Agenda Briefs for Saturday, October 4, 2014

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL TO MEET – The Bridgeport City Council will discuss community center rental fees, Halloween road closures, radio-powered utilities measurements and natural gas and water line contracts at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 900 Thompson Street. The meeting is open to the public.

SCHOOL BOARD TRAINING SET – The Bridgeport school board will conduct its “Team of 8″ training and consider and take action on certified personnel at its meeting Monday night at 7 p.m. at 2107 15th Street.

CHICO COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY – The Chico City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at City Hall. Agenda items include the Chicofest 5K route, Chicofest street closures, a lease/purchase of a backhoe, a purchase of a vehicle, a contract with the Wise County Appraisal District, various interlocal agreements with Wise County, a zoning change at 305 E. Kentucky and regular monthly reports.

P&Z COMMISSION TO MEET – Decatur’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the council chamber at City Hall. Replat applications from Brenda Scott, as well as feedback from the city council regarding variance requests to the city’s sidewalk, curb and gutter ordinances, and the handling of escrowed funds for those items, are among the items to be considered.

WEATHERFORD COLLEGE BOARD TO MEET – The trustees of Weatherford College, which operates a campus in Wise County, will meet 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, on the college’s main campus in Weatherford. Among the agenda items are reports on construction, enrollment and finances, contracts for printing, welding supplies, sonography and radiology equipment, policies and the annual evaluation of the college president, Dr. Kevin Eaton. The meeting is open to the public.

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Volleyball: Family court – Mom, daughter share success

There’s one player on Missy Patterson’s roster that she admits she’s harder on than the rest of the team – her daughter, Alli York.

“I don’t have to worry about a mad momma; I’m already there,” Patterson said.

FAMILY BOND – Missy Patterson and her daughter Alli York have helped Chico to a 4-2 start in 9-2A. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Now in their third year together with the Lady Dragons, the Chico mother and daughter, are hoping to celebrate their first playoff berth together. The Lady Dragons (11-6) entered Friday’s match at home against Poolville at 4-2 in 9-2A with a hold on one of the league’s playoff berths.

“That’s been the ultimate goal, to get to the playoffs,” York said. “I hope this is the year.”

York agrees that her mother pushes her more and stays on her. But she doesn’t mind.

“I feel more comfortable and there’s not as much pressure with me being an upperclassman now,” York said. “It’s my time to lead.”

But two years ago, when she first earned a spot on the varsity squad, she admits it was tough.

“I went through a lot my freshman year,” she said.

Patterson also recalls it being a difficult time, as her daughter tried to prove to everyone her spot was warranted.

“It was tough having to make the decision for her to be a varsity starter,” the coach said. “She deserved it and proved herself. She also made it in basketball. But it was tough because volleyball is the first sport of the year.”

York’s freshman year, the program was rebuilding after graduating a big senior class and playing in a league with state powers Lindsay and Collinsville. Chico finished fifth in the district that year. Last year, the Lady Dragons improved and finished fourth.

The mother and daughter each say they struggle with setbacks.

“We both take it really hard. We’re both emotional and competitive,” Patterson said. “She gets down when we have a bad game.”

But they love getting to share in the team’s successes together.

“Those are the times I’m glad to be there and enjoy the moment,” Patterson said. “With her being my daughter, I expect more out of her.”

There have been times when the two haven’t seen eye-to-eye, like during a recent match. Patterson let York know about it.

“I got on her good, and she stepped it up after that,” Patterson recalls. For the most part, York has been consistent all year. She leads the Lady Dragons, averaging 2.3 kills per set. She also is the team leader in aces and is second in digs.

As the coach’s daughter, York also is the one her teammates expect to voice their concerns to Patterson.

“I’m the one that has to stand up for what the team wants heard,” York said.

Patterson adds: “She gets to be the spokesperson.”

Off the court, volleyball is often the topic of conversation for the two.

“It definitely goes home with us,” York said.

After the Poolville match, the Lady Dragons will start the second half of 9-2A play Tuesday at Newcastle. Chico is in third place behind Bryson and Tolar.

“I want nothing more than to make the playoffs. It’s there for the taking,” Patterson said.

York adds: “It’s all about who has more heart and who wants it more.”

No matter how the season ends, the mother and daughter will always treasure their time on the court together.

“I wouldn’t trade it,” Patterson said.

