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TRAFFIC BACKUP – First responders work the scene of a two-vehicle crash east of Rhome Monday morning. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on Texas 114 sustained serious injuries after crashing into a tractor trailer Monday morning.

Harley Miramontes, 24, of San Antonio, was traveling west on Texas 114 in a 2019 Ford cargo van when he struck a 2007 Freightliner, which was stopping at a red light near Shale Creek Boulevard in Wise County, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter.

“The driver indicated that he fell asleep while driving,” Hunter said.

After being extricated from the crumpled cab of the Home Depot rental van, Miramontes was flown to Medical City hospital in Denton.

The driver of the Freightliner, Jose Orozco-Hernandez, 51, of Lewisville, was not injured.

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Victory Christian Academy Educator Spotlight for Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hailey Brown


HAILEY BROWN

Position: English teacher

Family: Husband Bryan Brown, 12-year-old stepson Bryson Brown, and 4-month old Ryker Brown

Experience: “I have taught in big schools, small schools, low-income, affluent, public and private schools. I have been teaching since 2014 and have five years of teaching experience. I have four years teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and one year teaching English. I have been a cheerleading coach, class sponsor, FCCLA adviser, served on committees and an UIL academic coach. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in educational leadership and I’m an administration intern at Victory Christian Academy. I am also currently coordinating a F.L.A.G. program, which teaches students the importance of patriotism and how to raise, lower and fold the American flag.”

Hobbies: “I enjoy spending time with my family and going out to eat at nice restaurants. I also enjoy cooking for family and friends and hosting get-togethers. My favorite activities are going to Dallas Mavericks basketball games, shopping for baby clothes and volunteer greeting at Victory FTW church.”

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “When I was younger, I watched the movie ‘Matilda’ and fell in love with the teacher Ms. Honey. I know it’s just a movie, but I fell in love with her character. I wanted to be just like her with her passion for teaching and loving kids. I love teaching, especially high school students, because I build relationships with kids and get to watch them leave to pursue their dreams. I couldn’t imagine being in any other career field but education. The kids are my ‘why’ of what I do, and I really think of them all like my own children.”

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Skywarn class returns to county

Before the spring severe weather season arrives, meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth want to help you prepare.

Meteorologists will hold a severe weather class from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (March 6) at the Woman’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

The free class is held in partnership with the Wise County Emergency Management and Wise County Fire Marshal’s office.

The class is for organized storm spotters, anyone with an interest in severe weather and anyone who wants to learn more about the severe weather threats in North and Central Texas. The program will feature an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms. The program will also review thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms.

Attendees will also receive severe weather safety tips along with information on how to report severe weather information back to the National Weather Service and local public safety officials.

“By coming to this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist-in-charge of the NWS Fort Worth Office. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”

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College Briefs for Wednesday, February 6, 2019

LOCALS GRADUATE FROM MIDWESTERN

Four local residents were among the 491 undergraduates to receive diplomas during the December 2018 commencement at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Alexis Conner of Decatur earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and graduated cum laude, finishing with a grade-point average 3.5 to 3.69.

Tifani Hicks of Decatur earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. Chelsie Sandlin of Decatur received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Margarita Gamino of Rhome earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing and graduated summa cum laude with a grade-point average 3.9 to 4.0.

LEONARD MAKES PRESIDENT’S LIST

Decatur resident Stormi Leonard was one of 340 students to make Ouachita Baptist University’s Fall 2018 president’s list.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must compile a 4.0 grade-point average, while taking a minimum of 12 academic hours.

LOCAL STUDENTS EARN HONORS

Two local residents made the president’s honor roll at Sam Houston State for the Fall 2018 semester.

To make the honor roll, students achieve a 4.0 grade-point average, while enrolled in 12 hours.

Jordan Jeffrey of Decatur and Tyler King of Rhome earned the honors.

Aurora’s Brittney Berberich made the dean’s list with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 4.0.

BRIDGEPORT RESIDENT STANDS OUT

Jessica Meeks of Bridgeport made the president’s list at Howard Payne University.

Students with a grade-point average of 4.0 make the school’s president’s list.

