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ALVARADO — For the frst time since the current players
were in kindergarten or frst grade, the Lady Indians basketball
team is preparing for a season that they hope includes a return trip
to the postseason.
With three of last year’s starting fve back, including leading
scorer sophomore Jazlyn Jones and juniors Darcy Pack and Bri-
anna Thomas, the Lady Indians are ready to take the next step and
not be content with just reaching the playoffs.
“Any time you make the playoffs the goal the next year is to
go further,” Head Coach Jenny McKinney said. “These girls got
a taste of [playoffs] last year and now they are ready to prove
themselves again.”
Aside from the three returning starters, the Lady Indians will be
fairly young this season. Positions in which McKinney is looking
for players to step up are in the post and off the bench.
“We may lose some games early on, but it will make us better,”
McKinney said. “If we are in a tight game in non-district, some
of the girls that don’t have any varsity experience will be put into
the game so they can learn. I don’t want to get into a district game
and not be able to be confdent in the situation I’m putting our
girls into.
“The earlier they gain experience in pressure situations, the
better we are going to be later on.”
— Tommy Brown
Lady Indians aim to balance leadership with inexperience
Photo by Tommy Brown
The Alvarado Lady Indians return three starters, including Jazlyn
Jones, left, and Darcy Park, middle, from last year’s playoff team.
ALVARADO — Brandon Castillo, Aaron Downing and
a senior-laden Indian team are looking to leave their stamp
on an Alvarado boys basketball team that was struggling
just four years ago before they arrived on campus.
The Indians are in search of their fourth straight playoff
appearance for a program that didn’t have any playoff ap-
pearances in the previous seven years.
“It’s not even a question with this group,” Head Coach
Michael Siebert said. “These kids expect to get to the play-
offs and challenge for a district championship.”
In order to reach their goals, the Indians will have to
do it without last year’s district MVP, Xavier Adams, who
transferred. Despite the loss of their leading scorer, the In-
dians have impressed Seibert with their play over the off-
“We are going to win with speed and defense this year,”
he said. “We don’t have a lot of size so we have to take
advantage of what we do have.
“This group doesn’t have that one kid who can take over
a game, but what’s going to be frustrating for other teams
is we have four or five kids who could go for 20 on any
given night and a couple more who could go for 10. This is
definitely a ‘team’ this year. I’m excited to see how good
this team can be.”
— Tommy Brown
Photo by Tommy Brown
Brandon Castillo and the Alvarado Indians will aim for their fourth
straight playoff berth this season.
New-look Indians going for fourth straight playoff appearance
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Elks hope experience plus youth equals more
BURLESON — The Burleson football team
went winless in 2012, but has rebounded to po-
tentially make the playoffs this season. New Head
Coach Alan DuBose is hoping the same fortunes
are in store for his Elks on the hardwood.
Burleson went 6-23 and won only one District
8-4A game last year. DuBose takes over head
coaching duties from Ted Tomchesson this sea-
“He is my mentor and I was here as his as-
sistant for 10 years,” DuBose said. “I think that
things will look a lot the same. There will be a
few subtle differences. I saw what it took to grow
the program for a playoff team for two years in a
row and the goal is going to be to get back there.”
Burleson returns six lettermen, including start-
ers Cody Rekieta and Zach Bonham. Other play-
ers to keep an eye on for the Elks include Vincent
Spradley, Max Thompson and Preston Paden.
“Rekeita was our most consistent player last
year,” DuBose said. “He was the most well-
rounded player we had. Bonham will carry some
of the load offensively. I project Vincent to start
this year. He’ll be a good addition. He should be
good at getting to the hole. He’s quick and ag-
Paden, a sophomore who is making a big
impact for the Elks football team this year, is
expected to have the same impact in basketball,
DuBose said.
“We brought him up for three games last
year,” he said. “His frst game up was against Uni-
versity, who was the district champ, and he scored
15 points in his frst varsity game last year. ... He’s
got that capability. He’s a dynamic player.”
DuBose said the Elks’ strength will come on
the defensive side of the foor. Burleson held dis-
trict opponents to 44 points per game in 2012, and
DuBose said he expects that to continue, if not
“Defense is going to be a carryover from
last year and then build on that just because
we’ve had an extra year of playing defense the
same way,” he said.
Offense will be the issue for the Elks. Du-
Bose said scoring at a more consistent rate will
be key in having a turnaround season, as will
improved free throw shooting.
“We shot 58 percent from the free throw
line last year,” he said. “If we would’ve just
shot a decent percentage of 70, we would’ve
won six more games. That’s how close we
were last year. And that’s been a focus, getting
to the line and putting them in once we do.
“One way [to improve our offense] is we
had a lot of inexperienced sophomores last
year. Just their experience now will help with
the offense. Another thing is we’re going to run
more sets and put our guys in better position
to score rather than running freelance. They’ve
been playing over the summer and just improv-
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by David Beans
Burleson’s Zach Bonham (12) is a return-
ing starter for the Elks.
BURLESON — The Burleson Lady Elks
fnished fourth in District 8-4A in 2012 and lost
in the frst round to Aledo. With a trio of impres-
sive sophomores returning for their junior sea-
sons, expectations are higher for Burleson this
Burleson is led by Lindsay Bryan, Macken-
zie Hailey and Madison Landers, who were each
all-district and all-county players a year ago.
“Obviously they’re going to be what makes
us go,” Coach Rusty East said. “They know
what it takes and there’s a great deal riding on
them. We need contributions from other kids
who are young. But those three defnitely make
us go.”
Hailey is one of the top juniors in the region
and East said she will have a lot on her shoulders
this season.
“She shoots it as well as anybody we have
and her height [6-foot, 1-inch] makes her more
of a threat,” East said. “Her strength and abili-
ties have increased since last year. We will de-
pend on her with the game on the line. But the
other two are just as important in their own right.
Mack is the one who keeps it together.
“Last year, when people would key in on
Mack, that leaves Landers open and it’s going
in. All three of them need to be fring together
to get where we want. I look at them all as
equally important. Mackenzie’s role is scoring
and doing all the hard work. I think Lyndsay
does a good job considering we have some good
guards in our league ... and her key is getting the
ball up the foor and setting us up.”
While East said he knows what Hailey and
Bryan will bring, he said Landers is the wild
“When she is locked in and concentrated
and when teams have to account for her, it re-
ally changes the game,” he said. “We will prob-
ably go with how Madison goes. If she’s playing
well, we’ll be OK. ... She’s the X-factor. But
people can’t focus on one player, they have to
focus on all three.”
— A.J. Crisp
Lady Elks look to make a run with trio of key returning players
Photo by David Beans
Burleson’s Mackenzie Hailey was an all-district
and all-county superlative performer in 2012.
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Spartans to rely on senior leadership
BURLESON — Centennial fnished sixth in
District 8-4A last season and the Spartans must
fnd a way this year to replace the school’s all-
time leading scorer in Garrett Easterling.
Returning four senior players, including Cur-
tis Amos, should make that task easier. Amos
was an all-district and all-county performer for
the Spartans last year, and Coach Matt Carroll
said he expects Amos to have a big senior sea-
“He had a monster year last season,” Carroll
said. “He’s the school leader in career and sin-
gle-season rebounds. He’s just an unbelievable
player for us and we look for him to continue
The other three returners are Elijah Carroll,
Tanner Nichols and Kevin Tezeno.
“We expect big things out of all of our four
seniors,” Carroll said. “Tanner Nichols is going
to be one of the best posts in the district and he’s
going to be a big scorer for us. Kevin Tezeno is
going to be the fastest guy on our team and he’s
one of the best athletes in our district. Elijah Car-
roll is going to be a big defensive leader for us.
He’ll step up and be our leader.
“Replacing Garrett Easterling’s scoring is
something we’ll try to produce from numerous
sources. That’s going to be big for us.”
Carroll said he feels like the Spartans can be
a multidimensional team. They have the ability
to run an up-tempo style because of their speed
and athleticism with their guards, or they can
slow it down and run a methodical offense with
their big posts.
“We’re going to be multiple enough that we
can play fast if we need to and play slow if we
need to,” he said. “We’re retuning two posts and
those two guys need to see a lot of touches, and
we need to go through our bigs for us to be suc-
cessful. But we also have fast guards.
