Board to meet behind closed doors

{{{*}}}The Alvord school board will convene in a special called session at 5 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will be open to the public, but the agenda calls for the board to immediately close the doors.

Board members are scheduled to confer with the district’s attorney regarding the contract of head coach and athletic director Curtis Enis. They will also discuss those positions separately under the personnel exception to the Open Meetings Act.

Any action would have to be taken in open session, but there is no proposed action on Monday’s agenda, which calls for the board to come back into open session and adjourn.

The next regular meeting would be next Thursday, April 24.

Posted in News0 Comments

Lady Panthers secure area crown

{{{*}}}The Paradise Lady Panthers last week captured their first district title on the track since 2001.

Wednesday, they added another trophy to the case.

After earning medals in all three relays, including a gold in the 4×200, the Lady Panthers captured the Class 2A 9/10 area title at Boyd’s Yellowjacket Stadium.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Paradise girls coach Johna Ford. “They’ve worked hard. It was a team effort. Even the girls who didn’t qualify gave their all and scored the points to help us.”

Mikaela Beck, who ran on a pair of qualifying relays and won the long jump said, “We’re starting a legacy.”

The 4×200 squad of Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards and Aliya Read scored 20 points toward winning the title with its victory. The quartet ran 1:49.72, holding off Whitney, which finished in 1:49.96.

“We knew it would be a close race,” Sides said.

Read added: “We’re still undefeated.”

The Lady Panthers finished second in the 4×400 to Alvord. In the 4×100, Godley edged Paradise. Beck nearly caught Godley’s anchor leg, crossing the finish line in 51.27. Godley won the race in 51.22.

“If I’d had five more feet, I’d have caught her for sure,” Beck said. “Beating them is doable. It’s not like they smoked us.”

Beck was joined by Kyndall McCasland, Sides and Richards on the 4×100.

Beck finished second in the 100 to Grandview’s Lyric Jackson, running a 12.4. She also won the long jump with an effort of 17-1.25.

“Coming out of prelims, I was in last place,” Beck said about her long jump win. “On my first jump of finals, my mark was finally on.”

Winning Pass

WINNING PASS – Alvord’s Savannah Williams passes Paradise’s Mikaela Beck near the finish line of the 4×400 at the 2A 9/10 area meet in Boyd. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


Another impressive chapter was written Wednesday at the area meet in what has turned into the county’s hottest rivalry on the track this season – the girls 4×400.

In a race that was neck-and-neck into the final meters, Savannah Williams, the area 800 champion, passed Paradise’s Mikaela Beck to give the Lady Bulldogs a victory. Alvord also beat Paradise at district.

At area, Alvord’s team of Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik and Williams turned in 4:13.12. Paradise’s quartet of Bailey Sides, Aliya Read, Makala Neighbors and Beck finished in 4:13.5 for second.

Beck led Williams after the final turn as the two raced toward the finish line into a strong wind.

“When she kicked, I was worried,” Williams said. “It was brutal with the wind. I just tried to push.”

Williams’ winning quarter followed her 2:24.68 in the 800 that included a strong kick to put her at the front of the pack and back to regionals.

“I tried to be comfortable,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to lead the pack. [My kick] is what I turn to and rely on.”

Williams’ teammate Hart finished second in the 300 hurdles, running 47.77.

“I ran my best time. I’m trying to get better each week,” Hart said. “[Running in the wind] was like hitting a brick wall. I thought I was going to blow away.”


Boyd’s Qualynn Wells flew out of blocks and around the curve to win the 200 area title Wednesday on his home track.

Wells ran 22.3 to claim his team’s lone gold medal of the meet. Even with the win, he expects to be faster at regionals.

“It could’ve went better. I bet I can get down to 21,” he said.

Boyd hurdler and pole vaulter Dalton Stidham won three silver medals. He ran 15-0 in the 110 hurdles and 40.49 in the 300s. The 300 hurdles ended into the brisk wind.

“The wind was terrible,” Stidham said. “Other than that, I felt good over the hurdles.

“I’m getting to regionals and running another day. It’s my last year, and I want to see how far I can go.”

Stidham finished second in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.

Boyd freshman Lindsey Thorpe earned a silver medal in the girls shot put with a throw of 34-2.75. It was her best throw of the season.

“Coach [Phillip] Thornton has been working with me a lot since I’ve advanced from district,” Thorpe said. “We’ve been working on kicking the door open and doing all the little things right.”

Close Finish

CLOSE FINISH – Boyd’s Marco Martinez finishes just in front of a diving David Pearson of Paradise in the 1600 Wednesday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


With wind gusts above 30 mph, Alvord’s Clara Breashears and Boyd’s Marco Martinez fought their way to regional berths with third-place finishes in the 3200 races.

Breashears turned in a 13:02.48 for the bronze medal and third straight trip to the 2A Region II area meet.

“I actually like the wind,” Breashears said. “It makes me think of other things.”

In the boys race, Martinez raced out to an early lead but couldn’t hold off Whitney’s Trevor Montgomery and Keene’s Luis Tique. Martinez held on to take third in 10:34.21.

“I tried to put pressure on them early,” Martinez said. “I wasn’t surprised they caught up. I knew they were good.”



100: 1. Lyric Jackson, Grandview, 12.0; 2. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 12.4; 8. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 13.6

200: 1. Lyric Jackson, Grandview, 26-0; 4. Aliya Read, Paradise, 26.9; 6. Olivia Singleton, Boyd, 27.6

400: 1. Sarah Rattan, Peaster, 59.85; 5. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 1:05.16

800: 1. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:24.68; 6. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 2:36.98

1600: 1. Pamela Marquez, Keene, 5:31.23; 5. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:47.76; 6. April Coursey, Paradise, 6:02.21; 7. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 6:07.2; 8. Angela Powers, Paradise, 6:13.66

3200: 1. Mayte Arredondo, Whitney, 12:00.49; 3. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 13:02.48; 5. Brianna Smith, Paradise, 13:29.08; 6. Emily Corbin, Paradise, 13:55.58; 8. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 14:28.32

100 hurdles: 1. Jordan Nash, Grandview, 15.2; 4. Amber French, Paradise, 16.7; 5. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 17.6; 6. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 17.9; 7. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 18.4

300 hurdles: 1. Jordan Nash, Grandview, 46.46; 2. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 47.77; 4. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 49.72

4×100: 1. Godley 51.22; 2. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.27; 5. Alvord: Katie Claborn, Brianna Ponder, Emily Edge, Marissa Schedcik, 53.53; 7. Boyd: Amber Montgomery, Taylor Ragsdale, Olivia Singleton, Bailee Luttrell, 53.89

4×200: 1. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliya Read, 1;49.72; 4. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Marissa Schedcik, Jessica Gillespie, Savannah Williams, 1:50.99; 7. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Kyndal Crisman, Olivia Singleton, 1:56.01

