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Wolves end season against second-ranked Shallowater

By Bill Kelly
Sports Editor

The Dalhart Golden Wolves drew a very tough route in the basketball playoff bracket, taking on the Shallowater Mustangs, who are ranked second in the state in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and are favored to win the Region I championship and a trip to State. The Wolves had to deal with early foul trouble for most of their starters, and Shallowater took advantage of that fact, using a large amount of scoring in the second and fourth quarters to win the game by 31 points.

Dalhart took an early lead in the game, ultimately outscoring the Mustangs by one point in the first quarter. Maddix Blanco hit a three-pointer and led the Wolves with six points in the first. Kyler Read also put in a three and had five points, and Richard Rodriguez scored two points. Dalhart led 13-12 at the end of the first period.

Talon Garcia, Coltin Carnesecca and Rodriguez had all picked up two fouls in the first quarter, and each picked up a third foul in the second, while Blanco had four fouls by halfway through the second quarter, limiting the playing time for four of Dalhart’s five starters in the first half. Shallowater put 22 points on the scoreboard during the second period, while the Wolves scored nine points. Dante Delgado played well coming in off the bench, hitting a three-pointer and scoring five points in the second, while Hunter Trusler and Garcia each added two points. At halftime the score was 34-22 in favor of Shallowater.

The third quarter was much closer, with the Mustangs outscoring Dalhart 14-11 during the stanza. Read and Trusler each put in a threepointer for the Wolves in the third. Carnesecca and Gregory Whitaker scored two points each, and Garcia hit a free throw. Shallowater’s lead was 48-33 as the third period came to a close.

The Mustangs closed out the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points during the final period while Dalhart scored six points. Read drained two threepointers, scoring all of Dalhart’s points in the fourth. Shallowater won the game by a final score of 70-39.

Read led the Wolves with 15 points during the game, and Delgado, Trusler and Blanco each added five points. Other stats (rebounds, assists, steals) were not available at press time.

The loss ended the season for the Wolves. Dalhart will bring almost everyone back, as Corbin Carnesecca and Delgado were the only two seniors on the team, and Corbin was forced to sit out all but a couple of minutes due to an injury from football. Dalhart will face a tougher district next season since Childress will replace Spearman, but they will have a very experienced and talented team and should return to the playoffs once again.

Dalhart Federal Savings & Loan Male Athlete of the Week

By Bill Kelly
Sports Editor

The Dalhart Federal Savings & Loan Male Athlete of the Week is David Castro. Castro is a senior on the Dalhart Golden Wolves powerlifting team, and this is his first time to be named athlete of the week this year.

Castro had done well in powerlifting over the past few years, despite having to contend with injuries. He went to the Highland Park Invitational last Saturday, February 17, with basically one chance to qualify for regional. Castro was able to do exactly that as he placed third in the 220-lb. class, lifting a total of 1,315 pounds. He cleared 520 pounds in the squat, 325 pounds in the bench press, and 470 pounds in the deadlift.

Castro is now ranked eighth in the 220-lb. class in this region, which is high enough to qualify for the regional meet in a couple of weeks. He is far enough ahead of the next few lifters that there is little chance that he’ll be passed by enough lifters to fall out of the top 12, which is what is needed to move on to regional.

The regional meet will be held in Sundown the weekend of March 7-9. (The exact date hadn’t been announced when the powerlifting schedule was released.)

Honorable Mention:

Kade Speer: Dalhart powerlifting. Speer is a freshman on the Dalhart powerlifting team. He placed third in the 165-lb. class at Highland Park last Saturday, lifting a total of 1,045 pounds. Speer cleared 405 pounds in the squat, 260 pounds in the bench press, and 380 pounds in the deadlift. He is currently ranked 12th in the region in the 165- lb. class.

Kyler Read: Dalhart basketball. Read is a junior and has been named athlete of the week twice this year, once for football and a few weeks ago for basketball. He led the Wolves with 18 points against Canadian on Tuesday February 13. Read also led the team with four rebounds, and had two assists and one steal.

Drew Fisher: Dalhart powerlifting. Fisher is a junior on the Golden Wolves powerlifting team. He placed third in the 275-lb. class at Highland Park with a total of 1,220 pounds. Fisher cleared 500 pounds in the squat, 300 pounds in the bench press, and 420 pounds in the deadlift.

Talon Garcia: Dalhart basketball. Garcia is a sophomore and was named athlete of the week a few weeks ago. He scored eight points against Canadian on February 13, and had three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Coltin Carnesecca: Dalhart basketball. Carnesecca is a junior on the Dalhart basketball team, and was named athlete of the week for both football and basketball earlier in the school year. Carnesecca scored seven points against Canadian on February 13, and had three rebounds and two assists.