He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, has won several Grammys, and was featured in last year’s CMA Awards. His lifetime achievements are too numerous to mention, but it is interesting to note that he was a baseball player before he was a professional singer and was a star in the Negro League. He’s still an avid baseball fan and a part-owner of the Texas Rangers.
In short, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see one of most famous country singers of the past half-century. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.
SHELANSKY BUILDING TO HOUSE EDU-DRONE CLASSROOM, OFFICES
|The Shelansky Building|
ROSCOE COLLEGIATE ISD TO OPEN NEW MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
by Andy Wilson
RCISD Elementary School Principal
In August of this year, Roscoe Collegiate ISD will open its new early childhood center for three, four, and five-year-old children. Roscoe Collegiate Montessori Early Childhood Center will offer a comprehensive early learning environment using the Montessori method. The Montessori method of instruction is an approach to learning which emphasizes active learning, independence, and cooperation. Instruction is designed to remain in harmony with each child's unique pace of development. Montessori emphasizes individuality and independence in learning.
Roscoe Collegiate Montessori Early Childhood Center will offer full-day instruction for three, four, and five-year-old students. An extended school day may be an option for some students as well. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on April 12th and 13th and continue throughout the spring and summer for students who are not already enrolled in Roscoe Collegiate ISD. Transfers from other school districts are welcome and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact Roscoe Elementary School at 325-766-3323.
TEXAS AG COMMISSIONER TO BE IN ROSCOE MONDAY, MARCH 20
|Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.|
For more information, call 325-701-7823. To reserve a seat, call 325-766-2457.
PLOWBOTS HAVE MEET TO REMEMBER AT HUB CITY REGIONAL IN LUBBOCK
Editor’s note: The Roscoe Plowbots had a great meet in Lubbock, finishing first of 46 teams in the qualifying matches, and even though their alliance didn’t go on to win the meet championship, they impressed everyone with their performance. Dan Boren, one of their two coaches, wrote this detailed account, presented here as he wrote it.
Where is Roscoe?
By Dan Boren
By Dan Boren
On March 1st, the First Robotics Competition (FRC) team 3366—the Roscoe Plowbots traveled to Lubbock to compete in the Hub City Regional event. The event was host to 46 teams from the states of California, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas. The contest was also international with teams from Mexico and Turkey also participating.
The Plowbots arrived in Lubbock as last year’s Hub City Finalists, losing in the championship match on a last minute call by the referees. The game’s theme this year is Steamworks, which focused on early steam engines and modes of early flight. The game required teams to deliver gears to the airship in the center of the game field that would allow rotors to be turned, which would turn propellers allowing for “flight.” Additionally, teams were given the opportunity to “lift-off” with the airships by climbing a 4-foot rope during the last 30-seconds of the 3-minute match. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of this year’s game is the method of fueling the airship. The fuel is represented by 5-inch plastic balls that have to shoot in one of two openings of the “steam boiler.” The game pits a red alliance against a blue alliance each of which is made of three teams. During the 83 qualification rounds, the teams play with different combinations of teams in order to reach an overall individual ranking.
The matches for each regional begin on Friday and are completed on Saturday. Last Friday, the Plowbots played 9 matches. In those matches, the Plowboys finished with a record of 9-0. That record put the Plowbots in first place in the 46-team field. Having never finished higher than 17th in the qualification round, the Plowbots found themselves in that favorable, but unfamiliar position. So unfamiliar, that the primary question being asked was, “Where is Roscoe?” and “Where did team 3366 come from?” Saturday morning, team 3366 had just two matches to go to finish as the number one qualifier. However, during their 10th match, one of their alliance members lost connection to the communication system, so the Plowbots’ alliance had to compete 2 on 3 against the other alliance. The result was the first loss of the tournament. The loss dropped the Plowbots to 3rd overall with less than 10 total matches to go. That is when the excitement really escalated.
In match 79, the new number one team, 118—the Robonauts, from Crystal Creek, Texas, a perennial powerhouse, was upset in their last match moving the Plowbots up to number 2, behind team 1477-Texas Torque out of Conroe, Texas. The only chance the Plowbots had to reclaim the number one slot was to not only win their last match, but to score at least 301 points, which would give them the tie breaker of total points scored over Texas Torque. During the Plowbots’ breathtaking final match, they scored a grand total of 305 points, with those last 50 points coming in the last tenth of a second, giving the Plowboys their number one ranking in the qualifying matches. The Plowbots playoff alliance was upset by the eventual champions of the Hub City Regional, but that doesn’t take away from the great accomplishment of the David and Goliath story of the 2017 Hub City Regional. As a result of this competition, many more around the robotics world now know “Where Roscoe is!”
