WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:53:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Decatur wins UIL region journalism title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/decatur-wins-uil-region-journalism-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/decatur-wins-uil-region-journalism-title/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:47:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90277 IMG_0685Decatur High School’s  journalism team is the region’s best.
The school captured its first region title in journalism Saturday at the Class 4A Region I University Interscholastic League academics contest at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Two journalists, Mickey Drewry and Rachael Ussery will advance to the state academic meet May 26 in Austin.
Ussery won the news writing contest. Drewry took second in headline and third in feature writing.
Results for Decatur at regionals:
Ready Writing: 5. Kendall Hubbard
Headline Writing: 2. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
Feature Writing: 3. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
News Writing: 1. Rachael Ussery; 4. Mickey Drewry

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Bonding over Birdies: Brothers build relationship around disc golf http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bonding-over-birdies-brothers-build-relationship-around-disc-golf/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bonding-over-birdies-brothers-build-relationship-around-disc-golf/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:12:46 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90270 The Galindo brothers weren’t close growing up in Decatur.

Mario and Ruben were separated by 11 years and were always in different stages of life.

When Mario was graduating high school, Ruben was a 7-year-old kid.

Brothers in Arms

BROTHERS IN ARMS- From left, Brothers Ruben and Mario Galindo built a stronger relationship through their mutual love of disc golf. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We lived in the same house, but he was working and going to school when I was just starting to be able to do stuff,” Ruben said of his brother Mario. “He was 21 when he had his first kid.”

The two never really had the stereotypical brother relationship until around 18 months ago when Mario chose to give his younger brother’s hobby of disc golf a shot.

TOP GOLF – Ruben, Mario’s junior by 11 years, is one of the best disc golfers in the area. He has won several local tournaments and is the club champion of the Decatur Disc Golf Club. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I really got into it just as something we could do together,” Mario said. “I just wanted to get to know him, and I ended up loving the sport.”

After playing once, Mario went out and bought his own set of discs and the two brothers who once never spent time together, began playing at least twice a week and building their relationship.

“It was awesome because a lot of times I was following in his footsteps,” Ruben said. “He tried one of mine out one day. I showed him some basics, and he took off with it.”

Ruben said that Mario improved quickly by listening to his advice and having the strategic mind that the game requires.

When the Decatur Parks Department built a six-hole course at Melba Doyle Park last fall, the two helped with the design of the course and have been regulars’. They were some of the first to join the Decatur Disc Golf Club that now has around 49 members.

Not only did their relationship grow, their skills also grew.

Ruben had been playing for nearly a decade and had become one of the top players in the area, while Mario picked up some of his brother’s tricks and became a strong player as well.

In fact, when Ruben recently won the Decatur Golf Club championship, it was Mario who came in second right behind him.

“Ruben is amazing out there,” Mario said. “I just got lucky and had a good day. Ruben blew everyone else away.”

Despite his modesty, they both have been instrumental in locally growing the sport that has been building a groundswell in recent years.

The Galindo brothers have given free lessons to young and inexperienced players in the area and helped the Decatur High School students, who are building an 18-hole course at the school with design ideas.

Though disc golf has been around since 1926, it hadn’t reached national popularity until the last 20 years, and the state of Texas is a hot spot for the sport.

Texas has 250 courses, 53 more than any other state in the nation, according to the Disc Golf Course Review.

Recently, they signed up for one of disc golf’s biggest national events, the Glass Blown Open in Emporia, Kan., and were two of around 900 scheduled to play in the tournament.

Unfortunately for Ruben, his new job with the Grand Prairie Fire Department won’t allow him to attend the event, though Mario is still planning on making the trip.

Ruben’s new job will undoubtedly eat into his playing time, but becoming a fireman has been a longtime goal for him.

That might have something to do with his big brother Mario, who has been a fireman for over a decade and currently works for the Hurst Fire Department.

“I think part of it is, I’ve always had respect for the position,” Ruben said. “My brother did it and I always respected what he did. He encouraged me to look into it when I mentioned that I had some interest.”

Mario laughs when talking about the paths their lives have taken.

“It’s funny,” he said. “I started playing because I wanted us to have something in common. Now our lives are kind of parallel in that we have the same occupation, we’re both fathers and we share a hobby.”

Though their early lives were loosely connected, two brothers found a place for each other with some effort and a love for disc golf.

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Mother confirms missing teen’s death http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/mother-confirms-missing-teens-death/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/mother-confirms-missing-teens-death/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:11:23 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90266 A dead body discovered in Bridgeport Wednesday afternoon has not been officially identified by authorities, but Bridgeport resident Jennifer Fortune says it’s her son, 17-year-old Brant Boatman.

“Based off of all the evidence – the cell phone, the gun, the clothing he was wearing … I’m certain it was him,” she told the Messenger Thursday.

Brant Boatman

Brant Boatman

Boatman ran away from home April 11 with a .45 handgun and his cell phone and is still considered a missing person by the Bridgeport Police Department. According to Assistant Police Chief Steve Stanford, the boy’s disappearance is considered an ongoing investigation.

The department received various tips since the 11th, placing Boatman everywhere from Wise Regional Health System in Decatur to a relative’s home in Ohio.

The body, along with a gun and a cell phone, was found in a wooded area south of Edison Street by two intermediate school students on their way home from school around 3:52 p.m., according to a statement released Wednesday by Bridgeport PD.

Officers were unable to determine the sex or identity of the body. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor sent the body to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy, and Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew was also called to assist with Bridgeport PD’s investigation.

Authorities are still waiting on DNA evidence to be 100 percent certain of the body’s identity, which could take anywhere from 30 to 45 days, Bridgeport Police Assistant Chief Steve Stanford said Thursday.

“We’re still finalizing some leads and going through various details right now, and we’re still looking at who the weapon belongs to and where it came from and things like that,” he said. Stanford added that no charges have been filed.

Fortune said officers visited her family around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to notify them of the discovery. She posted a Facebook status at 9:07 p.m. Wednesday stating her belief that the dead body was that of her son.

“To all those who tried to help me find my son … thank you … I have bad news y’all. They found him in the woods by our house. The texas [sic] rangers and police chief came to notify us. They took him to Dallas for an autopsy and I will give DNA tomarrow [sic] to confirm. But his phone was there and the 45 pistol. The ranger said it is 99% our son,” she wrote.

Numerous friends and family members offered their condolences on her Facebook page the last two days.

Fortune gave a DNA sample to authorities Thursday to “definitely confirm it was him, but everything that they found at the scene points to him,” Fortune said. “He had zip ties for shoelaces and they found that, his cell phone and the missing gun near the body.”

The Fortunes reported a missing handgun shortly after reporting Boatman missing on the 12th.

Fortune believes her son killed himself.

“He struggled with suicidal thoughts on and off for the last couple of years, and he was manic depressive,” she said. “He had been going to therapy and getting help, but he left that day after saying he was upset at being bullied and asked to go to the park.”

The family reported him missing the next day, noting that he had not been taking his medication.

Fortune said the gun Boatman had on him was left at their house by James Strickland, a 22-year-old who had been living with the Fortunes since November. Fortune said Strickland left for Florida on April 8 and left his gun at the house.

“Brant was kind of close with James,” Fortune said.

Fortune maintains Boatman was bullied at Bridgeport High School since his enrollment in August.

“He was kind of a loner kid, and he said people made fun of the way he dressed and talked about him behind his back,” Fortune said.

Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Eddie Bland released a statement Thursday morning consoling the Fortune family, reiterating that the body has yet to be identified.

“We are sad and shocked to learn from local law enforcement that a body has been discovered in our community,” Bland wrote. “At this time, we have received no information confirming the identity of the individual. When one member of the Bridgeport ISD family hurts, we all hurt. Our hearts go out today to this family as they wait for news.”

Bland said he had not heard of any instances of Boatman being bullied, something he said he would have been acutely aware of.

“We talk about bullying all the time on an administrative level and take it extremely seriously, and there hasn’t been any record of him being bullied,” Bland said Thursday. “But I’m devastated. We all are. You can’t work in a school system and work with kids and not be devastated. Our staff is heartbroken.”

Bland added that intermediate school counselors are working to ease the trauma of the students who found the body, as well.

Fortune has taken her anti-bullying cause to Facebook and started a new page Friday called “Justice For Brant Boatman.” Its goal as stated on the page is “to stop bullying and teen suicide.” It had more than 200 likes as of press time.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help pay for Boatman’s cremation. As of press time, $130 out of the desired $2,500 has been raised.

“I just keep thinking that I should’ve looked harder for him or done more to try and find him,” Fortune said. “People are wondering why I didn’t do more, and that’s just the hardest thing of all. I just keep wondering, why did this have to happen to my son?”

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Early voting starts Monday http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/early-voting-starts-monday-4/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/early-voting-starts-monday-4/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:10:45 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90264 Early voting for the May 9 school board and city council elections starts Monday.

Voters may cast ballots 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at early voting locations Monday, April 27, through Tuesday, May 5. There are special hours – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – on the Tuesdays (April 28 and May 5) during early voting.

Voting locations are listed below.


City Hall – 215 W. Elm St.


City Hall – 900 Thompson St.


City Hall – 400 S. Hovey St.


City Hall – 201 E. Walnut St.

Special voting location and time: 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 at Decatur High School


City Hall – 105 W. First Street

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Calculating the cost of the school bond http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/calculating-the-cost-of-the-school-bond/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/calculating-the-cost-of-the-school-bond/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:10:11 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90262 Whether you are considering buying a pair of running shoes or a new truck – or voting for bond items such as a resurfaced track or new buses – it usually boils down to one question.

How much is this going to cost me?

For the Decatur school district, the projects contained in both propositions of the bond package will cost around $13.5 million. In order to pay for the bond package, the district projects a maximum tax rate increase of 4.2 cents per $100 valuation on the debt service portion of the tax rate. Unlike the maintenance and operations part of the tax rate that is used to pay for items such as teacher salaries, textbooks and the electricity bill and is subject to recapture by the state, all taxes collected for debt service remain under local control.

“If we raised 4 cents on the M&O side, 44 percent of every additional dollar would be sent to the state,” Superintendent Rod Townsend said.

The district already sends an average of about $3.5 million per year in locally-raised taxes to the state as part of the “Robin Hood” recapture funding formula.

The exact cost of the bond package to a Decatur taxpayer depends on the value of your property.

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 4.2-cent tax rate increase. If your home value is less, the amount of tax increase would be less, and if your home value is more, you would see a larger tax rate increase. For instance, the owner of a $200,000 home would see an annual increase of $84.

If you are a citizen age 65 or older who has successfully applied for a homestead exemption, the amount of taxes you pay on your primary residence would not increase due to the bond package.

Districts pay back the money they owe over a period of time, depending on the length of the bond. For the current bond under consideration, transportation and technology items totaling $6.5 million would use a 5-10 year note. Security and facility items totaling $7 million would use a 20-year note.

In the past few years, DISD has been able to pay off some debt early through refinancing some of its bond debt. In February of 2013, the district paid off a portion of its debt six years early and was able to save $987,860 over the life of the bonds. That worked out to an annual savings of nearly $160,000 over the next six-year period.

Since 1999, Decatur voters have approved three of five bond packages put before them. It has led to the construction of two elementary schools – Carson and Young – a multipurpose facility at the middle school, a high school, a transportation facility, technology including student laptops, and renovations of various campuses.

As of Monday, the beginning of early voting, Decatur residents will have a chance to vote on items related to transportation, security, technology, facility upgrades and a multipurpose indoor practice facility.

Those items were explored more in depth in previous stories related to the bond issue.

Go to wcmess.com/bond to read all of the stories in the series as well as letters we’ve received on the bond issue. You’ll also find links to more information that could help you decide how to vote.


  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, April 29 to May 4 and May 4 at Decatur City Hall
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 and May 5 at Decatur City Hall
  • 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 at Decatur High School

Election day voting May 9:

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Decatur City Hall
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High school seniors honored for outstanding character http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/high-school-seniors-honored-for-outstanding-character/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/high-school-seniors-honored-for-outstanding-character/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:09:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90260 Eight Wise County high school seniors were honored for their outstanding character at the Character Counts banquet Thursday night at Weatherford College Wise County.

Those recognized included Alvord’s Joe Randall, Aaron Hammett of Boyd, Keaton Vawter of Bridgeport, Chico’s Austin Collins, Justin Myers of Decatur, Northwest student Domingo “Eli” Ponce IV, Austin Hogan of Paradise and Slidell’s Jessy Goode.

