Trending up: Paradise gains momentum after positive year

Trending up: Paradise gains momentum after positive year

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Reece Waddell

After three first-round playoff exits in 2017-2018, confidence around the Paradise athletic program is building.

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Track: Ford retires – Paradise girls track coach steps down

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Paradise girls track coach Johna Ford is retiring after over two decades of coaching.

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Bulls take strides in Wilson’s first year

Bulls take strides in Wilson’s first year

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Jadon Maddux put the finishing touches on a season of improvement for the Bridgeport Bulls when he medaled at the state track meet in May.

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Volleyball: Todd, Kostelecky in All-Star game

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Decatur senior Satasha Kostelecky and Boyd senior Jordyn Todd joined forces to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game Tuesday at Arlington Martin High School.

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Volleyball: Vinzant wins national title – Kostelecky finishes ninth

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Decatur freshman Trinity Vinzant and her club team, TAV 15 Black, won the 2018 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships June 29 in Detroit.

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Swiss Army Knife; Hicks shines as three-sport athlete

Swiss Army Knife; Hicks shines as three-sport athlete

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Best of Sports 2017-2018: Male Athlete of the Year

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Tenacious competitor: Mitschke leads Paradise squads to success throughout year

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Best of Sports 2017-2018: Female Athlete of the Year

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Rallying together: Teamwork drives Boyd to success

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Richard Greene

Best of Sports 2017-2018: Team of the Year

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No experience necessary: Cartwright guides Bulls to region final in first year on pitch

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Best of Sports 2017-2018: Coach of the Year

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Playing through the pain: Roth shows grit, selflessness during senior year

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Best of Sports 2017-2018: Denny Deady Sportsman of the Year

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Best of Sports 2017-2018: Photographs of the Year

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Joe Duty

Throughout the year, Messenger photographer Joe Duty shot thousands of pictures at Wise County sporting events. Here are his top 18 images of 2018.

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Cross Country: Escape plan – Boyd runners head to Colorado to train for season

Cross Country: Escape plan – Boyd runners head to Colorado to train for season

Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018
By Richard Greene

Two years ago, Connor Richardson and his fellow Boyd Yellowjacket cross country teammates escaped the Texas heat for a week to train in the summer running nirvana of Colorado.

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Volleyball: Going viral – Goforth’s save garners national attention

Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018
By Reece Waddell

As the ball sailed over her head and out of bounds, Victory Christian sophomore Kacely Goforth sprawled out and made a diving attempt to save the point.

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Future stars: 2018 All-Wise Softball and Baseball Teams

Future stars: 2018 All-Wise Softball and Baseball Teams

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Teams selected by Reece Waddell with consultation of Wise County coaches

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Volleyball: Mayfield named Alvord head coach – Longtime Decatur volleyball assistant departs

Volleyball: Mayfield named Alvord head coach – Longtime Decatur volleyball assistant departs

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Longtime Decatur volleyball assistant Brandy Mayfield is moving to Alvord to become the program's head coach.

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Boyd takes strides; Volleyball makes run to state semis

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The Boyd Yellowjackets kept fans on the edge of their seats during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Decatur edges Bridgeport in state 7-on-7

Published Friday, June 29, 2018.
By Brady Keane, for the Messenger

After forcing a three-and-out on Decatur’s opening possession and striking first with a short touchdown pass from Jadon Maddux to Milton Iniguez, Bridgeport looked to have all the momentum in the first round of the Division II State 7-on-7 championship bracket Friday morning. But the Eagles quickly re-gained control. Behind a 45-yard touchdown strike from Roman Fuller to Shay Dubois, Decatur rallied and came away with a 40-32 back-and-forth victory over the Bulls.

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Football: Decatur qualifies for state – Eagles advance to 7-on-7 championships

Football: Decatur qualifies for state – Eagles advance to 7-on-7 championships

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Decatur earned a berth at the Texas State 7-on-7 championships with a 46-20 victory over Lone Oak Saturday.

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Volleyball: Kelly resigns – Alvord volleyball coach departs for counseling job

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Alvord volleyball coach Catherine Kelly resigned last week to accept a counseling position at Decatur High School.

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Baseball: Wise County players earn academic all-state

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Three Wise County athletes were named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic all-state team.

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