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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Baseball Roundup: Dragons beat up on Olney, Perrin

The Chico Dragons beat up on their first two District 9-A opponents over spring break, piling up 41 runs in the two games.

Chico hammered Olney 20-5 Tuesday and followed up with a 21-3 victory over Perrin Wednesday.

In the victory over Olney, Tyler Melton and Kalen Johnson drove in five runs each. Melton brought in two with a double in the second. Johnson hit a three-run triple in the fourth.

Chico sent 14 batters to the plate in a 10-run fifth inning that included a two-run double by Austin Collins. The Dragons drew 13 walks from Olney pitching.

Against Perrin, Chico piled up 18 hits for 21 runs. Johnson went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs. Melton, Jerico McGuire and Cameron Weatherly finished with three RBIs each.

Melton struck out seven and walked seven in five innings, allowing three unearned runs on five hits.


The Decatur Eagles scored six runs in the top of the seventh to break open the game Wednesday in an 11-1 victory over Gunter.

Mason Baur drove in two with a double to right field. He and Christian Carrillo led the Eagles with a pair of RBIs. Josh Jones finished 3-for-4 and scored twice.

Clayton Egle picked up the win, holding Gunter to a run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.


Dusty Cloud shut out Keller allowing just three hits over seven innings as the Northwest Texans rolled to an 8-0 win Tuesday.

Cloud struck out three and walked two.

Elijah Christenson provided all the offense Cloud needed with a two-run homer to left-center field during a three-run top of the first.

Colin Rhodes added a solo blast in a three-run fourth inning.

Victor DeJesus went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored twice for the Texans.


The unbeaten Brock Eagles dropped the Alvord Bulldogs (7-9) to 0-2 in District 9-2A with a 15-5 victory in five innings Wednesday.

Brock’s Slaten Gough and Jordan Andrae hit homers for the Eagles. Gough hit a three-run homer in the six-run top of the first inning.

After Brock took an 8-0 lead in the second, Alvord scored four in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Bartholomew drove in a run in the inning.

Lane Peace had a RBI in the fourth for Alvord. He and Jonathan Musgrave finished with two hits each in three at-bats.


The Millsap Bulldogs scored six runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 12-1 win over the Boyd Yellowjackets in five innings Wednesday.

Boyd’s Rett Sears managed the Yellowjackets’ lone hit against Millsap pitcher Dalyn Clanin. Boyd hitters struck out 11 times against him and managed three walks.

Boyd’s Tyler Kemp scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a walk in the top of the third.

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Softball Roundup: Paradise rallies for win

An Allison Rutledge walk-off double brought home Johnna Headley and lifted the Paradise Lady Panthers to a 9-8 victory over the Alvord Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

Rutledge’s RBI double capped a three-run rally for the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the seventh and answered Alvord’s four runs in the top of the inning.

Shelby Lavigne drove in three runs for the Lady Panthers, going 2-for-4 with a double. Darla Walterscheid doubled and hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth.

For Alvord, Kaely Beaver went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. She drove in two runs on a double in the top of the seventh that tied the game at six. Regan Guthrie and Beaver later scored on Paradise errors to put Alvord up 8-6.

Reagan Taylor picked up the win after her team’s rally in the seventh. She struck out 13 and walked nine, allowing eight runs – five earned – on seven hits in seven innings of work.


Taylor Jamieson’s RBI single in the top of the seventh proved to be the game-winner Thursday as the Bridgeport Sissies held off Holliday for a 10-9 victory.

Jamieson’s hit to left scored Ryhan Read. It was part of a three-run inning for the Sissies.

Kelsey Turner went 3-for-3, doubled and drove in two runs for Bridgeport. Diana Garcia finished 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.


Catherine Totty held the Southlake Carroll Lady Dragons to a run on four hits over seven innings Tuesday in a 2-1 victory.

Totty struck out five and walked one as the Lady Texans moved to 3-1 in District 4-5A.

