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Bill Poe takes Texans’ AD job; Marble Falls coordinator to lead Texans

Bill Poe will lead the Northwest Texans this fall.

Bill Poe

The Northwest school board Monday night approved the recommendation of Executive Athletic Director Susan Elza to hire Poe as the Texans’ head coach and campus coordinator.

Poe previously served as the offensive coordinator at Marble Falls, working for Todd Dodge.

“It’s an outstanding district that is committed to excellence throughout the district and in athletics,” Poe said about Northwest. “It’ll be a great fit for me and my family. I’m obviously excited for the opportunity.”

It will be Poe’s second head coaching job. He previously had a two-year stint on the sidelines at Longview Spring Hill, going 6-14.

His father, Ron, was the longtime head coach at McKinney and guided the Lions to a state title. The football stadium in McKinney is named for the elder Poe. His brother Matt is the head coach at Pottsboro.

Bill Poe takes over a Texan program that has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and is coming off a pair of 8-3 seasons under Bill Patterson. Patterson last month accepted the head coaching job at Sherman.

“There is a great foundation there,” Poe said. “They’ve been in the playoffs three of four years and unfortunately got stopped in the first round. The challenge is to build on that foundation and take it to the next level.”

Poe planned to arrive Tuesday at Northwest to meet with the staff and players.

“I’ll be starting full-time [Tuesday] morning. I’ll have a staff meeting and meet with the players,” Poe said. “We’ll hit the ground running.”

Poe said the program has pushed the start of spring football back a few weeks until May 5.

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Espinosa named NISD director

A former Wise County principal has been named to an administrative position at the district level for Northwest ISD.

Stephanie Espinosa

At the recommendation of Superintendent Karen Rue, the school board on Monday named Stephanie Espinosa the district’s executive director of curriculum and staff development.

“Dr. Espinosa brings creativity, organization and a strong background in curriculum and instruction,” Rue said. “I am confident she will keep us on target with our focus to graduate every student future-ready.”

Espinosa has served students and families in Northwest ISD since 2007. Currently she is principal at Lakeview Elementary School and was the principal of NISD’s Seven Hills Elementary School for five years.

Her experience spans from the classroom to an assessment specialist to an assistant principal in the Fort Worth and Crowley school districts.

“I am excited to serve the students and staff of Northwest ISD in this new role,” Espinosa said. “I look forward to collaborating with teachers and principals as we strive to create life-long learners.”

Espinosa earned her doctorate in education administration from Nova Southeastern University in May 2013 and her master’s degree in education administration and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Christian University.

Last year, she was one of 50 Texas principals selected to participate in a cohort of top public school campus leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As an educational consultant for various school districts in Texas and Oklahoma, she trains principals and district leaders on school-improvement models and standards-based instruction.

Espinosa will finish the school year as principal at Lakeview Elementary School. A new principal will be named before the end of the current school year.

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Northwest Board promotes Alexander

The Northwest ISD board of trustees Monday named Jennifer Alexander the executive director of student services.

Jennifer Alexander

She replaces Cindy Brown, who will retire in August.

Alexander has served as the district’s assistant director of special education since 2010.

For 14 years before that, she worked in NISD as a special education supervisor, educational diagnostician and a special education support teacher.

Prior to joining NISD, she was a special education teacher and a speech therapy assistant in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

“I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in my career at Northwest ISD,” Alexander said. “I have a passion for public education, parent and community relationships, curriculum development and successful student outcomes. This position allows me to focus on my love of student learning.”

Alexander will earn her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in May 2014. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of North Texas.

She has served as an instructor for crisis prevention (CPI) and a Texas Behavior Support Intervention (TBSI) trainer. Alexander has been selected for numerous leadership roles in Northwest ISD such as campus leadership teams and the National Institute of School Leadership.

“Alexander is uniquely qualified for this position,” said Superintendent Karen Rue. “I am confident in her abilities, and I look forward to seeing her excel in this leadership position. She has been instrumental in coordinating services for students through K-12 and has built strong relationships with campus leaders and parents.”

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Baseball Roundup: Boyd trumps Bulldogs

The Boyd Yellowjackets scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning Saturday to break a tie and beat the Alvord Bulldogs 6-3.

Clay Barnett went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Colton Batterton and Anthony Spinelli collected doubles for Boyd.

