February 11th, 2012
James Douglas Rhoton, 71, of Borger, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.
No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
James Douglas Rhoton was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Hamlin to Thomas â€śJuneâ€ť and Maurine Rhoton. He was a lifetime resident of Borger, and married Jan Cole Sept. 2, 2004, in Stinnett. James loved operating heavy equipment, and worked at Anderson Construction as a equipment operator. He enjoyed the outdoors, dogs, and doing things for his family, and others.
Troy Pickard, 88, of Blanchard, OK, formerly of Borger, TX, passed away, Thursday, February 9, 2012.
Troy William Pickard was born Sunday, July 15, 1923 in Phillips, TX to Luther and Ola Viola (May) Pickard. Troy served his country in WWII as a member of the US Navy serving on the USS Cook. He was a welder for Phillips Petroleum from 1946 to 1988. Troy loved his motorcycles and was an avid rider.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ilene.
The employment of various administrative staff members in Borger ISD was approved by the district board Thursday evening.
The action was taken following a closed session. Among those getting their contracts renewed for the upcoming year were:
â€˘Assistant principals â€“ Michael Cano â€“ Borger Middle School; Dede Conaway and Mandy Poer â€“ Borger High School
â€˘Business Manager â€“ Faye Hooper
â€˘Director of Athletics â€“ Rusty Purser
â€˘Director of HAC SSA â€“ Patti Brown
â€˘Director for Instruction and Federal Programs â€“ DeLila Holder
â€˘Executive Director of Personnel â€“ Tony McCarthy
In 2011, the Borger Lady Bulldog softball team took a big step by advancing to the area round of the 3A playoffs.
Due to having a year of growth for a promising group of underclassmen and six players returning from last yearâ€™s varsity squad, the Lady Bulldogs go into the 2012 season with expectations to be able to compete for a district title and make a run in the playoffs come May.
On Friday evening, the Pampa Harvesters outscored the Borger Bulldogs 26-6 in the fourth period to get the 59-42 win in District 1-3A play.
Through three periods, the Bulldogs and Harvesters were in a back and forth in an entertaining contest, where the Bulldogs held a 36-34 lead going into the fourth period.
But ten Bulldog turnovers in the final period, opened the door for the Harvesters to go on a run and pull away for the double digit win.
The Bulldogs opened the game strong with Grant Boren nailing a three pointer to give Borger a 8-4 lead.
#9 Childress 89 Sanford-Fritch 34
In District 1-2A play, the #9 Bobcats showed why they are considered one of the best teams in the state in class 2A in jumping out ahead of the Eagles from the opening tip.
Childress started to pull away in the second period by building a 38-12 lead on their way to the 89-34 win.
The loss snapped a two game district winning streak for the Eagles, who will wrap up the 2011-12 on Tuesday against Amarillo River Road.
Ryan Blakely led the Eagles with 12 points followed by Christian Ward and Trey Henry scoring 5 each.
JV Score: Childress 55 Sanford-Fritch 34
On Sunday afternoon, Borger will be well represented during the 2012 Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony taking place in the Ordway Auditorium on the Amarillo College campus, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Longtime Borger High School Coach E.J. â€śJeepâ€ť Webb will be a part of this yearâ€™s three-person induction class, while Borger coach Jeff Pinkerton will be honored as the Tennis Coach of the Year, Josh and Abbie Madden as the Tennis Players of the Year, and Jâ€™Cee Pool will be honored with a Special Achievement Award.
ALTUS, Okla.-On Thursday afternoon, the Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen softball team opened the 2012 season with a pair of losses to Western Oklahoma College, 13-3 and 14-9.
(Game One) Western Oklahoma College 13 Frank Phillips College 3
In game one, the Lady Plainsmen committed six fielding errors, helping Western Oklahoma pull away for the run-rule win.
Western Oklahoma scored six runs in the second and third innings before the Lady Plainsmen got on the scoreboard off a three run homerun by sophomore Christine Blankenship.
ODESSA-On Thursday evening, the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen and Lady Plainsmen lost to Odessa College in WJCAC basketball action in Odessa.
(Women) Odessa College 53 Frank Phillips College 39
The Lady Plainsmen's control-the-clock style paid off for the team in the first half as they were able to go into the halftime break with a seven point lead, 22-15.
But in the second half, Odessa applied pressure on the defensive end, which resulted in ten second half Lady Plainsmen turnovers and 16 Lady Wrangler points.
Borger officials are still investigating a fire that occurred at an abandoned apartment complex, but have ruled it as arson.