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S Page 11.6 Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, January 27, 2016 II IIIII ___ Wayne Craig From the Dawg House Big lifts and a big win It's no secret District 25- 4A basketball is a tough dis- trict for both boys and girls with plenty of completion. So when Burnet's boys knocked off Liberty Hill in the first round last week it was a big thing. It's only one game, but every W in district play gets them one step closer to a play- off berth. Way to go guys! The Lady Dawgs fell short at the Panther's house but hope to get back on track with some wins this week. The girls in green finished the first round of district play with a 3-2 record. Burnet had a softball sign- ing this week. Congratulations to varsity outfielder Ashley Hallmark. Hallmark signed to play ball for Angelina College in front of a host of family and friends last week. A harldful of coaches and family members added to the signing ceremony with many kind words about Ashley before she finalized it with a signature. The Bulldog Powerlifting team traveled north last Thursday and competed against some great talent. Four Burnet competitors brought home medals for their effort. Jayci Craig, Brailey Hall, Jake Burkhalter, and Jacob Scott all collected silver medals in their respective weight classes, while Preston Reeves brought home bronze. The Muscle Dawgs will take this week off before com- peting in Brady on Feb. 11. See more results in the Powerlifling story. The junior high boys deserve a shout-out. Both the seventh-A and eighth-A boys-: basketball teams won their host tournament recently. If you were at the seventh-A game versus Lampasas you'll remember a thrilling halftime buzzer beating shot. With his back turned Tristan Shirley didn't realize he had made the shot until the crowd went wild. Burnet's soccer teams added a few more wins to their record. Tara Evers, a member of the girls team, unfortunately received 11 stitches after an accidental head-butt left a nasty gash above her eye. The Lorena-girl was also injured and take by stretcher. Wishing both a speedy recovery. Evers showed her tough- ness as she continued to cheer her team on to a 4-2 victory. BY WAYNE CRAIG BULLETIN SPORTS The Bulldog faithful had plenty to cheer about last week as the varsity Burnet Bulldog basketball team pulled out back-to-back district wins to improve their record to 2-1. Burnet lost their opener to Taylor but since has rebounded nicely with wins over two qual- ity opponents in Salado and Liberty Hill. On Tuesday night the Bulldogs traveled to Salado and after one quarter of-play Burnet was trailing the Eagles, 17-15. The second quarter was another tight battle with Burnet coming out on top 19-18. Jesse Pollard, Drew Kiser, and Darius Johnson all hit three- point buckets in the second to help pull Bumet to within one at the break, 35-34. The Bulldogs put up 23 points in the third period led by the hot hand of Kiser who scored nine. The Dawgs also played well on defense and held the Eagles to just 18 which gave Burnet a 57-53 lead going into the final eight minutes of play. The Dawgs once again out- scored Salado putting up 20 points down the stretch for the 77-71 victory. Kiser led the way with an impressive 23 points in the game. He knocked down four shots from outside the arc. ...see Bulldog page 17 Just another quick reminder about a very cool ........ ...... .... basketball game coming soon to Burnet. Johnathen Boo Maxwell, who was a standout athlete for Burnet in the late 1990's and early 2000's has put together an upcoming benefit event that he is very passionate about. Maxwell, who played professional bas- ketball in Japan after graduat- ing from Burnet High School has gathered some of his fel- low professional athletes to host an exhibition basketball game that will benefit Challenge Enterprises. The event, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 start- ing at 5:00 p.m. is free to all kids and students. Parents admission will be $10 with the money being donated to Challenge Enterprises. The game will be held in Burnet's main middle school gym located at 1401 N. Main Street in Burner. Players will arrive at 5:00 p.m. and the game will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be