Alvord sweeps Chico

Ace Edgett threw a complete game to propel Alvord past Chico 7-1 Friday night.

Edgett gave up one run, scattering 10 hits. He struck out six and issued two walks.

Hunter Richey was a perfect 3-for-3, tallying four RBIs.

The Bulldogs swept the season series from the Dragons and improved to 5-3 in District 10-2A. Chico fell to 4-6 in 10-2A.

Alvord will travel to Lindsay Thursday. The Dragons headed to Muenster Tuesday.

BURKBURNETT 9, BRIDGEPORT 4

Bridgeport fell in non-district action to Burkburnett 9-4 Friday night.

Corbin Bailey, Daniel Delgadillo and Michael Marschall each drove in a run.

Kyler Holley took the loss for the Bulls. He scattered nine runs on 12 hits over four innings.

Bridgeport was back in District 8-4A action Tuesday against Krum.

BOYD 5, PEASTER 1

Boston McIntire struck out eight over four innings, leading Boyd to a 5-1 win over Peaster Friday night.

The Yellowjackets’ ace gave up two hits and no runs. Whitt Hill entered in relief and scattered one run on two hits.

Brian Couture went 1-for-3, collecting three RBIs. Boyd moved to 15-7-1 and 7-3 in District 7-3A.

The Yellowjackets welcomed in first-place Brock Tuesday.

PARADISE 6, MILLSAP 1

Trey Valentine drove in three runs in Paradise’s 6-1 win over Millsap Friday night.

Valentine went 2-for-3. Cade Goodman finished 2-for-4.

On the mound, Valentine allowed two hits in three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Parker Cook pitched two hitless innings.

The Panthers improved to 13-8-2 and 7-3 in District 7-3A. Paradise hosted Peaster Tuesday

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Chism continues dominance, Decatur routs Krum

Reagan Chism struck out 10 and gave up just one hit, leading the Decatur Lady Eagles to a 10-0 win over Krum in six innings Friday night.

The Stephen F. Austin commit has not allowed a run in District 8-4A play.

Brison Hesteande went 2-for-3 and drove in two. She walked once.

Decatur is 7-0 in league play and hosted Argyle Tuesday. A win would secure the Lady Eagles’ second consecutive undefeated district title.

SPRINGTOWN 7, BRIDGEPORT 1

Bridgeport fell behind early and could not catch up to Springtown Friday, falling 7-1.

The Sissies gave up all seven runs in the first three innings. Katelyn McComis surrendered seven runs on 10 hits, striking out two.

At the plate, McComis drove in Bridgeport’s lone run.

The Sissies fell to 1-4 in District 8-4A and welcomed in Krum Tuesday. Bridgeport can clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in 8-4A with a win against Krum Tuesday or Argyle Friday.

PARADISE 15, MILLSAP 0

The Paradise Lady Panthers sent their seniors out on a high note, blasting Millsap 15-0 Friday night.

Paradise moved to 19-8 and 9-3 in District 7-3A with two games left in the regular season. The Lady Panthers played host to second-place Peaster Tuesday.

If Paradise wins its remaining two games and Peaster loses out, the two would tie for second in 7-3A. Both have already clinched playoff spots.

PEASTER 17, BOYD 3

Peaster racked up 12 hits Friday night, running away from Boyd 17-3.

Sydney Langley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Hannah Radke and Tristen Brieden collected a RBI apiece.

Ryleigh Ashford gave up 11 runs on 10 hits over five and one-third innings. She struck out one and walked five.

Boyd dropped to 5-7 in District 7-3A with two games remaining. The Lady Jackets are tied with Jacksboro for the fourth and final playoff spot in 7-3A.

ALVORD 10, ERA 7

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs got back in the win column with a 10-7 victory over Era Saturday.

Sydney Wade led the way for Alvord at the plate, going 4-for-5. Jocelyn Tambunga drove in two runs, finishing 3-for-5.

Alvord scored five runs in the final inning to erase a 7-5 deficit. Kinly Walker went the distance in the circle, scattering seven runs on 14 hits. She struck out seven.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 11-12-1 and 6-6 in District 12-2A. Alvord hosted Tioga Tuesday and has clinched the final playoff spot in 12-2A.

CHICO 12, MUENSTER 11

Reagan Hardee drove in four runs to lead Chico past Muenster 12-11 Thursday.

The Lady Dragons scored five times in the seventh inning to rally for the win. Macy McDaniel went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk.

Chico moved to 5-6 in District 12-2A. The Lady Dragons traveled to Collinsville Tuesday.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

ALVORD

SCRAPBOOKING – The MZ Bee, which will feature scrapbooking and crafting, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. Attendees will bring their own projects, lunch and snacks. There is no charge, but donations can be made to Meals on Wheels. Call 940-627-5103 or 940-427-5941.

PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Alvord Elementary School will be holding pre-k and kindergarten roundup for the 2019-20 school year 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1-2. Pre-K children must be 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Kindergarten children must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1. Proof of residency (utility bill, etc.), birth certificate, Social Security card, current shot record, and driver’s license of the adult enrolling the child are required at the time of registration.

BRIDGEPORT

PRESCRIPTION DISPOSAL – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Stagecoach Rehabilitation, 2108 15th St., in Bridgeport. Turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal.

DECATUR

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date for appointments is April 24. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment.

WOMAN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to any graduating Decatur High School or Victory Christian Academy senior. It is not GPA-based, and anyone is eligible to apply. The application is available at each school from the counselor and must be postmarked by Friday. Call Alex Selby, 817-253-9893.

FAST 4’S – Lady Eagle Volleyball Fast 4’s is 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday April 22 through May 13 at Decatur High School. The four-person mini tournaments are co-ed. Cost is $10 per person, per night. Call 940-704-7585.

EASTER AT THE HILLS – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur will hold its annual egg hunt 4 p.m. Friday. Ice cream cones, cookies and punch will be served after the hunt.

