WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:53:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mental game: Tennis star trades court for classroom http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/mental-game-tennis-star-trades-court-for-classroom/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/mental-game-tennis-star-trades-court-for-classroom/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:51:45 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89948 On the tennis court, Gavin Buchanan considers his greatest attribute his mind.

“Seeing my opponent’s weakness helps. The mental part in tennis makes the difference between winning and losing,” Buchanan explains.

Educated Choice

EDUCATED CHOICE – Decatur sophomore Gavin Buchanan has elected to start classes at the Texas Academy of Math and Science in the fall. He is getting ready for his second trip to regionals in tennis. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

It’s Buchanan’s unique mind that will also bring the sophomore and two-time region qualifier’s career on the court to an end this spring. Buchanan has been accepted into the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of North Texas and will begin classes on the campuses in the fall. He will finish his final two years of high school in the academy in Denton.

“It was a hard decision with tennis,” Buchanan said. “But with the number of years playing limited and the opportunity academically, and what I can learn will last the rest of my life. I’m giving up a couple of years of tennis for a better education.”

READY FOR ACTION – Gavin Buchanan and his partner Jimmy Amos will play in the 4A Region I tennis tournament this week. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Ranked at the top of his class at Decatur, Buchanan is anxious now to challenge himself daily with some of the brightest minds in the country at TAMS, while also taking college classes.

“Once you’ve become the best, you can stay there or you can constantly go for a harder challenge,” Buchanan said. “I look forward to the next challenge.”

Buchanan claims that he hasn’t made a grade lower than 98 this year.

“I’ve never really been challenged [in high school],” he said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to at TAMS.

“Since I was little, I’ve learned to love new material,” he said. “Now I’ve got a great chance to learn harder and new material.”

According to UNT’s website, 376 students attend TAMS annually. Many of the program’s graduates land spots at some of the nation’s top schools, including MIT, Stanford, Rice and Ivy League institutions. Buchanan hopes to follow a similar route.

“I’d like to enroll at MIT or Stanford,” he said.

“I want to become a biomechanical engineer. I want to work on creating prosthetics and help people improve their lives.”

His chosen path fits his strengths.

“I enjoy math more, but I’m better at science,” he explains.

Buchanan put his math and science abilities on display in the district University Interscholastic League academic competitions. The Decatur sophomore won District 8-4A titles in number sense and physics. He took fourth in science.

He will advance to the regional UIL competition April 24-25 in Lubbock.

That will be the weekend after he and his partner Jimmy Amos compete in the 4A Region I tennis tournament.

The duo took first place at the 8-4A tournament to earn a regional bid. Decatur tennis coach Steven Stanley believes the pair could contend for a state spot.

“I’m of the opinion that anyone can beat anyone on any day,” he said. “The game is mostly mental and who can stay strong and confident.

“Gavin and Jimmy are playing well. I’m proud of how well they’ve played.”

It will be Buchanan’s second regional trip. He advanced to regionals last year as a singles player.

“I’m naturally better at doubles,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan has been playing tennis for eight years and competed at Krum before transferring to Decatur last year.

Smith said his success on the court is no accident.

“He’s a good player that works hard,” Smith said. “He’s very focused.”

Amos, a junior, knows his partner’s future plans.

“It’s moving on to bigger and greener pastures,” Amos said. “I’m happy for him. It’s a great opportunity for him.”

But Amos wants to make sure their final match is in Austin, and Buchanan agrees.

“That’s the goal,” Buchanan said.

Then it’s time to put improving his forehand aside for other challenging problems – tough equations and elite level science classes.

“I find doing long problems and equations give me satisfaction,” Buchanan admits.

Putting him in a class by himself.

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Officers cleared in shooting death http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/officers-cleared-in-shooting-death/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/officers-cleared-in-shooting-death/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:50:17 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89944 Five Wise County officers who were involved in the January shooting death of a Granbury man wanted for felony warrants acted legally, a Montague County grand jury decided this week.

The grand jury Monday took no action on the case, meaning they found no evidence of a crime.

The five officers – three Department of Public Safety troopers from Wise County and two Wise County sheriff’s deputies – were involved in a search of a wooded area off Picket Run Road near Sunset in Montague County the afternoon of Jan. 28. Wise County K-9 officer Pepper was used to track suspect Alan Lance Alverson who had run from officers.

The officers began a grid search of the area. The 45-year-old Alverson had buried himself under leaves in a heavily wooded area. Just after 3 p.m., Pepper alerted on Alverson who then raised up and fired at officers twice. One of the shots struck Pepper, killing the K-9 officer. Officers returned fire, killing Alverson.

According to a press release from Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams, Alverson’s autopsy shows he was struck 12 times.

It also showed Alverson had 3 milliliters of methamphetamine per liter in his blood, as well as smaller amounts of amphetamine and doxylamine, Williams said.

Despite the grand jury finding no reason to move forward with criminal charges in the case, Williams has declined to release the full autopsy or report by the Texas Rangers investigating the case. She is seeking an attorney general’s opinion as to whether she must release that information, arguing that the information is not public because the case concluded in a final result other than a conviction or deferred adjudication, thereby making it excepted from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act.

Williams said in addition to the weapon Alverson fired at officers, investigators found one more gun under his body as well as two more fully loaded clips.

The chain of events that ended with Alverson’s death began around 1:30 p.m. when Montague County Chief Deputy JT Mitchell saw a blue GMC Envoy that matched the description in a wanted felony bulletin. The bulletin was for Alverson, who had warrants for violation of probation for assault out of Wise County and possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams out of Tarrant County.

Mitchell began the pursuit and was joined by Bowie Police officer Kurt Berryman. During the pursuit, Berryman reported Alverson pointed a handgun at him.

The pursuit continued south, reaching speeds of up to 98 miles per hour. Alverson abandoned his vehicle on Picket Run Road and ran off into the heavily wooded area.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office K-9 handlers JT Manoushagian and Brett Yaro responded to the scene along with Wise County DPS officers Aaron Wallace, Greg Reyero and Adam Lawson to search for Alverson.

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1 dies in Wednesday wreck http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/1-dies-in-wednesday-wreck/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/1-dies-in-wednesday-wreck/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:49:49 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89942 A Boyd man was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck.

The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed.

The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured.

Haschel said it’s unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m., and the crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation.

A second accident in the same area happened later that day, but no one was seriously injured in that accident.

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Show dazzles, raises $44K http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/show-dazzles-raises-44k/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/show-dazzles-raises-44k/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:49:14 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89940 Walking confidently down the runway, models showed off clothing from local businesses Wednesday at the sixth annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Showing Off

SHOWING OFF – Models showed off clothes from area businesses during the Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

More than $44,000 was raised through a live auction, raffle and pledges benefiting Wise Regional Health Foundation’s Mary’s Gift and Women’s Health Services at Wise Regional Health System, which provides free mammograms to Wise County’s underserved women to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

The donations are up from $42,000 raised in 2014. The show and auction has raised more than $200,000 since its inception, according to WRHF Director Michelle Stone.

