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Paradise ISD extends teacher contracts

The Paradise school board opted to extend the contracts for all teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses during Monday night’s meeting.

The contracts were extended for one year and will be up for review again in spring 2015. The board also agreed to use Superintendent Monty Chapman as an independent contractor after his current contract ends in June.

Chapman recently resigned to take a job at Weatherford Independent School District, but has agreed to help the board and the next superintendent with next year’s budget, which will include planning for other big-ticket items like a wastewater treatment facility.

Non-contracted employees will see a pay raise. The board approved a 2.5 percent raise from the midpoint, which would mean a larger raise for employees on the lower end of the pay scale and a smaller raise for those on the high end.

In other business, the board:

  • adopted textbooks recommended by Patti Seckman; and
  • agreed to seek a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for an additional bad weather day due to all the ice last winter.

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Half-milers lead pack into regional meet

The 800 is considered one of the toughest challenges in track and field, testing the limits of the aerobic and anaerobic systems in athletes along with their will.

OUT IN FRONT – Decatur’s Brandon Rivera heads into the Class 3A Region II meet Saturday with the top time. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“You’ve got to be a tremendous athlete but have the desire to succeed and ability to finish when your body is screaming at you,” explains Decatur track coach David Park. “You have to have the mindset to push through and finish.”

This year, several Wise County athletes have been able to find the right balance of endurance and speed to establish themselves as state contenders heading into this weekend’s regional meets.

Three are not surprises after running the 800 on the state’s biggest stage last year – Decatur’s Brandon Rivera and Haley Dennard and Alvord’s Savannah Williams.

Williams captured the silver medal in the 2013 Class 2A final, running 2:21. She is the top returning 800 runner from last year after defending champion Crawford’s Ann Marie Dunlap chose to run the 1,600 and 3,200.

“It takes a lot of work and dedication to run the 800,” Williams said. “You have to be dedicated and work hard every day.”

Williams will run Saturday in Stephenville at the Class 2A Region II meet.

Dennard is the only area runner to top Williams this year. Dennard won the 3A Region II title last year and went on to seventh at state, running 2:22.87. Last week at the 3A 9/10 area meet, she ran 2:21 to win.

“She’s a close No. 2,” Park said about her spot in the region, heading into the 3A Region II meet Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Dennard has signed a letter of intent to run at Tarleton next year.

Rivera finished just off the medal stand at state last year, running 2:00.54 to finish fourth. Driven to bring home a title, Rivera has been unbeatable this spring, breaking two minutes at all but one race. He ran 1:56.95 to win the area title last week.

“Brandon is seeded No. 1,” Park said.

He said after last week’s win: “I hope to stay unbeaten through state.”

Slidell’s Caitlin Pruett and Northwest’s Baylee Nelson also head to regionals with shots to earn state spots.

Nelson ran 2:18.28 to finish second at the 5A 3/4 area meet Friday.

Northwest coach George Lutkenhaus said she will likely need to be around 2:15 at this weekend’s 5A Region I meet to get out.

“It’s very possible,” he said.

Pruett blew away the field at the Class A Division II 21/22 meet April 10, running 2:23.04.

“She’s in the top two out of what I’ve seen in the region,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover.

Pruett will run at the A Region III Division II meet at Bullard High School Saturday.

Friday and Saturday

Texas Tech University
Local team: Northwest

Texas A&M-Commerce
Local teams: Decatur, Bridgeport

Tarleton State University
Local teams: Alvord, Boyd, Paradise

Abilene Christian
Local team: Chico

Bullard High School
Local team: Slidell

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A tale of two Easters

It was the worst of times, and now it is close to the best of times.

His first Easter was spent in a hospital bed connected to all kinds of hoses, lines, electrodes and machines while swaddled in a blanket that eliminated virtually any movement. He shared the bed with enough species of stuffed animals to make Noah proud.

Add to this mix the fact that he had, in his approximately five months of life, spent more time in the hospital than he had at home, and you have a good idea of a little boy’s first Easter.

