WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Thu, 07 May 2015 01:35:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Decision Time: City, school races on Saturday’s ballot http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decision-time-city-school-races-on-saturdays-ballot/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decision-time-city-school-races-on-saturdays-ballot/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:33:31 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90641 Election day in Wise County arrives Saturday, giving residents a chance to vote on who represents them on local city councils and school boards and a chance to decide on a couple of bond packages.

DECISION TIME – Wise County voters will go to the polls Saturday to decide several local school and city elections. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

All polling locations listed below will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Alvord voters have one contested race to decide, for Place 1 on the school board. Kevin Wood and Rusty Rice are running for the seat. Election day voting is at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm.

Ward 3 on the Aurora City Council drew two candidates: Molly Baldwin and Rick Smith. Election day voting is at Aurora City Hall, 303 Derting Road.

The Bridgeport City Council has two contested races. Jimmy Meyers and Kevin Lopez are running for Place 3 and Billy Fred Walker and Vicki Stokes Holder are running for Place 5. Election day voting is at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

Four candidates for Chico mayor will be on the ballot: Euell Gale Rackley, Greg Taylor, Karen Garrison and Roger Mead. Taylor died after filing for a place on the ballot. Election day voting is at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road.

Place 5 of the Decatur School Board will soon have a new representative with Ashlee Bohn and Matt Joiner running for the seat. Voters also have a two-propostion bond election to decide. (See below.) Election day voting is at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.

Rhome voters have two candidates to consider for mayor: Michelle Pittman and Joann Wilson. Five candidates are running for three at-large seats on the Rhome City Council: Ronnie Moore, Flann Bailey, Zachary Grimes, Tim W. Robison and Dawn Davis.

Election day voting is at Rhome City Hall, 105 W. First St.

SCHOOL BONDS

Voters in the Chico school district will decide on a $7 million bond package.

It would include $2.4 million for a new ag barn and land purchase for its site.

Another $2 million would be spent on district-wide technology and for new buses and vehicle replacements.

More than $2 million of the bond would be used on upgrades at all three campuses, including roof replacement and heating and air conditioning unit replacement at Chico Middle School.

Each campus would also receive security upgrades, including doors, locks, card access and interior and exterior security cameras.

The bond also includes a new parking lot for the high school and upgrades to the softball and baseball facilities.

If the bond is approved, it would mean an 11-cent tax increase per $100 of property valuation or an additional $8.54 per month tax increase for a home valued at $108,111, the district’s average.

Election day voting is at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road.

Decatur ISD voters have two propositions to consider as part of a $13.5 million bond package.

Proposition 1 includes $2.75 million for transportation, $873,500 for security, $2.85 million for technology and $3.52 million for facilities.

Transportation items include the purchase of 25 buses and smaller auxiliary vehicles.

Security features would include card reader systems and security cameras.

Technology money in the bond would pay for enhancements to the wireless network and providing for replacement of existing technology through 2022.

Multiple facilities would be addressed in the bond, including a new parking area for Carson Elementary, a new gym or dining hall at Rann Elementary, roofing and plumbing upgrades at the middle school, roof and HVAC replacement and renovations at the district’s support services building, addition of motion-sensor lighting across the district and upgrades to athletic facilities including the two tracks, baseball and softball facility and tennis courts.

Proposition 2 includes $3.5 million for an indoor multipurpose practice facility for the high school.

The district projects a maximum tax rate increase of 4.2 cents per $100 valuation on the debt service portion of the tax rate. The average value of a home in the Decatur school district is $117,000. An owner of such a home would pay $49.14 more in taxes due to the rate increase.

More detailed information on the Decatur school bond can be found at WCMess.com/bond.

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Work continues on future home of elections office http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/work-continues-on-future-home-of-elections-office/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/work-continues-on-future-home-of-elections-office/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:32:34 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90638 This is a busy time for new Wise County Elections Administrator Sabra Srader and her staff.

Not only are they assisting local city and schools with their elections this Saturday – they’re also getting ready to move into a new home.

Renovation work continues on the building at 200 S. Trinity Street the county recently purchased to house the elections office. The building was has been empty since 2013. It most recently housed Guardian Title Company.

Putting the Pieces Together

PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER – Pancho Valenzuela works on base board trim at the future home of the Wise County elections office, which will be located at 200 S. Trinity Street, a block south of the courthouse in Decatur. The office is expected to move into the building this summer. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The current elections office, located in a small office building off Deer Park Road, will be buzzing with activity Saturday as local election judges will be bringing their voting machines for tabulation of results.

Activity is already buzzing at the future home of the elections office. New parking spaces were striped on the south side of the building last Friday, and a handicapped accessible front door was also recently installed.

Srader said the door was an important detail to ensure the building can operate as an early voting location in future elections.

“This will be our main early voting location, which is normally held in your elections office,” she said. “In this location, you have to be ADA compliant.”

Handicapped-accessible parking spots and a ramp are planned for the front of the building.

The front lobby area of the building will be used for early voting.

“It will be visible to the public out there,” she said. “We can probably have two lines of voting machines and plenty of room to hold early voting up here.”

In addition to office space, the building will include a tabulation room and meeting rooms for the ballot board and election judge training.

Three former offices are being transformed into a secure warehouse for equipment storage, another key element in the design.

“This will remain locked, and there will be security cameras in here,” Srader said. “Part of the requirement under the election code is that your actual voting equipment remain secure. Since it was purchased with HAVA (Help America Vote Act) funds 10 years ago, one of their requirements is that the equipment remains secure.”

In addition to providing security, the room will also allow staff to work on the equipment after the elections.

The plan is to move the elections office in early summer, and Srader said that should allow residents the chance to use the new early voting location this fall for the state constitutional election. That’s followed by a big election year in 2016 which will feature a presidential election on the ballot.

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Report suggests direction for Decatur EDC http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/report-suggests-direction-for-decatur-edc/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/report-suggests-direction-for-decatur-edc/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:31:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90635 How can Granbury do it when Decatur can’t?

