All the news that's fit to print.

In the Heart of the Blackland Divide

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is Friday evening, so remember to buy some trick-or-treat candy if you haven’t already done so, and keep in mind that kids will be trick-or-treating and walking the streets before and after sundown.

The First Baptist Church will have a “Trick or Trunk” event on Friday from 6:00-7:00pm.



The Plowboy defense held Roby scoreless in the second half.
After losing to Roby three years in a row, the Plowboys enjoyed a little payback Friday night as they dominated the second half and finished with a convincing 30-14 victory over the Lions.

The Plowboys opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cutter Davila to Kevin Lavalais.  However, the extra-point attempt, a kick by Isaiah Gonzales, failed.  It would be the first of five futile attempts by the Plowboys to make extra points during the game.  Nevertheless, the Plowboys were ahead 6-0.  Roby came right back, though, with a long drive capped by Sterling Dowden’s touchdown run from two yards out.  Roby’s extra-point attempt also failed, and the score was tied 6-6.

The Lions took the lead in the second quarter on a six-yard run by Ridgdon Terry.  The pass for extra points from Terry to Braeden Groat was complete, and Roby was ahead 14-6.  The Plowboys responded with another successful drive and a 16-yard TD run by Vincent Pantoja.  The extra point attempt again failed, leaving the score at 14-12 Roby.  Pantoja made another touchdown in the latter part of the quarter on a 9-yard run, though, and at halftime the Plowboys were up 18-14.

The Plowboy defense shut out Roby for the entire second half while Roscoe scored two more touchdowns, one in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass from Brayden Beal to Kevin Lavalais and one in the fourth on a 12-yard run by Pantoja to make the final score 30-14.

The Plowboys are now 4-4 on the year and 2-1 in district.  This Friday, they face a tough matchup as undefeated Menard comes to town.  The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 in district and 7-0 on the year.  They are also coming off an open week, so on paper the Plowboys’ chances for victory don’t look that good.  However, they didn’t look good for the Redskins in Dallas Monday night, either, and look at what happened there.  As ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman likes to point out, “That’s why they play the game!”  Consider also that Friday night is Hallowe’en.  Anything can happen.  Go, Plowboys!

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

Correction:  I have learned that the Abilene Reporter-News' stats on Menard's record is wrong.  They didn't have an open date last week as stated in the Reporter-News' online Go Friday Night.  Instead, they played Miles last week and lost to them 36-10.  This means they have a district loss, so if the Plowboys beat them tomorrow night, they will be in the driver's seat for finishing second in district, assuming they can beat Bronte next week.  

Cutter Davila passes to Kevin Lavalais for the first Plowboy TD against Roby Friday evening.



Plowtech, Roscoe Collegiate High’s robotics team, qualified for regional competition in Dallas at the district BEST meet held at TSTC on Saturday.  The team finished second overall and received the following awards:

Best Robot Design
Best Built Robot
1st Place Engineering Notebook
1st Place Exhibit and Interview
2nd Place Marketing Presentation
2nd Place Spirit and Sportsmanship
3rd Place Robot Contest

Here’s wishing the team a great finish in Dallas!



Plowgirls Lyndi Wilkinson and Alejandra Solis qualified for the regional meet and the Plowgirls as a team came in fourth at the district meet in Hamlin last week.  The Plowboys also finished fourth but had no regional qualifiers.

The Junior High boys finished first as a team.  Individually, Tagen Atkins was first, Alfonzo Islas second, Ethan Morris fourth, and Isaac Olvera fifth.

The Eighth Grade Girls finished second as a team.  Individually, Bonnie Wilkinson was second, Madison Mims seventh, and Michaela Horton ninth.

The Seventh Grade girls also finished second as a team.  Individually, Jaci Alexander was fourth, Jaleigh Morales sixth, and Leanara Deleon eighth.



Aaron Watson
Another great Texas country singer makes his debut at the Lumberyard this Saturday evening, November 1, when Aaron Watson comes to town.  Watson should be a great fit for the Lumberyard since he has a reputation of being an audience-friendly artist who sticks around after the show to meet and greet everyone, sign autographs, take photos, and the like—just like Ray Price, Mel Tillis, and other similar-minded performers have done.  And there is no doubt that he will put on a good show.

Although he was born in Amarillo, Watson launched his music career while a student at ACU and still calls Abilene home. His first CD, Aaron Watson, was released in 1999, and since then he has produced ten more, among them The Honky Tonk Kid, San Angelo, Barbed Wire Halo, Angels & Outlaws, The Road & the Rodeo, and Real Good Time.  

