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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Plowbots Win Awards in San Antonio

The Plowbots at the San Antonio Convention Center last weekend.
Roscoe Collegiate High School’s robotics team, the Plowbots, won two awards at the Alamo Regional Event of the US First Robotics Competition, held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio last weekend. 

Their robot with its farming motif won the Creative Design Award, and the team also received the “Cooperatition Award” for its helpfulness toward other robotics teams during the competition.

They competed directly against high schools of all sizes and were just one of 64 teams in the event, making their successes all the more impressive. 

In November, the Plowbots won the Big Country Hub Meet.  They are led by Coach Dan Boren, and Club President is Hannah Weems.  Their primary sponsors are the Texas Workforce Commission and Ludlum Industries.



The Plowboys opened their track season at a meet in Roby last Saturday.  In the boys’ competition, Jesus Leanos won the 3200-meter race and was second in the 1600.  For the girls, Jacinda Morales was first in both the 400 and 800-meter runs. 

Workmen are busy putting the final touches on the new track surface for this weekend’s track meets to be held at Plowboy Field.  The junior high meet will be tomorrow afternoon, and the high school meet will start at 2:30pm on Friday.



Rattlesnake hunters display some of their catch in this 1957 rattlesnake hunt that inspired the Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The Annual Rattlesnake Roundup will be held this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Nolan County Coliseum, and, as usual, plenty of Roscoe folks will be involved in the activities—as they have been since its inception in 1958.

In fact, Wilburn Hughes recently lent me a copy of an old Sweetwater Reporter article written by Otis Francis that says the Jaycees initially picked up the idea for the roundup from a 1957 rattlesnake hunt conducted by a group of men from Roscoe and Sweetwater who bagged 64 rattlers in a couple of hours.  

In that group were Wilburn Hughes, Leon Davis, Harvey Staton, Hillis Thornburg, and H. T. Zimmerman from Roscoe and N. A. Dressler, Jimmy Dulaney, J. B. Harley, Slim Staton, and Harold Clegg from Sweetwater. 

The complete schedule of this year’s roundup events, along with other information, is available on the Rattlesnake Roundup website, which you can access by clicking here



An Abilene Reporter-News article published on Saturday mentioned Roscoe farmer Doyle Edmiston’s illustrious basketball career at Rising Star and at Hardin-Simmons University. 

Selected All-Border Conference twice in a three-year career, he led the Cowboys with over a thousand career rebounds, still a school record.  He also holds the single-game record with 31 against West Texas State.  He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1959.

The article is accessible by clicking here.



A recent article in The Abilene Reporter News reported that Texas ranked tenth in the nation for its 2010 high school graduation rate of 84.3% and that Roscoe Collegiate High School led schools in the Big Country with its graduation rate of 100%.

RISD Superintendent Kim Alexander stated that the school has had a 100% graduation rate since 2009.  In 2008 its rate was 91.3%, and in 2007 it was 96.3%.

Texas had the fifth-highest rate for African-American students at 78.8 percent.  The article is accessible by clicking here.


Spring seems to have arrived.  The trees around town, excepting the mesquites, are all budding out, and temperatures have gotten up into the seventies the past couple of days.  We've also been having springlike winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 40 out of the southwest--with wind advisories in effect for all of the Big Country.

The forecast is for more of the same today with a front coming in tomorrow that will cool things off and bring a 30% to 40% chance of precipitation as we move into the weekend.

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