That is a question the Decatur Economic Development Corporation might want to consider as it ponders results of a $30,000 study on the city’s economic development strategies.

One obvious answer is that Granbury has about 2,600 more people than Decatur. On the other hand, Wise County has 7,700 more people than Hood County.

Within the past year, Granbury has welcomed a new Kroger Marketplace, Marshall’s, Mattress Firm, AutoZone (which Decatur has) and an Aldi grocery. Opening soon is a Ross Dress for Less and a second Starbucks and under construction is a second RaceTrac service station, Dunkin Donuts, Firehouse Subs and a new facility for Granbury’s Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram dealership.

Some may say that Lake Granbury is the magnet drawing many expensive homes to the city, and their city square is blessed by a community theater that is a major tourist draw. Granbury’s median household income is $45,339, only about $1,500 more than Decatur.

The Decatur EDC study, done by Avalanche Consulting, was presented to the board in August 2014. It outlined several benchmarks to guide the EDC in the future.

Legally, the Decatur EDC can only be involved in projects that deal with industrial growth. As a practical matter however, the EDC is the “first stop” that retail prospects make when they visit the city.

The first goal suggested by the consultants was to obtain more land to support business relocations and expansion of target industries. Decatur has so far been unsuccessful in efforts to lure businesses to the privately owned Landmark Industrial Park.

The study suggests the city annex available land to plan for growth and hinder surrounding communities from encroaching on Decatur’s city limits. Fort Worth’s insatiable growth goals have effectively surrounded Rhome and Justin, limiting their ability to grow.

The study suggests the EDC itself purchase available land within the city limits that requires minimal investment. It also suggests changing zoning near U.S. 380 and 81/287 from retail to light industrial. That property was once designated as the site for a regional shopping center.

Both Decatur and Granbury have the reputation, whether deserved or not, of being “hard to deal with,” particularly when a local business wants to expand. The study addresses that and even suggests the city consider hiring a person to assist potential clients in dealing with the permitting process.

In a draft report presented to the EDC early last year there were complaints about the attitude and difficulty of dealing with the Development Services Department. Those comments came from Decatur citizens and were not made a part of the final report.

Number one under the “quality of life” section is to recruit a stand-alone grocery and other retail stores. The EDC was urged to have an updated listing of available land that would be attractive to a grocery chain.

Other goals under this category include expanding park and recreation amenities with investments in a recreational center and youth-sports complex, marketing Decatur as a destination for conferences and events, drawing visitors from around the region and continuing to develop Decatur’s downtown square and surrounding blocks by expanding the Main Street Program.

Another requirement for successfully recruiting business is to continue to aggressively pursue broadband Internet service and to work with CenturyLink to secure coverage throughout the city.

It also suggests setting up Wi-Fi hotspots around the downtown square.

The study suggests expanding Decatur Municipal Airport and marketing its available land to aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul companies as well as light manufacturing.

It also suggests extending the airport runways to accommodate larger planes.

In education, the study recommends developing degree and certificate programs at Weatherford College that align with the needs of local industries.

It suggests continuing to expand Weatherford College’s health science programs to accommodate the growth of Wise Regional Health System and associated medical facilities, including those for extended care.

An additional suggestion was for Weatherford College and the Decatur school district to add curriculum that provides students the opportunity to learn soft skills such as writing, computer literacy, customer service and problem solving. It also suggests including career skills such as interview practice, resume writing and professional dress code.

“Decatur EDC must build awareness of the city’s economic strengths,” the study concludes.

Within the past year, the EDC has created a dedicated Business Retention and Expansion program headed by Ida Mae Burnett. The study recommends the EDC work with the Decatur Chamber of Commerce to share resources related to supporting local businesses.

“Decatur is a thriving community with a rich history and competitive location near Dallas and Fort Worth. Its medical center, flourishing downtown, community-oriented lifestyle, strong retail base, are prime strengths that can propel Decatur’s economic growth,” the study said.

“A key hurdle to overcome is acquiring the land needed to support expansion and relocation. Middle income residential housing is also a necessity to accommodate Decatur’s growing population,” the study found.

“Decatur is a charming city with all of the characteristics that people enjoy in a small town, including a flourishing downtown square, historic western heritage, community-oriented lifestyle and friendly people,” the study concluded. “Maintaining the character of Decatur while developing amenities that make it an attractive place to live is of the utmost importance.”

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Camp finds Paradise home http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/camp-finds-paradise-home/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/camp-finds-paradise-home/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:30:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90633 People in need of a smile will find it a new camp in Paradise next year.

Camp Summit will open its doors in 2016, offering activities like horseback riding and swimming to disabled campers.

Breaking Ground

BREAKING GROUND – Special needs campers break ground recently at Camp Summit’s new home outside of Paradise. It takes over the former retreat venue Garrett Creek Ranch. Submitted photo

The camp recently had a virtual groundbreaking in Dallas to mark its new beginning in Wise County.

Camp Summit will take over the former Garrett Creek Ranch, located at 270 Private Road 3475 just south of Paradise.

The ranch was owned by the Schultz family. Leslie Schultz opened it in 1988 to hold conferences and company parties for the likes of Mary Kay, Texas Instruments and even Exxon Mobil.

In 2010, Garrett Creek Ranch closed its doors as an event venue and was to become addiction rehab facility.

Camp Summit has spent most of its nearly 70 years at Argyle south of Denton.

Renovations

RENOVATIONS – Camp Summit’s new digs are being readied for campers. The cost of refitting the building and purchasing the property amounts to more than $12 million. Take a peek behind the scenes and see the folks at Camp Summit in a video by going to wcmess.com/CampSummit. Submitted photo

Camp Summit CEO Carla Weiland said a member of the Dallas Soroptimist Club started the camp, because their disabled child couldn’t find a place to go to camp.