That little boy is our youngest grandchild, Kinzler, and he has a condition that required him to have a tracheostomy put in to help facilitate his breathing. The idea of a child having a trach is, at best, totally overwhelming – especially in the beginning.

You imagine all kinds of things happening, none of which are good. His mom and dad quickly completed the training required to bring him home after receiving it, and that is when the real education began, thanks to Kinzler.

The doctors said most “trach babies” had to have a feeding tube put into their stomach since many couldn’t take a bottle. Kinzler didn’t get that message and had no trouble at all with a bottle and not too much later baby food. Now he eats just about any food he wants, along with assorted non-food items from time to time, just like any toddler.

His favorite foods seem to be of the mixed variety like mashed potatoes and gravy combined with cheese-bite crackers and maybe a couple of pieces of apple … or just about anything else that fits with his not-too-fancy or discerning palate.

The doctors said he wouldn’t be able to make sounds due to his trach, but Kinzler didn’t get that message either. It wasn’t long until he was able to “talk around his trach” and even say some words. With his “talking” and the use of a little sign language, he has absolutely no trouble communicating his desires and intentions.

Now we’re nearing the best of times.

Last week he was at the doctor for them to decide whether he was ready to have his trach removed. It was decided that although there had been marked improvement in his condition, it was still too early to remove it. He will be reevaluated around next Easter.

Disappointment was the initial reaction, but everyone immediately realized it was for the best.

So this was the second ‘trached Easter’ for Kinzler. The good thing about the situation is that if Kinzler could express his feelings, I believe he would say:

“What is wrong with everyone else? Why don’t they have a hole in their throat with a tube coming out? Why aren’t they able to stick a finger in their trach and make a sound that drives Mom up the wall?

“And what’s all the fuss about about having a trach? I’ve got one, and I’m just fine, thank you.”

We’ll make it another year, little one, and we’ll be just fine as long as you keep that nearly constant smile on your face. That’s what keeps all of us old people going.

No matter how long the Man Upstairs lets me stay around, I will never be able to teach Kinzler the types of things he has taught me in the last 17 months.

Mack Thweatt is a Messenger photographer and proofreader.

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Dianne Wilson Wheeler

Dianne Wilson Wheeler

Dianne Wilson Wheeler, 68, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Johnny Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Chris Hall, Bobby Sanders, Michael Sanders, Michael Parsons and Caleb Parsons.

Dianne was born July 14, 1945, in Fort Worth to Dewey and Lena (Wallace) Wilson. She was a retired employee of F&H Ribbon Co.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents; son Scotty Wheeler; sisters Jenny Gilbert and Ina Joan Wilson; and niece Teresa Harrison.

Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Watson of Richland Hills and Charlotte Sanders and husband, Billy, of Keller; grandchildren Kristi and husband, Michael, Bobby and wife, Courtney, Justin, Michael, Felicia and Christopher; great-grandchildren Victoria, Evon, Caleb, Lily and Desiree; brother Roy Wilson and wife, Connie, of Rio Vista; sisters Freda Bennett of Boyd and Kathy Darden of Fort Worth; and other family members and friends.

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Grayson Dale Gralin Hollie

Gralin Hollie and Kaley Williamson of Decatur announce the birth of a son, Grayson Dale Gralin Hollie, on April 1, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Harlon and Marilyn Williamson of Stephenville, Lawanda McAlister of Decatur and Charles Hollie of Fort Worth.

Great-grandmothers are Sue Williamson of Stephenville and Betty Hollie of Fort Worth.

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Softball Roundup: Lady ‘Jackets skunk Alvord

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets made school history Saturday with a 15-0 blanking of Alvord.

The team’s 21st win is a new high mark for the program.

The playoff-bound Lady ‘Jackets moved to 21-5 and 8-2 in District 9-2A. Boyd could wrap up second place in the league with a pair of wins in their final two games. They took on Paradise Tuesday and will close the regular season at Brock Thursday.

