Archive for November, 2012

Panthers Beat Seymour To Win Area Championship Game

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The winning Panthers proudly pass the Area Championship trophy among the team.
Photo courtesy of Tammy Wendel

By Margaret Barnett

The Panhandle Panthers showed any doubters out there, that they are for real. They put the first points on the board and the last points of the game even though the two points were for a safety that the Panthers willingly gave the Seymour Panthers. The Panhandle Panthers never trailed and answered both of the Seymour Panther touchdowns with touchdowns of their own.

The Seymour Panthers kicked off to the Panhandle Panthers and in just over three minutes, Panhandle took the ball to the end-zone, scoring on a three-yard run by Brody Powers. The kick by Logan Lamberson was good and Panhandle was on the board with 8:56 left in the first quarter. Cory Free kicked off for the first time for the night and Seymour started their first drive on their own 24 yard line. While Seymour did get one first down, the Panhandle defense held and forced Seymour to punt. The next three drives by Panhandle resulted in two punts and a fourth down defensive stand by Seymour. The same two drives by Seymour had Panhandle forcing a punt and Free recovering a fumble. The first quarter ended with the score Panhandle Panthers 7 and the Seymour Panthers 0.

Seymour had the ball to begin the second quarter and they were again forced to punt. Panhandle began their first drive of the quarter on their own 25 yard line. Tyler Hall completed three passes to Free and additional yards on the ground along with Lamberson to set up the “Hall to Hammer” 24-yard touchdown pass. The kick was not successful, but with 6:08 in the first half, Panhandle led 13-0 over Seymour. With 2:22 on the clock, Seymour did connect for a 19-yard touchdown pass and a successful kick to bring the Seymour Panthers to within six of the Panhandle Panthers. Panhandle answered with a score of their own to complete the first half scoring. This time it was Hall keeping the ball with 41 seconds on the clock and running for a 22-yard run. Hall also completed the pass for the two-point conversion to Seth Wood to bring the score to Panhandle 21 and Seymour 7.

The second half kickoff by Panhandle to Seymour was fumbled on the 46 yard line of Seymour and recovered by Cory Throgmorton. Panhandle was not able to capitalize on the turnover and the offense by Panhandle was forced to punt. Again Seymour served up another turnover, this time an interception by Jeremy Jones, but again Panhandle was not able to add points to the board. Seymour did put together a drive and with 3:43 in the third quarter, Seymour pulled within a touchdown of Panhandle.
Again Panhandle answered with a touchdown. With 3:15 remaining in the quarter, Hall hit Lamberson for a 63-yard touchdown strike. The quarter ended with Panhandle 27 and Seymour 14. Seymour was forced to punt and Panhandle had the ball to end the third quarter, but they too were forced to punt. Seymour was stopped on fourth down on their next possession. Panhandle began their next drive with 9:13 left in the game and moved the ball on the ground to use up the clock and with 3:21 Hall scored on a one-yard scramble to put Panhandle up 33 to Seymour’s 14. Seymour’s next drive was halted by an interception by Travis Hammer on Panhandle’s own four yard line.
Panhandle struggled to move the ball and on fourth down and seven from the 12 yard line, the coaches elected to give Seymour an intentional safety. The following free kick by Panhandle set up Seymour on Panhandle’s 41 yard line. Four incomplete passes by Seymour and two kneels by Panhandle ended the game and the Panhandle Panthers had the victory 33-16, and will be playing again this week.

The victory continues to belong to the Panthers and to all the players that set foot on the field that night, but also to the coaches who are leading these young men, and to the family, friends, and fans of all. United the Panthers played and United the Panthers won.
Offensively, Hall had 18 carries for 36 yards, scoring on runs of 22 yards and one yard and he completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 219 total yards and two touchdowns.

He threw for a 24-yard and 63-yard touchdowns. Lamberson had 16 rushes for 53 yards and three receptions for 63 yards and scored on a 63-yard pass. Free had five catches for 60 yards and Seth Wood had one reception for 52 yards. Hammer had three receptions for 33 yards and scored on a 24 yard toss. Zach Berry had one catch for 11 yards.