EASTER PHOTOS – Joe and Lisa Duty will be taking Easter pictures 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Rhine Realty, 305 S. Trinity St., in Decatur.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. April 23 at the Eagle Activity Center at Decatur High School. Sheila McCollum, career and technical education coordinator at Decatur High School, will be the guest speaker.

TRIVIA NIGHT – The Decatur Public Library has partnered with Trinity Street Coffee Bar for Trivia at Trinity 7 p.m. Thursday. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the winners. For information, call the library, 940-393-0290.

CAREGIVER WORKSHOP – Solaris Hospice and Decatur Medical Lodge will offer a caregiver relief workshop 3:30 p.m. April 23 at Decatur Medical Lodge, 701 W. Bennett. To reserve a spot, call 940-626-2800 or 888-376-5274.

GREENWOOD

EASTER BRISKETS – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge is smoking briskets for Easter for $60. They will be available for pick up between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday at the Greenwood pavilion. Call 817-982-4180 or 940-255-2782.

PARADISE

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Paradise Elementary will hold kindergarten registration by appointment only April 25-30 for students who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1. Call 940-969-5044.

3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The Paradise 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship is May 11 at the Paradise High School gym. Play begins at 8:30 a.m. for teams fourth grade through adult. Registration is $150 per team with T-shirts included. Early registration ends April 19. Contact Maggi Loney, maggiloney01@gmail.com, or text 940-389-3529.

RHOME

STORY TIME – The Rhome Public Library will host Story Time Hour every Wednesday at 11 a.m. The new story time leader is Deb Duckwall, who is starting a literary-based program. All preschool-age children are welcome to attend. Stories, crafts and snacks are provided. Call 817-636-2767.

VETERANS ACTIVITIES – Rhome Veterans will visit the Fort Worth Vintage Flying Museum April 27, leaving the library at 9 a.m.

WISE COUNTY

MEDICARE EDUCATION – Medicare education seminars will be 2 p.m. May 4 and June 1 at the First Baptist Church, 401 Main St., in Paradise. Call John Ward, 940-210-0978.

DIABETES HEALTH WORKSHOP – Texas Health Resources and the Area Agency on Aging will hold diabetes self-management workshops 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through April 23 at Newark City Hall.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and fundraiser is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets are $350 for a table of eight or $50 for an individual seat. Proceeds benefit Woman’s Services and Mary’s Gift. Call 940-626-1384 or visit wisehealthfoundation.com.

COFFEE NETWORK – The next Wise County Chamber of Commerce coffee network is 8 a.m. April 24 at First Financial Bank in Boyd.

UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT – The United Way of Wise County golf tournament is April 26 at the RB Golf Club and Resort. Registration opens 11 a.m. and shotgun start 1 p.m. Registration is $400 per four-person team and includes lunch, range balls and door prizes. Call Shawn Mann, 940-393-1679, or Terry Everett, 940-389-9060.

DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Medal of Honor recipient Chuck Ziegenfuss will speak. Call Cecily Pegues, 817-528-8412.

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G.B. Funk

G.B. Funk

G.B. Funk, 81, of Bridgeport passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019, following a short illness.

Funeral was April 16 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial in East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Pastor Craig Erb officiated. Pallbearers included Chris Funk, Dr. Mark Funk, Shane Funk, Gentry Funk, Ethan Garner and Albert Rubio. Honorary pallbearers included B.C. Green, Wayne Mask and the deacons of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.

G.B was born May 6, 1937, to Gus and Lizzie (Ballard) Funk in Decatur. He married Norma Gale Meek Sept. 13, 1956, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Mr. Funk was a prominent businessman in Bridgeport for 60 years. He opened Bridgeport Automotive Supply Inc. in August of 1959, the same month he graduated from North Texas State College, now the University of North Texas. G.B. had been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport since 1951 where he served as a deacon and trustee.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Norma Gale Funk of Bridgeport; sons Chris Funk and wife, Penny, of Bridgeport and Dr. Mark Funk and Albert Rubio of Houston; grandchildren Shane Funk and wife, Natalie, of Argyle, Cara Garner and husband, Ethan, of Willow Park and Gentry Funk of Stephenville; great-grandchildren Grayson, Hendrix and Collins Funk and Cadence Garner.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

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Happy Daniel Delgadillo Day; City honors student for heroic act

Happy Daniel Delgadillo Day; City honors student for heroic act

Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE – Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton presents Bridgeport junior Daniel Delgadillo with the proclamation to make April, 8, 2019, Daniel Delgadillo Day at the Bridgeport City Council meeting Monday night. Delgadillo was honored with the proclamation after he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow Bridgeport student. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

It’s official. April, 8, 2019, is now Daniel Delgadillo Day in Bridgeport.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Randy Singleton issued a proclamation on behalf of the City of Bridgeport to make April 8 known as Daniel Delgadillo Day, honoring the Bridgeport High School junior for his heroic act that likely saved a fellow student’s life.

“I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as the mayor of the City of Bridgeport, I do proclaim April, 8, 2019, as Daniel Delgadillo Day,” Singleton said. “Congratulations, young man.”

In March, Delgadillo performed the Heimlich maneuver on junior Sammy Davis after Davis began to choke on a piece of meat during a school trip at the Allen Convention Center.

Singleton cited statistics from the National Safety Council, which lists choking as the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States.

He praised Delgadillo for his quick thinking and calm execution of the maneuver in the emergency situation, adding that he and council members felt it was important to recognize the student.

“We just felt it was important to do something,” Singleton said. “…by utilizing the Heimlich maneuver, Daniel saved Davis’ life.”

In a March 30 Messenger story, Delgadillo said he learned the Heimlich maneuver from his participation in the Texas Association of Future Educators.

Delgadillo said when he realized Davis couldn’t breathe, he assessed the situation, walked behind Davis and hoisted him up, dislodging the hunk of meat from his friend’s throat.

“I looked at him, and he was turning purple,” Delgadillo said. “I just stayed calm and performed the maneuver.”