Camp Soroptimist transitioned to Camp Summit and away from the Dallas Soroptimist Club in 1993.

Weiland said the year-round camp is one of a handful of places for people with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome and autism, and offers a barrier-free outdoor experience.

While the camp serves children, there is no age limit.

Camp Summit campaign chair, volunteer and camper parent Woody Grossman said some campers have been coming back for decades.

“One of the campers has been going for 63 years,” Grossman said. “He enjoys it every time. He was at the groundbreaking ceremony and loved it.”

Grossman’s own daughter, Sandi, is 45 and has been coming to the camp for 15 years. She and other campers have enjoyed all the same overnight camping activities that are at other camps, like horseback riding, swimming, zip lines and ropes courses.

Each activity is modified to the campers’ needs.

The camp accepts campers of all socio-economic backgrounds, basing camp fees on family income. Weiland said the camp often gives fee assistance.

“We don’t turn anyone away,” Weiland said.

Grossman said more than $600,000 is raised annually to cover camp costs and fees.

To date the camp serves 2,000 special-needs campers. The Paradise location will increase that by 25 percent, according to Weiland. Further increases in campers would require some new buildings on the site’s 460 acres.

The larger acreage and rural nature of the Garrett Creek Ranch site is a dream come true for the camp.

Grossman said the camp had been looking to move from its 117 acres in Argyle, as the area had become less rural.

The land purchase and renovations are costing the Camp Summit nonprofit $12.2 million, of which $9 million has already been raised.

Camp Summit is a member of the American Camp Association and licensed as a Youth Camp in the State of Texas. For information, go to campsummittx.org.

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Getting their due; School raises banners for past champs http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/getting-their-due-school-raises-banners-for-past-champs/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/getting-their-due-school-raises-banners-for-past-champs/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:29:52 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90629 Nearly 16 years ago, the hours of training and hard work paid off for Savannah Matzinger, Nancy Ortiz Zamora and company as they laid the groundwork for Decatur’s rich cross country tradition with the program’s first state title.

Banner Day

BANNER DAY – Savannah Matzinger and Nancy Ortiz Zamora joined their coach Joe Berry at the Decatur High School gym after the unveiling of their 1999 cross country state championship banner. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Monday, they took their spot in the rafters of Decatur High School gym as a banner honoring their accomplishment was unfurled.

“It’s pretty cool after this many years,” Matzinger said.

Zamora added: “It’s fun to come back and see how the school has grown and changed.”

The 1999 girls cross country team was one of 11 honored during the state championship banner unveiling in the gym. The other championship squads honored were the 1976 and 1977 boys golf; 2005, 2008 and 2009 girls cross country; 2001, 2006 and 2012 boys cross country; and the 2013 and 2014 volleyball teams.

“There’s not anything more important to a school than tradition. This shows the nice tradition and high level the school has performed at for a long period of time,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend.

“People need to be remembered for their accomplishments and it provides incentive for the younger groups. It’s important to not only remember their victories at the time but to also have them celebrated into the future.”

Joe Berry, former Decatur coach and the current athletic director at Victory Christian, joined Matzinger and Zamora at Monday’s event. Berry recalled the hard work put in by the team that also included Lyssa Dennard, Crystal Chang, Brandi Chambers, Heather McEwen, Brenda Berube, Maricella Campos and Sapphire Patterson.

“We had a lot of good runners,” said Berry, who had started the cross country program 10 years before and won a first district title in 1990.

Matzinger, a freshman in 1999, won the Class 3A individual title, completing the 3,200 course in 11:50.

“Her winning surprised me,” Berry recalled. “When I saw her, I was like ‘whoa!'”

Matzinger admitted she was surprised, too.

“I didn’t think I’d be close to winning,” she recalled.

Her victory helped to set the stage for the team victory. Decatur put five runners in the top 40 with Zamora finishing 40th in 13:05.

Decatur finished with 61 points, beating second-place Cameron Yoe by 38.

“The best part was winning as a team and standing up there with the trophy,” Matzinger said.

Years later, Matzinger and Zamora said they still get in a few miles.

“I don’t do it on a daily basis but I’ve done a couple of 5Ks,” Zamora said.

Berry said the team had a banner in the gym of the old high school. The girls are glad to see the new banner up.

“It’ll be nice when our kids get to see it,” Zamora said.

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Parents have voice on issues via survey http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/parents-have-voice-on-issues-via-survey/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/parents-have-voice-on-issues-via-survey/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:29:04 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90626 Parents at Boyd ISD are getting their chance to weigh in on their child’s education.

The district is providing an online survey for parents to give feedback on a variety of topics and issues, including the quality and type of classroom lessons, safety and communications.

The survey includes 25 questions.

“We do one every year,” said Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West. “We also do a student and staff survey. We use it to help make decisions. It’s important to hear what the stakeholders have to say.”

The anonymous survey has been online for several weeks and will remain up through Thursday. Parents are asked what school their child attends.

As of Friday, 197 parents had taken the survey. The breakdown of those responding were 77 parents of elementary students, 50 intermediate, 36 middle school and 87 high school.

Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice said the numbers are close to the 227 that participated last year.

“It helps us as we look for areas that have shown improvement and what needs to address,” Stice explained.

Last year’s survey indicated the district should work on its communication with parents about events and issues at school.

“Parents felt like they didn’t know what was going on,” Stice said.

After last year’s responses, Stice and West said the district moved away from a reliance on email to using social media and automated text messages to get out information to parents.

“We’re curious to see how they will respond this year,” West said. “There should be an improvement.”

The survey results will be shared with the site-based committee meeting May 20. The results will be presented to the school board in June.

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1 hurt in Saturday wreck http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/1-hurt-in-saturday-wreck/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/1-hurt-in-saturday-wreck/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:28:47 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90624 An Alvord man was seriously injured Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 1655 south of Alvord.