Throgmorton led the Panthers with one solo, four assists, two sacks, one caused turnover, two fumble recoveries, and four quarterback hurries. Dalton Luman was credited with four solo tackles and three assists along with one deflected pass. Berry had two solos and three assisted tackles along with four quarterback hurries. Jeremy Jones recorded two solos, seven assisted tackles, three quarterback hurries, one caused turnover and one interception to his credit. Lamberson had one solo and six assisted tackles while Ryan Shemwell had one solo and three assists. Powers recorded one solo, eight assists and one deflected pass. Hammer had one solo, six assists, one interception, and two deflected passes. Kyle Weiss had six assists and one quarterback hurry while Tanner Barnett had five assists and two quarterback hurries. Austin Terrell had five assists and one deflected pass while Devin Yarger had one solo, four assists, and three quarterback hurries. Chandler Jeffers had seven assisted tackles, followed by Cory Free with three, Seth Witt and Jordan Varner with one assist each.

Also seeing action in the game were Luke Amos, Adam Jones, Seth McMinn, Jason Durham, Dallyn Clements, Stephen Carter, Hunter Pool and Elijah Tompkins.

The Players of the week for their game performance against the Seymour Panthers for defense were Seniors Cory Throgmorton and Jeremy Jones. The Players of the week for offense were Senior Travis Hammer, Juniors Tyler Hall and Cory Free and Sophomores Seth Wood and Logan Lamberson. The Players of the week for special teams were Travis Hammer and Brody Powers. Tyler Hall was also recognized in the Amarillo Globe News in the “Athlete of the Week Honor Roll” Tuesday, for his play against Seymour.

The (8-4) Area Champions Panhandle Panthers travel to Amarillo’s Dick Bivins Stadium tomorrow’s game at 4 p.m. to take on the (10-1) Stratford Elks in the Regional round of the playoffs. A send-off for the Panthers is set for 1:50 p.m. north of the Panther Gym. The Stratford Elks were the winners of District 1-1A and had a first round bye. The Elks knocked off Anson 21-16 last week to earn the challenge of playing the Panthers one more time this year. A victory will keep the Panthers moving to the Quarter-Finals playoffs next week against the winner of the game between Stamford and Quanah.

Panhandle: First Downs 19; Yards Rushing 38-94; Yards Passing 219; Total Yards 313; Comp-A-I 16-29-0; Punts Avg. 4-38; Fumbles 1-0; Penalties-Yards 8-65.
Seymour: First Downs 12; Yards Rushing 22-180; Yards Passing 118; Total Yards 298; Comp-A-I 13-44-8; Punts Avg. 3-42; Fumbles 4-2; Penalties-Yards 13-125.

Shop Panhandle Set For Dec. 6

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Annual “Christmas in Our Town” is set for next Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Participating businesses will have extended hours for local shoppers to come out and shop Panhandle.

Christmas season in Panhandle will kick off with the lighting of the beautiful seasonal decorations at the courthouse and War Memorial building at 6:30 p.m. Santa will arrive at the Square House Museum for his annual visit.

A “Welcoming of Christmas” will be held at the War Memorial Building and a 7:15 p.m. drawing for gifts will take place at the Square House (must be present to win).

Cordale Martin Third In Nation

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Cordale Martin placed third overall at the Junior Bull Riders National Finals Nov. 8-10, 2012 in Shawnee, Okla. to become the third top Junior Bull Rider in the United States. Martin competed with other young riders from across the U.S. who advanced to the nationals.

Martin was the Reserve State Champion of Texas. This was his fourth National Finals.

Martin is a senior at Panhandle High School and the son of Debbie and Mikal Martin of Panhandle.

PISD Trustees Meet In Regular Session

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Panhandle Independent School District met in regular session on Nov. 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the administration building. Members present were Mike Vance, Chris Ray, Greg Ewing, Scott Rusk, Randy Kennedy, Jowannah Powers and Duane Smith. School personnel present were Blair Brown, Leisa Brinkley, Kyle McDonald, Jill Reynolds,and Rodney Throgmorton. Others present were Patti Brown, Courtney and Greg Stockstill.

Greg Ewing gave the invocation after the board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no remarks expressed during the public comment/audience participation. Panhandle ISD’s Band Director Kyle McDonald presented information concerning his band program. The program has 160 students participating in grades 6-12. The Pride of Panhandle Band earned a Division 1 rating at the UIL Marching Contest in October. The board congratulated Mr. McDonald and his high school band for their outstanding performance. The board approved Mr. McDonald’s request to continue plans for the high school band members to travel to Corpus Christi in June 2013 for five days.