Elite Eight

ELITE EIGHT – Eight Wise county high school seniors were honored Thursday night at Weatherford College Wise County for their outstanding character traits. Those recognized include (from left) Keaton Vawter, Aaron Hammett, Joe Randall, “Eli” Ponce IV, Austin Collins, Jessy Goode, Austin Hogan and Justin Myers. Each student received a $5,000 scholarship for their continued education. Messenger photo by Jake Harris

The students were selected by faculty members at their respective schools as examples of outstanding character in and out of the classroom. Each one received a $5,000 scholarship toward their continued education.

The banquet was hosted by Brian Stephens, whose insurance agency Stephens Bastian and Cartwright sponsored the event.

Rick Carone, a former Chicago White Sox catcher and current videographer for “Buck Commander,” gave the keynote address. He focused on how the students need to keep a good perspective on life because that is the source of their character. “It’s humbling to be here speaking to you tonight because these kids here didn’t wait to choose character – they chose character first,” he said.

He drew on his own experience being diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer two years ago as an example of him working to keep things in perspective.

“I truly believe that we are formed more by the negative events in our life than we are by the positive events,” Carone said. “And that’s enabled me to keep a good outlook on life.”

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark presented the awards to each student as they were accompanied by their parents and the faculty member who nominated them. Each faculty member gave a speech as to why they nominated their student.

Stories of students helping younger children, leading Bible study groups and donating time working at charities echoed off the walls of the Weatherford College cafeteria as proud parents watched.

“When you talk about a community and the strength of a community, the greatest resource is good people, and I believe that trait starts at a very young age,” Clark said. “I’d like to applaud all of these students tonight.”

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Student speakers hope to repeat sweep http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/student-speakers-hope-to-repeat-sweep/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/student-speakers-hope-to-repeat-sweep/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:08:52 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90257 A precise speech pattern, intense eye contact and thoughtful ideas are not characteristics associated with stereotypical teenagers.

But Slidell High School students Jessy Goode, Obed Galindo and Marisol Millan are not typical teens.

Speaking Engagement

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT – Slidell High School students (from left) Obed Galindo, Jessy Goode and Marisol Millan swept the district UIL informative speaking contest and were to compete in the Class A Region III meet at Tarleton State University this weekend. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The dynamic trio went one, two and three, respectively, in informative speaking at the District 21-A UIL meet and were to compete this weekend in the Class A Region III meet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

The students agreed that they like informative speaking because it forces them to stay up-to-date on current events. Galindo said as they prepared for the contest, he realized how out-of-touch he was with world issues.

“I thought, ‘These are things I should know,'” he said.

In the contest, speakers draw five slips of paper, each with a different topic. From the time the slips are drawn, the speaker has 30 minutes to choose one of those topics, research that topic using a file of archived news stories and write a speech, citing six different sources.

The students must then deliver the speech to a panel of judges.

Each of the Slidell students has a different method for choosing their topic.

“My rule is if I can’t pronounce the name [of a person or country] in the question, then I’m not doing it,” said Millan.

The students also base their decision on the information they know is in their research files. For months leading up to the competition, the students research current events and save articles, creating the archive they use during the contest.

“I decide based on which one I have more files on or which one I know more about,” Goode said.

At district, Goode’s question was “How can the U.S. diminish ISIS impact on Iraq?”

“We had lots of files on ISIS,” Goode said with a laugh.

Galindo spoke on “what Kenya’s leaders are doing to rid the country of political corruption” while Millan answered the following: “Why is it becoming popular in California to use solar energy?”

“The hard part is you can’t slip into persuasive [speaking],” Millan said.

The students explained that they also rehearse hand gestures and moving around the room while speaking.

“And whatever you do, don’t say ‘like’ or ‘ummm,'” Goode pointed out.

The girls, both seniors, have competed in informative speaking throughout most of high school. This is Goode’s third year to compete, and Millan has entered the contest all four years.

Galindo, a freshman, was the new kid on the block.

“He was a standout at the tryouts,” Goode said. “He surprised everyone.”

The three agree that the contest will help them in the future, whether it’s preparing for a particular career or simply being more aware of the world around them.

Goode plans to major in broadcast journalism, so informative speaking is a natural stepping stone, and Millan will study to be a surgical tech, where communication is key.

Galindo said he’s noticed that many of his interests and possible career paths keep him secluded, but studying world events draws him out of that isolation.

“It helps you relate to how other people feel, and it affects the choices you make whether it’s voting on something or just your opinion,” he said.

As the trio conducted last-minute research this week, they were hoping for atypical regional results – a sweep leading to state.

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Decatur campus’ AC fix to be done in summer http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decatur-campus-ac-fix-to-be-done-in-summer/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decatur-campus-ac-fix-to-be-done-in-summer/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:07:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90254 Things might get a little heated at the sixth grade campus of McCarroll Middle School the closer it gets to summer.

The Decatur School Board Monday learned that a chiller in one of the air conditioning units at the campus recently went out, leaving part of the building without cool air.

The board was faced with the decision of repairing the unit or replacing the entire unit. The time frame for repairing the unit would be four weeks while replacement would take eight to nine weeks.

The district received a couple of bids for the work. The lowest bid was $40,000 for repair or $57,000 for replacement.

With only five weeks of school left, Superintendent Rod Townsend recommended replacement.

“There’s enough empty classrooms we can relocate some classes,” he said. “… They’ll have to plan accordingly with some science labs. I recommend going with HVAC Technical and have them replace the whole chiller.”

Townsend said HVAC Technical was involved in the recent administration building remodeling.

“They did a fine job. We haven’t had any issues they weren’t willing to come back and address,” he said.

The school has been pulling in cool outside air in the early morning to bring down temperatures in the classroom prior to students’ arrival.

The board approved the quote from HVAC Technical not to exceed $60,000.

As part of the consent agenda, the board approved a standard lunch price of $1.50 for both elementary and secondary campuses. That will represent a 20-cent increase at the elementary schools and a 10-cent increase at the middle and high school. Reduced price breakfast meals would remain 30 cents.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the certification of instructional materials which states the district will only buy materials that are on the state’s adopted list;
  • named April Whisenant as director of special services;
  • honored Young Elementary third grade teacher Bekki Roberts as educator of the month and Sheryl Dubois from Decatur High School as support staff employee of the month;
  • recognized the work of Decatur High School’s auto tech team; and
  • honored outgoing school board member Diana Mosley for her service to the district.
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Hiking trail expansion coming to OHV Park http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/hiking-trail-expansion-coming-to-ohv-park/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/hiking-trail-expansion-coming-to-ohv-park/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:07:03 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90252 New emergency vehicles and expanded trails will soon be coming to the Bridgeport OHV Park.

The city council Tuesday approved the Parks and Recreation Department’s agreement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to add nearly 275 acres for hiking and biking trails in the park. The hiking trails project will be paid for with an $83,800 grant from TPWD at a matching rate of 80/20 with the city.

In a separate agreement with TPWD, new rescue vehicles, emergency signage and communication equipment will be purchased for the park. The vehicles will be paid for with a $36,200 TPWD grant with the 80/20 match.


The council started its meeting Tuesday with a moment of silence to honor former City Administrator Brandon Emmons, who died unexpectedly last Sunday in Waco.

“We were all shocked to hear about Brandon, and we mourn the loss of a fine city employee and great friend to all of us,” said Mayor Corey Lane.

Former City Secretary Jesica McEachern sat in the city administrator seat for the first time at Tuesday’s meeting. She was selected as city administrator after a nearly five-month search by the city.

“Welcome to this side of the dais,” Lane joked to her as the meeting began.

The council’s first item of business was a half-hour closed session to discuss procedure for public comment during meetings. No action was taken.


  • The council agreed to pay off half of its loan against its Certificate of Deposit for Walter Hales Water Treatment Plant repairs and renew the other half for payoff at a later date. The total balance of the loan is $112,546.38.
  • Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright will handle health insurance for city employees starting in July after a unanimous vote by the council.
  • The city’s ongoing participation with the steering committee of cities served by Oncor was approved unanimously.
  • The audited financial report for FY 2013-14 was approved unanimously.
  • The council also had a workshop discussion to improve the city’s zoning ordinances. McEachern said the current ones are 50 years old and need to be updated. The general consensus was that the council would update them instead of hiring out the work, but no action could be taken since it was a workshop item.

The council’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at 900 Thompson St.

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May Elections: School Board http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/may-elections-school-board/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/may-elections-school-board/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:06:46 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90250 City council and school board elections are Saturday, May 9, and early voting starts Monday, April 27, and runs through Tuesday, May 5.

The Messenger sent candidates questionnaires, and asked that answers be limited to 50 words.

School board candidates were asked to address the following:

1. Rank issues by importance and emphasis: academics, athletics, band and fine arts, facilities, technology, transportation, vocational programs

2. Rank groups as a resource for information in making decisions: administration, parents and teachers, taxpayers, fellow school board members

3. Primary reason for seeking a place on the school board: continue the direction and policies of the district, change the direction and policies of the district, lower the tax rate.




Occupation: Lease operator

Education: High school

Family: Wife, three boys and one girl

1. One is not more important than the other. There are lessons (life lessons) learned with the right teaching and coaching in, athletics, band and fine arts, vocational programs and of course, academics. It is also important to improve our facilities and stay current with the changing times and seems like nothing changes more often than technology. (Exceeded the word limit.)

2. Everyone plays a part. Parents have their child in school and want the best for their child as well as I do. Taxpayers, we put our money into the school, and we have ideas and would like our opinions heard. For nine to 10 months, teachers/coaches are around our children more than anyone. (Exceeded word limit.)

3. I graduated from Alvord. I have lived here most of my life. It’s time I give back to my school.


Kevin Wood

Occupation: Chemistry instructor, North Central Texas College

Education: BS, MS

Family: Spouse Marcia Wood (elementary teacher in the Northwest ISD); two children: Zack, 2007 Alvord High School graduate currently serving in the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor and Caleb, 2013 Alvord High School graduate, a junior at Texas State University and serving an internship in the Texas Legislature with District 123 Rep. Diego Bernal

1. Essential school management, as in business, includes setting goals/priorities. Board omission or emphasis of any one area (including food service and maintenance) without supporting data/information would be negligent. Data-driven identifiable district goals that focus on long-term student preparation and success are the most effective approach for a board member.

2. A school cannot function properly without measured participation from all of these groups. School personnel must be allowed to manage the school and provide relevant educational information; the school should seek parents/taxpayers input, but the board must ensure TRANSPARENCY under law allowing ALL groups access to the decision-making process.

3. Bringing a broad understanding of the educational process with experience in board procedures, public and higher education, I am committed to the future of the AISD by assuring all students are provided excellence of instruction and classroom teachers are provided every opportunity for training to address every student’s needs.




Brian Hand

Occupation: Small business owner

Education: Associates of Applied Science, North Central Texas College; Chico High School Class of 1997

Family: Wife Lana; daughters Kambree, Abby, Carly, Cara

1. Academics, vocational programs, athletics, band and fine arts, transportation, technology, facilities

2. Parents and teachers, taxpayers, administration, fellow school board members

All dependent on the decision at hand.

3. I feel that there are things that both need to stay the path and be addressed for change. In my opinion, this is an ongoing effort of balance. My goal is to help provide the best benefits to the student and faculty needs, while providing a balanced budget.


Occupation: Department of Labor (mine inspector)

Education: Chico ISD graduate, 1982; Mine Safety and Health Academy graduate, 2014

Family: Married to Bonnie Redwine 26 years; J.D. and Jessica Redwine, past graduates of Chico ISD and current student of Chico ISD.

1. Academics, facilities, technology, transportation, vocational programs, fine arts and band, athletics

2. Taxpayers, parents, teachers, administration, fellow school board members

3. Continue the direction and polices of the district

We have a good direction and good policies in place. Even though they are good, they need to be continually updated as our district progresses.



Chad Patterson

Occupation: Owner/GM of PATH Oilfield Services, LLC in Chico

Education: High School

Family: Spouse – Missy (Ward) Patterson; Children – Hunter York, Alli York, Tanner York and Paisley Patterson

1. Of utmost importance are our children. They are our future. I believe that setting higher goals and standards in academics should be our first priority. In doing so, not only do we improve the quality of life of our kids, but for our community. Programs such as athletics, music, agricultural education and technology are of high importance as well. (Exceeded word limit.)