4×400: 1. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 4:13.12; 2. Paradise: Bailey Sides, Aliya Read, Makala Neighbors, Mikaela Beck, 4:13.5

High jump: 1. Ashlyn Ellis, Grandview, 5-4; 3. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 5-0; 6. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 4-10

Pole vault: 1. Reagan Mabery, Tolar, 11-0; 5. Jade Moore, Boyd, 8-6; 6. Carlen Smith, Boyd, 8-0; 6. Haley Rector, Paradise, 8-0

Long jump: 1. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 17-1.25; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 16-2.75; 5. Bailey Sides, Paradise, 15-5

Triple jump: 1. Jaci Smith, Godley, 35-2; 3. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 33-5.5; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 33-4.75; 8. Emily Edge, Alvord, 31-11

Shot put: 1. Hailee Rutledge, Peaster, 36-2.25; 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 34-2.75; 4. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 33-4.75

Discus: 1. Sierra Romero, Grandview, 116-6; 3. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 103-1; 5. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 101-1


100: 1. Pearce Flemins, Maypearl, 10.7; 4. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.2; 5. Joe Randall, Alvord, 11.3; 6. Luke Gage, Paradise, 11.31; 7. Kristoff Pewitt, Paradise, 11.32

200: 1. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 22.3; 4. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 23; 8. Cash Preather, Paradise, 23.8

400: 1. Zachary Williams, Godley, 49.98; 4. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 53.65; 5. Joseph Tate, Boyd, 55.4

800: 1. Colt Jones, Tolar, 2:03.81; 8. Colby Dial, Paradise, 2:16.25

1600: 1. Trevor Montgomery, Whitney, 4:42.97; 4. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:52.81; 5. David Pearson, Paradise, 4:52.87; 8. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 5:04.07

3200: 1. Trevor Montgomery, Whitney, 10:24.82; 3. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:34.21; 5. David Pearson, Paradise, 10:42.48; 7. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 11:08.18; 8. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 11:09.32

110 hurdles: 1. Ben Thomes, Grandview, 14.6; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 15; 3. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 15.4; 6. Brett Martin, Alvord, 16.5

300 hurdles: 1. Ben Thomes, Grandview, 39.96; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 40.49; 4. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.57; 5. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 43.45; 7. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 44.72

4×100: 1. Maypearl 43.78; 3. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 44.27; 5. Paradise: Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney, Robert Norvell, 44.85

4×200: 1. Tolar 1:33.53; 5. Alvord: Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jonathan Musgrave, Joe Randall, 1:36.82

4×400: 1. Godley 3:29.52; 4. Boyd: Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby, Dalton Stidham, 3:32.96; 7. Alvord: Logan Watkins, Heath Walker, Andrew Nichols, Josh Malone, 3:46.31

High jump: 1. Trenton Wallace, Grandview, 6-4; 6. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 5-10; 7. Colby Dial, Paradise, 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Trae Jones, Rio Vista, 11-0; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 11-0; 3. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 11-0

Long jump: 1. Walker Shelter, Tolar, 21-7.75

Triple jump: 1. Garrett Winston, Tolar, 44-11; 4. Cash Preather, Paradise, 41-3.5; 5. Tanner Valentine, Paradise, 40-2.75; 8. Xavier Kyle, Boyd, 37-3.75

Shot put: 1. Tavaris Owens, Whitney, 53-1; 5. Taylor Edwards, Paradise, 43-3.5

Discus: 1. Kendell Wimberly, Whitney, 160-06; 6. Sequoia Smith, Boyd, 119-0; 7. Blake Brown, Paradise, 116-3

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Tatum Shae Meador

{{{*}}}Justin and Naudia Meador of Alvord announce the birth of a daughter, Tatum Shae, on April 16, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds and was 19 1/4 inches long.

She has one sister: Tensley, 20 months.

Grandparents are Ricky and Debra Meador of Alvord, Kenny Batchelor of Bossier City, La., and Latonne Batchelor of Alvord.

Great-grandparents are Phyllis Parker of Alvord, Evelyn Meador of Decatur, MaryAnn Hodges of Alvord, Royce and Donna Hodges of Alvord, Billy and Mary Miller of DeKalb and Roger and Mary Batchelor of Midland.

Great-great-grandparents are Ed Hardee of Decatur and Edna Hamilton of Bowie.

Posted in New Arrivals0 Comments

Alvord school board non-renews AD, then rescinds

{{{*}}}It took the Alvord school board just 11 minutes Monday to OK a roof replacement, approve a joint election agreement with the city of Alvord, appoint election judges and vote to non-renew the contract of its athletic director.

But that last item became the topic of a closed-door session that lasted two hours and 24 minutes, while a crowd of around 50 citizens, students and district employees stood and sat out in the hallway.

When they came back into open session, the board quickly – and unanimously – rescinded the motion on the athletic director’s contract and voted to table it until their next meeting, which should be April 24.

If the discussion that took place in the open is any indication, the closed session was probably a lively one.

Board president Larry Nivens kicked things off by stating that the agenda item to “consider renewal or giving notice of proposed non-renewal of athletic director’s contract” was worded that way on the advice of the district’s attorney. It was not, he said, stated the way board members Vic Czerniak and John Schedcik had requested it.

“Mr. Czerniak and Mr. Schedcik requested this meeting for that item specifically,” he said. “That is not their wording. That is the wording of our attorney because that meets the legal requirement if we’re going to pursue non-renewal. That’s why it’s listed that way.”

A brief discussion followed in which Czerniak wondered if all contracts would now have to be considered individually.

“Is that going to be standard verbiage from now on, for all contracts?” he asked.

“If it’s a proposed non-renewal, yes,” Nivens answered.

Board member Jeannette Ward attempted to clarify the issue.

“If we propose another non-renewal, then it has to be individualized,” she said. “But to renew you don’t have to individualize.”

Superintendent Bill Branum said contracts had to be considered individually “only if there’s a possibility that the board is going to propose non-renewal of someone.”

But when Czerniak made a motion that “the contract for the athletic director not be renewed,” Ward called a point of order, asking for the board to go into closed session “to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee” and citing the law.

But Schedcik quickly seconded Czerniak’s motion. Board member Kevin Wood called another point of order.

“Mr. President, according to our attorney, this is a notice of proposed non-renewal,” he said. “We’re not voting on non-renewal; we’re voting on a notice of proposed non-renewal.”

Czerniak insisted on a vote on his motion, just as he worded it.

“We are voting on non-renewal,” he said. “That was the motion that was seconded. We have to vote on the motion. You had an opportunity to say that before it was seconded.”

“I’m sitting here trying to listen to what’s going on back and forth,” Wood said. “I just know this is what the attorney said, this is the way it has to be worded. I don’t know what the problem is in saying proposed non-renewal.”

Finally, Nivens called for the vote, and the motion passed, 4-3.

Prior to the vote, Branum pointed out that a district is required to give notice to an employee whose contract is being non-renewed. The employee then has 15 days to respond and can request a hearing before the board.