First State Bank Executive Vice President Andrew Rottner said the money raised at Dazzle Me Pink has enabled Mary’s Gift and Women’s Health Services to not only provide more mammograms, but also extend the organizations’ outreach.

Stone has led the foundation for about three years, and her mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Runway Success

RUNWAY SUCCESS – The annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and Luncheon raised more than $44,000 for Wise Regional Health Foundation’s Mary’s Gift and Women’s Health Services at WRHS. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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Restoring a ’61 model; 50-year-old support services building, high school included in bond http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/restoring-a-61-model-50-year-old-support-services-building-high-school-included-in-bond/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/restoring-a-61-model-50-year-old-support-services-building-high-school-included-in-bond/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:48:00 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89936 On the occasions Decatur is lucky enough to see rainfall, a familiar sound can be heard throughout the school district’s support services building.

Drip, drip, drip …

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING – Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend points out one of the many leaks in the ceiling of the support services building. A large trash can is required to hold the water from a leak over the kitchen after each heavy rain. Money in the bond would provide a new roof for the building. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The building, which was built in 1961, has been identified as an area that would receive several upgrades as part of the facility issues covered in Proposition 1 of the school bond package.

Those repairs would start with the roof.

“There’s not a higher priority than the roof at the special programs building,” Superintendent Rod Townsend said. “It’s leaking. We’ve had people slip and fall because the leaks are so bad. The tiles are falling out.”

The original “tar and gravel” roof is still on the building. Over the years, repairs have been made, but those repairs only last so long before the water starts dripping once more.

The bond issue contains $300,000 for a new roof for the building.

Other bond items that would address issues at the support services building include new windows, plaster and repair of brick walls as well as a new HVAC system. The price tag for those items is $400,000.

What was originally the campus’ dining area when it was used by students is now a training area for staff. The bond would include $50,000 to make more efficient use of that space, including folding walls that would allow multiple groups to use the room at the same time and installation of audio and visual equipment.

The district would also use $40,000 in bond money to replace the freezer in the old kitchen and use that space as the district-wide handling point for food services.

About 40 parking spaces would also be added south of the building at a cost of $60,000.

At Decatur High School, the bond would address a couple of issues related to athletic programs.

“We’ve had 53 students show up (for tennis), and we only have four courts,” Townsend said. “You can’t have a program if you don’t have the facilities to support those students.”

The bond would add two tennis courts at an estimated cost of $200,000.

The track, which was installed when the high school was built nearly 10 years ago, would also be resurfaced at a cost of $250,000.

The district’s baseball and softball facility, located at the middle school campus, would receive new restrooms and press boxes for both the baseball and softball fields. Those two items would cost an estimated $475,000.

The addition of motion sensors for lighting in classrooms across the district would also address energy efficiency.

“We have 220 classrooms, and this would make sure motion sensors are in every classroom,” Townsend said.

During discussions about facility needs, the school board looked at other possible items such as synthetic turf for the high school practice field, but no turf is included in Proposition 1 of the bond package.


More facility items to be addressed in Proposition 1 of the school bond issue were featured in the Wednesday, April 15, issue of the Wise County Messenger. Previous stories in the bond series have also included a look at transportation in the April 1 issue and security and technology in the April 8 issue. Future stories will also include a look at the multipurpose indoor practice facility featured in Proposition 2, as well as the financial impacts of the bond.


Why can’t the district pay for maintenance items out of its budget rather than including it in a bond package?

“Up until 2011, I think they did a really good job. They were able to maintain their buildings and always budget. But in 2011, we lost nearly $4 million (in state money), and only got about $300,000 of that back. In essence, we’re still $3.5 million down. There goes a lot of maintenance. We’ve stretched it as far as we could stretch it. And of course, that’s over a two-year period. So that’s actually $1.7 million per year … With other areas like transportation, each year requires more and more money to keep it up and running, and sustaining your old buildings, that require more and more maintenance, so you do a face lift or overhaul to get caught back up and it’s hard to cover that on every building.”

What would be the time frame for work to be performed on these facility issues?

“As soon as possible. If both (propositions) pass, I’d hope to be complete with the bond election in two years. That might be lofty goal, but that would be my plan. Some of this we would hit the ground running this summer. Some would have to be put off until late next spring. … Two years, it might not all get done, but that’s my goal. Certainly within three years.”

How long would it take to pay off the bonds on facility items?

Nearly all facilities would be on a 20-year payout.

Have a question you’d like to ask about the bond package? Email it to bknox@wcmessenger.com and put “DISD Bond” in the subject line.

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Wise County Indictments for March 26, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/wise-county-indictments-for-march-26-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/wise-county-indictments-for-march-26-2015/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:47:00 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89933 A Wise County grand jury met March 26 and returned the following felony indictments:

Glenn Allen Miller, driving while intoxicated third or more

Justin Micheal Miller, taking certain wildlife resources without consent

Hayward Russell Murphy, theft of property $20,000-$100,000

Austin Garrett King Ogorman, prohibited substance/item in correctional facility

Dane Gavin Oneil, theft of property $1,500-$20,000

Jim Bob Pace, driving while intoxicated third or more

Andrew Allen Proffitt, burglary of a habitation (one count); burglary of a building (one count)

Christopher Dale Lee, fraudulent use/possession of identifying information less than five items (one count); unauthorized use of a vehicle (one count)

Heidi Martin Sons, driving while intoxicated with child under 15

Allen Chandler, aggravated sexual assault of a child (one count); indecency with a child sexual contact (one count)

Kevin Ray Martinez, possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams (once count); possession of a controlled substance 1-4 grams (one count)

Angela Sue Denstitt, abandon endanger child criminal negligence

Marcos Antonio Rodriguez, assault family/household member impede breath/circulation

Calvin Brian Coughenour, driving while intoxicated third or more

Thomas Edward Culp, evading arrest detention with vehicle

Jose Alfredo Espinoza, driving while intoxicated third or more

Tiffany Lynn Herrera, fraudulent use/possession of identifying information less than five items

James Paul Kelly III, obstruct retaliation

Traci Rena Brown, manufacturing/delivery controlled substance 4-200 grams

Johnathan Paige Becker, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Jeffrey Langdon Armstrong, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon

Tiffany Ann Renner, intentionally/knowingly unauthorized discharge waste (two counts)

Christian Ivan Arroyo, possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams

Lillian Marie Bennett, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Kenneth Don Grant, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Zachary Jordan Dyer, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Angela Leigh Fine, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Patrick James Daniels, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Brandy Jane Conn, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Thomas Leon Carlisle, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Jessica Helen Blackmore, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Jennifer Ruth Bell, possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams

Jason Hoyt Tally, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams

Kyle Wayne Pierce, possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams

Ruben Lee Zapata, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Edward Michael Thomas, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Jason Chanse Neal, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams

Timothy Rex Maxwell, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Darrell Lee Lopez, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Ruben Lian, possession of a controlled substance 1-4 grams

Justin Michael Hinchcliffe, theft property less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions

Dylan Ray Matkovich, tamper with oil/gas rigs to limit/control operation

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, April 18, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/meeting-previews-for-saturday-april-18-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/meeting-previews-for-saturday-april-18-2015/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:46:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89931 PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – Monday night the Paradise City Council will consider declaring April 21, 2015, “Sue Hudson Day.” The council will also hear reports from the Economic Development Corp., Planning and Zoning Board, as well as the city’s building and water departments. The council may also hire a code enforcement officer. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL – The council will discuss an antenna lease agreement between the city and Infinilink Broadband at its meeting Monday night. They will also consider bids on high-service pumps and the city’s mowing program. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. at 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The school board will discuss lunch prices for the upcoming school year and hear proposals for middle school trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City during its meeting 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at 2107 15th Street.

