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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saturday's Spring Fling to Feature Fireworks, Fun, and Country Music

1100 Springs from Dallas will play the street dance on Saturday.
The City of Roscoe will celebrate the coming of Spring this Saturday with its second annual Spring Fling downtown.  

Highlights include street vendors on Cypress Street and Broadway, a kids’ area with a bounce house and other inflatables in Old Town Park, a chili cookoff at the Lumberyard, a street dance “on the bricks” with the country music band 1100 Springs, and a fireworks show to top it all off. 

Sponsored events will begin with the First Annual Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff. Check-in and set-up begins Saturday morning at 8:30am at the Lumberyard on 7 Cypress Street.  Judging will be from 3:30-4:30, and awards will be presented at 5:30.  

At last count, sixteen teams have already entered and more are expected to apply between now and the deadline on Friday.  The entry fee is $25.  Entry forms and information about rules and regulations are available at the Lumberyard.

Other activities run from 5:00 to 10:00pm. 

The street dance with 1100 Springs will begin at 7:45pm.  Their first set will run to just before the fireworks show at 9:00.  Then, following the fireworks, they will return and play until 10:00. 

Those who aren’t ready to stop celebrating at 10:00 can continue at the Lumberyard, where Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band will be playing on the outdoor stage starting at 10:00. 

The Lumberyard will actually begin its festivities the night before with the return of Jake Hooker and the Outsiders on the outdoor stage starting at 9:00pm.

Given decent weather, it should be a great weekend with plenty of music, activities, and opportunity of fun for all.  



Plowboy alums prepare to run a play against Commerce in Cowboys Stadium.
A football team composed of Plowboy exes won a thrilling overtime victory 13-12 over the Commerce Tiger exes in Arlington on Friday.  The victory was an impressive one when you consider that Commerce is a 3A school and was therefore drawing from a much larger base of ex-football players than 1A Roscoe.

In the game, the Plowboys scored early in the first quarter but failed to get the point after. They held that lead until almost the end of the third quarter when Commerce made a TD but also failed to get the extra point.

The score remained tied until the end of regulation and went into overtime. The Plowboys made a touchdown and extra point, and Commerce responded with a TD of their own.  But then the Tigers failed on a two-point conversion attempt, ending the game in favor of the Plowboys 13 to 12.

The game was one of a series hosted by the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Alumni Football.  Alumni teams of Texas high schools were pitted against one another with games being played in the world’s premier football stadium—Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  

Games were played in full pads with full contact and four twelve-minute quarters.  Each team had to have a minimum of 35 players on its roster in order to participate.

The Plowboy team included the following alumni from the ‘80s,’90s,’00s,and ‘10s:

Eric Robinson, Buster Frierson, Chris Hernandez, J. R. Abrigo, Jerry Chavira, Jim Watts, Jimmy Jones,  Nathan Hartkopf, Marcial Saenz, Moses Herrera, Gabriel Cruces, Armando Villa, Lewis Villa, Jesse Ochoa, Jared Ochoa, Jarrod Robinson, Lamont Thompson, Jacob Villanueva, Jared Villanueva, Michael Hermosillio, Michael Hernandez, Michael Brazil, Rueben Pantoja, David Pantoja, T. J. Rogers, Chris Gonzales, Tony Valenzuela, Juan Abrigo, James Pantoja, Simon Torres, Keith Hardin, Tate Mayfield, Travis Wright, Zack Green, Lavon Reese, Mckenzie Tillman, Derek Reese, Justin Gonzales, Skylar Stone, and Shawn Kincaid.  Sammy Ruiz was the coach.



Several Roscoe Plowboys and Plowgirls qualified for the upcoming Regional Finals at the Districts 9 and 10 1A Area Meet at Garden City last Thursday.  

For the Plowboys, Jesus Leanos was second in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 11:10.08 and third in the 1600 Meter Run with a time of 5:05.20.  Devon Freeman was second in the Pole Vault with a vault of 12’, and Eduardo Gallegos was fourth in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 52.66. 

Dillon Freeman also competed but failed to qualify in the 300 Meter Hurdles, finishing eighth.

For the Plowgirls, Jacinda Morales was second in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:27.04 and third in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 1:03.06. 

Plowgirls who competed but failed to qualify included Torrey Willman, who was sixth in the 100 Meter Hurdles;  Amber Craig, seventh in the 3200 Meter Run and eighth in the 1600 Meter Run; and Alura Renteria eighth in the 3200 Meter Run.

The Plowboys tied for 7th place out of 21 participating high schools, and the Plowgirls were 13th out of 18 participating high schools.

Both Plowboys and Plowgirls will participate in the Regional Qualifiers Track Meet to be held on the new track here in Roscoe on Friday.


Due to extensive sod work on the playing field at George Parks Field needing more time to mature, the Roscoe Little League opening ceremonies are postponed until Saturday the 28th of April.


Following a Saturday characterized by high winds and a high of 89°F, a cold front hit early Sunday morning lowering the temperature to 49° and dropping rain on the area for about a half hour before moving on.  Rainfall varied from four-tenths to three-quarters of an inch, depending on location.

Since then, there’s been nothing but sunshine with afternoon temperatures climbing into the seventies and eighties.  The forecast is for more of the same.



Burial in the Roscoe Cemetery followed a private family memorial service last week for Nora Faye Grantham , 68.  She died on Monday, April 9, at her home in Sweetwater.

Nora Faye Berry was born February 15, 1944, in Sweetwater.  She grew up in Roscoe and lived here most of her life.  She married Gerald Wayne Grantham on April 9, 1976, in Big Spring.  A beautician, she owned and operated Nora’s Beauty Shop in Roscoe.  She was also a co-owner of Mustang Oil Change and worked for Southwest Canvas in Sweetwater.  She was also a driver for a railroad transport company. 

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Jo Sims of Sterling, Colorado; son, Greg Sims of Euless; brother, Bob Berry of Roscoe; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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