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Kinadi Alene Forbus

Kerri Forbus of Chico announces the birth of a daughter, Kinadi Alene, on Sept. 29, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.

She has four sisters: Ashtin, 17; Alexis, 15; Katie, 10; and Kinzee, 5.

Grandparents are Ray and Pattie Teague and Billy Ralph and Kathy Richey, all of Chico.

Great-grandmother is Maxine Moore of Graham.

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Volleyball: Lady Dragons fall to Tolar

The Chico Lady Dragons dropped a second straight match in District 9-2A play Saturday, falling to Tolar in three games.

Tolar won 25-13, 25-10, 25-16.

Chico fell to 4-2 in the league.

Chico managed only 12 kills against Tolar, hitting .073. Alli York and Hannah Davis recorded two each.

Britton Petty doled out 11 assists.

York served two aces.

Defensively, Destinee Hardee made seven digs. Petty and Hope Webb had six apiece. Davis and Brianna Martin dug five shots each.

The Lady Dragons were off Tuesday. They close out the first half of district play at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Poolville.

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Donald Joe Clark dies in wreck

Donald Joe Clark dies in wreck

Donald Joe Clark, 52, of Chico was killed Thursday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision on Farm Road 1810 east of Chico.

Fatal Accident

FATAL ACCIDENT – A silver pickup and a truck-tractor crashed head-on just before 4 p.m. Thursday on Farm Road 1810, east of Farm Road 1655 North. The driver of the pickup, Donald Joe Clark, later died from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Investigators said Clark was westbound on FM 1810, near Farm Road 1655 North, when for unknown reasons he crossed into oncoming traffic. He struck head-on a westbound truck-tractor driven by Lewis F. Walsh, 60, of Alvord.

Donald Joe Clark

Clark was trapped in his pickup and had to be extricated. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Walsh was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for a possible leg injury.

Chico Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics and Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the wreck, which happened just before 4 p.m.

Clark was a member of the Chico school board and the father of Chico Mayor J.D. Clark.

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Fridays without Donald Joe; Clark remembered for contributions to school, football program

The Chico Dragon football team lost its voice this week.

The community’s longtime game announcer, Donald Joe Clark, died Thursday.

Donald Joe Clark

The news shocked a community endowed by Clark’s talent and benevolence.

“He had the perfect voice for an announcer,” said Chico head coach Stephen Carter. “He was very energetic and knowledgeable about the sport.

“No doubt he played a huge part in Friday nights in Chico.”

Chico ISD Superintendent Mike Jones echoed the sentiment.

“There was a cadence, a lilt to his voice that when you heard him announce, you knew you were watching Chico football,” he said. “It was comforting. You’d hear that voice, and you knew you were home.”

Carter admits to being enthralled in the games he coaches and not retaining much of what is said by announcers. However, there is one Clark sound bite that stands out.

“He would always say, ‘It’s a favorite of football and a favorite of America. Please stand for the national anthem,'” Carter said. “It was neat.”

Jones also noted that Clark, who was starting his 22nd season announcing, welded together and built the press box from which he worked on fall Friday nights.

Clark also served in other capacities on game nights.

“He has done everything from being on the chain gang to flipping burgers for the booster club,” Jones said.

Clark’s service to students extended farther than the football field. He served on the school board since May 2013.

“He was supportive of anything involving students,” Jones said. “From the student in pre-k to the senior in high school walking across the stage – every one of those kids mattered to Donald Joe. And he had no favorites. He was for every program and wanted to see them all succeed.”

Jones added that Clark lent a business perspective to the board with his experience running his own welding and construction business.

Although the full scope of the loss has yet to be revealed, his absence was already felt just one day later.

“It’s going to be weird tonight,” Carter said Friday afternoon. “He will be missed dearly.”

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Football: Dragons fly over Eagles

The Dragons Friday night 53-22 victory over the Diamond Hill-Jarvis Eagles started on a somber note. Donald Joe Clark, the 22-year game announcer for Chico High School football died the previous day after a tragic car accident.

His son, Chico Mayor J.D. Clark, spoke following a moment of silence in his father’s memory. Clark’s voice shook as he told the crowd of Chico football fans and family how much they all meant to his dad.