Top singles include “That Look,” “July in Cheyenne,” “Real Good Time,” “Raise Your Bottle,” “Shut Up and Dance,” “Lips,” and “Barbed Wire Halo.”

Watson will take the stage at 9:15 or 9:30.  Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.  For reservations or more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



The cotton harvest has begun. (Photo by Jeremy Baker)
A light shower of about .15” fell last Wednesday, but then the skies cleared, and since then they’ve been mostly or completely sunny.  By Friday, the temperature was up to 86°F, and for the next few days we had a late warm spell with highs in the upper eighties or lower nineties and lows in the sixties.  The hottest day was Monday with a high of 91°.

A cold front moved in early yesterday morning around 2:00am, and things have cooled off considerably since then.  The high yesterday was only 72° with a north wind, and the low this morning was 49°.  The next few days should be similar with partly cloudy skies, highs in the seventies, and lows in the fifties.  The long range forecast is for a 30% chance of rain on Monday increasing to 40% Monday night.



Funeral services were held at Lamar Street Baptist Church on Saturday, October 25, for Dorothy L. (Hestand) Young, 71, who passed away at her home in Sweetwater last Wednesday, October 22.  Interment followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

Dorothy was born in Roscoe on January 22, 1943, and lived in Roscoe and Sweetwater all of her life. She was a Flower Designer and had worked for Roscoe Flower and Gift Shop and the Flower Box. A member of the Lamar Street Baptist Church, she was also an RHS graduate and member of the Class of 1961.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Young, Sr., of Sweetwater; sons, Sam Young, Jr. and wife, Colette, of Joshua, TX; and Brad Young and wife, Sondra, of Kyle, TX; brother, David Hestand and wife, Donna, of LaJunta, CO; brother-in-law, Edgar Nance of Yuma, AZ; 2 grandchildren, Brandon William of Joshua, TX, and Danielle Williams of Rio Vista, TX; and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marlin L. and Mattie Lou (Campbell) Hestand; her sisters, Margaret Baker and Betty Nance; a brother-in-law, Don Baker; and a nephew, Dallas Ruminer.

Pallbearers were Lamar Street Baptist Church Deacons Jimmy Davis, Randy Hanes, Jack Kennedy, Raymond Lambert, Scott Lambert, Norman Massey and Clint Parks.  Honorary Pallbearers were Deacons Jerry Browning, Dale Finch, and Larry Wilke.



Services will be held at 2:00pm today, October 29, at Faith Lutheran Church in Sweetwater for Jean Zetzman, 87, who passed away at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital on Monday, October 27.  Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery.

She was born on April 3, 1927, in Ford County, Texas, and graduated from Pyron High School in 1945. On May 16, 1945, she married Raymond Zetzman and moved to Roscoe. She was a past member of First Salem Lutheran Church in Roscoe and currently a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sweetwater. Jean served on the Roscoe City Council for many years and served as Mayor. She worked for Potter and Jay Insurance Agency for twenty years as secretary and salesperson of insurance. She also worked for the R. S. & P. Railroad for two years and the Nolan County Sheriff’s Department as Jailer for ten years. She was involved in farming with her husband most of her life. Jean was honored as being named Roscoe Citizen of the Year.

Survivors include her daughters, Carrie Blaschke and husband, Russell, of Abilene; Jerrie Gee and husband, Larry, of Sweetwater; and Sherry McGlothlin and husband, Eddy, of Loraine; seven grandchildren: Chris Kinsey and Janie, Suzanne Hamm and Shane, William McCloskey, Justin Gee and Lacey, Jarrod Gee and Brandie, Bobby McGlothlin, Angela and Scott McGlothlin; twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Dixon of Fort Worth; and a brother, Billy Raymond “Jack” Schoppa of Saint Jo, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August Louis and Minnie (Schulze) Schoppa, and her husband, Raymond Mitchell Zetzman, on December 9, 2012.

Pallbearers are Chris Kinsey, Christopher Kinsey, Shane Hamm, Justin Gee, Jarrod Gee and Bobby McGlothlin. Honorary pallbearers are William McCloskey and Scott McGlothlin.


1 comment:

  1. Such a great article on Halloween day! I am so pleased to read this article. I have been to only one halloween party in my life. It was outstanding. Actually my best friend hosted this party. He explored numerous party halls in Bay area and finally selected best one.


Blog Archive