2. Input from everyone is important, but I believe teachers are highest in priority. They are on the front line. Their input can only better our kids when it comes to education and safety. I am looking forward to working with everyone from the board and administration but will make it a priority to open better lines of communication with parents.

3. My reasons for seeking election to our school board are simple … to improve and increase opportunities for our children when it come to their education and therefore improve the quality of life in the city of Chico. I would also definitely strive to maintain a fair and accurate tax rate for our citizens.


Mark Tate

Occupation: Owner T Top Manufacturing, Chico and Bridgeport

Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering, Tarleton State University

Family: Wife of 26 years, Carrie; son and daughter-in-law Austin and Shaley Tate; daughter and son-in law Casey and Luke Plummer; daughter Corey at Texas Tech University; grandson Lane Aaron Plummer, 3; and granddaughter Cooper Shae Tate, one month

1. The students are the most important issue. Depending on their career path, each of the above items would play a different role of importance. We must provide the latest technology, a safe learning environment and a well-balanced curriculum to meet every child’s needs.

2. Every decision requires different input. Finances would require all of the above with the student’s behalf being the most important factor. Making decisions with student welfare as the top priority instead of personal agendas is what every board should strive for. Friends or family over the students is not right.

3. Continue to help keep the board focused on the student’s welfare as opposed to personal welfare. Our taxes are paid to produce quality-educated future leaders and providers, not make the district a family business. This is always a problem for small towns.



Lori Clark

Occupation: Retired teacher

Education: Bachelor of Education, University of North Texas

Family: Sons J.D. and Jesse; daughter-in-law Alecia; grandchildren Natalie, Cain and Hayes

1. A quality education includes all these aspects. Academics should always be first. Vocational programs, athletics, band/fine arts and technology all create passions in our students to develop new career skills and interests. The importance of quality facilities and transportation cannot be underestimated because it means safety for our students.

2. I am a strong believer in local control. Our families, our faculty and our community know what is better for our children than an over-reaching, one-size-fits-all government. These stakeholders should all have strong, valued voices when it comes to the future of our school and community.

3. Our direction should always be toward excellence for our children and fiscal responsibility for our taxpayers. As a retired teacher, my heart loves kids and believes in education. My late husband, my sons and I are Chico graduates, and my granddaughter is a kindergarten Dragon. I believe in Chico ISD.


Occupation: Self-employed

Education: Chico High School

Family: Spouse Terrisa; children Jessica Coffman and Melanie Tolliver

1. I feel that all issues related to the kids are important. However, academics are huge for me. If they have a good education, this will benefit them in all future endeavors.

2. I believe that we all must work together for the benefit of the children and community. Our kids are our future; therefore all decisions relating to them should be important.

3. My primary reason for seeking a place is to continue the direction of the district and to make sure that any and all decisions are for the benefit of the children, faculty and community.



Ashlee Bohn

Occupation: Independent agent with Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright, LP

Education: Master’s degree in business administration

Family: I have been married to my handsome husband Cary for three years. I am blessed to have two wonderful children, daughter Parker, 7; and son Jaxson, 5; both who attend Rann Elementary. I also have two step-children Matthew, 14; and London, 9; who attend the Keller ISD.

1. Academics, vocational programs, band and fine arts, technology, athletics, facilities, transportation

First and foremost, we must equip our students with the best possible academics. This goal must reach well beyond the goal of standardized testing and state funding objectives. Band, fine arts, technology and athletics are next in line because of the direct impact they have on producing well-rounded adults.

2. Parents and teachers, administration, taxpayers, fellow school board members

Parents’ and children’s interests must be kept paramount. They are why we exist and need a voice. Next I listed teachers. They are on the front line and are an invaluable resource. They must have a seat at the decision-making table.

3. There are many areas I feel where the direction and policy of our district is right on target. There are, however, concerns that have to be addressed, so that all of our schools are ranked exemplary and we stop losing as many children and teachers to private educational institutions.


Dr. Matt Joiner

Occupation: Associate dean, Weatherford College Wise County

Education: Tarleton State University (Bachelor of Science in Education), Texas Woman’s University (Master of Educational Administration), Texas Tech University (Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration)

Family: My wife, Kelly, a Registered Nurse, and I have been married since 2000. Our children are Trinity, age 10, a fifth grader at Rann Elementary, and Reagan, age 7, a first grader at Rann Elementary. My parents, Gerre and Jo, are also Decatur residents.

1. Academics, vocational programs, band and fine arts, athletics, transportation, facilities, technology Instructional coursework must always take precedence. Research demonstrates that students who involve themselves in fine arts and athletic activities are more successful inside and outside the classroom and in the longer term. The remaining three critical areas infuse themselves into every facet of education and are necessary for student success.

2. Parents and teachers, taxpayers, administration, fellow school board members

Each of these groups has a defined and important role to play in the educational achievements of our students. We’re each playing for the same team and for the same, non-negotiable, foundational goal – student success. Collaboration, communication and high-quality relationships will be key determinants in achieving our shared goal.

3. Continue the direction and policies of the district

Decatur ISD stakeholders must continue to commit themselves to continuous improvement and a future-oriented vision. We are blessed with financial and personnel resources as well as a supportive community. It is my goal to utilize these valuable commodities while helping to make an already-successful district even more effective in its efforts.

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May Elections: City Council http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/may-elections-city-council/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/may-elections-city-council/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:03:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90241 City council and school board elections are Saturday, May 9, and early voting starts Monday, April 27, and runs through Tuesday, May 5.

The Messenger sent candidates questionnaires, and asked that answers be limited to 50 words.


City council candidates were asked to address the following:

1. Rank the following issues in terms of importance and emphasis for your city: taxes, streets, water and sewer, parks and recreation, fees (water, sewer and garbage), economic development, law enforcement, attract new residents and housing developments.

2. Which statement best describes your primary reason for seeking a place on the city council?

a. correct administrative or financial problems that exist within the city

b. change current direction and policies of city

c. continue current direction and policies of city

d. increase local funding for city programs, including streets, law enforcement, parks

e. maintain or lower local funding for city programs, including streets, law enforcement, parks

f. support bond election to improve city issues as needed, including streets, law enforcement, parks

g. oppose tax increases required to improve city facilities, including streets, parks, etc.



Vicki Stokes Holder

Occupation: Medical assistant for Dr. Thomas Steffen in Decatur

Education: Bridgeport High School 1979 Graduate; Education America 1997 Medical Assistant

Family: Children Jonathan Holder and Mary-Beth Holder. Both graduated Bridgeport High School.

1. Economic development, streets, water and sewer, parks and recreation

2. I want to help the direction of our city with changes or corrections as needed.


Occupation: Retired postal service worker

Education: Some college

Family: Wife Sandra; sons Harold and Clay; two granddaughters

1. They’re all important, but the streets are the emphasis for me. I’d say they certainly need attention. Taxes are also always important. I want improvements to happen, but I don’t want to increase taxes to do it. And then fees, economic development, law enforcement and attracting new residents.

2. None of them are the primary reason, but I would say I want improvement without a tax increase. I don’t see how we can lower taxes without being detrimental, but I don’t support a tax increase either. Streets and infrastructure are the ones that need to be up front.



Kevin Lopez

Occupation: Firefighter/paramedic

Education: Working on associate’s degree in fire science

Family: Wife Erin, one son and one daughter

1. As a public servant by profession, I recognize the importance of funding law enforcement so they can continue to effectively protect our city. However, a city council member must recognize that all the elements of city government have a symbiotic relationship and that each element has equal importance to keep a city prospering.

2. My primary reason for seeking office is to lower our city’s electric rates that have burdened Bridgeport’s citizens and businesses alike. Through frugal spending and taking whatever action that is necessary, as long as there is no negative impact on Bridgeport’s citizens and local businesses, we can effectively fund our police and fire, systematically fix our streets and build upon our city’s positive attributes to keep our city moving in a positive direction.


Jimmy Meyers

Occupation: Contract oil field pumper

Education: One year of college

Family: Wife Janis; daughter Kristy Murphy (husband Ryan Murphy); son Luke Meyers (wife Kelli Meyers); five grandchildren – Landri, Allie and Garrett Murphy and Cooper and Cason Meyers

1. Streets, water and sewer; law enforcement; parks and rec; taxes; attract new residents and housing developments

The streets have been a low priority the last few years. It is time to correct this issue. There are also some city structures that are in need of repairs. This also needs to be addressed. Bridgeport’s law enforcement department is in good shape. The Parks and Rec Department has done an amazing job offering many different activities attracting many people in this area, thus impacting our city economy. (Exceeded word limit.)

2. c. Continue current direction and policies of city



Karen Garrison

Occupation: U.S. postal service clerk

Education: High school

Family: Single mom of two daughters

1: 1. water being the vital resource every city needs to survive, 2. taxes an important part of sustainability, 3. streets, 4. parks and recreation, 5. fees to upkeep and maintain, 6. economic development, 7. law enforcement to protect it all.

2. c. Continue current direction and policies of city

I have been on the city council since 2006, and I have been mayor pro tem since 2009. I have been serving as acting mayor since the seat was vacated by J.D. Clark in November. I have served under two great mayors and have been a part of a lot of changes in our great city. (Exceeded word limit.)


Roger Mead

Occupation: Disabled

Education: West High School in Davenport, Iowa

Family: Mike and Heather Leah of Chico, Steve and Brandy Mead of Burleson and seven grandchildren

1. Keep taxes low, help economic development moving in positive way, get law enforcement seen in the city more, help new residents and housing developments move in, and get new streets and old ones repaired

2. a. correct administrative or financial problems that exist within the city

d. increase local funding for city programs, including streets, law enforcement, parks


Euell Rackley

Occupation: Works at Brookshire’s in Bridgeport

Education: High school education. He is a 40-year veteran with the U.S. military.

1. I would like to fix all the streets in the city and install streetlights.

2. a. correct administrative or financial problems that exist within the city

b. change current direction and policies of city

d. increase local funding for city programs, including streets, law enforcement, parks



Occupation: Project manager

Education: High School, vocational, and life itself

1. I believe all of these items need looking at. This city needs to represent the community and their well-being. If that means new residents and more good housing, then I suppose this would rank No. 1.

With that growth would come an increasing tax base, lightening the burden of all of Rhome. (Exceeded word limit.)

2. a, b, d, f and g.


Occupation: Oil and gas

Education: Private high school and some college

Family: I have a wonderful wife named Brytany and a beautiful daughter, who is almost 3.

1. Law enforcement, economic development, bring new residents to Rhome, taxes, water and sewer streets, parks and rec, water and sewer

2. Rhome is in the perfect area for growth. I want Rhome to grow but keep that small-town feel. I believe the city can be cleaned up and be more presentable. I want people to remember Rhome when they pass through, a nice place where they would like to come back to visit, or maybe call home.


Occupation: Retired

Education: High school, insurance and finance schools, and some college.

Family: Mother Marie Moore

1. Economic growth is of utmost importance. With this growth and subsequent tax money, all city services and infrastructure as well as the police and fire will benefit.

2. I actively participate in all city functions and see the need to help the city increase the tax base through planned economic development to allow for increased services and recreation programs.


Occupation: Equipment operator for Tarrant County

Education: High school diploma and college at Midwestern State University

Family: Wife and one son

1. water, economic development, street, and overall maintenance

2. c. Continue current direction and policies of city

I have attended the Rhome City Council meeting for the last two-and-one-half years. Knowing the direction the present council is working to accomplish, I feel my knowledge of the next moves will only help the council move forward on these vital steps.

*Dawn Davis did not return her questionnaire by deadline.



Occupation: Retired

Education: Bachelor of Arts in education, Bachelor of Sciences in mechanical engineering, The Brunswick Management School and Harvard Business School.

Family: Son Scott Childress, granddaughter Taylor Childress, son Jeff Childress, granddaughter Sophis Childress

1. Economic development, streets and water and sewer

As mayor, I will create a solid business package to go after new business to help the Rhome economy and create jobs in Rhome, repair the streets and set up a program to maintain them and build an additional water well so we don’t have to buy as much water.

2. I am president of the Rhome seniors and historian and board member of the Rhome Public Library. I received many calls asking me to run and if elected, settle the unrest that has been on the council for a while and get things running in an orderly business-like manner.


Occupation: I am a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant working as the accounting manager at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

Education: Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Accounting with Concentration in Taxation from University of North Texas

Family: Three daughters and several grandchildren

1. As a licensed CPA, I believe economic development affects all other city issues. By promoting a sensible economic development plan, taxes and fees to existing residents may be lowered. Improvements to streets, water/sewer and parks will occur with property/sales tax from new sources. New residents will be attracted as well.

