Sports

Thu
03
Nov

Players Pay Tribute Goats Coach O'Kelley

By Todd Boyd

Last Friday was a special night for a very special man who is battling cancer when Groesbeck Coach Thomas O’Kelley was honored after the Goats last home game of the season.

With current and former players gathered on the G at midfield after Groesbeck’s 37-6 win over Elkhart, head coach Steve Hale presented the game ball to the man so many have come to see as a second father. Hale only told his senior players and captains of the planned ceremony before the game. During the time between the final horn and the ceremony, the entire team signed the small token of deep appreciation and great admiration.

“One of the most amazing men I have ever met in my life,” Hale said. “He has a passion for his work and for his kids. A man, a role model.”

Thu
20
Oct

Goats fall short in homecoming bid for win over West

Sam Echols hoists up Kolby Ayres after a Groesbeck TD last Friday against West. Journal photo/Todd Boyd
Sabrien Jones stiff arms a would be tackler after an interception last Friday against West. Journal photo/Todd Boyd
Warner Horton hits the sideline after his first interception of the season last Friday against West. Journal photo/Todd Boyd
Goats running back Kane Sullivan darts past a diving West defender during their game last Friday night. Journal photo/Angela Crane

By Todd Boyd

Five yards and 35 seconds is all that stood between the Groesbeck football team and a 32-26 homecoming loss to West last Friday at Groesbeck Stadium.

The Goats marched the length of the field with under two minutes to play needing a touchdown to tie and extra point to vault into sole possession of 

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Thu
20
Oct

Groesbeck Cross Country teams advance to Regionals

Girls picture- Daniela Venegas, Emily Miera (placed 6th individually), Rylie Goodman, Haley DeFriend, Liset Rivera, Raigen Archer and Genesis Hibbard. Courtesy photo/coach Lori Kelley
Boys picture- Zachary Neumann, Trey Hick (8th place),Traetin Turrubiarte (4th place),  Carter Devrow (7th place) Mason Carpenter, Damien Roman Reyes and Titus Townes. Courtesy photo/coach Lori Kelley

Journal Staff Report

Kudos are in order for both the Groesbeck varsity boys and girls cross country teams, as they each finished second overall at the district meet held in McGregor on Oct. 12.

The varsity girls team came very close to finishing in the No. 1 spot, scoring 72 points, just one point behind first place McGregor.

Only 10.6 seconds separated McGregor and Groesbeck. The Top five best times for the host team rounded out to 1:07:54.8 and the Goats Top five best times came in at 1:07:44.2.

“We had a really good day,” said coach Lori Kelley. “We came home with 11 individual medals!”

A total of four junior varsity girls competitors 

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Wed
05
Oct

Goats best personal times at McGregor Cross Country Meet

 

 

Journal Staff Report

 

Several members of the Groesbeck cross country team finished the McGregor Meet last Saturday with personal bests.

The varsity girl’s did very well as they placed third out of the 16 teams competing at McGregor.

Each of the Lady Goat runners topped their previous best times with Emily Miera placing fifth out of 101 competitors to lead Groesbeck with her time of 12:39.3.

Rylie Goodman finished in the Top 25 at No. 24 with a time of 13:15.0, Genesis Hibbard came in at No. 29 with a time of 13:26.7, Raigen Archer crossed the finish line at No. 30 with a time of 13:29.6 and Haley DeFriend grabbed the No. 32 spot with her time of 13:31.9.

Also finishing strong were Daniela Venegas (14:08.5), Kaylee Dobson (14:20.6), Eyrli Townes (14:43.5), Liset Rivera (15:17.9) and Gabby Saldivar (15:20.3).

Wed
05
Oct

Mistakes prove costly in Goats loss to Tigers

 

By Todd Boyd

Special to the Journal

 

While a 62-28 loss to state ranked Malakoff last Friday stings, it was just the second game of the District 9-3A race. There are five games left for Groesbeck to secure one of the four coveted playoff spots.

The Goats (2-3 and 1-1 in District 9-3A) next game will be at 7:30 p.m. at Palestine against Westwood (1-4, 0-2 in district).

“I love the way we continued to fight and stayed together that at the end,” athletic director and head football coach Steve Hale said. “We got some real good senior leadership.”

Last Friday’s game was a classic tale of two halves. The first half was one to remember and the second - fans and players should compartmentalize and never revisit. Until four minutes to go in the first half, Groesbeck took everything Malakoff (5-0, 2-0) had to offer and continued holding firm in a high-scoring 28-28 game.