“Defensively, we want to be aggressive and
physical. We pride ourselves on our defense. The
main thing is that we’re aggressive and physical
at all times and if we are, we’ll be successful.”
Carroll said the Spartans don’t look at things
on a day-by-day basis or game-by-game basis,
but it’s much more refned than that.
“We approach every game the same way and
that’s that we’re going to win every single pos-
session,” he said. “We try to play every posses-
sion as if we were playing for the state champi-
onship. If we win every possession, we feel like
we’ll be successful in the end. We try not to think
about the end results but the process.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by David Beans
Centennial’s Curtis Amos, right, was an all-
district performer in 2012.
BURLESON — According to
some coaches in District 8-4A, the
Burleson Centennial Lady Spar-
tans are a team on the rise.
Centennial missed the playoffs
by a couple of games last season,
but they have expectations of earn-
ing a playoff berth and even win-
ning the district title, Coach Valerie
Wootan said.
Cleburne Coach Jamie Calahan
and Burleson Coach Rusty East
said Centennial is a team to be
reckoned with this year.
The Lady Spartans lost two
honorable mention all-district
players from a season ago, but re-
turn four starters — Meagan Ben-
son, Madison Thompson, Cassidy
Barbare and Brooklyn Garcia.
As a sophomore in 2012,
Thompson was a frst team all-
district performer, and Wootan said
she expects a repeat performance
from her in her junior campaign.
“We need her to keep doing
what she did last year,” Wootan
said. “She’s a scrappy player. She
scores a lot off her rebounding just
because she works so hard.”
Garcia was a key player last
year for Centennial before suffer-
ing an injury and missing most of
the season, and Wootan said hav-
ing her back will be a big boost.
“Last year, she was injured until
the second half of district play, so
she was a little rusty,” Wootan said.
“Even with that, though, she made
a big difference for us. She’s a big
post presence for us. She rebounds
well and is a very hard worker. So
with her going, that should help
Madison out quite a bit.”
Wootan said consistency and
good teamwork will be the keys in
Centennial making the playoffs for
the frst time at the Class 4A level.
“I think that more than any-
thing with us, it’s going to take us
playing together and being consis-
tent every night,” she said. “That
was the issue we had last year. It
took us a while to fnally get where
we were all playing together. I
think those will defnitely be keys
this year for us. Consistency and
working together and using what
we have. We defnitely have the
ability, it’s just a matter of actu-
ally taking care of business when
it matters.”
— A.J. Crisp
Lady Spartans’ aim is high in 2013
Photo by David Beans
As a sophomore, the Lady Spartans’ Madison Thompson was an
all-district player and will be relied upon heavily this season.
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Matt Smith/Times-Review Joey Z pops off a round in the Lone Star Frontier Shooting Club’s Wild Bunch competition.
Shooting club competitions based on history
The 28-mile extension of Texas 121 from downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne will be known as Ch- isholm Trail Parkway. Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill into law on Thursday approving the name. State Rep. Rob Orr, R -Burleson, introduced the bill late last year. Original plans called for naming the planned toll road Chisholm Trail Parkway in Johnson County and Southwest Parkway in Tarrant County. “I’ve heard people say the name [Southwest and Chisholm Trail Parkway] is too long, and it should all be named one or the other,” Orr said last December. “So I thought I’d be proactive and introduce a bill to name it all Chisholm Trail.” Others had suggested naming the entire stretch Southwest Parkway or after [former Fort Worth Council- man] Chuck Silcox or [former Fort Worth car dealer] Charlie Hillard. Orr said he had no problems with those suggestions although he still believed Chisholm Trail Parkway to be the best name. “Those are fine suggestions,” Orr said. “But I think Chisholm Trail fits best given that it plays into the his- tory of Johnson County, Tarrant County and Fort Worth as well.” State Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, also supported Orr’s sugges- tion.
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Shooting, history and period dress mix with Old West camaraderie the second weekend of each month [rain or shine] at the Ormsby Ranch located off of Farm-to-Market Road 1434 to provide a lot of family fun. “We don’t do re-enactments out here, that’s a whole other deal,” said Noel “Texas Banker” Mullins, treasurer of the Lone Star Frontier
Shooting Club. “What this is, is people from all walks of life getting together to have more fun than they ought to be able to have.” LSFSC, formed about 1998, is an affiliated club of the international organization called the Single Action Shooting Society. Both exist to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Ac- tion Shooting through regional matches con- ducted by the affiliate clubs, according to the SASS website. SASS also sponsors regional, na- tional and worldwide competitions.
The organization further strives to protect members’ Second Amendment rights, and en- sure safety and consistency in competition. Cowboy Action Shooting involves several disciplines using an array of firearms. The timed competitions take place on “Old West” style stages. Each competition sets up a specific situa- tion, most based on famous incidents from the old west, or scenes from classic western movies.
An e-mail distributed by the Johnson County Tea Party and re- ceived by the Times-Review al- leges that Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter ridiculed Tea Party mem- bers in recent comments made to Burleson High School students. In the e-mail, Angela Cox, pres- ident of the Johnson County Tea Party, said that she was informed
of the alleged comments made by Shetter, who addressed govern- ment classes on May 6, from a Burleson business owner whose son attends Burleson High School. “At this speaking engagement, Mayor Shetter informed the class that he is going to build a train sta- tion in Burleson,” Cox said in the e-mail. “The government teacher spoke up and asked Mayor Shetter, ‘How do you plan on paying for this?’ Mayor Shetter’s response,
‘Annexation.’” In response, Shetter said that he told students about a plan to bring commuter rail to Burleson as part of a region-wide commuter rail plan. “On the claim that I was going to build a train station, I never say ‘I’m going to build anything.’ I talked about the fact that our popu- lation growth is unsustainable with regards to our transportation infra- structure in the region, and I talked
about that in the context of our growing population, not only in Burleson and Johnson County, but region wide,” Shetter said. “I cer- tainly said nothing even close to alluding to annexation paying for transit. I wouldn’t say that. I don’t think annexation makes a city money, particularly in the first sev- eral years. It costs more to extend services to a newly annexed area than what you generate in revenue. Any time you talk about annexa-
tion, it’s either voluntary annexa- tion because a developer wants to get utilities to their development site or because you’re trying to control growth along a new or ex- isting transportation corridor. These are the reasons generally that we’ve annexed in the time that I’ve been in Burleson, but it has nothing to do with raising reve- nue.”
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Grandview computer whiz Grimes selects Rice
Marty Grimes should feel right at home when he shuffles off to the big city of Houston this summer for his first year of college. Rice, his educational destina- tion, is about the same size as Grandview, his hometown. Of course, there are differences that make each location unique. There’s only one Houston Ship
Channel and one Grandview Zebra. Grimes has noticed the similari- ties more than the differences. “Rice is in a big place,” he said. “Grandview is close to one.” None of which explains why a smalltown boy from North Central Texas made Rice, one of the na- tion’s top academic institutions, his college choice. “I know a guy who’s going there, Ryan Artecona,” Grimes said. “He was a junior at Grand-
view when I was a freshman. In UIL academics, he went to state in spelling and computer science. He was going to be an architect, but he’s undecided now. So he’s a phi- losophy major at Rice until he de- cides what he wants to do with his major. He’ll be a junior next year.” Artecona did a good sales job. “He told me how life is down there, how it’s a really close-knit
Grandview High School senior Marty Grimes, right, will at- tend Rice University this fall on a $27,000 yearly academic scholarship. Grimes scored 2,080 out of a possible 2,400 on the SAT college entrance exam. Also pictured is school secretary Leslie Boser.
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SPORTS zx The Burleson Elks stayed alive in the Class 4A playoffs with a 15-0 win in Game 3 over Stephenville on Saturday. Page 6
Burleson approves construction for playground
By Steve Knight
Burleson City Council members during Monday’s meeting approved a $162,250 contract agreement with Fort Worth-based Northstar Con- struction Inc. for construction of im- provements at Burleson Meadows Park. Burleson Meadows Park, located at the intersection of McAlister Road and Scarlett Sage Parkway, will be the city’s first fully accessible play- ground, said city spokeswoman Sally Ellertson. “The playground equipment al-
lows children of all abilities to access and use the equipment equally,” Ell- ertson said. “The play surface of the equipment is a mixture of a rubber- ized material and engineered wood fiber to aid in mobility. The play- ground equipment was purchased by separate agreement and is ready to be installed.” The construction agreement in- cludes a small parking lot of 18 spaces, concrete walk, concrete pad for a future pavilion, landscaping, minimal irrigation, drinking foun- tain, trash cans and benches, Ellert- son said, and the park already in- cludes a restroom.