2. My primary reason for seeking election as mayor is to provide leadership by example and to correct the problems that exist in the city. Citizen concerns should be addressed fairly. It’s time to handle the business of the city. The mayor should guide the council and city in that direction.


Education: College, extensive management and financial courses

Family: Husband, two daughters

1. Planned economic development is most important, and that revenue will allow the city to improve the water, streets, sewer, parks and recreation, and fire and police departments.

2. c. Continue current direction and policies of the city

I chose to run for mayor because I believe in our city. I can devote full time to the position and have served seven years on the city council. This past year has seen some bumps in the road personnel-wise. We now have an excellent staff.

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Track: Paradise run to area title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-paradise-run-to-area-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-paradise-run-to-area-title/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:39:52 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90233 After taking the handoff with a slight lead on Bowie’s anchor leg, Paradise senior Mikeala Beck found herself in a tight footrace to the finish line Thursday.

GRABBING TITLE – Paradise’s Mikeala Beck inches ahead of a Bowie runner in the last leg of the 4×100 Thursday. Paradise won the area title in the event. Messenger photo by Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“I was watching her in my peripheral and could see her,” Beck said. “I didn’t want to lose it. I thought I could hold her off.”

Beck kept the slight advantage to win the 4×100 at the 9/10-3A area meet in Jacksboro in 51.03 by 0.02 over Bowie.

“It was payback for district,” said Beck, who teamed with Kyndall McCasland, Amber French and Carressa McCasland for the area crown.

The relay was one of two relay victories for the Lady Panthers on their way to a second straight area title. The Lady Panthers finished with 99 points, beating second-place Pottsboro by 13.

“I don’t have words for it,” Beck said. “We were a lot deeper last year and won by seven points. This year, half of our team was freshmen and we won by [13]. It was not our ability that led us to win, it was our heart.”

Aliyah Read, who anchored the Lady Panthers’ area-champion 4×200 relay, added: “The whole year we’ve been trying to get back here. We worked really hard. Our practices are hard. We’re blessed to be back-to-back champions.”

Paradise qualified athletes for the May 1-2 Class 3A Region II meet in 10 events and collected eight area medals – three golds and five bronzes.

“I’m proud of them,” said Paradise coach Johna Ford. “We did better than we expected in the running events. We thought we’d do better in the field events.

“We take a lot of pride in being pretty team oriented. They started out with the goal of winning again as a team first and individually second.”

The sprint relay set the tone Thursday on the track with its victory that started with strong legs by Kyndall McCasland, French and Carressa McCasland before the baton reached Beck.

“We worked really hard on the handoffs,” Ford said.

Beck said the exchange between her and Carressa McCasland was near perfect.

“That was the fastest handoff we’ve had,” she said.

“I knew if Carressa could keep up in her leg, I’d be able to hold off [Bowie].”

Paradise’s 4×200 quartet of Kyndall McCasland, Taylor Richards, Carressa McCasland and Read won by nearly a full second, running a season-best 1:47.92.

Getting the baton with the lead, Read confidently sprinted around the final curve to victory.

“I just had to finish it,” Read said. “Our handoffs were really good.”

Ford added that the relay remains unbeaten this season, heading to regionals.

The Lady Panthers’ 4×400 with Carressa McCasland, Read, Richards and Beck took third in 4:12.59.

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Track: Kyle captures three medals http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-kyle-captures-three-medals/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-kyle-captures-three-medals/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:38:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90228 At the area meet last year, Decatur’s Jessi Kyle squeezed into the Class 3A Region II meet with fourth-place finishes in the pole vault, 800 and 1,600.

Wednesday, the Decatur junior reserved her region spot in the three events with a little more ease. Kyle won gold medals in the pole vault and 800 and took silver in the 1,600.

“I’m really proud. Last year, I was four in all my events,” Kyle said. “I’m pretty excited about regionals.”

Pulling Away

PULLING AWAY – Decatur’s Jessi Kyle runs away from the field in the 800. Kyle won gold medals in the 800 and pole vault at area. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Kyle also helped Decatur’s 4×400 earn a trip to Lubbock and the 4A Region I meet May 1-2, running the anchor leg. The quartet that included Bailey Berry, Taylor Butler and Caitlin Butler finished fifth in 4:22.12 but moved up to fourth after Kennedale was disqualified.

Decatur coach David Park praised Kyle’s work at area.

“She’s a quality athlete and knows how to compete,” Park said. “She spoils you as a coach.”

Kyle started the meet with a win in the pole vault, clearing 8 feet. She attempted 8-6 but couldn’t clear it in three attempts.

“My first three vaults were really clean,” Kyle said.

In the 800, Kyle stormed to the lead at the first curve. Turning a 69-second opening lap, she owned a nearly full second lead. She continued to pull away, making a strong move with 300 to go on the way to winning in 2:24.74.

“I hear Park screaming to go and I wanted to get ahead,” Kyle said. “I didn’t know how close they were.”

Running against the area 3,200 champion Aimee Molina of Alvarado in the 1,600, Kyle stayed within a few steps of her through the third lap. Molina then pulled away to score the win in 5:31.06. Kyle finished second in 5:34.26.

“It was a tough race. The first two laps I got boxed in and couldn’t lengthen my stride,” Kyle said. “Park told me she was pretty fast. I tried to stay with her.”

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Golf & Baseball: Successful balance – Elder adds to 2 teams http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-baseball-successful-balance-elder-adds-to-2-teams/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-baseball-successful-balance-elder-adds-to-2-teams/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:37:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90225 When asked about his past week, Bryce Elder calmly agrees it’s been fun but gives little other emotion.

READY TO TEE OFF – Bryce Elder will take to the tee box at state Monday. Next week, he will be back on the mound for Eagles. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Pressed more about his two rounds at the 4A Region II golf tournament where he carded a 152 to tie for 16th and helped Decatur to a state tournament bid, he offers: “It was big for the golf team. We’re a young team.”

Then comes the follow-up about his nearly flawless seven-inning performance Tuesday in a 7-1 victory over Springtown that put the Eagles baseball team in a tie for first place in District 8-4A.

“It was a big game. It gives us something to look forward to,” Elder explains, keeping his calm demeanor.

While to others the Decatur sophomore is living out the fantasy of many young athletes – heading to state in one sport while playing a pivotal role in chasing a district title in another – Elder is just taking it in stride.

“I don’t get too fired up. I’m happy but I don’t show it much,” Elder explains.

But he’s helped to provide plenty to celebrate. Monday, he will tee off in the 4A University Interscholastic League golf championships at Onion Creek Golf Course in Austin for the first of two rounds. Then, he will return to rejoin the Eagles’ rotation as they push for a league title in baseball.

His success in the spring follows a solid basketball season for Elder, one of the area’s top sixth men for the Eagles, reaching the area round of the playoffs.

“I really couldn’t ask for a better year,” Elder said.

The success of the teams’ Elder is a part of is no accident, according to his coaches, who rave on the sophomore’s approach and work ethic.

“He’s a good athlete. He goes from basketball to golf to baseball seamlessly,” said Decatur baseball coach Brian Tickell. “He’s just a great competitor.”

Golf coach Fernando Escobar added: “He’s what every coach wants in an athlete. He’s in multiple sports and is successful in all he does. He’s really a dying breed.”

On the golf course, he’s worked hard to improve his game in the past year, taking regular swing lessons. He went from hitting in the 80s as a freshman to consistently being in the mid 70s. He closed out his regional trip with a 75.

“The more and more I play the better I strike the ball,” said Elder, who has been playing the sport for less than two years. He went several months without picking up a club during basketball season.

Needing to get to the course as much as he can in the spring to practice, Elder approached Tickell about just working as a pitcher for the Eagles. The coach took him up on the idea and let him leave to practice golf after his pitching workout.

“I’m really thankful Tickell has allowed me to be a pitcher only and get to play golf at 4,” Elder said.

Tickell said it was an easy decision because of Elder’s approach. The pitcher has awarded Tickell with 24 solid innings, in which he’s given up only seven earned runs. He’s also struck out 28 and walked just six.

Against Springtown Tuesday, Elder struck out seven and walked one in a complete-game four-hitter.

As impressive as that performance was, it likely was not his best. He held state-power Argyle to two hits over six innings, allowing a run and striking out five April 11.

“I’ve had a pitcher taken in the first round and another guy that was in the big leagues, and those two performances were just as dominant as any they ever had,” Tickell said.

The baseball coach added that the skills needed on the golf course and on the mound complement each other.

“If you hit a bad golf shot you have to put it behind you. If you make a bad pitch you can’t dwell on it,” Tickell explained. “You have to take it one pitch at a time and one golf swing at a time.”

Heading to the tee at state for the first time Monday, Elder expects there to be some nerves. But given his demeanor it won’t show. He’s just wanting to do his job.

“I’m going to go in trying to make pars and stay focused,” Elder said.

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Softball: Lady Panthers fall short in showdown http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-lady-panthers-fall-short-in-showdown/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-lady-panthers-fall-short-in-showdown/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:36:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90222 Things could have been much worse for the Lady Panthers heading into the bottom of the seventh.

GOT IT – Bailey Higgins and Kailey Thomas run for a fly ball during Paradise’s loss to Holliday Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After giving up two runs in the third inning, Paradise stopped the bleeding by getting two massively important outs with Holliday runners on the corners.

Again in the fourth inning, after allowing two runs, the Panthers got a desperate out with the bases loaded.

A Brooklynn Davis single to left field scored Paradise’s first run in the bottom of the fourth, and a Reagan Taylor double in the bottom of the fifth scored Shelby Barclay and shrunk the Panthers deficit to two.

In the bottom of the seventh with the district lead on the line, both Courtney Cline and Barclay grounded out to start the inning.

Down to their last out, Paradise’s Allie Rutledge hit a single to left field and Taylor followed by working a walk.

Jett Preather’s line drive single to left loaded the bases, setting things up for freshman Kailey Thomas to be the hero on Paradise’s senior night.

Though Thomas hit a hard liner to left field, the ball’s course was almost perfectly set for the glove of the Holliday outfielder who made the catch and ended the 4-2 loss.

Taylor started the game for the Panthers and pitched four innings, striking out eight, walking four, allowing six hits and four runs.

Thomas pitched the final three innings and the freshman allowed no hits, walks or runs, while striking out three.

“I thought she did a great job,” Essig said. “I’m proud of her. I think the kid just comes and plays. You ask her to make something work and she does it. She really wants to be good at this and she’s stepped up big for us all year.”

After the loss, the Lady Panthers celebrated senior night with a ceremony that honored senior players, their parents, grandparents and senior PA announcer Joey Lopez.

Essig expressed her regrets that her seniors couldn’t get the win over Holliday on the special night.

“I love those seniors,” Essig said. “They had to grow up at the varsity level and I couldn’t be prouder of them. They knew today was big and they really wanted to win that. They wanted to take first place tonight.”

As for the reason they lost, Essig said that they just couldn’t get the bats going until later in the game.

Taylor thinks that the loss could be a blessing in disguise as the Lady Panthers prepare for the playoffs.

“I think this loss will definitely fuel us,” the senior star said. “We have to work hard for the playoffs.”

Paradise’s district record drops to 11-2, tied with Holliday atop 9-3A, but gives the head-to-head advantage to Holliday who won both contests.

The district champion and runner-up from 9-3A will face either Whitesboro or Callisburg in the first playoff round, depending on the final contests of the season.

Whitesboro is currently third in 10-3A with a 9-4 record, but must face 12-1 Howe in the final game of district.

Callisburg has an 8-5 record in 10-3A with a probable win against 4-9 Gunter to close the season.

The winner of district 9-3A will play the fourth seed from 10-3A, and the second seed from 9-3A will play the third seed from 10-3A.


WP: Jennifer Wright LP: Reagan Taylor

2B: Paradise, Reagan Taylor

RBI: Holliday, Jennifer Wright, Emily Dyes, Beka Hardin; Paradise, Reagan Taylor, Brooklynn Davis

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Track: Stripling rises to occasion, win 2 medals http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-stripling-rises-to-occasion-win-2-medals/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-stripling-rises-to-occasion-win-2-medals/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:35:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90219 Illness couldn’t keep Decatur senior Macen Stripling from collecting a pair of area medals Wednesday at the 7/8-4A meet.

Up Over

UP, OVER – Macen Stripling clears the bar in the high jump at the area meet. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Stripling won the high jump and took second in the 100 hurdles to advance to the Class 4A Region I meet in Lubbock May 1-2.

