Lady Cards clinch first district title in 16 years

The Lingleville Lady Cardinals set two more opponents on the volleyball court this week to claim the District title for the first time in 16 years.
Tuesday’s W happened at home when the Lady Cards conquered the Gustine Lady Tigers, who were only able to put up 8, 13 and 5 before the home team scored their 25s.
The first win came in a home game against the Zephyr Lady Bulldogs, in which Lingleville’s opponents only got to score 7, 7 and 2 in three sets.
These wins raise he Lingleville Lady Cardinals’ team to 11-1 in District and 28-5 overall for the season.
The Lady Cardinals will return to the home court Friday at 5 p.m. to take on the Gorman Lady Panthers.


Ladies tie for No. 2 in close call

The team celebrates a hard-fought and close victory Friday night against Early.

Dublin is tied with Hamilton for second in the District behind undefeated Eastland after defeating Bangs and Early this week. 

The girls swept Bangs in three sets, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-14.

Kylie Curtoys served 100 percent on 16 serves, with three aces and set 14 assists. 

Bailey Noel led in kills with seven, followed by Maeleigh Geijsel with six kills and three blocks. 

Yakelin Morantes got 24 digs. 


Lions 5-0 heading into district

Dublin passed over the Buckaroos in the final minute, 22-21, of Friday’s close game to go undefeated in the preseason. 

“That was by far one of our toughest wins of the season,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. 

The Lions led 13-0 at the half. Athlete of the Week Colton Couch caught an interception early in the game, then another just before the half. He gained 32 yards. 

Couch had a great night on defense, breaking up two passes and making three solo tackles. 

Several Lions stepped up making big plays on Friday, showing that the Lions’ skills run deeper than just a few starters. 

“It shows you how resilient our team is,” Cervetto said. 

Breckenridge scored 7 immediately after the half, but a field goal by Gabriel Renteria extended Dublin’s lead, 16-7. 

Breckenridge punched in two touchdowns back-to-back to take a 21-16 lead. 

“Cy Wing stepped in and said, ‘Boys, this is what we live for, let’s go to work.’ ” Cervetto said. 


Lady Lions 2-2 in district

Dublin (2-2) is fourth in District after a five-set lossto Hico on Tuesday. The Lady Lions won the second and third sets 27-25 and 25-21. They lost the first 25-19, fourth 25-17 and fifth 15-11. 

Yakelin Morantes grabbed 37 digs and served three aces. 

Athlete of the Week Kaylee Smith made 11 kills. 

Jordyn Ricks make 16 assists and Kylie Curtoys made 15 assists. 

Maeleigh Geiljsel, Bailey Noel and Ricks each made seven kills. 

Camry Porter made 11 digs and Ricks made 10. 


Lady Cards 7-1 in District

The Lingleville Lady Cardinals volleyball team rose to 24-5 (7-1 in District) following three wins on the home court Tuesday and Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Lady Cards faced the Bluff Dale Lady Bobcats and the Mullin Lady Bulldogs, which both got set by the home team.

Bluff Dale managed 9, 10 and 23, compared to Lingleville’s 25s’s while Mullin scored 18, 19 and 16.

The Lady Cards faced tougher competition on Saturday but still triumphed over the Hico Lady Tigers in five sets.

Lingleville put up 25, 20, 25, 13 and 15 to eclipse Hico’s 21, 25, 10, 25 and 4.

The Lady Cardinals will travel to DeLeon on Saturday for a 10 a.m. game against the Lady Bearcats.


Lions 2nd in Dublin Dash

Camry Porter led the Lady Lions with 11th place.

The boys JV and Varsity cross country runners combined to take second behind Graham.

Angel Ramirez placed fourth overall out of 104 athletes in 18:33.25.

Giovanni Rodriguez took sixth in 19:04.63.

Chapo Rodriguez and Miguel Gallegos took 11th and 12th in 19:32.34 and 19:33.05, respectively.

For the Lady Lions, Camry Porter finished 11th in 15:06.7 out of 79 runners.