Carroll scored its lone run in the third off a pair of singles to take a 1-0 lead. That held up until Northwest plated a run in the sixth with Brianna Barnhill driving in Totty off a double to left-center field.

In the bottom of the seventh, Amanda Lockhart singled and came home with the winning run on a Carroll error.

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Hassie Danielle Sutton and Marcus Allen Grgurich

Hassie Danielle Sutton of Decatur, daughter of Mike and Renee Sutton of Alvord, will marry Marcus Allen Grgurich of Gainesville, son of David and Cheryl Grgurich of Valley View, June 14, 2014, at MD Resort in Aurora.


Hassie Danielle Sutton and Marcus Allen Grgurich

David Hamerick will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Keller High School in 2006 and Midwestern State University in 2010. She works at McCarroll Middle School in Decatur.

The prospective groom graduated from Valley View High School in 2006, Hardin Simmons University in 2010 and Dallas Baptist University with a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2013.

He works for Sanger High School in Sanger.

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Aden Elian Torres

Maria Torres of Alvord announces the birth of a son, Aden Elian, on March 9, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has two brothers: William E. Mancilla, 7; and Christopher Y. Mancilla, 6.

Grandparents are Elvia and Jesus Torres of Mexico.

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Meadows, Panthers mow down Alvord

Meadows, Panthers mow down Alvord

Seeing the weather forecast for Monday’s District 9-2A opener, Paradise ace Dillon Meadows’ spirits perked up.

“It was the perfect weather. Textbook,” Meadows said. “I broke a sweat out there. The other times it’s been freezing.”

Firing Down the Middle

FIRING DOWN THE MIDDLE – Paradise pitcher Dillon Meadows fires a pitch during the Panthers’ 8-2 win over Alvord Monday in the 9-2A opener. Meadows limited Alvord to two hits in the victory. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Paradise junior right-hander took advantage of the warm weather, pounding the strike zone and piling up 14 strikeouts in an 8-2 victory over the Alvord Bulldogs in Paradise.

Meadows allowed only two hits and three walks over seven innings.

“I felt good,” Meadows said. “Especially since we lost to them last year, it was nice to get that first district win against them.”

It was his first decision after a pair of no-decisions in non-district play.

Meadows was perfect through two and two-thirds before issuing a walk to Alvord’s Ryan Bartholomew. He then struck out Jonathan Musgrave to end the third.

In the fourth, Meadows walked Cooper Hering on five pitches and then hung a 1-2 pitch to Alvord shortstop Lane Peace, who hit it over the 310-foot sign in left field for the Bulldogs’ only two runs.

“I left one up for Lane. He’s a good hitter and good player and he took advantage of it,” Meadows said. “Other than that, I had a good day.”

Meadows responded to the homer by retiring 11 of the next 13 batters he faced. He struck out eight in the final four innings, including punching out the side in the fifth and sixth innings.

Bartholomew had Alvord’s only other hit – a fifth-inning single.

“We were not putting the bat on the ball and putting pressure on them,” said Alvord coach Chris Staley. “We didn’t do a good enough job putting the ball in play.”

Defensively, Alvord (7-8, 0-1) committed seven errors, including four in the first two innings that led to a pair of early Paradise runs.

An errant pick-off throw by pitcher Cassidy Patterson after a leadoff walk to Jarret Holt set up Meadows for an RBI-double and a quick 1-0 lead.

Jarret Holt capitalized on an Alvord fielding error in the outfield in the second, driving in Corbin Holt with a single to right-center.

“Those are the things that have hurt us all year,” Staley said. “One or two errors and giving them four or five outs, you can’t do that against good teams.”

Paradise (11-3-1, 1-0) went up 3-0 in the third with Colton Meadows driving in Skylar Black. Colton Meadows went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

But after Peace’s homer narrowed the game to 3-2 in the fourth, Paradise held the slim lead until the bottom of the fifth.

After a leadoff single by Skylar Black, Paradise coach Mike Fehler went to playing small ball. Panther batters laid down three bunts – two for base hits and another that forced an error – around a Colton Meadows’ two-run single during a five-run inning that broke the game open.