In addition to saving lives, Delgadillo has been known to record saves on the mound as a standout pitcher for Bridgeport. Delgadillo was named to the all-district team and was selected to play on the Sunbelt Classic all-star team following his sophomore season.

After college, Delgadillo said he hopes to become a coach and educator after college.

Bridgeport Principal Jamie Sturdivant said she will be more than interested in giving the student with a day named after him a shot as an educator one day, due to his heroic act and the character he’s shown in and out of the classroom.

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City, county reps to battle biosolid stink

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark, Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes and Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton have drafted a letter to the City of Fort Worth in hopes of eliminating the stink from biosolids in Wise County.

“We are asking Fort Worth to stick to what they are saying, plus some other things,” Singleton said. “It’s a small step at the beginning of what we do here.”

The pervasive odor from biosolids were a key discussion point at the Bridgeport city council meeting Monday. The human waste, which is shipped, treated and reused as fertilizer on rural land, has caused a noticeable stink in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport council member Kevin Lopez personally noticed the smell months ago and has taken on the initiative in researching and making contacts in order to fix and mitigate the problem.

“It has a huge impact on a community, we’re trying to be and we are a premiere destination town, and when someone is in our community [and they smell the odor] that can affect them wanting to come to our community,” Lopez said. “Also, there’s a health and safety aspect to this. If we’re smelling it, they aren’t doing it correctly.”

According to the City of Fort Worth website, Fort Worth produces approximately 26,500 dry tons of biosolids each year from the wastewater treatment system processes, which is offered to farmers and landowners across North Texas as a valuable soil amendment. These biosolids have been shown to boost crop production.

From August 2017 to July 2018, 10,367 tons of biosolids were applied in Wise County, according to City of Fort Worth’s data.

Lopez has been in contact with the representatives from City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), looking for answers and steps to take. Based on his two claims and reports, Lopez said representatives from TCEQ confirmed the odor was related to biosolids on properties just outside the city limits of Bridgeport, and the properties were getting the biosolids from the Trinity River Authority (TRA).

Lopez said he has not yet made contact with the TRA. But he has been in contact with several agencies on how to stop the odor from affecting Bridgeport. From what he’s been told, if you can smell the odor from one-quarter mile away, there has been a misapplication with the waste.

Lopez said the contract to send recycled waste to rural communities is nearing completion and a new contract will be agreed upon soon.

In two years, Lopez mentioned a new multi-million dollar facility that will process waste into pellet form.

“At the end of the contract this year, they advised a new contract, one of the requirements will be to come up with a process that processes the product down to a pellet form sold in hardware store from a fertilizer company,” Lopez said. “It will be a two-year process.”

In the meantime, Lopez said state legislation might be necessary to eliminate the odors from affecting the community.

An issue he said is unacceptable.

“Large cities are taking their waste and dumping it on rural Texas,” Lopez said. “I don’t know about y’all but I don’t like that they are dumping it on rural Texas and thinking it’s acceptable.”

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Four-legged fete: After rain, dogs take  over Halsell

Four-legged fete: After rain, dogs take over Halsell

Dog day afternoon

DOG DAY AFTERNOON – Emmy the schnauzer checks out the sights on Halsell Street in Bridgeport at Bark Bike and Brews Saturday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Katelyn McComis knew her toy Australian Shepherd Sophey was a special dog. Saturday at the first Bark, Bike and Brews it was affirmed.

Dressed as a belly dancer, Sophey won the pet costume contest, beating out a dozen other entries.

She was one of dozens of canines of all shapes and sizes that took over Halsell Street Saturday afternoon starting with the pet parade at 1:30 p.m.

The festival was scheduled to start Saturday morning when it started raining cats and dogs. Bridgeport Main Street and Chamber of Commerce, who organized the event, postponed it until the afternoon and were greeted with drier weather and comfortable temperatures.

“From it being a flood earlier today to now, we couldn’t ask for better weather for a pet event,” said Bridgeport Main Street Manager Tiffany Evans.

“It’s so much fun to see all the pets.”

DeLaine Donaldson’s Bindi, who was third in the pet costume contest, was named the official spokespet for the city.

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Easter Events

Easter is April 21. Many cities and organizations will start holding events this weekend. Here is a list of area events to celebrate the holiday.

EASTER IN NEWARK – The City of Newark’s 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (April 13) at Delora Doughty Royal City Park. The event will include games, crafts, refreshments. Bring your own basket and lawn chairs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

MEDICAL LODGE EGG HUNT – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday (April 13). The event will include hot dogs, a bounce house, egg hunt, prizes, and the Easter Bunny will be available for photos.

COMMUNITY CHURCH EGG HUNT – Community Church in Decatur will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 13). The hunt is for ages 12 and under or all ages for special needs.

EASTER IN BOYD – The Boyd Parks and Special Events Committee will present the city’s first Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (April 13) at James Snodgrass Park. It will feature egg hunts for various age groups and will also include food trucks, snow cones and the Easter Bunny.

EASTER IN RHOME – The City of Rhome will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday (April 13) at Rhome Family Park. It will also include snacks and drinks.

THE BAY EASTER – The Bay Church in Runaway Bay will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday (April 14). It will include food, prizes and free Easter photos for ages 18 months to 12 years.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – The City of Bridgeport’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival is Sunday (April 14) at the Bridgeport Community Center. It will feature games, candy, inflatables, face painting and more.

EASTER AT THE HILLS – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur will hold its annual egg hunt at 4 p.m. April 19. Ice cream cones, cookies and punch will be available after the hunt.

EASTER BRUNCH – The Decatur Conference Center serves an Easter brunch buffet April 21. Call 940-393-0280.

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Gaining strength in numbers: Bridgeport math team advances to regionals

Adding hardware

ADDING HARDWARE – Bridgeport calculator and math team members Edgar Rodriguez, Ivan Amador, Christian Hand, Kyler Holley and coach Joey Reyes will compete in the 4A UIL academic contest Friday in Lubbock. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Standing in front of the trophy case at Bridgeport High School, Joey Reyes points to the math state championship trophies he helped the school garner before he graduated from the school in 2008.