“We have a motion and a second,” Nivens said. “But I would reiterate that our attorney said this is not in the best interest of the district to pursue it in this manner. But we have a motion to not renew the contract of the athletic director.”

After the vote, Nivens looked at the superintendent.

“Anything else, Mr. Branum?” he asked.

“Well, yeah,” Branum replied. “We need to go into closed session because you guys have got to say why you’re doing it. The employee’s got to have notice and an opportunity to respond.”

After the two-hour-and-24-minute closed session, the board opened the doors at 7:35.

It was Czerniak who quickly moved to “rescind the motion to not renew the contract of the athletic director.”

Wood followed with a motion to table the agenda item until the board’s next meeting.

Both measures were approved unanimously, without discussion.

Several board members stayed around to explain their action to Matthew Dunn, who had brought petitions calling for Enis’ dismissal to the previous meeting and had served as a spokesman for those seeking the coach’s ouster.

“The motion was made, the motion was seconded,” he said. “It was voted on. You called the vote, the vote was done. How’d it get rescinded?”

“It was voted on again,” Nivens said.

Czerniak explained that “there was a motion to rescind the previous motion.”

“So when are they going to re-vote on this? When are we going to get this renewal thing ironed out? When do you plan on putting it back on the agenda?” Dunn asked.

Nivens noted the agenda for the next meeting had not been set but said it would “probably” be on that one.

“The next meeting will be the fourth Thursday of the month?” Dunn asked. “OK, here we go again.”


The special called meeting, which started at 5 p.m., was the first one since last June to have seven members present.

Place 6 trustee Randy Hamilton, who resigned from the board June 3, 2013, was back in attendance and there was no debate over his presence.

An earlier communication indicated Hamilton could still exercise the duties of his office because no replacement was ever named. It cited the Texas Constitution, article 16, section 17 which states that “all officers within this State shall continue to perform the duties of their offices until their successors shall be duly qualified.”

A 1996 Attorney General opinion backed that up, stating, “an officer whose resignation has been effected but whose successor has not been appointed retains the position as a ‘de jure’ officer.”

Hamilton’s return is only until the May 10 election, as his place is on the ballot along with that of Place 7 trustee Jeannette Ward.

Lance Thweatt, Lex Williams and Tracy Parker are seeking Place 6, although Williams announced last week that he wishes to withdraw and throw his support to Thweatt.

Charles Matthews is contesting Ward’s run for re-election.

Hamilton’s return promised to break a stalemate in the controversy over the contract of Alvord ISD athletic director and head football coach Curtis Enis. At its March 27 meeting, the board deadlocked 3-3 on a proposed renewal of Enis’ contract.

Posted in News0 Comments

Softball Roundup: Lady ‘Jackets skunk Alvord

{{{*}}}The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets made school history Saturday with a 15-0 blanking of Alvord.

The team’s 21st win is a new high mark for the program.

The playoff-bound Lady ‘Jackets moved to 21-5 and 8-2 in District 9-2A. Boyd could wrap up second place in the league with a pair of wins in their final two games. They took on Paradise Tuesday and will close the regular season at Brock Thursday.

Against Alvord, Boyd scored nine in the second inning and six in the third on 12 hits and three Alvord errors.

Payton Salmon drove in four runs and tripled, going 3-for-3. Kaytlin Bullard and Gabby Saldivar had two hits each.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings.


The Bridgeport Sissies rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to beat the rival Decatur Lady Eagles 10-9.

Kensley Turner drove home the winning run on a single to left-center field that plated Shiloh Weirich.

Weirich drove in two runs. Hailey Holingsworth led the Sissies, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Jamieson added a double.

Jenny Bradford doubled and knocked in two runs for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Roberts, Kristina Pischotta and Briana Carter finished with two hits each.


The Brock Lady Eagles plated seven runs in the top of the sixth Saturday on the way to knocking off the Paradise Lady Panthers 16-4.

Madi Horne had the Lady Panthers’ lone extra-base hit, a double. Alyssa Munoz, Bailey Higgins and Allison Rutledge drove in the three Paradise runs.

Paradise went into Tuesday’s game against Boyd in fifth place in District 9-2A. It closes the regular season against fourth-place Peaster Friday. With a victory, the Lady Panthers could force a tie for the fourth playoff spot.

Posted in Uncategorized0 Comments

Baseball Roundup: Boyd trumps Bulldogs

{{{*}}}The Boyd Yellowjackets scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning Saturday to break a tie and beat the Alvord Bulldogs 6-3.

Clay Barnett went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Colton Batterton and Anthony Spinelli collected doubles for Boyd.

Sonny McCarmack collected the win, pitching three and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit or run. Rett Sears pitched three and one-third, allowing three runs – one earned – on a hit with four strikeouts.

Without Lane Peace, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Paradise game, Alvord struggled for offense, managing two hits.


The Windthorst Trojans sewed up the District 9-A title Friday with a 7-0 victory over the Chico Dragons.

The Dragons (15-4) fell to 9-2 in the district and remain in second place in the league. Chico was swept by Windthorst.

Jaston McBee, Austin Collins and Hagan Davis had Chico’s only hits against the Trojans.


The top-ranked and District 9-2A leading Brock Eagles scored 10 runs in the first two innings on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Paradise Panthers Saturday.

Jarret Holt allowed all 10 runs – five earned – in two innings on six hits. He walked five and struck out two. Dillon Meadows worked four hitless and scoreless innings in relief.

Holt doubled and drove in two run for the Panthers. Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double.


Cayde Ward drove in the Texans’ lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Northwest’s rally fell short in a 4-1 loss to Haltom.

Haltom scored three runs in the first and added another in the top of the sixth.

Tanner Diminuco had two hits for the Texans, including a triple.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Paradise reigns in 9-2A; Panthers, Lady Panthers win titles

{{{*}}}For the second straight year, the District 9-2A boys team title will stay in Paradise – where the girls title also happens to reside.

The Panthers piled up 184 points to hold off the Boyd Yellowjackets by 13 points and claim their second straight district crown.

“It’s awesome to win it a second time,” said Paradise sprinter Austin Hogan.

The Lady Panthers took the league title with 192 points, finishing 58 ahead of Alvord.

“It’s been a long time in the making,” said Paradise girls coach Johna Ford in an email over the weekend. “It was the success of numerous coaches before me, as well as athletes, that helped to build the program.”

The Panthers won district despite winning first in only two events – the 400 and pole vault. Robert Norvell won the 400 Friday in 51.29.

“The guys came through, especially the guys that didn’t finish first,” said Paradise coach Jonathan Ryle. “We needed all those fifth- and sixth-place finishes. We don’t have that one superstar. They were all unselfish and competed.”

The Lady Panthers captured the title by raking in six gold medals, including the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

“It’s very honoring to have the team we have,” said Bailey Sides, who ran on all three Paradise relays. “This is the first time since 2001 for us to be district champs.”