TRIO RECEIVES HONORS AT ALABAMA

Two residents earned academic honors at the University of Alabama for the Fall 2018 semester.

Annie Parks of Decatur made the president’s list for recording a grade-point average of 4.0.

Lisa Martin of Newark earned a spot on the dean’s list with a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

OU HONORS LOCAL RESIDENTS

Three local residents made the University of Oklahoma’s dean’s list for academic performance in the Fall 2018 semester.

Lyndon Harvey of Decatur and Shayla Morin and Logan Morrow of Rhome earned spots on the dean’s list with grade-point averages of 3.5 or above.

MCMURRY RECOGNIZES TWO LOCALS

Mariah Fusco of Boyd made the Fall 2018 dean’s list at McMurry University in Abilene for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, while taking 12 or more hours.

Jillian Gazaille of Runaway Bay was on the dean’s honor roll for a grade-point average above 3.5, while taking six to 11 hours.

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Tax deadline approaches

The Wise County Appraisal District will see a steady line of people coming through the door through Thursday’s deadline for 2018 property taxes to be paid without penalty.

As of the end of December, about 58 percent of tax bills had not been paid.

“We’re at 42.65 percent, and we’ll finish the month around 91 to 92 percent,” said Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. “Roughly half pay this month and of that half one-third of those pay this week.”

Hand has seen the line down the sidewalk in past years.

Tax collections countywide ended December less that 1 percent behind 2017’s pace. Last year, 91.36 percent of property owners paid before the Jan. 31 deadline.

Many entities were within a few percentage points of last year’s collections as of the end of the December. Of cities, Aurora’s collections were down 9 percent and Paradise 8 percent. Decatur ISD’s collections were 5 percent off of last year’s December total at 46.58 percent.

Hand said those early collection numbers could be impacted by one or two taxpayers.

After Thursday, all outstanding bills will be assessed 7 percent penalty and interest.

“Don’t wait until Friday,” Hand cautioned.

Payments postmarked Thursday will be considered on time.

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Cooler heads prevail: Fire department dons helmet of the future

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NEW LIDS – Rhome firefighters Paul Thomas, chief Darrell Fitch, Corbin Fitch and Thomas Cannon don the department’s new fire helmets. The helmets are a break from the traditional American fire helmet design that originated in the 19th century. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Rhome Volunteer Fire Department was on scene, battling a house fire last year when the floor collapsed underneath Corbin Fitch.

He fell backwards, striking his head on a metal beam in the house. The blow pushed the traditional fire helmet off his head.

“It caught the top of the lip of the helmet and pushed the helmet up and I hit my head on the beam,” he said.

Fitch was OK after the fall, but the scary moment was one that no one wanted to occur again.

In a move for safety, Rhome Fire Chief Darrell Fitch purchased new, European-style fire helmets, replacing a traditional helmet design that dates back to the 1800’s.

“As a fire chief, I need to give my people the best possible way of succeeding with equipment,” the chief said. “There’s a lot of people with personal opinions about them. But a lot of guys haven’t tried them. Instead of jumping in with opinions, I thought let’s go ahead and get some and see for ourselves. So far they’ve worked great.”

The Rhome Fire Department was needing to update its helmets with the former helmets nearing 10-years-old.

After doing some research, Fitch decided to go with the new European-style helmets. The helmets are equipped with light systems, feature two different face masks and come with housing for radio communication devices.

One of the biggest obstacles is the helmet’s appearance, Fitch said.

Instead of the traditional look that’s integral to the aesthetic of the American firefighter, the new look is different. Its round shell protects more of the head, but it has drawn jeers by some.

“We’ve been teased a lot. We get Lord Helmet from ‘Spaceballs.’ We’ve been called everything,” Fitch said. “But I really don’t mind that. I have a duty. I’m responsible for these guys to make sure I can get them the best equipment to do their job the best they can. If this is one of those things that gets us on to the next level, that’s what we’ll do.”

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News Briefs for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BOYD

RECOVERY GROUP – RFC of Boyd will be hosting Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered 12-step recovery program, at 7 p.m. each Thursday at 112 E. Rock Island, Boyd. Call Robert Hargis, 817-304-6819.