The park was designed by the city’s parks and recreation depart- ment, and the landscaping near the future pavilion will be provided by the Burleson Garden Club and will include Heritage roses. The design was reviewed and ap- proved by the city’s parks board as well as by residents who live near and adjacent to the park site. Burleson Meadows Park was ap- proved as a capital project in the Park Gas Development Capital Proj- ects Fund in fiscal year 2009-10, El- lertson said, and funding for the proj- ect is available in the Park Gas De- velopment Fund.
In other business, the council: zx Approved the final reading of an ordinance amending the Villages of Wakefield planned development, changing the boundary and rezoning about 57 undeveloped acres. zx Approved the final reading of an ordinance amending the Burleson West Transit Oriented Development by adding about 57 undeveloped acres. zx Approved the final reading of amendments to the zoning ordinance including and amending definitions for uses not defined previously or needing clarification. zx Approved a request from Texas
Midstream Gas Services, LLC for a license agreement and corrections to existing easements for pipelines lo- cated on park property. zx Approved a final plat for the United Cooperative Services Burle- son addition at 2601 S. I-35W. zx Approved a commercial site plan for Star Bank at 2520 S.W. Wilshire Blvd. zx Conducted a public hearing and approved the first reading of a zon- ing change request from agricultural to industrial for United Cooperative Services at 2601 S. I-35W.
By Steve Knight
Crowley City Council members on Thursday conducted a public hear- ing and approved an application from Chesapeake Operating, Inc. for a gas well permit at the Rambo 3H site at 1200 E. Main St. T. Brown, representative for the Oklahoma-based natural gas pro- ducer, said that they would place a 32-foot sound wall around the perim- eter of the pad, wrap the walls around the access opening and use a diesel- electric rig to reduce noise and light levels. “The neighbors should be a lot more pleased with the diesel-electric rig,” she said. Residents who live on Mesa Vista Drive, including some who addressed the council last month regarding planned construction of a Walmart store, also expressed their concerns about the proposed well, the fourth at that site. Maria White told council mem- bers that there was a lot of noise from the last well and that her “bedroom was like daylight” when the drill was operating at night. She was also concerned that po- lice did not respond when she called about noise during previous drilling operations. “Calling the police did no good,” she said. Betty Davis also expressed con- cerns about noise levels, especially
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Early voting ends today, election day voting set for Saturday
from staff reports
Four of the seven Burleson city council seats are on the ballot. All three incumbents filed for re-elec- tion. Chip Stephens, the Place 6 in- cumbent, resigned in February but is serving until after Saturday’s election. The winner of the Place 6 race will serve the unexpired term of one year. All others who win the election will serve for two years.
Place 1 zx Stuart Gillaspie, 48, is a trans- portation manager. He is a lifetime resident of the state and Burleson.
Place 3 zx Matt Powell, 46, is a land sur- veyor. He has lived in Texas for more than 9-1/2 years, all of which have been in Burleson. zx Jerry W. Allen, 62, is a real es- tate investor. He is a 41-year resi- dent of the state and a 22-year resi- dent of Burleson.
zx Brian S. Cameron, 61, is a software engineer. He has been a Texas resident for 32 years and a Burleson resident for just over one year.
Place 5 zx Dan McClendon, 58, is em- ployed as a contractor. He is a life- time resident of Texas and a 33-year resident of Burleson. zx Leslee Clark Ahrend, 41, is employed as a teacher. She is a life- time resident of Texas and a 19-year
resident of Burleson.
Place 6 zx Janine Austin-Quinn, 38, is employed as a teacher. She is a life- time Texas resident and a seven- year resident of Burleson. zx Jim Bailey, 77, is a business owner. He has lived in Texas for 53 years and in Burleson for 51 years. zx Joshua Pickrell, 31, is a six- year resident of Texas. He has lived in Burleson for just over one year. Pickrell is employed in software de-
velopment. zx Larry Pool, 49, is employed in the insurance industry. He is a 15- year resident of the state and a two- year resident of the city.
Burleson ISD Board of Trustees Place 3 zx Trey Schmoker, 39, is presi- dent of a dealership technology firm and has lived in the district for 16 years.
Darlene Moore/Special to the Connection The foot races proved to be a very popular event with the athletes at the 25th annual Spring Track Meet on May 3 at Elk Stadium in Burleson.
Fun and games
The skies were clear and the sun shone brightly as more than 545 special athletes from 19 area school districts took to the field at the 25th annual Spring Track Meet at Burleson High School’s Elk Stadium on May 3. It was the largest group of athletes to par- ticipate in the athletic competition designed for special athletes and their abilities. Competition included athletes from all grades, elementary through high school. The annual competition, which began in
1987, honored one of its most passionate vol- unteers, Mattie Foster, by naming her parade marshal. Foster was escorted around the track during the opening ceremonies by her three children, Pennie Foster Agan, Tom Foster and Buster Foster. Mattie Foster, a retired BISD em- ployee, has participated in all 25 years of the event. Events at the meet include foot and wheel- chair races, obstacle races, bowling, football
and baseball toss, basketball, T-ball, rocket toss, soccer and long jump. The events are manned by volunteers from more than 30 organizations from Burleson High school, the Burleson fire and police de- partments, the Heritage Foundation, the Ki- wanis, Lions, Optimists and Rotary clubs and the Burleson Masonic Lodge. Support and donations were provided by numerous area merchants and individuals. —Darlene Moore
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Locals react to news of Osama bin Laden’s death
Local residents greeted news of Osama bin Laden’s death on May 1 with a mix of jubilation, trepidation and bitter- sweet. All were quick to praise the efforts of the U.S. military men and women. Bin Laden, who orchestrated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsyl- vania and Washington D.C., was killed in Pakistan during a U.S. military operation. “When I heard the news this morning [Monday], I started to call some of the people I served with, one’s a Navy SEAL,
and I wanted him to come down here [Rio Vista American Legion Post] and drink a toast to the SEALs,” Rio Vista resident Rodger Mason said. Mason served as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1966-75 and in the U.S. Navy from 1978-83. Mason’s son, Johnnie V. Mason, died in Iraq in 2005 after an improvised explo- sive device detonated near his Humvee. Mason, 32, graduated from Rio Vista High School and went on to serve in the 101st Airborne Division. Mason was heading back to his Hum- vee after dismantling a bomb when a se- curity team member noticed a plastic bag
by the roadside, Rodger Mason said shortly after his son’s death. “Johnnie went to check it out and told them to stay back,” Rodger Mason said. “Apparently it was some kind of remote- controlled explosive device.” Mason said he still mourns the loss of his son, but takes pride in his efforts in the fight against terrorism. “I never wished anybody dead, except [bin Laden],” Rodger Mason said. “I didn’t hear the news until [Monday] morning, and I wanted to go out and dance in the road.” Two other Johnson County residents have died while fighting in the war
against terror. Army Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess, a Cleburne resident, died along with five other soldiers in Afghanistan in March. Cleburne resident Jeremy O. Allmon, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cav- alry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, also died in 2005 when an im- provised explosive device detonated near his tank. “I’m glad they killed him, and that’s that,” said Nancy Sullivan, grandmother of Allmon. “He deserves it for all those people he killed in the World Trade Cen-
City staff members proposed rental rate changes for the Cleburne Confer- ence Center during an April 26 work- shop session of the Cleburne City Council meeting. Conference center operations man- ager Jeremy Allen and Cleburne Eco- nomic Development Director Jerry Cash presented the proposed changes. The center re-opened about a year ago after undergoing substantial reno- vation and expansion. That expansion also included the addition of the Cle- burne Performing Arts Center within the conference center. Usage of the center has increased dramatically in the past year, Allen said. Allen proposed adjusting rental fees, increasing some and decreasing others, in hopes of attracting more rent- als, and recouping a larger share of the center’s operating costs. Allen proposed increasing the full- day rental rate for the exhibit hall from $550 to $700. The current full-day rental for the exhibit hall is the same rate as the Cross Timbers Room, which is half the size, Allen said. Operations costs for the exhibit hall cost more, and mainte- nance takes twice as long, he said. Allen said he believes rental rates on the performing arts center are over- priced, and proposed a decrease in those rates. Demand for the performing arts center, especially during the day, is lower than it should be because of the rates and the availability of other, lower-priced rooms within the confer- ence center. Allen proposed decreasing the half- day rate from $300 to $200 and the full-day rate from $600 to $400. Allen also proposed a new rate, for the Bluebonnet dressing room.