Tops in 200

TOPS IN 200 – Boyd’s Qualyn Wells left the field behind to win the 200. It was Wells’ third gold medal of the meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


The quartet of Boyd seniors on the 4×400 accomplished their goal of setting a record school record Friday at the District 9-2A meet.

Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby and Dalton Stidham broke the old mark of 3:30 with gold-medal time of 3:29.41. The quartet moves on to the Class 2A 9/10 area meet Wednesday at Boyd’s Yellowjacket Stadium.

“The mile relay record is something we’ve been chasing for four years,” Dodson said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Boyd finished a second in front Paradise, which finished in 3:30.64. Brock grabbed third in 3:32.7.

Tate ran a solid opening leg for the Yellowjackets, handing off to Dodson in second place.

“I was in second until the backstretch, and I put us in first,” Dodson said.

He handed off to Cozby who kept Boyd near the front until making the pass off to Stidham.

“We were all about the same until Dalton kicked it in,” Dodson said.

Stidham crossed first for his third gold medal of the night. He also won the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.86 and 39.79.

The 4×400 wasn’t the only Boyd relay to set a record Friday. The 4×200 team of Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting and Qualynn Wells set the school’s best mark, running 1:32.52 for the gold medal.

The same group also won the 4×100 in 43.93, edging Paradise’s quartet of Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney and Robert Norvell, who ran 43.97.

Wells won a third gold medal by taking the 200 in 23.21.

Bulldog Strong

BULLDOG STRONG – Alvord junior Joe Randall edges Paradise’s Luke Gage to retain the 100-meter crown in District 9-2A. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Running headfirst into a stiff wind added an extra challenge, but Alvord junior Joe Randall defended his 9-2A title in the 100 Friday and once again earned the title of league’s fastest man.

Randall ran 11.5 to narrowly win the race over a trio of Paradise runners – Luke Gage, Austin Hogan and Kristoff Pewitt. Gage and Hogan each finished in 11.75, and Pewitt 11.87.

“We were all close,” Randall said. “I’ve been practicing a lot on getting out of the blocks lately and going into the wind. It helped me.

“Hopefully I can hold on to [the title] one more year,” Randall said.

Hogan said he wasn’t crazy about how he came out of the blocks for the race.

“I had a bad start,” he said. “It was crazy. I thought we’d be more spread out.”

Tale of the Tape

TALE OF THE TAPE – Paradise’s Mikaela Beck (left) stretches to win the district championship in the 100 meters for the second straight year Friday, with teammate Carressa McCasland two lanes over coming in fourth. The Lady Panthers captured six golds en route to the district title. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Paradise’ Mikaela Beck claimed the gold medal in the 9-2A 100 for a second straight year Friday.

Beck turned in a 13.18 to beat Peaster’s Sarah Rattan, who crossed in 13.52.

“It’s a big honor and definitely worth all the hard work,” Beck said. “There probably couldn’t have been more wind. That’s why our times were slow.”

It was one of two gold medals for Beck. She also helped the 4×100 relay take first in 51.39. She was joined by Kydall McCasland, Bailey Sides and Taylor Richards on the relay.

“I’m proud of our performance. Our handoffs were not good, but we had a good time even with the wind,” Beck said.

“We’re sitting OK going into area. We haven’t had much competition. Hopefully we’ll have to push ourselves to get a better time.”

Richards and Sides ran on the 4×200 team with Carressa McCasland and Aliyah Read that won in 1:48.92.

“It’s exciting to win,” Sides said.

Read gave Paradise the sweep in the sprints, winning the 200 in 27.38. Richards was second in 27.48.

Amber French won the 100 hurdles in 18.06.


After not running the 300 hurdles last year, Lauren Hart took the gold medal Friday at the 9-2A meet.

Hart ran 48.29 to win the race over Paradise’s Kyndall McCasland.

“I’m not where I want to be, but I’ve got time to get there,” Hart said. “I stuttered on a few [hurdles]. I still need to improve.”

The 300 hurdles medal was one of two golds for Hart. She joined Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik and Savannah Williams on the winning 4×400 squad that prevented Paradise from sweeping the relays. Alvord finished in 4:10.57. Paradise took second in 4:12.41.

“I am so proud of the girls,” Hart said. “We ran awesome. We’ve improved a lot and want to get to state.”

Williams, last year’s 2A silver medalist, won the 800 in 2:28.83.

Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum outsprinted Paradise’s April Coursey and Angela Powers to the finish line in the 1,600, winning in 5:51.27. Coursey was second in 5:51.95, and Powers third in 5:52.08.



Team: 1. Paradise 192, 2. Alvord 134, 3. Boyd 101, 4. Peaster 87, 5. Brock 60, 6. Millsap 26, 7. Ponder 13

100: 1. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 13.18; 4. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 13.99; 6. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 14.05; 7. Katie Claborn, Alvord, 14.11; 8. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 14.19

200: 1. Aliyah Read, Paradise, 27.38; 2. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 27.48; 3. Olivia Singleton, Boyd, 28.01; 4. Jessica Gillespie, Alvord, 28.11; 8. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 29.43

400: 1. Sarah Rattan, Peaster, 59.74; 4. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 1:05.32; 5. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 1:06.2

800: 1. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:28.83; 4. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 2:36.25; 5. Kaylee McConnell, Paradise, 2:37.15; 6. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 2:38.53; 7. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 2:38.94; 8. April Coursey, Paradise, 2:39.22

1600: 1. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:51.27; 2. April Coursey, Paradise, 5:51.95; 3. Angela Powers, Paradise, 5:52.08; 4. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 5:56.21; 5. Kaylee McConnell, Paradise, 6:01.67; 6. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 6:04.64; 7. Corey Schlomach, Alvord, 6:11.11; 8. Heather Beauregard, Boyd, 6:18.95

100 hurdles: 1. Amber French, Paradise, 18.06; 2. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 18.3; 3. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 18.35; 4. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 18.86

300 hurdles: 1. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 48.29; 2. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 48.77; 3. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 50.45; 5. Amber French, Paradise, 52.77; 6. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 53.1; 7. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 53.58

4×100: 1. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.39; 2. Alvord: Katie Claborn, Brianna Ponder, Emily Edge, Marissa Schedcik, 52.77; 3. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Karlen Kinsey, Olivia Singleton, 53.24

4×200: 1. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliyah Read, 1:48.92; 2. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 1:50.04; 4. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Kyndal Crisman, Olivia Singleton, 1:54.83

4×400: 1. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 4:10.57; 2. Paradise: Bailey Sides, Aliyah Read, Makala Neighbors, Mikaela Beck, 4:12.41; 5. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Bailee Luttrell, Amber Montgomery, Jade Moore, 4:25.71


Team: 1. Paradise 184, 2. Boyd 171, 3. Ponder 100, 4. Brock 63, 5. Alvord 52, 6. Peaster 24, 7. Millsap 17