Jerry Lee Summerlin, 53, was northbound on FM 1655 when he apparently fell asleep, drifted to the right and struck a guardrail near County Road 1480, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo.

Headed for Flight

HEADED FOR FLIGHT – Jerry Lee Summerlin of Alvord was flown to a Fort Worth hospital after a crash near Alvord Saturday. Messenger photo by Brian Knox

The Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS were dispatched to the call, and Air Evac Lifeteam 68 was then called to the scene.

Summerlin was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital with multiple injuries, according to Alonzo.

FM 1655 was shut down for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. The accident happened around 8:45 a.m.

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Slidell earns spot on state stage http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/slidell-earns-spot-on-state-stage/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/slidell-earns-spot-on-state-stage/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:28:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90621 The many long hours of rehearsing for the Slidell cast are far from tedious. Instead, they are an award.

Family Act

FAMILY ACT – Slidell’s tight-knit cast and crew for “Ruby’s Story” will perform at the UIL One-Act Play state contest May 28 at the University of Texas in Austin. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“We have a group that’s clicked really well and we enjoy each other’s company,” said senior Caitlin Pruett. “That’s helped us click on stage. When we need to be a family on stage, we have that feeling already.”

That family quality has helped the cast of “Ruby’s Story” earn a spot in the University Interscholastic League’s One-Act Play contest. Slidell was named one of the two advancing plays at the Class A Region III contest last month.

Slidell will compete at state at the University of Texas in Austin May 28.

“It’s a big honor,” said Beth Dill, the Slidell one-act-play director. “I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s an amazing group.

“They’ve worked really well together. I’ve had half of them since they were in sixth grade and they are now seniors.”

Slidell had been to regionals the past four years before getting their big break this year, making it to state.

“It’s a huge blessing to get there. Even getting to regionals is a big deal – you’re one of the top 24 plays in Texas,” Pruett said. “It takes a lot of hard work from Mrs. Dill and a lot of effort from us.”

The play tells of a West Virginia family’s struggles during World War II.

“It’s an emotional piece,” Dill said. “Parents leave with tears in their eyes.”

Morgan Barnes, who played Rose in the play, was named Best Actress at regionals.

“It’s an awesome story and we have a good group with a lot of desire,” Barnes said. “The Best Actress at the regional level was unexpected. But the main goal was I wanted us to advance.”

Pruett portrayed Adult Ruby and made the all-star cast along with Taylor Davis, who played Frieda. Norberto Martinez received honorable mention for his performance as Sid.

Dill points out it takes a strong performance from the entire and crew to pull off this production.

“There’s really not a true lead,” Dill said. “They all have an opportunity to shine and they all do their part. There’s no weak link.”

The cast and crew also have had to make sacrifices for rehearsals around everyone’s busy spring schedules that included UIL and FFA trips along with track meets.

“It’s hard in the spring because everyone is so busy,” Pruett said. “It’s hard to figure out who is going to be where. A lot of this show, you need everyone to be there to even rehearse.”

While getting together may sometimes be hard, staying together is the easy act.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-may-6-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-may-6-2015/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:27:00 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90618 ALVORD

DANCE – Alvord Middle School students will have their Spring Dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

CHICO

BAD WEATHER DAY – Chico ISD will make up for a missed instruction day due to bad weather Friday. There will be school at normal times.

SPELLING BEE – The Chico Elementary is holding a spelling bee 1:30 Friday at the cafeteria.

CONCERT – The Chico Middle and High School bands will perform their spring concert 6:30 p.m. Friday at the high school.

PICNIC – Chico Elementary first-graders are having their Mother’s Day picnic 11:30 p.m. Friday at the first-grade playground.

NORTHWEST

TEACHERS HONORED – Maggie Walsh from Samuel Beck Elementary School was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Joanna Kysar from Chisholm Trail Middle School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year at the Northwest’s fifth annual Inspire Celebration Friday. The district also recognized retirees, 25-year and 30-year service award recipients. Marie Nassiff at Prairie View Elementary was honored for her 25 years of service.

PARADISE

BOOSTER – Band booster ads are due Thursday. The Paradise Band Boosters are selling a Keepsake Memory Book. Deadline to purchase an ad for the book is this Thursday, May 7. For information, go to wcmess.com/Boosters.

SLIDELL

SHS SCHOLARSHIPS – Applications for the $500 Rusty Aaron Memorial and $500 Bobby Colton Perkins Memorial Scholarships are due May 13. Interviews for the scholarships are May 18 beginning 6th period. Two new scholarships were added in 2015.

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Track: Randall rolls on to state http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-randall-rolls-on-to-state/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-randall-rolls-on-to-state/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:21:10 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90616 Joe Randall will run one last race for the Alvord Bulldogs in Austin.

The Alvord senior earned his first trip to the University Interscholastic League track and field championships Saturday, taking second in the 100 at the Class 2A Region II meet at Dallas’ Jesse Owens Memorial Athletic Complex.

Moving On

MOVING ON – Alvord’s Joe Randall glides to the finish line in the 100 Saturday. His second-place finish earned him a spot at the state meet. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“I definitely feel relieved,” Randall said. “This has always been the big step for me getting there.”

The state bid comes a year after Randall suffered a hamstring injury at area and failed to make it to regionals.

“God has a plan,” Randall said.

Randall ran the region’s best time in prelims Friday – 11.27.

In the finals, Randall broke out of the blocks and immediately found himself in a tight race with DeLeon senior Trenton Lindeman. The two matched each other step for step to the finish line. Lindeman leaned ahead, winning in 11.46. Randall finished in 11.49.

“I felt good. I knew I needed to stay relaxed because the DeLeon and Ore City kids were right there,” Randall said. “I felt good about the start. I got out of the blocks a lot better.”

Randall almost earned a trip to state in a second event, as part of Alvord’s 4×200. The team of Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jaylon White and Randall finished third in 1:32.23.

As the anchor leg, Randall nearly chased down Tolar’s final runner at the finish line to take second. Randall was in fifth when he got the baton.

