Rodeo: Miller aims for all-around title

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Richard Greene

Hadley Miller is far from being tall in the saddle. "I'm barely 5-4 on a good day," Miller said.

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Baseball: Sam Rayburn stops Alvord

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Richard Greene

Holden Reaves' two-run double in the top of the fifth put Sam Rayburn up for good Saturday on the way to clinching the 2A Region II area series against the Alvord Bulldogs.

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Irion earns silver medal at state golf tourney

Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017
By Richard Greene

Brooke Irion recalls Bridgeport coach Alan Green telling her during her freshman year that she would shoot a round under par in high school. In her last high school round, the Bridgeport senior brought his prediction to fruition on the state’s biggest stage. Irion fired a 1-under 71 Tuesday in the second round of the Class 4A tournament at the University Interscholastic League golf championships at Slick Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay in Marble Falls.

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Decatur’s Garner announces retirement

Published Monday, May 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

Playing gritty defense under the direction of coach Billy Garner over the past 12 seasons, the Decatur Lady Eagles captured five district titles and made five trips to the region quarterfinals. Garner’s teams won 236 games and made the postseason in 10 of his dozen years at the helm. The longtime coach is now retiring.

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Griffin takes over as Decatur girls hoops coach

Published Monday, May 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

Three years after returning for a second stint in Decatur as an assistant, Lindsay Griffin will now get a chance to lead the Lady Eagles. Monday night, Griffin was named the Decatur girls basketball coach, replacing the retiring Billy Garner.

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Decatur hire Oberle as volleyball coach

Published Monday, May 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

Decatur is replacing a state championship volleyball coach with a familiar coach with a title on his resume. Monday night, the district officially hired longtime Argyle coach Clark Oberle to take over the volleyball program and become the girls coordinator.

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Elder’s save clinches series for Eagles

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

In the top of the sixth inning Saturday, Decatur coach Brian Tickell walked down to check on Bryce Elder warming in the bullpen. Coming off back-to-back no-hitters, the senior ace told his coach to put him into the one-run game. Tickell complied, and Elder mowed down the only Melissa hitter he faced in the sixth on three pitches. Featuring an electric fastball, Elder struck out the first two batters in the seventh before getting a weak groundball to second to end Decatur’s 4-3 victory in the 4A Region II area-round, series-clinching third game at Argyle.

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Track: Golden finish – Northwest senior captures discus title

Track: Golden finish – Northwest senior captures discus title

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Caden McDonald set the bar high entering high school, dreaming of winning a state gold medal.

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Track: Saving best for last – Thorpe claims bronze on final throw

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Lindsey Thorpe stepped into the ring Friday afternoon for her final throw needing the best throw of her career to get on the medal stand.

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Track: Roof lands fifth-place finish

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

After not vaulting last year, Slidell senior Kayson Roof made a return to the state meet runway Friday.

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Track: Cate finishes seventh in 3A high jump

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Making her debut on the state stage, Boyd's Jacey Cate felt the familiar nerves before her first jump Friday morning.

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Golf: Staying on course – Bridgeport golfer takes life one shot at a time

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Standing on the tee box, Ashlie Lennard focuses only on making solid contact on the next shot and trying to keep the ball in the fairway.

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Golf: Irion swings for state crown

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Throughout her senior year, Brooke Irion has checked off a series of goals.

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Baseball: Elder’s arm leads Eagles to playoff victories

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Through two playoff starts, Decatur ace Bryce Elder has truly been unhittable.

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Baseball: Texans win first in area series

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Richard Greene

Doger Gilliland held Birdville to two runs on six hits over six innings, leading the Northwest Texans to a 3-2 victory in game one of the 5A area series Thursday.

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Melissa forces game three against Decatur

Published Friday, May 12, 2017
By Messenger staff

Melissa held off a seventh-inning rally by Decatur Friday night for a 4-2 victory to even the Class 4A Region II area series at a game apiece.

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Silver lining: Roof caps career with medal

Published Friday, May 12, 2017
By Zach Duncan

Kayson Roof left Mike A. Myers Stadium with no regrets Friday night. The Slidell senior also left with a silver medal in the Class A 300 hurdles, the second time she has finished as the state runner-up in that event at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships.

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Roof finishes fifth in pole vault

Published Friday, May 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

After not vaulting last year, Slidell senior Kayson Roof made a return to the state meet runway Friday. The three-time state qualifier in the pole vault closed her career with a fifth-place finish in the 1A finals, clearing nine feet.

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Saving best for last: Thorpe claims bronze on final toss

Published Friday, May 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

Lindsey Thorpe stepped into the ring Friday afternoon for her final throw needing the best throw of her career to get on the medal stand. The Boyd senior rose to the occasion. Thorpe landed a toss of 40-10.5 feet to move into third place and claim the bronze medal in the 3A shot put finals at the University Interscholastic League track field championships at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Golden finish: McDonald claims 5A discus title

Published Friday, May 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

Caden McDonald set the bar high entering high school, dreaming of winning a state gold medal. The Northwest senior made the dream come true Friday with a dominating performance in the 5A discus at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin. McDonald landed the top four throws of the day, including the title-winning toss of 190-6 feet on his third attempt in winning the gold medal. He won the title by nine feet.

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