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Perfect contest cards entered

| September 14, 2017
Perfect contest cards entered

Helping fuel a fast start in 5-4A was Jazzmyne Mannin who has 18 kills to open district. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Perfection was the minimum standard in this week’s football contest.
Two prognosticators managed just that – a couple that share the same last name.
The contest’s most successful entrants struck again as Margaret and Eddy Swanzy took the top two spots by submitting 12-0 cards.
The tie-breaker of Dallas 19, New York 3 (22) made Margaret Swanzy the $20 first place winner; she guessed 48 points.
Eddy Swanzy won $10 for a guess of 48.
Third place was claimed by Clyde R.… Read the rest

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Ladies roar out to 2-0 start in district play

| September 14, 2017
Ladies roar out to 2-0 start in district play

Addison Farris served 4 aces in 2 district matches. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Springtown begins 5-4A action with a pair of sweeps

by Mark K. Campbell
So far, district has been no problem for the Lady Porcupine volleyball squad.
Springtown (12-7, 2-0) blitzed both Lake Worth and Mineral Wells to start 5-4A play unmarred.
At Lake Worth Sept. 8, SHS’ serves dizzied the Lady Frogs.… Read the rest

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PC course tests SHS XC runners

| September 14, 2017
PC course tests SHS XC runners

Julie Plumlee was SHS’ first finisher for the second week in a row.

by Mark K. Campbell
At the Parker County XC Championships Sept. 9, Springtown cross country males then females took off together.
With no junior varsity races, the JVers joined the varsity at Canyon West Golf Course in Weatherford.
The top Porcupine, Christopher Hoselton, medaled with a 10th place finish in 18 minutes, 40 seconds in his 3-mile circuit.
The first Lady Porcupine to cross the line also claimed a medal – Julie Plumlee who was timed in 13:11 over her 2-mile route.
In 2016, the varsity boys did not place as a team; this year, the Porcupines finished third out of 10 competitors.… Read the rest

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Slow start hampers Porcupines again

| September 14, 2017
Slow start hampers Porcupines again

Wide open Lane Hill snags a pass. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Stephenville jumps out to big lead early to win 41-13

by Mark K. Campbell
For the second week in a row, the Porcupine football team got behind the eight ball early.
And that hole of trailing in the beginning stages of a game proved costly once more.
Springtown (0-2) saw visiting Stephenville score three touchdowns before the Porcupines reached paydirt.
That 20-0 deficit was too much to overcome, and the Porcupines, playing at home for the first time in 2017, lost 41-13.
Slow starts – in week one Decatur tallied 4 TDs fast – made catching up a chore.… Read the rest

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JV, 9th v’ball girls out strong

| September 14, 2017

While the state-ranked varsity Lady Porcupine volleyball team – No. 13 this week – is tooling along, so are the JV and freshman squads.
The JV (9-1) won its first eight games of 2017 before finally falling in a tournament match.
The win streak went to 4-0 on Aug. 29 when the SHS JV swept Paradise 25-13, 25-18.
Maddie Owens (5 aces, 4 kills) and Megan Barker (4 kills) led the way.
Sanger was overcome 19-25, 25-23, 25-20 on Sept. 1.
Bailey Harmon and Owens “stepped up their games,” coach Missy Castro said.
A 25-11, 25-23 sweep of Brock was led by Raylee Farris and Barker with 6 kills each; a Harmon ace won the match.… Read the rest

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District arriving for volleyball

| September 7, 2017
District arriving for volleyball

Carli Haugen killed three balls against Sanger and two more at home against Brock. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

SHS opens at Lake Worth Fri.

by Mark K. Campbell
All the preparing for district is over; it’s time for 5-4A play.
Springtown (10-7) finished off its preseason slate with a win over Sanger and a loss to Brock.
That latter match pitted No. 2 in 3A Brock against No. 13 in 4A Springtown.
Earlier in the season, the Lady Porcupines tangled with the 4A No. 1, Glen Rose.
In the 17 non-district matches, SHS faced plenty of quality foes to prepare for district action.… Read the rest

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Cross country season begins at Boyd High

| September 7, 2017
Cross country season begins at Boyd High

Christopher Hoselton was Springtown’s top boy runner in 2016, and he began this season with the Porcupines’ best time in Boyd. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The weather was cooler than normal – 60s – when the gun fired to start the 2017 cross country season.
Springtown raced there last year, too, but, for the numerous frosh vying in their inaugural high school race, it was a first.
The boys were led by last year’s top racer, Christopher Hoselton.
Over the 3-mile route that ventured deep into a green meadow before ending on the Boyd High School track, the junior crossed the line in 19 minutes, 23 seconds.… Read the rest

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Rayfield winner of 1st contest

| September 7, 2017

The 2017 football prediction contest used the tie-breaker right off the bat.
Taking the $20 first place cash was Paul Rayfield, the only contestant to miss just two games.
Three prognosticators were off on three games each, so the giant tie-breaker of Decatur 69, Springtown 35 (104) decided check distribution.
Taking second and $10 was Eddy Swanzy; third place’s $5 was won by Margaret Swanzy; they guessed 75 and 65, respectively.
Too far off was Wes Robinson who guessed 61.… Read the rest

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Porcupines, Eagles put up big points in season opener as Decatur wins 69-35

| September 7, 2017
Porcupines, Eagles put up big points in season opener as Decatur wins 69-35

Eagles swarm around Porcupine Eric Antonnuci. The senior caught three passes for 53 yards in Springtown’s season opener. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Rickett scores 3 touchdowns

by Mark K. Campbell
It was almost a rehash of 2016.
In ‘16, Decatur beat Springtown (0-1) 74-42 at Porcupines Stadium.
In ‘17, this time at Eagle Stadium, the Porcupines fell 69-35.
After falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter, the Porcupines began scoring but never got closer than two touchdowns.
The Eagles were a veteran squad coming in.
In fact, coach Brian Hulett said that Decatur “had more returners and juniors and seniors than we have varsity players.”
Springtown had plenty of highlights in the loss.… Read the rest

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Porcupines open ‘17 at Decatur gridiron

| August 31, 2017
Porcupines open ‘17 at Decatur gridiron

Coach Micheal Chavez conducts a drill during a practice earlier this year. Springtown’s varsity plays at Decatur Friday at 7 p.m. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Schedule alternates between away and home

by Mark K. Campbell
It’s time for the varsity football Porcupines to make their 2017 debut.
That happens against a foe that will be a test, Decatur.
Springtown plays on the road at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1.
The Porcupines have put in weeks of practices and taken part in a pair of scrimmages – at Sanger and, last week, against Alvarado.
Top offensive players in that latter clash included QB Travis Plato and lineman Guillermo Pando; the defensive standouts were linebacker Trey Appel and lineman Brian McWhorter.… Read the rest

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