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I I O jtF Page 1B Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Wayne Craig From the Dawg House A fun week of coverage Let me start by saying congratulations to senior soft- ball player Vanessa Escamilla. Escamilla recently signed to play college ball with Cisco. Vanessa is the third Lady Dawg to sign this year and it was a happy moment for many family members and friends who gathered for the ceremony last Wednesday. Speaking of softball I didn't get to mention the mixed senior versus junior boys and girls scrimmage play in last week's section. It was a fun event that went down to the wire. There were plenty of great plays made but if I were picking a MVP from that event it would be Natalie Frank for the girls and Steven Gallardo on the boys side. They both went yard. Frank sent two screaming out of the park and Gallardo proved even switch hitting he's a dangerous fellow. BHS basketball teams added more wins to their records last week, see all the stories to see how things went. Many locals were treated to a cool pro exhibition bas- ketball game this past Saturday thanks to former Burnet athlete Boo Maxwell " Sug i'"'iii -eveni' t6 Burner for a great cause. While on the subject of basketball the future of the sport in Burnet is looking pretty bright. I caught a hand- ful of games in our youth leagues and there are some players to look forward to seeing in the years to come. Burnet powerlifters will be competing again tomor- row as they head to the Heart of Texas meet in Brady. You wouldn't think a town the size of Brady would draw much of a crowd, but when it comes to Powerlifting the Heart of Texas meet holds a high rank in the sport. I have a few middle school shout-outs. It's a big attawaytog0 to the seventh- grade A basketball boys. They were down 20-12 to undefeated Liberty Hill in the final game of the season. The Burnet boys dug deep and came back to claim the vic- tory, 36-34 and share of the district championship With each team having a 7-1 record. Also congrats to the eighth-grade B girls team who defeated the Panthers, 43-32 to finish the season 6-2 in district and 12-3 overall. The Burnet girls soccer team has earned some print space as well. Burner's first year team has recently added victories over Bandera, 4-1; Fredericksburg, 7-0; tied Canyon Lake, 3-3 and beat Gateway Prep, 3-0. See more soccer stats in the story. I'm sure you've all heard who is in Burnet's new dis- trict. To recap the football dis- trict will now include Burnet, Liberty Hill, Lampasas, China Spring, Gatesville, and Waco La Vega. All other sports will play in a seven team district which includes Burnet, Lampasas, Leander Glenn, Liberty Hill, Llano, Salado and Taylor. That's all for this week. Thanks for reading the Burnet Bulletin. BY WAYNE CRAIG BULLETIN SPORTS As of presstime, the Lady Dawgs were holding strong with a district record of 7-2 and a sure spot in post-season play after picking up back-to- back district wins last week over Taylor and Salado. In round one of district play the No.17 ranked Lady Ducks defeated Bumet in Taylor, 55- 42 so Tuesday night's win was just a little sweeter. It was a close game throughout last Tuesday night when the Lady Ducks came to town. Burnet scored 10 points in the first quarter off the hands of Marissa Escamilla, Reagan Giesenschlag, Miranda Weeks, and Katelyn Pool. Taylor was right behind them with nine in the first. The Lady Dawgs totaled 14 in the second and did a nice job defensively holding Taylor to just 10 to increase their lead to 24-19 at the half. The third was another tight battle. Pool posted four points, while Weeks and Escamilla added one bucket each for two giving Burnet nine. Taylor continued to knock on the door putting up sbven which left them trailing, 33-27 going into the finil eight minutes of play. Fable Brooks shot well in the fourth hitting a three- pointer, and one bucket plus a free throw for six. Escamilla was two-for-two at the line in the fourth, while Pool and Weeks each added a bucket which totaled a dozen for Bumet in the fourth. The defense held Taylor to 10 and Burnet celebrated a well-fought out district win, 46-37. "We came into the contest focused and playing with pur- pose from the tip-off to the final horn," said head girls basketball coach Doug Messer. "This was the decid- ing factor in the game with help from an intense and sup- porting crowd that was in attendance." "We played solid for four quarters, stayed behind each other, and played with passion and desire. I am very proud of the steps we have taken to become the best we can be," added Messer. "Taylor prides themselves on forcing teams into turn- overs which they will convert into easy baskets. We did a really good job of being patient versus their press and turned them into opportunities for our team. This was a great team win for us," said Messer. Escamilla was the leading scorer with 14 points, fol- lowed by Pool, 10; Weeks, six; Giesenschlag, six; Brooks, five; Emma