pre- game and halftime activities that will be both fun and rewarding for all in attendance. If you would like to help in anyway or help sponsor the event you can contact Johnathen Maxwell at jmax- That's all for this week. Thanks for reading the Burnet Bulletin. i i 6awgs leave Panthers "d-ejected", 63-42. Burner's varsity boys celebrate after defeating Liberty Hill, 63-42, in the first round of district play. It was an exciting game but some tempers flared late to the point of WAYNE CRAIG~CLEAR MEMORIES Burner senior Katelyn Pool drives to the bucket during Burnet's district match-up ver- sus Salado last Tuesday night in Burnet. With a little elbow grease the Lady Dawgs earned a 50-29 win. Pool was the gym's leading scorer with 11 points. i WAYNE CRAIG~CLEAR MEMORIES ejection as the Panthers coach and a fan were shown to the exit. BY WAYNE CRAIG BULLETIN SPORTS gs one at 3-2 : The. varsity. Lady BulldOg basketball team wrapped-up the first round of district play last week with games against Salado and Liberty Hill.. Burnet defeated Salado on Tuesday, 50- 29, but slipped on Friday with a 52-40 loss to Liberty Hill mak- ing their first round record, 3-2. The Lady Panthers are out in front with a 5-0 record, followed by Taylor, Salado, Llano, and Lampasas. On Tuesday night Burnet was tested at the foul line numer- ous times versus Salado in the first half and the girls in green had a tough time getting charity buckets to fall. They did play great defense however and lim- ited the Lady Eagles to just two scores from the floor in the entire first half which helped lead Burnet to a 25-15 lead at the break. Burnet did a nice job in the second half on both sides of the ball. They scored 12 in the third and 13 in the fourth while hold- ing their opponent to single dig- its for a 50-29 final. "This was a great team win with all participants contributing to the success," said Burnet's head basketball coach Doug Messer. Katelyn Pool led all scorers with 11 points. She was followed by Fabie Brooks, 10; Marissa Escamilla, seven; Emma Skinner, six; Izzy Ramon, six; Ashley Bemal, three; Shaylah Hullum, two; Sierra French, two; Reagan Giesenschlag, two; and Hailey Letterman, one. On: Friday the Burnet girls; traveled to Liberty::Hill and found a tall and speedy Lady, Panther team waiting. The Cats jumped out to a 20-7 lead but Bumet didn't give up and con- tinued to fight. In the second period Miranda Weeks and Escamilla scored four points each while Katelyn Pool chipped in a bucket for two. The period ended in the Lady Panthers favor, 14-10 and Bumet went into the break trail- ing, 34-17. Neither team produced much offense in the third. Bumet was successful in slowing down Liberty Hill but they couldn't gain any ground with both teams posting just four points in the period. Escamilla led a fourth quar- ter charge with eight points. Pool and Weeks each posted four down-the-stretch and Brooks helped out with three. Burnet claimed the fourth 19-14 but the Panthers earned a 52-40 win. Escamilla was the leading scorer with 15 points. She was followed by Weeks, eight; Pool, eight; Brooks, three; Skinner, two; Giesenschlag, two; and Hullum, two. The Lady Dawgs began round two last night with a road game at Lampasas. They will travel to Llano this Friday. Burnet will return to their home court on Tuesday, Feb. 2 when they host Taylor. Varsity games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. WAYNE CRAIG~CLEAR MEMORIES Burner freshman Roger Craig waits for the command and pushes up a 260 pound bench press. Craig finished eighth overall in his 220 class with a 1,050 total, BY WAYNE CRAIG BULLETIN SPORTS In their second meet in as many weeks the Bulldog pow- erlifters did an excellent job earning more hardware for their hard work. In the girl's division Burnet brought home two silver medals, as did the boys who also added a bronze. Burnet carried 13 lifters to the event which hosted more than 11 schools and 200 partici- pants. It was a very competi- tive meet and the Bulldog coaches were pleased with their athletes accomplish- ments. On the girls side Jayci Craig finished with a silver medal in the 132 class. She squatted 290 pounds, benched 120 pounds and posted a 255 deadlift for a 665 total. ...see Dawg page 18