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Lady lifters 5th at state meet

| March 23, 2017
Lady lifters 5th at state meet

Five Lady Porcupines helped Springtown finish fifth at the state powerlifting meet in Waco: (l-r) Serena Arce, Jenny Lopez, Jazmine Kuper, Nazaketh Montes, and Clarissa Torres.

Two girls second in Waco; Montes breaks Texas record

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, Springtown High School’s most consistent athletic program, shone at the state event.
Five Lady Porcupines qualified for the elite powerlifting meet in Waco March 17.
Among the 87 teams competing, Springtown finished fifth overall – a mere two points from third place, coach Missy Castro said.
Two Lady Porcupines took second.… Read the rest

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Porcupines pop Benbrook for district victory

| March 23, 2017
Porcupines pop Benbrook for district victory

Springtown’s Christian Whitaker wallops a pitch early in the Benbrook game March 17. He was key in a four-run sixth inning that gave SHS a 7-4A win. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Springtown wins 7-4A opener

by Mark K. Campbell
Fans at the Porcupine diamond St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, saw first-year coach Josh Ward win his opening district game.
Springtown (1-1 in 7-4A) rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and beat visiting Benbrook, 6-3.
Timely hitting in that late inning secured the win, the coach recalled.
Batting safely in the crucial frame were Austin Sexton, Christian Whitaker, Easton Wells, and starting pitcher Kaleb Chesney.… Read the rest

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Softball splits 2 games

| March 23, 2017
Softball splits 2 games

Karrah Cooper crashes into the Benbrook catcher on the Lady Porcupine diamond March 17. Springtown drilled the visitors to remain near the top of the district standings. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
After blasting Benbrook 16-4 March 17, the Lady Porcupine softball suffered its first district loss at Mineral Wells.
Still, Springtown (3-1 in 7-4A) remains at the top of the standings, just behind the Lady Rams (5-0).
Big hitting Elaina Garcia had a double and four RBI against Benbrook. Erin Jay and Haylee Klein scored three times each in the win.
In a 5-1 loss at Mineral Wells, one bad defensive inning hurt, coach Scott Mann recalled.… Read the rest

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Playin’ a Little Ball on St. Paddy’s Day

| March 23, 2017
Playin’ a Little Ball on St. Paddy’s Day


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The varsity softball and baseball teams beat Benbrook March 17. Here in action Lady Porcupine hurler Raynee Henderson; Haley Praytor hauls in a fly; Austin Sexton keeps a runner close at second base; starter Kaleb Chesney throws home; Haylee Klein (2) is safe at home.
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Taking the time to take the picture is just one part of the final process

| March 23, 2017
Taking the time to take the picture is just one part of the final process

Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
So I was drinking coffee early one spring morning last year, ambling down the sidewalk at our little abode on a hill in Parker County.
The sun was coming up as I moseyed, ending up near a raised bed that we had planned on replacing for many years.
Each spring, garlic begins rising from that bed. It keeps growing taller and taller, capped with what always looked to me like Russian “onion domes.”
I thought they were cool – especially when the tops began bending every which way – so I squatted down to give a height perspective and took several shots with my cell phone.… Read the rest

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It’s Officially Springtime

| March 23, 2017
It’s Officially Springtime

As with bluebonnets, you know spring has arrived when the Indian paintbrushes begin showing up in yards and roadsides. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Cross Timbers GC seeing skyrocketing rise in players

| March 23, 2017
Cross Timbers GC seeing skyrocketing rise in players

Cross Timbers Golf Course professional Keith Harris said current improvements to the course have helped turn its reputation around. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
“There are some misconceptions about our golf course.”
Keith Harris, the golf professional at Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course, has seen the links improve its reputation.
“We have worked at turning the image of Cross Timbers around,” he said.
He has been the pro at CTCG for four years, running his total years to 24 in the sporting business.
While watching finances, Harris noted, he and workers at the course have made improvements including renovations and bunkers.… Read the rest

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Impressive Sheep

| March 23, 2017
Impressive Sheep

Camryn Slocum placed eighth out of 79 entries in the lightweight Southdown division at the Houston Livestock Show Thursday, March 16.

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‘Machine Gun Preacher’ to speak at The Church at Azle Mon., March 27

| March 23, 2017
‘Machine Gun Preacher’ to speak at The Church at Azle Mon., March 27

Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers with his Angels of East Africa. He will speak at The Church at Azle March 27. Photo courtesy All Hands United International

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sam Childers used to live a violent lifestyle as an addicted, hardcore biker.
Then God “turned his mess into his message.”
Childers will speak at The Church at Azle, located at 1801 S. Stewart St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 27.
The free event is open to the general public.
Childers will share his true life story, which was made into a major motion picture, Machine Gun Preacher, starring prominent actor Gerard Butler.… Read the rest

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Club’s pancake supper March 23

| March 23, 2017
Club’s pancake supper March 23

All you can eat pancakes and a knowing you’ve contributed to the educational future of Springtown students await Thursday, March 23 at the high school.

The Springtown Optimist Club will hold its 14th Annual Pancake Supper Thursday, March 23.
The event will be held in the Springtown High School cafeteria from 4:30-7 p.m. Optimists will be serving pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
In addition to the meal there will be several silent auction items available for bidding.
Admission is $6 for older children and adults; children under the age of five are free.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any member of the Springtown Optimist Club.… Read the rest

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