Archive - Jul 2011 - Sports Article
The life of a racing greyhound is centered around training and racing around the track until it finally reaches the point it can no longer compete as a top athlete.
When that happens, the question becomes where do the greyhounds go and how are they placed into a good loving environment to live out the rest of their lives?
Lonnie and Marian Jones of Fritch play a big role in answering that question for several former racing greyhounds by serving as the West Texas representatives for the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT).
Anyone who has worked in the education al system knows the area that probably sees the biggest turnover from year to year is in the members of a school districtâ€™s coaching staff.
The reason for the turnover is not always related to negative results on the playing field but many times is due to issues such as coaches just deciding to focus on teaching, going into school administration or exploring new opportunities in a different career field.
Borger Bulldogs fans can fondly look back on the 2010 football season, with the team finishing strong in winning the District 1-3A title outright and two playoff games.
As good as that season was for the Bulldogs, now is the time for the players and fans to put last yearâ€™s memories behind them and start getting ready for the 2011 season.
Two-A-Days for the state of Texas can officially begin on Monday, Aug. 1, and for the second year in a row, the Bulldogs will kickoff their two-a-day schedule with â€śMidnight Madnessâ€ť starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Bulldog Stadium.
Earlier this week, 2011 Borger High School graduate Jâ€™Cee Pool signed a letter-of-intent to compete in track for Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Prior to heading down to Austin to compete in the state track meet in early May, Pool was still uncertain about where she would have the opportunity to compete in the discus and/or the shot put at the colleigate level.
At the time, Pool said a couple of schools had talked to her, including West Texas A&M University, but none had officially made her an offer.
On Friday, members of the Borger Bulldogs varsity and junior varsity football teams will take part in the first Wayland Baptist University-West Texas 7 on 7 Tournament.
The tournament will take place at Plainviewâ€™s Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium and the surrounding practice fields.
Thanks to more high school football teams using spread offenses, summer 7-on-7 Football has grown in Texas over the past couple of years, with teams from Borger participating in tournaments for the third year in a row.
Being a California native herself, it should come as no surprise that Frank Phillips College Head Softball Coach Jenneffer Kohler has been busy on the West Coast, where she has been able to add four new players to her club for the upcoming season.
Coming to Borger this fall will be pitcher Devin Dean, outfielder Brianna Rodriguez and infielders Madilyne Logan and Lucinda Ponce. All four are coming from the state of California.
Entering his fourth year as head coach of the Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen Basketball team, Eric Rodewald has been able to do a good job of retaining players from the prior year. This is a task that can be pretty difficult for most programs at the JUCO level that donâ€™t have the resources to offer full scholarships for essentially every player on the bench.
After helping to lead the Borger Bulldogs to the District 1-3A title and to the third round of the 3A playoffs, 2011 senior catcher Brandon Garica and senior outfielder Garrett Irwin were named to the Second Team in the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writer's Association's 3A All-State Teams on Thursday.
Garcia, the District 1-3A MVP, had an impressive 2011 season posting a .511 batting average with 11 homeruns and a .944 slugging percentage.
Playing centerfield, Irwin made the team after posting a .434 batting average with 34 RBIâ€™s, 45 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
Last week students from American Karate Studios in Guymon, Spearman, Gruver and Borger competed in the AAU Taekwondo National Championships in Austin consisting of thousands of athletes from across the country.
Four-year-old Issac Garcia of Borger won Silver in Fighting and the Bronze in Forms in his division.
Over the past weekend, the Borger 11&12 year old Little League Girls Softball All-Star team won the district championship in a clean sweep, defeating Childress on Thursday 19-14 and Memphis on Saturday 20-12.
In Saturdayâ€™s Championship game, pitcher Makenzie May had 12 strikeouts in five innings of work with Maegan Stone closing the game by getting a runner out at home.
The team is coached by Steven Willis and Cindy Willis and advanced to Sectionals to be held in Lubbock.