100: 1. Joe Randall, Alvord, 11.5; 2. Luke Gage, Paradise, 11.75; 2. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.75; 4. Kristoff Pewitt, Paradise, 11.87; 6. Xavier Kyle, Boyd, 11.96; 8. Justin Milligan, Boyd, 12.4

200: 1. Qualyn Wells, Boyd, 23.21; 2. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 23.7; 4. Cash Preather, Paradise, 24.08; 7. Jonathan Musgrave, Alvord, 24.4; 8. Troy Thompson, Boyd, 24.45

400: 1. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 51.29; 2. Joseph Tate, Boyd, 53; 5. Andrew Nichols, Alvord, 54.18; 6. Colby Dial, Paradise, 54.62; 7. Josh Malone, Alvord, 54.94; 8. Trey Gordon, Boyd, 55.57

800: 1. David Buchanan, Peaster, 2:01.44; 2. Colby Dial, Paradise, 2:08.79; 5. Cameron Hammett, Boyd, 2:17.03; 7. Isaac Vang, Boyd, 2:18.32; 8. Logan Watkins, Alvord, 2:21.6

1600: 1. David Buchanan, Peaster, 4:43.83; 2. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:49.47; 3. David Pearson, Paradise, 4:54.2; 4. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 4:56.99; 5. Chance Dial, Paradise, 4:58.84; 6. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 4:59.38; 8. Landry Norwood, Paradise, 5:09.15

110 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 15.86; 2. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 16.31; 3. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 16.64; 4. Brett Martin, Alvord, 16.82; 5. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 17.94; 6. Josh Malone, Alvord, 18.56

300 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 39.79; 2. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.36; 3. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 43.16; 4. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 43.44

4×100: 1. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 43.93; 2. Paradise: Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney, Robert Norvell, 43.97; 5. Alvord: Joe Randall, Jonathan Musgrave, Kyle Dunn, Brett Martin, 45.42

4×200: 1. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells; 2. Alvord: Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jonathan Musgrave, Joe Randall, 1:33.15; 5. Paradise: Nick Loney, Tanner Valentine, Cash Preather, Chris Hill, 1:34.88

4×400: 1. Boyd: Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby, Dalton Stidham, 3:29.41; 2. Paradise: Colby Dial, Nick Loney, Cody Carmichael, Robert Norvell; 4. Alvord: Logan Watkins, Andrew Nichols, Heath Walker, Josh Malone, 3:43.66

Field events and 3200 results were in April 12 issue of the Messenger.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Board to consider AD’s contract

{{{*}}}It’s only a four-item agenda, but one item may take a while.

The Alvord school board will hold a special called meeting 5 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the administration building on Mosley Lane. After talking about replacing the roof on the original Alvord High School building, the board is expected to approve a joint election agreement with the city of Alvord for the May 10 election and appoint election judges and clerks for that election.

Item four is, “Consider renewal or giving notice of proposed non-renewal of athletic director’s contract.”

That business stems from the board’s last meeting, when a proposed renewal of athletic director Curtis Enis’ contract died on a 3-3 tie vote. The action, according to a legal opinion sought by Superintendent Bill Branum, did not renew the contract, but did not non-renew it, either.

If no further action were taken, Enis’ contract would renew automatically under the law.

Chapter 21, section 206 of the Texas Education Code requires a school board to give notice of non-renewal, in writing, to a teacher at least 10 days before the end of the current school year. For this year in Alvord ISD, that date would be somewhere around May 23.

Failure to give notice “constitutes an election to employ the teacher in the same professional capacity for the following school year” according to the code.

Posted in News0 Comments

Julianna Sandate

{{{*}}}Richard and Danelle Sandate of Alvord announce the birth of a daughter, Julianna, on April 4, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18 inches long.

She has one sister: Peyton, 5.

Grandparents are Jim and Julie Huebner of Chico and Ricardo and Peggy Sandate of Decatur.

Great-grandparents include: Margarita Sandate Macias of Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico; Robert and Patricia Grace of Altoona, Iowa; and Bonnie Coon of Branson, Mo.

Posted in New Arrivals0 Comments

Alvord Elementary School Fourth Six Weeks Honor Roll


FIRST GRADE – Gabby Aguilar, Catelynn Allen, Jacob Chase, Ryder Cox, Bobby Fox, McKynlie Horner, Kaylee Johnson, Preslie Mayberry, Kellen McDaniel, Daisy Mora, Ryan Phillips, Briley Romines, Kylie Sands, Presley Slaten, Clarissa Snead, Ryder Taylor

SECOND GRADE – Dane Aaberg, Jordi Fuentes, Felicity Lucero, Kathryn Mattix, Rendon Robertson, Eisley Taylor

THIRD GRADE – Bryce Berry, Jordan Brown, Jack Campbell, Cali Cordova, Laisha Johnson, Ethan Machal, Declan McDaniel, Patrick Redder, Kelcy Watkins

FOURTH GRADE – Isabella Campbell, Julianna Fuentes, Jacob Martin, Andrea Mora, Clayton Myers, Audra Nivens, Nathan Robinson, Van Taylor

FIFTH GRADE – Andrew Bloomer, Madelyn Causey, Gracie Gose, Aubrey Mitchell, Dalton Outlaw, Parker Redman, Toby Szustak


FIRST GRADE – Colton Boggs, Madison Cox, Preston Czerniak, Adan Gonzalez, Bryson Haak, Colt Manning, Alyssa Norrid, Leland Palmer, Kooper Parker, Carolmarie Szustak, Robert Zambrano

SECOND GRADE – Troye Baker, Wyatt Bartholomew, Jaxson Bradshaw, Gabriel Brown, Macee Caruthers, Chaney Coffman, Ty Davis, Seth Downs, Breigh Gayler, Carson Gray, Payton Haak, Logan Harrel, Billy Hood, Lillian Johnson, Kodie Outlaw, Courtney Peterson, Trista Phillips, Jordyn Pointer, Daisie Vasquez, Caydence Watts, Alyssa Willett, Kolby Woodall

THIRD GRADE – Tucker Abbott, Wyatt Abbott, Levi Boggs, Keylan Chambers, Crystal Cruz, Wyatt Dickerson, Kaleb Flake, James Frye, Jaydee Johnson, Dusty Littrell, Dalton Miller, Laney Mitchell, Sydnee Mowry, Bryce Russell, Tess Scogins, Camron Seiter, Austin Souther, Ryan Swiney, Emily Tackett, Isaac Vara, Reagan Wylie

FOURTH GRADE – Rachel Anderson, Hailie Bridges, Madison Clark, Trenton Clem, Chance Coffman, Hannah Davis, Alexis Estep, Monique Gahagan, Gavin Greer, Makinna Hardee, Hunter Harris, Jude Hartley, Larrison Hicks, Casey Lingle, Evelyn Parrish, Brylee Proffitt, Kenadee Rice, Cali Skelton, Katie Slaten

FIFTH GRADE – Brody Allsbrooks, Briana Alvarez, Brandon Anderson, Ryan Barnett, Lanney Bridges, Corbyn Cornell, Maranda Edwards, Ezra Fox, Railey Gray, Karissa Harrison, Kathryn Kittrell, Taylor Maag, Shanae Major, Ty McLaughlin, Logan Parrish, Reece Silletti, Kyndel Sims, Paige Slaten, Jocelyn Tambunga, Bella Warren

Posted in Honor Rolls0 Comments

Williams wants no votes for school board

{{{*}}}Lex Williams, one of three candidates who filed for Place 6 on the Alvord school board, told the Messenger this week that he wishes to drop out of the race.