Starting in the 1990s, Bridgeport captured multiple UIL sweepstakes titles behind its strong math teams under the direction of Jeanell Cole.

“We were pretty good,” Reyes said. “I made it to state all four years … We had that history of going to state. It was normal. We’re trying to get [the program] back there.”

When he was hired four years ago as a math teacher at Bridgeport, Reyes was asked about restoring the school’s long legacy as one of the top teams in the three UIL math events – math, number sense and calculator.

“I graduated from here, and the community remembers. Whenever I came back, they asked, ‘are you bringing back UIL?'” Reyes said. “We’re trying to get it back there.”

Reyes’ pupils – seniors Edgar Rodriguez, Christian Hand, Ivan Amador and junior Kyler Holley – are hoping to be the group to put Bridgeport back on the state stage. The quartet earned wildcard selections into the 4A Region I meet Friday and Saturday at Texas Tech University in calculator and math.

Bridgeport finished second in both events at the 8-4A meet March 27 behind Argyle. Only the top team earns an automatic trip to regionals. The Bridgeport quartet held out hope it had recorded the region’s top second-place scores to move on but had to wait until April 1 to find out. The team was confident that its calculator scores would allow them to move on.

“We were just waiting on the scores,” Rodriguez said. “Mr. Reyes was like, ‘we already know we’re going to get there.’ We were just waiting.”

With 8-4A holding one of the region’s first contests, Reyes compared Bridgeport going out and posting a good score with a golfer shooting a 65 and waiting for the rest of the field.

“That was us in the clubhouse watching all the TVs,” Reyes said. “We were pretty confident about our calculator scores.”

When the results were finally released with the regional wildcard bids, they also found out they were advancing in math.

“It was a pleasant surprise with the math qualification,” Reyes said.

The math entails a variety of subjects from basic math through calculus.

“It’s a four-year stretch of math,” Reyes said.

Holley, the youngest member of the squad, said it was a very difficult test as an underclassman.

“My first two years of high school, I didn’t like taking it,” Holley said.

Hand finished fifth on the math contest.

The calculator event focuses on solving various math problems, including geometry and trigonometry, on the Texas Instruments TI84. Holley took fifth and Hand sixth at district in calculator.

“It’s more about speed and knowing what you can do with the calculator,” Holley explained.

Throughout the school year, the group has taken several practice tests to earn this opportunity.

“This means a lot of our hard work has paid off,” Hand said. “We have something to show for all the preparation.”

They now want to join the historic accomplishments of Reyes and his fellow Bridgeport graduates that made it to state. They will have to win the region title or earn another wild card as the top second-place region finisher.

Making it to state or not, Amador hopes they have laid the groundwork for more success in the future.

“We’re leaving a legacy and hope it encourages others kids to do it also,” Amador said.

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Chism no-hits Bridgeport

Reagan Chism continued her dominance in District 8-4A Friday night, tossing a no-hitter in Decatur’s 14-0 win over Bridgeport.

The senior struck out 14 in five innings of work. The Lady Eagles racked up 13 hits in the victory, scoring eight runs in the second inning.

Decatur improved to 5-0 in 8-4A and has yet to allow a run in league play. The Lady Eagles hosted Springtown Tuesday.

The Sissies were off Tuesday and will play Springtown Friday on the road.

PARADISE 13, BOYD 2

Makenna Hudson drove in four runs Friday night, propelling Paradise to a 13-2 victory over rival Boyd in six innings.

The Lady Panthers collected 14 hits. Tori Green went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Maddi Terry was 2-for-2 with two walks, driving in one.

Kendall Candioto struck out 14 over six innings. She gave up two runs on five hits, earning the win.

Paradise improved to 17-8 and 7-3 in District 7-3A. The Lady Jackets dropped to 13-14 and 4-6 in 7-3A.

The Lady Panthers traveled to Jacksboro Tuesday. Boyd welcomed in Millsap.

VALLEY VIEW 16, ALVORD 1

Valley View ran away from Alvord 16-1 in five innings Monday night.

The Lady Bulldogs committed seven errors in the loss. Rami Fritz drove in Alvord’s lone run of the game.

The loss dropped the Lady Bulldogs to 10-12-1 and 4-5 in District 12-2A. Alvord will go to Era Saturday.

CHICO 17, TIOGA 2

Chico thumped Tioga 17-2 in three innings Monday night.

Macy McDaniel went 1-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs. Cassie Byers walked three times, tallying two RBIs.

Michaela Martin got the win in the circle, striking out five. The Lady Dragons improved to 3-6 in District 12-2A and will host Muenster Friday.

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Read leads Decatur past Bridgeport

Triston Read drove in three runs Friday night, leading Decatur to an 8-0 win over Bridgeport.

Read went 2-for-3 at the dish and scored a run. Bodi Rascon was also 2-for-3, collecting two RBIs and a walk.

Wilson Hicks and Chase Oberle combined for six scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts.

The Eagles improved to 21-3 and 2-1 in District 8-4A. Decatur took on Springtown Tuesday at home.

The Bulls dropped to 0-4 in 8-4A. Bridgeport welcomed in Burkburnett Tuesday in non-district action.

POOLVILLE 4, ALVORD 1

Alvord could not catch up to Poolville in a 4-1 loss Friday night.

Ace Edgett took the loss for the Bulldogs. He surrendered four runs on 12 hits, striking out eight.

William Martin drove in Alvord’s only run of the game.

The Bulldogs fell to 3-3 in District 10-2A and played host to Saint Jo Tuesday.

SAINT JO 11, CHICO 8

Chico gave up a late lead Friday night as Saint Jo came away with an 11-8 victory.

The Panthers tallied nine runs in the final two innings. The Dragons led 6-2 through the four frames.

TJ Milam gave up four runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning in relief. Chico starter Austin Lacy struck out seven over five innings, scattering two runs on four hits.

The loss dropped the Dragons to 3-5 in District 10-2A. Chico headed to Perrin-Whitt Tuesday.

