Flash Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE (December 18, 2017) – Blake Aragon showed he doesn’t have to wait until track and field season to benefit from the elite talent that enabled him to win a state championship in the high jump last May.
Seven months off the state title and just four days removed from scoring a touchdown in the semifinals of the 4A Division I football playoffs, Aragon scored 10 points with a pair of impressive dunks and appeared to get-away with a goal tend when he leaped and reached high above the rim to swat a Glen Rose shot away in the final minute of a 39-32 Stephenville win over Glen Rose in a District 8-4A boys basketball opener at Tiger Arena Tuesday.
There were moments, even stretches, where it was clear some of the top-tier Yellow Jacket athletes had not been on the hardwood in several months, but they turned the ball over seven times less than Glen Rose, and led from the onset.
Skylar Stilwell continued to pace the team in scoring with 12 points, while behind Aragon it were Braden Hayes with seven, Mason Holstein six, Clay Krause four, and Quade Griffin three. It was the first athletic competition for Krause since suffering an injury at Graham that prevented him from competing in the final 10 Yellow Jacket football contests.
Stephenville led 10-4 before Glen Rose banked in a 3 at the first-quarter buzzer. It was 18-13 at halftime and the Jackets maintained the narrow edge through the second half.
Stephenville is off for Christmas but does have action before ringing in 2019. The Yellow Jackets are in the TexasBank Holiday Classic in Brownwood December 28-30, beginning with a 1:50 p.m. contest against Early on Thursday, December 28. Their second game – win or lose the first – will be Friday, with both initial contests being held at Brownwood High School.