“I’ve stopped campaigning,” he said. “I talked to the school district last week and they’ve already printed the ballot, so it’s too late to get off.”

The board seat has been open since the resignation of Randy Hamilton last June. Williams, Lance Thweatt and Tracy Barclay Parker all filed for the position for the May 10 school board election.

Williams said he wants to direct his supporters to Thweatt.

“I’m trying to turn everybody I’ve talked to toward Lance,” he said. “I think he’ll be a good candidate for the board right now.”

Williams, an electrician who works in Grand Prairie, has lived in Alvord ISD for the past four years. He pointed out that Thweatt grew up in Alvord and knows the community much better.

“It seems like right now they’re just so split,” he said.

He added that he may run for a school board seat next year, but said right now he thinks Thweatt is a stronger candidate.

One other board seat is on this year’s ballot. Place 7 trustee Jeannette Ward is seeking re-election, opposed by Charles Matthews.

Early voting begins April 28. The last day to register to vote is next Thursday, April 10.

Posted in News0 Comments

AD’s contract situation still not resolved

{{{*}}}It took an attorney to sort out exactly what the tie vote in last Thursday’s Alvord school board meeting means with regard to the contract of Athletic Director Curtis Enis.

The answer is, nothing.

After not responding to an inquiry on Friday, Superintendent Bill Branum said Monday he was “seeking clarification from legal counsel” on what action to take after the school board had deadlocked, 3-3, on a motion to extend Enis’ contract through June 30, 2015.

Enis’ current contract ends July 30, 2014. According to attorney Lynn Rossi Scott of Brackett and Ellis law firm in Fort Worth, the tie vote simply means “no action” was taken on his contract.

“What you don’t have is some way to break the tie, unless someone changes his or her vote,” she wrote in an email to Branum. “If the board does not take action by a majority vote before the notice date, his contract is renewed by operation of law.”

The tie vote came as a result of the board having one empty seat. Place 6 was vacated last June when Randy Hamilton resigned after serving two years of a three-year term.

The next election is May 10. Currently three people are seeking Place 6, and Place 7 trustee Jeannette Ward, who voted in favor of extending Enis’ contract, is opposed by Charles Matthews in her re-election bid.

“This contract is not a done deal yet,” Branum said. “The board will have to propose a non-renewal and approve that, after a hearing, for that to happen. There is a process in place that must be followed.

“The current contract does end at the end of June,” he added. “Let’s see how it all plays out.”

Posted in News1 Comment

Baseball Roundup: Maag homers as Alvord wins second straight

{{{*}}}Kory Maag homered and drove in three runs Friday to lead the Alvord Bulldogs to a 15-5 pasting of Millsap.

The win improved Alvord to 9-11 and 2-4 in District 9-2A.

Lane Peace continued to swing a hot bat, driving in three runs, going 2-for-3 with a double. He also scored three runs.

Mason Clower and Bryce Bull added a pair of RBIs each.

Cassidy Patterson picked up the win, allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.


Austin Givens led off with a double and scored one of his four runs in the first inning Saturday to set the Decatur Eagles off to a 12-1 win over Waco Vanguard College Prep.

The non-district win extended the Eagles’ winning streak to six games and improved them to 10-9-2 on the season.

Givens went 4-for-4 and doubled three times. He doubled in a run in the Eagles’ six-run sixth inning that ended the game.

Nick Trachta also had a big day at the plate for the Eagles, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Cain Lowe earned the win allowing one run on two hits over five innings. He struck out seven.


Sanger scored three in the fourth inning and added a run in the fifth and seventh to get by the Bridgeport Bulls 5-2 Friday.

The loss dropped the Bulls to 4-16 and 0-3 in District 9-3A.

Daniel Garcia allowed four runs – one earned – in five innings on five hits. He struck out three.

“Daniel did a great job pitching throughout his five innings of work,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We have to play a little better defense when we know our pitchers are going to throw a lot of ground balls.”

The Bulls made three errors leading to three unearned runs.

Alex Samples doubled and scored a run for the Bulls.


Tyler Melton held Archer City to a run on three hits over his seven innings Friday to lead Chico to a 6-1 win.

Chico improved to 12-3 and 6-1 in District 9-A.

The Dragons rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth and two in sixth.

Melton and Jaston McBee drove in two runs each and doubled for the Dragons’ only extra-base hits.


The Richland Rebels plated three runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-1 victory Friday over the Northwest Texans.

Four Richland pitchers held Northwest to a run on three hits and piled up 10 strikeouts.

Victor DeJesus knocked in the Texans’ lone run by Colin Rhodes in the fifth.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Softball Roundup: Mader strikes out seven in win over Millsap

{{{*}}}Alvord’s Mikena Mader struck out seven while shutting out Millsap Friday in an 18-0 victory.

Eight Lady Bulldogs piled up hits. Reagan Guthrie went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Maddie Espinoza also had two hits. Kaely Beaver doubled and knocked in a run.

Alvord batters worked 13 walks.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 14-7 and 2-5 in District 9-2A.


The Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t scratch out a run against Sanger Friday, falling 7-0.

The Sissies fell to 9-9 and 0-3 in District 9-3A.

Kensley Turner went 2-for-2 for the Sissies. Tabby Rivera, Shiloh Weirich, Taylor Jamieson and Cheyenne Davidson had hits.


The Decatur Lady Eagles picked up a second straight win Friday, beating Country Day 6-3.

Decatur jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.


The District 9-2A leading Ponder Lady Lions took advantage of 10 Paradise errors Friday in a 23-6 win.

The 10 errors led to 13 unearned runs for the Lady Lions.

All six Paradise runs came in the bottom of the third. Reagan Taylor drove in two runs, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Bailey Higgins added two RBIs.


Keller remained unbeaten and alone atop District 4-5A Friday with a 16-2 win over the Northwest Lady Texans.

The loss dropped Northwest to 12-11 and 4-4 in district.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Robert James Speas

Robert James Speas

Robert James Speas, 74, of Alvord, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Lewisville.

Memorial service is 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at The Village Church in Highland Village. The scattering of his ashes will be Saturday, April 12, in Alvord.

Bob was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Kalona, Iowa, to Walter and Esther Speas. He attended Kalona High School before joining the Navy at the age of 17. He served three-and-a-half years, including three overseas tours on the USS Platte as an electronics technician. After the Navy, he joined Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before becoming a real estate broker and cross-country truck driver.