Sonny McCarmack collected the win, pitching three and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit or run. Rett Sears pitched three and one-third, allowing three runs – one earned – on a hit with four strikeouts.

Without Lane Peace, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Paradise game, Alvord struggled for offense, managing two hits.


The Windthorst Trojans sewed up the District 9-A title Friday with a 7-0 victory over the Chico Dragons.

The Dragons (15-4) fell to 9-2 in the district and remain in second place in the league. Chico was swept by Windthorst.

Jaston McBee, Austin Collins and Hagan Davis had Chico’s only hits against the Trojans.


The top-ranked and District 9-2A leading Brock Eagles scored 10 runs in the first two innings on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Paradise Panthers Saturday.

Jarret Holt allowed all 10 runs – five earned – in two innings on six hits. He walked five and struck out two. Dillon Meadows worked four hitless and scoreless innings in relief.

Holt doubled and drove in two run for the Panthers. Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double.


Cayde Ward drove in the Texans’ lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Northwest’s rally fell short in a 4-1 loss to Haltom.

Haltom scored three runs in the first and added another in the top of the sixth.

Tanner Diminuco had two hits for the Texans, including a triple.

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NISD to name directors, coach

Northwest ISD trustees are expected to fill three vacancies at Monday’s school board meeting.

The agenda calls for the board to name an executive director of student services, an executive director of curriculum and staff development and a head football coach for Northwest High School.

The new hires will replace Cindy Brown, who is now the district’s executive director of student services; Rob Thornell, who was promoted to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in December; and Bill Patterson, who accepted the head football coaching job in Sherman March 24.

The meeting begins with a closed session at 5 p.m.

The board will then convene for a budget workshop, during which they will discuss the district’s organizational structure, compensation and insurance plans.

Discussion on the latter will continue in the regular meeting when officials consider the proposed medical premiums and an increased contribution by the district.

Trustees will also consider:

  • an interlocal agreement with Education Service Center as the third-party administrator for various benefits including online benefits enrollment; dental and vision administration; life insurance provider; voluntary life insurance; supplemental disability provider, accident plan and cancer plan; and the retirement savings plan.
  • renewing its contract with ARAMARK as the district’s food service provider.
  • extending by one year a contrct with GCA Services for custodial services.
  • revisions to the student code of conduct.
  • reports on demographics, construction and February financials.

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Freier flies to fourth district title

After setting the American high school indoor and outdoor records, Northwest’s Desiree Freier completed another impressive feat Wednesday.

The Lady Texan senior captured her fourth straight district pole vault title, clearing 14 feet at the 4-5A meet at Texan Stadium.

“It’s awesome. I just strive to be the best I can be,” Freier said.

Ready to Fly

READY TO FLY – Northwest senior Desiree Freier takes off down the ramp in the pole vault Wednesday at the District 4-5A meet. The defending 5A state champion cleared 14 feet to win district for a fourth time. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The 14 feet was a little more than 3 inches shy of the outdoor record she set at the Texas Relays March 29. She also cleared 14-2.75 at the New Balance Nationals indoor meet in March.

“I jumped decent with the weather,” Freier said. “The wind was blowing me sideways. It was crazy.”

Freier made three attempts at 14-6 after clearing 14.

“They were decent attempts,” she said.

Freier, the two-time defending Class 5A state champion, moves on to compete in the area meet next week. She said she’s looking forward to competing on the way to what she hopes is a fourth trip to Austin and the state meet.

“I’ve been working hard, and I’m ready for the next bar,” Freier said.


With 300 meters left in Wednesday’s 3200-meter race, Cassidy Adams made her move and passed Southlake Carroll’s Samantha Young.

Adams held on to take second place in 11 minutes and 28 seconds.

“I just wanted to win,” Adams said. “Everything was burning but I kept telling myself I have to go.”

Adams, a recent move-in from San Diego, turned in her personal best in the event.

She also took second in the 1600, running 5:21.21.

Southlake Carroll’s Antigone Archer won both events.

Northwest senior Kellee McCann, a two-time state qualifier, was injured and couldn’t run at the district meet.

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Texans win 4×400 to claim 4-5A title

When Kerry Gleason crossed the finish line more than two seconds in front of Southlake Carroll’s anchor leg in the 4×400, he put the final touches on the District 4-5A championship for the Northwest Texans.

The relay win, one of two on the night for the Texans, led the way to the title. Northwest finished with 154 points, 11 in front of Carroll.