Tearful Goodbye

TEARFUL GOODBYE – Chico Mayor J.D. Clark stands near his nephew Cain Clark, 3, prior to speaking to Chico fans about his father Donald Joe Clark, who announced Chico football games for 22 years. Donald Joe Clark died Thursday in a wreck. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“Our family will never be the same and neither will the community. We are missing him at home, but we know you are also missing him here,” Clark said. “I don’t know if this stadium will ever be the same without his voice in it. I do know that my dad would not be happy if he thought people weren’t having fun at this football game because of him.

“He loved his sport, he loved this school and he loved this town. So while my family appreciates this moment of silence in my dad’s honor, that is not quite his style. My dad liked noise and he liked spirit and he liked things loud. So tonight as you remember my dad, don’t focus on his absence, focus on his energy, his humor and his spirit.”

The crowd roared and the opening kickoff soon sailed through the air. The Dragons dominated the Eagles nearly the entire game.

Diamond Hill-Jarvis did draw first blood in the opening quarter, matching their season high of six points. It was the only time the Eagles would have the lead. A minute later the Dragons answered back with a touchdown from Kalan Johnson and an extra point kick from Cameron Starnes put Chico ahead and they never looked back.

While the Dragons dominated scoring, neither team was able to gain much momentum as play was stopped frequently by more than 200 total yards of penalty flags. Chico had 11 penalties for 85 yards and Diamond Hill-Jarvis had 16 for 125.

Aside from the penalties both teams suffered injuries in the first half, with Chico’s J.D. Brown taken away via ambulance because of a leg injury.

The Eagles made a surge in the third quarter for 16 points but to no avail, as the Dragons proved too much.

The Dragons’ Tyler Alexander led Chico in rushing with seven carries for 65 yards. Jastin McBee caught four passes for 113 yards and Jericoe McGuire completed 6 for 147 yards.

Extra Points

EXTRA POINTS – Chico’s Jericoe McGuire crosses the paint for two points during the Dragon’s win over Diamond Hill-Jarvis Friday night. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

CHICO 53, DIAMOND HILL-JARVIS 22

Chico … 9 … 16 … 14 … 14 … – … 53
DH-Jarvis … 6 … 0 … 16 … 0 … – … 22

FIRST QUARTER

DH-Jarvis – 6:55, Trey Bentley 2 run, PAT failed.

Chico – 5:45, Kalan Johnson 3 run, Cameron Starnes kick.

Chico – Safety, Cameron Weatherly tackles DH-Jarvis player in end zone.

SECOND QUARTER

Chico – 7:57, 26 pass from Jericoe McGuire to Jastin McBee, McGuire run

Chico – 4:18, 35 pass from McGuire to Corbin Blackwood, Pass from McGuire to Weatherly.

THIRD QUARTER

Chico – 9:05, 33 pass from Crese Redman to McBee, PAT failed

DH-Jarvis – 5:54, 5 run Ivan Vega, Vega run.

Chico – 3:43, 20 run Tyler Alexander, McBee Run

DH-Jarvis – 1:50, 1 run Sammy Gonzales, Vega Run

FOURTH QUARTER

Chico – 11:20, 17 run Johnson, pass from Redman to Blackwood

Chico – 6:52, 6 run Redman, Kick failed.

CHICO … DH-JARVIS

First downs … 22 … 15
Rushes-Yards … 25-209 … 51-242
Passing Yards … 237 … 30
Total Yards … 446 … 272
Comp-Att-Int … 11-18-0 … 4-1-0
Punts-Avg … 1-26 … 5-23
Fumbles-Lost … 2-2 … 3-2
Penalties-Yards … 11-85 … 16-125

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Chico, Alexander 7-65; DH-Jarvis, Eduardo Tolvar 20-91.

Receiving: Chico, McBee 4-113; DH-Jarvis, Gonzales 1-30.

Passing: Chico, McGuire 6-10-0 for 147 yards; DH-Jarvis, Bentley 4-1-0 for 30 yards.

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Volleyball: Bryson hands Chico lone district defeat

The Chico Lady Dragons’ unbeaten run in District 9-2A ended Tuesday night with a sweep at the hands of Bryson.

Bryson won the match 25-19, 28-26, 25-23, dropping Chico to 4-1 in district.

Alli York put down eight kills. Hope Webb recorded seven kills. Hannah Davis and Kiley Marburger finished with six each.

Chico hit .122 for the match with 31 kills.

York and Britton Petty served three aces each.