DINNER AND AUCTION – The Boyd Area Buyers Association will present the ninth Jimmy Ware Memorial dinner and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Boyd High School cafetorium. The annual fundraiser benefits FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members through purchasing Wise County Youth Fair projects and awarding scholarship. Tickets are $15 for guests 13 and up and $10 for children 12 and under.

BRIDGEPORT

BRIDAL, QUINCEANERA SHOW – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a bridal and quinceanera show 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Call 940-683-3483 for vendor booth information.

CHICO

FREE CONCERT – The Chico Public Library will sponsor a performance by the duo Hungrytown at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. The duo has made numerous television appearances in their careers.

DECATUR

RODEO TICKETS – Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 performance of the PRCA Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo are on sale for $30 at Decatur Chamber of Commerce office, 308 W. Main.

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date for appointments is Jan. 23. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The next Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Decatur Conference Center. New board members will be recognized.

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  • – Each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. the Decatur Senior Center will host a 42 tournament.

    NORTHWEST

    GED PREP – Tarrant County College will offer the prep course Monday through Thursday Feb. 11 to March 21. Classes will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics at Alliance Airport, located at 2301 Horizon Drive in Fort Worth. Classes will be in room OWTL 1102. An orientation session for the course will take place 8 a.m. to noon Friday. After completing orientation, attendees will be able to register for the course. Completion of orientation is required to register.

    PARADISE

    ENCHILADA DINNER – A benefit enchilada dinner will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Paradise High School cafeteria with proceeds going to the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship. The dinner is $10 per plate and will feature enchiladas, rice, beans, salsa and tea.

    RHOME

    STORY TIME – The Rhome Public Library will host Story Time Hour every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. The new story time leader is Deb Duckwall who is starting a new literary based program. All preschool-age children are welcome to attend. Stories, crafts and snacks are provided.

    RHOME VETERANS – Rhome Veterans will hold an outing Jan. 26.

    WISE COUNTY

    RED GALA – The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will hold their Red Gala Jan. 26 at the Decatur Conference Center. Details and tickets for the Red Gala are available at wiserepublicans.com or by calling Bettye Parker, 940-575-4754.

    COFFEE NETWORK – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s next coffee network will be 8 a.m. Jan. 23 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, 1401 Halsell St.

    RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS – The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to serve on the Local Disaster Action Team to respond to local disasters such as house fires and tornadoes. Call Melvin Castleberry, 940-210-4908.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Wise County. A valid driver’s license is required, and a background check will be performed. Call 940-627-5329 or stop by 300 N. Trinity St., Suite A, in Decatur. Cooks are also needed at the kitchen in Chico.

    WISE CHOICES GALA – Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center will hold it gala 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Decatur Conference Center.

    TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with lower incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library, 1700 FM 51 South, every Monday afternoon 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to April 15. Filers should bring: W-2, 1098 and 1099 forms and information about income tax that is already paid and about possible deductions, photo ID and Social Security cards for filer and dependents. Call 940-393-0290 to make an appointment. More information available at wcmess.com/taxaide.

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    January 9, 2019 All Around Wise

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    January 9, 2019 All Around Wise

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    Fire destroys Boyd restaurant

    Fire tore through Freedom Fried Hamburgers in Boyd Monday morning, destroying the inside of the business.

    Boyd, Decatur, Rhome. Newark and Paradise fire departments responded to the call shortly after 4 a.m., according to Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty. Boyd Fire Chief Chris Caster said by the time his crew arrived, fire and smoke were pouring out of the back of the building.

    “We’re trying to contain exposure to other businesses,” Caster said. “The inside of [Freedom Fried Hamburgers] is probably a total loss.”

    Caster said the neighboring business, The Pecan House, likely sustained smoke damage.

    The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Boyd Police Department provided to mutual aid.

    Rock Island Ave. was shut down in both direction for more than two hours as traffic was diverted around the scene.

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    Out of reach: Brock blanks Boyd in second half, clinches district

    With a district title on the line, Boyd receiver Brian Couture split the seams and reeled in a bullet from quarterback Kody Risenhoover.