Richland and Timber Creek tied for third with 71.

Getting a Leg Up

GETTING A LEG UP – Northwest’s Kerry Gleason takes the lead in the 110 hurdles during prelims. Gleason won both hurdles at the 4-5A meet and the final leg in the 4×400. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Northwest won six gold medals on the way to the league title. Gleason captured three, including running the 4×400 with Clarence Cordova, Ty Thomas and Dillion Maples, which finished in 3:22.61.

Gleason won both hurdles. He ran a winning time of 14.97 in the 110 hurdles, and 39.32 in the 300 hurdles.

The Texans’ 4×100 relay squad of Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel and Jordan Muldrow won a gold medal in 41.64, edging out Carroll at the finish and setting a school record.

Morrison celebrated a title in the 200 after clocking 21.69.

Duke Kacinski captured the Texans’ other gold medal, throwing 167-8 to win the discus. He took third in the shot put with a toss of 46-7.25.

Zach Kirkland garnered a silver medal in the 1600, running 4:17.54.

Keller Central’s Jacob Gray edged out Northwest’s Muldrow for the title of 4-5A’s fastest man. Gray finished the 100 in 11.01. Muldrow was second in 11.04.

Northwest will send athletes to Class 5A Area meet in Coppell Thursday and Friday in 13 events.


Keller Timber Creek held off the Northwest Lady Texans in the 4×400 to capture the 4×400 as well as the team title.

Timber Creek finished the meet with 127 points. Northwest was two points back with 125.

Timber Creek won the 4×400 in 3:55.41. The Northwest squad of Janae Tatum, Baylee Nelson, Micah Solomon and Hailey Krieg took second in 4:00.31.

Northwest’s 4×200 team of Megan Greathouse, Tatum, Solomon and Krieg captured the gold medal in 1:45.54.

The same group took second in the 4×100 in 49.71.

Nelson won the 800 in 2:20.36. She was second in the 400 in 1:01.37.

DeKiyala Jones took second in the 100 hurdles in 15.43.



Team: 1. Timber Creek 127; 2. Northwest 125; 3. Southlake Carroll 122; 4. Keller 89; 5. Keller Central; 6. Haltom 50; 7. Fossil Ridge 44; 8. Richland 5

100: 1. Jhane King, Timber Creek, 12.31; 6. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 13.33; 8. Morgan Baker, Northwest, 13.45

200: 1. Laniya Taylor, Timber Creek, 25.22; 7. Megan Greathouse, Northwest, 29.83

400: 1. Jhane King, Timber Creek, 1:00.8; 2. Baylee Nelson, Northwest, 1:01.37

800: 1. Baylee Nelson, Northwest, 2:20.36; 12. Deserae Kirkland, Northwest, 2:36.28

1600: 1. Antigone Archer, Carroll, 5:08.03; 2. Cassidy Adams, Northwest, 5:21.21

3200: 1. Antigone Archer, Carroll, 11:08.35; 2. Cassidy Adams, Northwest, 11:28.17; 7. Emma Frandsen, Northwest, 12:09.95

100 hurdles: 1. Sarah Robinson, Carroll, 15.25; 2. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 15.43; 5. Paighton Kelly, Northwest, 16.73

300 hurdles: 1. Sarah Robinson, Carroll, 43.99; 4. Paighton Kelly, Northwest, 48.36; 6. Nicole Fouts, Northwest, 49.66; 7. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 51.06

4×100: 1. Carroll 48.71; 2. Northwest 49.71

4×200: 1. Northwest 1:45.54; 2. Haltom 1:45.55

4×400: 1. Timber Creek 3:55.41; 2. Northwest 4:00.31

High jump: 1. Kyra Maryland, Carroll, 5-4; 3. Hailey Krieg, Northwest, 5-4; 7. DeKiyala Jones, Northwest, 5-0

Pole vault: 1. Desiree Freier, Northwest, 14-0; 2. Jordan Friz, Keller Central, 12-0

Long jump: 1. Tatyana Flannigan, Fossil Ridge, 17-6; 3. Hailey Krieg, Northwest, 16-11.25

Triple jump: 1. Chante Mathews, Haltom, 37-0

Shot put: 1. Ryanne Johnson, Keller, 38-0

Discus: 1. Ryanne Johnson, Keller, 110-6.5; 6. Breanna Hardin, Northwest, 103-01; 7. Jenna Deen, Northwest, 98-7


