated Lady Patriots.

Benecia Awuah and Tayla Gonzales provided standout serving and digs for Palo Alto. Saris Rivera shined with her passing.  Other contributors for the Lady Patriots were Danelis Martinez, Jazzmin Venevongsoth, Nyrissia Carter, Liliana Ingram and Marna'e Phillips.

UNION GROVE 8A DEF. EASTERN HILLS 8A 25-9, 25-12: Nevaeh Brown served 14 points to lead the Grizzlies to a victory.

Other scorers for Union Grove (6-2) were Katie Kennison (six), Yulitza Ramos (five), Yalia Gibson and Desiree Boston (three each) and Ella Perry and Elly Hanks (one each).

Maddison Culver and Brown had the only kills. Desiree Boston placed her tips strategically, and Grace Riggs had the only block.

The eighth-grade Grizzlies host Rancier on Monday.

PATTERSON 8A DEF. SMITH 8A 25-17, 25-8: Trinity Cutbirth served 15 points, including three aces, and had three assists and had five digs in the Lady Cavaliers’ win.

Alicia Garcia added six points, one kill, two aces and 13 digs. Other contributors for Patterson were Kamea Utienham and Alessandra Lopez (one dig each), Hayle Brodine (three digs), Tara Bennett (three kills, three points and five digs, Iyahna Hibbler (four points and five digs, Jadis Resendez (one assist and two digs), Joynis Gonzalez Rosado (five points, two aces and 12 digs), Reyana Molina (one kill and three digs) and Cassy Poteet (seven serves, an ace and three digs). 

The eighth-grade Lady Cavaliers host Live Oak Ridge on Monday.

LIVE OAK RIDGE 8B DEF. PALO ALTO 8B 26-24, 25-21, 25-20: Rionna Woods, Tehani Akina and Aniyah Williams provided stellar serving and digs to keep the defeated Lady Patriots in the match.

Other contributors for Palo Alto were Rachel Moreno, Nakia Sims, Hamida Botchway, Jacari Downing, Samara Rivers and KaRen Cannie.

UNION GROVE 8B DEF. EASTERN HILLS 25-11, 25-12: At Harker Heights High School, Kylie Dickerson served nine points and the Grizzlies improved to 5-2.

Other scorers for Union Grove were Angeliqe Wilson (seven points), Anna Larajin (five), Nora Halabi and Kaylee Maxey (four each) and Brooke Fowers and E’Mani Frazier (two each).

Kaelyn Hodge-Cummings and Larajin each had a kill.

PATTERSON 8B DEF. SMITH 8B 25-12, 25-19: Bianca Rivers served 12 points to go with an assist, a kill, an ace and four digs in the Lady Cavaliers’ victory,

Other contributors for Patterson were Asia Zachary (six points, one ace and two digs), Mikaela Ollervidez and Skyla Wells (one dig each), Trinity Brown (one assist, three serves and four digs), Samantha Harvey (one kill and one dig), Lexy Ogolla (one kill, six serves and two digs), Nazyrth Cruz (three digs), Esperanza Pagan (two digs), Kyra Santos (six serves, two aces and two digs) and Alexis Ortego (four serves, two aces and two digs). 


KISD Invitational B-team tourney

UNION GROVE 8B FINISHES 2ND IN KISD INVITATIONAL: The Grizzlies won two matches on Sept. 28 before falling to Patterson 25-13, 25-21 in the championship game of the Killeen ISD Invitational B-team tournament at Ellison High School.

Union Grove defeated Live Oak Ridge (25-17, 25-14) and Temple Bonham (18-25, 25-16, 15-13).

Kylie Dickerson served 22 points in the tourney for the Grizzlies, Kaylee Maxey added 21. Other scorers were Brooke Fowers and Kaelyn Hodge-Cummings (eight points each), Atiana Ruiz (four), Anna Lajarin  and Angeliqe Wilson (three each) and E’Mani Frazier (two).

Top passers included Alayna Santos, Treasure Bethea and Natalie Rice. Nora Halabi contributed with her setting, and Aaliyah White with her hitting. Zakaya Potter was a defensive standout.

TEMPLE BONHAM 8B DEF. PALO ALTO 8B 25-6, 28-26: Samari Rivers, Jacari Downing and Aniyah Williams used their standout servings and digs to help the defeated Lady Patriots nearly force a third set.

KaRen Cannie’s passing also earned kudos. Hamida Botchway also contributed for Palo Alto. 

TEMPLE BONHAM 7B DEF. PALO ALTO 7B: Genisus O'Neal Soto was the top server for the defeated Lady Patriots. Aniyah Childs, Trinity Gamble and Elisabeth Metcalf were defensive standouts.


Sept. 14

The Salado boys cross country team finished fourth in the McGregor Meet. Evan Hardt led the Eagles with a 15th-place finish and time of 21 minutes, 48.5 seconds.

Also running for Salado were Jake Rechtfertig (16th, 21:53.7), Briton Messick (18th, 22:04), Logan White (21st, 23:20.7), Ayden Buck (27th, 23:56.7), Connor Lynch (30th, 24:33), Chance Heck (32nd, 24:43.7) and Robert Joiner (43rd, 28:59.9).


Sept. 3

SALADO JV WHITE DEF. CEDAR CREEK 25-23, 23-25, 25-17: At Cedar Creek, contributions from freshman hitter Makayla Bush and back row play from sophomore Emma Grant led the charge for Salado. Setter Jordan Ferguson recorded 18 assists.

Aug. 30

SALADO JV RED DEF. TEMPLE 25-20, 25-15: At Salado, the Lady Eagles got a sweep behind the scrappy defensive play of libero Darci Pryor and defensive specialist Beyla Edmondson. Outside hitters Janiah Del Rio and Katey Bartek combined for 14 kills. Setter Emory Craddick contributed 19 assists.

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