Archive for January, 2014

Antigone Club To Host Tralee Crisis Center Program

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The February Antigone Club Meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Our program that evening will be “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” which is appropriate for the Love month. Ms. Dee Dee Laramore from the Tralee Crisis Center will be speaking and providing information that is important to women of all ages.

“Please come and hear what services and help is available to you. Space is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please call Mahryhia Mills at 537-5372 or Celeste Bichsel at 537-3873 by Friday, Jan. 31 to RSVP,” said Club President Tammy Wendel.

Jim Brinkley/Red Bell Memorial Basketball Tournament Scheduled For This Weekend

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The 26th Annual Jim Brinkley/Red Bell Memorial Basketball Tournament begins today with 24 teams participating in the fifth and sixth grade divisions. The third and fourth grade division tournament will be played on Feb. 15-16.

In the Fifth Grade Girls’ Division, teams represented will include Spearman, Panhandle, Fritch, Amarillo, Miami and two teams from White Deer. Competing in the Sixth Grade Girls’ Division will be Memphis, Spearman, Dumas, Panhandle and Pampa. The Fifth Grade Boys’ Division includes towns from Fritch, Canadian, Spearman and Panhandle. The biggest division is the Sixth Grade Boys and will represent the towns of Sunray, Dumas, Spearman, Fritch, White Deer, Panhandle, Gruver and Canadian.

Three games will be played in all three gyms beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. On Saturday the games begin at 9 a.m. in all three gyms. On Sunday, Feb. 1, the finals in all four divisions will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Panther Gym.

Admission to the games is $4 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds from the gate will benefit the scholarships to Panhandle Seniors. There will be a concession operated during the games to raise money for the Panhandle Senior Class activities. Come out and support the local teams and the 2014 Panhandle Senior Class.

Local Youth Exhibit In Annual Carson County Livestock Show

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Thankfully, the frigid weather on Thursday turned into pleasant temperatures on Friday and Saturday last weekend, as the FFA and 4-H youth brought their animals to exhibit in the 2014 Carson County Livestock Show. This year, there were 16 goats, 20 sheep, 14 steers, five heifers and 135 pigs.

Abbie Brainard of White Deer 4-H exhibited the Grand Champion Goat with her Heavy Weight goat and Gunner Lamb of Groom 4-H won the Reserve Champion with his Medium Weight goat.

Rowdy Cox of White Deer FFA took Best of Breed and Reserve Champion Lamb with his Fine Wool lamb and Zane Hackett of Panhandle FFA won Reserve Breed with his Fine Wool lamb.

Panhandle’s Will Weinheimer of FFA exhibited the Best of Breed and Grand Champion Lamb with his Medium Weight Medium Wool lamb and Seth Witt of Panhandle FFA won Reserve Breed with his Heavy
Weight Medium Wool lamb. MaKenna Reynolds of Panhandle FFA won Best of Breed with her Southdown lamb and Cammie Carpenter of Panhandle FFA won Reserve Breed with her Southdown lamb.

Jett Bradford of Panhandle 4-H was awarded Grand Champion Steer with his Heavy Weight Exotic Steer. Photo courtesy of Kinsey Brown

Jett Bradford of Panhandle 4-H was awarded Grand Champion Steer with his Heavy Weight Exotic Steer. Photo courtesy of Kinsey Brown

Kason Vigil of White Deer FFA won Best of Breed-English with his Hereford-English Steer, Reserve Breed-Exotic with his Light Weight Exotic Steer and he won Reserve Champion Steer. Jett Bradford of Panhandle 4-H won Reserve Breed-English with his Angus-English Steer, the Best of Breed-Exotic with his Heavy Weight Exotic Steer and won Grand Champion Steer.

Hanna Brainard of White Deer FFA won Best of Breed-Hereford with her Hereford Heifer and won Grand Champion Heifer. Ashby Dauer of Panhandle 4-H won Reserve Breed-Hereford with her Hereford Heifer and Cash Bixby of Panhandle FFA won Best of Breed-Maine-Anjou with his Maine-Anjou Heifer and won the Reserve Grand Champion Heifer.

