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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Roscoe Alumni Enjoy Homecoming 2015

The Pep Rally in the old gym on Friday afternoon.
RHS exes came from far and wide this past weekend to attend this year’s homecoming festivities, and lots of community and school spirit were evident as the weekend progressed.

A bonfire and fireworks show on Thursday evening kicked off the celebration with cheerleaders, the flag team, the Plowboy Band, and the football team on hand. Then on Friday, the Exes’ Reception in the Special Events Center allowed exes to renew old acquaintances before attending a boisterous pep rally in the old gym. A baked potato supper in the Cafetorium then preceded the football game at Plowboy Field. There was also a Meet and Greet for all the ex-Plowboy Cheerleaders before the game.

Homecoming Court was held at halftime of the football game. Ashley Lara was crowned Football Sweetheart and her Beau was Isaiah Gonzales. The Band Sweetheart and Beau were Jovanah Guzman and Javier Armenta.

During and following the football game, exes enjoyed conversations and coffee in the Special Events Concession Room.

Saturday morning began with coffee and donuts at the Community Center followed by the Homecoming Parade, which featured the Plowboy Band, several floats, kids on bicycles, and vehicles of all varieties, including fire trucks. Following the parade, everyone converged at the Cafetorium for a Mexican pile-on dinner, conversations with old acquaintances, a slide show of Roscoe’s school history, and the singing of ex-Plowboy cheerleader, Anna Mae (Smith) Peptis, who entertained the crowd with her beautiful voice.

Tours of the new STEM Research Center were also available for everyone from 11:00 to 2:30, and at 3:00 ex-Boys Club members gathered in Memorial Park downtown to dedicate the monument to George Parks and to tell tales of their experiences in the Boys Club.

On Saturday evening there were class parties, the biggest being the fiftieth anniversary gathering for the Class of 1965.

In short, an enjoyable time was had by all, and the Homecoming Committee, led by Max Watt, deserves our thanks for organizing and putting on such a successful event.



Brayden Beal (3) throws a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Jim Ned put a damper on Roscoe’s Homecoming festivities Friday night at Plowboy Field with a hard-fought victory over the Plowboys. The game was an exciting one with plenty of offense and several lead changes. In fact, the Plowboys had a ten-point lead at one point in the third quarter, but they were unable to hold on as Jim Ned prevailed in the fourth to come away with a 47-36 win.

The Plowboys got off to a horrible start as the Indians received the opening kickoff and quickly moved down the field for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Then after the ensuing kickoff, on the Plowboys’ second play from scrimmage, a defender intercepted a Brayden Beal pass and ran it back 40 yards for a second TD to put Jim Ned up 13-0. The Plowboys, however, blocked the extra-point kick and ran it back the length of the field to get on the scoreboard and narrow the score to 13-2.

Then, on the next drive, Beal hit Kevin Lavalais with a 21-yard touchdown pass, and the Plowboys were back in the game, trailing only 13-8. Jim Ned answered with another score but failed on a two-point conversion attempt and led 19-8. The Plowboys then responded with another successful drive that ended with a 3-yard Brayden Beal run into the end zone. The extra-point attempt was good, and the Plowboys now trailed by only four, 19-15, which closed out the scoring for the first quarter.

The Plowboys were on a roll and made two more touchdowns in the second quarter, the first a 70-yard pass play from Beal to Javier Leaños and the second a 3-yard Vincent Pantoja run. With the successful extra-point kicks, the Plowboys now led 29-19. Jim Ned came back with another touchdown, though, and at halftime the Plowboys led 29-26.

The Plowboys opened the third quarter scoring when Beal hit Lavalais with a 7-yard TD pass. Pablo Huidobro kicked the extra point, and Roscoe led once again by ten, this time 36-26. Before the quarter’s end, though, Jim Ned drove for another touchdown to narrow the score to 36-33.

The Indians scored again in the fourth on a 3-yard run to go up 40-36. However, the Plowboys had one final drive late in the game, which unfortunately ended when the ball went over on downs in the red zone.  That pretty well sealed the victory for the Indians, but they scored another TD shortly before time ran out to win by eleven, 47-36.

Brayden Beal completed 23 of 36 passes for 288 yards and 3 TDs with 3 interceptions. Javier Leaños led the receivers with 3 receptions for 98 yards and 1 TD; Jose Ortega had 9 catches for 71 yards; Kevin Lavalais 5 for 71 yards and 2 TDs; and Rafael Aguayo 6 for 48.

Vincent Pantoja rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries, while Aguayo had 34 on two carries. The Plowboys had 20 first downs for the game while Jim Ned had 17. Roscoe also led in total yards with 366 to Jim Ned’s 349, but the Plowboys had 3 turnovers while Jim Ned had none.

On Friday the Plowboys play their final non-district opponent, Eldorado, here at Plowboy Field. The Eagles, also a 2A-II team, are currently 2-2 on the year with victories over Winters and Nueces Canyon and losses to Reagan County and TLCA of San Angelo.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



A contestant throws rings on bottles at last year's Fall Festival.
Roscoe PATHS is hosting its annual Fall Festival this Friday, September 25, from 5:00-7:00pm, and everyone is invited to participate. All funds raised will benefit the Roscoe Elementary School.

