Sports Briefs

August 2, 2014


Area volleyball teams will take to the court for first practices Monday. The first matches can be played the following week.

The Granbury Lady Pirates return plenty of talent as they prepare for another run at state. Last season they reached the Class 4A Region I final, falling to eventual state champion Amarillo.

Granbury set team records for victories, finishing 41-6, and for the deepest advancement in the postseason. They shared the District 7-4A championship with Aledo, and both teams will again be in the same league (8-5A).

The Tolar Lady Rattlers are coming off an 11-20 season. Tolar is remaining in Class 2A as opposed to moving up to 3A, as most teams did when the University Interscholastic League changed its classification system in February.

With the UIL creating a Class 6A, all classifications moved up one notch. Tolar would have normally gone back to Class A in years past.

Granbury opens the season Aug. 12 at Mansfield Lake Ridge. Tolar begins that same day at De Leon.


Tickets to Granbury Pirate Football games will soon be going on sale for the 2014 season.

Season ticket holders for the VIP reserved section may purchase tickets for their seats beginning Monday 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.

No individual tickets will be sold until the week of the first home game. The tickets will then be sold for $8 in advance and $9 at the gate.

Also on sale beginning Monday are tickets for the Section E reserved section. These tickets are $40 on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual tickets in this section will be $8 in advance and $9 at the gate.

Gold Cards for individuals who are 55 and over will be available beginning Monday for a one-time charge of $10. Cardholders may attend any GISD home athletic function in the general admission seating.

For varsity football home games, Gold Card holders will receive free admission at the gate for general admission seating, except for the VIP and Section E reserved sections. Gold Cards will not be accepted at booster club tournaments or at any playoff games hosted at GHS.

Season tickets and Gold Cards may be purchased in the athletic office, which is located in the GISD Administration Building at 600 W. Pearl Street. For more information, contact the office at (817) 408-4080.

Individual general admission tickets for varsity games will be available for purchase each week during the football season. For both home and away games, tickets will be available at all GISD schools and the athletic office.

Advance tickets will be $7 for adults and $4 for students. All general tickets sold at the gate will be $8.

Tickets for the first home game will be available beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2.

All home games will be played on Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A stadium seating chart is on the district website at

The Pirates have reached the postseason each of the past four seasons, but have yet to advance past bidistrict. Last season they posted a 9-2 record, the most victories for the team in nearly five decades, but they fell in bidistrict to Waco.

Their lone regular-season loss was at Aledo, which went on to win the Class 4A Division II state championship.

The Pirates are 16-6 over the past two seasons.

The Pirates will play a pair of scrimmages at home against Wichita Falls Hirschi on Aug. 15 and Stephenville on Aug. 22.

Granbury is moving into a new district – 8-5A – this season. That league will include Aledo (16-0), Crowley (10-2), Everman (8-4), Burleson (6-5), Cleburne (6-4), Burleson Centennial (2-8) and Joshua (0-10).


Granbury ISD middle school students are invited to a football camp on Tuesday and Thursday at GHS’ Pirate Pavilion. The camp will be held from 5-7 p.m. on both evenings.

While the school teams for Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School will only be for seventh- and eighth-graders, the camp is also open to sixth-graders.

The cost of the camp is $20.Contact 817-408-4080.


Three athletes from Hood County are among the leaders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings.

In team roping-heelers, Patrick Smith of Lipan is 12th, having won $40,191.15. In team roping-headers, Lipan’s Arky Rogers is 42nd with $21,120.47.

Granbury steer roper Shane Suggs is 49th in those standings with $4,267.55.


The Love 2 Run 5K on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m., will benefit the Hood County ministry of the Calvary Church in Granbury.

The race, a chip-timed event, will begin at Tidwell Field behind Granbury High School. There will be divisions for male and female runners for ages 10 and up.

Pre-registration is $35 for ages 18 and over and $17 for 17 and under if paid before Sept. 5. After that date, add $5.

To register, visit For more information, contact [email protected]


Registration has begun for the second SFC Riley G. Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K and Fun Run Sept. 27 in Tolar.

In addition to the 5K and Fun Run, $1 tickets can be purchased for a drawing for a quilt, handmade by Lucy Esposito.

The event honors the memory of Army Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens, a Tolar High School graduate who was a Special Forces Green Beret killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 28, 2012.

Last year the Memorial Run events raised enough for one full scholarship and four $1,000 scholarship awards, according to organizer JoAnn Stephens, wife of Riley’s father Mic Stephens and stepmother of Riley.

Weather permitting, they will also try to stage a car show at Tolar High School for the event.

The early entry fee for the 5K is $25 and will increase to $30 after Sept. 20. The run will begin at 5 p.m. T-shirts are guaranteed to all early registration entrants prior to Sept. 20. Packet pickup and late registration on the day of the event starts at 4 p.m.

The Fun Run starts at 4:30 p.m. The fee is $15 with a T-shirt and $10 without one.

Register online at For questions or more information, email JoAnn Stephens at [email protected] Visit the Facebook page at Sgt 1st Class Riley G. Stephens Memorial Fund.


The Second Annual Lance McLean Memorial Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 20 at Squaw Valley Golf Course. The four-person scramble has a 7:30 a.m. registration.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be a live auction and prizes.

Cost to enter is $100 per person. Contact Steve Smith at 817-579-3330, ext. 7655.


The Fourth Annual Debbie Drive For Autism Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 20-21 at Granbury Country Club. The event, a two-person scramble, benefits the Hope Center For Autism.

Entry fee is $250 per team, with play divided into four flights. First place is $1,000, second is $500, and third is $250, with all flights being paid.

For more information, or to register, contact Jeff Browning at 817-219-3364 or Granbury Country Club at 817-573-9912.


Anyone wishing to have their team photo or a shot of an individual accomplishment published in the sports section is invited to submit to 1501 S. Morgan St., Granbury, 76048, or to [email protected]


The Hood County News is updating a list of area athletes playing in college. An alumni report is periodically published.

Send to [email protected], fax to 817-279-8371 or call 817-573-7066.


Area coaches are invited to submit scores and information about their events to the Hood County News sports department. This includes information about an upcoming activity.

Please send to [email protected], fax to 817-279-8371 or call 817-573-7066.

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