1. Northwest 154; 2. Southlake Carroll 143; 3. Richland 71; 3. Timber Creek 71; 5. Keller 70; 5. Keller Central 70; 7. Fossil Ridge 34; 8. Haltom 7

100: 1. Jacob Gray, Keller Central, 11.01; 2. Jordan Muldrow, Northwest, 11.04; 3. Reggie McDaniel, Northwest, 11.07

200: 1. Chase Morrison, Northwest, 21.69; 4. Saveion James, Northwest, 22.39

400: 1. Matt Walker, Carroll, 49.6; 5. David Ogunwolu, Northwest, 51.54

800: 1. Jake McConnell, Keller, 1:55.94; 3. Jacob Suchors, Northwest, 1:57.31; 5. Clarence Cordova, Northwest, 1:58.51

1600: 1. Austen Dalquist, Keller, 4:13.04; 2. Zach Kirkland, Northwest, 4:17.54

3200: 1. Austen Dalquist, Keller, 9:08.09; 8. Trevor Bohr, Northwest, 10:13.33

110 hurdles: 1. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 14.97; 8. Ridge Hanson, Northwest, 17.07

300 hurdles: 1. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 39.32; 5. Ridge Hanson, Northwest, 42.29

4×100: 1. Northwest 41.64; 2. Carroll 41.72

4×200: 1. Keller Central 1:28.3; 2. Northwest 1:28.63

4×400: 1. Northwest 3:22.61; 2. Carroll 3:25.11

High jump: 1. Zac Graves, Richland, 6-4; 5. Carson Hickman, Northwest, 6-0; 6. Taylor Johnson, Northwest, 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Jacob Zalesky, Timber Creek, 15-0

Long jump: 1. Adrien Itoka, Richland, 22-5.5; 5. Chase Morrison, Northwest, 21-5.5

Triple jump: 1. Aaron Townsend, Timber Creek, 44-6.25; 6. Javon Lipscombe, Northwest, 41-2.5; 8. Kerry Gleason, Northwest, 40-4.25

Shot put: 1. Matt Walker, Carroll, 51-01; 3. Duke Kacinski, Northwest, 46-7.25

Discus: 1. Duke Kacinski, Northwest, 167-8; 3. Caden McDonald, Northwest, 134-1.5; 5. Jacob Jennings, Northwest, 129-11

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Baseball Roundup: Eagles pound Leopards to improve to 4-1 in loop

Austin Givens drove in a pair of runs with a double as part of a seven-run third inning for the Decatur Eagles Friday in a 12-1 victory over Gainesville.

The Eagles (11-10-2) moved to 4-1 in District 9-3A with the victory.

Nick Trachta went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and double. Drew Edwards also had three hits.

Clayton Egle tossed a complete game, allowing a run on seven hits. He struck out six.


Cayde Ward knocked in Alex Perez with a single in the bottom of the seventh Friday to give the Northwest Texans a 4-3 walk-off victory over Keller.

Ward drove in two runs, going 3-for-4.

Northwest’s Dustin May and Tristen DerMargosian held Keller to three runs on eight hits over seven innings.

May struck out four in his five and one-thirds of work. DerMargosian pitched one and two-thirds of scoreless relief.


Brady North went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Chico Dragons moved to 7-1 in District 9-A with an 11-4 victory over Olney Friday.

Marshall Anderle added two hits and a RBI. Kalan Johnson doubled for the Dragons’ lone extra-base hit.

Tyler Melton struck out five and limited Olney to five hits over seven innings.


Ponder’s Collin Knight held the Boyd Yellowjackets scoreless on four hits Friday in a 9-0 victory.

Anthony Spinelli had a pair of singles for Boyd.

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Softball Roundup: Lady Panthers rip Lady Bulldogs

Jett Preather opened the fifth inning with a triple and set the Paradise Lady Panthers on their way to a nine-run inning Friday in a 14-2 win over Alvord.

Preather went 3-for-3 and scored twice. She had two of the Lady Panthers’ seven extra-base hits.

Bailey Higgins homered for the Lady Panthers. Allison Rutledge doubled twice, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Shelby Lavigne knocked in three runs.

Kandi Rose homered and drove in both runs for Alvord.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor struck out eight and held Alvord to two runs on two hits in five innings.


Kelsey Rhine went 3-for-3 and drove in five runs as the Northwest Lady Texans hammered Haltom 12-1 Friday.