Several activities and games are planned, including a cake walk, bingo games, a bounce house, ice cream table, hot dog booth, toilet paper throw, and others.

Make plans now to attend before going to the high school varsity football game at Plowboy Field.



Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin chose ex-Plowboy Caden Smith, now an Aggie, to face the media before this week’s A&M-Arkansas game on Saturday. Smith is a tight end and H-back (blocking back) for the Aggies. His number is 47, and the game will be televised starting at 6:00pm on ESPN.

You can view the interview by clicking this link:



Cody Thompson discusses the City budget at yesterday's City Council meeting.
At a special called meeting at City Hall yesterday evening the Roscoe City Council approved the proposed City budget for 2015-16. The proposed budget for the coming year is very similar to last year’s. The slight increase in revenue from property tax will be offset primarily by increased expenditures for the Police Department along with other miscellaneous expenses.

Young Farm Estates asked for and received conditional approval for manholes, water meter boxes, and fire hydrants raised or lowered to curb or natural lot height.  Water and sewer line improvements and street improvements are to be guaranteed for twelve months from the acceptance date.

City Manager Cody Thompson also informed the Council that the City of Roscoe’s water system is now officially in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations and has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.



Roscoe Police made their largest methamphetamine bust ever last week.

On Wednesday, September 16, at approximately 9am, Sgt. Steven Spencer initiated a traffic stop at mile-marker 234 of I-20. While questioning the driver, a man from Riverside, California, he noticed indications of criminal activity, whereupon he requested and received consent to search the vehicle. He immediately located items justifying a “probable cause” search.  He then notified two other officers in the area for backup, and after their arrival the trio located a natural compartment area within the vehicle filled with a large amount of what officers quickly determined to be methamphetamine.

The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle removed from the roadway for safety reasons.  The units then met with Chief Felix Pantoja at the Roscoe Police Department, where a more thorough search and investigation was launched. At its conclusion, the California man was charged with felony delivery of enhanced methamphetamine and booked into Nolan County Jail that evening.

Sgt. Spencer will file the case with the District Attorney’s office. Federal prosecutors will review the case for possible federal charges due to evidence obtained in the investigation.

The undisclosed amount of methamphetamine recovered is the largest in the history of the Roscoe Police Department as it continues to play its role in the national drug war and against traffickers moving through Nolan County.



Plowgirl Lyndi Wilkinson finished second among Big Country 2A runners at the Lubbock Invitational Cross Country Track Meet Saturday, and Braiden Moore finished second among Big Country 2A boys.

Wilkinson’s time for the girls’ two-mile course was 13:49.7, second among Big Country runners only to Krystin Lackey of Anson. Alejandra Solis was fourth with a time of 14:08.4. Karina Cisneros finished in 14:58.5, Bonnie Wilkinson in 15:24.3, Lynzie Atkinson in 15:50.9, and Jonana Peña in 15.59.9.

Moore’s time of 19.17.9 in the boys’ 5000 meter run was second among Big Country 2A contestants only to Phoenix Pineda of Anson. Alfonzo Islas finished in 20:55.9, and Camden Boren in 27:18.1.


The Randy Rogers Band

Another large crowd is expected in Roscoe Friday night when the Texas Country singer Randy Rogers and his band return to the Lumberyard. The group is making up for a cancelled June date that came right after the death of Rogers’ daughter.

Four of the band’s previous five albums have made it into the top ten on the US country charts, and their most recent, Homemade Tamales (2014), reached number 11.

The band got its start in San Marcos and recorded its first album in 2002.  Since then, they have produced Rollercoaster (2004), Just a Matter of Time (2006), Randy Rogers Band (2008), Burning the Day (2010), and Trouble (2013), along with two other live albums in addition to Homemade Tamales (2014). Rogers’ most recent venture, Hold My Beer, Volume 1, is a joint project with Wade Bowen.

The band’s top singles include “Too Late for Goodbye,” “In My Arms Instead,” “One More Sad Song,” “Kiss Me in the Dark,” “One More Goodbye,” and “Satellite.”

Prophets & Outlaws
Opening for Randy Rogers is Prophets & Outlaws, a Southern Rock band with soul. The band, which has built up a following throughout Texas and Oklahoma, has a passion for the blues while embracing their country roots. They will begin around 8:00pm with the Randy Rogers Band taking the stage at about 10:00.

For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



This past week was still technically summer, and the weather reflected it with summerlike temperatures. Before a cool front moved in Friday night, highs were in the mid-nineties and lows in the mid-seventies with the high coming on Friday at 97°. The chances for rain with the front never materialized, so it was also another dry week. Temperatures did drop on Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs of 84° and 81° respectively and morning lows of 66° and 70°. However, highs were back up to the low nineties Monday and yesterday.

Today is officially the first day of fall, and temperatures for the next week will be a little cooler but not by much. Highs will be in the upper eighties and lows in the mid to upper sixties, but even that is an improvement over what we’ve been getting. Skies will be clear or partly cloudy and winds will continue to be from the south.

There is no rain in the forecast.


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