    The play kickstarted Boyd’s first drive of the second half as Couture sprinted 59 yards before being dragged down deep in Brock territory. A touchdown would have brought Boyd even with last year’s state runner-up.

    But with the ball in the red zone, the Boyd offense went backward. An incompletion, a pair of short gains and a false start put them in fourth and long.

    On fourth down, Risenhoover’s pass hit the turf, and so did Boyd’s chances at the District 4-3A Division I title. Brock went on to score 21 unanswered points in the second half, beating the Yellowjackets 43-15 Friday night in Brock.

    Brock back Zakk Young carries the ball and hurdles Boyd’s Zeb Souder in the Yellowjackets 43-15 loss in Brock Friday night. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

    The loss snapped Boyd’s five-game winning streak, sending them to 6-3 and 4-1 in district.

    “We played our butts off,” Hopkins said. “A play here or there and we could be up at half just as easy as they were. In the second half, we got inside the 30 a couple different times. We just didn’t put the ball in the end zone like we needed to. Then they started pounding on us.

    “They’re good. They went to a state final last year for a reason.”

    Boyd started off the game with a pair of passing touchdowns. Risenhoover connected with Nick Taylor for a six-yard score on the Yellowjackets’ opening drive.

    The Risenhoover-Couture connection knotted the game at 15 after the receiver burned the Brock secondary for a 42-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

    But Brock went ahead for good after back Zakk Young squirted free from a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and raced down the sidelines for a 31-yard score.

    After Boyd’s opening drive in the second half was turned over on downs, Brock managed one-play scoring drive, then another.

    Brock’s Jake Teskey drove in the final nail with a 25-yard touchdown that led to some extracurricular tussling and Couture being ejected in the third quarter, spoiling what was an otherwise a stellar game from the receiver.

    Brock added another touchdown in the fourth with Toby Morris punching it in for a one-yard score.

    Couture finished the game with 146 yards and a touchdown on four receptions in just three quarters of action.

    After the hot start completing 8-of-11 passes in the first half, Risenhoover completed 53 percent of his passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He led Boyd in rushing with 87 yards on 16 carries.

    While the district title is out of reach, Hopkins said his team will focus on playoff positioning with Whitesboro up next week.

    “We gotta take care of business against Whitesboro,” he said “We can still be the two seed. But we can be anywhere from the two-, three-, or four-seed. It’s just according to how things go next week.”

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    Robin Edward Adair

    Robin Edward Adair

    Robin Edward Adair, 61, of Millsap, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, on Lake Cumberland, in Jamestown, Ky.

    Service was Oct. 29 at North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford with the Rev. Rudy Rudewick officiating.

    Robin was born Dec. 31, 1956, in Fort Worth. He was a patrol sergeant with Rhome Police Department for the past nine years, being in law enforcement for a total of 28 years.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Maura Adair.

    Robin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Robin; mother-in-Law Katherine Detrick of Weatherford; and father-in-Law Paul Hobbs and wife, Kellie, of Azle.

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    ‘Barclay’ grassland fire 70 percent contained

    As of 10:30 p.m. the ‘Barclay’ fire that torched 500 acres of the LBJ Grassland is 70 percent contained.

    According to the Texas A&M Forestry Service, three structures have been destroyed, but no homes have been lost. Crews are being cycled in for mop-up duty overnight.

    Firefighters from more than 20 fire departments, including 10 Wise County departments, battled the intense blaze centered around County Road 2391 near Hopewell Baptist Church close to Alvord. Roads near the blaze are still blocked off.

    Earlier Friday, a helicopter and single-engine air tanker assisted from the air, dumping water and fire retardant. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion, and multiple homes were evacuated. As of 10:30 p.m. only one home was still evacuated due to the resident not having returned home.

    Earlier Friday, a helicopter and single-engine air tanker assisted from the air, dumping water and fire retardant. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion, and multiple homes were evacuated. As of 10:30 p.m. only one home was still evacuated due to the resident not having returned home.

    Donations for EMS first responders are being accepted at 1001 Rose Ave. in Decatur.

    Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said water and Gatorade are the best items to donate. Powell advised if food is brought that it be non-perishable. A crew is setting up a mobile kitchen to provide breakfast Saturday morning.

