WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:14:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saturday, November 29, 2014 Edition http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/saturday-november-29-2014-edition/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/saturday-november-29-2014-edition/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:14:26 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84034 ...

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Weekly Specials for Saturday, November 29, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-saturday-november-29-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-saturday-november-29-2014/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:22:50 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84031 ]]> http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-saturday-november-29-2014/feed/ 0 Friday, November 28, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/friday-november-28-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/friday-november-28-2014/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:10:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84028

ARREST MADE IN CAR BURGLARY CASE – A Paradise man was arrested earlier this week and charged with one count of burglary of a vehicle and one count of criminal mischief. Trevor Hurdsman, 20, was arrested after an investigation of a rash of car burglaries over the past several days in the Paradise area and south of Decatur. Wise County Sheriff’s investigators issued a search warrant at Hurdsman’s home at 134 County Road 3382 and were able to recover numerous stolen items including computers, televisions, jewelry, purses, more than 50 music CDs and other property. According to the sheriff’s office, Hurdsman could be charged with 20 counts of burglary of a vehicle as well as other charges. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

Cyber-Monday-Big-Box-borderedLUCKY 7 – Today is “Lucky 7 2014″ in Decatur with many local businesses holding special sales from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Some participating stores offer discounts that change by the hour. The “Lucky to the Local” promotion is sponsored by the Decatur Main Street program.

RETIRED EDUCATOR MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, for lunch and a short meeting at the Decatur Civic Center. Christmas music will be provided. Call 940-575-2341 to register.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the boardroom at the Wise Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

AWARDS BANQUET – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas dinner and awards banquet is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Paradise First Baptist Church. Speaker is Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret, Miss America 1975. RSVP to info@paradisetexaschamber.org.

SENIOR CENTER BENEFIT – An Avon party benefiting the Decatur Senior Center is Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the center, 1200 N. Miller St. Bingo starts at 9:30 a.m., and the Avon party will follow. Call 940-627-2926.

CHRISTMAS PARADE – The Lights on Halsell Christmas Parade presented by Bridgeport Main Street will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, on Halsell Street in downtown Bridgeport. The parade theme this year is “Frozen.” The Snowflake Coupon Release is at 5:45. Call 940-683-3404 or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.

PECAN 101 WORKSHOP – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a Pecan Management School Tuesday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Cost is $15, which includes a chili lunch. The speaker is Charles Rohla, Ph.D., pecan specialist with the Noble Foundation. Topics include pecan overview, management tips for successful pecan plantings, native pecan production, nutrition management, pest management and crop load management and alternative bearing. Two continuing education units will be offered for TDA pesticide applicators. To register, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash pickup in the City of Decatur will be different this week. Normal Thursday trash pickup will be today, and normal Friday pickup will be Saturday. That includes both residential and commercial customers. The same schedule will be used on Christmas and New Year’s holidays as well.

FUNERALS – Service for Teddy Lee Moore, 57, is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MASS of Christian burial for Kimberly Louise Todd, 31, of Lewisville is 11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Maudie Mae Gilmore, 69, of Newark is 1 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Winnie Shepherd, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/wednesday-november-26-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/wednesday-november-26-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:27:56 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84016

BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL TO BECOME COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC – After losing $6.2 million in 19 months operating as a hospital, Wise Regional Health System will convert its Bridgeport campus to an urgent care/ambulatory surgery center in January 2015. The change, which will eliminate the emergency room, was approved Monday evening at a hospital board meeting and announced to employees Tuesday. Wise Regional CEO Steve Summers said the ER in Bridgeport has consistently seen about 400 patients a month, but surveys indicate 95 percent of those could still be treated in an urgent-care environment. The other 5 percent – most of whom come in with chest pains – are being transferred to the Decatur campus already, since the system’s cardiac facilities are based there. Bridgeport, which will be staffed with nurse practitioners and operated as part of Wise Clinical Care Associates, will still have x-rays, suturing and other medical services – “everything an urgent-care clinic does,” Summers said. He estimates the change will save the system about $2 million over the next 12 months. The ER will continue to operate through Dec. 31 and the urgent-care clinic will open Jan. 1 or 2.

Cyber-Monday-Big-Box-borderedCHEER CAPTAIN IN MACY’S PARADE – Decatur varsity cheer captain Madison Grantham will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City tomorrow. Grantham was invited to participate in the parade with Spirit of America Productions, and they will perform with KISS about 11 a.m. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and will air on NBC. Grantham, who has been in New York all week for rehearsals, is among 700 girls participating from across the U.S.

