Lions miss against Tigers

Billy Dale Mercer celebrates following a Lion touchdown Friday.

Dublin’s season opener ended in disappointment Friday night when the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium showed a 23-8 loss to the Hico Tigers. 

Head coach Bob Cervetto said it was the little mistakes throughout the game that hurt the Lions most. 

“Everything that we looked at on film is correctable,” Cervetto said. “To play good people and be on that level, we’ve got to take care of the little things.”

There were a few bright spots, though, such as player of the week Ethan Price, who made 11 tackles — six solos and three assists, a sack and a tackle for a loss. 

“That was just on defense,” Cervetto said. “He played offense for us too, and did a great job there. He was just a consistent ball player — great senior leadership.”

On both sides of the ball, Cervetto said there were great moments. He commended the players’ hustle particularly on defense. 


Lions freeze Frost

In the timed half of their scrimmage against Frost on Friday, Dublin won 27-0. 

Frost was able to run one in on Dublin during the controlled portion of the scrimmage, but head coach Bob Cervetto said this week his kids showed once again that they are on track to compete with tough teams. 

“You never know until you get into a game situation,” he said, adding that Frost beat Dublin last year in the live section, so he’s pleased to see his team come out on top. 

He said the standout players of the scrimmage were all the members of his offensive line. 

“I thought they really started coming off the ball and controlling things,” he said. 

He also commended player of the week, Aldo Herrera, for his overall performance, particularly the 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown against Frost. 

“We threw the ball well, caught the ball well,” Cervetto said. “We did a lot of things well.”


Ladies outscore Poolville, take 4th in tourney

Despite Poolville claiming the W in Tuesday nights game, the Lady Lions outscored the Monarchs 111-108 total over five sets. 

Unfortunately, timing wasn’t on the Lady Lion’s side and Dublin dropped the first, third and fifth sets, 25-21, 28-26 and 16-14.

“Overall this is the best we have played on the road,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “The girls are learning to fight from behind and are doing a great job improving their mental game. There were multiple times in the match where the girls could have gotten down and frustrated due to some calls and score issues but instead of getting frustrated and shutting down, the girls fought.”

Dublin won sets two and four, 25-16 and 25-23.


Lions show promise against Venus

Jacob Stanley catches the ball Friday in the opening scrimmage for the Dublin Lions against Frost.

The Lions scrimmaged Venus Friday night at Memorial Stadium. 

“It’s probably one of the best first scrimmages we’ve had since I’ve been here,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. 

He was especially pleased with the latter half of the scrimmage, and his players’ ability to sustain their energy throughout.

“You could sense that our kids were really starting to dominate later in the scrimmage,” Cervetto said. “I told the kids, everyone is going to play tough early on, but it’s the ones who can sustain to the end who will be victorious.”

He said the defense did well, particularly Jared Ricks and Ethan Price. 

“The defense really came downhill,” Cervetto said. “We had 11 hats to the ball most of the time.” 

He said he only prepared the kids a little while the day before the scrimmage for some of Venus’ signature plays, including the blitz, since the point of the scrimmage is to prepare for future games, not Venus in particular. 


Lady Lions earn win at home

Kylie Curtoys sets up Joley Chisholm to kill the ball Tuesday in a varsity win over Hillsboro.

Dublin defeated Hillsboro at home in a hard-fought four-set game winning the first, third and fourth sets 25-11, 25-20 and 25-16 on Tuesday night. 
They dropped the second set, 25-14.

“Right now the girls are undefeated in our gym,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “It was nice to see them put together the things they learned from playing this weekend. We were way more consistent and did a great job with communication and defense as well. They played well as a team.”

Angelica Linan broke double digits in kills with 12 for the night. Kyleigh Bamber racked up seven, and Bailey Noel and Joley Chisholm hit six each.

Bamber served three aces. Hailey Ortega, Chisholm and Linan each served one. 

Bamber also led in digs with 22, followed by Kylie Curtoys with 12. The team made 68 total digs against Hillsboro. 

Chisholm made the teams only two blocks of the night. 

Curtoys made 24 assists. Ricks made 14 and Ortega made one. 


Lady Cards set Zephyr

Zaida Lopez passes the ball Tuesday in a Lingleville win against Zephyr.

The Lingleville volleyball girls set the Zephyr Lady Bulldogs in a scrimmage Tuesday night at home.

The Lady Cardinals came out flying with a first set that ended 25 to 3.

During the Lingleville-dominated set, Zaida Lopez served six of the points, Jordyn Hicks served five and Ilse DeBoer served 10. Hicks and DeBoer contributed three aces and one ace, respectively.

Zephyr was able to get 10 points before Lingleville earned 25 in the second set.

Lopez served 11 of the points, Samantha Rodriguez served 6, Hicks served 3 and DeBoer, Dorthy Cruz and Sadie Allen each served 1. Hicks and Rodriguez each also scored an ace.

Lingleville won the last set 25 to 17.

In serving, Hicks had 8, Cruz had 6, DeBoer had 4, Lopez had 4, Rodriguez had 3 and Allen had 2. DeBoer also put in another ace during her serves.

The Lady Cards will next face Hico in an away scrimmage on Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.


Dublin Dominators named state champs

Following five days of action in Mildred, the 10U Dublin Dominators emerged as the state champions in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball Softball Association. The title and trophy were awarded at the tournament Friday following their 5-3 defeat of Troy, the only team which had bested the hometown favorites during regular summer play. Coach Tommy Cisneroz (below) expressed his pride in the team, holding the trophy aloft in victory. Photos contributed


Yankees to play at state

The Yankees are returning to state TTAB tournament that will start July 24 in Stephenville. The Yankees will be looking to improve on their third-place finish in the tournament last year. For most of these players, it’s their fourth trip to state. Team members are Jadon Johnson (front row, left to right), Blaize Leatherwood, coach Gordie Saldivar, Mateo Marquez, Bryce Leatherwood, Angel Ramirez (back row, left to right), Griffin Pickett, Tyler Morrow, Isaiah Cisneroz and Christian Ramirez. Not pictured are Jason Olvera and Derrick Fraire.


Twisted Sisters on way to state

The Twisted Sisters 8U softball team is statebound, qualifying for state by coming in second place in district. The state tournament is in Emory, Texas. The team consists of head coach Jeff Salyer (back row, left to right), assistant coach Anjelica Salyer, Olivia Salyer (third row), Jennave Murro, Alexa Aviles, Cassidy Adair (second row), Trysten Dycus, Alondra Bahena, Delia Martinez, Cristel Vazquez (front row), Tansleigh Bell and Jada Tamez. Assistant coach Travis Bell is not pictured.


Lions 12U statebound

The Lions 12U baseball team is on the road to the state tournament in Colorado City, Texas. The team won first in district. Team members were DJ Curley (front row, left to right), Wyatt Watson, Aidan Hernandez, Noah Hines, Aiden Salyer, Braxton Finley, Cesar Caldera, Kellyn McLean and Dalan Rasberry. Coaches were assistant coach Jeff Salyer (back row, left to right) and head coach Cojack Martinez. Team member Carson Ivie and assistant coach Wes Finley are not pictured. 


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