Sports Briefs

July 12, 2014

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Golfer Riley Summer (right) was recently honored on “Dale Hansen’s Sports Special.” Summer, shown with Hansen, was the salutatorian of the recent Granbury high graduating class.



Former Granbury Pirate golfer Riley Summer, a recent graduate of GHS, was recently named Scholar-Athlete of the Week by Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen.

Summer was the 2014 salutatorian for Granbury High. He will be studying petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.

Summer was an academic all-state selection.

A segment featuring Summer was broadcast July 6 during “Dale Hansen’s Sports Special,” which airs on WFAA Channel 8 on Sunday Nights following the 10 p.m. newscast. The program recognizes North Texas high school seniors who have excelled in academics and athletics as well as contributing to make their community a better place to live.

Nominees must be a senior who is in the top 15 percent of their class.

Classmates Maggie McKenna, Joel Reid and Morgan Northcutt were previously honored.



The traditional Midnight Madness practice to open the football season will not be held by the Granbury Pirates this year, according to Granbury School District spokesman Jeff Meador.

The midnight practice to start the season had been in place since 2009.

Meador did not say what time the Pirates will hold their first practice. They can begin practicing as soon as Aug. 4 because they did participate in spring drills.

Teams that held spring practices cannot begin fall workouts until Aug. 11.

Granbury has two scrimmages scheduled, Aug. 15 against Wichita Falls Hirschi and Aug. 22 against Stephenville, both on Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium.

Granbury will enter the season with a new defensive coordinator, yet to be hired, according to Meador. B.J. Carlton resigned from the position at the end of the school year to focus on teaching.

The Pirates are also likely looking for a new quarterback this season as two-year starter and all-district selection Ryan Suitt is believed to be transferring to All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth for his senior season.

The Pirates are coming off a 9-2 season, their most wins in nearly five decades. They are moving into a new district (8-5A) with defending Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo, traditional powers Everman and Crowley, 2013 bidistrict qualifier Burleson, Cleburne (which narrowly missed playoffs last season), Burleson Centennial and Joshua.


Clay Tryan of Lipan continues to sit atop the team roping-headers standings in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Entering this weekend he has won $68,041.40.

Also in the top 10 in team roping is Lipan’s Patrick Smith, seventh among heelers with $36,328.96 in winnings.

Ryan Watkins of Bluff Dale is 14th in tie down roping with $33,041.82. Also, former Lipan basketball standout Randall Carlisle, now living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is 16th in that event with $32,406.18 won.

Carlisle led Lipan to the 2005 Class A Division II state championship. He also set the national record for 3-point baskets made in his high school career with 516.

Also from the area, Arky Rogers of Lipan is 32nd in team roping-headers wit $20,271.61, and Shane Suggs of Granbury is 37th in steer roping with $4,267.55.


A Texas Hunter Education Class will be conducted Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hood County Courthouse Annex meeting room, 1410 W. Pearl St.

Every hunter, including out-of-state, born after Sept. 2, 1971 must successfully complete a hunter education training course. The minimum age of certification is 9.

Cost is $15.

If you were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971 and you are under 9 years old, you must be accompanied; age 9-16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied; age 17 or over, you must successfully complete a course or purchase a Hunter Education Deferral, and must be accompanied.

Accompanied means by a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who has passed hunter education, or is exempt, and you must be within normal voice control. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting.

Some federally controlled areas require all hunters using that site to have hunter education certification. In Texas, this included Corps of Engineers property and most military reservations.

Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.

Contact Bill Baylor at 817-229-0519 for reservations. Advance signup is recommended.


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]


Joseph’s Locker will host a 5K Run/Walk on Aug. 2. Runners and sponsors are needed for the event that benefits the food and clothing outreach ministry.

Contact 817-579-1446.


Registration for the fall season in the Granbury Soccer Association is under way. Divisions are for ages 3 through adult co-ed. Visit


Registration has begun for the second SFC 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 events 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 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 Duffer’s Delight “Unclassic” Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Monday due to a rainout. The tournament will have a 10 a.m. shotgun start with lunch to follow play.

The event, played at deCordova Bend Country Club, benefits the Hood County Children’s Charity Fund.


The Eighth Annual Oilmen’s Charity Golf Tournament is Aug. 8 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.


Texas Edge Baseball will hold a Summer Baseball Camp for all ages Monday and Tuesday. Times are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an hour lunch break.

Concessions are available, and participants are asked to bring a bat and glove.

Texas Edge is also hosting summer clinics for all ages. The clinics will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday and will run through the entire summer.

Contact 817-573-2121.


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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