“I wanted it so bad and they wanted it,” Randall said. “Between us and Tolar it was neck and neck.”

Martin said from across the track he thought Randall had got second.

Alvord missed out on the wildcard to the state meet. Crawford took the spot with its 1:30.88 at the 2A Region III meet.

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Softball: Two much – Duo leads Sissies down playoff path http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-two-much-duo-leads-sissies-down-playoff-path/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-two-much-duo-leads-sissies-down-playoff-path/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:20:22 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90613 Hailey Hollingsworth and Kenlsey Turner have led Bridgeport to the second round of the playoffs with their work at the plate, and as the Sissies’ pitching and catching combination.

Two of a Kind

TWO OF A KIND- Bridgeport’s Hailey Hollingsworth and Kensley Turner have taken Sissies softball to new heights. They hope to continue their impressive run as they prepare to face Vernon in the area round. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“Hailey and Kensley are a dynamic duo,” Bridgeport coach Ruben Garza said. “They’re buds and goobers. They’re just kids, but when it’s game time, the game faces come on. It’s fun to watch.”

Off the field, they share the back-and-forth banter that only friends enjoy.

“I’m definitely the funny one,” Turner said. “I have to keep Hailey happy or she won’t play as well.”

“Oh, so all of my success comes back to you?” Hollingsworth questions.

“Yes,” Turner playfully admits.

The two may work together in a comedy routine one day, but right now their chemistry is best used on the softball field.

They have played together for years in select ball and on the Bridgeport team, and their work ethic has helped Bridgeport get to the second round of the playoffs.

“She works hard and does everything she can to get her job done on the field,” Turner said of her pitcher, Hollingsworth. “She’s a clutch player who steps her game up when we need her to.”

They use each other at the plate too. Turner leads Bridgeport with 21 RBIs, while by no coincidence, Hollingsworth has crossed home a team-leading 21 times.

Hollingsworth’s 23 hits this year pair well with Turner’s 21 hits, and they have combined for three home runs.

Their pitching and catching success takes root in the in-game adjustment process they’ve built together.

Adjustments throughout the game have been crucial on the defensive side.

Though, as the catcher, Turner calls the pitches, Hollingsworth also has input as to what pitch needs to be thrown.

“You go through the game and you figure out what’s working and what isn’t,” Hollingsworth said. “You find out what other teams can hit and what they can’t. You just have to work through that stuff.”

Hollingsworth has pitched 21 of Bridgeport’s 23 games, accumulating an 11-7 record.

She has an ERA of 2.79 striking out 113 of the batters she faced.

Working through opposing lineups is one thing, but Hollingsworth has had to work through injury lately.

Last year, her hip flexor began giving her trouble. The pain was on-and-off, but this season it has been constant.

Hollingsworth says she just fights through the pain.

That toughness is a leadership quality she possesses, but hesitantly admits to.

“At times I feel like a leader but we’re a team,” she said. “Nobody is above anyone else. We’re here to play the game we love and have fun doing it.”

Turner and Hollingsworth spend a lot of time together, but spending time with the whole of their team has been key in the Sissies’ development.

They will get more time together if they can get past Vernon in the Region I area round.

“We know they’re a good team,” Hollingsworth said. “You can’t be a bad team and get to the second round.”

Vernon won District 5-4A over perrenial powerhouses Burkburnett and Iowa Park.

The Sissies play Vernon at 5 p.m. Friday in Henrietta in a one-game playoff.

Though moving on would be a thrill, Bridgeport doesn’t lack appreciation for what it has already done.

“It’s amazing,” Turner said. “I knew we could do it, but now that we’re here it’s one of the greatest accomplishments that I’ve ever had.”

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Track: Roof, Pruett win titles http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-roof-pruett-win-titles/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-roof-pruett-win-titles/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:19:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90610 Slidell’s Kayson Roof and Caitlin Pruett will be travel companions headed to Austin for a second straight year.

The Lady Greyhounds won region titles Saturday at the Class A Region III meet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville to earn the trip back to the state meet.

Pruett, a senior, won the 800 in 2:28.21 to book her return to the University Interscholastic League track and field championships.

“It’s definitely a blessing,” Pruett said. “I’m super excited. Hopefully I can get the gold medal.”

Pruett took bronze last year at state.

Saturday, she had to work hard to get to Austin. Pruett got pushed to the outside at the start of the race.

“It was a waterfall start and I was thrown off,” Pruett said. “The entire first 100, I had to run in lane three.”

Down the backstretch, she followed Zephyr’s Haven Rogers to the front.

“I went to the front of the pack and went from there,” Pruett said.

Pruett took seventh in the 400, running 1:08.86.

The sophomore Roof won the pole vault and 300 hurdles to make her return to state.

Roof cleared 8-9 in the pole vault.

“I didn’t get my best but I did as good as I could with my back hurting,” Roof said.

In the hurdles, Roof came out of a standing start to run a 48.08 and win the race by more than a second.

“Last year was fun and now I know what I’m going up against,” Roof said. “I’m not going to be as nervous. I know what it’s going to be like.”

Kylie Franklin finished fourth in the pole vault.

Kayler Talamantes took seventh in the high jump, clearing 4-8.

The Slidell 4×400 narrowly missed a state berth, finishing third in 4:32.56.

For the Slidell boys, Kyler Carnes finished sixth in the 800, running 2:16.99.

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Softball: Alvord shocks Perrin in late innings http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-alvord-shocks-perrin-in-late-innings/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-alvord-shocks-perrin-in-late-innings/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:19:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90608 Saturday night’s bi-district affair between Alvord and Perrin was an unusual one for the Lady Bulldogs.

After winning the first game of the three-game series 8-5, the slugging Lady Bulldogs couldn’t conjure a run until the bottom of the ninth inning when Katelyn Schedcik hit a hard grounder to short that scored Ashton Peterson and ended the game in a 1-0 walk-off victory.