Stripling, who narrowly missed a state berth last year in the high jump, won the area crown, clearing 5-2.

“I didn’t win area last year. I’m excited. Hopefully, next week I can pull it off and jump good,” Stripling said.

She said she had one good attempt at 5-4 but couldn’t get over it.

In the hurdles, Stripling turned in a 15.84 to finish second to Godley’s Jaycee Pannell.

“My start was much better. I hit a few hurdles,” Stripling said. “I was really focused on staying low.”

Tight Race

TIGHT RACE – Bridgeport’s Tyler Raby and Decatur’s Jacob Kevetter clear hurdles in the 300 race at Wednesday’s area meet in Springtown. Kevetter took second, Raby third. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


Bouncing back from injuring his hamstring the week of the District 8-4A meet, Decatur senior Jacob Kevetter ran a pair of strong races in the 110 and 300 hurdles Wednesday.

Kevetter took second in both events to Springtown’s Dillon Springfield.

In the 110s, Kevetter ran a 15.1. Springfield ran 14.76.

“I wanted to get right behind him and run a clean race,” Kevetter said. “I’m glad to be going to regionals.”

He said the hamstring is healthy but acknowledged a new injury.

“I took care of [the leg] pretty well,” Kevetter said. “But I broke a toe. I can’t catch a break.”

In the 300 hurdles, Kevetter ran his best time of the year, finishing in 40.19.

“I tried to go full out and then at the end began to slow,” Kevetter said. “Being out a week four times this year has been tough. Next week, I hope to get in the 39s.”

Bridgeport’s Tyler Raby finished just behind Kevetter in third in 41.52.

“I passed one guy [at the curve] to put me in fourth. I didn’t expect to make third,” Raby said. “I’ve been working a lot on conditioning and my times keep going down.”

Raby also advanced in the triple jump, with an effort of 41-3.75.


Decatur junior Cole Stallard landed a personal-best throw of 138-3 in the discus Wednesday to earn the silver medal and his first trip to regionals.

“I just stayed focused more, stayed tall and released it later,” Stallard said about his best throw. “My first two, I released too early and it caused it to go out.”


Bridgeport’s Chris Hernandez cleared 6 feet to tie for second in the high jump at the area meet Wednesday.

The effort earned his first trip to regionals but was well below his season-best of 6-5.

“It was a bad week,” Hernandez said. “I thought I’d do better. It feels good [to advance]. I can do better at regionals.”


For a year, Decatur’s Kelsie Worley thought about the one-half inch that kept her from a trip to regionals.

Wednesday, Worley earned that awaited trip, finishing second in the long jump with a 16-foot effort.

“This feels awesome,” Worley said. “I’m so excited. I was motivated all year.”

She landed the silver-medal leap on her fifth attempt.

“Coach [Lindsay] Griffin told me I needed to compete and I did,” Worley said.


With another late-race sprint, Bridgeport’s Diana Garcia earned a trip to the Class 4A Region I meet in the 800.

Garcia sprinted to fourth in the final 100 meters and finished in 2:29.91.

“I just try to stay with the group and give it what I have left at the end,” Garcia said.


Decatur’s Gunnar Parker earned regional spots in the 100 and 200.

He took third in the 100 in 11.64.

“I got out of the blocks good but lost control,” Parker said. “I’m glad I got what I needed to advance. I’m looking forward to the next one.”

He finished fourth in the 200 in 22.98.

Parker joined Ryan Durdon, Dane Fitzgerald and Dru Anderson on the 4×200 that ran 1:33.39 to take second.

Moving On

MOVING ON – Bridgeport’s Allison Raby earned a region bid in the 200. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


Bridgeport’s Allison Raby turned in her best time in the 200 to finish third in 26.32.

“It was hard. These girls are really fast,” Raby said. “They pushed me to run harder. I can’t wait ’til regionals.”



100: 1. Hailey Patterson, Kennedale, 12.32; 2. Jazmin Puryear, Lake Worth, 12.99; 3. Kallie Boner, Decatur, 13.04; 4. Meinita Lewis, Castleberry, 13.3

200: 1. Hailey Patterson, Kennedale, 25.47; 2. Maiya Burgess, Kennedale, 25.86; 3. Allison Raby, Bridgeport, 26.32; 4. Heather Parsons, Kennedale, 26.57; 8. Bailey Berry, Decatur, 27.12

400: 1. Kaitlyn Hill, Springtown, 1:00.88; 2. Molly Gideon, Springtown, 1:01.33; 3. Mushelus Benson, Kennedale, 1:01.35; 4. Alexandria Castilaw, Alvarado, 1:02.66

800: 1. Jessica Kyle, Decatur, 2:24.74; 2. Drury Hope, Alvarado, 2:26.81; 3. Nahomi Trevizo, Castleberry, 2:29.26; 4. Diana Garcia, Bridgeport, 2:29.91

1600: 1. Aimee Molina, Alvarado, 5:31.06; 2. Jessica Kyle, Decatur, 5:34.26; 3. Alli Roglin, Springtown, 5:38.1; 4. Hope Drury, Alvarado, 5:43.18; 5. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 5:46.59

3200: 1. Aimee Molina, Alvarado, 11:55.39; 2. Alli Roglin, Springtown, 12:11.08; 3. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 12:41.33; 4. Elizabeth Culpepper, Decatur, 12:46.52

3200: 1. Aimee Molina, Alvarado, 11:55.39; 2. Alli Roglin, Springtown, 12:11.08; 3. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 12:41.33; 4. Elizabeth Culpepper, Decatur, 12:46.52

100 hurdles: 1. Jaycee Pannell, Godley, 15.41; 2. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 15.84; 3. McKenzie Molina, Lake Worth, 16.25; 4. Bianca Peteet, Alvarado, 16.6; 6. Caitlin Butler, Decatur, 16.75

300 hurdles: 1. McKenzie Molina, Lake Worth, 46.24; 2. Bianca Peteet, Alvarado, 47.49; 3. Trezur Hereford, Kennedale, 49.39; 4. Caitlin Butler, Decatur, 49.78; 5. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 50.92

4×100: 1. Kennedale, 50.54; 2. Alvarado, 51.78; 3. Lake Worth, 52.32; 4. Godley, 53.02; 5. Bridgeport (Allison Raby, Diana Garcia, Bailey Thompson, Hayley Davidson), 53.36; 7. Decatur (Kallie Boner, Brooklyn Bedford, Kelsie Worley, Cordelia Leija), 55.17

4×200: 1. Alvarado 1:45.13; 2. Kennedale, 1:46.78; 3. Lake Worth, 1:48.99; 4. Godley, 1:51.49; 5. Decatur (Kallie Boner, Brooklyn Bedford, Taylor Butler, Bailey Berry), 1:52.75

4×400: 1. Alvarado, 4:05.19; 2. Springtown, 4:07.6; 3. Lake Worth, 4:20.63; 4. Decatur (Bailey Berry, Taylor Butler, Caitlin Butler, Jessi Kyle), 4:22.12; 5. Bridgeport (Bailey Thompson, Landrie Walsh, Allison Raby, Hayley Davidson), 4:25.04

Shot put: 1. Kylie Hornback, Springtown, 35-6.5; 3. Ariana Ramos, Castleberry, 34-4.5; 3. Jaci Smith, Godley, 34-4; 4. Madi Kyle, Decatur, 32-3.25

Discus: 1. Kristen Massey, Lake Worth, 102-0; 2. Sheyen Means, Alvarado, 91-1; 6. Darian Rice, Decatur, 88-9; 8. Natalie Smith, Bridgeport, 81

Long jump: 1. Hailey Patterson, Kennedale, 16-6.25; 2. Kelsie Worley, Decatur, 16-0; 3. Jaycee Pannell, Godley, 15-8.5; 4. Brooklyn Dauenhauer, Springtown, 15-6.75; 5. Taylor Butler, Decatur, 14-11.75; 7. Bailey Thompson, Bridgeport, 14-10

Triple jump: 1. Jasmyn Poe, Kennedale, 35-1.25; 2. Jaci Smith, Godley, 35-0; 3. Brooklyn Dauenhauer, Springtown, 34-10.5; 4. Kendyl Dean, Springtown, 34-9.25; 5. Makayla Mayfield, Decatur, 33-5.25

High jump: 1. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 5-2; 2. Taylor Marshall, Lake Worth, 4-10; 2. Madison Moss, Kennedale, 4-10; 4. Cassidy Johnson, Alvarado, 4-10; 7. Bailey Berry, Decatur, 4-8

Pole vault: 1. Jessi Kyle, Decatur, 8-0; 2. Emilie Percifield, Alvarado, 8-0; 3. Ammie Gandy, Godley, 7-6


100: 1. Taylor Thibeau, Kennedale, 11.48; 2. Blake Henderson, Alvarado, 11.52; 3. Gunnar Parker, Decatur, 11.64; 4. Blake Sanders, Springtown, 11.79; 5. Dru Anderson, Decatur, 12.01; 6. Efrain DeLuna, Bridgeport, 12.03

200: 1. Derrick Williams, Kennedale, 22.67; 2. Adrian Hendrick, Alvarado, 22.8; 3. Kalon Heim, Venus, 22.92; 4. Gunnar Parker, Decatur, 22.98

400: 1. Pryce O’Brien, Kennedale, 50.38; 2. Jesus Morales, Lake Worth, 51.94; 3. Mateo Herrera, Springtown, 53.23; 4. Caleb Chessney, Springtown, 54.41; 8. Addison Nation, Decatur, 57.92

800: 1. Pedro Garcia, Alvarado, 2:04.67; 2. Elias Aguilar, Alvarado, 2:05.2; 3. Adrian Perez, Castleberry, 2:05.92; 4. Eric Aguilar, Bridgeport, 2:06.01; 5. Christian Isaac, Decatur, 2:06.67; 7. Hunter Helm, Decatur, 2:07.84

1600: 1. Justin Domangue, Alvarado, 4:29.58; 2. Eduardo Trevizo, Castleberry, 4:32.97; 3. Andrew Curry, Alvarado, 4:45.2; 4. Eric Aguilar, Bridgeport, 4:45.52; 6. Parker Cullop, Decatur, 4:57.35; 7. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 5:04.69

3200: 1. Justin Domangue, Alvarado, 9:35.47; 2. Eduardo Trevizo, Castleberry, 9:43; 3. Andrew Curry, Alvarado, 10:15.62; 4. Baron Lasher, Castleberry, 10:27.66; 5. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 10:38.97; 7. Parker Cullop, Decatur, 11:43.56

110 hurdles: 1. Dillon Springfield, Springtown, 14.76; 2. Jacob Kevetter, Decatur, 15.1; 3. Ryan Snow, Springtown, 16.23; 4. True Gipson, Kennedale, 16.51; 5. Jhett Parker, Decatur, 18.67

300 hurdles: 1. Dillon Springfield, Springtown, 38.87; 2. Jacob Kevetter, Decatur, 40.19; 3. Tyler Raby, Bridgeport, 41.52; 4. Johnny Davis, Godley, 41.85

4×100: 1. Kennedale, 42.83; 2. Springtown, 43.85; 3. Alvarado, 44.3; 4. Decatur (Addison Nation, Dane Fitzgerald, Dillon Nation, Ryan Durdon), 44.57; 7. Bridgeport (Efrain DeLuna, Seth Keener, Brian Munn, Raby Hawkins), 45.72

4×200: 1. Springtown, 1:31.92; 2. Decatur (Ryan Durdon, Dane Fitzgerald, Dru Anderson, Gunnar Parker), 1:33.39; 3. Alvarado, 1:33.61; 4. Venus, 1:34.49; 5. Bridgeport (Brian Munn, Efrain DeLuna, Raby Hawkins, Seth Keener), 1:35.28

4×400: 1. Springtown, 3:23.89; 2. Kennedale, 3:29.24; 3. Alvarado, 3:35.13; 4. Godley, 3:35.45; 8. Bridgeport (Dillon Lee, Chris Hernandez, Roger Mastin, Rogelio Galicia), 3:39.73

Shot put: 1. Gjemar Daniels, Kennedale, 47-1; 2. Anthony Ortiz, Bridgeport, 45-9; 3. Dawson Meek, Springtown, 45; 4. Diamond Cardona, Godley, 44-1.75; 5. Bronson Burks, Bridgeport, 41-7

Discus: 1. Diamond Cardona, Godley, 162-11; 2. Cole Stallard, Decatur, 138-3; 3. Gjemar Daniels, Kennedale, 126-10; 4. Devin Sessions, Lake Worth, 120-7

Long jump: 1. Derrick Williams, Kennedale, 20-11.25; 2. Taylor Thibeau, Kennedale, 20-9.25; 3. Raby Hawkins, Bridgeport, 20-2; 4. Dru Anderson, Decatur, 19-5.5; 5. Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur, 19-5.5

Triple jump: 1. Blake Henderson, Alvarado, 42-1.25; 2. Tyler Raby, Bridgeport, 41-3.75; 3. Quardraiz Wadley, Kennedale, 40-10.25; 4. Charles Williams, Bridgeport, 40-2.5; 7. Aaron Shetter, Decatur, 38-1.25

High jump: 1. Taylor Thibeau, Kennedale, 6-2; 2. Chris Hernandez, Bridgeport, 6-0; 2. Mykeal Cummings, Springtown, 6-0; 4. Vance Hughes, Kennedale, 6-0; 5. Jhett Parker, Decatur, 5-10; 6. Jacob Roberts, Bridgeport, 5-6

Pole vault: 1. Hunter Robinson, Springtown, 11-6; 2. Talon Sanders, Lake Worth, 11; 3. Blake Malone, Godley, 10-6; 4. Luis Quintana, Alvarado, 10-6; 6. Dustin Krahn, Decatur, 10

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Track: York lands area crown on final attempt http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-york-lands-area-crown-on-final-attempt/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-york-lands-area-crown-on-final-attempt/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:33:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90214 Alli York took the lead in the long jump Wednesday at the 11/12-2A area meet on her first attempt.