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Cleburne High’s Elam switching gears from school to church
Elam retiring after 22 years
Many musical aficionados will insist that vocalists are born and not made and will point to songbirds like Beverly Sills, Elvis Presley and Eddie Fisher to prove their point. Pam Elam never quite agreed. Good thing, since it was her job for 22 years to instruct Cleburne High students in the fine art of carrying a tune. “I had a lot of students, also adults, come to me and say, ‘I don’t sing,’” Elam said. “I’d tell them, ‘Well, you speak, and
that’s the same instrument.’ Usually, the deal is that they had not learned to listen. They hadn’t been trained. “I don’t know that there are that many physiological reasons that people can and can’t sing, but learning to do it as an adult is definitely more difficult, because you have prime learning times for each of the developmental stages. A young child will pick [singing] up like it’s another lan- guage. That’s the part of the brain that’s re- ally active at that learning stage.” Elam will be teaching people to sing next year, but it won’t be at CHS. She’s retiring after 26 years overall in the school business to become choir director
at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Cleburne. “St. Mark is part of what enabled me to consider retiring, because I knew I would have to have some sort of supple- mental income,” she said. “I also feel it’s the right time. God steers you the way He wants you to go. I had a great opportunity in Cleburne, and now I’m very excited about the future.” She said she debated whether to stay or go. “I could have retired a couple of years ago and didn’t,” Elam said. “This just seemed like the right time to go in a dif- ferent direction. I didn’t want to stay too long. It’s better when the kids say, ‘I can’t
believe you’re leaving’ than ‘I thought you’d never leave.’ There’s a fine line.” She created an impressive niche for herself in CISD, especially considering she never intended to be a choir teacher. “I had been an elementary school mu- sic specialist in Houston before we moved here,” she said. “I had planned to remain in that, but there was only one (school) job open here. The choir teacher before me at the junior high had done a lot of fine work. That’s the job I was of- fered.” It took getting used to, she said. “I immediately started calling every- one I knew and asking, ‘What all do I
Pete Kendall/JCN Rodney Fowler, co-proprietor of HITZ along with Joey Thompson, gives batting tips to son, Tyler Fowler, on Thursday night. The new baseball facility is open from 5-9 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends. It includes batting cages, bullpens and a fielding area.
Winning formula
Rodney Fowler might have been the best raw baseball talent ever to come through Cle- burne High School. He could run, hit and throw — as evidenced by his later baseball exploits at Texas Wesleyan and UT-Arlington — and he was dominant on the mound with only two pitches, a fastball and curve. That was 1983, when he played a major role in the Yellow Jackets’ surge to the 4A regional semifinals. He can only wonder how good he might
have been with one of the advantages of mod- ern Cleburne today, an indoor baseball training facility called HITZ at the intersection of Colo- rado and Willingham streets. HITZ is an acronym for Hitting in the Zone. That’s accurate, though the hitting applies to more than baseball. Fowler, co-proprietor Joey Thompson and various instructors are hitting on all cylinders. “If things like indoor training facilities and batting cages were available when I was com- ing up, I didn’t know about them,” Fowler said. “I basically played whatever sport was in sea- son.” And starred. He quarterbacked Cleburne to
the semifinals in 1982 and still holds the track school record in the 300 hurdles. “When it was baseball, we joined teams, had practices, played games and all-stars, and when that was over, it was time to get geared up for football. “If things like cages or pitching instruction had been available then, they would have given kids an opportunity to hone their abilities and given them a better chance to go on to the col- lege level.” Times have changed in the last 28 years, he said.
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8 BasketBall 2013
By A.J. Crisp
CLEBURNE — Under new
Coach Ed King, a new era of
Cleburne Yellow Jacket basket-
ball has arrived.
The Jackets missed the play-
offs by one game last season,
and with a new coach and seven
seniors, the goal is to break into
postseason play in 2013.
The majority of last year’s
team is back, including Deion
Clark, Ryan Kirk, Bre Miller,
Marc Murillo and Eli Upchurch,
among others. Al Baylor, who
suffered an injury in football,
is expected to return in late De-
cember, King said.
Two players somewhat new
to the Jackets this season are
Kameron Pickett and Dacion
McKoy. Pickett was on the
varsity team his freshman and
sophomore seasons but didn’t
play last year and McKoy was a
Jacket his freshman and sopho-
more seasons before transferring
to Alvarado for his junior year.
“Marc Murillo and Elijah
Upchurch, I’m expecting big
things from them,” King said.
“I’m really expecting big things
out of Ryan Kirk. He’s an all-
around player. He can put the
ball on the foor and he can shoot
it. I’m expecting for him to step
up and really contribute this
year. Deion Clark is another guy.
Some of these guys have already
come a long way, based on the
flm I’ve seen from last year, up
until this point.
“Kameron Pickett told me
he’s going to come out. That’s
one guy they didn’t have last
year, and based off what I’m
hearing based on his freshman
and sophomore years, he’s going
to help us.”
Playing under a new head
coach for the second consecu-
tive year, King said it may take
a while for the Jackets’ offense
to gel, but that he expects their
defense to be top-notch.
“I’m just hoping to see en-
ergy and a toughness from a
defensive standpoint early in the
season,” King said. “I just want
to see energy. I always talk to the
guys about playing hard and tak-
ing pride in your defense. I want
to see those things that we talk
about; taking charges, being in
help-side position, boxing your
man out, protecting the paint,
and just playing with relentless
pressure. I’m hoping to see those
things to start out with.
“Offensively, I don’t know
how well we’ll be. We’re com-
ing along and progressing. But
as far as what we do, there’s so
many different parts of the of-
fense that we still don’t quite
understand. But how well can
you defend and guard is what it
all comes down to. I’m hoping
to see an edge and toughness de-
fensively to start out with.”
King said playing defense is
all about effort, and the Jackets
will succeed or fail early on in
the season based solely on their
“Offense is going to come
along as the season goes,” he
said. “Hopefully by January,
we’ll have the concepts down.
But defensive isn’t something
you really have to think about,
it’s just something you have
to do and work at. You can’t
control that ball going inside
the basket, but you can control
how hard you play defensively.
We want to be in control of the
defensive side of the basketball
until the offense starts to click.”
The one thing King said he
wants his team to be known for
his defense.
“I want us to be known as a
relentless, tough-minded, defen-
sive team,” he said. “They know
that we’re going to get after it.
We’re not going to take any
plays off defensively. Whether
we’re up 20 or down 20, we’re
going to play relentlessly to the
King said the players have set
a goal of making it to the post-
season, and he said he agreed
with that expectation of being
postseason bound.
“Getting to the playoffs is a
goal they’ve set for themselves,”
King said. “They were one game
out of it last year. They put a
goal out that they want to get to
the playoffs, so that’s something
they’re going to focus on.
“I’m on board with them and
their goals. I want to make the
playoffs. I think those guys de-
serve it, being one game out as
juniors, and coming back as se-
niors — more mature — I think
they deserve it. But it’s not go-
ing to be handed to us. We have
to go out there and work for it.
But it’s going to take one game
at a time and how we handle ad-
versity when things are not go-
ing right.”
Jackets eyeing playoffs under new head coach
Photo by David Beans
Cleburne Coach Ed King said he expects senior Ryan Kirk to be an
all-around player and be a key element in the Jackets’ attack.
BasketBall 2013 9
By A.J. Crisp
burne Lady Jackets turned
things around in a big way last
season. After being in the cel-
lar of their district for several
years, Cleburne rose to No. 2
in District 8-4A. And with the
majority of the team returning,
the sky is the limit.
