Sports Briefs

August 6, 2014



Former Granbury High golfer Travis Benson, now playing for New Mexico State University, won the Oaks Course Classic at the TPC Course in San Antonio, part of the Texas Collegiate Amateur Tour. Benson shot a three-round total of 223 to win by two strokes. He opened with a 9-over-par 81, followed with a 3-under-par 69, and closed with a 1-over-par 73.

While at GHS, Benson finished third in the state individually as a junior. As a senior, he led the entire team to state.


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.

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 now on sale 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 are available 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).


Tickets for the upcoming basketball season are on sale in Lipan. Seats with engraved nameplates can be purchased for $150 and $250.

The latter includes admission for the 2012-13 season. Reservations can also be renewed with admission for $100 per seat.

Contact Dr. Cindy Edwards, Lipan superintendent, at 254-646-2266.


The Love 2 Run 5K, set for 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 for the fall season in the Granbury Soccer Association is under way. Divisions are for ages 3 through adult co-ed. Visit


The Second Lance McLean Memorial Benefit Golf Tournament will be Sept. 20 at Squaw Valley Golf Course. Registration for the 4-person scramble is 7:30 a.m.

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


Registration has begun for the second Sgt. Riley G. Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K and Fun Run Saturday, 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 action 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 for the event, which will be based at Tolar High School.

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 Eighth Annual Oilmen’s Charity Golf Tournament is Friday at Hidden Oaks Golf Course. The event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Contact 817-573-3550, ext. 1010.


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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