Against Alvord, Boyd scored nine in the second inning and six in the third on 12 hits and three Alvord errors.

Payton Salmon drove in four runs and tripled, going 3-for-3. Kaytlin Bullard and Gabby Saldivar had two hits each.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings.


The Bridgeport Sissies rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to beat the rival Decatur Lady Eagles 10-9.

Kensley Turner drove home the winning run on a single to left-center field that plated Shiloh Weirich.

Weirich drove in two runs. Hailey Holingsworth led the Sissies, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Jamieson added a double.

Jenny Bradford doubled and knocked in two runs for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Roberts, Kristina Pischotta and Briana Carter finished with two hits each.


The Brock Lady Eagles plated seven runs in the top of the sixth Saturday on the way to knocking off the Paradise Lady Panthers 16-4.

Madi Horne had the Lady Panthers’ lone extra-base hit, a double. Alyssa Munoz, Bailey Higgins and Allison Rutledge drove in the three Paradise runs.

Paradise went into Tuesday’s game against Boyd in fifth place in District 9-2A. It closes the regular season against fourth-place Peaster Friday. With a victory, the Lady Panthers could force a tie for the fourth playoff spot.

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Roy Kenneth Monett

Roy Kenneth Monett

Roy Kenneth Monett, 71, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his home in Chico.

Visitation was April 15 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Roy was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Wichita Falls to Ethel Pauline Monett. He married Sylvia Gayle Browning in Alvord Aug. 3, 1962.

He went to work at the Old Southwest Stone Rock Crusher after graduation from Chico High School and continued when it became Vulcan Materials. He worked for Chico Butane Gas for more than 20 years as a delivery driver. Roy underwent heart surgery in 1988.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico, was a Past Master Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 508 in Chico.

Roy is survived by his wife; children David Brent Monett, Kelli Michele Kirbie and husband, Malcom, Kevin Bruce Monett and wife, Jan, and Eric Lance Monett, all of Chico, Kristi K. Decou and husband, David, of Lafayette, La., Kyle Ray Monett and wife, Amy, of Decatur and Joey D. Watson and wife, Ange, of Chico; grandchildren Mallori Kirbie, Dolce Decou, Bryce, Boston, Kevin N., Blake, Kindal and Wesley D. Monett, and Ashleigh Garcia; as well as many special friends.

Roy was preceded in death by his mother and mother-in-law Pauline Hodges.

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Emily Ann Tatum

Emily Ann Tatum

Emily Ann Tatum, 92, beloved mother and grandmother, died Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Funeral was April 7 at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

Emily Ann Goodger was born June 18, 1921, in Boyd. She attended Texas Woman’s University. Emily was a secretary at Riverside Baptist Church and was employed by several government agencies including the Social Security Administration.

She was a loving grandmother who was afffectionately known as “Namommy” to her family. She was an accomplished baker and loved gardening, travel, entertaining and hosting family dinners.

The family would especially like to thank Prissy De Shazo, Christian Care Hospice and the staff at Lakewood Community Health Care Center for their excellent care.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, O.T. Tatum.

She is survived by daughters Cynthia Hippel and husband, Bill, and Patricia De Shazo and husband, James; grandchildren Dawn Ligon and husband, Grady, Leigh Ann Bourgeois and husband, Brandon, Heath Hippel and wife, Amy, and Jay Hippel and wife, Jenny; seven great-grandchildren; brother Pat Goodger; brother-in-law Don Bassham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Christian Care Hospice.

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Department honors its own

The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards banquet last weekend to honor the hard work and dedication of its members.

Annual Awards

ANNUAL AWARDS – Members of the Bridgeport Fire Department were honored at a banquet last weekend. Pictured are (bottom, from left) Alex Sessions, Dawnelle Burns, (front) David Nichols, Capt. Justin Knox, Chief Terry Long, Assistant Chief Keith Long, Robert Grothe, Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson, Jerry Beck, Aaron Steadman, (back row) Chaplain Gary Sessions, Albert Taylor, Robby Schwartz, Brandon Graybill, Kyle Bloodworth, Ricky Schwartz, Daniel Underwood and Captain Tanner Reeves. Submitted photo

Jason Hall was named Rookie of the Year, and Chief Terry Long was awarded Officer of the Year.