Cleburne returns co-MVP
all-county players Bria Mc-
Cullough and Courtney Jeff-
coat, along with Avery Hough,
Alli Suitt, Taya Berry, Jasline
Chandler and Whitney Morgan
from a team that went 11-3 in
district play and won 21 games
in Coach Jamie Calahan’s third
“We’re going to work hard,”
Calahan said. “We’re going
to play defense like we did
last year. The biggest thing is
there’s a lot of things we have to
get better at. The one thing that
our girls are so good about is
we win as a team and we lose as
a team. There is no selfshness
right now. We’re very team-ori-
ented. It’s a great group. They
get after it and work hard. They
understand if we came out on
top, we all came out on top, and
if we ended up losing a game,
it goes to all of us. We’re in it
“They’ve been working all
spring, summer and fall for
this. I’ve been waiting on [the
season to start] since we lost
to Granbury in the frst round
of the playoffs, and they have,
too. Now it’s upon us and we’ll
see where we’re at. We’ve been
working hard.”
Along with the seven return-
ers, Calahan said he’ll have
several options when it comes
to newcomers. Calahan said the
Cleburne girls’ basketball pro-
gram is deep from the varsity
level to junior high.
“I have some young ones
coming up that are going
to contribute, too,” he said.
“We’re going to have a pretty
deep team. Our depth is going
to be better this year. And our
depth was pretty good last year.
We’ve got some players coming
in and we still have some play-
ers in volleyball who are going
to be able to play.
“I frmly believe that I have
14 to 16 kids that can play var-
sity minutes if I had to, but I
can’t carry that many kids on
varsity. When you get in those
game situations, it starts to re-
veal who some of those players
are and that’s when I’ll really be
able to hone in on stuff. I have
ideas, but they’re just ideas.
The girls still have to go prove
it. Our JV is going to be good
and our freshmen are going to
be good. It’s going to be a fun
Throughout the season last
year, Calahan said before and
after every game that defense
and rebounding were key, and
everything else would work it-
self out. The Lady Jackets will
go with that mantra again, but
Calahan said they need to stay
out of foul trouble.
“I thought last year we
fouled too much,” he said. “I
thought that we gave people
free free throws because we
fouled more than we needed
to. We have to work playing
defense without fouling. Don’t
give them an easy one at the
free throw stripe. We’ve got to
rebound. If we defend and re-
bound, everything else will take
care of itself.”
Cleburne made the playoffs
last year for the frst time in fve
seasons, but lost to traditional
power Granbury in the frst
round. Calahan said he hopes
that playoff experience will
lead to a better outcome this
“Last year we were out in
the frst round and it was the
frst time in a long time we were
in the playoffs,” he said. “It was
the frst basketball playoff game
for all of those girls. So that was
a learning process for them.”
The Lady Jackets have set
several goals on the season, in-
cluding upping their season re-
cord from a season ago.
“We want to improve on our
record,” Calahan said. “That’s
one of our goals. We fnished
second in district and we want
to improve on that. But the ul-
timate goal is Austin. I’ll never
coach a year where that’s not
one of our goals because if you
never have that goal, you’ll
never get there. So that’s our
ultimate goal.
“Is it going to be tough to get
there? Most defnitely. There’s
a lot of good teams around here.
But if that’s not one of your
goals, then as a coach, I don’t
know why you do it. We want to
play at the Frank Irwin Center.
We talk about it. We talk about
it in practice, in games, we talk
about it. It’s very talked about
in our program, and it’ll be talk-
ed about as long as I’m here.”
Photo by David Beans
Cleburne’s Courtney Jeffcoat (23) was the District 8-4A MVP in
2012, and the all-county co-MVP with Bria McCullough.
Lady Jackets ready to reach new heights
10 BasketBall 2013
Young Wildcats a year older, better
GODLEY — The Godley Wildcats
barely missed a playoff berth last year,
and despite graduating two all-district
players, they expect to improve this
Godley lost Drew Benge and Trace
Brown, and Coach Keith McFarland
said new players will have to step up
and fll those roles.
“We return everybody else, so all
of these kids are a year older and a
year stronger,” he said. “It hurts to
lose those two, but we have guys com-
ing back who are very good.”
Devin Bolden, the runaway Dis-
trict 10-2A newcomer of the year last
year, will play an integral role for the
Wildcats this year.
“He’ll be one of our go-to guys,”
McFarland said. “We’re kind of count-
ing on him to carry the load. He’ll
have the ball in his hands a ton this
year. But I’m not going to ask him
to do anything he didn’t do last year.
He’s a year older and a year smarter
and stronger. We’re expecting big
things from him.”
Ian Aguirre, Blake Hickey, Acy
McGehee, Turner Hobby, Colin Doug-
las and Mark Smith are key returners
for Godley as well.
Cory Anderson also returns after
missing most of the season last year,
and McFarland said his presence will
be a big lift due to his athleticism and
“Our expectation is to win district,”
McFarland said. “That’s been our goal
since I’ve been here. It was our goal
last year but we didn’t meet our expec-
tations. It’s in our heads that we can
win district and then make a playoff
run. We’ll be extremely disappointed
if we can’t win district. When we talk
about goals, we talk about champion-
ship goals and hanging a banner.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by Steven Hiser
As a sophomore, Godley’s Devin Bolden was a key
player for the Wildcats. With the graduation of Drew
Benge and Trace Brown, Bolden will have a bigger role.
GODLEY — Godley lost in the regional
quarterfnals in 2012, and expectations are
always high for the Lady Cats, but replacing
two all-region players is key.
Godley lost Maelan Brown and Lyndsie
James to graduation, two all-district, all-
county and all-region players from a season
“They were both really good players for
us for a long time,” Coach Mark Chauveaux
said. “It’s a completely different atmosphere
with them gone, but I’m not saying that it’s
better or worse, it’s just different. We’ve got
young kids now with a lot of energy that are
really fun to coach. But with Maelan and
Lyndise leaving, we lose I guess about two-
thirds of our scoring. We’re going to have to
fnd that somewhere.”
Leanna James, Lyndsie’s younger sister,
will play an important role in the Lady Cats’
success this year.
“I think she understands that she has to
step up and she’s worked really hard this
summer and the fall,” Chauveaux said.
“She’s really improved a lot over what she
was last year. She was a good player last
year and she’s even better now. Talent-wise,
she’s got the capability of being an all-state
type of player. The last two years she’s been
the young kid and now she’s going to have
to take on a different role and responsibility
and bring the other young kids along.”
Youth is the big word surrounding the
Lady Cats.
“We’ve got three freshmen [Lindsey Lu-
mus, Makayla Tyler and J.C. Panel] we’re
going to expect a lot from,” he said. “They
were really good junior high players but ob-
viously it’s a different level in high school. I
guess my main concern with young kids is
are they going to be able to guard anybody?
They know how to score and know how to
play offensively.”
Along with James, Godley also returns
Hannah Stoy, Macy Forsythe and Stacy
The Lady Cats will be a guard-oriented
team, similar to last season, so Chauveaux’s
main concern entering the season is post de-
fense and rebounding.
“We’ve kind of been without height for
several years now,” he said. “We’re def-
nitely going to be really guard-oriented. But
I don’t think that’s a whole lot different than
last year. My concern would be is, are we
going to be able to defend someone’s inside
game, teams that have a really good post
Chauveaux said he expects the Lady
Cats to be in the mix for another district title.
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by Steven Hiser
Godley’s Leanna James will carry a larger role after
Maelan Brown and Lyndsie James’ graduation.
Lady Cats reload for another deep run
GRANDVIEW — The big-
gest challenge facing the Grand-
view Zebras in 2013 is replacing
three all-district and all-county
superlative players.
Ryan Breton, L’Broyeah Jack-
son and Stephen Stewart, three of
the Zebras’ top players a year ago,
graduated, and Coach Todd Jar-
rell said replacing their produc-
tion will be the biggest storyline
of the season.
“Stephen and Ryan played a
lot of minutes since their sopho-
more years,” Jarrell said. “They
were the two guys handling the
ball for the last two-and-a-half
years. You always worry a little
about how you’re going to replace
that skill and leadership. ... You’re
hoping kids like D.D. Crawford,
Tristan Morphew and Tyler Fau-
ver, guys that have been watching
Ryan and Stephen, have learned
what they did.
