Meeting Agendas for Saturday, February 21, 2015

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The council will gather at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, for annual reports from the finance, planning, public works and fire departments prior to its 6 p.m. meeting. On that agenda is presentation of an “initial period study” for Project Sidekick, under development by the Decatur Economic Development Corp., with a request for possible action to continue moving the project along. There will also be a resolution calling for the May 9 election to be held jointly with Decatur ISD, a request for street closings for Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square May 2, June 6, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, and the presentation of the city’s annual audit report by accountant Scott Siegmund. The meeting is held at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut, and is open to the public.

DECATUR HOSPITAL AUTHORITY – The board that governs Wise Regional Health System will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the hospital’s board room. After administrative and financial reports and an update from the Foundation, the board will review, consider and take action on floor plans for the fitness/sports medicine/physical therapy complex. They will also elect a new vice-president, consider authorizing CEO Steve Summers, CFO Todd Scroggins and Director of Accounting Kala Walsh to sign on a security procedure agreement with Wells Fargo Bank. Purchase of an imaging processor for $89,850 is also on the agenda prior to a closed session. When they come out, they will consider a slate of new medical staff appointments as well as biannual and first-year reviews.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD – Alvord school trustees will call a May 9 election for two places on the board when they meet Monday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. at 100 Mosley Lane. The only other agenda items are holding the election jointly with the City of Alvord, publishing a notice of the election and possible executive session. The meeting is open to the public.

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Basketball: Ponder, Alvord push aside Itasca

Pressing, running the floor and firing up 3-pointers, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs set a torrid pace in the first quarter Tuesday.

SETTING THE PACE – Alvord’s Brianna Ponder led the Lady Bulldogs to a 72-30 win over Itasca, scoring a game-high 21 points. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Alvord forced 13 turnovers and hit four treys in a 28-point opening frame on the way to a 72-30 victory over the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats in the 2A Region II bi-district title game at Byron Nelson High School.

“The kids came out with a lot of energy,” said Alvord coach John Shelton. “It’s playoff time. This is what we’ve been working for since the first day of practice. They came out and showed it.”

The Lady Bulldogs advance to the area round to face District 10-2A champion Tolar at 7 p.m. Friday in Springtown.

“From losing a coach [last year] and getting a new one, we were very apprehensive,” said Alvord senior Katie Claborn. “Now, we’re bi-district champions. That gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game.”

In their first year under Shelton, the Lady Bulldogs learned to play their up-tempo system throughout the season. In their first playoff game, Alvord came out looking like a well-oiled machine as they hit three 3-pointers and forced nine turnovers in the first four minutes, building a double-digit lead.

“He wants to do what we do, so we ran from the get-go and started pressing them,” Claborn said. “We started running and they got really worn down.”

Itasca turned the ball over 36 times – 23 in the first half.

Mikena Mader hit the first 3-pointer less than two minutes into the game. Alvord hit six of its 36 3-point attempts. Claborn, Brittany Gayler and Mader drained two each.

“Our game plan is to go down and shoot as many open 3s as we can get,” Claborn said. “Everyone was hitting when they got the open shot. That really helped our momentum.”

Gayler’s banked-in 3 put Alvord up 28-4 after the first quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs led by as many as 26 in the first half and held a 37-14 halftime lead.

In the second half, Alvord started getting the ball inside to Brianna Ponder. The senior, who is playing on a torn anterior cruciate ligament, punished Itasca inside with eight points in the third quarter.

“We started hitting the 3s and that opened things inside,” Shelton said. “I told them at halftime to start looking inside because I didn’t feel we looked inside as much as we should have.”

Ponder scored 14 of her game-high 21 in the second half. After a driving layup with 4:15, Ponder had to be helped from the floor.

“She was awesome,” Shelton said. “We’re hoping we can rest her tomorrow and she can come back Friday.”

Ponder was one of four Lady Bulldogs in double figures. Gayler and Cierra Rangel tossed in 11. Mader finished with 10.

