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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Plowboys' New Football District for Fall Announced

The new alignments for 2A districts for football for the next two seasons have been set, and the Plowboys will be playing teams north and west of Roscoe this time around. District 4-2A, Div. II, will be made up of the following schools:

1.      Hamlin Pied Pipers
2.      Plains Cowboys
3.      Roby Lions
4.      Roscoe Plowboys
5.      Seagraves Eagles
6.      Tahoka Bulldogs

Travel to away games will in some cases be farther than this year. Plains is near the New Mexico line and is 158 miles from Roscoe, while Seagraves is 136 miles away, and Tahoka 100 miles. Competition should also be tough. As Roscoe fans already know, Hamlin is almost always good, and Seagraves made it all the way to the state semifinals this year before losing to Albany 12-7.



The Plowgirls won an overtime thriller here Friday night against the Lady Lions of Albany, but lost to Anson in Anson last night.

Here are the scores by quarters followed by individual scoring by the Plowgirls:

Plowgirls 39 – Albany 38 (OT)

Plowgirls         15        21        28        36        39
Albany             12        22       29        36        38

Veronica Cuellar 10, Bonnie Wilkinson 9, Karina Cisneros 9, Jovana Peña 5, Bergan Trevino 4, Lynzie Atkinson 2, Alejandra Solis 2.

Anson 71 – Plowgirls 15

Anson               17        36        51        71
Plowgirls           9        12        15        15

Cuellar 5, Atkinson 4, Cisneros 3, Wilkinson 2, Peña 1.

Both the Plowgirls and Plowboys face Hawley here Friday evening, followed by Hamlin in Hamlin next Tuesday. Girls’ games begin at 6:30pm followed by the boys at about 8:00.



The Plowboys lost district outings this past week, falling to Albany here on Friday and to Anson in Anson last night. They are now 4-6 in district play.

Here are the scores by quarters, followed by Plowboys’ individual scoring:

Albany 71 – Plowboys 43

Albany            20        42        56        71
Plowboys          2        23        37        43

Jose Ortega 13, Javier Leaños 12, Rafael Aguayo 5, Isaiah Gonzales 4, Brayden Beal 3, Kevin Lavalais 3, Johnathon Cuellar 3.

Anson 45 – Plowboys 37

Anson              10        26        32        45
Plowboys        11         17         29        37

Leaños 14, Aguayo 9, Ortega 8, Cuellar 4.



After several frustrating delays, two Abilene builders are set to begin construction on two lots at Young Farm Estates sometime within the next week. One is on James Wells Drive, the other on Tom Dobbins Drive. When complete, they will be the first new houses built for sale in Roscoe in thirty years.

Here are the plans the builders submitted for the two homes:

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Lots are ready for sale. For more information, contact Carl Childers at 325-766-3319.


Roscoe schools will release students early tomorrow (Thursday, February 4) as teachers will be in professional development workshops all afternoon. Students in Grades 1-12 get out at 12:35pm and kindergarten at 12:15pm. Three-year-olds will not attend tomorrow, and four-year-olds will start at 7:45am and be dismissed at 11:10.



Haboob! This sandstorm rolled into Roscoe on Monday.
(Photo by David Duncan)
The predictions for the rest of the winter are now in. Up north in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow when he got up yesterday morning, which forecasts an early spring, and closer to home, the Austin armadillo Bee Caves Bob turned to his left when he came out of his hole, which means the same thing. We’ll have to wait and see how right they are.

Here in Roscoe, we had a “false spring” weekend with some nice, warm weather with a 68°F high on Thursday, 75° on Friday, 80° on Saturday, 68° on Sunday, and 80° again on Monday. Lows were in the mid-forties. Saturday was gorgeous, and a large crowd was outside at the Lumberyard Saturday night enjoying the warm weather. We did get some windy weather along with the warm temperatures, and there were fire weather warnings for most of those days.

We also got our first west Texas harbinger of spring on Monday afternoon when a sandstorm came rolling in from the northwest, our first of the year. It didn’t last long but was pretty intense while it did with sustained winds of 35mph and gusts up to 50mph with visibility down to practically nothing. Since then, it’s been considerably cooler. Yesterday’s high was only 57°. The forecast for today is for a high of 49°, and the low this morning was 26°. The forecast for the rest of the week through the weekend is for highs in the upper fifties and lows in the low to mid-thirties.

We also have a good chance for rain on Friday evening, about 40% according to the meteorologists. We’ve had absolutely nothing for over a month now, so it would be nice to get something, if for no other reason than to break this dry weather pattern we’ve been in. Of course, there’s nothing unusual about January being dry—or February, either, for that matter. Roscoe’s 80-year average precipitation for the two months is right at an inch each, but the NOAA forecasters predicted for us to have cooler and wetter weather than usual for January, February, and March, so we’re still waiting.

Also, for what it’s worth, Chinese New Year was on Monday. We are now in the Year of the Monkey, so it could be a crazy year. If the presidential nomination races are any indication, it may very well be.



No public services are planned at this time for Frank Edward Cleckler, 81, who passed away on Tuesday, January 26, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Cleckler was born on October 5, 1934, in Wastella. Frank Ed was a graduate of Roscoe High School and a farmer and rancher in the Roscoe area for many years. On May 28, 1955, he married Virginia Carole Kerby. He also lived in Arizona for about three years before moving back to Nolan County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Roscoe, past member of Roscoe Lions Club, Nolan County Farm Bureau, Roscoe Swine Breeders Association, and Nolan County Livestock Association.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Cleckler of Roscoe; son, James Cleckler of Roscoe; brother, Nick Cleckler of Ruidoso, NM; granddaughters, Andrea King and husband, Shelby of San Diego, CA; Lexee Cleckler of Midland; Addisyn Cleckler of College Station; and great granddaughter, Mallory King of San Diego, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Frank Cleckler on October 31, 1979, and Hortense T. (Williams) Cleckler on August 7, 2000.


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