Wed
05
Oct

Junior High eighth graders shutout Teague 12-0

 

 

Journal Staff Report

 

The Groesbeck Goats eighth grade team scored the first touchdown of the game against the Teague eighth grade Lions last week to capture the win.

The Goats scored on a fumbled punt attempt by Teague. Defensive end Jordan Dawes picked up the loose ball and sprinted 25 yards into the end zone to give Groesbeck a 6-0 lead.

In the third quarter, the Goats put together a great drive after Zach Wilson and Terrell Conn made a couple of great runs, but Teague managed to hold their ground.

With the score still in favor of Groesbeck in the fourth quarter, the Goats got the ball back when John Reed intercepted a pass at the Goats two-yard line. Wilson’s big run helped set up a Jessie Salinas 25-yard touchdown run with about a minute left in the game to eventually give Groesbeck the win.

Linebacker Twister Bairrington was the defensive star for the Goats in the win.

Wed
05
Oct

Friday Night High School Football Previews (Week 7)

 

The cupboard was pretty bare in Week 6 as several area teams had Friday night off. Most teams start district play, while others try to make their move as district play continues

Here’s the breakdown for teams in our area:

Groesbeck Goats (2-3, 1-1) vs. Palestine Westwood Panthers (1-4, 0-2)

Date: Friday, Oct. 7

Place: Westwood Panther Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Goats vs. Panthers series record (The Goats lead the close series with a record of 14-13-0. Groesbeck has won the last three meetings).

Groesbeck - The Goats held strong the first half of their game against No. 4 ranked Malakoff, but the Tigers seem to turn up the juice to end up with a 34-point win to remain undefeated. Groesbeck will look to return to the win column this week as they take on Palestine Westwood.

Fri
30
Sep

Goats comeback results in 18-15 win over Eustace

 

By Todd Boyd

Special to the Journal

 

EUSTACE – A fourth-quarter touchdown pass by the offense plus a defensive stand in the waning moments added up to an 18-15 win by the Goats over the Bulldogs last Friday night. In between those two series, there were plenty of new wrinkles added to the Groesbeck scoring arsenal, and another touchdown saving interception by the defense.

“I told you, if you gave them some hope they would fight us down to the end,” Groesbeck head football coach and athletic director Steve Hale said. “What a way to finish and stay together.”

That speech was made just seconds after the defense stopped the last gasp effort from Eustace to either get into game-tying field goal range, or score a game-winning touchdown. The Bulldog drive was stopped by the bend-don’t-break effort of the Goats defense.

Fri
30
Sep

GISD Volleyball: DeFriend, Weishuhn and Anglin combine for 30 kills in match win over Eagles

 

Journal Staff Report

 

DeFriend, Weishuhn and Anglin combine for 30 kills in match win over Eagles

 

Journal Staff Report

 

After falling to the West Lady Trojans last Tuesday, the Groesbeck Lady Goats came back to beat Bruceville-Eddy on Friday in five sets, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-11, moving to 3-2 in district play.

Haley DeFriend led the Lady Goats with 12 kills, 16 digs and five aces; Kylee Weishuhn finished with 10 kills, 11 digs and four aces in the match and Alyssa Anglin came up strong for Groesbeck with eight kills, 16 digs and four aces.

Paige Spivey stood firm at the net with five kills and two blocked shots, as did Lauren Smith, who knocked down six kill shots.

Abby Johnson and Kennedy Cox took turns setting the ball up for teammates in the five set match. Johnson finished with 17 assists, 10 digs and an ace at the service line, while Cox had a team leading 21 assists and an ace.

Fri
30
Sep

Groesbeck Cross Country boy’s varsity  team finishes strong at Ennis Meet

Journal Staff Report

 

Groesbeck’s cross country teams competed at the Ennis Lion’s Den Invitational this past Saturday, Sept. 24, at Ennis’ JC Park.

For the second week in-a-row, results have been slow coming due to computer malfunctions at the last two meets.

The only ones available this week are from the men’s varsity competition and hopefully the girl’s results will be straightened out by the next edition.

The Goats put in another strong performance at the Ennis meet, placing sixth out of 15 teams competing.

Traetin Turrubiarte and Carter Devrow placed in the top 15 for Groesbeck.

Turrubiarte finished at No. 13 with a time of 18:16 and Carter came in right behind him with a time of 18:18.

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