Alvord 72, Itasca 30

Alvord … 25 … 12 … 17 … 18 – 72
Itasca … 4 … 10 … 7 … 9 – 30

Alvord – Katelyn Schedcik 3, Cydney Bailey 2, Brittany Gayler 11, Cierra Rangel 11, Katie Claborn 8, Paycee Edgett 2, Brianna Ponder 21, Mikena Mader 10, Darby Moak 4.

Itasca – Shannon Rodriguez 2, Callie Pittman 7, Dana Schuman 4, Brittany Woods 4, Macy Arellano 2, Miranda Valeriana 6, Shaq Ashford 5.

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Rodeo: Alvord pair win rookie honors

Wise County was represented well at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association event hosted by Springtown over the weekend with nine top-three finishes in several different events.

Two Alvord participants walked away with individual awards. Tanner Baker was awarded Rookie Cowboy honors for amassing 121 points. He finished first in team roping heeler and fourth in ribbon roping.

Mikayla Cox was named Rookie Cowgirl, earning 129 points with her first-place finish in poles and her third-place in barrels.

Paradise’s Taylor Carwile and Majia Bennet finished second and third in steer undercoating.

Northwest’s Grady Payne won steer wrestling with his time of 7.105, while teammate Alexis Barfield came in third in poles.


Steer Undercoating: 2. Taylor Carwile, Paradise, 1.903, 65 points; 3. Majia Bennet, Paradise, 3.533, 57

Ribbon Roping: 4. Tanner Baker, Alvord, 9.506, 49; 10. Jake Cobb, Decatur, 21.274, 13

Walk-up Goat Tying: 5. Eliesha Hobbs, Northwest, 8.830, 42

Goat Tying: 9. Kimberly Luco, Decatur, 12.239, 19

Steer Wrestling: 1. Grady Payne, Northwest, 7.105, 72; 2. Chase Wilson, Decatur, 8.278, 65

Team Roping Header: 4. Ty Meals, Paradise, 15.003, 49; 7. Paitane Brown, Paradise, 18.782, 31

Team Roping Heeler: 1. Tanner Baker, Alvord, 8.095, 72; 3. Ty Meals, Paradise, 13.271, 57; Logan Adamson, Northwest, 16.917, 37

Barrels: 3. Mikayla Cox, Alvord, 16.292, 57

Chute Dogging: 5. Grady Payne, Northwest, 3.975, 42; 6. Cole Gerrek, Northwest, 4.506, 37; 9. Vinny Morris, Decatur, 8.367, 19

Poles: 1. Mikayla Cox, Alvord, 20.378, 72; 3. Alexis Barfield, Northwest, 21.033, 57; 5. Samantha Hernandez, Peaster, 21.221, 42

Rookie Cowboy: Tanner Baker, Alvord, 121 points

Rookie Cowgirl: Mikayla Cox, Alvord, 129 points

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Basketball: Alvord falls, keeps second

The Alvord Lady Bulldog’s four-point lead drifted away in the second quarter and never returned Tuesday night against the Lindsay Lady Knights.

MAKING A MOVE – Alvord’s Brianna Ponder drives to the basket against Lindsay. Ponder scored 22 points in the loss. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

The Lady Bulldogs were outscored in each of the final three quarters in a 67-52 loss.

Lindsay tied Alvord for second in 11-2A with the victory. Alvord won the coin flip and took the second playoff seed. Lindsay was third.

After the game, Alvord coach John Shelton said his team was simply outplayed.

“They hurt us the whole game,” Shelton said. “They shot the ball really well and they handled our pressure. We didn’t shoot the ball well. There isn’t that much to say. They just played better than us tonight.”

He hopes the game was a learning experience for the Lady Bulldogs before the playoffs.

“There’s a lot of adjustments we need to make on our press,” Shelton said. “We gave up a lot of easy layups because we weren’t running our press like we have been all year. Our half-court defense wasn’t very good, but those are things we can work on and fix.”

The Lady Knights put up 24 points in the second quarter attacking the Alvord press.

Brianna Ponder tried to keep her team in the game with eight points in the second frame, and a total of 22.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled shooting from long range. Out of more than 20 attempts from beyond the arc, only four fell.

Three of those 3-pointers came from Katie Claborn, who finished with 12 points.