Cash Bixby of Panhandle FFA earned Reserve Grand Champion Heifer with his Maine-Anjou Heifer. Photo courtesy of Kinsey Brown

Cash Bixby of Panhandle FFA earned Reserve Grand Champion Heifer with his Maine-Anjou Heifer.
Photo courtesy of Kinsey Brown

Jadyn Coffee of Panhandle FFA won Best of Breed with her Light Weight Berkshire pig, Jackson Kuehler of Panhandle FFA won Reserve Best of Breed with his Heavy Weight Berkshire pig. Keslea Ford of Panhandle FFA won Best of Breed with her Heavy Weight Chester pig. Locke Williams of Panhandle FFA won Reserve Best of Breed with his Heavy Weight Chester pig.

Acacia Barker of Panhandle 4-H exhibited the Best of Breed with her Medium Weight Duroc pig, Tayte Ogletree of Panhandle 4-H won Reserve Best of Breed with his Light Weight Duroc pig.

Locke Williams also won Best of Breed with his Light Weight Hampshire pig. Christopher McLaughlin of Panhandle 4-H won Reserve Best of Breed with his Medium Weight Hampshire pig.

Cash Bixby also won Best of Breed with his Heavy Weight OPB pig. Kendra Reining of Panhandle FFA won Reserve Best of Breed with her Heavy Weight OPB pig.

Cheyenne Davis of White Deer FFA won Best of Breed with her Medium Weight Yorkshire pig. Cassidy Crutchfield of White Deer FFA won Reserve Best of Breed with her Light Weight Yorkshire pig.
Aubrie Ingram of White Deer 4-H won Best of Breed with her Medium Weight Cross pig and also won Grand Champion Pig. Jordan Pohnert of White Deer 4-H won Reserve Best of Breed and Cheyenne Davis of White Deer 4-H won Reserve Champion Pig with her Medium Weight Cross pig.

