The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 12, 2013

Local Roundup: Cayuga softball opens up 2013 with big win

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— The Cayuga girls’ softball team opened up the 2013 season with an easy, 13-5, win over Whitney behind a stunning debut from freshman Kimberly Hughes.

Hughes struck out 15 in her high school debut inside the circle, and helped her own cause by going 3-for-5 at the plate.

She was one of a quintet of Ladycats to finish with three hits.

Maci Poland finished 3-for-5, including her first-ever home run — a grand slam. Both Reann Richards and Macie Croft were 3-for-5, with Richards knocking in three runs.

Meagan Poland also had three hits as well as three RBI.

The Ladycats (1-0) host county rival Westwood Tuesday.



H.S. POWERLIFTING

WW girls win home meet


Behind gold medal-performances from both Cierra Tillis and Kierra Butler, the Westwood girls powerlifting team won its home meet last week, beating Teague by 10 points.

Tillis won the 220-pound class, while Butler claimed gold in the 220-plus class.

Westwood also got four second-place finishes from Samantha Mullins (97 pounds), Jeanna Cordell (181 pounds), Lacey Tillis (198 pounds) and Tyeesha Dawkins, who finished behind Ciera Tillis at 220 pounds.

Tori Bowden (114 pounds) and Heather Wooden (123 pounds) turned in third-place finishes to round out Westwood’s scoring.

Cayuga finished third in the meet, only three points behind Teague.

The Ladycats earned a meet-high three golds from Emma Ricard (105 pounds), Shelby Luce (114 pounds) and Shaina Stotts (198 pounds), while getting third-place finishes from Ashlyn Statham (97 pounds) and Jana Walthall (181 pounds).

Palestine finished sixth, led by Taelor Maciel’s second-place finish in the 123-pound class.

Maddie Sander and Taylor Wehling finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 114-pound class, while both Nataley Acevedo (165 pounds) and Kiontee Robinson (181 pounds) each finished fourth as well.

Elkhart got a win from Chasity Chambless in the 132-pound class, with Jenna Neel finishing fifth in the 123-pound class.

On the boys side, Cayuga brought home a team silver, finishing just three points behind meet-winning Teague.

Carlos Aguinaga got the Wildcats’ lone win, finishing first in the 181-pound class.

Cayuga did have three second-place finishers, with Daniel Jock finishing second at 275 pounds, Ty Tunstall grabbing silver at 220 pounds and Blake Guldjord finishing second at 148.

Brant Cox (132 pounds) and Aaron Foxworth (220 pounds) each finished third for the Wildcats.

Cody Defore led Elkhart to a sixth-place finish, picking up the Elks lone win in the 148-pound class.

Rodrick Arceneaux finished second for the Elks in the 198-pound class, while Elkhart got fourth-place finishes from both Dalton Kassaw (123 pounds) and Tate Molandes (148 pounds). Both Riley Smith (148) and Zach McFarland (275) finished fifth.

Westwood got a win from Jalen Burns in the 132-pound class, but had only one other lifter — Jamie Chan, third at 165 — win points at the home meet.

Like Westwood, Palestine finished with 10 points, with Johnt’a Maxey’s bronze medal-finish in the 242-pound class leading the way.

The Wildcats got fourth-place finishes from Sir Thompson (165 pounds), Patrick Cross (275 pounds) and Manuel Solis (super heavyweight), while Nolan Mays finished fifth in the 220-pound class.

Oakwood had two lifters score points, with Ryne Moore finishing second in the 132-pound class and Louis Collins finishing third at 198 pounds.