Lindsay closed the game out by making seven of its eight free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Alvord went into Friday night not knowing its playoff opponent. The Lady Bulldogs will face the third-place team out of District 12-2A – Itasca or Gateway Charter.

“We’re going to do what we do,” Shelton said. “We’ll play man-to-man and attack. Once you’re in the playoffs, it’s not a matter of tricking people.”

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Basketball: Knights hold off late Dogs charge

A two-point deficit was the closest the Alvord Bulldogs got to the Lindsay Knights in a 79-70 loss Tuesday night.

After a rough start and falling down 28-13 in the opening quarter, the Bulldogs surged in the second quarter and got within reach of the Knights. Coming out of the half up 43-35, the Knights won the third quarter by a point, leaving the Bulldogs with a nine-point deficit to overcome in the final period.

Despite getting eight fourth-quarter points from Heath Walker and getting the score to 70-68, a few late easy baskets for Lindsay sealed the game.

The loss is the final nail in Alvord’s playoff coffin, mathematically eliminating them from the postseason. Alvord coach Tony Brazeal says his team has two games left and they are going to play to the best of their abilities.

“We’re playing for pride,” Brazeal said. “We’re playing to get better. We’re laying a foundation. I told the seniors the other night that they can come here in five years and the Bulldogs will be winning and they’ll be a part of that.

“We’ll have more than 30 people in the stands then too. It’s embarrassing to me that a large group of our people leave after the girls get done and don’t stay to support the boys. It’s embarrassing to this school and this community. We’re here to support the girls, we expect the same support from them and the fans. A good fan base tonight might have pushed us over the hump when things got close.”

Brazeal went on to say that he thinks the culture of the program, and a history of losing, has conditioned the typically-supportive fans of Alvord to leave after the girls play.

“It’s not that people aren’t good, because these are good people,” he said. “It’s become a habit for people to leave the games because of where the program was, but this team is playing hard and that’s something we can all be proud of and support.”

One thing that made the Alvord coach excited about his team and its future was the way his players executed defensively in the fourth quarter.

“I’m not sure I’ve seen a high school team at any level run a defense as intricate as what we ran in the fourth quarter with that kind of success,” Brazeal said.

That defense got the Bulldogs a bucket shy of their opponent, before ultimately suffering the loss.

Though the season will not go down in Bulldog history, Brazeal says that it has been the foundation for a better future.

“I don’t know that I could have asked any more out of these boys tonight,” Brazeal said. “They’re not happy because they didn’t win, but we have to understand where this program was and the steps we’re taking.”

Offensively, the Bulldogs were led by Walker who totaled 17 points. Joe Randall finished with 14 and Damon Ledet added all 13 of his points in the first three quarters.

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Heart Heroes

Heart Heroes 1

Brittani Hutson jumps rope with her daughter, Brylie Hager, 5, at Alvord Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart event Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Heart Heroes 2

John Barringer, 2, wrangles a jump rope to join in the fun Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Heart Heroes 3

Lillie Manning, 6, adds a fancy move to her jumping. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

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Morgan Ranea Hanshew and Kevin Scott Weathers

Morgan Ranea Hanshew of Jacksonville, N.C., daughter of John and Angel Hanshew of Raleigh, N.C., will marry Kevin Scott Weathers of Jacksonville, N.C., son of Jim Weathers of Sunset and Pam Weathers of Justin, on April 4, 2015, at River Landing in Wallace, N.C.

Hanshew Weathers

Morgan Ranea Hanshew and Kevin Scott Weathers

The bride operates Morgan Hanshew Photography, and the groom is in the U.S. Navy. He is from Alvord.

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Local winery celebrates 20 years with Stock Show awards

Les Constable always knew he wanted to make wine – but he didn’t expect to be making wine for so long, or making wine that won so many awards.

Tradition of Excellence

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE – Brushy Creek Vineyard owner Les Constable points out one of the winery’s most popular wines, the Tempranillo red wine. It won a silver medal at last year’s Lone Star International Wine Competition and won Texas Class Champion at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Constable, winemaker and owner of Brushy Creek Vineyards in Alvord, is celebrating 20 years of pressing wine this year. He kicked off the anniversary year by winning several awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s International Wine Competition.