The Chico junior owned the lead until just before her sixth and final jump when Era’s Kylie Howard pulled off an effort to 15-6.5.

“Her last jump had me by a quarter inch,” York said. “I knew if I wanted first I had to outjump her.”

York did just that with a leap of 16-2.25 on the final try to win the area title.

“They said my foot got all of the board and it all came together,” York said about her winning effort.

“I really wanted the gold medal.”

York took silver in the 100 hurdles, running 17.37.

She will now advance to the Class 2A Region II meet in Dallas May 1-2.

Flying Down Track

FLYING DOWN TRACK – Alvord’s Joe Randall holds off the competition to win the area title in the 100 Wednesday. Randall ran an 11.19. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


Alvord’s Joe Randall proved he’s not just 11-2A’s fastest man but also the area’s.

Randall won the 100 at Wednesday’s area meet in 11.19.

“I knew the kids from Gateway were fast,” Randall said. “I just put my trust in God.”

Randall advances to regionals. He missed regionals last year after pulling a hamstring in the area round.

“I’m very excited and look forward to finishing the year like I know I can,” he said.

Holding On

HOLDING ON – Alvord’s Paycee Edgett moves in front in the 400. Edgett took the gold medal in 1:03.9. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


Alvord freshman Paycee Edgett continued her impressive showing in middle distance races, winning the 400 and taking third in the 800.

Edgett ran 1:03.9 to win the area title in the 400.

“It felt good. That race is a sprint but you have to keep some at the end,” Edgett said. “That’s my best time of the year. I keep improving.”

Edgett put the race away coming around the final curve.

In the 800, Edgett ran 2:34.61. She ran to the lead with 300 meters left. Runners from Valley View and Era passed her coming into the final 100 meters.

“I ran the best race I could possibly run,” Edgett said. “Regionals is going to be fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

Edgett ran the anchor leg on the Alvord 4×400 that also qualified for regionals, finishing fourth in 4:31.27.


Alvord’s Kaely Beaver qualified for regionals in the shot put and discus Wednesday.

Beaver took second in the shot put with a throw of 34-5.25.

“I have a sore shoulder and didn’t do as good as I wanted,” Beaver said.

“I went to regionals last year. I’m looking forward to it a lot.”

Beaver took third in the discus with a toss of 94-2.


The Alvord boys 4×200 finished second to earn a region bid.

The team of Joe Randall, Heath Walker, Brett Martin and Jaylon White ran a season-best 1:31.66.

White turned in a strong third leg to get the baton to Randall to bring home the silver medal.

“It felt good. I felt fresh,” White said. “If we train hard and do a good job [at regionals], we might advance.”

White earned a regional trip in the 200, running 23.09 for fourth.

“Coach [Pete] Hart told me to sprint the curve and give it all my last 100,” White said.


Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum earned spots at regionals in the 3,200 and 1,600.

Mitchum ran 5:59.25 to earn a bronze medal in the 1,600.

“I felt better than the two mile but I was super tight,” Mitchum said. “I’m looking forward to regionals. I’ve never made it before.”

The Alvord senior ran 13:14.40 in the 3,200 for fourth.

Clearing a Hurdle

CLEARING A HURDLE – Chico’s Whitney Renfro finished second in the 300 hurdles in 50.64 at area. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


Chico’s Whitney Renfro made a charge around the curve to bring home the silver medal in the 300 hurdles Wednesday.

Renfro ran 50.64 for second.

“I was sick with nerves all day,” she said. “I’m really happy.

“[The curve] has always been the best part of my race.”

11/12-2A Results


Team: 1. Lindsay 142; 2. Italy 104; 3. Era 94; 4. Valley View 68; 5. Alvord 54; 6. Itasca 31; 7. Chico 27

100: 1. Kortnei Johnson, Italy, 11.91; 2. April Lusk, Italy, 12.75; 3. Tara Atkins, Lindsay, 13.14; 4. Brenlee Jones, Poolville, 13.2

200: 1. Kortnei Johnson, Italy, 23.86; 2. Janae Robertson, Italy, 26.81; 3. Tara Atkins, Lindsay, 26.83; 4. Brenlee Jones, Poolville, 26.89

400: 1. Paycee Edgett, Alvord, 1:03.9; 2. Scout Tatum, Lindsay, 1:04.79; 3. Mykailah Goodwin, Gateway, 1:04.9; 4. Hillaree Schwartz, Frost, 1:06.35

800: 1. Darcy Crockett, Valley View, 2:33.72; 2. Ashley Downe, Era, 2:33.86; 3. Paycee Edgett, Alvord, 2:34.61; 4. Savanna Schniederjan, Valley View, 2:37.01

1600: 1. Kayley Calhoun, Valley View, 5:35.61; 2. Maria Suaste, Frost, 5:54.21; 3. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:59.25; 4. Natalie Alca, Lindsay, 6:13.95

3200: 1. Kayley Calhoun, Valley View, 12:04.66; 2. Maria Suaste, Frost, 12:46.78; 3. Darcy Crockett, Valley View, 12:54.76; 4. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 13:14.40

100 hurdles: 1. Halee Turner, Italy, 16.28; 2. Alli York, Chico, 17.37; 3. Mariah Noggler, Lindsay, 17.6; 4. Kristen Broyles, Collinsville, 17.64

300 hurdles: 1. Mariah Noggler, Lindsay, 49.01; 2. Whitney Renfro, Chico, 50.64; 3. Claire Schneider, Muenster, 51.52; 4. Halee Turner, Italy, 54.15

4×100: 1. Italy, 49.29; 2. Lindsay, 51.15; 3. Era, 51.45; 4. Valley View, 52.97

4×200: 1. Italy, 1:48.96; 2. Era, 1:50.84; 3. Lindsay, 1:53.09; 4. Valley View, 1:54.44; 5. Alvord, 1:55.85

4×400: 1. Era, 4:14.25; 2. Lindsay, 4:17.22; 3. Valley View, 4:24.55; 4. Alvord (Brooklyn Mitchum, Hannah Carpenter, Clara Breashears, Paycee Edgett), 4:31.27

Shot put: 1. Toni Brown, Gateway, 43-4; 2. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 34-5.25; 3. Rachel Balthrop, Era, 33-7.5; 4. Sarah Fuhrmann, Lindsay, 32-8.25

Discus: 1. Elizabeth Hellman, Lindsay, 101-6; 2. Rachel Balthrop, Era, 100-3; 3. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 94-2; 4. Toni Brown, Gateway, 94

Long jump: 1. Alli York, Chico, 16-2.25; 2. Kylie Howard, Era, 15-6.5; 3. Chloe Larabee, Lindsay, 15-1.5; 4. Courtney Stevens, Muenster, 14-7.75

Triple jump: 1. Halee Turner, Italy, 33-9; 2. Chloe Larabee, Lindsay, 33-3.75; 3. Brenlee Jones, Poolville, 31-8.5; 4. Nicole Fleitman, Lindsay, 31-6.75; 5. Karissa Woodall, Alvord, 30-9

High jump: 1. Nicole Fleitman, Lindsay, 4-10; 2. Jocelyn Grewing, Lindsay, 4-10; 3. Alaina Kubis, Muenster, 4-8; 4. Kalyn Pulte, Lindsay, 4-4

Pole vault: 1. Macy Arellano, Itasca, 8-0; 2. Ember Flack, Era, 8-0; 3. Landis Walther, Era, 7-6; 4. Courtney Stevens, Muenster, 7-0; 6. Britton Petty, Chico, 6-6


Team: 1. Lindsay 149; 2. Gateway 109; 3. Collinsville 90, 4. Valley View 65; 5. Muenster 49; 6. Era 43; 7. Itasca 39; 8. Alvord 38; 10. Chico 10

100: 1. Joe Randall, Alvord, 11.19; 2. Diante Armstrong, Gateway, 11.41; 3. D’Andre Davis, Gateway, 11.51; 4. Yancey Otto, Lindsay, 11.59

200: 1. Wade Hanks, Lindsay, 22.36; 2. Hayden Smith, Collinsville, 22.46; 3. Orva Wilson, Gateway, 22.79; 4. Jaylon White, Alvord, 23.09

400: 1. JaQuavion Bluitt, Gateway, 51.25; 2. Nicholas Jackson, Itasca, 52.37; 3. Jacob Metzler, Era, 52.61; 4. Caleb Anderle, Lindsay, 52.76

800: 1. Jacob Sprouse, Lindsay, 2:07.5; 2. Tamashion Rucker, Gateway, 2:07.9; 3. Juan Ramirez, Collinsville, 2;08.35; 4. Kyle Hermes, Lindsay, 2:08.89

1600: 1. Micah Davidson, Valley View, 4:33.42; 2. Hunter Barnes, Valley View, 4:40.04; 3. Juan Ramirez, Collinsville, 4:55.1; 4. Luis Romero, Era, 5:01.82

3200: 1. Micah Davidson, Valley View, 9:52.55; 2. Hunter Barnes, Valley View, 9:54.27; 3. Trey Cole, Itasca, 10:55.81; 4. Blair Martinson, Lindsay, 11:10.15

110 hurdles: 1. Sylar Sparkman, Valley View, 14.99; 2. Alex Cruz, Frost, 15.6; 3. Blaine Jones, Muenster, 16.43; 4. Matthew Block, Lindsay, 16.54

300 hurdles: 1. Sylar Sparkman, Valley View, 39.12; 2. Dawson Anderle, Lindsay, 44.14; 3. Neal Fleitman, Lindsay, 45.17; 4. Ty Hamilton, Italy, 46.65

4×100: 1. Gateway, 43.32; 2. Lindsay, 43.46; 3. Collinsville, 44.32; 4. Alvord (Joe Randall, Heath Walker, Brett Martin, Jaylon White), 44.49; 6. Chico (Jaston McBee, Corbin Blackwood, Crese Redman, Kalan Johnson), 45.32

4×200: 1. Gateway, 1:30.78; 2. Alvord (Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jaylon White, Joe Randall), 1:31.66; 3. Collinsville, 1:32.04; 4. Chico (Jaston McBee, Corbin Blackwood, Crese Redman, Kalan Johnnson), 1:34.75

4×400: 1. Collinsville, 3:29.21; 2. Lindsay, 3:31.89; 3. Gateway, 3:33.53; 4. Era, 3:38.67

Shot put: 1. Tate Beuthien, Era, 49-9.75; 2. Conner Pelzel, Lindsay, 45-3; 3. Isaac Bollin, Gateway, 44-1; 4. Austin Stamper, Frost, 42-8.25

Discus: 1. Conner Pelzel, Lindsay, 159-6; 2. Tate Beuthien, Era, 126-3; 3. Collin Pagel, Muenster, 124-6; 4. Daniel Lucas, Collinsville, 121-1

Long jump: 1. Trevor Cheaney, Muenster, 20-9.5; 2. Justin Ott, Lindsay, 20-7.25; 3. Chase Deeken, Muenster, 20-4; 4. JaQuavion Bluitt, Gateway, 19-7

Triple jump: 1. Chase Deeken, Muenster, 41-1.25; 2. Darius Lara, Itasca, 40-0.25; 3. Yancey Otto, Lindsay, 38-11.25; 4. John Rohmer, Lindsay, 38-6.25

High jump: 1. Colton Shackleford, Collinsville, 6; 2. James Fuller, Lindsay, 5-10; 3. Lyndon Cook, Muenster, 5-10; 4. Jacob Lacy, Itasca, 5-8

Pole vault: 1. Tanner Debord, Lindsay, 11-6; 2. Ross Hutchens, Collinsville, 11-3; 3. Caleb Thompson, Era, 10-0; 3. Wade Hanks, Lindsay 10-0

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Track: Rector flies to area crown, to regionals http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-rector-flies-to-area-crown-to-regionals/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-rector-flies-to-area-crown-to-regionals/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:31:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90209 Haley Rector raised the bar for herself again in the pole vault Thursday.