WATER MAIN BREAK – The water outage in Bridgeport Monday was in response to a blown-out water main at 16th and Irvin Street, according to city spokesperson Tiffany Evans. Houses surrounding the affected area were without water until about 8:15, but most of the city still had water, Evans said. The cause of the water main break appeared to be aging infrastructure and ground movement. “Thank you to those employees who worked hard to fix this issue as quickly as possible,” Evans wrote in a Facebook post Monday night.

COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Wise County administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. Wise County dumpsites (Boyd, Chico, Cottondale, Decatur and Slidell) will close Thursday and Friday. All the dumpsites will reopen on Saturday with regular hours (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

BRIDGEPORT HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All city of Bridgeport offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Bridgeport Library will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Normal operating hours will resume on Monday.

DECATUR HOOPS TEAMS WIN – The Decatur Eagles forced six turnovers and held Argyle to a pair of field goals during an 18-8 closing run in a 47-40 victory Tuesday. Parker Hicks scored 18 and Cade Lamirand 16. The Decatur Lady Eagles improved to 6-0 with a 58-48 win over Mineral Wells. Macen Stripling poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Shelby Drews scored 13.

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP – Girls: The Alvord Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-2 Tuesday with a 79-45 win over Henrietta. Cierra Rangel led four Alvord players in double figures with 15. Katie Clayborn scored 13, Brianna Ponder 12 and Paycee Edgett 10. The Chico Lady Dragons went on a 10-5 run in the third quarter to take the lead and held on for a 43-36 win over Perrin Tuesday. Whitney Renfro led Chico with 16 points. Alli York and Kylie Marburger added nine each. Caitlin Pruett tossed in 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Slidell Lady Greyhounds beat Valley View 59-47 Tuesday. Kayler Talamantes added 18 points and five boards. Kylie Franklin scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds. Boys: The Chico Dragons used a 21-7 run in the second quarter to pull away in a 65-35 win over Perrin Tuesday. Jonathon Neighbors lead the Dragons with 16. Chris Gilmore added 15. Colleyville Heritage outscored Northwest 11-6 in the extra period for a 58-52 win Tuesday afternoon. Elijah Christman led Northwest with 15. Slidell beat Valley View 77-36 behind 20 points from Tyler Maynard, 15 from Khristian Talamantes and 12 from Dustin Davis.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – The fifth annual Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Citizens are encouraged to shop at their favorite local stores this Saturday and help fuel the local economy.

TREE LIGHTING – The city of Bridgeport’s Santa and the Stagecoach Annual Tree Lighting Event is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Bridgeport City Hall. It will include live entertainment, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus, “Frozen” characters, kid crafts, food trucks and holiday family fun. Call 940-683-3400 or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – There will be no Update Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com. Update will return Friday.

FUNERALS – Funeral for James Ray “Red” Martin, 83, of Montague is 10 a.m. today at the Church of Christ in Saint Jo. Arrangements are being handled by Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo.

FUNERAL for Christina Parsons, 88, of Bridgeport will be held in Augusta, Ga. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Roger Rhodes, 71, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with burial at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Plain Dealing, La. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Peggy Barksdale, 76, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Justin with burial at Justin Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Teddy Lee Moore, 57, is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Kimberly Todd, 31, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Maudie Gilmore, 69, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Soaring to a 2nd state title; Decatur defeats Argyle in 4A volleyball championship http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/soaring-to-a-2nd-state-title-decatur-defeats-argyle-in-4a-volleyball-championship/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/soaring-to-a-2nd-state-title-decatur-defeats-argyle-in-4a-volleyball-championship/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:46:40 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84005 When sophomore Courtnie Roberts’ tip found an open spot on the floor, the Decatur Lady Eagles stormed the court at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Saturday afternoon.

Piling in the center of the floor, the Lady Eagles celebrated their second consecutive state volleyball title. Decatur beat rival Argyle in four sets, 25-14, 27-29, 26-24, 25-19 at the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships.

Storming the Floor

STORMING THE FLOOR – Decatur players pile at midcourt after the last point of Saturday’s 4A Final. Decatur beat Argyle to win its second state title. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s one of the sweetest feelings you could have, to finish our run as Eagles, win and get the gold medals,” said Decatur senior setter Stormi Leonard.