Patti Brown, special education director of the HAC Special Education SSA, reviewed Panhandle ISD’s 2012 Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) report. High School Counselor Jill Reynolds presented information concerning her role in student learning. She is working with staff and students to coordinate testing requirements for high school graduation and college entrance. Her responsibilities also include four-year planning, digital learning, college admission and scholarship opportunities.

Courtney Olson has been monitoring the district’s energy usage since June 2010. Mr. Olson reported on the financial savings that his company, E3 Energy Management Solutions, has provided for Panhandle ISD. Reduced costs have been gained through the use of engineering and economic principals to control the cost of energy to provide the needed service within our facilities.

Region 16’s technology director, Greg Stockstill, presented recommendations for Panhandle ISD to improve our technology infrastructure. The recommendation includes a district-wide operating system migration, updating network hardware infrastructure to enterprise class hardware, and implementation of a new IP addressing scheme to segment the LAN. The board directed Mr. Brown to develop a plan to implement the process in multi-phases for financial purposes.

The minutes of the October 16 meeting of the board and the October financial report were approved. The board nominated Chris Ray to serve another two-year term on the Carson County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Leisa Brinkley was designated as the Records Management Officer for PISD.
Superintendent Report:

a. Mr. Brown reported 663 students enrolled in PISD on Nov. 16. The overall attendance for the second six-week period was 97.55%.

b. Panhandle ISD’s Pre-K program has been awarded certification under the Texas School Ready Program for 2010-2011 for exceptional performance.

c. Mr. Brown reviewed the Gold Acknowledgement Awards for 2011-2012. The awards are issued by the state to recognize student performance at the campus level.

d. The superintendent’s evaluation will be conducted next month by the board. A copy of the appraisal instrument was dispersed to each board member. The document is to be completed and returned to the board president at the December meeting.

e. Important dates to remember were reviewed.

f. Future agenda items were reviewed.

The date for the next regular meeting of the board will be Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting adjourned at 9:46 p.m.

A Very Special Storytelling And Book Signing

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

White Deer’s own Dolly (Punches) Cowan will be at the White Deer Library on today at 5 p.m. for a special reading of her book, “Yeehaw, the Chosen Donkey.”

“Yeehaw, the Chosen Donkey” is the story of Christ as seen through the eyes of the little donkey that carries Mary into Bethlehem to deliver Baby Jesus. Yeehaw’s grandson later has the privilege of carrying King Jesus into Jerusalem for His triumphant entry! While the pictures of Yeehaw and his friends, illustrated by Dolly’s son, Ren Malone, are intended to captivate young readers, the story itself is timeless. “Yeehaw, the Chosen Donkey” is anchored on actual Biblical events surrounding the life of Jesus.

The book is based on a song that Dolly wrote for her children’s choir years ago to sing for a Christmas special at church. “All of the children wanted to sing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Dolly said, “so I changed the words.” The song is printed in the back of her book, and Dolly will be singing the song after her reading of the story. There will be a book signing to follow.

Junior Varsity Does

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

By Malorie Homen

The Junior Varsity Does won their second game in a row Nov. 19 defeating West Texas High 38-24.

Michaela Wells led all scorers with 10 points; Macey Hendrick added nine points, Beth Collier six, Kimber Trolinger and Skylar Freeman each had four points and Sydney Hughes chipped in two.

The crew played a complete game on both ends of the floor and as coach I praised my team. Wells came in and not only executed the ball offensively, but played an outstanding game defensively. Hendrick added to big threes. Trolinger and Freeman both keep improving bringing the ball down. Collier finished much better this game around the rim and grabbing down some great rebounds.

The Junior Varsity Does took on Highland Park on Tuesday night. It was a close game, but the Does pulled out another victory with the score being 30-25. Trolinger and Collier both put up 13 points, Freeman and Hannah Brainard chipped in an extra two points apiece. These kids are really starting to finish around the goal and it is fun to watch. Trolinger and Collier both had crucial points throughout the game to keep us ahead. Brainard hit a big shot towards the end of the game.

The team travels to the Gruver tournament Nov. 29 starting at 3 p.m. (Brackets are on the school web-site).

Seven White Deer Bucks Named To All District Teams

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

On Monday, Nov. 26, Coach Quisenberry released the names of the White Deer Bucks who had been named to the All District Teams.

White Deer was honored to announce that two of the Fighting Bucks were named to the All District First Team, four were named to the Second Team and one was given honorable mention.