The Chill of Victory

THE CHILL OF VICTORY- Alvord assistant coach John Shelton got drenched in ice water after the Lady Bulldogs beat Perrin 1-0 in their bi-district game. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“Ashton got on base and I just felt like I had to do it for the team,” Schedcik said. “It’s all for the team. We’re so excited to advance and I’m ready to go with them and play our hardest moving forward.”

Much of the extra-innings contest was a battle of defensive styles.

Perrin relied on Haylee Fowler’s strikeout ability to take down 11 Alvord batters.

Meanwhile, Mikena Mader struck out eight batters and allowed just three hits thanks to the solid work from the defense behind her in the nine-inning shutout.

Schedcik Sheds Perrin

SCHEDCIK SHEDS PERRIN- Katelyn Schedcik hit a walk-off hard grounder to short before being attacked by her teammates in celebration. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“I kept telling our girls that Mader would continue to shut them down,” coach John Shelton said. “Their pitcher did so well. I thought we would hit the ball better than we did. I really had a lot of confidence in Mader and Reagan Guthrie behind the plate. They’ve been working together since they were little kids, and she’s calling her own pitches out there. Defensively, we did great.”

Alvord had just two errors in a very clean defensive game.

As for Mader, she was thrilled with moving on and happy about her nine-inning performance.

“This is the farthest we’ve gone in years,” Mader said. “Maybe once or twice I’ve thrown nine innings. I like it, because I feel like I get stronger as I go. I love the environment of extra innings.”

Alvord hadn’t won a bi-district game since 2009, ending the six-year drought with their win over Perrin.

Shelton was glad that Alvord took care of their first-round opponent while he was filling in for head coach Tony Brazeal.

“These were some unusual circumstances,” he said. “I’m just proud of the way they fought, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Alvord will face Gorman in Game 1 of the three-game area series at 2 p.m. Friday in Graford. Game 2 will be at 6:30 on Saturday, and Game 3 will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2, if necessary.

ALVORD 1, PERRIN 0

Perrin … 000 … 000 … 000 … 0 … 3 … 3
Alvord … 000 … 000 … 001 … 1 … 7 … 2

WP: Mikena Mader LP: Haylee Fowler

RBI: Alvord, Katelyn Schedcik

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Softball: Pilot Point sweeps Boyd http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-pilot-point-sweeps-boyd/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-pilot-point-sweeps-boyd/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:18:00 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90604 Pilot Point shut out Boyd for the Class 3A Region II bi-district title winning the second in a three-game series 2-0 Saturday in Argyle.

Seasons End

SEASON’S END – Boyd pitcher Chandler Hammon (right) walks with the team’s other pitcher Chelsea Arlington after losing the Class 3A Region II bi-district title to Pilot Point. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Boyd (18-9, 10-4) was hoping to force a game three and go deeper into the playoffs, but Pilot Point’s pitcher Preslee Gallaway didn’t budge. She earned her 21st win of the season, only allowing Boyd three hits.

Boyd pitcher Chandler Hammon kept the game tight, allowing only five hits. The game was tied through the third, until Gallaway knocked out a home run to put Pilot Point (27-5, 13-2) on the board. The Lady Cats’ Xena Barbour crossed home plate after Ashton Malone hit a long fly to the left field wall.

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said the Lady Yellowjackets played a solid game, but hit a real “buzz saw” in Gallaway. Hopkins said he had hoped to face Pilot Point later in the playoffs, but losses in district forced an early matchup.

Sliding In

SLIDING IN – Boyd’s Savannah Foster steals second base in the first inning against Pilot Point Saturday, May 2. Foster earned one of the team’s three hits in the the Lady Yellowjackets’ 2-0 loss. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“Both of these teams could have made a big run, and Pilot Point still can make a big run,” Hopkins said. “It was a tough draw for us.”

Boyd will lose five seniors: Savannah Foster, Britney Howard, Kaytlin Bullard, Chelsea Arlington and Hammon. Hopkins said he has several young players and some sophomores and juniors who are very capable, but next season will still be tough.

“We’re going to be all right but we won’t be able to just turn around and replace these five seniors,” Hopkins said. “This group has won the most of any class that’s come through Boyd.”

PILOT POINT 2, BOYD 0

Boyd … 000 … 000 … 0 … 0 … 3 … 2
Pilot Point … 000 … 200 … X … 2 … 5 … 0

WP: Preslee Gallaway, LP: Chandler Hammon

HR: Pilot Point, Gallaway

RBI: Pilot Point Gallaway, Ashton Malone

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Softball: Decatur holds on against Alvarado http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/uncategorized/softball-decatur-holds-on-against-alvarado/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/uncategorized/softball-decatur-holds-on-against-alvarado/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:16:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90600 With the Region I bi-district contest between Decatur and Alvarado tied at 2, the top of the sixth inning was unconventional to say the least.

Two illegal pitches and three walks allowed Brianna Crooks to score without the ball touching the bat.

With Taylor Butler and pitcher Caitlin Butler on base, Brittany Roberts laid a perfect bunt down the first base line to load the bases.

An RBI grounder to second from Braelynn Hanes and a sacrifice fly to center by Taryn Trull gave Decatur a 5-2 advantage for the remainder of the game.

“She had illegal pitches and that scored our runs,” Decatur coach Carly Cloud explained. “She didn’t have both feet on the rubber. Her feet were split and they caught that and made the call.”

Decatur’s other two runs came in the top of the fifth inning.

Caitlin Butler hit a hard grounder to center to start things off. She was followed by Brittany Roberts who ran out a bunt down the first-base line.

That set up Kelsie Roberts, who hit a blooper over the shortstop’s head to left field, scoring Butler.

Two batters later, Trull walked before Jenny Bradford smashed a ball to left field that brought in another run to put the Lady Eagles up 2-0.

“We talked about struggling early on with our bats,” Cloud said. “They made adjustments as the game went on and fought their little hearts out.”