Tuesday DerMargosian homered for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Haltom to one run on five hits over five innings. She struck out seven.


The Decatur Lady Eagles held off the Gainesville Lady Leopards to win 11-9 Friday.

Alex Gabriel, Kristina Pishotta and Jordan Smith had three hits each for Decatur. Brianna Carter drove in three runs on two hits. Smith and Brittany Roberts collected two RBIs.


The Krum Lady Bobcats finished off the Bridgeport Sissies 10-0 in five innings Friday.

Krum held Bridgeport to three hits – one each by Cheyenne Davidson, Tabby Rivera and Hailey Hollingsworth.

Krum scored five runs in the third, added three in the fourth and two in the fifth.

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Softball Roundup: Saldivar homers twice as Boyd beats Peaster

Gabby Saldivar belted a pair of home runs Tuesday as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets routed the Peaster Lady Greyhounds 13-7.

Saldivar hit a two-run homer as part of a six-run first for the Lady Yellowjackets. She added another two-run shot in the sixth.

Kassidy Lester also homered for Boyd (18-5, 5-2), which had 10 extra-base hits. Amber Bowen doubled three times, going 3-for-4.

Saldivar earned the win in the circle, allowing six runs – one earned – on nine hits. She struck out four and walked one.


The Northwest Lady Texans ended their two-game slide in District 4-5A Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Fossil Ridge.

Brie Wrobel’s two-run double in the top of the sixth pushed the Lady Texans (13-11, 5-4) to the win.

Sydnee Hinkle and Haley Rhine added doubles for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Fossil Ridge to two unearned runs on five hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked three.


The Bridgeport Sissies fell to under .500 for the season Tuesday with a 13-2 loss to the Gainesville Lady Leopards.

Gainesville scored five runs in the first and added three in the third and fourth innings. The Lady Leopards pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Bridgeport errors in five innings.

Tabby Rivera doubled and scored one of the two Bridgeport runs. Makayla Raymond scored the other and stole a base.

Bridgeport (9-10) fell to 0-4 in District 9-3A play.


Sanger scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back Tuesday, beating Decatur 16-2.

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Baseball Roundup: Bulls outlast delay for win

After storms brought a halt to the scoreless game on Tuesday, the Bridgeport Bulls went back to Gainesville Wednesday to find a pair of runs and their first District 9-3A win.

Bridgeport’s Jared Huff and Daniel Garcia drove in runs in the top of the sixth in a 2-0 victory for the Bulls (5-16, 1-3).

“We changed our approach going into Wednesday,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We had the top hitters in our lineup coming to the plate in the sixth. Dalton Hudson, Erik Delgadillo and Daniel Garcia did a great job.”

Alex Samples held Gainesville scoreless over five and one-thirds, Tuesday, allowing five hits. He struck out 10.

Huff came on in relief Wednesday and allowed two hits in one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

“Alex was pitching very good on Tuesday,” Leps said. “Jared Huff did a great job coming on in relief and handling the pressure.”


JD Pearson drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning as the Paradise Panthers beat up Millsap 12-1 Tuesday.

Caiden Berry had two RBIs.

Jarret Holt earned the win, allowing a run on four hits in four innings with five strikeouts.

Dillon Meadows struck out six in two scoreless innings, allowing two hits.


Brady North, Cameron Weatherly and Tyler Melton drove in two runs each as the Chico Dragons took down Poolville 9-5 Tuesday.

North went 3-for-4 with a triple. Jaston McBee finished 3-for-5 with a double and scored two runs.

North limited Poolville to five runs – four earned – on six hits over seven innings. He struck out one and walked four.

Chico improved to 13-3 and 7-1 in District 9-A.


The Peaster Greyhounds scored nine runs in the first two innings and never let up in a 14-2 victory over Boyd Wednesday.

Cody Jacobs had Boyd’s lone extra-base hit, doubling. Cameron Schulte and Triston Furgerson scored Boyd’s two runs in the fifth.


Keller’s Zach Aguayo blanked the Northwest Texans on five hits Tuesday in a 3-0 victory.

Aguayo struck out nine over his seven innings.

Dusty Cloud took the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – on seven hits in six innings.

Elijah Christenson tripled, and Tristen DerMargosian doubled for the Texans.

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Freier flies to record

Desiree Freier defied gravity once again Saturday with a record-setting performance.