     

     

     

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    May 5 General Election Results

    The unofficial results of the May 5 local elections are in. The results are as follows:

    ALVORD ISD SCHOOL BOND
    For 104
    Against 199
    ALVORD ISD PLACE 1
    Jimmy Looney 151
    Russell Rice 134
    CITY OF BOYD MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
    For 47
    Against 42
    BRIDGEPORT MAYOR
    Randy Singleton 189
    Tim Kirkland 14
    BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL PLACE 1
    Kathy Kennedy 121
    Debra Workman 69
    BRIDGEPORT BINGO
    For 166
    Against 31
    DECATUR CITY COUNCIL PLACE 5
    Jay Davidson 91
    Cecil (Buster) Chandler 35
    DECATUR BINGO
    For 111
    Against 25
    NEWARK MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT IN ETJ
    For 6
    Against 149
    NEWARK CITY COUNCIL PLACE 1
    Sean Phillips 53
    Michael S. Murray 51
    NEWARK CITY COUNCIL PLACE 2
    Taylor Burton 55
    Shawn M. Glover 51
    NEWARK CITY COUNCIL PLACE 3
    Brad Reid 57
    Christ Raines 49
    NORTHWEST ISD PLACE 7 UNEXPIRED TERM 
    Matt Hirst 312
    Joy Harrison 605
    Stephen Janis 192
    Ron Hastings 617
    RHOME MAYOR
    Michelle Pittman 145
    Jo Ann Wilson 94
    RHOME CITY COUNCIL PLACE 2
    Kenny Crenshaw 135
    Fabiola Valdez 102
    RHOME CITY COUNCIL PLACE 3
    Elaine Priest 120
    Josh McCabe 107
    RHOME CITY COUNCIL PLACE 4
    Sam Eason 128
    David Gilbert 108
    RHOME CITY COUNCIL PLACE 5
    Leeanne Mackowski 134
    Ronnie Moore 102
    RUNAWAY BAY MAYOR
    Jannie Tucknies 19
    Berry White 164
    Jamie Griffeth 70
    John W. Boyd 154
    RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL TWO AT-LARGE SEATS
    Janice Sivley 185
    Christopher Petty 167
    Laura Lee Blackburn 272
    WISE COUNTY ESD NO. 1 TAX RATE INCREASE
    For 112
    Against 137

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    Slidell takes down No. 7 Graford

    Layton Shelton and Easton Vanover scored 14 points apiece to lead the Slidell Greyhounds to a 71-68 victory over No. 7 Graford Tuesday.
    Five Greyhounds finished in double figures. Shelby Johnson had 12, Brady Vanover 11 and Hunter Horner 10.
    Easton Vanover drained a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to help Slidell to a 35-29 halftime lead. The Greyhounds held on the rest of the way. Shelton scored eight in the final quarter to secure the victory.

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    Embree finishes 36th, Ashmore 83rd in 4A race

    As the last race of a steamy, warm afternoon, the 4A boys faced the toughest conditions on the Old Settlers Park course in Round Rock Saturday.
    Decatur sophomores Gabe Embree and Matthew Ashmore fought their way around the course to post strong finishes.
    Embree ran 17:09 to finish 36th. Ashmore garnered 83rd, running 17:46.
    “It was hot and miserable,” Ashmore said. “I gave it all that I had. You try to do everything before to be ready for it.”
    Ashmore finished 17th at the 4A Region II meet to qualify for state as an individual. Embree was 24th at regionals and earned the final individual state bid.
    San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez won the race in 15:36 4A title, sprinting away from Kaufman’s Christian Rivera to win by 22 seconds.