“I’m just as astonished as anyone else,” he said. “When we started, we knew we could make good wine, we just didn’t think it would be great.”

AGING WELL – Brushy Creek Vineyard owner Les Constable stands next to a newly-labeled barrel of 2013 Tempranillo red wine. Constable estimates the winery makes between 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of wine each year. He is celebrating 20 years at Brushy Creek this year. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

At the competition, Brushy Creek’s wine was judged on its aroma, body, flavor, color, clarity, acidity and balance. Its 2012 Tempranillo red wine won three awards, including Texas Class Champion for its class.

That wine is made entirely from Texas grapes, grown on site and aged in American Oak barrels for about a year-and-a-half.

Constable takes pride in growing the wine entirely from Texas resources.

“We learned some good techniques along the way, like our cold fermentation technique that lets us keep wine cooled even in really hot Texas temperatures,” he said. “We’re just all about making good wine that we would want to drink.”

Constable said Brushy Creek makes about 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of wine each year, depending on what the grape harvest is like. Winning awards isn’t really on his mind while he’s working, though.

“There’s never a point when we’re pressing the wine or making a barrel where we think, ‘Oh, we should submit this one.’ We just pick a bottle off the shelf and submit it if we’re invited to a competition. We don’t really know until it’s done and we taste it.”

In addition to the Tempranillo, Brushy Creek’s Tannat Ruby Port, 2010 Tempranillo Reserva, Boom Chocolatte and Trois Amis wines also won several awards from the Houston competition. The Tannat and Boom Chocolatte also won Class Champion Honors.

The winery also won seven awards at last year’s Lone Star International Wine Competition.

Brushy Creek Vineyards is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule a tour of the area, call 940-427-4747.

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Basketball: Lady Bulldogs stop Era

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs narrowly slid past Era Friday 61-59.

Alvord looked to have control after the first half, taking an 11-point, 35-24, lead into the break.

The Lady Bulldogs increased their lead in the third quarter, going up 54-36.

The Lady Hornets rallied in the fourth with a monstrous 23-7 run, but ultimately ran out of time before completing the comeback.

Katie Claborn led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, followed by Cierra Rangel with 12 and Mikena Mader with 11.

The Lady Bulldogs entered the District 11-2A finale in second place. Alvord could earn the second seed Tuesday with a win over Lindsay.

As the second seed, Alvord would play the winner of Gateway and Itasca in the opening round of the playoffs.

Updates on playoff games, times and locations will be posted online at as soon as that information becomes available.

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Basketball: Hornets stave off Dogs

The Alvord Bulldogs came close but couldn’t get past Era in Friday night’s 56-52 loss.

Alvord’s Damon Ledet had a strong showing with 20 points and Joe Randall contributed nine.

The loss puts the Bulldog’s district record at 5-6 and puts Era at 6-5, at fourth place in District 11-2A.

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Basketball: Alvord bids for playoffs

A new coach and a new philosophy. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs came into the season with both, creating an uphill climb.

“What we try to do is totally different from what these girls have done in the past,” said Alvord coach John Shelton. “Kids are adapting. We want to push the ball and shoot a lot of threes.”

With two games left in the regular season, the Lady Bulldogs appear to be peaking at the right time. They entered a pivotal game Friday against Era at 17-13 and more importantly, 10-2 in district.

Alvord could lock up a playoff spot with a win Friday, and Tuesday against Lindsay they can earn the league’s second playoff seed.

“We’re gelling at the right time,” Shelton said. “We’re finishing with two really tough games. We won’t have a warmup game but these two will be sufficient.”

In implementing his system, Shelton had a pair of strong options in the post area with Brianna Ponder and Cierra Rangel to build with.

“With them, we can work the defense from the inside out,” the coach said. “That keeps the defense honest and obligated to cover the entire floor.”

As for those outside shots, Alvord couldn’t be in much better shape. Last season, Katie Claborn led the state in made 3-pointers.

She’s made 91 treys this season, shooting 29 percent and leading her team with 14.2 points per game.