Marburger blocked four shots. Davis made 11 digs. York had nine. Brianna Martin, Destinee Hardee and Webb finished with eight apiece.

Chico looked to rebound Saturday at Tolar.

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Donald Joe Clark

Donald Joe Clark

Donald Joe Clark, 52, of Chico died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Chico.

Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the Chico High School football stadium with burial at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.

Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Donald was born March 21, 1962, in Muleshoe to Joe and Jean (Dane) Clark. He was a 1980 graduate of Chico High School and was a construction inspector whose hobbies included being an auctioneer, rodeo announcer and an avid music and NASCAR fan.

This was his 22nd year as the Voice of the Chico Dragons, and since May 2013, he was a member of the Chico school board.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and sister Anita Whitson.

Donald is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori (Verner) Clark; sons J.D. Clark and Jesse Clark and wife, Alecia; father Joe Clark and wife, Cheryl; mother Jean Greer and husband, Gerald; sister Amanda Vargas and husband, Jay; grandchildren Natalie, Cain, and Hayes Clark; and numerous other family members and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to any Chico ISD student organization.

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Caitlyn Marie Hodges and Gabriel Doyle Jones

Caitlyn Marie Hodges, daughter of Danny and Gina Hodges of Alvord, will marry Gabriel Doyle Jones, son of Kenny and Delores Jones of Chico. Oct. 12, 2014, at Oak Knoll Ranch in Springtown.

Hodges Jones

Caitlyn Marie Hodges and Gabriel Doyle Jones

Ken Hering of First Baptist Church of Alvord will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Alvord High School with honors and earned a degree in respiratory care in 2012.

She works for Wise Regional Health System and Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The prospective groom graduated from “Team Jones” home school and plans to attend a business or theology school. He works for AT&T.

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Chico School Board to weigh bond options

The Chico school board will soon determine how to address the most pressing needs of the district.

The board held a work session with WRA Architects of Dallas Sept. 15 following its regular board meeting to continue discussions on the most urgent facility needs in the district.

For nearly two years, the board has been studying those needs. In addition to input from the architects, the board has relied on a facilities use committee. Each board member appointed two people to that committee.

A report was given to the board in January and February of this year, and since that time, the board has continued to prioritize the needs of the district.

“Probably at the next meeting, they’ll look at what it will cost based on their priorities, what size bond might be required, and look at what the impact might be on a homeowner of a typical home,” Superintendent Mike Jones said. “Then they’ll make a determination if they feel it is necessary or the way to go. It’s been something they’ve taken seriously and studying quite a while. I think they’ve really done their homework and tried to elicit as much input from the community through that committee to really take a critical eye and look at things and give them some recommendations.”

Jones said the highest priority needs deal with upgrades in security districtwide. The oldest school in the district, the middle school, also has several high priority needs, such as a new roof and new HVAC units.

The district is also taking a serious look at relocating and building a new agriculture facility.

During the regular meeting prior to the work session, the board:

  • heard a presentation from Wise County Sheriff’s Officer Paige Dobyns about the proposed Dads for Dragons program at Chico Elementary School. The program would encourage dads to volunteer as helpers at the school and be positive role models for kids.
  • designated 4-H activities as extracurricular school events and Wise County Extension agents as adjunct staff members.
  • reviewed district goals for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Volleyball: Chico defends record

The Chico Lady Dragons needed to earn a few extra points but still managed to complete the sweep of Graford Saturday.

Chico won 25-15, 25-22, 29-27 to remain unbeaten in District 9-2A at 4-0.

Alli York paced Chico with 12 kills. Hope Webb added six.

Webb, York, Hannah Davis and Britton Petty served two aces each.

As a team Chico served at a 97 percent clip with only two errors in 80 attempts.

Defensively, Brianna Martin made 18 digs. Destinee Hardee added 15 digs, and York 13.

Petty and York blocked four shots apiece.

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Football: Dragons eye Diamond Hill-Jarvis

The Chico Dragons continued to put up big offensive numbers last week, picking up a third win of the season.

The Dragons (3-1)rolled up 521 yards in the 64-33 win over Petrolia. Through four games, Chico is averaging 479.5 yards.

Off and Running

OFF AND RUNNING – Chico quarterback Jericoe McGuire looks for an opening in the Dragons’ win over Fruitvale. Chico returns to action Friday against Diamond Hill-Jarvis. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“I’m really pleased with the kids. I really do feel we can score on anybody,” said Chico coach Stephen Carter. “All six of our skilled kids are good. We really executed well Friday, throwing and running.”

