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Three locals earn summer awards

August 13, 2014
Three locals earn summer awards

Three Granbury students earned Star of the Year Awards during a seven-week summer Performance Course that concluded here July 31.

The strength and conditioning course included a high-intensity group for high school athletes and a separate intermediate group for middle school students.

From Action Middle School, 8th grader Caden Ahler and 7th grader Raegan Brown earned Star of the Year awards in the intermediate program.

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Wheelchair tennis source of joy

August 13, 2014
Wheelchair tennis source of joy

Casey Ratzlaff didn’t let being born with spina bifida (a split spine) prevent him from finding a way to become active in sports.

Sky Harbour couple Herman and Beverly Langston are the grandparents of 15-year-old Kansas resident Casey. He was here recently with his parents, Craig and Tammy Ratzlaff, visiting from Wichita.

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Sports Briefs

August 13, 2014

Pirate Football TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets to Granbury Pirate Football games are now sale for the 2014 season.

Season ticket holders for the VIP reserved section may purchase tickets for their seats through Aug. 15. All season tickets not purchased will go on sale beginning Monday, Aug. 18.

Season packages sell for $40 and include tickets for all five home games.

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Pirates get rolling

August 13, 2014
Pirates get rolling

A first dress rehearsal always has some rough spots to iron out.

The Granbury Pirates experienced that Saturday morning on Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium with an intrasquad football scrimmage.

As always in the preseason, the defensive units seemed to have an overall edge over the offense, coming up with several interceptions and a fumble.

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New on campus

August 9, 2014
New on campus

Stephen Hodge (center), one of four new assistant football coaches for Granbury head coach Scotty Pugh this season, gives instructions during preseason practice earlier this week. Hodge was a 2009 draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys out of Texas Christian University. The Pirates’ other new assistant football coaches are Jody Brown, Anthony Overstreet and Jordon Sweatt.

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Lady Pirates open volleyball with confident outlook

August 9, 2014
Lady Pirates open volleyball with confident outlook

LIFTOFF FOR LADY PIRATES: Sophomore Amber Strange elevates to smack the ball during Granbury High School volleyball practice Wednesday as assistant coach A.J. Watlington (left) watches. Head coach Tammy Clark led the Lady Pirates to a 41-6 mark last season, the best record in GHS volleyball history.

Last season was a landmark campaign for Granbury High School volleyball, but even better things may be on the way in 2014.

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Prep time

August 9, 2014
Prep time

Acton Middle School coach Jon Allen (white shirt) reaches out to receive the ball during Granbury High School preseason football drills earlier this week. Other assistants visible are Granbury Middle School coach Kent Ecton (gray T-shirt) and GHS defensive coordinator Stephen Hodge (right). The four teams in this area – GHS, Tolar, Cornerstone Christian and North Central Texas Academy – began working in pads for the first time Friday.

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Fingertip catch

August 6, 2014
Fingertip catch

Senior receiver Mason Strickland catches a pass Monday morning during the first-day preseason football workout for the Granbury High School Pirates. GHS will continue with workouts from 7-10 a.m. the rest of this week. A brief intrasquad scrimmage is set to start at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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Teaching moments

August 6, 2014
Teaching moments

Tolar assistant coach Gregg Lee, the team’s defensive coordinator, gives instructions Monday morning to the Rattlers during the first day of their preseason practice. The Rattlers, now members of District 7-2A, Division I, were 9-3 in 2013. Tolar is listed No. 1 on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s preseason list of darkhorses in the chase for the Class 2A title this season.

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Time to cool off

August 6, 2014
Time to cool off

Members of the Granbury Pirates football team sprint to take a water break Monday morning during the first day of preseason football practice. The Pirates will continue with morning workouts during most, if not all, of the preseason, head coach Scotty Pugh said.

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