Mikena Mader has provided a second option on the perimeter.

Bailey Hamilton has taken over at point guard after starter Lacy Watkins tore her anterior cruciate ligament earlier in the season.

Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs want to wear teams down with constant full-court pressure.

Of the Lady Bulldogs’ 13 losses most are against larger schools. Their non-district schedule was littered with bigger schools like Granbury, Stephenville, Kennedale and Bridgeport.

Shelton said the Lady Bulldogs are seeing the dividends of that tough non-district schedule now.

Tuesday, Alvord drilled Collinsville 85-41.

Claborn and Ponder led the team with 16 points each. Rangel and Mader each had 14. Paycee Edgett finished with 13.

Reagan Guthrie picked up two charges in the game to bring her season total to a stunning 23 this season.

Entering the final week of the season, Shelton expects his team to continue to improve. He also believes his squad can play with anyone in the region, as long as the shots keep falling from the outside.

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Basketball: Bulldogs outlast Pirates

Five Alvord Bulldogs finished in double figures Tuesday in an 82-74 overtime win over the Collinsville Pirates.

After giving up a 47-41 lead going into the fourth quarter, Alvord rallied to outscore Collinsville 13-5 in the extra period.

The Bulldogs led by seven, 20-13, after the first quarter and held a 33-26 halftime lead.

Heath Walker finished with 22 points. Damon Ledet added 17. Joe Randall scored 14, Kory Maag 13 and Riley Davila 12.

Alvord went to Era Friday and will take on Lindsay Tuesday.

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Alan ‘Lance’ Alverson

Alan “Lance” Alverson

Alan “Lance” Alverson, 45, of Granbury, formerly of Alvord, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Funeral was Feb. 4 at Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Lance was born Feb. 25, 1969, in Fort Worth to Ken and Patsy Alverson. He attended Eastern Hills High School 1984-1986. Lance loved his job as a truck driver and enjoyed sharing his daily “My View From Work” pictures and posts with his Facebook family and friends.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan his entire life, and he also loved the great outdoors, enjoying fishing and camping. He loved music of all kinds, from Metallica to Neil Diamond. Lance loved the Lord with all his heart and openly shared his faith with everyone he encountered. He was often eager to pray for anyone he felt was in need of or was asking for prayer.

Lance was loved by many people and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Dean Alverson; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and his best friend, Jojo.

He is survived by his wife, Shari Alverson; daughter Ciera Alverson Rog and husband, Joseph; parents Henry and Patsy Cowan; stepmother Vet Alverson; grandchildren Gavin, Kenna and Ryleigh Jo; brothers Dean, Chris and Tommy; sisters Valerie, Wendy, Tami and Sherri; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Basketball: Alvord routs Chico

The Alvord girls handled the Chico Lady Dragons Friday night, winning 65-29.

Brianna Ponder and Cierra Rangel scored more than half of the Lady Bulldogs’ points.

Ponder led Alvord with 20 and Rangel finished with 14.

With the win, the Lady Bulldogs remain two games behind undefeated Muenster in District 11-2A at 9-2.

Alvord will take on Era Friday. The last time the two teams met, Alvord came away with a closely contested 51-42 win.

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Basketball: Alvord rolls past Dragons

A hot start put the Alvord boys up 25-9 over Chico in the opening quarter Friday night.

Alvord went on for the 67-48 victory.

Alvord’s Riley Davila led the way with 27 points. Joe Randall added 13.

The win gives the Bulldogs their fourth win in District 11-2A, moving them into a tie with Era for fourth place. Chico fell to 2-7 in district.

Alvord took on Collinsville Tuesday and will play at Era Friday.

Chico faced No. 2 Muenster Tuesday. The Dragons head to Poolville Friday.

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Alvord School Board reviews strong Academic Performance Report

The Alvord school board didn’t have a lot on their agenda for a 5 p.m. Thursday meeting.

Training videos on the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Open Records Act took up most of the board’s time in the hour-long meeting – but before going to the movies, they reviewed the district’s 2013-2014 Academic Performance Report.

The report is a summary of test results given during the previous school year, comparing Alvord’s students to others in Region 11 as well as statewide.

