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Riding to the Finals

| May 18, 2017
Riding to the Finals

Team roper Hugo Escobar II (left) and Jordan R. Garcia, a chute dogger, will compete at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals. Photo courtesy Mary Sela Escobar

Two Porcupines in rodeo among NTHSRA best

by Mark K. Campbell
A pair of Springtown cowboys is preparing for the last event of the North Texas High School Rodeo Association’s 2016-17 season.
Jordan R. Garcia and Hugo Escobar II both qualified for the NTHSRA Finals with top 15 finishes over the circuit.
Garcia, a senior, sits 15th in chute dogging with 235 points, including 42 points – a fifth place effort – in a late-season Board of Directors rodeo.… Read the rest

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Netters claim special state tennis honors

| May 18, 2017

SHS octet Academic All-State

by Mark K. Campbell
Several Porcupines and Lady Porcupines were lauded for their efforts during the 2016-17 tennis season.
Landing on the Elite Academic All-State squad were two boys – Connor Kelley and Garrison Trichel.
The Elite team is the highest Academic All-State honor.
Named to the Second Team were Cody Swanson and Cyrus Naal.
Honorable Mention went to Jacob Matthews.
Three Lady Porcupines earned places on the exclusive roster.
Ashton Weaver was named to the Second Team while Adrienne Easter and Ashley McKown were Honorable Mention.
To be named Academic All-State, athletes had several areas of their academics examined.… Read the rest

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Sports camps begin May 30

| May 18, 2017
Sports camps begin May 30

Campers enjoy last year’s volleyball camp conducted by SHS head coach Leighann Strickland. This year’s camp is slated to begin May 30. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Volleyball kicks of summer camps for youth

Registration is wide open for 2017 summer camps.
Camp season starts May 30 with volleyball.
Already participants can register with an online application available at www.springtownisd.net.
Click on Our Schools, then Springtown High School, then Athletics. Camp info is on the right-hand side with POJO Maker details, too. Fee information can be found there.
Youth camps include football, volleyball (regular and an elite camp), boys and girls basketball, wrestling, softball, and baseball.… Read the rest

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Aiming for State

| May 18, 2017
Aiming for State

Springtown’s varsity 7-on-7 football team will make its first effort to secure a berth at the state tournament when the Porcupines travel to Midlothian for its first SQT – state-qualifying tournament – Saturday, May 20. A top two finish locks down a trip to College Station June 29-30 for the state event. SHS will have multiple qualifying chances including one Saturday, May 27 when Brock joins with Springtown to host an SQT. Historically, Porcupines have reached the elite tournament state gathering. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Porcupines in midst of 7-on-7 ‘season’

| May 11, 2017
Porcupines in midst of 7-on-7 ‘season’

It was touchdowns galore for the Porcupines – like this nice diving snag by Eric Antonucci (2) – in Springtown’s 7-on-7 game versus Bridgeport May 9. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

Springtown will host qualifying ‘SQT’ May 27

by Mark K. Campbell
The goal of teams in 7-on-7 football is to reach the state tournament.
To get there, a squad must finish in the top two teams in a state-qualifying tournament (SQT).
Preparing for their first SQT at Midlothian May 20, Springtown is playing in the Wise County League, seeing other local teams – like Bridgeport and Decatur – as they, too, seek a shot at state.… Read the rest

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Playing college ball

| May 11, 2017
Playing college ball

Springtown collegiate softball player Kaitlyn Hill (center) poses with Azle’s Bailee Carter and Samantha Bradley at the Sunbelt Awards Conference Banquet; all three play Division I ball. Photo courtesy Ryan Hill

Hill attends Div. I softball banquet with Azle duo

Three area freshmen college athletes – one from Springtown – met at the Sunbelt Conference Awards Banquet.
Former Lady Porcupine Kaitlyn Hill was joined at the event by Azle athletes Bailee Carter and Samantha Bradley.
The girls’ teams all qualified for the Sunbelt tournament, which began May 10 in Troy, Alabama.
All play Division I softball: Hill at Louisiana-Monroe (No. 7 seed in the upcoming tourney), Carter at Texas State in San Marcos (No.… Read the rest

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SHS 5 on elite roster

| May 11, 2017
SHS 5 on elite roster

Christian Whitaker was one of two Porcupine First Team baseball picks for 2017. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

In 7-4A baseball

A quintet of baseball Porcupines landed on the 7-4A All-District list.
Two seniors and three sophomores were honored.
Kaleb Chesney and Jonathan Chavez were the seniors.
Tenth graders Christian Whitaker, Easton Wells, and Austin Sexton were also recognized.… Read the rest

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Camp signups ongoing

| May 11, 2017

Springtown and area youth can now register for the annual summer sports camps.
Camp season starts May 30 with volleyball.
Already participants can register with an online application available at www.springtownisd.net.
Click on Our Schools, then Springtown High School, then Athletics. Camp info is on the right-hand side with POJO Maker details, too. Fee information can be found there.
Youth camps include football, volleyball (regular and an elite camp), boys and girls basketball, wrestling, softball, and baseball.
POJO Maker 2017 Speed and Strength Camp begins June 5 and runs through July 20.
The deadline to sign up is May 31.
Call (817) 220-3040 for more information.… Read the rest

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Softball lands 10 on All-District list

| May 11, 2017
Softball lands 10 on All-District list

One of Springtown’s First Team picks on the 7-4A All-District list was Haylee Klein who batted .300 for the season. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
A slew of athletes from Springtown’s playoff-qualifying softball team were recognized by District 7-4A coaches as stellar players.
Ten Lady Porcupines landed on the annual list, including a trio of First Teamers.
Juniors Elaina Garcia and Haylee Klein and freshman Kelsey Vincent were selected for the top team.
Garcia hit .501 for the season, scoring 35 runs. She had 45 hits – seven homers – and 45 RBI.
She reached base 35 times without swinging – on 15 walks and 20 hit by pitches.… Read the rest

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Throwin’ ‘shoes for SHS

| May 4, 2017
Throwin’ ‘shoes for SHS

Springtown High School was not only well represented at a Weatherford Lions Club Parker County High School Horseshoe tournament but brought home some hardware. Haylee Klein and Raynee Henderson won the Partners division – boys and girls went head-to-head – while Henderson (below) was the female individual champ. Also competing for SHS were Wayland Frizzell and Carson Croft. Six other Parker County high schools vied in the event.

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