Firefighter of the Year was Aaron Steadman.

Steadman, along with Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson, were honored by Long with the Chief’s Award.

The department also recognized the top 10 responders. Chief Long was the top responder, going to 335 out of 553 calls received. The remaining top responders included Steadman with 235 calls; Capt. Tanner Reeves with 183; Albert Taylor, 156; Roy Martz, 154; Ricky Schwartz, 153; Jason Hall, 150; Assistant Chief Keith Long, 149; Assistant Chief Hudson, 139; and Robby Schwartz, 135.

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Changing the grade; Boyd introduces new ranking system

Starting with next year’s freshman class, Boyd High School adopted a new formula to calculate grade-point average and class ranking.

Only core course subjects, including English, foreign language, math, science and social studies, will factor into a student’s GPA.

“It got to a point where you had students picking classes to take-not because they really wanted to take them, but so they could move up in the class ranks,” said Boyd High Principal Scott Nedrow. “Now we’re making it more equitable and fair across the board for all students. It levels the playing field for everybody.”

Pre-AP, AP and dual class credits will continue to be weighted, but in a slightly different and more efficient manner. Students will have an additional 5 percent of their overall grade added on at the end of the semester for pre-AP courses. For example, if a student earned a 100 in a pre-AP course, they would be awarded a 105 at semester’s end for the class.

AP and dual credit courses will add on 10 percent of their overall score. Thus a 100 would become a 110.

“The biggest difference now is we add it on at the end of the semester, and it’s all done in the computer,” said Boyd High counselor Tara Allred. “The way we were doing it before was pretty antiquated.”

Since all current high school students are still on the old system, the school will have to juggle two grading styles for the next three years, Allred added.

She also assured the new system would not discourage students from taking electives such as art or ag classes now not included in the GPA calculation.

“A certain number of electives are required by the state,” Allred said. “Electives are still a graduation requirement.”

On Monday, the high school will hold an informational session for eighth grade students and their parents about the changes to GPA calculations and the new endorsement paths incoming freshman must choose.

The meeting is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Boyd High School cafetorium. Eighth graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.

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Decatur finishes 4th at Robson Ranch

The Decatur Eagles finished fourth Monday at the Fossil Ridge Invitational at Robson Ranch.

The Decatur squad fired a 346. Prince of Peace won the tournament with a 319.

Drew Jones finished fourth with a round of 78. Bryce Elder shot 86, Cade Lamirand 89, Hayden Bennett 93, and Charlie Shannon 95.

Lawson Harris fired a 93, playing as an individual. Dawson Thompson hit 103.

Bridgeport took fifth with a 362.

Brayden Garrett and Brazier Talley shot 89s. Ty Reed hit 90, Blake Boyd 94, and Austin Lennard 112.

Decatur and Bridgeport will start the District 9-3A tournament April 2 at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro. The tournament will conclude April 7 at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster.

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New quarry not good for Chico

During the community forum at the March 18 Chico ISD school board meeting, I spoke in opposition to the settlement agreement with the City of Chico and P&K Quarry. I presented five reasons to vote no:

1. Decrease in property values on the east side of Texas 101

2. Air quality issues

3. Traffic safety on Farm Road 1810

4. Decrease in value on 17 acres owned by school near the proposed quarry

5. Decrease in future student body enrollment due to quality of life issues

Superintendent Mike Jones said the school’s initial greatest concern, traffic, had been addressed.

Even if P&K follows up with a request for approval to widen Farm Road 1810 in front of the quarry’s entrance to allow a turning lane for trucks on the westbound lane, trucks will be turning left across traffic onto the eastbound lane.

And even if P&K follows the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) will they be a “good business neighbor” for Chico?

