Football: Chico looks to play spoiler

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Coming off a close 15-14 loss to Alvord in the regular season finale, the Chico Dragons will hope to play spoiler in the bi-district round of the playoffs against Valley View. Chico and Valley View square off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krum High School. The top seed out of 6-2A Division I, Valley View finished the season 9-1, with its only blemish coming in the first game of the year. The Eagles are currently on a nine-game winning streak. While this is Chico's second consecutive season to make the playoffs after a 15-year drought, it is also the second straight year the Dragons draw the Eagles in the bi-district round. Valley View romped Chico 68-20 last year to knock the Dragons out of the postseason "[We're] definitely excited about getting the chance to play in the playoffs again," said Chico coach Lane Wilson. "It's a whole new season. Anything can happen." The Dragons ended the regular season on a two-game losing skid, and have struggled at times offensively. Chico was shutout against Seymour, and managed just seven points against Santo. The Dragons are led on offense by senior quarterback Jerod Blanks, who finished the season 66-for-145 for 784 yards and seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Dragons' defense will be forced to contend with Valley View's high-octane duo of quarterback Brady Jackson and running back by Clint Epperson, who combined for seven touchdowns in last year's playoff victory. The Eagles averaged 40.8 points per game this season while their defense surrendered just 20.8 points per contest. "We're going to have to tackle [Epperson]," Wilson said. "We have to win some battles up front and the secondary is going to have to come downhill and play. [Valley View] isn't real fancy in what they do, but they're good at what they do." The winner advances to the area round and will play the winner of Crawford and Riesel. Valley View enters the game as 38-point favorites, according to Harris Ratings Weekly. "We're definitely underdogs," Wilson said. "We have nothing to lose. It's the same team we played last year, and they pretty much beat us as badly as they wanted to. I'm hoping Valley View doesn't take us very seriously, and maybe we could upset them."

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Football: Bulldogs hold off Dragons

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Messenger Staff

When Jerod Blanks scored on a 4-yard run and added the two-point try with 3:11 to go in the third quarter, an Alvord two-score halftime lead had dwindled to just a point.

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Julia Lynn Cox-Wilson

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Julia Lynn Cox-Wilson, 61, of Chico died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at home.

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Alvord holds off Chico for third in 5-2AI

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Messenger staff

When Jerod Blanks scored on a 4-yard run and added the two-point try with 3:11 to go in the third quarter, an Alvord two-score halftime lead had dwindled to just a point. The Alvord defense made the lead hold up over final 15 minutes as the Bulldogs squeaked out the 15-14 victory over the rival Chico Dragons.

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Purpose from service: Time as Marine paves way into coaching ranks

Purpose from service: Time as Marine paves way into coaching ranks

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

When Clay Sanders graduated from Springtown in the spring of 1994, he followed his dream of playing college football to Tarleton State in Stephenville.

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Wise County honors our veterans

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Veterans groups and schools across the county are holding events this week to honor veterans in all branches of the U.S. military.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Northwest High School Theater will present "Junie B. Jones the Musical" Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at 2301 Texan Dr. in Justin.

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Football: Alvord, Chico battle for playoff seeding

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

More than just bragging rights will be on the line Friday night when the Alvord Bulldogs and Chico Dragons renew their neighborly battle.

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Lonnie Carl Denman

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Lonnie Carl Denman, 74, of Chico, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Decatur.

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Steven Vernon Shurbet

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Steven Vernon Shurbet, 70, of Chico, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Decatur.

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Football: Chico waits for finale

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons had Friday night off before gearing up for the final week of the regular season and a showdown with rival Alvord.

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Volleyball: Collinsville ends Chico’s run

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Having come from behind twice already in the second and fourth sets, the Chico Lady Dragons appeared poised for one more rally Tuesday night.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Decatur High School is holding a college and career fair Thursday, Nov. 9, during convocation for all juniors and seniors.

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Inside the Mount House

Inside the Mount House

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Mount House in Chico sits in stony silence just north of town.

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Football: Alvord picks up first win

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Alvord Bulldogs put themselves in position to return to the playoffs for a fourth straight season Friday night.

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Volleyball: County teams close out regular season

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

Having already wrapped up the District 8-3A title, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets put an exclamation mark on the regular season Tuesday with a sweep of rival Paradise.

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Volleyball: Chico gears for playoff run

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Lady Dragons' run to the Class 2A Region II tournament started last season with a victory over Collinsville in the bi-district round.

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Trojans, Pennartz run by Dragons

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Messenger staff

Windthorst’s Koy Pennartz ran for 266 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 59-20 victory Friday night.

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Schools turn in numbers for realignment

Published Friday, October 27, 2017
By Richard Greene

Speculation on the next round of realignment by the University Interscholastic League kicked off Friday as schools turned in enrollments. The UIL will take enrollments from the “snapshot date” to place teams in classifications and districts for 2018-2020. The realignment will be announced in February, but the UIL will announce the cutoffs for classifications and football divisions in December.

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Sosa to run for JP 2

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Tammy Cowley Sosa of Chico announced Saturday at Chico Fest that she will run for Precinct 2 justice of the peace in 2018.

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