The victory closed out a 40-10 campaign for the Lady Eagles and sent seven seniors out as state champions – including four who were on varsity four seasons.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team. These four led the way,” said Decatur coach Claire Benedict-Gay, nodding to Leonard, Makayla Mayfield, Cooper Martin and Caroline Lowery in the post-match press conference.

Emotional Win

EMOTIONAL WIN – Cooper Martin and Dylana Hutchins embrace after the Lady Eagles’ win Saturday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Mayfield earned the 4A finals MVP honor after putting down 21 kills on 52 attacks. She also made 16 digs and served a pair of aces.

“This year we really wanted it, because we knew it would be tough to do it again,” said Mayfield. “We wanted to accept that challenge to go out and win another state championship.”

Leonard and Martin joined her on the all-state team.

In front of a huge crowd split between Decatur blue and Argyle red, two of the state’s best programs met for a third straight postseason with the 4A title on the line.

Winning Embrace

WINNING EMBRACE – Decatur senior Cooper Martin hugs teammate Presley Gibson after the team receives their gold medals Saturday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Decatur took the first set by 11 points with seven kills from Mayfield.

Decatur had the chance to go up two sets, getting to set-point three times in the second game. Argyle stole the game on a Decatur error.

Argyle led most of game three and reached set-point at 24-21. Decatur then went on a 5-0 run to win the set and take a 2-1 lead.

“I don’t know,” Lowery said trying to explain the team’s rally. “We had to dig deep for that one. It was super intense.”

Riding that momentum, Decatur finished off the match in game four.

“We played good, but they played great. They played a phenomenal match, and they deserved it,” said Argyle middle blocker Katy Keenan.

Decatur was one of two repeat champions, joining Conroe The Woodlands in 6A.

“This was a bigger deal because it was our last time together,” Lowery said.

A special section chronicling the Lady Eagles’ quest for a second state title is inserted in this edition of the Messenger.

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Sobering evening: MADD class highlights danger of drunk driving http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/sobering-evening-madd-class-highlights-danger-of-drunk-driving/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/sobering-evening-madd-class-highlights-danger-of-drunk-driving/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:18 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83995 ...

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Driver error causes most fatalities http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/driver-error-causes-most-fatalities/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/driver-error-causes-most-fatalities/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:42:26 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83992 ...

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Annual Messiah concert set for Dec. 1 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/annual-messiah-concert-set-for-dec-1/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/annual-messiah-concert-set-for-dec-1/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:41:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83989 ...

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Paradise Intermediate School given $15K for playground http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-intermediate-school-given-15k-for-playground/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-intermediate-school-given-15k-for-playground/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:40:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83987 ...

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Granger to continue as subcommittee chair http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/granger-to-continue-as-subcommittee-chair/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/granger-to-continue-as-subcommittee-chair/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:40:15 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83985 ...

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Tour of Homes celebrates the season http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/tour-of-homes-celebrates-the-season/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/tour-of-homes-celebrates-the-season/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:39:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83983 ...

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Resident plans to decorate downtown for Christmas http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/resident-plans-to-decorate-downtown-for-christmas/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/resident-plans-to-decorate-downtown-for-christmas/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:38:24 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83979 ...

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Auto mechanics students learn life skills http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/auto-mechanics-students-learn-life-skills/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/auto-mechanics-students-learn-life-skills/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:37:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83976 ...

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Bridgeport ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/bridgeport-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-november-26-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/bridgeport-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-november-26-2014/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:36:42 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83973 Bridgeport Middle School


Jadon Maddux

Grade: 7th

Parents: Aimee Burtnett, John Maddux

Favorite subject: Pre-algebra

Activities: Football, basketball, baseball, track, LINC, going to TCU games, church youth group

Why this student was chosen: “Jadon is an outstanding student, an outstanding athlete and a leader in Student Council. He also serves on our Community Problem Solvers team that placed third in international competition last year. Jadon is kind, respectful, and uplifting to his teachers and classmates. He is a wonderful representative of Bridgeport Middle School.” – Principal Travis Whisenant

Bridgeport High School


Bry Warren

Grade: 12th

Parents: Jim and Candace Warren

Favorite subject: Environmental science

Activities: Football, powerlifting, hunting, fishing, completing requirements to be an Eagle Scout

Why this student was chosen: “Bry is one of the most polite and well-mannered students at BHS. He is hardworking in the classroom and on the field. He is a student of high character in all that he does. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Bry. I have no doubt that he will go on to great things after high school.” – Principal Jaime Sturdivant

Editor’s note: The elementary and intermediate schools did not submit students for this week’s Spotlight.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-november-26-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-november-26-2014/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:35:39 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83969 ...

