My soccer journey to Brazil

Writer’s Note: I love watching and covering most all sports, but the main sport I played growing up was soccer. I took an amazing trip to Brazil 14 years ago that I’ve never written about until now. Here’s my story about playing soccer with Cruzeiro in the city of Belo Horizonte.     There I…

Watching the World Cup with my son

As I write this, my son and daughter are playing with Legos in the other room. I’m sitting on the couch keeping an eye on them while I watch another terrific World Cup game – Netherlands and Australia. Each World Cup is different. Different hosts, different players and teams. With a four-year cycle, every tournament…

Wrapping up the spring

I’ve been meaning to write a blog for the last few weeks, but luckily several area athletes and teams have been keeping me busy traversing across Texas. In the past month, I’ve made trips to Lubbock, Austin, Minneapolis, Mineral Wells and Austin. I was threatened to be removed at state track for standing in the…

Regional track qualifers

Next week regional meets will be held all across the state to determine who will participate in the UIL State Track Meet held May 9-10. Here’s a list of area athletes who will be participating in seven different regional meets at five different classifications. Three notes: 1) Any Quanah girls making it aren’t on the…

Basketball playoff pairings

 Here are the area’s latest playoff pairings for girls this weekend and guys starting next week. GIRLS RESULTS/PAIRINGS Region I-4A Bi-District Rider 51, Saginaw 41 Area Rider (26-6) vs. Granbury (19-12), 1 p.m. Saturday, Jacksboro Region I-3A Bi-District Burkburnett 57, Lake Worth 25 Hirschi 57, Mineral Wells 42 Springtown 45, Graham 34 Kennedale 90, Vernon…

Area football signings

Here are the area football athletes signing on National Signing Day. If anyone else is signing for football or another sport, please let the Times Record News know. Rider Davon Allison – Midwestern State (Div. II) WFHS Steffen Thomas – Hardin-Simmons (Div. III) Burkburnett Bobby Ingram – Oklahoma Baptist (NAIA) Vernon Orlando Haymon – Midwestern…

Thoughts after UIL realignment

Here are some thoughts and winners/losers from another fun UIL realignment day. We get to do the same thing in two more years. WINNERS WFHS and Rider – While not a walk in the park, you take out Guyer, Nelson and Lake Dallas and replace them with three Saginaw schools and it’s definitely an easier…

Some realignment thoughts

Tomorrow morning, the UIL will announce realignment for the next couple years. Here are some of my thoughts regarding area teams: 5A Our teams: Rider, WFHS Potential district mates in region: Saginaw Boswell, Saginaw, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Denton, Lake Dallas, Azle, Brewer, Grapevine. My thoughts: It seems really likely that WFHS and Rider are with…

Girls hoops playoff scenarios

The girls high school basketball regular season has two games left. Here is what’s on the line in every area district as the season draws to a close: Note: Corrects 10-A Div. II where there was forfeit I’d not heard about: 5-4A Teams in: Rider, Denton Guyer, Byron Nelson, Azle. What’s up: All four playoff…

Another exciting week of HS football

Everywhere you looked over the weekend, there was exciting high school football. Well, almost everywhere. Graham’s 42-point explosion in the first half against Estacado left me and the other Shotwell Stadium press people bored in the second half. It had lots of runs into the middle of the line by the Steers’ reserves. But other than…

Second-round football thoughts

Well, things have been a little crazy lately with games getting postponed, moved up and rescheduled multiple times. Most of the games got played around the state, although there are still a few that are going to try to go Monday. In our area, Seymour-New Deal and Crowell-Water Valley fit into that category. It sounded…

Playoff game updates

Right now only two area football games are on Friday as scheduled – Henrietta vs. Cooper at 7:30 p.m. in Denton and Graham-Glen Rose at 7 p.m. in Mineral Wells. Here are what changes have been made. We’ll let you know of anything else: *The WFHS-Everman playoff game has been moved back to 2 p.m.…

Updates playoff pairings

CLASS 4A DIVISION II BI-DISTRICT Saginaw Boswell 42, Rider 7 WFHS 17, FW Dunbar 7 AREA ROUND WFHS (6-5) vs. Everman (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Saginaw’s Roughrider Stadium CLASS 3A DIVISION I BI-DISTRICT Springtown 49, Hirschi 27 Kennedale 57, Burkburnett 28 3A DIVISION II BI-DISTRICT Graham 68,Castleberry 0 Vernon 49, Lake Worth 21 AREA ROUND…