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Bridgeport’s Taylor accepts head coaching position at Northwest

Northwest ISD trustees approved the hire of Bridgeport girls basketball coach Dallas Taylor to the same position at Northwest High School Monday night.

Taylor has been with the Sissies for more than a decade, and has been the head coach since 2011. Over the past five seasons, Bridgeport has gone 114-45, winning 71.7 percent of its games.

“We just felt Dallas was the right fit for our program and our girls,” said Northwest Executive Athletic Director Joel Johnson. “We liked her energy. Her resume kind of spoke for itself.”

Archive photo by Joe Duty.

Taylor guided the Sissies to a 26-11 mark in 2018-2019, including a trip to the regional tournament for the first time since 2009. Bridgeport finished second in District 8-4A behind eventual state champion Argyle.

Sophomore Ashley Ingram was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A all-state team, while junior Emily Vidal earned 4A all-region honors.

“I like the fact that she kind of built a program from the bottom up,” Johnson said. “Once she got it there, it kind of stayed there. From the day I got her resume until tonight, she was always in that top group of candidates.”

Johnson said Taylor will begin her new role in August.

The Lady Texans are coming off a 9-14 campaign and have not made the playoffs since 2016. Over the past three seasons, Northwest is a combined 29-49.

While the girls program has struggled in recent years, Northwest’s boys team has thrived. The Texans advanced to the 5A state tournament in 2017 and 2018, and made the 5A Region I final this year.

Johnson said he believes Taylor can help the girls program reach that same level of success.

“I don’t think there’s any question that she’s the right one,” Johnson said. “Why not the girls program someday? It’s going to require a lot of work. Coach Taylor understands that and knows that. We’re excited to have her because we think she can be the one to get it done.”

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Life, Loss, Legacy

Life, Loss, Legacy

Blue Family

BLUE FAMILY – Sgt. Greg Romine with the Bridgeport Police Department hugs Janet Cole at Tuesday’s memorial service for Sgt. Randy White. Cole was married to White when he was killed in the line of duty 10 years ago. She said she still considers Bridgeport PD her “blue family.” Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

In an instant 10 years ago this week, a police department lost its sergeant.

A wife lost her husband.

A daughter lost her father.

A community lost a public servant.

Sgt. Randy White

A decade later, those who knew Sgt. Randy White still feel the pain from his death at the end of a high-speed pursuit.

But while he is no longer here in physical form, White’s legacy lives on.

His service – his sacrifice – was not in vain.

LIFE

In late January of 2009, Bridgeport police were dispatched to a fatality accident on U.S. 380. Current Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford, who was lieutenant at the time, responded to the scene where he was met by Sgt. Randy White.

Stanford said as he pulled up, he analyzed the scene and recognized a familiar vehicle.

“I said, ‘I think that’s my mom’s car,’ and [White] said, ‘Yes, it is.’ So he grabs me and prays with me right there on the side of the road,” Stanford said.

Those who knew White are quick to mention how he lived out his Christian faith, and in that moment, he used that faith to comfort a colleague in a moment of grief.

But it wasn’t just fellow officers who received help from White. Current Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton, who was police chief in 2009, said White took his job seriously – especially when it came to taking care of people in the community.

“It wasn’t unusual for me to get a call from someone saying how much they appreciated him helping them out last night,” Singleton recalled.

The 32-year-old White had been with the Bridgeport Police Department five years. He had already shown exceptional leadership skills.

Singleton remembered one time when White was coordinating the search for a missing child. He had already made a grid of the area and sent fellow officers in different directions when Singleton asked him what to do next.

The sergeant assigned his superior officer another area to search. Ultimately, the child was found.

Singleton wasn’t the only one impressed with White’s leadership qualities.

“If things hadn’t played out like they did, I’d probably be working for Randy White,” Stanford said. “He would be a perfect police chief.”

Officer Nick Yates called White the best supervisor he’d ever worked for.

“He was very supportive of the officers working for him,” Yates said. “He was a good example both on and off duty, of officers, and men, that we needed to be.”

He expected them to do their best every day.

“If he thought you were slacking, you were sure going to hear about it,” Yates said.

While White’s work ethic was well known, so was his sense of humor. Both of those character traits would be on display in some of his last moments alive.

Keeping His Memory Alive

KEEPING HIS MEMORY ALIVE – The patrol room at the Bridgeport Police Department is named in honor of fallen officer Sgt. Randy White. Chief Steve Stanford, pictured, said if circumstances were different, White would likely be a police chief today due to his leadership skills. Messenger photo by Brian Knox

LOSS

White was working the night shift in April of 2009. He returned to his home in Perrin, which he shared with his wife and 5-year-old daughter, the morning of April 2 to get some sleep. Sitting down on the bed, he took his wife Janet’s hands in his.

“I want you to know how much I love you,” his wife, Janet, said White told her.

When he woke up, White hugged and kissed his wife. She told him to be careful.

White reported to the station earlier than normal the afternoon of April 2 in order to attend a supervisors meeting.

Stanford recalled he and White were sitting at opposite ends of an 8-foot conference table before the meeting started. White was leaning forward in his seat, resting his arms on the table. Directly below his face was a Styrofoam cup filled with water.

Stanford had a large rubber band, and he saw an opportunity.

“I reared back and I shot that rubber band, and it hit his cup and splashed water right in his face, so we all had a good laugh,” Stanford said.

The meeting had just started when dispatchers alerted the management team that a vehicle pursuit was headed toward Bridgeport on Texas 114 from the Paradise area. The pursuit had started as a hit-and-run accident near Decatur, and the driver had ditched his car and stolen another vehicle during his cross-county attempt to avoid arrest.

White ran to his patrol car and headed toward the southeast city limits of town on Texas 114 while other officers in the meeting went to their dispatch area to receive an update on the pursuit.

Singleton remembers hearing White on the radio giving instructions to his fellow officers.

“‘Don’t get in the pursuit,'” Singleton recalled White saying. “There were already enough officers involved in the pursuit.”