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    Howard’s work ethic, defense key as Decatur looks to make playoff push

    This time last year, Decatur High School was not even a blimp on Cidnee Howard’s radar.
    After completing her sophomore season at Westlake High School, 230 miles away in Austin, Howard and her family moved to Decatur this past June. Along with her father Chuck, who is an assistant football coach at Decatur, the two began a new chapter in their lives.
    Since then, Cidnee has become an integral part of the Lady Eagle’s volleyball team. In Decatur’s regular season finale against Argyle on Tuesday, Cidnee finished with a team-high 41 digs to help the Lady Eagles enter the playoffs on a high note.
    She and the Lady Eagles are now preparing to open the playoffs at 7 p.m. Monday with a 4A Region II bi-district match with North Hills at Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton.
    “[Cidnee] is a really hard worker, a lead-by-example kind of kid,” said coach Clark Oberle. “She’s not afraid to hit the floor. She’s been good for us. Anytime you get a kid with that kind of attitude it’s going to help the program.”
    Growing up, Cidnee was surrounded by athletics. Her father has been coaching for 30 years and her older brother, Connor, is a freshman slot receiver at UNT. Chuck said he and his wife try not to do much coaching at home, and instead focus on encouraging their children.
    “[My dad] has trained me throughout my whole life,” Cidnee said. “He’s always been so supportive in every sport I’ve been in.”
    The move from Austin to Decatur, according to Chuck, was so Cidnee could be in a smaller school. Decatur is a 4A school with an enrollment of just more than 1,000 students while Westlake, a 6A school, has an enrollment of roughly 2,500.
    When the Howards arrived in Decatur, they got an unexpected surprise – a coach with a championship pedigree.
    “His resume speaks for itself,” Chuck said. “We feel very fortunate as I’m sure everyone here in Decatur [does] to have him as the head volleyball coach.”
    Oberle won the 4A state title with Argyle in 2015 and left to become the Decatur head coach and girl’s coordinator and volleyball coach in May. He had previously been at Argyle for 18 seasons, where he compiled a record of 533-239 – winning 69 percent of his games.
    For Cidnee, the move to Decatur couldn’t have come at a better time.
    “[Oberle] has been very influential,” Cidnee said. “He’s definitely pushed us because he’s been around talent.”
    Senior captain Autumn Finney, who has been the backbone of the Lady Eagles all season, said Cidnee has been a force on Decatur’s back row. Along with her ability to dig tough balls and set up teammates with passes, Finney has been impressed with Cidnee’s selfless attitude that has resonated throughout the team.
    “If I’m down and not feeling it, she really motivates me,” Finney said. “She’s so humble. She’s always working hard and congratulating everyone. When she says something she really means it.”
    With their win Tuesday, Decatur tied Argyle for second place in District 9-4A. The schools then flipped for the second seed, and Argyle won, meaning Decatur would enter the playoffs as the third seed.
    The Lady Eagles’ matchup in the bi-district round will be against the second-place team in District 10-4A, North Hills Prep. The Lady Panthers finished the regular season went 12-2 in district play.
    “In the playoffs you can’t take anybody lightly,” Oberle said. “We’re going to show up ready to play.”
    In the few practices they have leading up to their bi-district match, Oberle said his team wouldn’t focus on one thing in particular, but are working on their service receive and attack errors.
    “Just playing to the best of our ability and playing as a team,” Cidnee said regarding what Decatur’s mindset is entering the playoffs. “I’m trying to be a leader and encourage on the court and off.”

     

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    Volleyball roundup: Chico completes sweep of Alvord

    The Chico Lady Dragons completed the season sweep of the cross-county rival Alvord Tuesday.
    Chico won 27-25, 25-16, 25-22 to move to 7-3 in District 9-2A.
    Alvord dropped to 4-6.
    Christina Thomas led Alvord with seven kills. Kinly Walker added five kills. Kendall Connolly handed out 13 assists.

    Boyd def. City View
    The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved to 9-1 in District 8-3A with a sweep of City View Tuesday.
    Jordyn Todd tallied 12 kills. Laney Pellegrini finished with eight and Shaylee Martin five.
    Tori Pellegrini doled out 12 assists and Macey McCune 10.
    Kamryn Frenzel served four aces and Macee Valtr three.
    Defensively, Valtr made eight digs and Larrin Maxwell six.

    Jacksboro def. Paradise
    For a second time in District 8-3A, Jacksboro outlasted Paradise to win in five games.
    Jacksboro won 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 15-10.
    Gracie Barnett put down 15 kills. Harley Mayfield and Ashley Kosman had eight apiece.
    Kennedy Schneck handed out 26 assists.
    Harley Mayfield served six aces.

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