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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Roscoe Chosen as a "Tiny Texas Town Totally Worth the Trip"

Couples dance to Jason Boland at the 4th of July free concert and street dance.
If you spend time on Facebook or do much Internet surfing, then you’re probably familiar with Buzzfeed.  It’s the website that’s always doing those Top Ten lists, e.g., Ten Things You Can Do with Aluminum Foil, Ten Things You Don’t Know about Short People, Top Ten Vacation Destinations, and so on.

Recently, they contacted some Roscoe folks, including me, saying they had Roscoe in their sights as one of the “Tiny Texas Towns that are Totally Worth the Trip” and were asking for photos.  The new lists came out this week, and it turns out that apparently they forgot how big Texas is and how many great small towns it has, so instead of one list, they have two.  One is 14 Tiny Texas Towns that are Totally Worth the Trip, and the other is 14 More Tiny Texas Towns that are Totally Worth the Trip.  Roscoe is number 9 in the latter.

Four photos are featured: 1) the water tower and Texas flag at George Parks Field, 2) wind turbines and farm land, 3) the Plowboy Mudbog, and 4) dancing at the Lumberyard.  The text below the photos says this:

Roscoe is one authentic small Texas town. Located roughly halfway between Fort Worth and Midland, the city hosts a big 4th of July to-do with a mudding competition, parade, street dances, music, food, and more. You can visit the LumberYard year-round for good food, cold drinks, and plenty of country western to get your boots scootin’.

So, scoot over Luckenbach, Marfa, Terlingua, Waxahachie, and Possum Kingdom—and make room for Roscoe, also an exclusive member of the Totally Worth the Trip club!



The Plowgirls and Plowboys both won their basketball games last night in Trent.  The Plowboys won big, but the Plowgirls had their hands full in squeaking past the Lady Gorillas in a hotly contested game, 43-41.

The game didn’t begin well for the Plowgirls as Trent started hot and jumped out to an early lead.  At the end of one, the Lady Gorillas were ahead 14-6.

However, the Plowgirls fought back in the second quarter and cut away at Trent’s lead.  They were down by seven when a Plowgirl hit a three at the buzzer, and at halftime, they were down by only four, 26-22.

They continued to play well after the half and finally took the lead in the third quarter.  They were ahead by three when a Trent girl hit a three at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter, tying the score, 33-33.

In the fourth quarter, the Plowgirls took the lead again and held off Trent to win the game, 43-41.

Top scorer for the Plowgirls was Samantha Ortega with 13 points, followed by Olivia Saddler with 11, Mia Herrera with 10, Danielle Dean with 7, and Selena Perez with 2.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get the stats for the Plowboys game in time to post their results.  All I know is that the Plowboys won big, fifty-something to twenty-something.

The Plowboys’ and Plowgirls’ next games are in the Highland Hilltop Classic Tournament at Highland on Thursday.  The Plowboys play Ira at 3:30, and the Plowgirls play Sands at 6:30.



Kevin Lavalais catches a touchdown pass from Cutter Davila in the Roby game.  Both players made first-team all-district.
Roscoe Plowboys named to this year’s District 6-2A II All-District Football Team are as follows:

1st Team Offense:
QB – Cutter Davila, Sr.
RB – Vincent Pantoja, Jr.
Receiver – Kevin Lavalais, Jr.
OL – Dominic Pantoja, Sr.

1st Team Defense:
Outside Linebacker – Vincent Pantoja, Jr.
Cornerback – Kevin Lavalais, Jr.
Utility Player – Max Nemir, Jr.

Defensive Newcomer of the Year – Ryland Madrid, So.

2nd Team Offense:
Receiver – Javier Leanos, Jr.
                    Isaiah Gonzales, Jr.
OL – Isaias Aguilar, So.
            Ray Bohall, Jr.

2nd Team Defense:
DL – Adrian Ortega, Jr.
DE – Juan Sanchez, Sr.
Outside Linebacker – Rafael Aguayo, Jr.
CB – Javier Leanos, Jr.
Safety – Max Nemir, Jr.
Punter – Javier Leanos, Jr.

Honorable Mention:
OL – Chase Cathey, Sr., Clayton Chadwick, Jr.
WR – Rafael Aguayo, Jr.
DL – Anthony Ortegon, Jr.
Safety – Isaiah Gonzales, Jr.



The weather for the week was typical for this time of year with some warm days, some cold ones, and some in between, along with breezes, clear skies, and a lot of sunshine.  Thanksgiving was a bit nippy with a morning low of 32°F and a high of 59°, but the weekend was beautiful.  Afternoon temperatures were in the seventies, and short-sleeve shirts were all that was needed.  On Saturday and Sunday, I opened the doors and windows at my house for most of the afternoon.  On Sunday night, though, a norther blew in about 1:00am, and temperatures dropped quickly.  By Monday morning, it was only 24°, and with the wind chill it felt colder.  The high that afternoon was only 39°.  Yesterday was cold in the morning at 29°, but it warmed up to 54° in the afternoon.

Today, tomorrow, and Friday should be nice with sunshine, light breezes, and highs in the sixties.  Lows will also be warmer, ranging from the mid forties to the lower fifties.  There is a 20% chance of rain tomorrow.  The weekend should be a bit cooler with highs in the fifties, and on Saturday there is a 40% chance of rain, decreasing to 20% on Sunday.



Rockey Allen Brewer, 64, of Roscoe, died Saturday, Nov. 29, at his home.

Mr. Brewer was cremated and no services are planned at this time.  Online condolences may be expressed at


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