“We’re going to miss those
guys and we’re going to be an in-
experienced team, but it’s going
to be exciting to watch who grows
into their new role.”
Senior Dominick DiBenedetto
is a returning starter and the Ze-
bras’ top defender and Crawford
returns from an injury that caused
him to miss most of the season
last year. Josh Russell is another
player Jarrell said he hopes will
play a big role in the post this sea-
son in Jackson’s absence.
Jarrell said star running back
Jordan Martinez may also come
out for the basketball team after
nursing an injury last season.
Athleticism will be the Ze-
bras’ biggest asset this year, Jar-
rell said.
“I believe that we have more
athleticism this year than we’ve
had in the last 10 years,” he said.
“That will allow us to play mul-
tiple defenses.”
With the UIL changes, allow-
ing four teams to make the play-
offs in 2A instead of three, Jarrell
said that the battle for the playoffs
will be even more competitive.
“I wouldn’t say there’s one
favorite to win the district title,”
Jarrell said. “If we come together,
play great defense and fgure it out
offensively, we can be right there
battling for the district champion-
ship. I told our team, ‘Why not
us?’ We know we have a steep
road to climb, but if we can put it
together, we have a good chance.”
— A.J. Crisp
BasketBall 2013 11
Photo by Grandview ISD
Grandview’s Dominick DiBenedetto (10) was one of the Zebras top
defensive players and he’s one of two returning starters.
Zebras must replace 3 all-district superlative
Lady Zebras primed to make some noise
GRANDVIEW — The Grandview Lady
Zebras lost in the frst round of the playoffs
last season, but bring back all fve starters and
have lofty goals for 2013.
Coach Steven Montgomery takes over for
Kevin Pope as head coach for the Lady Ze-
bras. Montgomery has championship experi-
ence after winning a state title as an assistant
coach at Everman.
“I think that benefts me,” Montgomery
said. “Like Coach Pope last year, we try to
play our girls at that same championship lev-
el. We’re going to play and coach you at that
tempo and speed. ... Pope had four years of
the best seasons in school history. There’s no
reason to make wholesale changes. But there
will be subtle changes, like mixing up defense
Not only do the Lady Zebras return fve
starters, but they bring back eight lettermen
overall, so chemistry and familiarity should
be a strength.
“These girls have played together for a
while,” Montgomery said. “About eight of
the 10 to 12 players already have varsity ex-
perience and that’s a big plus. They’ve played
with each other enough and understand where
they’re going to be. There’s a lot of eye con-
tact stuff, which is something you don’t have
to teach them to do.”
Kennedy Jentsch, Riley Schindler and
Jade Rochelle were each all-district selections
a season ago.
“It’s a big beneft having those three
back,” Montgomery said. “I know that if I
was playing against us and scouting us, that
would be who I look at frst to try to see if the
other ones can beat you. But the great thing
is, with this group of girls, anybody can have
a good night to help us win. That’s one thing
that’s a plus.
“Our motto is ‘FIST: fve individuals
standing together.’ Our leaders have to take
that leadership role because they’ve been
there. They’ve been to the playoffs and they
know what it takes to get there.”
Grandview came in third place last sea-
son, and Montgomery said he expects District
10-2A to be a tough battle again, but believes
they can be district champs.
“My expectations are that I want to win
the district,” he said. “I think we have the tal-
ent to do that. I think we can make a deep run
in the playoffs. If I told you I didn’t want to
win a state title, I wouldn’t be a very good
coach because that’s what we all strive for.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by Grandview ISD
Grandview’s Riley Schindler is one of five returning
starters for the Lady Zebras.
12 BasketBall 2013
JOSHUA — The Joshua Owls endured a for-
getful season last year, fnishing 1-28. But being
under Coach Jeff Hudak for a second season and
returning six lettermen should lead to more vic-
tories for the Owls in 2013.
“I think this being my second year is going to
be big,” Hudak said. “I think that now that they
know what I’m expecting. We’ve already seen
great improvement from last year. Our frst day
of practice was a lot better than the year before.
They’re more comfortable and they know my ex-
pectations. I’m hoping we’re going to continue to
improve on how we fnished the season last year.
We’re looking for big improvements and hope-
fully that will lead to wins and district wins and
the ultimate destination of going to the playoffs.”
Joshua returns last year’s District 8-4A new-
comer of the year in Junior Loya, along with
Casey Anthony, James Woodley and Garrett
Hoffman as the key players from a season ago.
“We’re playing a lot harder and we’re play-
ing as a team, and that’s the big thing,” Hudak
said. “We understand it’s not about one guy or
two guys, you’ve got to work together. ”
Hudak said Loya will be diffcult for a lot of
teams to guard, and his outside shooting threat
will get more open looks for his teammates.
Having Anthony at 100 percent this year will
be important for the Owls.
“He had lung surgery last year, so he wasn’t
fully healthy until the season was over,” Hudak
said. “I saw the Casey that I expected to see in
summer league. He’s our best all-around player
and he facilitates very well for the other guys
and gets guys in the right spots. He’s really taken
over a leadership role, which is big because that’s
what we need is someone to step up and be a
leader. I’m really excited to see him be healthy
and play a full season.”
Hudak said Joshua’s most improved player is
Hoffman, the Owls’ quarterback on the football
team. Hudak said he brings toughness, attitude
and athleticism.
“If he has a big guy on him, he can take it
to the hole,” Hudak said. “If the defense sags off
him, he can knock in a 3. He gives us another di-
mension. Defensively, we need his presence with
his jumping ability; he can block shots.”
Woodley, another three-point threat, will play
a big role in offense this year, Hudak said.
“He looked good in the fall,” Hudak said.
“Against Aledo, he had about eight 3’s and
scored 30 points. He’s got the ability to go off
and I think that’s a by-product of having Junior
on the foor. When they’re both out there, it’s go-
ing to be easy for me to coach.”
Hudak said the Owls’ strengths this season
will be shooting and team defense, and the key to
the season is simply learning how to win.
“We’ve got to get a win to learn how to win,”
he said. “And they can win; it’s all a mindset right
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by David Beans
Joshua Coach Jeff Hudak said Garrett Hoff-
man is the Owls’ most improved player.
Owls eager to erase painful 2012 season
JOSHUA — The Joshua Lady Owls will have
a new commander-in-chief this season as Rosa-
lind Lawrence takes over head coaching duties.
Joshua missed the playoffs last season with a
4-10 record in District 8-4A play and the Lady
Owls return three starters in Hailey Calfee, Chel-
sie Lail and Kalie Schuman.
“They’re our leaders,” Lawrence said. “We’re
going to rely on them to score and to lead our
team and be good role models. These kids are
ready to have success. They’ve been putting in
the hard work. A lot of them have been on varsity
since their freshman year. ... I expect those three
to be our leading scorers, leading rebounders and
be the leaders on defense. And they seem to want
to do those things.”
Calfee averaged 11.2 points per game on
43 percent shooting last season while Shelby
Mankins hauled in 7.4 rebounds per game.
Lawrence, who graduated from Cleburne
High School, said her frst year at Joshua has
gone well.
“I’m so proud to be an Owl and to be a part of
this school district,” she said. “The kids are very
receptive to what’s going on and they’re open
minded. They’re taking the info I give them and
processing it and trying to become better basket-
ball players every day. We got things rocking and
rolling and we’re just trying to make it happen.”
Despite the Lady Owls’ struggles a season
ago, Lawrence said a lot of those losses came in
close games and they can turn things around this
“They lost a lot of close games last year,” she
said. “A lot of that boils down to making practice
more of a game situation. I want to make more
game-like situations so that they can be bet-
ter prepared for when they go into a game. The
more preparation you have, the better you will
Lawrence, who experienced playoff success
playing for Cleburne, said she wants her players
at Joshua to experience the same thing.
“I want them to achieve greatness and feel
what it’s like part to be of a winning tradition,”
she said.
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by Steven Hiser
Joshua’s Chelsie Lail is one of three return-
ing starters that new Coach Rosalind Law-
rence said will be the leaders of the team.
New coach brings winning attitude to Lady Owls program
BasketBall 2013 13
KEENE — The Keene Chargers are
coming off a disappointing 2012 season in
which they won only two district games.
Coach Jason Hill is hoping an expe-
rienced and deep group will lead to a big
turnaround season in 2013.