The grade is now just “Met Standard” – but Alvord students outperformed both the region and the state in most categories.

“There are a couple of instances where we have some work to do,” Superintendent Bill Branum told the board, citing fourth grade math and eighth grade science.

“Other than that, if you compare what our kids did against region and state, you can see why I’m proud of our kids and proud of our teachers,” he said. “They stacked up, stood up and did a good job.”

Compared to the 75 or so other districts in Region 11, Alvord’s scores were consistently equal or higher. And scores from the North Texas region were generally better than state averages.

But Branum said the report is used as a tool, not a vehicle for self-congratulation.

“In fourth grade math, we have some work to do,” he said. “Those are our current fifth graders.

“That’s why we study this data, and apply it kid-by-kid. We give kids extra practice in the subjects they’re not as strong in, and teachers monitor it year-to-year to make sure we’re closing those gaps we identified the year before.”

The report compares last year’s scores to the previous year, in most cases showing progress from year to year.

“Rather than looking at the overall scores and just patting ourselves on the back, what we really concentrate on is plugging holes for the kids who didn’t do what we want them to do,” Branum said. “In that, you can see we’re very successful.

“Following the kids through the system is really how you know the effectiveness of your educational program.”

Data in the report also shows Alvord’s SAT and ACT test scores are at or above the desired levels, demonstrating college readiness.

Alvord School Board

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Basketball: Muenster stops Lady Bulldogs – Alvord misses chance to pull even atop 11-2A

Shadowed by Muenster’s Kassie Dangelmayr, then later by Claire Schneider, Alvord’s Katie Claborn never found breathing room for an open shot Tuesday.

Kept Away

KEPT AWAY – Muenster’s Bailey Klement grabs a loose ball and keeps it from Alvord’s Paycee Edgett during the Lady Hornets’ 45-37 win Tuesday at Alvord High School gym. Muenster took a two-game lead on Alvord in the 11-2A standings. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer managed only six shot attempts and finished with one point against Lady Hornets.

“The way they were D’ing up on me was tough,” Claborn admitted. “They knew where I’m supposed to be. I was fighting hard to get open.”

LOOKING FOR SPACE – Alvord’s Cierra Rangel fights through a pair of Muenster defenders for a shot Tuesday in the Lady Bulldogs’ loss. Rangel led Alvord with 12 points. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

With Claborn under wraps, the Lady Bulldogs couldn’t find enough offense, falling to Muenster for the second time in District 11-2A, 45-37 at Alvord High School gym.

Muenster (20-6, 10-0) moved two games ahead of Alvord with four games to play.

“This was a big win for us,” said Muenster coach Griffin Fields. “We talked on Monday about getting a two-game lead. It gives us some wiggle room.”

Alvord (15-13) saw its six-game district winning streak snapped, falling to 8-2.

“We wanted this one bad. Our time will come,” said Alvord post Cierra Rangel. “We’ve got to keep working. We can’t stop.”

Denying Claborn the ball, Muenster forced the other Lady Bulldogs to step up and take shots on the perimeter. The strategy worked as Alvord went 2-for-22 from outside the 3-point arc.

“That was our game plan coming in,” Fields said. “If [Claborn] makes a few early, she can score 15 in a quarter quick. Our big focus was on her and Rangel.”

Without the ability to hit shots outside, the Lady Hornets collapsed inside on Rangel. She fought for 12 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Alvord’s other post, Brianna Ponder, added seven points.

“We’ve got two kids inside that can score. We just needed to make some shots outside,” said Alvord coach John Shelton. “Someone has to step up and hit a shot.”

Along with cold shooting, the Lady Bulldogs hurt themselves with turnovers, missed free throws and by losing the battle on the glass. Alvord turned the ball over 29 times and was outrebounded 35-28. Muenster grabbed eight offensive boards. The Lady Bulldogs also went 11-for-23 at the free-throw line.

“We lost it ourselves,” Ponder said. “We needed to hit free throws and something outside. We also worked all week on blocking out. We’re just not there yet.”

Muenster ended the first half on a 14-3 run, taking a 27-17 lead. Bailey Klement scored seven of her 12 points during the run.

