15 from ’15: Top sports stories from the year

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
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2015 was the year of the Bulls – the Bridgeport Bulls.

With the addition of the quartet of Caleb Smith, Devonte Patterson, Ethan Chapman and Keenan Holdman, the Bulls rolled to the school’s first state title.

They blasted Houston Sterling in the 4A title game 83-53 to win the 4A state championship. Bridgeport went 35-4 and ended the season on a 24-game winning streak.


Trevor Brazile claimed his 10th straight Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around title this year.

Brazile won a record $518,011 on the way to capturing the 13th all-around buckle of his career.

He also became the first cowboy to earn $6 million in a career.

Brazile claimed the steer roping title in November. He then had a strong 10-night run at the WNFR in tie-down and team roping.

Brazile wrapped up the all-around title in round six of the tie-down roping with his 6.6-second run. The run set the record for the round and was the third-fastest in WNFR history.

Brazile beat that time in the eighth round with a 6.5 that tied Cody Ohl’s 2003 arena record.

Brazile won three rounds at the finals and finished second in the world in tie-down, earning $228,054 for the year.

Another Strong Run

ANOTHER STRONG RUN – Seniors Dylana Hutchins and Emily Oxford block a shot in the 4A Region I final. The Lady Eagles reached the region final for a fourth straight season. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


After winning back-to-back state championships, the Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team went into the 2015 season ready to prove the program was not about to take a step back.

Playing a brutal predistrict schedule full of the top 6A and 5A programs in the state, the Lady Eagles grew and improved as a team.

The Lady Eagles rolled through 8-4A, winning the league title without dropping a set. Decatur extended its district winning streak to 64 matches.

In the playoffs, the Lady Eagles fought their way to a fourth straight region final, taking down Alvarado, Graham, Abilene Wylie and Monahans. In the region final, top-ranked Bushland finally stopped Decatur in four games.


On the state’s biggest stage, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds shined brightly with the efforts of Caitlin Pruett and Kayson Roof.

The Slidell duo claimed silver medals at the University Interscholastic League state track championships.

Pruett finished second in the 800, running 2:33.3. With the finish line in sight, Rocksprings’ Kaytlin Waldron edged to the outside of Pruett and hung on to take the gold medal in the Class A 800.

Roof took second in the 300 hurdles. Cross Plains’ McKenzie Halsel just edged Roof across the line to win the gold medal in the Class A 300 hurdles in 47.59 seconds. Roof took silver in 47.73.


After a frustrating afternoon in Waxahachie in a loss to Alvarado, the Decatur Eagles responded by winning their final seven games of the regular season.

The Eagles finished off a perfect run through District 4-4A Division I with a dramatic 42-41 win over Graham in the regular season finale.

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