The Chargers return nearly the entire
varsity roster from a season ago and will
move up several key newcomers.
Senior J.J. Alvarez, senior Chris Enos,
junior Ricky Hadley, senior Lanshi Hitch-
feld and sophomore P.J. Webber headline
the key returning players for Keene. Hill
said he had 17 players working out for the
varsity team during the frst week of prac-
tice, all vying for a varsity spot.
“I would say one of our biggest
strengths is our depth, especially at the 2A
level,” Hill said. “Usually 2A teams can go
about seven kids deep if they’re good. I re-
ally have about 15 guys who can produce
for me. Having our depth and having quite
a few guys back from last year is big. Even
though we weren’t successful last year, just
having a year under their belt and them get-
ting experience is going to pay dividends
this year.”
Hill said the Chargers’ offense won’t
feature one or two prominent scorers, but
Keene will be balanced.
“We’re going to be really balanced,” he
said. “I don’t think I’ll have anyone average
more than 10 points per game. It’s going to
be spread out. Five or six guys can give me
10 points per night. I want to balance our
offense. We have ability to score inside,
shoot it outside and drive it. We’re pretty
versatile and pretty deep.”
Keene’s biggest weakness last year
was a lack of experience, but Hill said that
should be a strength this year. The big ques-
tion mark this year is fnding a go-to guy in
crunch time.
“We can spread it around, but some-
times at the end of a game, you need one
guy to get you a bucket,” Hill said. “I don’t
know who that guy is yet. We need to fg-
ure out who our go-to guy is. It might be
game-to-game depending on who has the
hot hand.”
Hill said his expectations for this season
are to be more competitive in district, and
a yearly expectation for Keene is to win 20
“We have the ability to compete for a
district championship,” he said. “That’s
something we talk about as far as our goals.
And we want a deep playoff run.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by A.J. Crisp
Keene’s Ryan Hadley goes up for two points in the
Chargers’ practice.
Depth and balance are strong suits for Chargers
KEENE — The Keene Lady
Chargers return every varsity
player from last season and
Coach Michelle Connelly said
she expects this to be her deep-
est team ever.
Connelly, who is also the
Lady Chargers head volleyball
coach, said the transition from
volleyball to basketball is tough
because not only is she the head
coach for both teams, but the
same girls who play basketball
also play volleyball. Connelly
said they have to learn on the
fy and sometimes it takes a
while for things to start click-
ing on the hardwood.
Junior Zayda Gonzalez will
again be the go-to player for
Keene after an all-district and
all-county season last year, but
the key for the Lady Chargers’
success this season will be in
who steps up along side her.
“It’s hard for her some-
times because everyone double
and triple teams her,” Con-
nelly said. “I’m really hoping
Peyton and Mallory Stephens
help open things up for Zayda.
We’re going to have to distrib-
ute the ball a little more evenly
to keep defenses honest.”
Along with Gonzalez and
the Stephens sisters, Connelly
said Chelsea Wilson, Eboni
Smith and Jenna Bulles will be
key players for the Lady Char-
“Depth is something we’ve
never had,” she said. “We’ve
always had really small num-
bers. We’re going to use that to
our advantage by rotating play-
ers in and out and keeping it up
For a team that has experi-
enced its fair share of struggles,
Connelly said becoming used
to winning and getting over the
mental hurdle will be impor-
“We were so close in volley-
ball this year,” she said. “We
were losing games, 26-24, 25-
23, all season, so if we can get
over that mental hurdle, we’ll
be right there. I think skill-wise,
we’ll be right up there. We’ll be
more on par, talent-wise, with
the rest of the district.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by A.J. Crisp
The Lady Chargers will be led by, from left, Jenna Bulles, Zayda
Gonzalez, Chelsea Wilson and Navimayr Lopez.
Talent pool deeper for Lady Chargers in 2013
14 BasketBall 2013
Eagles hopeful 2013 ends with playoff berth
RIO VISTA — Rio Vista lost three key
players in Joseph Chavez, Ryan Jimison
and Kyle Leonhardt from last season, but
Coach Ryan Cavazos said he expects oth-
ers to fll the void left by those three play-
The Eagles went 5-7 in District 10-2A
play in 2012. Rio Vista returns fve letter-
men — James Angeley, Tyler Crowe, Aus-
tin Hodshire, Dylan Nelson and Kolton
Crowe averaged 11.5 points per game
while Angeley put up 9.7 points and 5.5
rebounds per game last season.
“I think the scoring is going to be done
by committee this year,” Cavazos said.
“Hopefully everyone will step up this year
and we’ll get production out of new guys.
“James started every game his sopho-
more and junior year so I expect a lot
out of him. He’s a do-it-all player. Tyler
is another one I expect a lot out of. He’s
my outside threat, a real good shooter. He
should bring a lot of shooting to the table
and he’s improved defensively. And then
I’m hoping to get some good point guard
play out of Kolton.”
Cavazos, who enters his fourth season,
said he expects this year’s team to be a lit-
tle quicker overall than last year, and that
should help improve their defense.
“Like always, we’re going to play
pressure defense and hopefully cause turn-
overs and turn that into quick offense,”
Cavazos said. “I think our weakness at the
beginning is going to be lack of varsity ex-
perience, but I expect the kids moving up
to varsity to respond well. Some of them
have varsity experience in football. I think
the awe factor will be gone, it’s just a mat-
ter of stepping in and making plays.”
The postseason is the goal for Cavazos
and his Eagles.
“Expectations is always making play-
offs,” he said. “If you’re not playing to
get in the playoffs, why get on the foor?
We’ve got to get out and play harder. I
think the key is going to be playing more
sound on defense. And then on offense,
eliminating our turnovers. We play kind of
fast, but we’ve got to limit the turnovers
especially in the big spots.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by A.J. Crisp
In 2013, the Rio Vista Eagles will be led by, from left, Bai-
ley Rios, James Angeley and Tyler Crowe.
RIO VISTA — The Rio Vista
Lady Eagles struggled in the 2012
season, winning only one district
game. Coach Sherri Nichols takes
over head coaching duties and has
three returning starters.
Seniors Haley Hennis, Tristen
Lynn and Alex Nichols will be the
core of the 2013 Lady Eagles.
“I’m going to have to depend on
them to keep this team togehter,”
Nichols said. “Haley is my leader on
the foor. She’s going to do a lot and
she’s going to keep everybody bal-
anced and talking. She’s going to be
the one who takes charge and makes
sure everyone’s doing their job.
“Alex is my ball handler. She’s
going to control the tempo of the of-
fense and know when to push the ball
and when to slow it down. Tristen is
down in the post. She’s not extremely
big but she works hard down there.”
Nichols said the Lady Eagles’
calling card this season will be their
effort and willingness to work hard.
“They’re a good group of girls,”
she said. “They’re going to work hard
for me. They’re all coachable. We’re
working every day on fundamentals
and improving our skills. They’re a
coachable group and they’re going to
try hard. They’ll do whatever it takes
to get the job done.”
Lack of size will be a weakness
and something Rio Vista will have to
“We’re going to have to make our-
selves big,” Nichols said. “We’re go-
ing to have to work offensively. We
need to be more of an offensive threat
this year. We need more players look-
ing to score instead of looking to
pass. On defense, were going to have
to be that hustle team who never quits
and goes hard all the time. We need to
force teams into mistakes so we can
get easy points.
“We’re going to be more dis-
ciplined and more fundamentally
strong. We won’t quit this year and
we won’t accept defeat. We’re going
to go hard and leave everything on
the foor.”
— A.J. Crisp
Photo by A.J. Crisp
Rio Vista Seniors Tristen Lynn, Alex Nichols and Haley
Hennis will be Coach Sherri Nichols’ leaders in 2013.
‘Hard working’ Lady Eagles look for turnaround season
Burleson Elks
Nov. 12 @ Weatherford 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 @ Saginaw 6 p.m.
Nov. 26 @ Boswell 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 30 @ Ferris 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 Arlington 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 Paschal 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12-14 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 17 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Castleberry Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 @ Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Alvarado Indians
Nov. 12 South Hills 8 p.m.
Nov. 16 @ North Forney 1 p.m.
Nov. 19 Faith Family 8 p.m.