Junior Nathaniel Mitchell
2nd Team Offense

Senior Graham Wilson
1st Team Defense
Defensive Back

Senior Shawn Roper
1st Team Offense
Wide Receiver

Sophomore Andrew Bichsel
2nd Team Team Defense
Defensive Back

Senior Codie Harrah
2nd Team Defense
Defensive Lineman

Senior Kyler Blodgett
2nd Team Offense
Offensive Lineman

Senior Bailee Wright
Honorable Mention
Defensive Line

Leadership Live

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Members of 4-H clubs and others throughout Texas will be able to enhance their leadership skills and abilities through the Leadership Live! virtual leadership experience from 7 -8:30 p.m. Dec. 10, said coordinators.

“This will be a free, live Web-streamed experience in which participants can learn how to develop and enhance their abilities to motivate and lead others,” said Courtney Dodd, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H specialist, College Station. “It can be watched from any web-accessible device.”

Dodd said some of the devices that can be used to access Leadership Live! include PCs, laptops and tablets, as well as iPhones, smart phones and Android devices. The link from which the session will be streamed is:, and participants may register through this link.

She said participants may tweet questions and comments to @texas4h using #leadershiplive4h.

“Leadership, especially in the form of leading by example, is one of the essential qualities for those who want to inspire and motivate others in the 4-H program and in other aspects of life,” said Dr. Chris Boleman, 4-H and youth program director, College Station.

Boleman said the Leadership Live! experience will be useful not only for 4-H officers and members, but for anyone wanting to develop leadership skills.

“Anybody can participate and can learn from the live cast,” Boleman said. “We encourage 4-H members across Texas to tell all their family and friends about this unique opportunity.”

Boleman said in addition to using leadership skills to escalate from county to regional to statewide levels of 4-H, all participants will learn how developing these skills may benefit them in their academic, social and career-oriented endeavors as well.

Donald Dalton Crisp, 94

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Donald Dalton Crisp, 94, of Amarillo died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Riverside Cemetery in Mangum, Okla. Arrangements were by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Don was born Aug. 10 1918, in Mangum to Henry and Luna Crisp. He inherited a love of the land and farming from his family, which settled in Greer County in 1904. His great-grandfather and his brother, along with his family left the Choctaw reservation to come to thei new home. Through the years, the story was told: at the beginning of their journey, they had a hen sitting on her nest, and by the time they finally reached their new home, they were eating chickens.

Don had a love for his country, and he felt he had a duty to serve. Don served in the Army from 1942 through 1947. While in the Army, Don met Eileen Thompson who was serving in the Navy. They were married on Sept. 6, 946, in Bristow, Okla. They lived in Mangum until 1953 when they moved to Wichita, Kan., for a short time. Then in 1956, they moved to Amarillo, where he worked for Pantex. During his time at Pantex, he continued farming on weekends and during his time off for vacations. His beloved wife, Eileen, passed away on June 13, 1970.

After the death of Eileen, he met and married Donna Fay Price of Panhandle. Donna had five daughter at the time of their marriage. They discovered a shared love of playing golf and bridge. They continued to live in Amarillo until his retirement from Pantex, where he worked for 35 years. They then moved to Mangum, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Earl Crisp; his first wife, Eileen T. Crisp; and his second wife, Donna Fay Price Crisp.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Barnett and Jetta Morris and husband Doyle; three grandchildren, Lance Barnett and wife Brandy, Melanie Mickey and husband Brack and Boone Morris and wife Shea; four great-grandchildren, Amanda and Logan Barnett and Daxstyn and Berkley Mickey; and, of course, his beloved black Labrador, Penny.

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Breast Center Mobile Coming To Panhandle

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Harrington Breast Center Mobile Mammography Coach will be in Panhandle at the Panhandle Medical Clinic on Monday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide women 35 and older in the area with their yearly mammograms.

Featuring the largest program of its kind in the state of Texas, the Harrington Breast Center Mobile Mammography Coach has provided mammograms to women of the High Plains region since 1989. Our program features full-field digital mammography equipment, screenings performed inside our self-contained unit, fast appointments at convenient times and quick reporting back to patients.

For appointments and cost information, please contact the Harrington Breast Center at 1-800-377-4673. The Panhandle Medical Clinic is located at 421 Main Street. We look forward to serving you during our visit.