The Northwest senior set the national high school record clearing 14-3.25 in the girls pole vault at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.

Freier garnered the meet’s Most Outstanding High School Performer award.

“I went out there and had my mind focused on the national record,” Freier said by phone Monday after returning from Austin. “I love jumping there. I’ve always jumped well at UT.”

The Arkansas-bound Freier has won two Class 5A state titles at Mike Myers and garnered a silver medal at the track as freshman.

The record vault beat her previous best of 14-2.75 that she cleared at the New Balance Nationals to establish the indoor record last month.

“For me, the biggest thing is that I don’t aim for a place or medal,” Freier said. “I go for the next height and push myself enough to get there.”

Freier missed only one vault, at 13-5.25, before her record effort. She cleared 13-5.25 on her second try and 13-9.25 on the first effort. After getting 14-3.25, she made three tries at 14-6.

“I don’t remember the vaults. People say I almost had the first one,” Freier said. “The last one I ran through.”

Freier wasn’t the only Northwest athlete to bring home a medal from the prestigious meet.

The 4×800 relay team of Clarence Cordova, Jacob Suchors, Ty Thomas and Zach Kirkland took silver with a time of 7:52.55. District 4-5A rival Keller won the race in 7:49.52.

Suchors, Cordova and Kirkland joined Kerry Gleason in the distance medley relay that finished fourth in 10:25.85.

Northwest’s discus thrower Duke Kicinski came in eighth with a throw of 173-11.

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Northwest narrows field to four

Northwest officials are planning to swiftly find the Texans’ next head football coach and athletic coordinator.

Northwest ISD Executive Athletic Director Susan Elza said via text Monday that she plans to “take a name to the board on April 14.”

She added that four candidates are interviewing for the job.

The new coach will replace Bill Patterson, who left Northwest last week to take the head coaching job at Sherman. Patterson spent five seasons on the Northwest sidelines posting a record of 23-30 and making three playoff appearances. The Texans went 8-3 in the past two seasons and fell in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Elza previously said the district wanted to get the new coach in place soon. The Texans are slated to start spring football practice April 22.

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Baseball Roundup: Maag homers as Alvord wins second straight

Kory Maag homered and drove in three runs Friday to lead the Alvord Bulldogs to a 15-5 pasting of Millsap.

The win improved Alvord to 9-11 and 2-4 in District 9-2A.

Lane Peace continued to swing a hot bat, driving in three runs, going 2-for-3 with a double. He also scored three runs.

Mason Clower and Bryce Bull added a pair of RBIs each.

Cassidy Patterson picked up the win, allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.


Austin Givens led off with a double and scored one of his four runs in the first inning Saturday to set the Decatur Eagles off to a 12-1 win over Waco Vanguard College Prep.

The non-district win extended the Eagles’ winning streak to six games and improved them to 10-9-2 on the season.

Givens went 4-for-4 and doubled three times. He doubled in a run in the Eagles’ six-run sixth inning that ended the game.

Nick Trachta also had a big day at the plate for the Eagles, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Cain Lowe earned the win allowing one run on two hits over five innings. He struck out seven.


Sanger scored three in the fourth inning and added a run in the fifth and seventh to get by the Bridgeport Bulls 5-2 Friday.

The loss dropped the Bulls to 4-16 and 0-3 in District 9-3A.

Daniel Garcia allowed four runs – one earned – in five innings on five hits. He struck out three.

“Daniel did a great job pitching throughout his five innings of work,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We have to play a little better defense when we know our pitchers are going to throw a lot of ground balls.”

The Bulls made three errors leading to three unearned runs.

Alex Samples doubled and scored a run for the Bulls.


Tyler Melton held Archer City to a run on three hits over his seven innings Friday to lead Chico to a 6-1 win.

Chico improved to 12-3 and 6-1 in District 9-A.

The Dragons rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth and two in sixth.

Melton and Jaston McBee drove in two runs each and doubled for the Dragons’ only extra-base hits.


The Richland Rebels plated three runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-1 victory Friday over the Northwest Texans.

Four Richland pitchers held Northwest to a run on three hits and piled up 10 strikeouts.

Victor DeJesus knocked in the Texans’ lone run by Colin Rhodes in the fifth.

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Softball Roundup: Mader strikes out seven in win over Millsap

Alvord’s Mikena Mader struck out seven while shutting out Millsap Friday in an 18-0 victory.

