New rule pushes pitchers back

Pitching-dominated softball became a sanctioned University Interscholastic League sport with teams being able to ride hurlers to titles. A rule change for this year is expected to level the playing field for hitters and bring more offense to the game. Following the National Federation of High Schools’ lead, the UIL has moved the pitching distance back from 40 to 43 […]

Esther L. Roper

Funeral for Esther L. Roper, 93, of Rhome was to be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at First Baptist Church in Newark with the Rev. Alan L. Six officiating. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery. Roper died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Fort Worth. Born April 5, 1917, in Rhome to Ezra and Addie Marshall (Griffin) Simmons, she married […]

Nothing beats the printed newspaper

For four days in a row, two of the daily newspapers I usually read could not be delivered due to the Super Storm of 2011. The Fort Worth paper usually thrown in my driveway and the Denton paper delivered to the Messenger office did not come. The Star-Telegram offered free subscriptions to its online edition. I didn’t see such an […]

Emergency response was great

I would like to thank the Alvord Fire Department, Wise County EMS and the staff at the hospital for very quick response to my emergency situation Jan. 19. Without their professional expertise, and my God above, I would not be able to write this letter today. We are so fortunate to have such a great emergency response team. Thanks again […]

Greyhounds win final game

The Slidell Greyhounds sent their three seniors – Omar Gomez, Michael Fuller and Zane Perkins – out as winners Tuesday night with a 51-36 win over Byers. Gomez led the Greyhounds with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds two assists and steals. Fuller added 12 points. Perkins had two. “The seniors all played one of their best, if […]

Gardiner signs pact

When Wayland Baptist’s first football team in more than 70 years kicks off in the fall of 2012, Alvord’s Elijah Gardiner plans to be on the field. The Alvord senior offensive tackle recently inked a letter of intent with the school in Plainview. He was one of 22 players that agreed to help resurrect the program. “They are bringing it […]

Lady Panthers rally for win

The Paradise Lady Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and pushed across another in the eighth to beat the Alvord Lady Bulldogs 6-5 Monday. “The game was back and forth all night,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “We made crucial plays when we had to and had an exciting win in extra […]

Eagles await area matchup

After their undefeated run through District 7-3A, the Decatur Eagles are now awaiting what they’ve looked forward to all season – the playoffs. “I’ve been ready for it,” said Decatur point guard Ross Walker. “We’ve been there before, and we’re ready to use our experience to go as far as we can.” As a district champion, the Eagles must wait […]

Sissies survive, move on to area

Over 29 seasons and 599 wins, Bridgeport coach Eddie Fortenberry learned that they all don’t look pretty – and the ugly ones still count. The Bridgeport Sissies fought through 32 minutes that featured a total of 53 fouls and 66 turnovers to deliver No. 600 to the veteran coach with a 50-39 victory over the West Lady Trojans Tuesday. “It […]

Perfect finish: Decatur closes 8-0 run through 7-3A

The Decatur Eagles added the perfect exclamation to their District 7-3A title run Tuesday. After a fast start and with four players in double figures, the Eagles knocked off the Castleberry Lions 80-58 to finish 8-0 in the league. “All the hard work we’ve put in the last three years has paid off,” said Decatur senior point guard Ross Walker. […]