Thursday was scheduled to be a big fall day for Abilene High School fall athletics, Mother Nature had other ideas.
The Cowboys were scheduled to serve as host to the Abilene Invitational cross country meet and the Cowgirls were scheduled to travel to Chapman for a tennis quad. Neither of those events happened because Mother Nature rained so much.
Both events were cancelled for Thursday, whether they will be made up at a later date is still undecided. The coaches and athletic directors of all involved schools will get together to find if a future date is possible with all teams involved.
Cowgirl JV tennis takes 2nd at Ellsworth
ELLSWORTH — The Abilene High School Cowgirl junior varsity tennis team traveled to Ellsworth Thursday for a tournament and came home with a second place finish.
“We had another great day of tennis,” Abilene coach Molly Burton said.
Julie Swartz led the way for the Cowgirls as she placed second in No. 2 singles while Kinsey Ford palced third in No. 1 singles, the tandem of Presley Hasselman and Sophia Pitney placed third in No. 1 doubles and the tandem of Jessica Hayes and Michayla Rose placed fourth in No. 2 doubles.
“Kinsey Ford played three great matches, as did Julie Swartz. Sophia and Presley struggled to get in the groove in their first match, but they finished strong in their final match by beating Chapman 6-4. Jessica and Michayla improved with every match.”
AMS footbal tops Chapman 50-12
CHAPMAN — The Abilene Middle School Longhorn football team got its season off to a big start Thursday afternoon with a 50-12 victory over intra-county rival Chapman.
Zac Chaput got the scoring started for the Longhorns with a 15-yard run in the first quarter and Jacoby Robinson scored the PAT for an 8-0 AMS lead. Tanner Hoekman, who scored two touchdowns for Abilene, got on the board again for Abilene, also in the first quarter and the PAT failed, but the Longhorns still took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.
Zach Barbieri scored on an 11-yard pass from Chance Stalder for the game’s next score and Hoekman added his second touchdown as Abilene took a 30-0 lead into the locker room at intermission.
Chapman scored its touchdowns in the second half as Abilene added to its lead with a Dalton Goodwin third-quarter touchdown and Reggie Koop and Chase Stalder scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the the 50-12 win for the Longhorns.
“We executed in all phases of the game,” Abilene coach Mark Willey said. “It was a good first game. We have work to do for next week.”