A Nov. 18 non-district road game to Jacksboro did not go well for the Lady Porcupine basketball team.
Springtown (1-3) lost 71-24 in a game coach Susan Croft said was troublesome for SHS.
“We came out flat and not ready to play, turned the ball over too many times, and couldn’t convert on offense,” she recalled. Croft lauded Springtown’s second half play – “much more intensity’ – but the deficit was too great.
Khristin Mote paced SHS with 7 points.… Read the rest
SPD holds active shooter training at SHS
BY CHRISTINA DERR
It is on the list of worst nightmares for every parent – an active shooter in their child’s school.
In an effort to prepare for the possibility that such a tragedy could strike here, Springtown Chief of Police Tony Motley organized an active shooter training seminar for his force.
Motley and several of his officers spent nine hours at SHS being trained by instructors from Texas Tactical.
Head instructor Tommy Taylor is a veteran of the United States Army and has over two decades of military and civilian law enforcement experience.… Read the rest
Students can earn even more college credits while at SHS
BY CHRISTINA DERR
SpringForward, a dual credit program organized by Springtown High School Dean of Students Brittney Chavez, was unanimously approved by the Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday, Nov. 21.
The program will allow SHS students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously and is set to begin in the 2017-18 school year.
Chavez cited a study which shows students perform better in their collegiate endeavors when they have completed dual credit courses in high school.
Conducted by the ACT research organization, the study examined first-year college students at four different state universities in Texas.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The investigation into whether Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes improperly used a company credit card and/or took a city tax exemption for personal use continues.
When the Reno council met in October, it instructed Joe Polino, city administrator/director of public safety to investigate the situation and bring his findings back to the council at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Following an executive session on Nov. 21 – from which Stokes exited after about 15 minutes, leaving the others to discuss the matter out of her presence – council reconvened in open session.
That’s when Polino publicly stated that the investigation was still ongoing and he had nothing to report at the time.… Read the rest
Gunshot wound was self-inflicted
BY CHRISTINA DERR
A standoff with law enforcement secondary to a police chase ended when the suspect committed suicide the evening of Saturday, Nov. 19.
The chase began in rural Parker County and involved Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Parker County Sheriff’s deputies.
Springtown Police officers provided assistance to the other two agencies as the chase neared Springtown city limits.
The chase came to an end in the 2800 block of West Hwy. 199 causing the roadway to be closed while the incident was resolved.
SPD was notified that the chase was headed toward their jurisdiction around 8:45 p.m.… Read the rest
Game comes down to last shot
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
When Azle came to Springtown (1-4) Nov. 29 for a non-district basketball game, several factors were in play:
• the squads are longtime rivals
• both Springtown and Azle’s coaches are in their first years
• SHS’ Ernest Mims and AHS’ James Crafton are friends
• the game was low-scoring early
• the lead changed hands in the final period
• it came down to the final shot
When the buzzer sounded after an Azle 3-pointer bounded off the back of the rim, the Porcupines claimed a 48-45 victory.
The first period left the net alone, ending with SHS ahead 3-2.… Read the rest
With one state-qualifier returning and more athletes in the program, SHS wrestling coach Tye Adams sees big things for this year’s squad.
“We have a lot of kids out this year, the most we have had in three years,” the veteran coach said.
Almost 50 athletes are training to hit the mats this season.
Adams said, “We have a lot of young kids that we are excited about and a few returnees that will need to carry the torch for us.” One of those returnees is senior Jesse Springfield who reached the state tournament last February.
Adams said, “I am lucky to have good kids, great assistants, and overwhelming support from our athletic program.”
The JV competes Dec.… Read the rest