Marissa Tores took 22nd place in 15:36.85, and Jasmin Rojas placed 25th in 15:54.2.

Julissa Mendoza finished No. 34 in 16:22.15.

The girls took sixth as a team.  

Daniel Escobar was No. 24 in 20:18.64, and Jakob Seals was 26th in 20:38.21.

Emarano Hernandez was 31st in 20:44.37.

Fidel Acosta placed 45th.

Yaya Rodriguez won the junior high boys race, and Sarah Resendiz took second in the junior high girls’ race of over 200 runners.


Lady Lions 2-0

The Lady Lions are starting District 2-0 with wins over Bangs and Comanche. 

On Tuesday, the team conquered Comanche in three sets, 25-15, 25-21 and 25-12. 

As a team, the Lady Lions served nine aces over the three sets, serving 89 percent. 

“[In] both games, consistency was key,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “We did a great job placing serves as well as attacks. Our defense also did a great job.”

Kylie Curtoys hit three aces and made 10 assists with three kills. 

Yakelin Morantes made 28 digs and two assists, and Jordyn Ricks made 7 kills, an ace and served 17 times without an error.

Dublin 3, Bangs 0
On Friday, the Lady Lions defeated Bangs in three, 28-26, 25-11 and 25-15. 

Kaylee Smith and Bailey Noel each hit six kills. Noel also served 4 aces, serving 95 percent on 20 attempts. 

Athlete of the Week Camry Porter made 17 digs and two kills. 


Lions chain Bulldogs, go 4-0

The Lions continue their winning streak after a Sept. 20 comeback victory in Brady, 20-7.

“We found another way to win tonight,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. “And that’s going to pay off for us down the road.”

Cervetto credits the defense with keeping Brady at bay in the first half and completely shutting them out in the second half.

Athlete of the week Jared Ricks made 14 solo tackles, five assists and forced a fumble. 

“He plugged the middle like a middle linebacker is supposed to,” Cervetto said. 

Cervetto said one of the most exciting moments of the night came when Dublin forced the ball out of the Bulldog carrier’s hands and into Tyler Morrow’s hands. Quick-thinking Morrow capitalized on the opportunity to gain 57 yards for the Lions.

Cervetto said it was a great lesson for the Lions to play in Brady because it’s a highly competitive program so playing on their turf is a hostile, high-pressure environment.


Lions out-roar Tigers

Dublin outmaneuvered Hico on Friday night, taking a 45-28 victory in the season opener. 

Hico and Dublin open the season together every year, usually in Stephenville, but it has been unusual in recent history for Dublin to claim the W. This season Dublin ran away with the win in Hico’s stadium. 

That’s due in large part to leadership from quarterback and linebacker junior Cy Wing, who passed for 254 yards in the game. 

Athlete of the Week Frankie Quintero, who added 66 yards receiving, also set the Lions up for the win by answering Hico’s first seven points with an 11-yard fumble return touchdown. Then Gabe Renteria kicked the first of his 4 extra points. 

“Every time we had a little adversity, the kids made something positive happen,” head coach Bob Cervetto said.

Not only did Renteria kick 100 percent on extra points, he also nailed a solid 42-yard field goal.


5 Lady Lions named to area top 10

The Abilene Reporter-News singled out Yakelin Morantes (pictured) and four other Lady Lions as players of the week for the Big Country for last week. 

Morantes took No. 1 in the list, having racked up 111 digs over the week, including defending Dublin’s way to fourth at their home tournament. 

Kylie Curtoys took No. 4 in the top 10 list. She totaled 64 assists, 30 dig and 10 aces. 

Her fellow setter, Jordyn Ricks, was No. 6 with 50 assists, 28 digs and 20 kills. 

Addison Stout took No. 8 with 25 kills, 33 digs, six aces and an assist.

Bailey Noel rounded out the top 10 with 32 kills, 19 digs, seven blocks and 11 aces.

Fans can read more about the Lady Lions and their upcoming season in the Fall Sports section of this edition of the Citizen. 


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