PARADISE SCHOOL BOARD – The PISD school board will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, to announce a lone finalist for superintendent. The board will also discuss textbook adoption and TEKS certification, bad weather waiver approval and whether or not to offer reasonable assurance of employment for para-professionals and auxiliary personnel. The meeting is at the board room, 338 School House Road.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The board will consider teacher contracts as well as non-Chapter 21 contracts at Monday’s meeting. The agenda also includes textbook certification and regular monthly reports. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a closed session followed by the open session at 7 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

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Delayed roof repairs dampen spirits http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/delayed-roof-repairs-dampen-spirits/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/delayed-roof-repairs-dampen-spirits/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:45:12 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89929 As Wise County welcomed spring showers this week, the jail staff side-stepped buckets catching water from the facility’s leaking roof.

The building was damaged in an ice storm a year-and-a-half ago, and an engineering firm was hired to repair the roof almost eight months ago.

But no work has been done.

County Judge J.D. Clark said the insurance adjusters with the Texas Association of Counties and Eikon Consulting, the engineering firm hired by the county to oversee the project, have been at odds over the cost and scope of the work.

Glenn Hughes, the county’s special projects manager, expressed frustration at Monday’s commissioners meeting.

“I keep telling them there’s ongoing damage on this thing, and if we don’t get something done pretty quick, they’re going to have a lot bigger claim on this building.”

Hughes even suggested Eikon put a temporary cover over the building to try to reduce the continued damage. He said it would cost about $90,000, but he was hoping the suggestion would push them to come to an agreement on the cost of the actual repairs.

“Mainly my point was to get them off center,” he said.

Clark told the Messenger Friday that he, Hughes and commissioners attorney Thomas Aaberg met with the TAC insurance pool adjusters and Eikon representatives Thursday.

TAC and Eikon agreed to a cost of $1.4 million. There is still no projected start date for the project, but Clark was confident work would start soon.

Meanwhile, more rain is predicted next week.

The jail is the last of 11 county buildings to be repaired following the ice storm in December 2013.

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Boyd ISD prepares for possible student increase http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/boyd-isd-prepares-for-possible-student-increase/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/boyd-isd-prepares-for-possible-student-increase/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:44:31 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89927 The possibility of a new housing development is causing the Boyd School Board to evaluate its facilities and prepare for a potentially big influx of students in the coming years.

Superintendent Ted West opened a special meeting Thursday night explaining the impact the housing development would have on the community.

“There could be 1,000 new homes being built, and right now, it looks like a lot of them will be starter homes,” West said. “We’re looking at 1,000 to 1,200 new students coming into the district, and that could possibly double the amount of students in our schools.

“That’s a scary proposition.”

West said the development is contingent upon the ability of the city’s water system to accommodate the new homes. An official location has not been designated, but the housing development would be within the confines of Boyd ISD.

“So it’s a long way off, but we wanted to start making long-term and short-term plans for the facilities and start prioritizing,” West said. “Right now, we just want to take a look at where we’re at and see what kind of school district we want to be in five, 10, 20 years.”

No action was taken during the meeting, but board members discussed what renovations are most pressing at each school.

For example, middle school Principal James McDonald spoke about the gym on his campus.

“Our athletic facility is atrocious,” he said. “It’s depressing. We’re growing and getting better as an athletic program, and I want things in place for these kids to be proud.”

The current middle school building is 27 years old, the second-oldest in the district.

The other big complaint was the 34-year-old intermediate school campus, which is overdue for a renovation.

“One of the biggest things I’m hearing from y’all tonight is that the intermediate school needs to be fixed,” Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice said.

A representative from the Texas Association of School Boards was present to give guidance on whether the council should pursue a bond package for the renovations.

“I completely get politically why it’s uncomfortable to talk about a bond, or ‘the b-word,’ as we like to call it,” TASB representative Mike Brooks said. “I will say you’ve done a great first step in listening to your principals and seeing what those needs are, but if you do decide to do a bond in a couple of years, people are going to be focused on how you evaluated yourself to vote for this bond.

“And I would say that financially, you’re on the right track.”

The discussion lasted for three hours and ended with West saying he would continue talking with district employees about the renovations, and that further discussion would occur at the board’s May meeting.

“Writing down what we need to change is the easy part, but prioritizing it all is going to be the hard part,” West said.

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Bridgeport City Council offers city administrator job to city secretary http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bridgeport-city-council-offers-city-administrator-job-to-city-secretary/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bridgeport-city-council-offers-city-administrator-job-to-city-secretary/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:43:49 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89925 Bridgeport’s city secretary will soon be moving into a new role.

After meeting in closed session for a little more than an hour Tuesday night, Bridgeport City Council gave their OK to offer the city administrator job to current city secretary Jesica McEachern.

The position is currently held by Interim City Administrator Chester Nolen, who replaced Brandon Emmons last December. Nolen is a representative of Strategic Government Resources, a government recruitment firm in Keller.

This was the fourth time the council met to discuss applicants, including once in a regular meeting and three times in closed session.

“This has been something that’s been heavily discussed, and the decision to offer the job to Jesica was unanimous,” Mayor Corey Lane said.

McEachern is expected to be officially hired at the council’s next regular meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

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Chico School Board expected to hire middle school principal http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/chico-school-board-expected-to-hire-middle-school-principal/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/chico-school-board-expected-to-hire-middle-school-principal/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:43:11 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89923 Chico Superintendent Mike Jones is expected Monday night to present the school board with his recommendation for a new middle school principal.

The recommendation comes after choosing between five applicants.

Current principal, Bob Bland, informed Jones earlier in the school year that it would be his last.

After getting this hire behind him, Jones will continue his search for a high school principal.

“I’ll go through the same process,” Jones said. “We’re taking applications for the high school job right now, and I should have a candidate to recommend to the school board for our May meeting.”

Other items on the agenda for Monday’s meeting include routine monthly reports from each school.