The Paradise senior broke her own school record, clearing 10 feet to capture the 9/10-3A area title and earning a trip to the 3A Region II meet May 1-2 in Whitehouse.

“I’m excited. Hopefully I’ll do good,” Rector said.

It will be Rector’s second regional trip and first since her sophomore year.

Clearing her opening attempt at 8-6, Rector secured the region bid.

“I knew I could get 8-6,” Rector said. “After I cleared 9, I knew I was going through and wanted to go for a PR.”

She brushed the bar but got over 10.

Rector explained that she needed to work on some fundamentals before regionals to reach 10-6 or higher.

Throughout the competition, a mist fell. Rector said the moisture didn’t bother her.


Entering the area 3,200 race, Boyd’s Marco Martinez and Aaron Hammett were seeded fifth and sixth.

The pair proved those seedings wrong, taking second and third to advance to regionals.

Martinez took second in 10:36.11 and Hammett third in 10:37.69.

“The rankings are on previous races and are just numbers,” Hammett said. “We make our own numbers.”

Whitesboro’s Jeffrey Butts ran away from the field early and set a blistering pace on the way to winning in 9:45.42. Martinez and Hammett waited back, moving into medal spots with 1,000 meters left.

“We knew Butts would be out there,” Hammett said. “We didn’t want to pace off him.”

The Boyd pair took turns pulling each other around the track until 500 meters left when Martinez pushed ahead.

“We were helping each other,” Martinez said. “As long as we got to regionals, we were happy.”

Mighty Heave

MIGHTY HEAVE – Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe took second in the shot put to earn her second trip to regionals. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt


Lindsey Thorpe needed just one throw to land a regional bid.

The Boyd sophomore made a toss of 37-10.75 feet on her first attempt to earn the silver medal at the area meet.

“We’ve been working a lot on my footwork and it paid off,” Thorpe said. “I’m looking forward to regionals. If I can get my footwork right and my hips through, I’ll have a shot to throw for state.”


Paradise pole vaulter Zildjian Brooks cleared 11-6 to bring home the silver medal at the area meet Thursday.

Brooks, who won the 9-3A district title after breaking his pole, said it wasn’t his best day but enough to get to regionals.

“I was nervous the whole time,” he said.

Brooks said he was trying to adapt to using his new pole and expects to be ready for regionals.

“I have a lot more in me,” he said.

Pushing Forward

PUSHING FORWARD – Paradise’s Austin Hogan propels himself to second in the 100 at the area meet. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt


Paradise sprinters garnered three area medals Thursday.

Austin Hogan took second in the boys 100, running 11.51. After getting out of the blocks, slow, Hogan fought his way in front of several competitors to finish runner-up to Pilot Point’s DeCoven Bailey.

“It was not my best race,” Hogan said. “I was sitting there a while [in the blocks]. I wasn’t ready. I’m moving on and that is all that matters.”

Mikeala Beck took third in a tight girls 100, running 13.3. Like Hogan, Beck needed to rally in the final meters to duck ahead and earn a medal.

“My starts haven’t been very good this year. I guess I’m getting old,” joked the senior. “I do better at building up.”

She also earned a bronze medal in the long jump with an effort of 16-1.25.

Aliyah Read added a bronze in the 200, running a 27.01.

“I run better in lane eight,” Read said. “I was there and ran my best time.”

Good Exchange

GOOD EXCHANGE – Boyd’s Jackson Basting hands the baton to Xavier Kyle during the Yellowjackets’ run to a silver medal in the 4×200. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt


Taking the final handoff from Troy Thompson, Brandon Ferrier cruised around the final curve with a silver medal in hand at Thursday’s area meet.

Ferrier crossed the finish line in 1:33.22 to land a regional bid for his Boyd team that included Jackson Basting and Xavier Kyle.

“It was PR. Everyone was more focused today,” Basting said.

Kyle added the team was motivated to make regionals after missing it last year.


Paradise’s Kyndall McCasland cut two seconds off her time from the district meet in the 300 hurdles Thursday to take third at area.

McCasland ran a 48.47.

“If I didn’t stutter step coming out of the curve, I could’ve got a faster time,” she said.



Team: 1. Paradise 99; 2. Pottsboro 87; 3. Holliday 66; 4. Bowie 63; 5. Whitesboro 58.5; 6. Gunter 57

100: 1. Petie Wolsey, Bowie, 13.08; 2. Payge Luneau, Pilot Point, 13.28; 3. Mikeala Beck, Paradise, 13.3; 4. Kaylea Maples, Jacksboro, 13.34; 5. Kenzie Kirk, Henrietta, 13.35

200: 1. Cassidy Roberts, City View, 26.24; 2. Sarah Franze, Gunter, 26.53; 3. Aliyah Read, Paradise, 27.01; 4. Haiden Williams, Pottsboro, 27.03; 7. Kaylea Maples, Jacksboro, 28.27

400: 1. Kamryn Cantwell, Bowie, 59.93; 2. Tatum Marburger, Pottsboro, 1:00.81; 3. Kamryn Weaver, Henrietta, 1:02.18; 4. Alexus Vanlandingham, Whitesboro, 1:03.83; 5. Savanah Lewis, Holliday, 1:05.1; 6. Hunter Rogers, Paradise, 1:05.11

800: 1. Chloe Zeizman, Holliday, 2:21.12; 2. Olivia Zint, Pottsboro, 2:24.87; 3. Maddy Wideman, Pottsboro, 2:28.4; 4. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 2:28.55; 6. Savanah Lewis, Holliday, 2:35.7; 8. Audrey Hardin, Holliday, 2:48.04

1600: 1. Cryslan Tucker, Holliday, 5:22.04; 2. Olivia Zint, Pottsboro, 5:30.67; 3. Chloe Zeisman, Holliday, 5:33.93; 4. Diana Juarez, Pilot Point, 5:36.35; 5. Miriam Diaz, Nocona, 5:42.69; 8. Hannah Beth Pearson, Paradise, 6:13.37

100 hurdles: 1. Breanna Adkins, Gunter, 15.81; 2. Kamryn Weaver, Henrietta, 16.12; 3. Kenzie Kirk, Henrietta, 16.49; 4. Amber French, Paradise, 16.9; 5. Lacy Lane, Jacksboro, 17.35

300 hurdles: 1. Breanna Adkins, Gunter, 47.89; 2. Harmony Tetmeyer, Pilot Point, 48.4; 3. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 48.47; 4. Lacy Lane, Jacksboro, 49.62; 5. Courtney Cline, Paradise, 50.04; 6. Montana Holbach, Bowie, 51.14

4×100: 1. Paradise (Kyndall McCasland, Amber French, Carressa McCasland, Mikeala Beck), 51.03; 2. Bowie (Selina Alvarado, Petie Wolsey, Addy Cook, Kamryn Cantwell), 51.05; 3. Gunter, 51.63; 4. City View (Unique Tidwell, Brei Jackson, Kori Hurd, Cassidy Roberts), 51.64; 6. Holliday (Brooke Coltrain, Miami Robertson, Kinsey Duncan, Kirsten Boyd), 52.06

4×200: 1. Paradise (Kyndall McCasland, Taylor Richards, Carressa McCasland, Aliyah Read), 1:47.92; 2. Pottsboro, 1:48.74; 3. Bowie (Selina Alvarado, Petie Wolsey, Addy Cook, Kamryn Cantwell), 1:49.58; 4. Jacksboro (Olivia Roberts, Yuridia Delgado, Brittney Crye, Kalea Maples), 1:49.69; 5. City View (Unique Tidell, Brei Jackson, Kori Hurd, Cassidy Roberts), 1:49.76

4×400: 1. Pottsboro, 4:07.93; 3. Holliday (Angela Bremseth, Brooke Coltrain, Kinsey Duncan, Chloe Zeisman), 4:10.79; 3. Paradise (Carressa McCasland, Aliyah Read, Taylor Richards, Mikeala Beck), 4:12.59; 4. Whitesboro, 4:13.75; 6. Bowie (Marli Moeller, Carli Shields, Lily Gill, Lauren Gill), 4:32.98; 7. Nocona (Lexi Malone, Flor Gomez, Victoria, Fatheree, Hailey Kelly), 4:33.36

3200: 1. Cryslan Tucker, Holliday, 11:35.24; 2. Miriam Diaz, Nocona, 12:09.24; 3. Diana Juarez, Pilot Point, 12:13.07; 4. Shelby Melvin, Ponder, 12:37.63; 6. Hannah Beth Pearson, Paradise, 11:13.13; 7. Audrey Hardin, Holliday, 13:37.52

High jump: 1. Emma Wells, Callisburg, 5-2; 2. Morgan Darnell, S&S, 5-1; 3. Brianna Williams, Pilot Point, 4-10; 4. Sierra Burkhart, Henrietta, 4-10; 5. Addy Cook, Bowie, 4-10; 6. Jacey Cate, Boyd, 4-8

Pole vault: 1. Haley Rector, Paradise, 10; 2. Judi Carter, Whitesboro, 10; 3. Kelsi McDaniel, Ponder, 8-6; 4. Flor Gomez, Nocona, 8; 6. Carlen Smith, Boyd, 8; 8. Jaren Parker, Holliday, 7

Long jump: 1. Cassidy Roberts, City View, 17-3; 2. Kinsey Duncan, Holliday, 16-5.75; 3. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 16-1.25; 4. Terilyn Bufkin, Whitesboro, 16-0.25; 6. Brooke Coltrain, Holliday, 15-9.5

Triple jump: 1. Kaylea Maples, Jacksboro, 35-11.5; 2. Addy Cook, Bowie, 35-3; 3. Mikayla Watson, Gunter, 34-2.75; 4. Judi Carter, Whitesboro, 34-2; 5. Brei Jackson, City View, 33-6.5; 6. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 33-4.75

Shot put: 1. Mikayla Pokorny, Whitesboro, 38-10; 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 37-10.75; 3. Madeline O’Hanlon, Pottsboro, 34-3.75; 4. Kaylen Jowitt, Whitesboro, 33-9; 5. Madeline Page, Bowie, 33-8.5; 7. LaTichia Smith, City View, 31-9.5; 8. Bailee Miller, Paradise, 30-9.5

Discus: 1. Mikayla Pokorny, Whitesboro, 123-7; 2. Madeline O’Hanlon, Pottsboro, 122-1; 3. Connor Clement, Gunter, 105-2; 4. Kaylen Jowitt, Whitesboro, 95-6; 5. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 94-8; 6. Kolbie Klein, Nocona, 93-6; 7. Aubrey Gill, Bowie, 86-10; 8. Makenzie White, Henrietta, 84-3


Team: 1. Pilot Point 61; 2. Whitesboro 58; 3. Holliday 50; 4. Bowie 48; 5. Pottsboro 44; 6. Boyd 42; 9. Paradise 33

100: 1. DaCoven Bailey, Pilot Point, 11.2; 2. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.51; 3. Jake Dyer, Whitesboro, 11.55; 4. Joey Lewis, Holliday, 11.66; 6. Landon Davis, Henrietta, 11.76; 8. DJ Coursey, City View, 11.86

200: 21. DaCoven Bailey, Pilot Point, 22.38; 2. Jesse Vaughn, Bowie, 22.89; 3. Rylan Waldo, Ponder, 23.17; 4. Troy Thompson, Boyd, 23.24; 6. Joey Lewis, Holliday, 23.82