Skinner, two; and Hullum, one. In the first half of play Friday night on the road at Salado the Lady Dawgs played good defense but had a hard time getting buckets to fall, but they did have a halftime lead at 18-14. ...see tiidl Dilafg| page B3 Varsity Lady Bulldog Fable Brooks (23) excites her teammates and the crowd with a fourth quarter three-pointer against Taylor last Tuesday night in Burnet. Taylor WAYNE CRAIG~CLEAR MEMORIES defeated Burnet in the first round of dis- trict play but the Lady Dawgs got sweet revenge with a 46-37 win to even the score. Seniors earn victory in final gainst S BY WAYNE CRAIG BULLETIN SPORTS It may seem hard to believe that there is only two games left in district play for the Bulldog basketball team. Burnet will play at Lampasas this Friday and travel to Llano next Friday for their final regu- lar season game. The Bulldogs played two games last week. The first on the road at district front-runner Taylor and the second at home, which was their final home game, versus Salado Friday night. On Tuesday the Dawgs met-up once again with the Taylor Ducks, the only team to give Burnet a loss in District play. Jesse Pollard and Darius Johnson both hit three-pointers in the first and with the help of Drew Kiser, and Caelin Graves Burnet scored 14 in the opener. Taylor took the early lead with 17 in the first. Both teams scored 12 points in the second period. Pollard and Kiser each were perfect at the line going two- for-two. The Ducks and the Dawgs each scored 12 more points before the break which had Taylor leading 29-26 at halftime. Burnet turned the tables on their opponent in the third period. It was a breakout eight minutes for the Dawgs who put on an offensive show with 17 points while holding Taylor to just six. The lop-sided period resulted in an eight point lead for Burner at 43-35 going into the fourth. The speedy Ducks did a nice job doing what they had to do to protect their perfect dis- trict record. They shot well from outside the arc and drew numerous fouls which had Burnet in a lot of foul trouble. When the fourth ended the Ducks had outscored Burnet 23-15 which was just enough to knot the game up at 58 all. Three Burner players entered overtime with four fouls looming and it wasn't long before Kiser, Johnson, and Cavender were all fouled out. Taylor scored 10 in the extra time, Burnet was held scoreless and the Ducks took claim to the 68-58 win. Pollard led all Burnet scor- ers with 19 points. Kiser was next on the board for Burnet with 17 points. He had a good day at the line making 11 of 13 free throws. Cavender scored nine, followed by Graves, six; Johnson, five; and Robertson, two. On Friday the .Bulldogs welcomed Salado to town for senior night. Following pre- game ceremonies the Dawgs went to work. Burner opened the scoring with a Pollard free ...see liinlOfl page B3 WAYNE CRAIG~CLEAR MEMORIES Burnet senior Luke Pemberton gets some air time as he flies toward the bucket during the Bulldogs' 61-45 victory over the Salado Eagles Friday night, Pemberton finished the game with five points. Lady Dawgs soccer reaching team goals BY WAYNE CRAIG BULLETIN SPORTS It has been a very success- ful soccer season for the Lady Dawgs so far. The girls have been knocking off opponents left and right including wins versus Bandera on Jan. 19 and against Fredericksburg JV on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Lady Dawgs traveled to Bandera and easily defeated the Blue Bulldogs 4-1. Savannah McHam was unstoppable from her striker position collecting all four goals for Burnet. Madelirme Deitrick was also instrumental in the win with two assists to McHam. On Saturday, Jan. 30 the BHS soccer girls took their skills to Fredericksburg to challenge the Lady Billies' JV team. It was a no-contest match with Burnet easily earn- ing another victory, 7-0. Sessily Northman, McHam, Deitrick, Alyssa Arnold, and Summir Hill all scored goals for Burnet. Assists were credited to Kinley Beyer, Beth Boyd, Arnold, and Deitrick. Recently, on Feb. 2 Burnet faced Canyon Lake and bat- tled it out to a 3-3 tie. McHam led the scoring attack for Burner with two goals scored. Northman posted Burnet's other point in the match. Assists were deliv- ered by Deitrick and Beyer. The girls also defeated Gateway Prep 3-0 last Friday. Burnet will host Bandera here this Friday. WAYNE CRAIG~CLEAR MEMORIES Tie #~IS IiSil ttI~ttl Boo Maxwell slaps hands with teammates as he is introduced at Saturday's pro exhibition basketball game in Burnet. Maxwell, who graduated from Burnet High School in 2001 and went on to play professional basketball in Japan, brought the event to his old stomping grounds as a fundraiser for Challenge I~nterprises. The pros showed how fast paced the game is at that level and entertained the crowd with more than 250 points scored in a regulation game. The event was deemed a suc- cess, attributed to so many helping hands in the community, and Maxwell said he plans to continue holding fundraiser events.