Mady Burnett joined her in double figures with 12.

The Lady Hornets stretched the lead to 14, 31-17, on Katie Pagel’s putback just more than two minutes in the second half. Muenster led 36-23 going into the fourth.

Alvord started the final frame with a 9-0 run, pulling within four with Reagan Guthrie’s free throw with 5:18 left.

But after staying within four until the final two minutes, but could not hit a shot to draw closer. Muenster went 4-for-6 at the line down the stretch to preserve the win.

Alvord looked to rebound Friday, heading to Chico. The Lady Bulldogs face Collinsville Tuesday before ending 11-2A play against Era and Lindsay.

“We have to keep fighting and finish out strong,” Claborn said.

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Basketball: No. 2 Muenster pushes aside Bulldogs – Hornets open game with 24-2 run

The second-ranked Muenster Hornets delivered an early knockout of the Alvord Bulldogs Tuesday night.

COMING UP SHORT – Muenster’s Lyndon Cook tips the ball away from Alvord’s Kory Maag during the Bulldogs’ loss Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Muenster opened the game with 24-2 run en route to a 73-27 victory at Alvord High School gym.

Muenster moved to 8-0 in District 11-2A.

Alvord dropped to 3-5 in the league and the Bulldogs remain in fifth place – a game behind Era for fourth and three behind Lindsay and Poolville for the last playoff spot.

“We’re still in the hunt if we win out,” said Alvord coach Tony Brazeal.

To do so, the Bulldogs will need a better showing than Tuesday. Alvord never scored more than nine points in a quarter against Muenster.

The Bulldogs managed just 10 in the first half and trailed by 28 at halftime.

“It was not a good effort,” Brazeal said. “It was the first time all year that’s happened. When you’re trying to rebuild a program, you’ve got to play hard and execute every minute.”

Heath Walker led Alvord with 11 points. Tristan Palmer came off the bench to chip in eight.

“Tristan is a sophomore, and he played his rearend off,” Brazeal said.

Muenster’s Trevor Cheaney led all scorers with 21 points. Lyndon Cook finished with 13 points.

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Alvord School Board to get open meetings training

The Alvord ISD school board will hold training sessions on the Public Information Act and the Public Meetings Act when they meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, 100 Mosley Lane.

The training is in settlement of an apparent violation of an Open Records Request by board President Vic Czerniak.

Former board member Jeannette Ward, who was voted off the board last May, had requested emails and text messages from Czerniak’s home computer and phone which were not provided in a timely manner, in accordance with the law.

School district attorney Lynn Rossi Scott, in corresponding with the Texas Attorney General’s Office and Ward, said the board had agreed to undergo the training at a public meeting.

Scott is also working to redact non-public information from Czerniak’s emails to provide for Ward, and told the AG’s office Czerniak’s cell phone had been replaced last Sept. 21 and his text messages did not transfer.

Thursday’s meeting will also include consideration of a Legislative Advocacy Resolution, a Texas Academic Performance Report, and any personnel recommendations that may come up.


In a Messenger news story Jan. 24 on last week’s Alvord school board meeting, it was stated that Ward had “expressed concern about the board’s would-be hearing of an employee grievance” that had been removed from that meeting’s agenda.

The article said Ward was concerned because the employee had met previously with board members, who would therefore not be able to make an unbiased decision in the matter.

Ward said this week that her concern was actually due to the fact that the complainant had met with board members, not the employee.

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Basketball: Bulldogs defeat Valley View

The Alvord Bulldogs stayed within two games of third place in District 11-2A Friday with a big victory over Valley View.

Damon Ledet poured in 19 points as the Bulldogs hammered the Eagles 73-42.

Riley Davila added 11 for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-4 in 11-2A.

The Bulldogs took on league leader Muenster at home Tuesday. They head to Chico Friday.


The Chico Dragons couldn’t run with the second-place Lindsay Knights Friday.

The Dragons fell to 1-6 in 11-2A with the 55-35 loss.

Chico looked to rebound Tuesday at home against Collinsville in the first game of the second half of league play. The Dragons take on Alvord Friday at home.

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