District 8-5A basketball play began tonight for the Granbury Pirates at Burleson High with a 64-53 victory on the road. The GHS Lady Pirates lost to Burleson, 49-35. The Pirates had been idle since taking home third place from the Van Griffith Kia Basketball Classic on Dec. 13. Tonight’s win moved them to 12-2 overall and 1-0 in district. Coach Steve Schmidt’s Lady Pirates slipped to 0-3 in district and 5-11 overall.
Lipan’s second-ranked girls basketball team won a 72-28 nondistrict decision over Petrolia on the road Friday night. In the boys game, Petrolia took a 68-40 win.
The Granbury Cornerstone Christian Academy girls basketball team lost a 42-33 decision at home Friday night to St. Paul Academy out of Arlington. The boys (6-3), also playing at home, defeated St. Paul, 78-36.
The Tolar girls basketball team defeated Goldthwaite, 54-46, Friday night in a District 10-2A contest on the road, as they improved to 2-0 in district before starting the Christmas break. The boys, still in their nondistrict schedule, beat Rio Vista in a nondistrict game at home, 59-39.
The Granbury Cornerstone Christian Academy Lady Crusaders lost a 32-25 girls basketball decision to Azle Christian, and the CCA boys were outscored, 37-33, by Azle Thursday night at home in the Crossland school gym.
Waskom defeated Newton tonight in Arlington, 41-22, to win the Class 3A, Div. II state football championship, featuring a coaching staff that includes both a former Granbury player and a former Granbury High School assistant coach. Jeremy Kubiak, a 34-year-old, 1999 Granbury High School graduate, along with former GHS assistant coach Greg Pearson, are assistant coaches for Waskom (15-1). Kubiak is the offensive coordinator. This is Kubiak’s fourth season coaching at Waskom, which was 0-10 the season before he arrived. The team reached the state semifinals a year ago. Kubiak’s father, David Kubiak, is a former offensive coordinator for the Granbury football squad. Pearson was an assistant for the Pirates for several years, starting in the late 1990s.