In the bottom of the fifth, a walk, two stolen bases and a pair of bunt singles allowed Alvarado to score two runs and tie the game up, before Decatur’s three-run sixth inning.

The late offensive burst showcased the patience of the Decatur team.

“We were trying to get used to her speed,” second-baseman Kelsie Roberts said. “It was a little different than what we’ve seen before. She wasn’t putting the ball right down the middle either. Once we started hitting, we knew we could keep it going.”

For seniors like Hanes, the win was special and allowed them to make up for losing the bi-district game last season.

“We were determined to win for each other,” she said. “It feels awesome. Last year we didn’t win. That’s a great feeling for us seniors who really wanted to have that success.”

Caitlin Butler struck out seven Alvarado batters in her seven innings in the pitcher’s circle.

Decatur moves on to the area round to face Burkburnett, the runner-up from District 5-4A.

Burkburnett finished the regular season with a 13-7 record, beating Stephenville in consecutive games to win the three-game bi-district series.

Against Stephenville, Burkburnett used a two-pitcher rotation with Madison Blair starting Game 1, and Bragg in Game 2.

Blair struck out eight while allowing six hits and two runs in her seven innings in Game 1.

Bragg pitched a seven-inning shutout in Game 2, allowing six hits while striking out four and walking two.

Burkburnett had nine hits in their first game against Stephenville and 10 in the second game.

Decatur and Burkburnett play at 7 p.m. Tursday in Henrietta.

DECATUR 5, ALVARADO 2

Decatur … 000 … 023 … 0 … 5 … 11 … 5
Alvarado … 000 … 020 … 0 … 2 … 2 … 3

WP: Caitlin Butler LP: Brianna Moreno

2B: Alvarado, Sidney Huddleston

RBI: Alvarado, Mallory Bennett, Clarissa Robles; Decatur, Kelsie Roberts, Taryn Trull, Braelynn Hanes, Jenny Bradford

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Track: Kyle finishes fourth in 800 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-kyle-finishes-fourth-in-800/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-kyle-finishes-fourth-in-800/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:16:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90598 Lining up for the Class 4A Region I 800 final, Decatur’s Jessi Kyle felt out of place.

“I thought I’d do better,” she said. “I guess it was just a bad race. I had the outside lane, which I’d never run in before.”

Fighting to Finish

FIGHTING TO FINISH – Decatur’s Jessi Kyle battles with a competitor near the finish of the 1,600. Kyle finished sixth in the race. Photo by Ashley Kyle

Once the starting gun sounded, Kyle quickly closed in on the inside line, but found trouble in the pack. As runners poured through the race’s second turn, the field compressed.

Decatur Coach David Park said he saw Kyle miss a step.

“I saw her stride get cut up a bit,” Park said. “That’s just a result of 16 kids trying to find the fastest spot through the corner.”

By the race’s final turn, the field had strung out, with runners charging single file into the finish. Kyle netted fourth, finishing in 2:28.44, missing a state bid by two places.

After the tough race, Park said Kyle’s commitment to hard work would inevitably pay off.

“We kind of have a saying,” Park said. “Jessi knows it well – ‘if you don’t have a bad race, the good ones aren’t any fun when they come around’ – and they will come around.”

Two hours after competing in 800, Kyle took the start line again in the 1,600, finishing sixth in 5:40.77.

A group of six runners moved off the front of the pack near the end of the first lap. By the race’s third corner, a 15-meter gap had developed and the field behind had fragmented.

“Jessi kept her cool for the first half of the race,” Park said. “Then that gap started to grow. The girls in front of her ran yesterday and had 24 hours to recover. None of them also raced the 800.”

Kyle and Springtown’s Alli Roglin moved between the faltering field and the lead group of six, which had slimmed to five by the race’s midpoint. In the finishing stretch, Kyle surged, passing the lead group’s straggler and dropping Roglin.

“I’m happy with my 1,600,” Kyle said. “The 800 needs a little work. I’ll just have to train harder and come back next year.”

Decatur did not get a runner to the state meet this year. Park said that will provide motivation for year.

“Today wasn’t our day, but we live to fight again,” he said. “We’ll have our first cross country meeting next week and we’ll go to work.”

DECATUR 4X200 SETS PR

Three juniors and a freshman took the track for Decatur in Lubbock Saturday afternoon for the 4×200.

The relay team of Ryan Durdon, Dane Fitzgerald, Dru Anderson and Gunnar Parker carried the baton seamlessly, taking fifth with a time of 1:30.93 – a personal best for the crew.

Fitzgerald, the relay’s second runner, said making finals at the regional event was his ultimate goal.

“It was exhilarating,” he said. “We improved by 1.7 seconds. We’d already shaved 2 seconds off yesterday. Part of it is preparation and part of its just being here. Our goal was finals.”

Fast Finish 2

FAST FINISH – Macen Stripling finished fourth in the high jump. Photo by Ashley Kyle

STRIPLING FINISHES FOURTH

Decatur senior Macen Stripling cleared five feet but couldn’t make the next height, finishing fourth in the high jump at the 4A Region I meet.

Brownwood’s McKenzie Cox won the event, clearing 5-3.

ANDERSON GRABS FIFTH

Decatur’s Dru Anderson jumped 21-1.25 Saturday to finish fifth in the long jump at the 4A Region II meet.

Wichita Falls Hirschi’s Charles Brown jumped 25-0.75 to win the meet.

STALLARD TAKES SIXTH IN DISCUS

Decatur junior Cole Stallard recorded a career-best throw of 146-2 to finish sixth at the Class 4A Region II meet in the discus.

Godley’s Diamond Cardona won the event with a toss of 164-1. Abilene Wylie’s Braden Darrow took second with a throw of 159-9.

INJURY STOPS KEVETTER

Decatur senior hurdler Jacob Kevetter suffered a hamstring injury in prelims of the 110 hurdles.

