Football: Patriots’ season comes to end

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Instead of preparing for their first-round playoff game, the Victory Christian Patriots are packing up for the season.

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Cross Country: Jackets finish eighth in 3A – Richardson leads Boyd, finishing 18th

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Running for the first time in the state finals, Connor Richardson took a bold strategy.

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Cross Country: Parker finishes 117th

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Making his debut in the state meet, Alvord's Colton Parker finished 117th in the Class 2A race.

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Cross Country: Eisen garners 39th in 3A

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Paradise sophomore Matthew Eisen tried to exercise some patience early in Saturday's Class 3A final and found himself battling traffic.

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Cross Country: Decatur sends seniors out with top-five finish

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

For the past four years, Taylor Butler and Elizabeth Culpepper helped guide Decatur girls cross country teams to Round Rock.

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Cross Country: Northwest runners improve in second trips to state

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Without the benefit of a clock at the first mile marker, the lead pack of runners in the 5A boys race set a blazing pace that carried them through the second mile.

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Cross Country: Horner cuts time at state meet

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

In his second try at the Old Settlers Park 5K course, Slidell's Hunter Horner improved his time and finish.

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Cross Country: Fraga finishes 44th

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

As a freshman running in the 4A state championships, Bridgeport's Marisol Fraga understandably felt some nerves before Saturday's race.

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Cross Country: Decatur duo battles tough field

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

As the last race of a steamy, warm afternoon, the 4A boys faced the toughest conditions on the Old Settlers Park course in Round Rock Saturday.

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Legends of the Week for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Legends of the Week for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Argyle knocks Decatur out of playoffs

Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017
By Reece Waddell

With a trip to the 4A Region II semifinals on the line, Decatur and Argyle entered the third set all square at one. After getting the first point, Argyle lost control for most of the game, unable to pull ahead of Decatur. Up 20-19, Decatur was on the cusp of taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the match. Then Argyle mounted a rally. Argyle outscored Decatur 6-1 to take the third set 25-20, flipping momentum to knock its old coach Clark Oberle out of the playoffs, 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16).

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Boyd rallies to unseat region champ Peaster

Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017
By Messenger staff

Last year on election night, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ season ended with a loss to the eventual 3A runner-up Peaster. After dropping the first set and falling behind 6-1 and later 24-15 in the second Tuesday, it appeared the Lady Yellowjackets’ challenge to the incumbent Region I champion would fall short again. But behind the serving of Kamryn Frenzel and a frenzied defense, the Lady Yellowjackets staved off set point and began their rally. Boyd won the set 26-24 to get back in the match. Three games later, Boyd ended Peaster’s tenure as region champion with a dramatic victory in the 3A Region I quarterfinal at Jacksboro High School (22-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12).

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Decatur battles Sanger for No. 3 seed in 4-4AI

Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Having already secured playoff spots with their wins last week, Decatur and Sanger will now battle to determine the third and fourth seeds out of District 4-4A Division I Friday.

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Paradise and Boyd square off with final playoff spot in 4-3A on the line

Published Monday, November 6, 2017
By Reece Waddell

With the fourth and final playoff spot in district 4-3A at stake, Paradise and Boyd face off Friday with plenty on the line. A win for the Panthers would secure their first playoff berth since 2008, while a loss would open the door for the Yellowjackets or even Ponder to sneak in.

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Bulls charge to fifth in 4A

Published Sunday, November 5, 2017
By Richard Greene

Led by their quartet of seniors who guided Bridgeport to four regional appearances, the Bulls finished fifth in their first state trip. The Bulls tallied 176 points.

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Lady Eagles take fifth in 4A

Published Sunday, November 5, 2017
By Richard Greene

For the past four years, Taylor Butler and Elizabeth Culpepper helped guide Decatur girls cross country teams to Round Rock. Saturday, the two seniors made an impressive farewell tour around the Old Settlers Park course. Butler ran a 12:02 on the 3,200-meter course to finish 16th. Culpepper crossed the finish line in 12:33 for 35th. Behind the seniors, Decatur finished fifth in the 4A race with 167 points. Bandera won the state title with 73.

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Boyd finishes eighth in 3A

Published Sunday, November 5, 2017
By Richard Greene

Running for the first time in the state finals, Connor Richardson took a bold strategy. “My plan was to get out fast, so I didn’t get caught up in the mess,” explained the Boyd junior. The race plan kept Richardson in the top 20 throughout. He went on to finish 18th in the 3A boys race at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Richardson finished the 5K in 16:43 and led Boyd to an eighth-place finish.

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Embree finishes 36th, Ashmore 83rd in 4A race

Published Sunday, November 5, 2017
By Richard Greene

As the last race of a steamy, warm afternoon, the 4A boys faced the toughest conditions on the Old Settlers Park course in Round Rock Saturday. Decatur sophomores Gabe Embree and Matthew Ashmore fought their way around the course to post strong finishes. Embree ran 17:09 to finish 36th. Ashmore garnered 83rd, running 17:46.

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Bridgeport freshman finishes 44th

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

As a freshman running the 4A state championships, Bridgeport’s Marisol Fraga understandably felt some nerves before Saturday’s race. On the course, the nerves disappeared as Fraga held her own to finish 44th in the Class 4A race, running 12:41 on the 3,200-meter course at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.

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Eisen works his way into 39th-place finish

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

Paradise sophomore Matthew Eisen tried to exercise some patience early in Saturday’s Class 3A final and found himself battling traffic. “It was very crowded. I started in my normal place and ended up behind like a hundred people,” Eisen explained. Eisen fought his way through the pack to finish 39th, running a 17:10 on the 5K course at Old Settlers Park at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships in Round Rock.

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