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County to clear creek bed to eliminate regular flooding http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/county-to-clear-creek-bed-to-eliminate-regular-flooding/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/county-to-clear-creek-bed-to-eliminate-regular-flooding/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:42:28 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89921 Sandy Creek will be cleared by the county just northwest of Alvord to alleviate flooding. Wise County commissioners approved the work Monday at the request of Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns.

“I have three citizens here that would like help with the blockage in Sandy Creek,” he told fellow commissioners. “It closes County Road 1590 about six weeks out of the year, and it’s been blocked [at times] since I’ve been commissioner.

“It’s a problem for folks living past Sandy Creek and causes a four- to six-mile extra traverse if you live in that area to get to work or Highway 287.”

Burns noted that it’s also a public safety issue because the water gets up to 4 feet deep. The commissioner said there are two bridges in this area, one of which is underwater in these situations and one that is not.

His request was to clean out property owned by Trinity Industries between CR 1590 and Farm Road 1655.

“There’s only about a 5-foot drop between those two roads, and in an area that’s a mile-and-a-half, three-quarters of it is blocked,” he said. “There’s no defined creek channel.”

Burns said the work he was suggesting wouldn’t totally eliminate the flooding, but it would allow the water to drain.

“Are we talking about pulling all the brush out and maybe digging a channel?” asked Precinct 4 Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy.

Burns said “yes” and that property owners to the north of CR 1590 had already done so, but work was still needed on the south side.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White asked if the bridges were “good.”

“They’re sufficient,” Burns replied. “They’re underrated. It really needs some more bridges, but in order to build a bridge through there it would be 1,000 feet long.”

Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance wanted to know more about the county’s scope of assistance.

“The best thing would be to use an excavator and clean out the channel and push the dirt up in piles,” Burns explained. “That would be the quickest, easiest and cheapest thing to do, if Trinity Industries would allow us to do that.

“We have a track loader that we could utilize to stack up the overburden.”

He said it would be a summer project probably taking two men about 30 days to complete.

“I basically need permission to contact Trinity Industries and make arrangements with them if they’d allow us to do it,” Burns said. “If you’d allow me to use right-of-way funds, that would be great, but if not I need to use precinct funds.”

Commissioner White thought precinct funds should be used, saying the work should be done “for safety purposes, if for no other reason.”

County Engineer Chad Davis noted that when the creek is out of its banks emergency services can’t get through.

“We’re not going to correct every ill here because we can’t build a channel big enough to prevent the flooding, but we can make it a few days event, like it used to be, instead of a week at a time,” Burns said.

The commissioner said he had previously contacted Trinity Industries about doing the work, but they refused. He’s heard that the property may have sold because Trinity is no longer mining it, but it’s still listed under Trinity on the tax roll.

“Is this in the county’s scope that we would have done, have done or should’ve done?” Lamance asked.

Public Works Administrator Tom Goode said the work would fall under the county’s Big Sandy Watershed Agreement with the citizens of the county and the water control improvement district.

“We have done some channel work on Denton Creek, and we have done some on Salt Creek,” he said.

Burns said he didn’t anticipate many expenses besides fuel, which would have to come from precinct funds.

The Precinct 2 commissioner made a motion to go into an agreement with Trinity Industries and proceed with the work. White wanted to add the contingency that if Burns got into a bind financially, commissioners would help him with money from the right-of-way fund.

The motion passed 4-0.

In other business, commissioners:

  • approved the sheriff’s request to upgrade his department’s tracking devices;
  • approved destroying out-of-date ballistic vests;
  • approved the purchase of a 2015 Ford Police Interceptor to replace a totaled S.O. vehicle;
  • approved accepting unclaimed capital credits from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and dividing that money between the children’s charities supported by the county;
  • approved seeking bids for a truck tractor at the request of Precinct 1;
  • approved again seeking bids for pre-coat rock because none were submitted the first time;
  • canceled the bid with Impact Promotional, which provides the uniforms for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Wise County EMS;
  • awarded the sale of scrap metal to Bridgeport Iron and Metal;
  • accepted a $500 donation from Sid and Bonnie Hodges to the Sheriff’s Office;
  • accepted a donation of various items, including plywood and poultry cages by the Wise County Youth Fair Board to the county fairgrounds;
  • approved the final plat for Green Acres Subdivision, lots 1-5, in Precinct 2; and
  • approved the final plat with a variance for Casa Linda Addition, lots 1-7, in Precinct 4.
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Hospice Plus http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/business/hospice-plus/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/business/hospice-plus/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:41:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89919 Address: 1903 Doctors Hospital Drive Suite 1 Bridgeport, TX 76426

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Ribbon Cutting

RIBBON CUTTING – Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 14 at Hospice Plus. Pictured are (from left) owner Brandi King; Ryan Shaw, R.N.; Sherry Clark, R.N.; Tracy King, R.N. and Judy Prudence, R.N. Messenger photo by Laura Belcher

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Golf: Jones runs away with region title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-jones-runs-away-with-region-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-jones-runs-away-with-region-title/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:40:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89916 Drew Jones’ drive on the par-5 11th came to rest on a mound Thursday afternoon, making for a difficult approach shot with the ball above the Decatur junior’s feet.

Jones then turned his seven iron into a magic wand, hitting a draw and placing the ball within 4 feet to set up an eagle.

“That really kickstarted the back nine,” Jones said.

Carrying On to State

CARRYING ON TO STATE – The Decatur boys golf team with Jackson Bearden, Hayden Bennett, Bryce Elder, Brendan Kerby, Drew Jones, Cade Lamirand and coach Fernando Escobar earned a state spot after finishing third at the Class 4A Region I tourney. Messenger photo by Kristi Bennett

He went on to post a 4-under on the final nine holes on the way to his nine-stroke victory at the Class 4A Region I tournament.

Jones finished at 10-under par with his two-round total of 134.

The junior and now three-time state qualifier expressed a little surprise by his two rounds.

“Even warming up I wasn’t hitting it very well,” Jones said. “But my putting felt better. I just never got into any trouble, and when I had the chance for a birdie, I took it.”

Jones led wire-to-wire. He posted a 4-under par 68 on Wednesday to grab a two-shot lead on Andrews’ Ivan Armendariz.

Thursday, Jones posted a 2-under on the front nine. He then started the march to the clubhouse with a birdie on 10 before the eagle on 11.

Jones threatened to give a shot back on 13 but drained a six-foot putt to save par.

“It was a good par,” he said.

Jones added a birdie in the final five holes to get to 4-under.

Jones will try to add a state title to his resume, playing in the 4A tournament at Onion Creek Golf Club in Austin April 27-28. He tied for fifth last year as a sophomore.

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Golf: Eagles secure state spot http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-eagles-secure-state-spot/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-eagles-secure-state-spot/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:39:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89913 The Decatur Eagles took advantage of scoring opportunities around Shadow Hills Golf Course Thursday.

Three Eagles posted rounds of 78 or better as part of the team’s second-round 300 to secure a bid to the state tournament.

