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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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Spikers visit Graham track

| March 23, 2017

Many Springtown High School athletes headed for the popular Spring Break track meet – the Possum Kingdom Relays in Graham.
A slew of Porcupines turned in fine times in advance of the annual POJO Relays slated for Saturday, March 25.
SHS competed in the “Big School” division with 5A and 6A athletes.
The varsity 4×200-meter relay squad of Trey Apell, Tre Steen, Austin Chenault, and Aaron Foster took the gold in 1 minute, 33.07 seconds.
A second gold medal went to high jumper John Johnson who cleared six feet.
In other field events, Wriley Russell (discus, 136-5), Lane Hill (long jump, 20-6.25), and Kyle Lunsford (pole vault, 10-0) earned bronze medals.… 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.
Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Softball ladies now 2-0 in 7-4A

| March 17, 2017
Softball ladies now 2-0 in 7-4A

by mark k. campbell
The Lady Porcupine softball team is off to a stellar start in district play.
With a 15-4 pasting of Lake Worth, Springtown has bolted out 2-0 in 7-4A play.
Against the Lady Frogs March 10, SHS staggered early.
After scoring a run to open the game, Springtown saw the hosts score three for a 3-1 lead.
The Lady Porcupines jumped out to a 4-1 advantage, but Lake Worth immediately tied it at four.
However, the SHS bats kept popping – Springtown would collect 13 hits – and eventually pulled away, icing the game with a six-run seventh inning.… Read the rest

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Hardball wins on the road

| March 17, 2017

by mark k. campbell
The non-district Springtown baseball schedule ended with a win at Gainesville March 14.
The Porcupines walloped the host’s pitchers for 17 hits en route to a 12-8 victory.
Kaleb Chesney’s bat was hot; he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and five RBI.
Easton Wells not only had three hits but got the victory on the mound for SHS.
Aaron Foster added two hits in four at bats while collecting a trio of ribbies.
Coach Josh Ward said, “It was the best hitting game we have had on the season.”
District play begins at home against Benbrook Friday, March 17; the JV begins at 5 p.m.… Read the rest

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Soccer seasons over for Springtown High

| March 17, 2017
Soccer seasons over for Springtown High

Girls coach sees improvement in play

by mark k. campbell
The 2017 Lady Porcupine soccer team did not advance, but that doesn’t mean the squad did not make strides.
Springtown finished the final two matches 1-1 in district action.
In the home finale against Benbrook, SHS trailed 1-0 until Bri Escobar “made an awesome goal off a corner kick,” coach Katherine Kummerfeld recalled.
That mid-second period score led to a 1-1 tie in regulation.
Penalty kicks would decide the victor.
The coach said, “The girls dominated this.”
Scoring were Lady Porcupines Scottie Holmes, Nina De La Cruz, Aubra Parker, and Hannah Downes.… Read the rest

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Lifters bound for state event

| March 17, 2017

Five Lady Porcupines are headed to Waco – a quintet of strong Lady Porcupines.
Springtown will again be well represented at the state powerlifting meet.
Coach Missy Castro is taking five girls to the new lifting locale (the event is usually conducted in Corpus Christi):
• Serena Arce
• Jenny Lopez
• Jazmine Kuper
• Nazaketh Montes
• Clarissa Torres
Lopez and Kuper head to Waco after impressive efforts at the regional meet conducted earlier in Anna.
Lopez shattered two records there – in squat with 300 pounds and total weight at 685.
Kuper broke the regional mark for the bench press in her weight class, clearing 230 pounds.… Read the rest

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Annual POJO Relays looming

| March 17, 2017
Annual POJO Relays looming

Plenty of track is approaching this spring and one of the big events is the annual POJO Relays.
The event always attracts squads from all around the Metroplex in a variety of classifications – and it sometimes gets visited by some chilly weather.
This year the meet is set for Saturday, March 25 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
One allure for visiting squads is the high-tech capabilities of Porcupine Stadium.
Currently being run by facility director Stan Gideon, the complex’s ability to immediately show results after giving spectators live video of races on the scoreboard – including photo-finishes – is something that few area track meets can offer.… Read the rest

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