The 2014 state qualifier attempted to gingerly run around the track in the 300 hurdles after suffering the injury.

HERNANDEZ GARNERS EIGHTH

Bridgeport’s Chris Hernandez jumped six feet in the 4A Region I high jump.

The Bridgeport record holder earned eighth place.

Fast Finish 1

FAST FINISH – Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar took seventh in the 1,600 Saturday at regionals. Photo by Ashley Kyle

FRESHMAN EARNS SEVENTH

Bridgeport freshman Eric Aguilar closed a strong first year with a seventh-place finish in the 1,600 at the regional meet.

Aguilar ran a 4:48.58. San Elizario’s Michael Johnson won the race in a blazing 4:29.85.

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Track: Miller wins two titles http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-miller-wins-two-titles/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-miller-wins-two-titles/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:14:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90593 {{{platinum}}Victory Christian’s Bryce Miller captured state titles in the 110 and 300 hurdles at the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship championships April 25 in Springtown.

Behind Miller, Victory Christian finished third at the state meet with 58 points.

Miller won the 110 race in 16.10. His teammate Morgan Williams took third in 18.8.

Miller captured the 300 in 41.81. Matthew Schwartz finished third in 47.37.

Nick Grant grabbed fourth in the 400 in 56.87.

Grant, Miller and Willams joined Logan McNamara on the 4×100 that finished fifth in 48.58. Grant, Jackson Shriver, McNamara and Justin McBride garnered a silver medal in the 4×400, running 3:54.84.

The Victory Christian girls squad finished fourth with 54 points.

Morgan Yarbrough won the shot put with a throw of 29-7 and took second in the discus with a toss of 85-4.

Vista Fullingham won the discus with a throw of 88-11.

Zara Rodriguez finished fourth in the 800 in 2:52.91. Emilee Caraway was fifth in 2:55.79.

Cheyenne Mantooth brought home sixth in the long jump with an effort of 14-4.75.

Tamara Beringer garnered sixth in the 400 in 1:17.42.

Mantooth, Rodriguez, Caraway and Bailee Alexander finished third in the 4×200, running 2:03.1.

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Track: Girls relay teams shine at regional meet http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/uncategorized/track-girls-relay-teams-shine-at-regional-meet/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/uncategorized/track-girls-relay-teams-shine-at-regional-meet/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:13:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90591 The girls relay teams were a bright spot for Paradise at the Region II-3A meet in Whitehouse Friday and Saturday.

The 4×100 and 4×200 teams both won bronze, slightly missing state bids.

Kyndall McCasland, Amber French, Carressa McCasland and Mikela Beck made up the 4×100 team, while Kyndall McCasland, Taylor Richards, Carressa McCasland, Aliya Read competed in the 4×200.

The 4×100 relay’s 50.22 was just .01 shy of qualifying for the state meet in Austin, and the 4×200 team fell three seconds short of making the cut.

Paradise’s 4×400 team of Caressa McCasland, Read, Richards and Beck came in sixth with a time of 4:11.44.

Paradise’s Haley Rector finished fourth in the pole vault at 10-0, and Boyd’s best finish came from Lindsay Thorpe whose 36-10.5 shot put was good for bronze.

For the Paradise boys, the 4×200 team of Austin Hogan, Darian Sotomi, Nick Loney and Cash Preather set a school record with a 1:31.97 to qualify for regional finals.

After the meet, Paradise boys track coach Jonathan Ryle was reflective on the careers of the seniors who have led the team.

“These Seniors have given this school a JV district championship as freshmen, two varsity district championships, and ended it with a school record and their best race of the year,” Ryle said. “It was a great way to end it.”

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Track: Beaver earns spot at state http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-beaver-earns-spot-at-state/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-beaver-earns-spot-at-state/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:13:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90589 On her third throw at the Class 2A Region II, Kaely Beaver unleashed a toss of 36 feet to earn the silver medal in the shot put and a trip to the state meet.

“I gave it all that I’ve got,” Beaver said about the throw.

Beaver will compete at University Interscholastic League track and field championships in Austin May 14-16.

“It’s cool because I’m a sophomore,” Beaver said. “Hopefully I can go the next two years.”

Beaver took 10th in the discus with a throw of 91 feet.

Clearing a Hurdle

CLEARING A HURDLE – Chico’s Alli York flies over a hurdle in the 100 at reigonals Saturday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

YORK FINISHES FOURTH

Going over the first hurdle, the competitor next to Alli York took a spill.

York maintained her focus to get down the track and finish fourth in the 100 hurdles at the Class 2A Region II meet Saturday.

York ran 17.32.

“I saw her go down and I just kept going,” York said. “It felt really good. I ran faster than my qualifier.”

On the Outside

ON THE OUTSIDE – Alvord’s Paycee Edgett looks to pass runners from the outside in the 800 Saturday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

EDGETT TAKES SIXTH

Alvord freshman Paycee Edgett finished sixth in the 400 and 800 Saturday at the Class 2A Region II meet.

Edgett ran 2:31.57 in the 800.

“I knew the girls would go out fast,” Edgett said. “I wanted to push myself to run a PR and do the best I can.”

In the 400, Edgett tried to make a move around the final curve but couldn’t catch the leaders. She finished in 1:03.76.

“It was a great experience,” Edgett said. “For a freshman, you can’t ask for more to be at regionals. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Alvord senior Brooklyn Mitchum finished fifth in the 3,200 in 13:12.9 and sixth in the 1,600 in 5:55.75.

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Track: Suchors nets bid http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-suchors-nets-bid/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-suchors-nets-bid/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 01:12:17 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90585 Two days after finishing third at the Class 6A Region I meet, Northwest’s Jacob Suchors received official notice he could pack his bags for Austin.

The senior received the wildcard for the 800 final at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships May 14-16.

Suchors finished third at regionals, running 1:55.51. He has the sixth-best time entering the state meet.

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