Instead of joining the pursuit, White worked to wave other drivers over to the side of the road in order to keep them safe from the speeding SUV headed into town. It was just about the time school was letting out for the day, so plenty of people were driving the nearby city streets.

The officers listening on the radio then heard the words they hope to never hear from a fellow officer.

“Officer down!” the officer shouted. “We need medics.”

Singleton, Stanford and the others raced to the scene and found White’s police cruiser crumpled from a violent impact.

White had not survived the crash.

“I just remember you go from one moment you’re laughing and cutting up to such a serious moment – your worst nightmare in a lot of respects,” Stanford said.

Singleton suddenly found himself at a crime scene. He ordered all of his officers back to the police department as other law enforcement agencies began the task of investigating what had happened.

“After I had time to collect myself, my next thought was for [White’s] wife and daughter,” Singleton said. “I said to myself, ‘I have to pull it together for his family. I have to be the one who can comfort them.'”

Stanford and other supervisors at the department would accompany their chief as they drove to Jack County to notify White’s family.

Two months after White had comforted Stanford at a traumatic moment of loss, Stanford would now be called upon to do the same for White’s family.

LEGACY

It’s been a decade since White put on his badge and headed out the door of the Bridgeport Police Department, but his strong presence is still felt even beyond the walls of the police station.

It’s not just his photo hanging in the Walter Dale Community Room where officers hold their meetings. It’s more than the memorial plaque that includes his photo and patch hanging in the lobby. The sign dedicating the patrol room to “Sergeant Randy D. White” is a nice tribute, but his spirit lives on in even more personal ways.

White’s family remains close with the Bridgeport Police Department. Janet and their daughter, Jadyn, still visit the department each year on the anniversary of White’s death.

“I always call them my PD family or my blue family,” Janet said. “It’s aways going to be one of those things where I know if I ever need anything, all I have to do is pick up a phone and call. … I know I’ll always be welcome there, and I’ll always be a part of the family.”

She said White’s sense of humor lives on in their daughter, who is known to continue the tradition of pranks with their extended Bridgeport PD family every year.

“One year she made cupcakes, except the icing was mustard on some and mayonnaise on some, so [the officers] ate those and tried to keep a straight face,” Janet said.

Another year, Jadyn doused the officers in silly string as they were walking out the door.

The two attended Tuesday’s memorial ceremony at the crash site along with Janet’s husband, Jay Cole, whom she married in 2015.

Janet said she’s always talked openly about White with Jadyn, who is now a freshman in high school.

“It’s never been ‘hush, hush,'” Janet said. “It’s just, ‘Daddy would have done this’ or little things like that.”

Officers in the police department similarly still share stories of White.

“We’ll tell stories – ‘Hey, do you remember when this happened or when that happened?'” said Lt. Todd Low, who worked with White for about a year.

It’s not just funny stories that are shared amongst those who worked with White. His work as an officer has set the bar for others who carry on after him.

“Quite often he’s brought up as an example of what we should strive for,” Yates said. “We hope to do him proud.”

During his time as police chief, Singleton had a photo of him saluting White’s casket at the officer’s funeral hanging in his office. When he was interviewing candidates for the police department, he would often point to the photo as a sober reminder of the dangers and the level of sacrifice officers faced on the job.

“‘That could happen to you. This is serious. Are you prepared?'” Singleton said he would ask prospective officers.

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s ceremony, Singleton talked about the significance of April 2, 2009.

“Ten years ago was the worst day in our lives, but in some ways it was the best day in our lives because we got to live with a hero,” he said. “We got to see a hero do what a hero does. Because of that awful day, we grew immensely as people. … We came together as one unit with Janet, Jadyn and all the family. We all clung together. We showed what family is. We showed what spirituality is. We showed what a God we have, and that was the God that Randy served and who he was with the next day.”

He concluded the ceremony by reading a Bible verse, John 15:12-13.

“‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Thank you, Randy.”

To read more coverage of Randy White over the years, visit wcmess.com/white.

*Messenger archive material was used in this story.

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2019 All Wise Basketball Team

2019 All Wise Basketball Team

Slayton Pruett

MVP
Slayton Pruett
Slidell, junior
Pruett led Slidell to its first state championship in 75 years, posting a 10-point, 21-rebound double-double in the Class A final. The 6-6 post and TABC Class A all-state pick averaged a double-double for the year, tallying 12.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game to help the Greyhounds win their third consecutive district title.

Wilson Hicks

OFFENSIVE MVP
Wilson Hicks
Decatur, senior
The Eagles’ leading scorer averaged 14 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, helping Decatur reach the state tournament for the first time. The MVP of 8-4A and the 4A Region I tournament, propelled Decatur to a 37-4 record.

Ethan Southard

DEFENSIVE MVP
Ethan Southard
Decatur, senior
The 6-7 big man and 8-4A Defensive MVP averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Southard’s presence inside helped Decatur claim its first region championship and make a trip the state tournament.

Carson Tibbels

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Carson Tibbels
Decatur, junior
Tibbels gave the Eagles quality minutes off the bench, averaging 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in earning 8-4A Sixth Man of the Year.

Brock Harwell

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Brock Harwell
Slidell, sophomore
The Greyhounds’ sharpshooter averaged 11.2 points, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc through district play. The 5-11 guard also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists, earning 22-A Offensive MVP.

Bailey Meyer

MVP
Bailey Meyer
Slidell, senior
The Lady Hounds’ floor general shot 53.4 percent and averaged 11 points, leading Slidell to the Class A Region III final. Meyer dished out 3.9 assists and pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game, posting a staggering plus-81 assist to turnover ratio. The 5-9 guard was named to the TABC Class A all-state team.

Ashley Ingram

OFFENSIVE MVP
Ashley Ingram
Bridgeport, sophomore
Ingram did it all for the Sissies, helping Bridgeport secure its first regional tournament berth in 10 years. The 6-1 forward and TGCA 4A all-state selection led the team in scoring, averaging 16 points, to go along with nine rebounds.

