Gobblers, Lady Gobblers begin track season in Edna


Track and field season started with members of the Gobbler and Lady Gobbler teams competing in their first meet, the Cowboy Relays, on Feb. 20. Shown are Cuero girls Dixie Blackwell, Audrey Moreno and Alex Villafranca. The teams will compete at the Ganado Relays Feb. 26-27. See more photos on Page 10.
Photo Contributed by T. Sandlin

Pirates return to the playoffs

The Nordheim Pirates finished the season in second place sharing the seat with Austwell-Tivoli.

Nordheim coach Carlton Williams said, “It is the most games we have won since I have been here. It is the first winning season since I don’t know when.”

According to MaxPreps, the Pirates have not had a winning season recorded since 2005. This is the first time they have gone to the playoffs since 2006-07 when they had an overall record of 9-15. This year the Nordheim Pirates ended the regular season 15-9.

“I think this group worked really hard from start to finish. It has been a crazy year so far. We have yet to play our best game but we still found a way to win a lot of games,” coach Williams said.

Earlier today, Austwell-Tivoli and Nordheim had a coin toss to decide second and third seed. Nordheim won the toss and will play their first round of playoff against the winner of Friday’s District 31 game, Dhanis vs. Rockspring.


Gobblers finish season on top, head to playoffs


The Cuero Gobblers took a hard loss to Navarro last Friday night at the Panther’s gymnasium.
It was a close match in the beginning as the half ended 33-35. The Gobblers, not a stranger to close games in the half, usually come out in the second half and play their game. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Navarro ran away in the scoring hitting 26 points in each quarter and the final win, 63-87.
Cuero Gobbler coach Clint Coles said, “We did not play well and they played great. We just got beat.”
Cuero (18-8, 9-3) is in a three way tie until La Vernia (15-14, 9-2) and Wimberley (19-8, 9-2) play their last district game.
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Pirates fighting for second

The Nordheim Pirates just got by defeating the Austwell-Tivoli Redfish 47-45.

Nordheim coach Carlton Williams said, “It was nice that they did not score those last three point shots.”

The game started and finished with all the same intensity. Both teams were competing for second place.

The first quarter the Pirates were tied until the last minute on the clock when Kameron Hubbell made a jump shot to take the lead 14-12.

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Kats win third in district

The Yorktown Kitty Kats have not seen a playoff game in basketball since 2009-10 when they won bi-district against Ben Bolt.

Five years later, not only did the Kats win a spot in the playoffs, they also won the same amount of games totaling the five years combined with an overall record of 11-10 overall and 5-5 district. This is the best record since 2007-08 when they went 18-9, 8-5 and lost to Skidmore-Tynon in the area playoffs.

The realization all occurred after the first set of district games going into the second half at 2-3. With blow-out losses to Falls City, 14-75 and Three Rivers, 35-75, Yorktown Kitty Kats coach Bruno Mata knew what needed to change and what the Kitty Kats had to overcome.

Mata said, “We had a lot of obstacles to overcome. Our defense was flat. We had no place to play except on the road and playing with injuries.”


Nordheim looks to improve seed for playoffs

The Nordheim Pirates have secured a place in the playoffs and are now focused if they will settle for third seed or fight for second.

The Pirates played at Runge on Feb. 10 and won by the skin of their teeth, 62-60.

Nordheim coach Carlton Williams said, “Runge made a lot of tough shots in the fourth quarter to close the 15 point lead we had. I have to give them a lot of credit for playing hard.”

But this was no surprise to the Pirates.

“Going into the game we knew they were going to take a lot of three pointers. We put pressure on their shooter but he still found a way to make them,” Williams said.

Eli Julian led the game with 29 points and William Anderson scored with 20 points in the post.

Coach Williams said, “If we can win Friday we would be tied for second with Austwell. That would set up a tie breaker game or a coin flip.”


Nordheim Pirates still in the game

The Nordheim Pirates have not seen a run of losses since the middle to late December as they finished the first round of district games 13-8, 1-2.

Nordheim started off district with a 65-40 win over Runge. On Feb. 3 the Pirates lost to Austwell-Tivoli 57-67.

Nordheim coach Carlton Williams said, “We had a bad second quarter and got into some foul trouble. We played better in the second half but the lead was too big for us to come back.”

Stats: DJ Anderson 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 8 blocks; Eli Julian 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals; William Anderson 7 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Kameron Hubbell 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 blocks; Daniel Villarreal 1 assist; Hayden Pendergraft 5 points, 1 steal; Zach Metting 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block.

The Pirates lost to McMullen last Friday night 36-58. McMullen is ranked 22 in the state with a record of 24-3, 3-0.


Yorktown Kitty Kats still have a chance for third

The Yorktown Kitty Kats had an aggressive second half to tie up the game against Three Rivers at home on Feb. 3 but soon ran out of gas with two minutes remaining.

Yorktown Kitty Kat coach Bruno Mata said, “They turned up the intensity and we did not match it.’

Three Rivers coach LeeAnn Baker said, “Yorktown has a good team and we knew it would be a battle on their home court.”

Yorktown started behind 17-28 at the half.

Mata said, “We were standing around too much. We were stagnant and they were able to get the ball in the little cracks that we had.”

When the Kitty Kats returned from the locker room after the half, they were altogether a different team. Yorktown went into a full court press and outscored Three Rivers 15-5 and ending the third quarter 32-33.

“We needed to start moving our feet defensively and [we did],” Mata said

“We have been struggling to come out strong after half-time and it showed,” Baker said.


Lady Gobblers win over Canyon Lake

It was a close match but the Lady Gobblers did what they needed to do if they were to get into playoff contention.

The Cuero Lady Gobblers traveled to Fischer to face Canyon Lake last night.

Cuero Lady Gobbler coach Amy Crain said, “It was close. The girls really competed well and played hard. It was a good win for us.”

Cuero started with the lead 9-7 before falling back at the half 13-18. The Lady Gobblers came out after the half hitting the basket and shutting down Canyon Lake’s offense. Cuero regained the lead 24-22. Cuero extended their lead outscoring Canyon Lake in the forth quarter for the win 38-33.

The Lady Gobblers have two district games remaining. It will take the right combination for Cuero to secure a place in the playoffs.


Simpson signs with Murray State College


Audrey Simpson signed a letter of intent to play softball at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. where she said she will play pitcher and outfielder. Simpson plans to pursue her studies in marketing. Pictured from the left is Rose Simpson (mother), Audrey, and John Simpson (father). Standing in back is Adam (brother). 
Photo by Tim O’Malley/The Cuero Record 


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