Decatur finished third at the Class 4A Region I tournament with a 606 over two rounds. Andrews won the region crown with a 584. Monahans held off Decatur by a shot for second with its 605.

“Monahans and Andrews were out here at district. For Decatur to come out and do well here is good,” said Decatur junior Drew Jones. “It’s going to be a lot of fun going to state with the whole team.”

Decatur moves on to the 4A state tournament at Onion Creek Golf Club in Austin April 27-28.

Jones won the individual regional medal with a 10-under par 134. He posted rounds of 68 and 66.

Jones was one of three Eagles to finish in the top 30.

Bryce Elder tied for 16th at 152. He carded a 77 on Wednesday and followed it up with a closing 75.

Cade Lamirand put rounds of 80 and 78 to take 27th with a 158.

Brendan Kerby shot matching rounds of 81 to tie for 34th at 162. Hayden Bennett finished tied for 46th at 167 after scoring 83 and 84.

Decatur put itself in position for the state berth with the first-round 306. The Eagles entered the second round with a 13-shot advantage on fourth-place Stephenville.

“We were really pumped up as a team. There was a little doubt entering the tournament but after the first day, we realized we had a shot,” Jones said.

With the 300 to close out the tournament, the Eagles finished 34 ahead of Stephenville and Big Spring, who tied for fourth at 640.

“I knew we would have to shoot good in order to compete with Andrews and Monahans,” said Decatur coach Fernando Escobar. “We improved from the first round. I was hoping to catch a break from the other two team, which obviously didn’t happen.

“I’m proud of our boys for competing and improving as a team. I saw good things out there and I look for great things to come out of the state tournament in Austin.”

Bridgeport finished seventh with its 652. The Bulls moved up two spots with a second round 323.

Ty Reed led Bridgeport with rounds of 78 and 77 to tie for 23rd at 155. Blake Boyd tied for 38th at 163, shooting 83 and 80. Cole Barton and Brazier Talley posted 167s for a share of 46th. Alex Winter finished 77th at 187 with rounds of 91 and 96.

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Softball: Mader mows ‘em down – Alvord pitcher keeps composure http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-mader-mows-em-down-alvord-pitcher-keeps-composure/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/softball-mader-mows-em-down-alvord-pitcher-keeps-composure/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:38:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89911 The entire team has contributed to the Alvord Lady Bulldogs’ six-game winning streak.

But perhaps none more than pitcher Mikena Mader.

Making Em Miss

MAKING ‘EM MISS – Alvord pitcher Mikena Mader has led her team from the mound. The pitcher has started all six games in Alvord’s winning streak. She has also been an offensive leader for her team with four home runs and a .528 batting average. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Mader has taken to the pitcher’s circle every game in the win-streak and has excelled at the plate as well.

Mader has pitched in 11 of Alvord’s 14 games and has a 2.15 ERA.

She also driven in 17 runs with a .528 batting average and a .595 on-base percentage.

TRUSTING HER TEAM – Mikena Mader says that her team’s ability to score runs makes her job in the pitcher’s circle easy. The Lady Bulldogs have a high-powered offense that has averaged 11 runs in district play. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The junior pitcher has also hit a team-high four home runs.

Mader’s journey into the sport began when she was 8 years old, joining a youth softball team out of Bridgeport.

She looked up to her cousin Malori Moss, whose career at Chico High School included her winning 2012 All-State honors and 2012 Wise County MVP.

“I looked up to her a lot,” Mader said. “We were at our grandparents’ house, and we were pitching and playing around. I was trying to just copy what she was doing, and my uncle, Craig Moss, told my mom that I needed to be in pitching lessons. He thought I had some potential.”

She believes what her uncle saw that day was her desire to perfect whatever she puts her mind to.

Mader began working with pitching coach Marvin Reed and joined a summer league team, Texas Glory, playing every summer until she was 14.

In that span, Mader’s family moved from Henrietta to Alvord, and softball was how the shy third-grader developed friendships with her new classmates.

“The hardest part was probably getting to know people because I was really shy,” she said. “My best friend when I moved here was Ashton Peterson, our first baseman. Brittany Gayler, our short stop, we’ve played select ball together for several years.”

Mader says one of the biggest reasons for her success this year has been her competitive drive.

She says when she finds herself in trouble with runners on base, she can elevate her game and get out of jams.

“My best quality is probably my composure,” she said. “I don’t let a lot of things affect me. If someone hits a home run off of me, I can bounce back and not let that bother me.”

Mader went on to say that her fear of letting her teammates down is a big part of her demeanor in games.

She feels that staying calm is her responsibility as a leader on the team.

The star junior also feels like her teammates’ ability to score runs at an extreme rate takes pressure off of her pitching and the defense.

“My teammates have my back because they’ll come up and knock the cover off the ball,” she said. “That makes my job easy.”

If Alvord continues their success, they will make the playoffs for the first time in several seasons.

Mader says that will be good for the town and she can’t wait to compete in the intense environment.

“I would imagine that it’s like select ball,” she said. “You just have to keep your focus. There’s no room for error so you have to bring your best game.”

Other than softball, she takes pride in her grades and also enjoys being a part of the basketball team.

Her GPA is above a 4.0 and she makes straight A’s in the classroom.

Though her focus is currently on making the most of her 2015 softball season, she looks forward to next season as well.

“We have no seniors, so we have our full team coming back next year,” she said. “My sister, Maley, will be a freshman next year so that will be fun to be in school with her.”

Mader’s coach, Tony Brazeal, isn’t worried about where his pitcher’s mind is.

He says that Mader’s focus is her greatest asset.

“I can tell you three things about her that are probably all I need to say,” Brazeal said. “Great kid. Great work ethic. Great leader.

“She stays focused all of the time. I’ve never seen her out of a game mentally. That’s the most important thing, especially in this time of the season. I’ve never seen her lose focus once.”

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Track: Lady Eagles fly to top http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-lady-eagles-fly-to-top/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-lady-eagles-fly-to-top/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:37:20 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89907 The Decatur Lady Eagles made a slow lap around the track at Porcupine Stadium Thursday afternoon as dark clouds began to roll in. It was the only slow thing, they did in two days.

One Last Lap

ONE LAST LAP – The Decatur Lady Eagles won the 8-4A track meet Thursday in Springtown. They celebrated by running a victory lap as a team around the track at Porcupine Stadium. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Lady Eagles piled up a school-record-tying 212 points to run away with the District 8-4A title. Decatur finished 83 points ahead of second-place and host Springtown.

“We’re real excited. We tied the school record for points. I wish we could have got one more point,” said Decatur senior Macen Stripling, who won a pair of gold medals and collected five total medals. “Everyone worked really hard.”

The Lady Eagles claimed six individual titles on the way to the victory and qualified athletes for next week’s area meet in Springtown in every event.