400: 1. Garrett Hunter, Gunter, 50.59; 2. Levi Draper, Holliday, 50.72; 3. Chase Duncan, Holliday, 50.85; 4. Clayton Williams, Pilot Point, 52.27; 7. Matthew Tigert, Holliday, 56.07; 8. Pierce Lancaster, Bowie, 58.86

800: 1. Dustin White, Whitesboro, 2:01.53; 3. Caleb Wideman, Pottsboro, 2:05.26; 3. Clayton Williams, Pilot Point, 2;06.66; 4. James Sheriff, Holliday, 2:08.38; 5. Cameron Hammett, Boyd, 2:10.36; 7. Luis Rico, Nocona, 2:15.22; 8. Tanner Caleb, Nocona, 2:16.91

1600: 1. Jeffrey Butts, Whitesboro, 4:28.28; 2. Caleb Wideman, Pottsboro, 4:46.86; 3. Austin Pulley, Whitesboro, 4:51.69; 4. James Sheriff, Holliday, 4:53.97; 6. Dylan Parker, Nocona, 4:57.44; 7. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 5:09.53

110 hurdles: 1. Wyatt Maher, S&S, 15.34; 2. Zeke Vaughan, Bowie, 15.39; 3. Rance Sanborn, Callisburg, 15.67; 4. Caleb Martin, Jacksboro, 15.98; 5. Isaiah Charles, City View, 16.05; 7. Jeffrey Howard, Bowie, 17.56

300 hurdles: 1. Brent Chaney, Whitesboro, 39.83; 2. Wyatt Maher, S&S, 41.18; 3. Zeke Vaughan, Bowie, 41.19; 4. Isiah Charles, City View, 42.46; 6. Dylan Galyean, Henrietta, 42.89; 7. Tanner Caleb, Nocona, 44.02

4×100: 1. Holliday (Joey Lewis, Levi Draper, Trace Grimstead, Chase Duncan), 43.51; 2. Pilot Point (RyLee Hellman, DaCoven Bailey, Clayton Williams, John Groff), 43.63; 3. Pottsboro, 44.13; 4. Gunter, 44.28; 5. Paradise (Austin Hogan, Chris Hill, Nick Loney, Cash Preather), 44.39; 6. City View (Keith Hawkins, Abbas Muhammad, Dalton Jackson, DJ Coursey), 45.26; 8. Henrietta (Landon Davis, Mason Hanson, Jaylon Curtis, Benjamin McCreary), 45.39

4×200: 1. Pottsboro, 1:32.63; 2. Boyd (Jackson Basting, Xavier Kyle, Brandon Ferrier, Troy Thompson), 1:33.22; 3. Bowie (Brandon Hutto, Pierce Lancaster, Lane Shields, Jesse Vaughn), 1:34.19; 4. Paradise (Darian Sotomi, Chris Hill, Nick Loney, Cash Preather), 1:34.26; 5. City View (Keith Hawkins, Abbas Muhammad, Tyrese Smith, Dalton Jackson), 1:34.3

4×400: 1. Pottsboro, 3:26.63; 2. Bowie (Zeke Vaughan, Pierce Lancaster, Lane Shields, Jesse Vaughn), 3:29.45; 3. Holliday (Matthew Tigert, Levi Draper, Tyler Martindale, Chase Duncan), 3:30.22; 5. Paradise (Chris Hill, Darian Sotomi, Nick Loney, Kash Helton), 3:34.91; 8. Jacksboro (Daniel Mabbit, Hunter Jackson, Caleb Martin, Jacob Bridges), 3:37.72

3200: 1. Jeffrey Butts, Whitesboro, 9:45.42; 2. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:36.11; 3. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 10:37.69; 4. Brandon Hunsacker, Gunter, 10:40.51; 7. Eric Fulton, Holliday, 11:14.56; 8. Kalyb Conner, Paradise, 11:18.86

High jump: 1. Cordale Mercer, S&S, 6; 2. Christian Muglia, City View, 6; 3. Michael Kehrer, Howe, 5-10; 4. Zeke Vaughan, Bowie, 5-10; 5. Caleb Martin, Jacksboro, 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Cole Yonkers, Pilot Point, 11-6; 2. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 11-6; 3. Trayce Barber, Boyd, 11-6; 4. Trevin Gann, Pilot Point, 11; 7. Tinnin Smith, Jacksboro, 9-6

Long jump: 1. DJ Coursey, City View, 21-7; 2. Easton Ross, Howe, 21; 3. Benjamin McCreary, Henrietta, 20-8.25; 4. Caleb Martin, Jacksboro, 20-5; 5. Rylan Waldo, Ponder, 20-4.75; 6. Chris Hill, Paradise, 20-4

Triple jump: 1. Zeke Vaughan, Bowie, 43-10.25; 2. Dalton Jackson, City View, 42-5.25; 3. Jacob King, Callisburg, 42-4.5; 4. Cash Preather, Paradise, 42-1.75

Shot put: 1. Jake Dyer, Whitesboro, 49-7.5; 2. Ryder Perry, Ponder, 45-5; 3. Zach Simpson, Ponder, 44-8.5; 4. Cameron Hearn, Gunter, 44-6; 5. Bubba Miller, Holliday, 40-6; 6. Logan Kelsey, Henrietta, 40-5.75; 7. Sequoia Smith, Boyd, 39-1.5; 8. Ronnie Killen, City View, 35-5

Discus: 1. Zach Simpson, Ponder, 140-5; 2. Russell Carey, Whitesboro, 132-6; 3. Casey Welch, S&S, 132; 4. Bubba Miller, Holliday, 129; 5. Chance Edgett, Henrietta, 123-9; 6. Easton Stringer, Holliday, 123-3; 7. Sterling Headrick, Henrietta, 122-3.

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Baseball: Meyers keeps Panthers in playoff hunt http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-meyers-keeps-panthers-in-playoff-hunt/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-meyers-keeps-panthers-in-playoff-hunt/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:26:44 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90204 Sophomore pitcher Bryson Meyers knew that his team had their backs to the wall in the playoff race as he started the game against Holliday Tuesday.

Mowing Them Down

MOWING ‘EM DOWN – Paradise’s Bryson Meyers uncorks a pitch for the Panthers against Holliday. Meyers picked up win, shutting out Holliday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Meyers produced a beauty of a game, allowing just five hits in a seven-inning shutout in the Panthers’ 6-0 win.

The young pitcher had most of the Holliday batters off-balance, using all of his pitches with precision and accuracy.

“I just like to keep them off-balance,” Meyers said. “I’ll start the three, four and five hole guys with the off speed stuff a lot of the time and work backwards with the fastball.”

He kept the middle of the Holliday lineup from big hits and the Paradise defense was more than prepared to turn Holliday’s grounders and fly balls into outs.

“He got on top early,” Paradise coach Mike Fehler said. “When you get ground balls and fly balls you can go longer in the game. That’s what he did, and that allowed him to go the full seven.”

Meyers’ efforts were aided by a four-run first inning that gave the pitcher a lead early on.

In the bottom of the first, a Sam Robinson walk was followed by a Skylar Black line drive double to center field, scoring Robinson for the Panthers’ first run.

A John Bridgeman walk set up JD Pearson for his double to right that brought in courtesy runner Mason Cline and put Bridgeman on third.

A Holliday error on a Skyler Clawson grounder to third base scored Bridgeman and Pearson before the inning was over.

Pearson opened the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff homer to left field that put Paradise up 5-0.

Clawson brought in another run with a line drive single to left that scored Dillon Meadows in the bottom of the fifth.

Heading into the game, Paradise was tied with Boyd at 5-5 in district play, looking up at third-place Henrietta with their 6-4 record.

Both Henrietta and Boyd lost their games Tuesday, and now the Panthers are tied for third in the district at 6-5 battling for the third and final playoff seed.

The win over Holliday was not only big for the Panther’s record, it also signifies the final time they will have to face a winning team.

With 4-7 Nocona, 5-6 Boyd and 4-7 Jacksboro left on the schedule, a three-game winning streak could solidify the Panthers in the playoff equation.

If Henrietta wins their final three games, the two teams would have to find a means to break a tie after splitting their two head-to-head district contests.

PARADISE (7-8-1, 6-5) 6, HOLLIDAY (15-4, 8-3) 0

WP: Bryson Meyers LP: Tyler Munden

2B: Paradise, Skylar Black, Dillon Meadows, JD Pearson; Holliday, Colton Shank

HR: Paradise, JD Pearson

RBI: Paradise, Skylar Black, JD Pearson 2, Skyler Clawson

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Baseball: Jacksboro overpowers Boyd, 12-7 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-jacksboro-overpowers-boyd-12-7/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-jacksboro-overpowers-boyd-12-7/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:25:50 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=90201 Boyd’s late surge couldn’t bring them back from the 12-3 deficit they accrued in the first six innings.

The four Boyd runs in the top of the seventh cut the Jacksboro lead to five, but that’s all it would accomplish, on the Yellowjackets’ eight-error, three-hit night.

Boyd scored three runs in the top of the third to erase a one-run deficit and take a two-run lead.

Then, Jacksboro erupted for five runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and another five in the bottom of the sixth for a total of 11 runs in a three-innings span.

Jacksboro’s Chase Thompson pitched six innings, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits in his time on the mound.

The 12-7 loss puts Boyd’s 9-3A record at 5-6, a game back from Henrietta and Paradise who are tied at 6-5 in the third playoff spot.

Bowie leads 9-3A with a perfect 11-0 record and Holliday is sitting in second at 8-3.

District 9 will play District 10 in the bidistrict round of the playoffs.


Castleberry scored a run in each of the first three innings and Bridgeport never found a way to respond.

Bridgeport managed just three hits and struck out 13 times in their scoreless night.

Lane Morrow’s lone hit was the team’s only extra-base hit of the night, a one-out ground ball double to left field.

The loss gives Bridgeport a 3-4 district record, fourth in 8-4A behind Decatur, Springtown and Castleberry, and ahead of Lake Worth.


There wasn’t much the Dragons could do wrong Tuesday night against Graford.

Chico had 20 hits, 27 runs, were awarded with nine Graford errors, while Dragons’ pitcher Brady North struck out 10 batters in five innings and allowed just one hit.

Jaston McBee’s opening triple led off an eight-run first inning for Chico.

The massive inning was later dwarfed by the Dragons’ 11-run fourth.

McBee led the team with five RBIs, five hits and five runs in six at-bats.

Tyler Melton hit the only home run of the game, a three-run shot over the center field wall that scored McBee and Kolton Forbus in the top of the fifth.

The Dragons remain the top team in 10-2A with a 9-1 record while Alvord and Olney are currently tied for second at 6-3.


Bryce Elder was superb on the mound Tuesday night against Springtown.

Elder pitched all seven innings for Decatur and allowed just four hits and one run.

He walked only one batter and struck out seven, but perhaps the most impressive stat is that he threw only 72 pitches in the process.

Simple math says that Elder needed just under 3.5 pitches for each of the 21 outs in the seven-inning game.

The solid performance of the Decatur defense allowed Elder to put the ball in the strike zone without major repercussions.

Decatur opened the game by turning a Springtown error into a Clayton Egle run in the first inning.

They added to their lead in the third inning when Michael Hicks singled to center field, scoring Tyler Ticknor who reached on a line drive single to center.

AJ Johnson then singled to center, scoring Hicks to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Johnson did it again in the top of the seventh, hitting a ground ball to right field that scored two.

Mason Baur followed suit, hitting a shot to right field that brought in Hicks, and though Trey Penny grounded out to second base, he allowed Johnson to score Decatur’s seventh and final run.

Johnson was Decatur’s usual offensive leader, responsible for driving in four of Decatur’s seven runs.

With the win, the 5-2 Eagles take a lead in the standings over 4-2 Springtown, and the win avenges Decatur’s first district loss to the Porcupines on April 3.

Decatur’s overall record moves to 12-8-1.


Cayde Ward got two of his team’s four hits in the Northwest loss to Denton Ryan.

A four-man pitching crew of Bailey Dovel, Garret Moltzan, Grant Krug and Cameron Rhodes gave up 12 hits and struck out only four in seven innings on the hill.

Bryson Wrobel and Preston Palmer each had tough nights at the plate, striking out three times each, and Austin Whitelock committed three errors.

The Texans’ district record moves to 3-8, tied with their victorious opponent at the bottom of 5-6A.

Keller’s 11-0 record leads the district, Byron Nelson sits in second at 7-4 and a four-way tie of teams with 5-6 records sit between Northwest and a playoff spot.

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