The Dragons’ next test is against 4A Division I Diamond Hill-Jarvis at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium.

It’s Chico’s final game before an off week and the start of the District 5-2A Division I schedule.

Carter said the team would like to pick up a third straight win and enter district at 4-1, but he also cautions that it means little once league play starts.

“I’d love to be 4-1 but we’ve been 4-1 the last three years going into district and fizzled out,” Carter said. “As much as we’d like to be 4-1, we want to get better.”

The Dragons’ defense continued to take steps forward last week, limiting Petrolia to minus-8 yards rushing. Petrolia threw for 195.

The Dragons face a Diamond Hill-Jarvis offense that has struggled this year, managing only a touchdown and 385 yards in four games. Diamond Hill-Jarvis has been outscored 184-6 in the four losses to Dallas Adamson, Dallas Jefferson, Carter-Riverside and North Side.

Carter cautions that Diamond Hill-Jarvis’ struggles have been against 4A schools and will present the 2A Dragons trouble.

Tim Robinson leads Diamond-Hill Jarvis in rushing with 262 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s a big bruising back. We have to stop him,” Carter said. “The key is for our defense to show up and play good. We feel we can score.”

DH-JARVIS (0-4) AT CHICO (3-1)

7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium

DH-Jarvis: Harris Rating 131

Notable: The Eagles have managed just 1 TD in four games.

Chico: Harris Rating 181

Notable: The Dragons are averaging 479.5 yards per game.

Harris line: Chico by 42

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Football: Dragons hobble Pirates

The Dragons enjoyed another big win with a 64-33 victory over the Petrolia Pirates Friday night.

Chico took the lead early on with 28 unanswered points in first quarter. The Pirates never got into the game, trailing the Dragons at every turn.

Petrolia tried to comeback in the second but still trailed by 13 at the half.

The third quarter was all Chico with four trips into the end zone.

Midway through the third, Jaston McBee made a stellar 41-yard interception return to the Pirate’s 4-yard line and was able to secure another Dragon touchdown with nearly 6 minutes left on the clock.

Petrolia tried again to claw their way back into the game in the fourth, but faltered after two touchdowns.

Chico dominated the ground and air for a total of 526 yards to Petrolia’s meager 190. The Dragons also had 27 first downs to the Pirate’s 15.

Jericoe McGuire led both sides in rushing and passing with 13 carries for 156 yards and 11 completions an 18 attempts for another 187 added to his total. Kalan Johnson led the Dragons in receiving for three catches for 80 yards.

CHICO 64, PETROLIA 33

Chico … 28 … 7 … 29 … 00 … – … 64
Petrolia … 0 … 20 … 0 … 13 … – … 33

FIRST QUARTER

Chico – 8:36 2 run Kalan Johnson; Cameron Starnes kick.

Chico – 7:20, 55 pass from Jericoe McGuire to Johnson; Starnes kick.

Chico – 3:31, 24 pass from McGuire to Jaston McBee; PAT failed.

Chico – :07, Crese Redman 2 run; Starnes run.

SECOND QUARTER

Petrolia – 6:43, 9 pass from Dane Williams to Jake Edgeman; kick failed.

Chico – 5:10 Redman 4 run; Starnes kick.

Petrolia – 4:56, 73 kickoff return by Edgeman, Williams kick.

Petrolia – 1:59, Williams 3 run; Williams kick.

THIRD QUARTER

Chico – 11:49, Johnson 52 run; Starnes kick.

Chico – 7:01, Redman 4 run; McBee PAT.

Chico – 5:56, McBee 4 run; Starnes kick.

Chico – 1:25, McGuire 1 run; Starnes kick.

FOURTH QUARTER

Petrolia – 11:11, 26 pass from Williams to Jayden Lane; kick failed.

Petrolia – 4:39, 28 pass from Williams to Gage Williams; Dane Williams kick.

CHICO … PETROLIA

First downs … 27 … 15
Rushes-Yards … 21-339 … 20-50
Passing Yards … 187 … 140
Total Yards … 526 … 190
Comp-Att-Int … 18-11-2 … 23-9-1
Punts-Avg … 1-29 … 4-29
Fumbles-Lost … 1-0 … 0-0
Penalties-Yards … 10-83 … 5-35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Chico, McGuire 13-156; Petrolia, Gage Williams 4-15.