Stepping Up

STEPPING UP – Without Nicole Neighbors, Macen Stripling was asked to run in the 4×400 relay and in the 300 hurdles while also competing in the high jump, 100 hurdles and triple jump. Stripling finished the meet with five medals: two golds, one silver and two bronzes. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“We didn’t realize how many points we scored,” said Jessi Kyle, who claimed gold medals in the 800, 1600 and pole vault. “I’m glad we got it. We really wanted it.”

The Lady Eagles piled up the points for the easy win without scoring a victory in any of the three relays. Decatur’s quartet of Kallie Boner, Brooklyn Bedford, Taylor Butler and Bailey Berry finished second in the 4×200 in 1:51.33. The Lady Eagles were fourth in the 4×100 and third in the 4×400.

“It’s a team win by people buying in,” said Decatur coach David Park. “We just kept coming in waves at people. I know people look at what Macen and Jessi did, but when you score 212 points, you have to look at the people that came in four, five and six. They did it over and over.”

Decatur also was without senior Nicole Neighbors. The hurdler, jumper and relays member won the high-point award at last year’s district meet. She was unable to run in this district meet this year because of a leg injury.

Without Neighbors available, Stripling stepped to the forefront, running on the 4×400 relay and in the 300 hurdles on top of her wins in the high jump and 100 hurdles. She also took third in the triple jump.

“When Macen found out we didn’t have Nicole, she knew what I had to do and she was good with it,” Park said.

Holding her collection of five medals – two golds, one silver and two bronzes – Stripling wore a smile after the meet.

“I’m happy. I worked really hard for this,” she said. “I was glad I could help the team.”

Stripling started the meet with the win in the high jump, clearing 5-2 Wednesday. She cleared the height on her second attempt.

“I did good. I stayed clean until 5-2,” she explained. “I had a good attempt at 5-4. I kept hitting it with my calf.

“I’m excited to get first and move on to area.”

Thursday, Stripling ran a comfortable race in the 100 hurdles, striding to the win in 16.02.

“I was a little high [over the hurdles] and didn’t run the time I wanted,” she said. “I tried hard to get out fast. I thought about it too much. I just need to relax.”

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Track: Kyle adds three golds to medal collection http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-kyle-adds-three-golds-to-medal-collection/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-kyle-adds-three-golds-to-medal-collection/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:35:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89903 For the first lap of the 1,600, Jessi Kyle stayed patiently behind a pair of runners.

RUNNING WITH CONFIDENCE – Jessi Kyle waited patiently before exploding in the second lap of the 1600. Kyle won the race with ease and set her personal record by three seconds. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur junior’s patience wore out roughly 100 meters into her second lap as she charged to the front and to her third gold medal of the District 8-4A meet.

“I got trapped the first lap-and-a-half behind those two girls,” Kyle said. “I ended up getting around them.

“I got my PR by three seconds. Hopefully next week I’ll get it down more.”

Kyle turned in a 5:34.42, beating Springtown’s Alli Roglin by eight seconds.

Kyle ran a 77-second opening lap. She then hit a pair of 1:27 splits before cranking out a final lap in 1:22.

The relatively easy win in the 1,600 followed her victory in the 800. Kyle built a large lead with her opening 68-second lap and cruised to the win in 2:23.77.

“I was surprised how fast I ran,” Kyle said. “I thought I wasn’t going as fast as I was.”

Behind Kyle, Bridgeport’s Diana Garcia and Decatur’s Kaylee Rhine made a last-second sprint from fourth and fifth to take second and third. Garcia finished a step ahead of Rhine in 2:31.02.

“I was just going to stay in fourth, but once the Decatur girl came up, I told myself I couldn’t get fifth,” Garcia said. “I was glad the Decatur girl started running up on me. It made me give it more.”

Kyle opened the meet with a victory in the pole vault. She cleared 8 feet.


Gunnar Parker kept his title as his district’s fastest man Thursday.

The Decatur junior won the district title in the 100 for a second straight year, running an 11.36.

Parker held off Springtown’s Ricardo Reynoso at the tape to win by 0.02 of a second.

“I got him with the lean,” Parker said. “It was a tight race. I was a little worried. It wasn’t the best start.”

Parker added a gold medal in the 200, running 22.76.

“I felt solid [coming around the curve],” Parker said. “I had to maintain speed and build up for the last 100.”

He added a silver medal in the 4×200, teaming with Ryan Durdon, Dane Fitzgerald and Dru Anderson to run a 1:34.04.


Allison Raby sprang out of the blocks into the lead and never gave it up Thursday in the 200.

Raby turned in a 26.9 to the gold medal.

“I’m elated. It feels amazing,” Raby said. “I’m happy to go to area, and hopefully I can advance to regionals. I’m just a sophomore and to win a district championship is amazing.”


Bridgeport senior Chris Hernandez added another impressive chapter to his comeback story Wednesday.

The Bull, who set the school record in his first meet of the season after not competing since his freshman year, won the 8-4A title in the high jump. Hernandez cleared 6-2.

“It feels good. I’m psyched about going to area,” Hernandez said. “Hopefully I can get 6-4 at area.”

Kevetter Settles for Silver

KEVETTER SETTLES FOR SILVER – Decatur hurdler Jacob Kevetter had to be careful in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles at the District 8-4A meet. Nursing a hamstring injury, Kevetter managed a second-place finish in both races. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


After suffering a hamstring injury Tuesday, Decatur senior Jacob Kevetter took a cautious approach in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

He still managed to get silver medals in both events behind one of the state’s top hurdlers, Springtown’s Dillon Springfield. Kevetter ran 15.85 in the 110s, smiling and laughing as he crossed the finish line 1.5 seconds behind Springfield’s track record of 14.35.

Kevetter turned in 41.81 in the 300 hurdles. Springfield won that race in 41.3.

“I just tried to get through this week and get to area,” Kevetter said. “I’m hoping to be healthy by next week. I’ve got my form down well. It was just unfortunate I got hurt Tuesday.”

AGUILAR TAKES THE 800 – Bridgeport freshman Eric Aguilar ran a 2:05.09 to take gold in the 800 at the District 8-4A meet. Decatur’s Hunter Helm finished second with a time of 2:07.17. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


In the final 200 meters, Bridgeport freshman Eric Aguilar seized his opportunity and charged past a fading Adrian Perez of Castleberry to win the 800.

Aguilar finished in 2:05.09, holding off Decatur’s Hunter Helm, who took second in 2:07.17.

“At 200, I knew I could catch up to [Perez],” Aguilar said. “He took off too fast. I knew I had to hold back.”


Decatur sophomore Kelsie Worley hit the board on her third attempt and landed a jump of 16-0.75. It was enough to bring her a district title in the long jump.

Worley’s next best jump was 15-1.25, which would have put her in sixth place.

“I wasn’t very consistent,” Worley said. “I got the hang of it after a couple of jumps.

“Last year, I got third. I was really nervous. I felt more confident this year. This is exciting to win district.”


