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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plowgirls, Plowboys Qualify for Regional Track & Field Meet

Plowgirls' 4 x 400 meter relay team, left to right: Bonnie Wilkinson, Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Jaleigh Morales. (Track photos by Tamara Alexander.)
At the 2A Area Meet at McMurry in Abilene last Wednesday, several Plowgirls and Plowboys qualified for the Regional Meet in Odessa.

The Area Meet combined two districts, 2A-7 and 2A-8, and fourteen schools. Albany once again won the boys’ division with 152 points, and Haskell the girls’ with 83. The Plowgirls finished sixth with 53 points and the Plowboys thirteenth with 10.

For the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson won the Triple Jump, finished second in the 400 meters, and was on the 4 x 400 relay team that also finished second. Lyndi Wilkinson won the 800 meters and was also on the 4 x 400 relay team. Kinzie Buchanan was the runner-up in the Shot Put. Unfortunately, the Plowgirls 4 x 100 relay team was disqualified.

For the Plowboys, Jayden Gonzales was third in the Pole Vault and Micheal Wright fourth in the Triple Jump.

Here are the athletes who qualified for the Region 1 Meet in Odessa:


Event                         Place            Athlete               Time/Distance  
400 meters                   2           Bonnie Wilkinson                59.93
800 meters                   1            Lyndi Wilkinson              2:28.49
4 x 400 meter relay     2           Plowgirls                            4:13.06
     (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
Shot Put                         2           Kinzie Buchanan                 33’ 6”
Triple Jump                  1            Bonnie Wilkinson               35’ 5”


Pole Vault                      3           Jayden Gonzales                  11’ 6”
Triple Jump                  4           Micheal Wright                    39’ 5”

The Regional Meet in Odessa is next Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. Region 1 is made up of eight districts and forty-nine teams. Only the first two finishers in each event will qualify for the State Meet in Austin, May 11-13.



The Plowboys downed Sudan in this Bi-District playoff last fall.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been the premier publication for Texas high school football for the past half-century or so, and their latest issue mentions the Plowboys as one of the teams to watch in 2A-II Region 1 this coming fall. The article by sportswriter Brady Keane says that District 4-2A-II was the toughest in the Region last year with three teams—Roscoe, Hamlin, and Seagraves—all advancing deep into the playoffs.

Those three schools will all be tough again this fall, but he gives the nod to the Plowboys as the district favorites because of the strong group of players returning. Several are mentioned by name: Jayden Gonzales and Junior Martinez, who will be competing for time at quarterback, running back Francisco Garcia, wide receiver Jose Ortega, linebacker Tait Fullwood, defensive end Parker Payne, and defensive lineman Paul Pantoja. The illustration accompanying the article is of Francisco Garcia.

The other two schools Texas Football considers Region 1 favorites are Wellington and Memphis. The article is online and may be accessed by clicking here.


By Shelley Gunter

2017 Vet Science Team: Kayla Justiss, Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers. (Not pictured: Alfonso Islas)
Roscoe FFA had a great CDE (Career Development Event) season this year.  Cotton, Entomology, Horse, Livestock, and Veterinary Science teams competed.  The Veterinary Science team consisted of Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers, Alfonso Islas, Kayla Justiss, and Jovanah Guzman, as alternate. The following are some of the highlights of the season:

West Texas A&M University CDE
Horse Judging
Logan Wicker -19th out of 287 individuals

Veterinary Science
Team - 10th out of 65 teams
Kayla Justiss - 19th out of 189 individuals

Clarendon College CDE 
Veterinary Science
Team - 5th out of 55 teams
Alfonso Islas - 9th out of 146 individuals

Parker County CDE  
Veterinary Science
Team - 4th out of 163 teams

Tarleton State University CDE
Veterinary Science
Team - 63rd out of 247 teams

Angelo State University CDE
Veterinary Science
Team - 4th out of 71 teams and 2nd in Area II FFA
Alfonso Islas - 2nd out of 276 individuals
Qualified for state FFA contest on April 29 at Texas A&M University



Easton Corbin
The Lumberyard is happy to announce that country singer Easton Corbin is now on tour in Texas and on Friday evening will make his first ever visit to Roscoe.

Corbin is originally from Florida. He got his start there a decade ago when he entered a local music contest and the organizers recognized his talent. Contacts in Nashville were notified, and the Mercury Nashville label signed him in 2008. The next year, he released his debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” (Click title for video) and his career took off when the song hit number 1 on the Country Music charts. His second single, “Roll with It,” also hit number 1, and his third, “I Can’t Love You Back,” released in 2011, was another hit. His first CD, Easton Corbin (2010), reached number 4 on the US Country album charts. In 2012 “Lovin’ You Is Fun” reached number 5 and was the lead-off to his second album, All Over the Road (2012). The single by the same name reached number 3 in 2013. His third album, About to Get Real (2015), contains the singles “Clockwork,” and “Baby Be My Love Song.” He released “A Girl Like You” earlier this year and is currently at work on a fourth album.

The Parker McCollum Band
Opening for Corbin is Austin-based singer/songwriter Parker McCollum, whose music is compared to Charlie Robison’s. McCollum’s first full-length album, The Limestone Kid, was released in 2015. His singles include “High Above the Water,” and “Meet You in the Middle.”

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


Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 21
STEM Center, 6:00pm
Contact Shelley Gunter

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00pm - Roscoe Cafetorium
Tickets $10 - Catered by River Smith’s
RSVP by Monday, April 24

Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm
Tickets $10 at High School Office
Catered by Blackland Smokehouse



The Roscoe High School Class of 1967 will meet May 19-20 at the Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation.  The first planned activity is dinner at Bucks on Friday, May 19th at 7:00pm.

Most of the activities will be at the Holiday Inn. Call Holiday Inn at 325-235-3500 for reservations.  For other information, call Jackie Smith at 806-773-9923.



April clouds.
We’ve had another week of beautiful spring weather. It seems like more than a week now, but early last Thursday morning a nice, slow rain of about a half-inch fell over the Roscoe area, with some places getting a little more and others a little less. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official .44” here in town. Since then it’s been mostly sunny and occasionally windy, but not too bad. Temperatures have been mild all week. The highs from Thursday through Sunday were in the upper seventies and since then in the low to mid-eighties. The high for the week was yesterday at 84°F and the low was 58° on Thursday morning and yesterday morning.

It will be warmer than that today through Friday. Today’s high is forecast to be 87°, tomorrow’s 85°, and Friday’s 91° with lows around 62°. Then on Saturday a cold front will move through with sharp north winds and temperatures dropping considerably. Saturday’s high will be only about 68° and windy with a low of 46°, but Sunday should climb back into the seventies and by Tuesday it will be back into the nineties before dropping back into the eighties for the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, there is no rain in the forecast.


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