The win Saturday will undoubtedly qualify the Plowbots for the UIL State Championships May 17-20 in Austin. The team will travel to Dallas this week to compete in their only other scheduled regional at the Irving Convention Center.
The Plowboys are coached by instructors Dan Boren and John Cox. Team members include Driver—Camden Boren, Navigator—Braxton Parrott, Pilot—Becca Shaw, “Gearman”—Tristan Brooks, Lead Mechanic—Martin Luna, Game Analysts—Brayan Medina-Solis and Ryan Highsmith; and Scouts—Caleb Ward, Christian Acuna, Arizona Guerra, and Riley Sheridan.
PLOWBOYS, PLOWGIRLS RESULTS FOR TIGER RELAYS IN ANSON
At the Tiger Relays in Anson on Friday, the Plowboys finished fifth, the Plowgirls fourth, and the JV Plowboys second in a field of seven schools: Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roby, and Roscoe Collegiate for the men’s teams, and Trent instead of Roby for the women’s.
First-place winners for the Plowboys included Junior Martinez in the Triple Jump, and for the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson in three events—the Triple Jump, the 400 meter run, and as a member of the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 meter relay team that also finished first.
Here are the Plowboys and Plowgirls who placed in the top 6 for any event:
Event Place Athlete(s) Time/Distance
400 meter run 2 Michael Wright 57.77
800 meter run 2 Braiden Moore 2:13.32
4 x 400 m. relay 2 Plowboys 3:48.50
Pole Vault 2 Jayden Gonzales 10’6”
Triple Jump 1 Junior Martinez 40’6”
400 meter run 1 Bonnie Wilkinson 1:04.59
3 Anahi Ortega Solis 1:11.15
800 meter run 2 Lyndi Wilkinson 2:37.52
1600 meter run 4 Karina Cisneros 6:24.59
6 Magdalena Garcia 6:42.90
300 m. hurdles 3 Lynzie Atkinson 57.68
4 x 100 m. relay 4 Plowgirls 53.34
4 x 400 m. relay 1 Plowgirls 4:26.46
Shot Put 4 Veronica Cuellar 28’4”
5 Kinzie Buchanan 28’
Discus 4 Veronica Cuellar 82’4”
Triple Jump 1 Bonnie Wilkinson 36’7¾”
4 Lyndi Wilkinson 33’0¼”
On Friday Roscoe Collegiate will host the Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field.
DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND AT THE LUMBERYARD FRIDAY NIGHT
|The Davisson Brothers Band.|
For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.
WEATHER REPORT: IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE SPRING
|The Texas Red Oak in my front yard is budding out.|
The weather we had this past week is typical for this time of year. The highs last Wednesday through Saturday were all in the sixties with lows going as far down as Thursday’s 37°. On Sunday, it warmed up to 75° and on Monday the high for the week came when the temperature reached 82°. Today’s forecast high of 71° is on the cool side as tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday are predicted to have highs of 80°, 78°, and 80° respectively with lows in the upper fifties. On Saturday, the low will drop to 43° as a cold front moves through, and Sunday’s high will be only about 67°. There is a 60% chance of rain on Saturday, which sounds about right since the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater is this weekend. The rest of next week will have highs in the seventies and eighties with lows in the fifties.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we definitely won’t get an April freeze. After all, we did get thunder in January and February, and you know what people say about that.. But the odds of something like that happening diminish with each passing day as the ground gets warmer and the days get longer.
Don’t forget to move your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
† BILLIE RAY SASIN
Bill was born on May 12, 1943, in Roscoe to Adolf John Sasin and Francis Krista. He was a 1961 graduate of Roscoe High School. He was awarded the "Bronze Star" along with many more medals and honors. Bill was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded "The Distinguished Flying Cross" for his heroism while flying a Cobra helicopter during an aerial battle in the Vietnam War. On one of his missions, he was shot down, which forced him to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of service.
Later in life, he met the love of his life and married Diane Marie Sasin. Together they enjoyed going to the movies and watching the Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium. Bill was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be missed by everyone, more than words will ever be able to express. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Adolf and Francis Sasin; brother and sister-in-law, George and Carol Sasin.
Survivors: His loving memory will always be cherished by his beloved wife, Diane Marie Sasin; son, James Frasor Sasin; daughter, Jennifer Ray Smith; grandchildren, Abigail Sasin and Talon Thibodeaux; twin brother, Ben Sasin and wife, Suzie Sasin; sister, Georgia Chandler; many nieces and nephews.