Receiving: Chico, Johnson 3-80; Petrolia Edgeman 5-73.

Passing: Chico, McGuire 18-11-2 187; Petrolia, Dane Williams 9-23-1 140.

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Volleyball: Chico sinks Perrin in four games

Dropping the first set served as a wake-up call for the Chico Lady Dragons Tuesday against Perrin.

The Lady Dragons took the next three games to take the match and move to 3-0 in District 9-2A. Chico won 20-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-15.

Chico took control of the match at the service line with 25 aces and an 87.6 service percentage. Hannah Davis served seven aces. Hope Webb added five, and Britton Petty four.

Alli York and Davis slammed 11 kills each. Webb added seven.

The Lady Dragons hit .128 for the match.

Petty doled out 18 assists.

Defensively, York made 12 digs. Webb had 10 and Davis nine.

Chico will look to keep its league winning streak alive at noon Saturday when it travels to Graford.

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Cora Dee Strachan

Cora Dee Strachan

Cora Dee Strachan, 82, of Chico, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Bridgeport.

No service is scheduled.

Cora was born July 1, 1932, in Crowell to Calvin Sr. and Cynthia (Millican) Dawson. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son James Carl Strachan Jr.; seven sisters; and a brother.

Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca Strachan of Chico; son Russell Strachan of Chico; four grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; brother Calvin Dawson Jr. of Chico; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

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Vidal pleads guilty to using sports league money

A Chico man has pleaded guilty to credit card or debit card abuse related to the theft of funds from a local youth sports association.

Robert L. Vidal, 45, entered the guilty plea in 271st District Court Monday and was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication. He will also be required to pay back the $8,517.13 he stole from the Wise County Midget and Pee Wee Football League.

According to court records, Vidal used a debit/credit card belonging to the sports league to pay for a cruise in February 2012. The thefts occurred from around September of 2011 to June 1, 2013.

Vidal served as director of the organization, which was formed in 2011 and included teams from Bridgeport, Paradise, Chico, Alvord and Jacksboro. Vidal was in charge of scheduling and finances for the league.

Each city’s youth football league initially contributed $600 to the account. Participants continued to add to the account from money raised through fees and fundraisers until the balance grew to between $8,000 and $10,000.

Last summer, the association decided it wanted to split back into city youth football leagues. But when the commissioners went to divide the funds, they discovered nothing was left in the account.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop a second count of theft of property $1,500-$20,000.

Prosecutors also stated they would not object to early termination of probation after three years if all of the restitution is paid in full, Vidal is current on all his fees and costs and he meets all other terms of his probation.

Vidal faced a possible penalty of 180 days to two years in jail for the state jail felony charge of credit card or debit card abuse.

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Volleyball: Chico remains undefeated in 9-2A district play

The Chico Lady Dragons moved to 2-0 in District 9-2A Saturday, holding off Ranger in five games.

The Lady Dragons won 26-24, 25-27, 21-25, 25-19, 15-11.

“This was a huge emotional win for the girls,” said Chico coach Missy Patterson. “It was a very hard-fought game and the results were encouraging. I am very proud of the pride and determination they showed throughout the entire game.”

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Football: Dragons blank Fruitvale at Burleson

After giving up 60 points to the Era Hornets, the Chico Dragons overhauled their defense, switching from a 10-1 to a 3-4.

Saturday, the change proved a success. The Dragons limited Fruitvale to 94 total yards in a 53-0 shutout at Burleson ISD Stadium.

Making the Play

MAKING THE PLAY – Chico’s Jaston McBee knocks away a pass in the end zone Saturday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“It felt good. We’re putting on a new defense and learning how to run it,” said linebacker Hagen Davis. “It’s definitely a good feeling to get the defense going.”

Along with holding Fruitvale under 100 yards, the Dragons (2-1) forced six turnovers – four fumbles and two interceptions. Davis picked off a pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown to make it 47-0 in the third quarter.

Fruitvale struggled to hold on to the ball the entire game. It fumbled the ball on its first offensive play.

After Fruitvale hit on a long pass play to reach the Chico 3-yard line in the final minute, Chico’s Jaston McBee delivered a big hit to force the Bobcats’ sixth turnover, protecting the shutout and ending the game.