Eight Lady Bulldogs piled up hits. Reagan Guthrie went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Maddie Espinoza also had two hits. Kaely Beaver doubled and knocked in a run.

Alvord batters worked 13 walks.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 14-7 and 2-5 in District 9-2A.


The Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t scratch out a run against Sanger Friday, falling 7-0.

The Sissies fell to 9-9 and 0-3 in District 9-3A.

Kensley Turner went 2-for-2 for the Sissies. Tabby Rivera, Shiloh Weirich, Taylor Jamieson and Cheyenne Davidson had hits.


The Decatur Lady Eagles picked up a second straight win Friday, beating Country Day 6-3.

Decatur jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.


The District 9-2A leading Ponder Lady Lions took advantage of 10 Paradise errors Friday in a 23-6 win.

The 10 errors led to 13 unearned runs for the Lady Lions.

All six Paradise runs came in the bottom of the third. Reagan Taylor drove in two runs, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Bailey Higgins added two RBIs.


Keller remained unbeaten and alone atop District 4-5A Friday with a 16-2 win over the Northwest Lady Texans.

The loss dropped Northwest to 12-11 and 4-4 in district.

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Lady Texans fall to Central

After beating one of District 4-5A’s unbeaten teams Richland, the Northwest Lady Texans (12-10, 4-3) slipped up against Keller Central Tuesday.

Central scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to rally to a 5-4 victory.

Northwest committed four errors in the loss.

Bailey Bryson and Haley Rhine each doubled for the Lady Texans. Bryson drove in a run, going 2-for-3.

Catherine Totty took the loss, allowing five runs – two earned – on seven hits in four innings. She struck out three.

Emily Worley pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Baseball Roundup: Dragons crush Bryson

The Chico Dragons scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 24-2 win over Bryson Tuesday.

Chase Riddles drove in five runs for the Dragons (11-3, 5-1), going 3-for-3 with a double. Brady North, Jaston McBee and Jericoe McGuire had three RBIs each.

On the mound, North allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out five and walked two.


Keller Timber Creek’s Isaac Schlabach struck out 12 and limited Northwest to two hits over a scoreless five and two-thirds Tuesday.

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Patterson leaves for Sherman; Texans’ coach leaves with 23-30 record

After five seasons on the Northwest Texans’ sidelines, head coach Bill Patterson is leaving.

Patterson, who led the Texans to three playoff appearances, accepted the head football coaching job at Sherman Monday.

“I feel like Sherman is a place you can go and have a chance to win a state championship,” Patterson said Monday night. “They have good players and a tradition of having good football teams.”

Making a Winner

MAKING A WINNER – In five seasons at Northwest, Bill Patterson went 23-30 and posted a pair of 8-3 campaigns the past two years. He accepted a job at Sherman Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Patterson added that he was drawn by the fact that Sherman is a “one-school town.”

Northwest ISD currently has two high schools and is building a third.

Patterson takes over a Sherman team that went 4-6 last season and missed the playoffs. He replaces Gary Joe Kinne.

Sherman will be a 5A school, sharing District 10 with Denison, McKinney, McKinney North, Lovejoy, Prosper, Wylie and Wylie East. Northwest will be in the new Class 6A.

Patterson leaves Northwest with a record of 23-30. After his first squad went winless in 2009, he guided the Texans to the playoffs in 2010. The Texans went 8-3 the past two seasons and lost in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.

“We’re the only team to go back-to-back to the playoffs,” he said. “It’s been a great five years. I’ve enjoyed working with Coach [Susan] Elza (Northwest ISD Executive Director of Athletics) and the staff here. I had two kids graduate from Northwest. It’ll always be a special place.”

Under Patterson, the Texans dominated the Keller schools the past two years, going 7-1.

“The credit goes to the players,” he said. “We’ve had a great group of kids to work with.”

Elza gave praise to Patterson for his work in the district.

“To me, he changed the culture of football at Northwest,” she said. “He’s taken it to a level it’s never been at. We’re appreciative of his efforts.

“The only thing we fell short of was winning that first playoff game. That’s the goal going into next year.”

Elza said she talked with Northwest football players Tuesday.

“I told them there’s no plan to take a step backwards,” she said.

With spring practice slated to begin April 22, Elza said the district will look to get a new coach in place soon.

“We will try to get it in by the April 14 board meeting,” she said.