“We were getting fooled on some off-speed pitches. I decided to take the bats out of their hands and change it up,” Fehler said. “We’ve been working on our small ball.”

Late With Tag

LATE WITH TAG – Alvord catcher Ryan Bartholomew looks back at the umpire after a Paradise runner scored Monday during the Panthers’ 8-2 win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Softball Roundup: Lady Yellowjackets open 9-2A with a pair of victories

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets opened District 9-2A play with a pair of blowouts.

Boyd hammered Peaster 11-1 Friday and blew out Millsap 25-0 in three innings Monday.

Against Peaster, Boyd scored four runs in the first and five in the second to build a quick 9-0 lead.

Chelsea Arlington drove in three, going 2-for-3. Brittney Howard and Payton Salmon added two RBIs each on three hits apiece. Salmon doubled twice. Savannah Foster went 4-for-4 and scored three times.

Arlington allowed one unearned run on two hits and struck out five.

Monday, the Lady Yellowjackets scored 11 runs in each of the first two innings on the way to the 25-0 win over Millsap.

Amber Bowen, Howard and Chandler Hammon drove in three runs each.

Gabby Saldivar pitched three hitless and scoreless innings.


The defending District 9-2A champion Brock Lady Eagles handed Alvord their first District 9-2A setback Monday, 12-0.

Brock’s Krysten Marr shut out the Lady Bulldogs, scattering six hits. Brittany Gayler had a pair of singles for Alvord.

Brock scored five runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead. The Lady Eagles plated five more in the top of the sixth.


The Bridgeport Sissies dropped two of their three games over the weekend at the Bowie Tournament.

Nocona used an eight-run second to get past the Sissies, 9-7.

Cheyenne Davidson, Kensley Turner and Shiloh Weirich collected RBIs for Bridgeport. Turner went 2-for-2.

Archer City scored two runs in the fifth to edge Bridgeport 4-3.

Diana Garcia hit a two-run homer in the third for the Sissies.

Bridgeport ended the tournament with a 9-6 win over Gunter.

Davidson doubled and drove in four runs. Garcia tripled and had a RBI.


The Decatur Lady Eagles went 2-2 at the Bowie Tournament, including a 4-2 win over Perrin-Whitt.

Brittany Roberts drove in two in the win over Perrin-Whitt.

In a 5-3 loss to Bowie, Kristina Pishotta doubled and drove in two.

Pishotta also had three hits in the Lady Eagles’ 15-5 win over the Bowie JV.


The Paradise Lady Panthers finished 3-1 at the Bowie Tournament over the weekend.

Petrolia beat the Lady Panthers 13-3 in the final on six hits and 10 Paradise errors.

Reagan Taylor doubled and tripled in the loss.

In a 17-2 win over Millsap Friday in 9-2A action, Taylor went 3-for-3 and knocked in five runs with a pair of doubles.


The Northwest Lady Texans pounded out 22 hits in a 16-0 victory over Haltom Friday.

Catherine Totty held Haltom scoreless on two hits over five innings with eight strikeouts.

Sydnee Hinkle homered, doubled and drove in four runs.

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Alvord school board extends Branum’s contract

Alvord ISD Superintendent Bill Branum got a contract extension Tuesday night – but other administrators in the district will have to wait a while for board action.

Meeting on election night Tuesday with a lot of other things going on, the board took care of two items on its three-item agenda and postponed the other until they meet again.

At the top of the list was amending the election order approved at the previous meeting.

At that time, it looked like the city of Alvord was not going to be required to hold an election, with no contested races – meaning school district employees would handle mail-in ballots and a host of other matters, although voting would still be held at City Hall.

However, the city council ballot for the May 10 election did draw some last-minute interest, so the school board amended its order to put City Secretary Pam Sereika back in charge of handling the election.

The board voted unanimously to extend Branum’s contract through June 30, 2017.

The contracts of the high school and elementary principals, athletic director and technology director will be on the agenda March 27.

School dismissed early Friday for spring break and will resume March 17.

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