“We had a bad taste in our mouth (after Era),” said Chico coach Stephen Carter. “I’m proud of the boys, after learning a new scheme, to come out and execute it.”

Offensively, the Dragons found little resistance, piling up 385 yards. Chico scored on six of its first eight possessions in building a 40-0 halftime lead.

The Dragons had four scoring drives that took two plays or less.

Quarterback Jericoe McGuire opened the scoring with a 4-yard run less than three minutes into the game. McGuire added a 3-yard touchdown run just before halftime as part of his 40 yards.

McGuire threw a pair of scores to McBee, covering 40 and 39 yards. McGuire was 11-for-16 for 198 yards.

McBee caught four passes for 89 yards. He also closed the scoring with a 32-yard dash to the end zone.

“Offensively we wanted to work on some things,” Carter explained. “Our screen game is getting better. We threw a lot of them today.”

Crese Redman led the Dragons in rushing with 94 yards on 10 carries. His 6-yard tote to paydirt made it 25-0 with 8 minutes left in the first half.

CHICO 53, FRUITVALE 0

Fruitvale … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … – … 0
Chico … 13 … 27 … 13 … 0 … – … 53

FIRST QUARTER

Chico – 9:29, Jericoe McGuire 4 run, Cameron Starnes kick

Chico – 6:18, Kalen Johnson 9 run, run failed

SECOND QUARTER

Chico – 9:06, Jaston McBee 40 pass from McGuire, kick failed

Chico – 8:00, Crese Redman 6 run, run failed

Chico – 4:44, McGuire 3 run, Tyler Melton run

Chico – 2:20, McBee 39 pass from McGuire, Starnes kick

THIRD QUARTER

Chico – 10:24, Hagen Davis 24 interception return, Starnes kick

Chico – 2:36, McBee 32 run, kick failed

FRUITVALE … CHICO

First Downs … 9 … 13
Rushes-Yards … 24-12 … 19-187
Passing Yards … 82 … 198
Comp-Att-Int … 10-22-2 … 10-14-0
Total Yards … 94 … 385
Punts-Average … 2-30.5 … 0-0
Fumbles-Lost … 7-4 … 1-1
Penalties-Yards … 2-10 … 11-110

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Fruitvale, Gavino Rongel 4-12. Chico, Crese Redman 10-94, Jerico McGuire 6-40, Jaston McBee 2-40, Kalen Johnson 1-9.

Passing – Fruitvale, Taylor McGinnis 10-21-2-82. Chico, McGuire 10-14-0-198.

Receiving – Fruitvale, Cameron Lines 3-70. Chico, Jaston McBee 4-89, Corbin Blackwood 4-60, Cameron Weatherly 3-47.

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Football: Dragons look to hobble pirates

The Chico Dragons rebounded from their loss to Era in convincing fashion Saturday with a shutout against Fruitvale.

The Dragons hope to keep the momentum rolling Friday as they return home to play the Petrolia Pirates. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

ON THE RUN – Chico quarterback Jericoe McGuire sprints into the open field Saturday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“We’re two weeks away from district now,” said Chico coach Stephen Carter. “We’re looking forward to district and need to keep building and taking it one game at a time.”

The Dragons changed defenses after allowing Era to pile up 60 points. Against an overmatched Fruitvale squad, Chico allowed less than 100 yards and no points.

Carter said the Dragons will get a better test of their new 3-4 scheme Friday against Petrolia.

The Pirates are coming off a 27-20 loss to Bells Saturday. They are led by quarterback Dane Williams, who has 539 yards and six touchdowns through the air. He threw for 193 and a pair of scores last week.

His top targets are Jake Edgemon and Bandy Mataska, who have combined for more than 500 yards and five scores on 24 catches.

“We’ll have our work cut out for us,” Carter said. “They have a good quarterback and decent tailback. They are big up front and their kids are physical.”

Offensively, the Dragons have been consistent all season. Chico is averaging 465 yards through three games. The Dragons had 385 last week.

“I feel we can move the ball on anyone,” Carter said.

PETROLIA (1-2) AT CHICO (2-1)

7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium

Petrolia: Harris Rating 161

Notable: Dane Williams has thrown for 6 TDs.

Chico: Harris Rating 181

Notable: The Dragons allowed 94 total yards last week against Fruitvale.

Harris line: Chico by 20

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