Sports Briefs, May 29

May 29, 2013



The Granbury High baseball team held its annual awards presentation recently and junior pitcher Nathan Hickey was named the team’s MVP.

Hickey, also the 7-4A Pitcher of the Year, finished 7-3 with a 2.13 ERA and 98 strikeouts opposite 27 walks.

Senior Miles Wagner (7-3, 2-02 ERA) was named Pitcher of the Year. Senior third baseman Brady Retz was chosen Defensive Player of the Year, and sophomore Daniel Arnett (.426, 4 home runs, 4 triples, 5 doubles, 18 RBIs) was selected Offensive Player of the Year.

Freshman catcher Landon Gray (.326, 19 RBIs) was named Newcomer of the Year.

The Pirates finished 17-14 and advanced to the second round of the 4A playoffs for the first time since 2009.


The Granbury Parks and Recreation Department announces the following:

The community can look for half-price Wednesdays and game days on Fridays at the Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center. It is closed on Mondays.

Swim lessons begin next week for ages 3 to adult. Cost is $40.

Aqua Zumba classes will begin the first week of June. Cost is $25 for six classes, two per week.

A disc golf clinic is in the planning for families, also in June.

Contact 817-573-7030.


The Granbury SEALS swim team will hold their first practice Monday for returning team members and Tuesday for newcomers at the Dana Vollmer Swim Center. The season begins June 8 at Trophy Club, with a meet at Weatherford June 14, and back-to-back in Granbury on June 22 and 29.

Texas Amateur Athletic Federation regionals are July 13-14 in Keller and TAAF State is July 25-28 in Corpus Christi.

Contact coach Janet Steenberge for more information, 817-326-2805.


The Hood County Flyers, a Texas Amateur Athletic Federation track club, is forming for summer competitiion. The team will consist of boys and girls ages 8-18 and will compete in TAAF meets around the area and state.

Cost is $25 per child, and each member will be responsible for the individual entrance fees, about $5 or $6 per meet.

The first meet of the season is June 8 in Comanche.

Contact Wade Beard at 817-578-0115 or [email protected], Gregg Lee at [email protected], or Mike Pinkerton at [email protected]


The annual Hood County News Junior Golf Tournament series will resume this summer with four tournaments.

The first is scheduled for June 12, with two in July (10 and 31) and the final on Aug. 14.

The tournament is open for boys and girls ages 6-17.

Contact Josh at Hidden Oaks at 817-279-1078.


Texas boater education certification courses are scheduled at Granbury Regional Airport. The seven-hour class is highly recommended for all boaters.

Texas state law requires operaters ages 13-17 complete the course. Many insurance companies will give discounts of up to 20 percent to boat owners who have completed the course.

Each class lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Reservations are recommended as classes are restricted to 20 students. Minors 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the minimum age to attend is 12.

Parents attending with their child will not be charged unless they also want certification.

Each person receiving certification must provide a social security number.

Cost of the class is $20. Contact 817-894-1912.

Schedule of remaining Saturday classes: June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7.


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is urging anglers to be careful not to transport Zebra Mussels. These are a small, destructive species that spread by hitching a ride on boats, trailers and gear.

They grow to about 1.5 inches and develop a distinctive zebra-striped shell. One Zebra Mussel can produce up to a million microscopic larvae and can cause tremendous environmental and economic damage to boats, aquatic life, and even threatening the water supply.

In Texas, Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Texoma are already infested.

It is illegal to possess or transport Zebra Mussels in Texas, knowingly or unknowingly. It is a class C misdemeanor with a fine up to $500 for the first incident and steeper fines with possible jail time for subsequent offenses.

Unfortunately, a person may be in possessiion of Zebra Mussels and not even know as they can live in the larval stage for days in water left in a boat or other gear and be invisible to the naked eye.

It is recommended to clean off any vegegation, mud or foreign object on the boat, trailer and gear before leaving the lake. The law requires that boaters drain all water from the boat, including the motor, bilge, livewells and bait buckets, before leaving an infested lake.

Also, dry the boat, trailer and/or gear for a week or more before entering another body of water. If this is not possible, wash it with a high-pressure and hot (at least 140 degrees) soapy water.


Anyone wishing to have their team photo or a shot of an individual accomplishment published in the Hood County News sports section can submit it by mail or in person to our offices at 1501 S. Morgan St., Granbury, 76048, or by e-mail to [email protected]


Area coaches are asked to please report scores to the Hood County News as soon as possible after the event is over. This information can be sent in a variety of forms.

To email, send to [email protected], fax to 817-279-8371 or by calling 817-456-6310.

Please include first and last names.


The Hood County News is updating its list of area athletes now playing in college. Please contact us with the name of the school and the sport.

Information can be emailed to [email protected], faxed to 817-279-8371 or called to 817- 573-7066.

The Hood County News publishes alumni reports throughout the school year.

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