In 1986, after four years of intensive self-study through a legal correspondence course with La Salle University, Bob passed the bar exam in California. He practiced law for many years and realized his lifelong dream of owning and racing horses. He was at home in the saddle, most recently living on a ranch in Alvord.

He is survived by his children, Pj Hall, Lisa Howard, Russell Speas, Scott Speas, Michael Speas, Rusty Speas, Dwayne Speas and Shae Windstetter; siblings Lucy Grout, Everett Speas and Ralph Speas; grandchildren James, Miriam, Derek, Mariah, Nicole, Bonnie, Vann, Jennifer, Sean, Justin, Michael Jr., Christopher, Hannah, Brandon, Dwayne Jr., Annie and Russell Jr.; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two ex-wives, Edith Speas-Klepper and Mary Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Robbie Speas; and granddaughter Tabatha Speas.

Donations may be made to the Robert Speas Memorial, Independent Bank, P.O. Box 669, Prosper, TX 75078 or to CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses,

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted in Obituaries0 Comments

Tie vote non-renews athletic director

{{{*}}}”The motion failed.”

Spoken in tones so low most of those in the packed boardroom didn’t realize what had occurred, those words effectively ended Curtis Enis’ tenure as head football coach and athletic director for Alvord ISD.

Curtis Enis

Enis’ contract was on the school board’s Thursday night agenda along with those of principals, the technology director, counselors, the nurse and teachers. It was tabled at a March 4 meeting after a lengthy closed-door discussion.

Thursday night’s meeting also went behind closed doors for more than an hour. Afterward, the elementary and high school principals’ contracts were renewed. The next item on the agenda was to consider the athletic director’s and technology director’s contracts.

Board member Vic Czerniak asked that the two contracts be considered separately, and the technology director’s contract was quickly extended.

Board member Kevin Wood moved to extend the athletic director’s contract one year, “with the stipulations discussed in closed session.” Those stipulations were not explained, but board member Jeannette Ward seconded Wood’s motion.

Wood, Ward and board president Larry Nivens voted for the motion to extend Enis’ contract. Czerniak, John Schedcik and Jim Looney voted against the motion, leaving it a 3-3 tie.

With one unfilled seat, the board had no means to break the tie – meaning the motion to extend Enis’ contract for another year failed.

Matthew Dunn, who spoke in the closed session after delivering petitions with about 75 signatures calling for Enis’ removal, said most of the audience did not realize what had just happened.

“To be honest with you, one of them turned around and said ‘Who’s on first?’,” Dunn said Friday. “They tabled the last vote, this time it’s a tie – we didn’t know it was over. We just found out this morning.”

Dunn’s petition called for “Curtis Enis to be removed from Alvord ISD’s employment permanently.” He said there were “quite a few” copies that did not get back to him before meeting time.

“I was guessing somewhere around 150 [names],” he said. “I would say 90 percent of the community did not want the athletic director’s contract renewed. Alvord has become the laughingstock of Wise County. We’re just trying to get our community back.”


Dunn started the fireworks in the public comment portion of the meeting, after being cautioned that specific comments about individuals would need to be heard behind closed doors.

“I want to say thank you for the open forum meeting today, to voice our concerns,” he said. “Like the pledge of allegiance we just spoke, the country was founded on honor, morals and hard work. Unfortunately, Alvord ISD lost these traits long ago.

“We have a school board, a superintendent and an [athletic director] who don’t seem to care what the majority of the community thinks when it comes to our children and our school system because a small, yet loyal group seems to alter your decisions.”

At this point, Nivens interrupted Dunn, reminding him that complaints against employees would only be heard in closed session.

“Can I keep going?” Dunn asked.

“Not if you’re going to go that route,” Nivens replied.

“What if I change the route?” Dunn asked, then quickly added, “Bottom line, we don’t want this existing AD to exist. We’ve got issues.”

When Nivens stopped him again, he asked, “What is this open forum about if it’s not about talking about what you’re fixing to vote on?”

“We can hear you in closed session,” Nivens said.

Lisa Barnett spoke in support of the current administration, including the athletic director.

Barnett, a Decatur resident, transferred her children into Alvord ISD several years ago.

“Alvord is exceptional,” she said. “The board, superintendent and the principals have done an outstanding job hiring employees who care about our students.”

She also voiced support for Enis, quoting a scripture which called upon her to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

“I would like to speak for people who cannot be here because they are doing their jobs at this very moment,” she said. “The athletic director has been here for 22 years, and his wife has also dedicated herself to the district for the last 20 years.”

She highlighted successful seasons from the ’90s when Enis was coaching teams that went to the playoffs, but said it was about more than wins.

“I believe [Enis and his wife, Rhonda, a PE teacher] are the kind of role models we should want our children to be taught and coached by,” she said. “They have knowledge and passion for the students, the sports, and for the overall educational growth of our children into citizens who one day will be where we are today.”

The other speaker in the normally-lonely public forum, Sonja Edwards, issued a scathing rebuke of the board and administrators for what she termed an ethical violation after she sent an email to each board member regarding a matter with her child.

“Unfortunately, our email was shared and … less than 48 hours after we pressed ‘send,’ our email had reached all of the coaching staff as well as several community members and school employees,” she said. She blamed “at least one board member” for the breach of confidentiality.

Edwards cited state and district regulations she felt were violated, including the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act prohibiting the disclosure of student information without written consent.

Edwards is a teacher at Alvord Middle School.

“We felt, because of our past experience with a similar issue, that the issues addressed needed to go to the board so that I did not feel belittled or chastised again for asking a question or making a statement that went against the athletic program,” she said. “If the board felt like we did not follow proper procedures, we should have simply been notified and given a suggestion as to which direction we should step next.”

Citing the district’s employee handbook, she concluded, “What you have done is illegal and an injustice, not only to our son, but also to our entire family.”


Dunn said Enis’ removal is “the first step of a lot of steps,” and his group is now focused on the May 10 election.

Three people – Lex Williams, Tracy Barclay Parker and Lance Thweatt – are seeking the unfilled seat, place 6, which has been vacant since Randy Hamilton resigned from the board last June after serving two years of a three-year term. Ward is seeking re-election to place 7, with one opponent, Charles Neal Matthews.

Dunn said the trustees who supported Enis’ contract renewal were targets for his group.

“We’re going to go to the next few meetings, and we hope to get a massive number of people to vote May 10, trying to get those people off the board,” Dunn said.

Enis coached at Alvord from 1989-2008 – including five years as AD and one as head football coach – then spent a year at Mansfield and two at Saint Jo before returning in 2011 as head football coach and AD. Over the last three seasons, his teams have gone 4-6, 3-7 and 3-7.

Posted in News1 Comment

No Peace for pitchers; Bulldog slugger hitting .564

No Peace for pitchers; Bulldog slugger hitting .564

{{{*}}}In the batter’s box, Lane Peace has only one thought.

