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SHS baseball ousted by Venus

| May 12, 2016
SHS baseball ousted by Venus

by Mark K. Campbell
One of the winningest Springtown baseball seasons ended in bi-district at Northwest Eaton High School against Venus.
In a best of three series, the Porcupines (21-12) lost the opening game, won No. 2, and led in the finale before the Bulldogs rallied.
In game one, SHS got runners on occasionally but mustered only 2 hits.
For Springtown, pitcher Kaleb Chesney was strong as well, permitting just 3 hits.
But Venus tallied single runs in the third, sixth, and seventh innings for a 3-0 win.
The next day, Saturday, May 7, the Porcupines’ string of shutout innings ended at 10.… Read the rest

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Hornback throws at state track meet Fri.

| May 12, 2016
Hornback throws at state track meet Fri.

by Mark K. Campbell
Only a tiny percentage of track athletes in Texas reach the state meet.
Once again, Springtown will have a representative in Austin where the best in the Lone Star State gather annually.
Shot putter Kylie Hornback, a senior, will compete at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in front of thousands.
She will enter the ring beginning at 3 p.m., Friday, May 13.
Hornback, the district and Region I-4A champion, will face some stiff competition.
To get to state, the Lady Porcupine won Region I with a throw of 37 feet, 9 inches.
That’s the eighth best throw among the nine state finalists.… Read the rest

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Free physicals May 17 at SHS

| May 12, 2016

A UIL requirement for many

The University Interscholastic League says it must be done for specific hopeful student-athletes.
And they can get it done for free.
All youth entering grades 7, 9, and 11 in the next school year – 2016-17 – must undergo a physical before taking part in any athletic endeavors.
That procedure can cost – but not on Tuesday, May 17 beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Doctors Gene McDaniel and Chris Opella will conduct physicals at no cost then.
Students should line up in the Springtown High School athletic hallway beginning at 5:15.
Paperwork must be filled out in advance.… Read the rest

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Summer camps arrving soon

| May 12, 2016
Summer camps arrving soon

Lady Porcupine head volleyball coach Leighann Strickland (above left in black) will again welcome scores of young athletes at her camp set to begin May 31 at the SHS gym. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Summer camps begin this month.
POJO Maker, a speed and agility camp, begins June 6 and runs through July 21.
The annual Metro Elite Volleyball Camp is coming back to the SHS gym. Once again, successful high school coaches Julie Green and Hollie Hutson will direct the intense gathering, this year July 28-30 from 2-7 p.m. daily.
Other camps planned for May, June, and July include football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and soccer.… Read the rest

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Cap’s battle royale is really Avengers III

| May 12, 2016
Cap’s battle royale is really Avengers III

The Movie Man went out of his way to avoid finding out too much about Captain America: Civil War.
These days, of course, it’s hard to do – he could not help but discover that Spider-Man shows up and that a few newcomers and some old Avengers end up being on different sides of an issue.
But, overall, he avoided a lot and that paid off in the auditorium.

About the film
One thing the Movie Man heard often was how fantastic the airport fight was.
Going in knowing too much about a movie can be a bummer because you focus on waiting for specific scenes instead of the actual movie.… Read the rest

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Two fishing tales, both true, really, I swear

| May 12, 2016
Two fishing tales, both true, really, I swear

Here are two fishing stories, both kinda, mostly true since they are fishing stories and anglers are about as believable as politicians.
Story one:
The Internet is abuzz – well, when isn’t it abuzz, I suppose – about a couple of guys catching a very nice tuna using a drone. Yes, those flying drones, the kind that are used to record beautiful vistas from on high or to spy on sunbathing neighbors.
Two dudes in Australia “while enjoying some cold beers” (a fishing essential for many) dreamed up the idea of using drones to seek out fish – a sort of aerial fish finder.… Read the rest

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When Who plus Why equals What

| May 12, 2016
When Who plus Why equals What

Note: This week’s column is part two of last week’s. If you have not already seen that one, you can find it at http://drgerrylewis.com/do-you-know-who-you-are/.

When Pastor Terry gave me a tour of Friendship Baptist Church, he did it with both pride and humility. He’s proud of his church and his God and humbled at the amazing ways God has provided.
When space began to become an issue for this growing church, they started thinking about how they could remodel and renovate their facilities. They had set a little bit of money aside for that purpose, but once they began seriously looking at all that it would take, it became apparent that it was going to cost more than they had.… Read the rest

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‘What Were We To Do?’ Part 4 – Skirmish in trees

| May 12, 2016
‘What Were We To Do?’ Part 4 – Skirmish in trees

In Indian Fighting on the Texas Frontier, John M. Elkins said that they saw an Indian ride from the entanglements making motions that he was a friend while he waited for us to ride on to him. He said, “Howdy do” in broken speech.
“We could see that the Indian was old; that his eyes were too red to give him but little sight; and that he was riding an old, worn-out pony, is why we did not kill him instantly. He offered his hand in friendship. Colonel Baylor rode to him and took his hand.
“‘Him Captain?’ the old Indian inquired as he pointed to Captain Hamner.… Read the rest

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Cruz ends campaign, Perry endorses Trump for president

| May 12, 2016
Cruz ends campaign, Perry endorses Trump for president

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suspended his presidential campaign May 3 after losing Indiana’s GOP presidential primary to frontrunner Donald Trump of New York.
The Indiana loss mathematically eliminated Cruz from achieving the necessary delegate count to gain the nomination at the Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21.
On May 6, Rick Perry, Texas’ former and longest-serving governor (December 2000 to January 2015) endorsed Trump for president. Perry, who dropped out of the GOP presidential primaries in 2012 and 2015, also signaled his availability as a vice presidential running mate for Trump.
Cruz, who served as solicitor general under then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, was elected to the U.S.… Read the rest

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The well-watered times

| May 12, 2016
The well-watered times

Some people thought it was the end of the world. I thought it was the center.
There was a lot to love about my West Texas hometown. Beautiful sunsets, fields of cotton as far as the eye could see, clouds sailing overhead like great fleets of ships – as well as a beautiful old theater, a big swimming pool, a bustling square. I grew up believing we had the best schools, the best basketball teams, the prettiest girls, the nicest people, the happiest dogs, the best Mexican food.
About the only thing we didn’t have was a lot of rain.
I don’t think I ever saw an issue of the newspaper that didn’t have a weather- or farm-related story.… Read the rest

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