I realize Superintendent Jones is following Mayor J.D. Clark’s public relations plan to sell bringing this business to Chico; however, I know P&K will not be a good neighbor.

The air quality from the limestone dust is creating health issues and becoming a real nuisance since Blue Starr Materials started up just south of Chico, close to the city limits, and the old TXI plant expanded.

I’m concerned about my husband’s health from being exposed to lime dust. He is retired and enjoys keeping our yard and growing a large vegetable garden. The limestone collects on the grass so when he mows, his eyes become irritated, he coughs at night and sneezes.

What are the long-term health risks to our children or to the elderly with chronic lung and heart problems? We do not know, but it can’t be good for anyone.

Living next to a quarry is like a “lifetime” of living next to an active construction site. Noisy neighbors are not good neighbors.

In addition to the noise from big machinery, the blasting could damage water lines creating water leaks and damage homes near the site. A good neighbor does not damage their neighbors’ property.

Families are drawn to a community that offers a safe, healthy environment. Everything green here is covered with limestone dust making our town “gray” – and gray is not the color of choice.

This agreement changes our community forever, and not for the good. Once the land is destroyed there is no way to replace it.

Brenda Rankin

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Northwest coach heads to Sherman

By Richard Greene
After five seasons on the Northwest Texans’ sidelines, Bill Patterson is leaving.
Patterson, who led the Texans to three playoff appearances, accepted the head football coaching job at Sherman Monday.
“I feel like Sherman is a place you can go and have a chance to win a state championship,” Patterson said Monday night. “They have good players and a tradition of having good football teams.”
Patterson added that he was drawn by the fact that Sherman is a “one-school town.”
Northwest currently has two high schools and a third is being built.
He takes over a Sherman team that went 4-6 last season and missed the playoffs. He replaces Gary Joe Kinne.
Sherman will be a 5A school, sharing District 10 with Denison, McKinney, McKinney North, Lovejoy, Prosper, Wylie and Wylie East. Northwest will be in the new Class 6A.
Patterson leaves Northwest with a record of 23-30. After his first squad went winless in 2009, he guided the Texans to the playoffs in 2010. The Texans went 8-3 the past two seasons and lost in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“We’re the only team to go back-to-back to the playoffs,” he said. “It’s been a great five years. I’ve enjoyed working with Coach [Susan] Elza and the staff here. I had two kids graduate from Northwest. It’ll always be a special place.”
Under Patterson, the Texans dominated the Keller schools the past two years, going 7-1.
“The credit goes to the players,” he said. “We’ve had a great group of kids to work with.”

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Hospital board to meet Monday

Three days before a grand opening reception at Parkway Surgical & Cardiovascular Hospital, the Decatur Hospital Authority board will approve contracts to equip and operate the imaging center near the hospital at Interstate Highway 35 and North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth.

Those are two of the items on the agenda for a 6 p.m. Monday meeting at the hospital board room at Wise Regional Health System.

MVP Alliance, LP is the company that will lease the equipment to Wise Regional and provide services to operate the imaging center.

The board is also expected to approve the construction of an underground drainage system on the West Campus in Decatur – the former main hospital facility located across SH 51 from the hospital. Wise Regional will share the cost of that construction with Dr. Aamir Zuberi, who owns the building which is currently used for WRHS outpatient dialysis service.

The hospital’s share of the cost is $64,960.

The board will also consider the purchase of six monitors that will enable six of the ER patient rooms at the hospital to be used for higher-acuity patients. Pricetag for those is a total of $165,185, which was budgeted.

The hospital’s annual Infection Control and Quality Improvement plans are also up for approval, along with new medical staff appointments, reappointments and first-year reviews, administrative and financial reports and a proposed change to move the April meeting to the third Monday.

The board will also consider a nursing policy on patient transfers and appoint a member to the Wise Health Services, Inc. board to complete the three-year term of Lesa Warren, who resigned from the hospital board last month.