On his fifth attempt, Dru Anderson scored the best jump of the day Wednesday to capture the 8-4A title.

Anderson jumped 20-6.25.

“I just tried to jump as high as I could,” Anderson said. “I didn’t know I was in first place.

“I need to get in more practice and hit the board right.”

Sissies Take Silver

SISSIES TAKE SILVER – Bridgeport’s Allison Raby hands the baton to Hayley Davidson while Decatur’s Macen Stripling takes over for Caitlin Butler. The Sissies finished with the silver medal while Decatur took the bronze. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


When Hayley Davidson grabbed the baton from Allison Raby, the Bridgeport Sissies were in third place.

Davidson made a mad sprint through the first 300 meters to take over second and close on first. Davidson couldn’t quite catch Springtown’s anchor leg but crossed the finish line in second in 4:17.92.

“Coming from softball and not getting much practice, I did really good,” said Davidson, who teamed with Bailey Thompson, Landrie Walsh and Raby for the silver medal. “I started off too fast. I thought I was going to catch [Springtown].

“We all ran really good legs.”

Gunnars Gold

GUNNAR’S GOLD – Decatur junior Gunnar Parker won the 100-meter dash for the second straight year with a time of 11.36 at the District 8-4A meet in Springtown. Parker also took first in the 200 and added a silver medal in the 4×200. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty



Team: 1. Decatur 212; 2. Springtown 129; 3. Lake Worth 116; 4. Bridgeport 76; 5. Castleberry 55

4×100: 1. Lake Worth, 51.92; 2. Springtown, 51.99; 3. Bridgeport (Allison Raby, Diana Garcia, Hayley Davidson, Bailey Thompson), 52; 4. Decatur (Kallie Boner, Brooklyn Bedford, Kelsie Worley, Cordelia Leija), 53.03

800: 1. Jessi Kyle, Decatur, 2:23.77; 2. Diana Garcia, Bridgeport, 2:31.02; 3. Kaylee Rhine, Decatur, 2:31.06; 4. Nahomi Trevizo, Castleberry, 2:31.6; 6. Katy Wunrow, Decatur, 2:36.27

100 hurdles: 1. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 16.02; 2. McKenzie Molina, Lake Worth, 16.75; 3. Caitlin Butler, Decatur, 16.9; 4. Enereida Perez, Castleberry, 17.87; 5. Victoria Tune, Decatur, 17.96

100: 1. Jazmin Puryear, Lake Worth, 12.58; 2. Kallie Boner, Decatur, 12.94; 3. Meinita Lewis, Castleberry, 13.33; 4. Taylor Marshall, Lake Worth, 13.43; 5. Kelsie Worley, Decatur, 13.65

4×200: 1. Lake Worth, 1:49.33; 2. Decatur (Kallie Boner, Brooklyn Bedford, Taylor Butler, Bailey Berry), 1:51.33; 3. Bridgeport (Sadie White, Bradi Anderson, Shelby Preston, Hayley Davidson) 1:54.04; 4. Springtown, 1:58.16

400: 1. Kaitlyn Hill, Springtown, 1:01.11; 3. Molly Gideon, Springtown, 1:01.42; 3. Alex Jenkins, Lake Worth, 1:04.51; 4. Kaylee Rhine, Decatur, 1:05.3; 7. Katy Wunrow, Decatur, 1:07.1

300 hurdles: 1. McKenzie Molina, Lake Worth, 47.23; 2. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 49.51; 3. Caitlin Butler, Decatur, 50.32; 4. Sadie White, Bridgeport, 51.14; 5. Victoria Tune, Decatur, 51.32

200: 1. Allison Raby, Bridgeport, 26.9; 2. Deandreanna Osborne, Lake Worth, 27.14; 3. Bailey Berry, Decatur, 27.36; 4. Meinita Lewis, Castleberry, 27.39; 5. Brooklyn Bedford, Decatur, 28.25; 7. Kelsie Worley, Decatur, 29.28

1600: 1. Jessi Kyle, Decatur, 5:34.52; 2. Alli Roglin, Springtown, 5:42.63; 3. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 5:51.03; 4. Harley Williams, Springtown, 5:55.74; 5. Elizabeth Culpepper, Decatur, 5:59.43

4×400: 1. Springtown, 4:14.02; 2. Bridgeport (Bailey Thompson, Landrie Walsh, Allison Raby, Hayley Davidson), 4:17.92; 3. Decatur (Bailey Berry, Taylor Butler, Caitlin Butler, Macen Stripling) 4:19.35

3200: 1. Allie Roglin, Springtown, 12:12.81; 2. Georgina Palomo, Decatur, 12:54.79; 3. Elizabeth Culpepper, Decatur, 12:56.85; 4. Madalyn Diaz, Springtown, 13:10.8; 5. Paola Palomo, Decatur, 13:28.81

Shot put: 1. Ariana Ramos, Castleberry, 37-0.25; 2. Kylie Hornback, Springtown, 32-8.75; 3. Madi Kyle, Decatur, 30-10.5; 4. Evelyn Coronado, Castleberry, 30-0; 5. Marissa Bias, Decatur, 29-7.25; 6. Natalie Smith, Bridgeport, 29-6.25; 7. Darian Rice, Decatur, 28-6.75

Discus: 1. Tania Dominguez, Castleberry, 97-1; 2. Darian Rice, Decatur, 93-9; 3. Kristen Massey, Lake Worth, 93-5; 4. Natalie Smith, Bridgeport, 87-11; 8. Madi Kyle, Decatur, 64-2

Long jump: 1. Kelsie Worley, Decatur, 16-0.75; 2. Brooklyn Dauenhauer, Springtown, 15-10.75; 3. Carolyn Thompson, Bridgeport, 15-4.75; 4. Taylor Butler, Decatur, 15-3.25; 5. Makayla Mayfield, Decatur, 15-1.75

Triple jump: 1. Kendyl Dean, Springtown, 35-3; 2. Brooklyn Dauenhauer, Springtown, 34-0; 3. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 33-10.25; 4. Makayla Mayfield, Decatur, 32-8.25; 5. Allison Raby, Bridgeport, 32-0; 6. Taylor Butler, Decatur, 31-7.75

High jump: 1. Macen Stripling, Decatur, 5-2; 2. Jazmin Puryear, Lake Worth, 4-8; 2. Taylor Marshall 4-8; 2. Bailey Berry, Decatur, 4-8; 6. Hayley Davidson, Bridgeport, 4-8; 7. Kallie Boner, Decatur, 4-8

Pole vault: 1. Jessica Kyle, Decatur, 8-0


Team: 1. Springtown, 207; 2. Decatur, 156; 3. Bridgeport, 131; 4. Castleberry, 65; 5. Lake Worth, 51

4×100: 1. Springtown, 44.29; 2. Decatur ( Addison Nation, Dane Fitzgerald, Dillon Nation, Ryan Durdon) 44.62; 3. Bridgeport (Efrain DeLuna, Seth Keener, Juan Martinez-Moran, Bertram Hawkins), 45.38; 4. Lake Worth, 45.8

