Lions to fight for third place

After a back-and-forth first half, Comanche pulled away in the second half to come away with a 54-30 win against Dublin to essentially secure the District title. 

“The whole game our kids played with heart, played with effort, played with passion,” Cervetto said.

Cervetto said the fans continued to play a pivotal role for the athletes keeping focused this season, and the community  support has mean a great to deal to the team. 

“Our fans are second to none,” he said.

The Lions are now 7-2 overall and will battle Millsap on Friday for third place in District. 

Millsap, like Dublin, has surprised the District with their success this season. 

“Millsap is probably having one of the best years they’ve had in a long, long time,” Cervetto said. “... There’s a lot on the line for both of us.”


Lady Lions finish strong

Kylie Curtoys and Yakelin Morantes

Dublin was well represented in the All-District post-season honors, with Yakelin Morantes sharing the Defensive MVP superlative and Kylie Curtoys taking the Server of the Year distinction. 

Jordyn Ricks made the first team and Addison Stout and Bailey Noel earned spots on the second team. 

Honorable mention went to Keylee Smith, Maeleigh Geijsel and Camry Porter. 

The entire team was distinguished for Academic All-District Honors.


ARN features Stanley

Jacob Stanley crossed the 1,000-yard mark on Friday and earned the feature spot of the Big Country Player of the Week in the Abilene Reporter-News. 

His eight huge catches and four touchdowns added 332 yards to the Lions efforts and kept them within striking distance throughout the first half. 

Keylee Smith received honorable mention in the list for 17 kills across Dublin’s two playoff games. 


Lady Lions claim bi-district championship

Dublin finished Jim Ned’s season in three sets Tuesday night to claim the Bi-District victory, 25-22, 27-25 and 29-27. 

“The girls showed a lot of fight and maturity throughout the match,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “In the second and third sets we were down and fought our way back to win. I am proud of how the girls played.”

The Lady Lions will face Holliday at noon on Saturday in Graham. 

The Lady Eagles are 25-13 coming off a win against Jacksboro. 

Holliday defeated Peaster in two sets in the preseason and lost to 4A team Glen Rose 3-0. 


Lions could still take district

With no hope of winning, Dublin still showed its heart in the final seconds, scoring a touchdown and 2-point conversion to cut down the Tigers’ lead. 

Dublin’s winning streak may have hit a bump in the road on Friday when the Lions fell 42-29 to Jacksboro, but they still have a chance to take the top spot in the District. 

If Dublin can beat Comanche on Friday, the Lions will be in a three-way tie for first with Comanche and Jacksboro. 

That’s where that late 8 points from Friday is worth much more than pride. Points are the tie-breaker. 

Jacksboro’s 13-point victory over Dublin and Comanche’s 10-point victory over Jacksboro will be their respective stake in the tie-breaker. So if Dublin wins over Comanche by 14 points, they will take the top seat in the District. Likewise, a 10-13 point victory would give them the No. 2 seat.


Girls win third in district

Dublin defeated Early on Tuesday evening in three sets, 25-14, 25-22 and 25-13, to take third place in the District.

“This was a great win to have going into the playoffs,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “Our serving was the key. The girls did a great job hitting their zones and kept Early out of system.”

Maeleigh Geijsel hit 11 kills, a dig and a block. 

Kylie Curtoys served five aces across 15 serves, as well as making 15 assists, a kill and 11 digs. 

Yakelin Morantes got 18 digs. 

Hamilton 3, Dublin 0
Hamilton defeated Dublin on Friday in three sets, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-17. 

Morantes saved a substantial 32 digs in the game, keeping Dublin close throughout the back-and-forth sets. 

Addison Stout led in kills with seven and she served an ace and hit a block. 

Curtoys made 14 assists, six kills and two block assists. 


Champs ready for playoffs

The District champion Lady Cardinals sit at 13-1 (30-5 overall) following a pair of wins in the last week.

The girls won in Hico on Tuesday, where they faced some competition with the Lady Tigers. The Lady Cards were able to pull the first set away after some give and take, claiming it 29 to 27. Lingleville rebounded to claim the second and third set with less fuss as Hico scored 15 and 22 in the remaining sets.

Lingleville 3, Gorman 0
They also earned a home victory against the Gorman Lady Panthers Friday night, with the visitors putting up 14, 23, and 10 in the game’s three sets.

The Lady Cards will be heading into the playoffs next week (look for details online as they become available), but they will keep sharp in a warm-up game in Albany against the Lady Lions set for Friday at 4 p.m.


Three Cardinals headed to state

Lingleville is sending three cross country runners to the State meet following the UIL 1A Region 3 meet at Dallas’ Jesse Owens Memorial Complex on Monday.

Jilt DeBoer placed 13th out of 146 runners in the boys 5,000 meters boys event with 17:17.39 while Carlos Moreno placed 26th with 18:20.65.

Ilse DeBoer is also headed to State competition after placing 22nd out of 166 runners in the two-mile girls event with 14:07.97.

The trio will be heading to Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Nov. 3 for State competition.


Lions extend season to 7-0

The Lions are 7-0 for the first time since 1964 and well on their way to a playoff run. 

Their 46-12 victory over Rio Vista is one head coach Bob Cervetto thinks the team will remember, and not just because of the overwhelming victory. 

“I know it will be a game to remember because I can’t remember ever having played in six inches of mud, ever,” Cervetto said.  “I’ve played in rain before, and I’ve played in mud before, but not like that.”

Cervetto praised the linemen for overcoming the elements that could have really slowed them down. “Our linemen really had to battle. Their offensive and defensive lines were pretty good and in the mud it made them that much better because it slowed our quickness a little bit. "

The team is sitting heading into to Friday’s game against Jacksboro. 

Jacksboro is 1-1 in District after losing their District opener to Comanche. 


Lions hit 6-0 for first time since '79

Dublin came back to defeat Tolar on Friday night, 28-27, at home. 

Everyone played an essential part in the victory, particularly Gabriel Renteria, who was 4-4 on extra points and made several excellent punts. 
“It was a great team win against a quality opponent,” Cervetto said. “That was by far the best game Tolar has played all year. ... It was a real satisfying win.”

The team is 6-0 for the season and 1-0 in District after the win. It’s the first time the Lions have been 6-0 since 1979. 
“It’s a great win for the kids and the program,” Cervetto said. 

The victory puts them on the road to achieving their goal of making playoffs this season. 

In the preseason, Tolar was picked at No. 3 behind Jacksboro and Comanche. Dublin was picked at No. 5 behind Millsap but ahead of Rio Vista, next week’s opponent. 

“We’ve got to take care of Rio Vista or this game was for naught,” Cervetto said. “... You can’t count anybody out.”


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