Cate Zuniga

DEFENSIVE MVP
Cate Zuniga
Slidell, senior
A two-time District 22-A Defensive Player of the Year, Zuniga averaged 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. She shot 48.3 percent from the field to make the TABC Class A Region III team.

Katie Hale

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Katie Hale
Decatur, sophomore
The 5-11 guard was a force off the Lady Eagles’ bench, averaging 9.1 points. Hale’s ability to stretch the floor proved vital for Decatur’s offense. The sophomore shot 41 percent from the outside.

Grace Lowery

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Grace Lowery
Decatur, freshman
After missing several district games with a meniscus tear, Lowery battled back to lead the Lady Eagles on their playoff run. The 5-10 freshman led Decatur in scoring, averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds and shot 41 percent.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Gage Rieger
Decatur, junior
The 8-4A first-team selection averaged 9.7 points and 2.5 rebounds, helping Decatur go unscathed through district en route to the league championship.

Jayton Malone
Alvord, junior
Malone led Alvord in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 3.4 assists to help the Bulldogs win their first playoff game in 14 years. The 11-2A first-team pick shot 35 percent from the outside.

Hunter Richey
Alvord, sophomore
The versatile forward tallied 12 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, earning first-team 11-2A. Richey also was tabbed to the Saint Jo all-tournament team and led Alvord to a 21-12 record.

Easton Vanover
Slidell, sophomore
Vanover often drew the assignment of guarding the other team’s best player, averaging one block and 2.6 steals per game. Offensively, the 6-2 sophomore tallied 9.7 points per game to earn first-team 22-A and Class A Region III selections.

Hunter Horner
Slidell, senior
The 6-0 guard averaged 13.3 points to lead the Greyhounds in scoring. Horner was named to the Class A all-state tournament and Class A Region III teams.

BOYS SECOND TEAM

Grayson Harris
Decatur, junior
The 8-4A first-team pick tallied 7.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and was named to the 4A Region I all-tournament team.

Drew Carstens
Bridgeport, junior
The 6-5 forward was the focal point of Bridgeport’s offense, averaging 21.1 points and nine rebounds to make the 8-4A second team.

Connor Richardson
Boyd, senior
Richardson eclipsed 1,000 career points during his senior season, leading the way for the Yellowjackets’ offense. The 6-2 wing averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, earning first-team 7-3A.

Mitchell Sellers
Paradise, junior
The second-team 7-3A selection averaged a double-double for the Panthers, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Rustyn Fuller
Chico, senior
Fuller averaged 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, earning 11-2A first team honors. The 6-0 guard shot 55 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

Emily Vidal
Bridgeport, junior
Vidal poured in 12 points and three assists per game, helping the Sissies finish second in District 8-4A behind eventual state champion Argyle. The 5-4 guard was named to the TABC 4A Region I team and was also a first-team 8-4A selection.

Kylee Fitzgerald
Decatur, junior
The motor behind the Lady Eagles’ offense, Fitzgerald averaged 5.2 points and 4.8 assists. The 8-4A first-team pick helped Decatur win its first playoff game since 2016.

Kaycee Martin
Paradise, senior
With several starters out due to injuries, Martin picked up the slack, leading the Lady Panthers in scoring with 13.7 points. The senior guard pulled down four rebounds per game, earning first-team 7-3A honors.

Paytin Bullard
Boyd, junior
The Lady Jackets’ leading scorer averaged 16 points and nine rebounds during her junior campaign. The 7-3A first-team selection notched two assists and one steal per game.

Taylor Maag
Alvord, sophomore
Maag anchored the core of a young Alvord team, averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. The 5-8 forward and 11-2A first-team selection shot 48 percent from the floor.

GIRLS SECOND TEAM

Morgen Davidson
Bridgeport, senior
Davidson averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, serving as the Sissies’ defensive specialist. The four-year varsity player led Bridgeport to a 26-11 finish.

Michaela Martin
Chico, senior
Martin tallied 7.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and a steal per game after making a move to forward as a senior.

Kendall Candioto
Paradise, senior
The second-team 7-3A selection averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Tawni Hamilton
Alvord, sophomore
The 5-6 guard was a second-team 11-2A selection, averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. She shot 39 percent and buried 47 3-pointers.

Delaney Ingram
Bridgeport, senior
A 6-4 rim protector, Ingram averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds. The Howard Payne commit also blocked two shots per game.

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Maddux dazzles in sprints

Pulling Away

PULLING AWAY – Bridgeport’s Jadon Maddux sprints ahead of the pack during the boys 100 at the District 8-4A championships. Maddux claimed gold with a 10.58. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

A large crowd quickly gathered around the finish line in advance of the boys 100 at the District 8-4A championships.

It was no secret who they were there to see.

Bridgeport’s Jadon Maddux, who took bronze in the event at the state meet last year, put on another show for the crowd Thursday afternoon at Porcupine Stadim. The junior speedster finished in 10.58, emphatically defending his title.

“I really don’t think about it,” said Maddux of the crowd. “If you let it get to you, then yeah, it will. But I’ve run in a lot of big meets. I’m blessed to have run in the Texas Relays and state where there’s 10,000 people watching you. It makes you sit and think, ‘Wow, I’m blessed.'”

Maddux also successfully defended his 200 crown, running away with the gold in 21.68.

“I think he ran great,” said Bridgeport coach Braden Ritchey. “He’s as special as I’ve ever been around. His work ethic is what takes him over the top.”

Clearing Hurdles

CLEARING HURDLES – Decatur’s Jared Allison leaps over a hurdle at Thursday’s District 8-4A championships in Springtown. Allison claimed gold in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

DECATUR’S ALLISON SWEEPS HURDLES

Jared Allison got off to an awkward start in the boys 110 hurdles.

“I actually slipped out of the blocks,” Allison said. “My whole hand jumped.”

But the Decatur junior quickly recovered, posting a 15.87 to win the 110 hurdles. He later took gold in the 300 hurdles, clocking a 41.32.