800: 1. Eric Aguilar, Bridgeport, 2:05.09; 2. Hunter Helm, Decatur, 2;07.17; 3. Adrian Perez, 2:07.76; 4. Christian Isaac, Decatur, 2:09.4; 8. Rosendo Cardenas, Bridgeport, 2:17.32

110 hurdles: 1. Dillon Springfield, Springtown, 14.35; 2. Jacob Kevetter, Decatur, 15.85; 3. Ryan Snow, Springtown, 16.38; 4. Jhett Parker, Decatur, 18.07

100: 1. Gunnar Parker, Decatur, 11.36; 2. Ricardo Reynoso, Springtown, 11.38; 3. Blake Sanders, Springtown, 11.62; 4. Efrain DeLuna, Bridgeport, 11.68; 5. Dru Anderson, Decatur, 11.68; 6. Roger Mastin, Bridgeport, 11.75; 7. Ryan Durdon, Decatur, 11.76

4×200: 1. Springtown, 1:30.87; 2. Decatur (Ryan Durdon, Dane Fitzgerald, Dru Anderson, Gunnar Parker), 1:34.04; 3. Bridgeport (Brian Munn, Efrain DeLuna, Bertram Hawkins, Seth Keener), 1:34.6; 4. Castleberry, 1:39.22

400: 1. Ricardo Reynoso, Springtown, 52.18; 2. Mateo Herrera, Springtown, 52.49; 3. Jesus Morales, Lake Worth, 52.66; 4. Caleb Chessney, Springtown, 53.97; 5. Dillon Nation, Decatur, 55.35

300 hurdles: 1. Dillon Springfield, Springtown, 41.3; 2. Jacob Kevetter, Decatur, 41.81; 3. Tyler Raby, Bridgeport, 42.27; 4. Ryan Snow, Springtown, 43.66; 6. Jhett Parker, Decatur, 44.83

200: 1. Gunnar Parker, Decatur, 22.76; 2. Austin Chenault, Springtown, 23.35; 3. Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur, 23.48; 4. Blake Sanders, Springtown, 23.76; 5. Rogelio Galicia, Bridgeport, 23.9; 6. Brian Munn, Bridgeport, 24.23; 8. Addison Nation, Decatur, 25.18

1600: 1. Eduardo Trevizo, Castleberry, 4:30.74; 2. Eric Aguilar, Bridgeport, 4:43.97; 3. Parker Cullop, Decatur, 4:57.04; 4. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 4:58.07; 7. Manuel Garcia, Bridgeport, 5:04.51; 8. Alan Rangel, Decatur, 5;06.68

4×400: 1. Springtown, 3:31.86; 2. Lake Worth, 3:36.49; 3. Bridgeport (Dillon Lee, Chris Hernandez, Roger Mastin, Rogelio Galicia), 3:37.46; 4. Castleberry, 3:39.62; 5. Decatur (Jacob Kevetter, Dru Anderson, Coy Johnson, Hunter Helm), 3:41.76

3200: 1. Eduardo Trevizo, Castleberry, 9:56.66; 2. Baron Lasher, Castleberry, 10:42.1; 3. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 10:49.7; 4. Parker Cullop, Decatur, 10:50.99; 5. Manuel Garcia, Bridgeport, 11:01.61; 6. Alan Rangel, Decatur, 11:07.21; 7. Bryce Hoyt, Decatur, 11:37.55; 8. Rosendo Cardenas, Bridgeport, 12:07.55

Shot put: 1. Anthony Ortiz, Bridgeport, 45-2; 2. Dawson Meek, Springtown, 45-0.75; 3. Bronson Burks, Bridgeport, 42-4.5; 4. Caleb Chessney, Springtown, 42-2.5; 8. Dakota Williams, Decatur, 40-0.75

Discus: 1. Cole Stallard, Decatur, 129-0; 2. Wriley Russell, Springtown, 120-0; 3. Devin Sessions, Lake Worth, 116-3; 4. Jason Escobedo, Lake Worth 114-11; 6. Anthony Ortiz, Bridgeport, 112-4

Long jump: 1. Dru Anderson, Decatur, 20-6.25; 2. Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur, 20-4.5; 3. Mykeal Cummings, Springtown, 20-4.25; 4. Bertram Hawkins, Bridgeport, 20-0.25

Triple jump: 1. Tyler Raby, Bridgeport, 43-4; 2. Charles Williams, Bridgeport, 41-9.25; 3. Richard Najara, Springtown, 41-5.25. 4. Aaron Shetter, Decatur, 39-5.5

High jump: 1. Chris Hernandez, Bridgeport, 6-2; 2. Mykeal Cummings, Springtown, 6-0; 3. Austin Chenault, Springtown, 5-10; 4. Jhett Parker, Decatur, 5-10; 5. Jacob Roberts, Bridgeport, 5-8; 6. Dru Anderson, Decatur, 5-8; 7. Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur, 5-6

Pole vault: 1. Hunter Robinson, Springtown, 12-9; 2. Dustin Krahn, Decatur, 10-6; 3. Talon Sanders, Lake Worth, 10-6; 4. Jared Green, Springtown, 10-6; 6. Addison Nation, Decatur, 9-0

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Golf: Vu finishes in 12th place http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-vu-finishes-in-12th-place/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-vu-finishes-in-12th-place/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:31:53 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89896 Northwest’s Katie Vu posted two solid rounds at Rolling Hills Country Club Wednesday and Thursday at the Class 6A Region I tournament.

Vu shot 76 and 79 to tie for 12th with a 155.

Coppell’s Lol Lee won the region title at 145, beating teammate Graco Do in a playoff.

Northwest’s Cale Carr tied for 47th with his 154 over two rounds at The Links at Waterchase Monday and Tuesday. He posted rounds of 78 and 76.

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Golf: Panthers short of state http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-panthers-short-of-state/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/golf-panthers-short-of-state/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:31:14 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89894 The Paradise Panthers came up 20 strokes short of a second straight trip to the state golf tournament Tuesday.

The Panthers shot a 348 in the second round and 708 over the two days of the Class 3A Region II tournament at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard, finishing fifth.

Brock won the tournament with a 623. Pottsboro finished second at 673. Glen Rose grabbed the third state spot with its tally of 688. Gunter was fourth with a 702.

Paradise shot a 360 in the first round and found itself 10 strokes back of third Glen Rose and Gunter. The Panthers cut 12 strokes in the second round but so did Glen Rose with a final round 338.

Brock’s Garrett Leek won the individual medal, shooting 143.

Colton Horton turned in Paradise’s best rounds, shooting 84 and 80 for a 164. Colton Wells carded a 178 with an 87 and 91. Brandon McCutcheon fired 95 and 85 for 180. Bradley Young shot 94 and 93 for 187. Hayden Barkley turned in a 100 and 92 for 192.

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