Nov. 22 @ Crandall 8 p.m.
Nov. 25 Joshua 3 p.m.
Dec. 3 Ferris 8 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Lake Worth Tourney TBA
Dec. 12-14 Decatur Tourney TBA
Dec. 17 Rio Vista 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ La Vega 8 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Whataburger Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 @ Kennedale 8 p.m.
Jan. 6 Bridgeport 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 Hillsboro* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Stephenville* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Glen Rose* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Venus* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Hillsboro* 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Stephenville* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Glen Rose* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 @ Venus* 7:30 p.m.
*denotes District 7-3A play
Centennial Spartans
Nov. 12 @ FW Poly 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Eastern Hills 8 p.m.
Nov. 19 South Hills 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 New Caney Tourney TBA
Nov. 26 Country Day 2 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Weatherford Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 @ Arlington 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 27-28 Aledo Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 @ Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Godley Wildcats
Nov. 19 Palmer 8 p.m.
Nov. 22 @ Bridgeport 8 p.m.
Nov. 25 @ FW Poly 8 p.m.
Nov. 26 Clyde 8 p.m.
Dec. 3 Millsap 8 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Jacksboro Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Springtown 8 p.m.
Dec. 13 @ Graham 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Boyd 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 Keene* 8 p.m.
Dec. 27-28 Godley Christmas Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 @ Whitney* 8 p.m.
Jan. 7 Maypearl* 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Rio Vista* 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Grandview* 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 Tolar* 8 p.m.
Jan. 21 @ Keene* 8 p.m.
Jan. 28 Whitney* 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Maypearl* 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 Rio Vista* 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 Grandview* 8 p.m.
Feb. 11 @ Tolar* 8 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Cleburne Jackets
Nov. 11 @ Waxahachie 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Brewer 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 @ Corsicana 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Stephenville 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 @ Dallas Pinkston 6 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Whitney Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Arlington Heights 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12-14 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 17 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 28 @ Granbury 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 @ Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Grandview Zebras
Nov. 16 @ Clifton 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 @ Rappaport 7 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Italy Tournament TBA
Nov. 25 Poolville 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 Clifton 7 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 West Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Joshua 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 Marble Falls Faith 2 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Maypearl* 8 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Godley Tourney TBA
Dec. 31 Rio Vista* 8 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Tolar* 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 Keene* 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 Godley* 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Whitney* 8 p.m.
Jan. 21 Maypearl* 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ RIo Vista* 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 Tolar* 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Keene* 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 @ Godley* 8 p.m.
Feb. 11 Whitney* 8 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Keene Chargers
Nov. 12 @ Peaster 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 A+ Academy 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 Oak Cliff Life 7 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Keen Tourney TBA
Nov. 26 @ Venus 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 3 @ Lipan 8 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Lipan Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 @ Palmer 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 12-14 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 20 @ Godley* 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 Whitney* 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 @ Maypearl* 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Rio Vista* 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Grandview* 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Tolar* 8 p.m.
Jan. 21 Godley* 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Whitney* 8 p.m.
Jan. 28 Maypearl* 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Rio Vista* 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 Grandview* 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 11 Blum 6 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Joshua Owls
Nov. 12 Mineral Wells 8 p.m.
Nov. 15 South Hills 8 p.m.
Nov. 19 Peaster 8 p.m.
Nov. 22 Itasca 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 @ Alvarado 3 p.m.
Nov. 26 @ Dallas Molina 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Boswell Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 @ Grandview 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12-14 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 17 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Kennedale Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 @ Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Rio Vista Eagles
Nov. 19 Troy 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 Glen Rose 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 Crawford 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 26 Blooming Grove 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 @ Blum 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Santo Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 @ Italy 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12-14 Hamilton Tourney TBA
Dec. 17 @ Alvarado 7 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Lake Co. Tourney TBA
Dec. 31 @ Grandview* 8 p.m.
Jan. 3 Tolar* 8 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Keene* 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 Godley* 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 Whitney* 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Maypearl* 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 Grandview* 8 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Tolar 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 Keene* 8 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Godley* 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 @ Whitney* 8 p.m.
Feb. 11 Maypearl* 8 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Burleson Lady Elks
Nov. 12 Dallas Life 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Mansfeld Legacy 7 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Brewer Tourney TBA
Nov. 25-26 Lake Co. Tourney TBA
Nov. 30 @ Grand Prairie 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 @ Argyle 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 @ Keller Fossill Ridge 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 @ Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 28 Denton 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 @ Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ University* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Alvarado Lady Indians
Nov. 6 @ Paschal 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 Corsicana 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 15 West 6 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Castleberry Tourney TBA
Nov. 25 @ Waco Connally 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 @ Red Oak Life 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 Lake Worth 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 West Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Ferris 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 Castleberry 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Diamond Hill 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Itasca 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Nolan Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 Northside 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Venus* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Hillsboro* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Stephenville* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Glen Rose* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Venus* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Hillsboro* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Stephenville* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Glen Rose* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 7-3A play
Centennial Lady Spartans
Nov. 5 OD Wyatt 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 @ Keller 7 p.m.
Nov. 14-16 Centennial Tourney TBA
Nov. 19 Carrollton Ranchview 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 @ Grandview 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 Paschal 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 @ Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 College Station Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Godley Lady Cats
Nov. 11 Alvord 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 15 @ Decatur TBA
Nov. 19 Mineral Wells 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Tulia Tourney TBA
Nov. 25 Kennedale 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 @ Comanche 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 @ Strawn 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Carrolton Ranchview 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Grandview* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 20 Keene* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 27-28 Lampasas Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 @ Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 7 Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Rio Vista* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Grandview* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 17 Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 21 @ Keene* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 28 Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 4 Rio Vista* 6:15 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Cleburne Lady Jackets
Nov. 4 @ Arl. Sam Houston 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 @ Waco Midway 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 FW Southwest 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 @ Midlothian 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29-30 Fantasy of Lights Tourney TBA
Dec. 3 @ Nolan Catholic 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Ennis Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 College Station Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Joshua* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Grandview Lady Zebras
Nov. 9 Glen Rose 2 p.m.
Nov. 12 @ West 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 15 @ Peaster 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 19 @ Hillsboro 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Teague Tourney TBA
Nov. 26 Centennial 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 Hillsboro 3 p.m.
Dec. 3 Joshua 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 West Kulachi Tourney TBA
Dec. 13 @ Godley* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 17 Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 College Station Tourney TBA
Dec. 31 Rio Vista* 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 10 Keene8 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 14 Godley* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 21 Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Rio Vista* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Keene* 6:15 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Keene Lady Chargers
Nov. 5 Boyd 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 7-9 Colleyville Heritage Tourney TBA
Nov. 12 @ Bosqueville 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Red Oak 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Palmer 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Keene Tourney TBA
Nov. 26 @ Peaser 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 @ Lipan 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Lipan Tourney TBA
Dec. 13 Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Godley* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 31 Whitney* 2 p.m.
Jan. 3 @ Maypearl* 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 Rio Vista* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Grandview* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 17 @ Country Day 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 Godley* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 @ Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 28 Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Rio Vista* 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 4 Grandview* 6:15 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
Joshua Lady Owls
Nov. 5 @ Weatherford 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 Birdville 6 p.m.
Nov. 15 Venus 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 @ Arlington Martin 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Brewer Tourney TBA
Dec. 3 @ Grandviewy 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 @ Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 @ Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-28 Boswell Tourney TBA
Jan. 3 @ Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 @ Waco* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 @ Burleson* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Crowley* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 @ Waco University* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Cleburne* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 Centennial* 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 @ Everman* 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Waco* 6:30 p.m.
*denotes District 8-4A play
Rio Vista Lady Eagles
Nov. 5 Aquilla 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 8 @ Hillsboro 5 p.m.
Nov. 12 @ Meridian 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 14-16 Hamilton Tourney TBA
Nov. 19 Glen Rose 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 22 Hamilton 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 26 Blooming Grove 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 3 Italy 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 5-7 Glen Rose Tourney TBA
Dec. 10 @ Hubbard 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 13 @ Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 17 Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 31 @ Grandview* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 3 Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 7 @ Keene* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 10 Godley* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 14 Whitney* 6:15 p.m.
Jan .17 @ Maypearl* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 Grandview* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 28 @ Tolar* 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 Keene* 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 4 @ Godley* 6:15 p.m.
*denotes District 10-2A play
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