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Volleyball: Back on Top – Lady Eagles reach goal, repeating as champs http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/volleyball-back-on-top-lady-eagles-reach-goal-repeating-as-champs/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/volleyball-back-on-top-lady-eagles-reach-goal-repeating-as-champs/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:34:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83965 Before starting the daunting task of defending a state title, Decatur senior setter Stormi Leonard pointed out her team might not be No. 1 all season with the tough road ahead.

But she also said the goal was the same as last year for her and the 11 returning players – including seven seniors.

Lifting the Trophy Again

LIFTING THE TROPHY AGAIN – The Decatur Lady Eagles celebrate second state title. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s hard to believe this is our last year,” Leonard said in July during the team’s preseason camp. “Our goal is to win state and take it all in.”

On the state’s largest stage at the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, the Lady Eagles were once again back on top. Decatur closed out a second straight 40-win season with a 4A crown by defeating longtime rival Argyle.

“This year we really wanted it because we knew it would be tough to do it again,” said Makayla Mayfield, who earned the MVP honor in the state final. “We wanted to accept that challenge and go out and win another state championship.”

At times, the Lady Eagles made it look easy but there was adversity. Playing in 6A showcase tournaments such as the Adidas Texas Volleyball Invitational, the Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic and PSA Lone Star Circle of Champions, the Lady Eagles managed to win two-thirds of their 30 matches against larger schools before entering district.

They also had to restructure their lineup after the loss of returning middle blocker Dylana Hutchins, who suffered a season-ending back injury.

A sweep at the hands of Coppell Sept. 16 was the final loss for the Lady Eagles. They won their next 20 matches – all but three in three games. Decatur rolled its district winning streak to 56 matches.

In the region final, after dropping the first set, the Lady Eagles rallied to win three state and eliminate last year’s 2A champions – Bushland.

Then in the state championship match against rival Argyle – a team they had faced the previous two postseasons – the Lady Eagles proved again their resolve. At set point in the pivotal third set, Decatur fought back with five straight points to take the game.

“I can’t describe what happened during that set because it was so crazy,” Leonard said. “We knew what it was like after losing that second set so close. That third set, something lit under us. We knew we had to finish it. We didn’t want to go five and weren’t going to go five.”

A set later, the task was complete. The state title trophy was back in their grasp.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team. These four led the way,” said Decatur coach Claire Benedict-Gay, nodding to Leonard, Mayfield, Cooper Martin and Caroline Lowery in the post-match press conference. “They’ve been on varsity four years. They put up with me for four years, which is a feat in itself.

“I’m very hard on them. I have high expectations of them. They’ve led this team to what they wanted to end their careers at Decatur. I’m very proud of them.”

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Volleyball: Doubling up – Lady Eagles hold off Argyle to win second state title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/volleyball-doubling-up-lady-eagles-hold-off-argyle-to-win-second-state-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/volleyball-doubling-up-lady-eagles-hold-off-argyle-to-win-second-state-title/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=83962 Trailing Argyle 24-21, the Decatur Lady Eagles found themselves on the verge of falling down 2-1 in the 4A final Saturday.

But the defending state champions refused to let the set get away. Starting with a Cooper Martin kill, Decatur went on a 5-0 run to take the set 26-24 on a tip from Caroline Lowery.

What a Rush

WHAT A RUSH – Decatur players storm the floor and pile onto teammates after the final point of Saturday’s Class 4A title match. Decatur beat Argyle in four games to claim their second state title. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“I don’t know,” Lowery said trying to explain the team’s rally. “We had to dig deep for that one. It was super intense.”

Decatur rode the momentum from the rally to a fourth-set victory and their second straight state crown. Decatur defeated Argyle 25-14, 27-29, 26-24, 25-19 at the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my team and these seniors,” said coach Claire Benedict-Gay.

Decatur finished the season at 40-10 and ended the year with 20 straight victories.

But the one victory that mattered to Decatur’s seven seniors was Saturday’s and capturing the state title for a second straight year.