“In my mind, I’m about to hit the ball as hard as I can,” said the Alvord senior.

Powerful Bat

POWERFUL BAT – Alvord senior Lane Peace entered Friday’s game against Millsap hitting .564 for the season with four home runs and 25 RBIs. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Through the Bulldogs’ first 19 games, Peace is delivering on that mindset more often than not. Going into Alvord’s game against Millsap Friday, Peace was hitting a robust .564 in 55 at-bats. Of his 31 hits, 12 have gone for extra-bases, including four home runs and 25 RBIs.

His on-base percentage plus slugging is off the charts at 1.576.

Peace’s numbers are up drastically from his previous two varsity seasons. As a sophomore, he hit .383 with 12 RBIs. Last year, he batted .388 with 21 RBIs and four home runs.

“Last year, I hit around .390 but felt like I was missing some power,” Peace said. “I worked out over the offseason and put on 10 pounds.”

The added muscle has been evident. He’s equaled his home run total from last year with seven games still left in the season.

“This year, I have a lot more power and am driving the ball more,” Peace said. “I’m making more solid contact even on my outs.”

Peace has set a goal of seven home runs.

“Hopefully, I can get there,” he said.

In building his impressive numbers, Peace is not just feasting on lesser pitching. He’s hit the best against some of the top pitchers in the area. Against top-ranked Brock, Peace went 3-for-3 with a double to left-center field and drove in two runs.

He hit a two-run homer off Paradise ace Dillon Meadows, clearing the left-field fence for the Bulldogs’ only runs.

Peace said he looks forward to the challenge of facing quality hurlers such as Meadows and the pitchers on the Brock staff.

“I play select ball all summer and get to see good pitchers,” Peace said. “I like to face good guys. I struggle more with the slow pitchers.”

Even against the better pitchers, he feels he has the advantage.

“I’m not scared. The pitcher has to throw [a strike],” Peace explains. “If you are on time with it, you are going to hit and make a solid connection.”

Along with being a nightmare at the plate for pitchers, Peace has also been a terror on the basepaths. He is perfect on 10 stolen-base attempts.

“I like running the bases as much as hitting,” Peace said. “I enjoy everything in the game.”

Defensively, Peace moved from second base to shortstop this season.

“I like the move,” he said. “There’s more to cover and there’s more plays.”

Peace is also giving the Bulldogs solid innings on the mound. He picked up the win in the team’s 6-5 victory over Ponder Monday.

“I’ve struggled some, pitching,” Peace admitted. “Against Ponder, I was more in control.”

Peace is hoping to help guide a young team back into the 9-3A playoff hunt in the second half of district play.

“Everyone is trying hard, and we still have a chance,” he said. “I’m just trying to help out and do what I can. We have a young team, but a good attitude.”

Peace’s good bat, and mindset, also helps give the team a chance.

Posted in Features, Sports1 Comment

Baseball Roundup: Boyd edges Alvord

{{{*}}}Cameron Clark’s single brought home Cody Jacobs in the seventh inning to give Boyd a 10-9 victory over the Alvord Bulldogs.

Clark went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs.

As a team Boyd had 13 hits.

The Yellowjackets led 5-1 after three innings. Alvord then rallied with one in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie the game at 9.

Alvord’s Lane Peace belted a two-run homer in the sixth.


Alex Samples allowed three unearned runs on six hits over seven innings Tuesday against Krum.

Samples’ effort was not enough as Krum held off the Bridgeport Bulls for a 3-2 victory in the District 9-3A opener.

“Alex did a great job pitching tonight,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We just didn’t give him any run support.”

Samples struck out seven.

Bridgeport managed only two runs despite having 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“Every player had an opportunity to knock in a RBI,” Leps said.

Dalton Hudson had the team’s only RBI with a second-inning single.


Brock’s Slaten Gough limited Paradise to three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work to give the Eagles a 7-3 win Tuesday.

Gough struck out 10 and walked two.

Jarret Holt doubled three times off Gough and scored all three runs for the Panthers’ runs. Dillon Meadows knocked him in twice.

On the mound, Meadows struck out 15 and walked three. He allowed seven runs – five earned – on six hits.


Dusty Cloud held Haltom to three runs over five innings Tuesday to help the Northwest Texans pick up an 8-3 victory.

Cloud struck out six.

Tristen DerMargosian struck out three in two innings of one-hit work to pick up the save.

DerMargosian drove in a pair of runs. Doger Gilliland and Alex Perez both finished with two RBIs.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Softball Roundup: Salmon, Boyd batter Lady Bulldogs

{{{*}}}Payton Salmon doubled twice, tripled and drove in four runs Tuesday to lead the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets to a 12-2 victory over the Alvord Lady Bulldogs.

Salmon went 3-for-4 and scored three runs.

As a team, Boyd (16-4, 3-1) pounded out 15 hits. Savannah Foster and Chandler Hammon doubled twice. Brittney Howard was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

Howard, Salmon and Hammon all had extra-base hits in the Lady Yellowjackets’ five-run second inning that put Boyd up 6-2. After scoring a run in the third and fourth innings, Boyd closed the game with a four-run fifth.

Alvord scored its two runs on a two-run homer by Reagan Guthrie in the first inning.

The homer was one of four hits by Alvord off Boyd pitcher Gabby Saldivar. Both runs were unearned.


The Gainesville Lady Leopards held off the Decatur Lady Eagles Tuesday for a 4-3 victory in the District 9-3A opener.

Bree Carter led Decatur with three hits.


The Bridgeport Sissies committed eight errors leading to 13 unearned runs Tuesday in a 17-5 loss to Krum in the District 9-3A opener.

Krum broke the game open with a 10-run sixth inning.

Kensley Turner drove in four of the Sissies’ five runs, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning. Makayla Raymond and Ryhan Read added two hits each for Bridgeport (8-7, 0-1).


Brock pitcher Krysten Marr limited Paradise to three hits over seven innings in a 3-0 victory Tuesday.

Brock’s Haley Hardison tripled and homered and drove in two runs.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor struck out seven, allowing four runs on 10 hits in six innings.


The Northwest Lady Texans’ late-game rally fell short Tuesday as a 6-5 loss to Keller Timber Creek put an end to their three-game 4-5A winning streak.

After falling behind 5-1, Northwest scored three in the sixth, including Kelsey Rhine’s two-run homer. The Lady Texans added one in the seventh after Tuesday DerMargosian’s lead-off triple.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Calling for changes in Alvord ISD

{{{*}}}The town of Alvord has had enough.

The Chicago-type politics are going to be addressed at the next school board meeting, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the administration building, across from the elementary building.

We want to address many changes, including our athletic program and our school board members.

Get there early to sign in before the meeting starts at 6 p.m. in order to have a chance to speak.

Matthew Dunn

Posted in Letters to the Editor1 Comment




Recover password | Create an Account