The district posted the opening Tuesday and will accept resumes from candidates through Friday. Elza said she plans to start the interviewing process with four to six candidates next week.

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Totty, Northwest outlast Richland in 11 innings

Over 11 innings Friday against District 4-5A leader Richland, Northwest’s Catherine Totty kept delivering one high-leverage pitch after another.

“A lot of adrenaline,” Totty said. “The excitement and knowing we could win the game kept me going.”

Jumping for Joy

JUMPING FOR JOY – Northwest’s Haley Rhine celebrates the Lady Texans’ 2-1 win over Richland Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

That win was finally delivered in the bottom of the 11th when Sydnee Hinkle’s walk-off infield single brought home Tuesday DerMargosian. Northwest topped Richland 2-1 at Lady Texan Field.

“Joy. Relief,” Totty said about the winning run. “This is how I know we can play.”

The Northwest victory knocked Richland from a share of first place with their first district setback. It also kept the Lady Texans (12-9) in the hunt for the league title at 4-2.

“It’s a huge win,” said Northwest coach Tanya Morrow. “We joked around that we beat Denton Guyer when they were undefeated. Richland was undefeated in district. We have that mentality against undefeated teams that we are not scared and come out strong. No one can beat us with that mental toughness.”

Totty displayed it throughout the game against Richland’s potent lineup, scattering 10 hits and striking out seven. She did not give up a walk.

“Cat pitched an incredible game,” Morrow said. “Everything was working. We went away from a few pitches for a few innings and then went right back to them.

“She pitched a great game, and we played excellent defense behind her.”

Working Overtime

WORKING OVERTIME – Northwest pitcher Catherine Totty pitched 11 innings, holding Richland to one run in a 2-1 victory Friday at Lady Texan Field. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Totty was toughest with runners on base. Richland went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The lone run that tied the game at 1 scored on a groundout by Destiny Deaton in the fourth.

Northwest grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning with DerMargosian reaching on an error and scoring on a single by Hinkle.

After Richland tied the game in the fourth, it stayed knotted until the bottom of the 11th. DerMargosian led off the frame, hitting the ball to Richland first baseman Bailey Darracq, who bobbled it. Running hard down the line, DerMargosian slid safely around a tag.

“She’s a ballplayer. She does what comes natural, and it works,” Morrow said about the play.

Totty then put down a sacrifice bunt to move DerMargosian to second. Brianna Barnhill’s fly ball to center put DerMargosian at third with two out.

Hinkle then crushed the ball to third to score the run and set off the celebration.

“The girls played awesome,” Morrow said. “Getting the bunt down, the sac fly and executing. We worked in practice yesterday on scoring the runner with two outs. The girls did well yesterday and did even better today.”

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Northwest athletes take fast trip to Austin

Caught up in the atmosphere, Northwest’s Kellee McCann smashed her personal best in the 3,200 last year at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.

“When you have fast people around you, you are going to run fast,” said McCann, who will run at Syracuse next year. “The atmosphere gets you going. It’s my favorite race. With all those people, it makes you feel big-time.”

McCann and several of her Northwest teammates will make the trip south to compete against the nation’s best Friday and Saturday at the 87th running of the prestigious Texas Relays.

Northwest will have athletes in 10 events, including the two distance medley relays, 4x800s and girls’ pole vault where Desiree Freier is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Northwest track coach George Lutkenhaus explains that the event is a chance to bring out the best in his athletes.

“It gives our top-tier kids a real good look at what competition will look like at the end of the year,” Lutkenhaus said. “There’s no better competition in the southern United States all year. You have no choice but to run fast. Most of our district’s record have been set at the Texas Relays because of the competition.”

McCann, who ran a 4:59 last week in the 1,600, will run the 3,200 for the first time this spring at the Texas Relays. She will also run on the distance medley.

“I hope to have good races and get going before district,” she said.

Fellow senior Zach Kirkland, who is bound for the University of North Texas, will make his third trip to the Texas Relays, running the anchor legs on the 4×800 and distance medley.

“It’s fun,” Kirkland said. “Ninety percent of the meet is fun and 10 percent is intense competition. But you’ve got to be able to compete. There’s no reason to go four hours down there and run slow.”

Along with taking a shot at some school records, Lutkenhaus said several of his athletes have a shot to bring home hardware.

“We’ve got a good chance to get some medals,” he said. “We have several kids nationally ranked.”

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