“I just saw the guy in front of me and wanted to catch him,” Allison said. “I guess that made me run faster. I needed to win to get points for the team.”

Bridgeport’s Hall takes silver in high jump

On her final attempt Wednesday morning, Bridgeport’s Zoe Hall approached the high jump bar with confidence.

In one fluid motion, she cleared 5-4, securing her place on the podium.

“The pressure was there, obviously, because a Springtown girl had cleared it,” Hall said. “I just envisioned myself going over the bar, and I did.”

Hall was unable to clear the next height of 5-6, coming up short on what would have been a new personal record. She took silver since Springtown’s Tegan Burdick cleared 5-4 on her first attempt.

“She definitely competed,” said Bridgeport coach Alison Jones. “She’s an athlete.”

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Ella Mae Russell

Funeral for Ella Mae Russell, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Jones Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

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Maliyah Rubio

Audrey and Juan Rubio of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Maliyah, Feb. 14, 2019, at Wise Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She has two brothers, Zander Rubio, 4 and Austin Baeza, 2.

Grandparents are Krista Brandes of Colorado, Maria Vargas of Texas and Javier Rubio of Oklahoma.

Great-grandmother is Rebecca Blevins of Texas.

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Fete set on Halsell

Cyclists, pet lovers and coffee and beer connoisseurs will converge in Bridgeport Saturday for a new festival.

Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce are presenting Bark, Bike and Brew, an event that truly will offer a little for everyone.

“We know people love the outdoors, pets and beverages,” said Tiffany Evans, Main Street manager. “We’re bringing three different types of groups to downtown. It’ll give us a chance to feature downtown.”

Main Street and the Chamber were looking for a spring event and wanted to capitalize on the success of the October 2017 Barktoberfest.

“We had quite a few fall events,” Evans said. “We wanted to have a big spring event to highlight our businesses.

The bike ride starts at 7 a.m. The rest of the festivities begin at 10 a.m. A pet parade is at 11 a.m., pet costume contest at 10:30 a.m. and the official spokespet contest at 12:30 p.m.

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Damon Tucker

Damon Tucker

Damon Tucker, 58, of Bridgeport passed away Friday, March 29, 2019, in Decatur.

Service for Damon was Tuesday, April 2 at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Pastor Rocky Johnson officiating. Burial followed in East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Severo Aranda, Jeremy Foley, Ethan Foley, Josh Cathey, Chris Sprabary, Rick Durban, Paul Rhoudes, and Henry Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Shinn and David Halter.

Damon was born Oct. 30, 1960, in Olney to Donald ‘Bud’ and Udella (Scales) Tucker. He was self-employed as a truck driver and mechanic for almost 40 years and earned a Safe Driver of the Year award.

He always believed in living life by “going for the gusto.” He enjoyed hot rods, going to truck shows, eating lunch with friends and playing cards. Damon didn’t usually win playing cards, though. Those closest to him laughed that he didn’t have much of a poker face. And if the face didn’t give him away, yelling out “Kemosabe!” when he felt he had a good hand didn’t earn him any winnings either. He was married to Sharron (Moody) Tucker for 30 years. Sharron fought valiantly against cancer for several years, until her death on March 22, 2019. Damon will be greatly remembered for his unwavering devotion to his wife and was by her side throughout the lengthy battle. When she passed away, Damon’s heart lost its will to continue, and he passed away exactly one week later from a series of massive heart attacks.

He was preceded in death by wife Sharron Tucker, son Don Tucker, parents Bud and Udella Tucker, grandparents Clarence Ray and VD Tucker, and Ewen David and Clara Ellen Scales.

Damon is survived by son Dusty Tucker and wife, Audrey, of Evergreen, Colo.; daughters Meagan Sparkman and husband, Tanner, of Stephenville, Payton Tucker and Rett Sears of Bridgeport; grandchildren Darden and Kash Tucker, and Tucker and Amelia Sparkman; sisters Donna Foley and Darla Sheardown; nephews Jeremy Foley and Ethan Foley; and nieces Dionne Gould and Shanda Sheardown.

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Sissies fall to Stephenville in area round

In the 13th minute of Tuesday’s 4A Region I area match, Stephenville broke through Bridgeport’s back line and buried a rebound inside the box.

The Honeybees added another goal shortly before intermission, doubling their advantage to 2-0. Although they were trailing the eighth-ranked team in the state with just 40 minutes remaining, the Sissies were not fazed.

“My girls were extremely pumped at halftime,” said Bridgeport coach Lauren Kirby. “They were very proud of themselves. [Stephenville] is a fantastic team. To be at 2-0 at halftime, my girls were ready to go.”

Messenger photo by Reece Waddell.

Bridgeport’s defense broke only once in the second half, surrendering a goal in the 54th minute off another rebound. But the Sissies were unable to generate scoring opportunities against Stephenville’s suffocating defense, falling 3-0 at Mineral Wells High School.

“[Stephenville] did a fantastic job capitalizing on those rebounds,” Kirby said. “They were good goals.”

The Honeybees’ defense swarmed Bridgeport for most of the game, dominating possession. Stephenville only surrendered seven goals this season, with opponents averaging 0.30 goals per game.

“Their speed — they’re a quick team and they are calm with the ball,” Kirby said. “It was something we had to adjust to.”

The Sissies made history in the bi-district round, beating Benbrook 1-0 to claim their first playoff victory.

Last season in Kirby’s first year as coach, Bridgeport won its first district title. Kirby said the program is trending up, adding she is especially proud of her seniors.

“My seniors have been my girls for the past two years,” Kirby said. “Some of the things they’ve done — they have left their mark on this program and they will be forever remembered.”

The Sissies end the season at 12-12-2. Bridgeport went 5-4 in District 7-4A, finishing second behind Argyle.

“We made school history the last two years,” Kirby said. “We’re only going to go up from here. It’s going to be amazing to watch. Bi-district champions for the first time in school history, made it to area for the first time in school history, words cant describe how proud I am.

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