“It’s one of the sweetest feelings you could have to finish our run as Eagles, win and get the gold medals,” said Decatur senior setter Stormi Leonard, who dished out 59 assists in her final match.

A meeting with Argyle for the third straight postseason provided the expected drama from a budding rivalry. Decatur stormed through the first set behind the hitting of Makayla Mayfield, she put down seven of her match-best 21 kills in the opening game.

Mayfield earned the 4A title match MVP, making 16 digs to go along with her kills.

“This is really awesome. I really enjoyed finishing out that way and winning state again,” Mayfield said.

Argyle fought back, taking a 23-21 lead on a Katy Keenan block in the second set. Keenan made two of her six blocks in the set. She also had a team-high 15 kills.

Decatur rallied to take a lead on a Martin kill. Decatur then three times got to set point with Argyle staving it off. Argyle evened the match on a Decatur error with a 29-27 win.

With its tough play at the net, Argyle jumped in front in the third set and took a 20-17 advantage on Alexa Bass’ ace.

Benedict-Gay then called one of her few timeouts of the season.

“I don’t call timeouts often unless I see them frazzled,” the Decatur coach explained. “A lot of times I let them get themselves out of a bind. It was definitely time to talk to them. They just needed to calm down. I needed to remind them they are in this together.

“This is a family. We win as family or lose as a family.”

Decatur couldn’t immediately get itself back in the set. Eighmy Dobbins’ kill put Argyle up 23-18. Argyle got to set point, 24-21, on Keenan’s kill.

But Decatur refused to just move ahead to the fourth set.

“As a team, we focus on the points at hand,” Leonard said. “Every point mattered because all the sets were so close. Every set we were just focused on that set. They gave us all they had.”

Decatur took the next five points starting with one of Martin’s 17 kills. Maclaine Lowery then brought Decatur within a point forcing a service-receive error with a hard serve. A pair of Argyle hitting errors put Decatur ahead for Lowery to earn the win and all the momentum.

“It was a battle. We let that third set get away,” said Argyle coach Clark Oberle. “If we could’ve gotten two more points, it may have been a different story.”

Lowery’s tip to end the third set was one of several tips for Decatur after they adjusted to Argyle’s blocking. Argyle had seven blocks but none in the final set.

“Stormi did a good job late when they started stacking on our hitters with their block of mixing the ball around and getting us shots they weren’t ready for,” Martin said.

Lowery’s tip put Decatur up 8-5 in set four. The lead grew to 15-6 on a Martin kill.

After back-to-back kills for Lowery made it 22-14, Argyle closed within four, 23-19. But Lowery ended the run with a kill. Courtnie Roberts then tipped home the match and state championship winning point.

“It’s indescribable,” Lowery said. “And to be able to do it with my best friends is amazing.”


Argyle … 14 … 29 … 24 … 19
Decatur … 25 … 27 … 26 … 25


Kills: Katy Keenan 15, Halee Van Poppel 11, Alexa Bass 7, Eighmy Dobbins 5, Allison White 5

Assists: Bass 19, Strealy Sizelove 18, Maddie DeGuire 2, Dobbins 2, Keenan 1, Emma Malone 1

Digs: Keenan 12, Van Poppel 12, Bass 11, DeGuire 11, Dobbins 7, Sizelove 6, Malone 2

Aces: DeGuire 4, Dobbins 2, Bass 1


Set … Kills … Errors … Pct.

1 … 8 … 5 … .065
2 … 12 … 5 … .159
3 … 14 … 5 … .178
4 … 9 … 3 … .250

Total … 43 … 20 … .160


Kills: Makayla Mayfield 21, Caroline Lowery 19, Cooper Martin 17, Courtnie Roberts 6, Stormi Leonard 2, Raena Slate 1, Taylor Uselton 1

Assists: Leonard 59, Martin 2, Kelsie Worley 2, Maclaine Lowery 2, Mayfield 1

Digs: Maclaine Lowery 18, Mayfield 16, Martin 15, Caroline Lowery 12, Roberts 1, Uselton 1

Aces: Mayfield 2, Caroline Lowery 2, Roberts 1, Maclaine Lowery 1


Set … Kills … Errors … Pct.

1 … 17 … 3 … .438
2 … 22 … 6 … .320
3 … 13 … 6 … .159
4 … 15 … 5 … .333
Total … 67 … 20 … .301

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