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Decatur finishes 7th; Bridgeport takes eighth at Tanglewood

Playing on the Tanglewood course in Pottsboro, the site of the District 9-3A tournament in April, the Decatur Eagles finished seventh and the Bridgeport Bulls eighth Monday.

Decatur fired a 350, finishing two strokes ahead of Bridgeport.

Sulphur Springs won the tournament with a 316.

Drew Jones carded Decatur’s best score, an 80. He finished 10 strokes back of Paris’ Tanner Napler, who won the tournament with a 70. Sulphur Springs’ Brody Blackmon took second with a 71.

Decatur’s Cade Lamirand shot an 85. Bryce Elder hit 90, Hayden Bennett 95, and Charlie Shannon 101.

Decatur’s Dawson Thompson hit a 99 and Derek Potts a 128 playing as individuals.

Ty Reed led Bridgeport, shooting an 83. Brayden Garrett hit 86, Blake Boyd 89, and Brazier Talley 94. Austin Lennard hit 131.

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Davila found in Claude

According to Bridgeport police, Bridgeport resident Benisio Davila, 83, has been found in Claude, Texas, which is near Amarillo. He has been taken to a local hospital to be checked out. A Silver Alert was issued for Davila after he went missing Friday, March 7, 2014 around 3:30 p.m.

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Breaking news: Game time bumped up

The start time District 9-3A tiebreaker between Decatur and Gainesville has been bumped up to 5 p.m. in Krum. The game was originally slated for 7. The winner between Decatur/Gainesville is slated play Krum at 8 p.m. Friday in Sanger.

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Bryanna Lynn Pinkerton

Cody and Anna Pinkerton of Chico announce the birth of a daughter, Bryanna Lynn, on Dec. 17, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

She has two brothers: Bryson, 11, and Braeden, 8; and one sister: Bailey, 7.

Grandparents are Tracey Pinkerton of Decatur, Pam Washburn of Runaway Bay and Chris Riney and Becky Cook of Sunset.

Great-grandparents are Barbara and Ruben Pinkerton of Decatur and Dean Branch of Kingsland.

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Texans back in playoffs

For the first time, the Northwest Texans are heading to the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Big Night

BIG NIGHT – Northwest’s Emmanuel Moore had three catches for 100 yards last week against Keller Central. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

After a heart-pounding win over Keller Central last Thursday, the Texans solidified their spot as the District 4-5A Division II first seed representative.

Northwest (8-2) takes on the Arlington Lamar Vikings (8-2) Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs at Birdville Athletic Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“The kids are excited. Since we played Carroll we’ve been playing pretty good,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said. “We’ve played well the last five weeks and got ourselves in the playoffs. I told the kids yesterday this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so take advantage of it.”

That first-ever playoff victory still eludes the Texans, but Patterson says this group is focused to be the team that gets Northwest over that hump.

“We talk about it all the time,” Patterson said. “We’ve been talking about it since off-season started last December. The kids understand what’s in front of them.”

Last year’s postseason experience should help the Texans.

“They are not just in awe anymore,” the coach said.

Lamar ended the season on a three-game winning streak. Their only losses were to Arlington Bowie and South Grand Prairie.

Offensively, they are led by Cameron Smith and Jamal Kemp. The duo has combined for 1,406 yards on the ground.

“They have a lot of good athletes on offense,” Patterson said. “Defensively they have struggled some.”

Northwest’s defense has had some struggles of its own lately, especially getting out of the gate against strong offenses. They fell into deep holes early against Fossil Ridge and Carroll.

Patterson knows they can’t let that happen again against Lamar.

“If we get down 14-0 in this one, it can get to 28-0 pretty quick,” Patterson said. “We have to be ready, and we can’t turn the ball over on offense.”

NORTHWEST (8-2, 5-2) VS. ARLINGTON LAMAR (8-2, 6-1)

7:30 p.m. at Birdville Athletic Complex

Northwest: The Texans are still in search of their first playoff victory.
Arlington Lamar: Lamar is named after Mirabeau B. Lamar the second president of the Republic of Texas.
Harris line: Lamar by 7

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