Animal classes, placings and Panhandle youth exhibitors were:
Class #1 – Light Weight Goats: 1. Seth Witt, 2. Kendall McCall, 3. Justin Leven, 4. The 26th Jim Brinkley/Red Bell Memorial Basketball Tournament begins today with 24 teams participating in the fifth and sixth grade divisions. The third and fourth grade division tournament will be played on Feb. 15-16.
In the Fifth Grade Girls’ Division, teams represented will included are Spearman, Panhandle, Fritch, Amarillo, Miami and two teams from White Deer. Competing in the Sixth Grade Girls’ Division will be Memphis, Spearman, Dumas, Panhandle and Pampa. The Fifth Grade Boys’ Division includes towns from Fritch, Canadian, Spearman and Panhandle. The biggest division is the Sixth Grade Boys and will represent the towns of Sunray, Dumas, Spearman, Fritch, White Deer, Panhandle, Gruver and Canadian.
Three games will be played in all three gyms beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. On Saturday the games begin at 9 a.m. in all three gyms. On Sunday, Feb. 1, the finals in all four divisions will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Panther Gym.
Admission to the games is $4for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds from the gate will benefit the scholarships to Panhandle Seniors. There will be a concession operated during the games
Mackenzy Arganbright
Class #2 – Medium Weight Goats: 4- Kaylee Brassfield
Class #1 – Fine Wool Lambs: 2- Zane Hackett, 3- Maddox Reynolds, 4- Abbie Carpenter
Class #2 – Light Weight Medium Wool Lambs: 2- Cammie Carpenter, 4- Hunter Thompson
Class #3 – Medium Weight Medium Wool Lambs: 1- Will Weinheimer, 2- Haylei McCall, 3- Hunter Thompson, 4- Espn McCall
Class #4 – Heavy Weight Medium Wool Lambs: 1- Seth Witt, 2- Will Weinheimer, 4- Justin Leven
Class #5 – Southdown Lambs: 1- MaKenna Reynolds, 2- Cammie Carpenter, 3- Abbie Carpenter
Class #1 – Angus-English Steer: 1- Jett Bradford, 2- Braedyn Kowalewski, 3- Kloee Kowalewski, 4- Noah Ford
Class #2 – Hereford-English Steer: 2- Ashby Dauer, 3 & 4- Jared Dauer
Class #3 – Light Weight Exotic Steer: 3- Hagan Heck
Class #4 – Heavy Weight Exotic Steer: 1- Jett Bradford
Class #1 – Hereford Heifer: 2- Ashby Dauer, 3- Jared Dauer
Class #2 – Hereford Heifer: 1- Ashby Dauer
Class #3 – Maine-Anjou Heifer: 1- Cash Bixby
Class #1 – Light Weight Berkshire: 1- Jadyn Coffee, 2- Katlynn Freeman, 3- Brennon Freeman, 4- Keylee Mayfield, 5- Andrew Smith, 6- Alex Thompson
Class #2 – Heavy Weight Berkshire: 1- Jackson Kuehler, 3- Katlynn Freeman, 5- Savannah Sinclair
Class #3 – Light Weight Chester: 1- Halle Ford, 3- Cash Bixby, 4- Owen Elliott
Class #4 – 1- Keslea Ford, 2- Locke Williams, 4- Whitman Martin
Class #5 – Light Weight Duroc: 1- Tayte Ogletree, 2- Joe Smith, 3- Kandin Ford, 4- Gauge Hackett, 5- Christopher Coffee, 6- Kate Kuehler
Class #6 – Medium Weight Duroc: 1- Acacia Barker, 2- Kayla Williams, 3- Kendra Reining, 4- Jett Bradford
Class #7 – Medium Heavy Weight Duroc: 3- Chloe Harris, 5- Kinlea Ford, 6- Zach Baze
Class #8 – Heavy Weight Duroc: 1- Savannah Sinclair, 3- Ty Gabel, 5- Ethan Arganbright
Class #9 – Light Weight Hampshire: 1- Locke Williams, 3- Shyann Bixby, 4- Mack Leven, 6- Larke Leven, 8- Noah Ford
Class #10 – Medium Weight Hampshire: 1- Christopher McLaughlin, 2- Kasey Lindsey, 3- Grace Kuehler, 5- Baylee Gabel
Class #11 – Heavy Weight Hampshire: 1- Evee Horner, 3- Kate Kuehler, 7- Keslea Ford
Class #12 – Light Weight Black OPB: 1- Sterling McCall, 2- Evyn Winborne, 5- Baylee Ogletree
Class #13 – 1- Cash Bixby, 2- Kendra Reining, 3- Kylee Kowalewski, 6- Olivia Horner
Class #14 – Light Weight Yorkshire: 2- Kandin Ford, 3- Halle Ford
Class #15 – Medium Weight Yorkshire: 3- Grace Kuehler, 4- Jackson Kuehler, 5- Kinlea Ford
Class #16 – Heavy Weight Yorkshire: 1- Shyann Bixby
Class #17 – Prospect Cross: 2- Triston Inman, 4- Christopher McLaughlin, 5- Mack Leven, 6- Hudson Inman
Class #18 – Light Weight Cross: 1- Audree Brassfield, 4- Ethan Arganbright, 5- Brady Gabel, 6- Brennan Reed
Class #19 – Light Medium Weight Cross: 5- Hagan Heck, 7- Baylee Ogletree
Class #20 – Medium Weight Cross: 3- Noah Ford, 7- Tayte Ogletree, 8- A.J. Thompson
Class #21 – Heavy Medium Weight Cross: 3- Hudson Inman, 4- Kayla Williams, 5- Grayson Davis, 6- Cablan Horner
Class #22 – Heavy Weight Cross: 2- Triston Inman, 4- Evyn Winborne, 5- Shayla Gandy, 6- Justin Gandy
Class #23 – Super Heavy Weight Cross: 1- Spencer Keys, 3- Owen Elliott, 4- Grayson Davis

Buckles were awarded to the winners. They are as follows:
Rookie – Kendra Reining, Panhandle-FFA, from the Carson County Junior Livestock Association
Senior Citizenship – Katlynn Freeman, Panhandle-FFA, from C.J. Whatley “In Memory of Darrel Whatley”
Senior Showmanship (Pig) – Jordan Pohnert of White Deer, from White Deer FFA
Junior Showmanship (Pig) – K’Leigh Thornton of Groom, from Great Plains Crop Consultant, Tim Case
Senior Showmanship (Lamb) – Seth Witt of Groom, from Stop N Shop
Junior Showmanship (Lamb) – Cammie Carpenter of Panhandle, from Melvin and Kim Hammer
Senior Showmanship (Beef) – Karlee Vigil of White Deer, from John Dale Kelly
Junior Showmanship (Beef) – Jett Bradford of Panhandle, from Animal Health International / Leo Britten
Senior Showmanship (Goat) – Abbie Brainard of White Deer, from Panhandle FFA Booster Club
Junior Showmanship (Goat) – Landry Brainard of White Deer, from T&H Towing

Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Buckles were donated by Joe and Barbara Homer, Bling & Beyond – Stephanie Davis, Panhandle FFA, Attebury Grain, Panhandle Chamber of Commerce, Brandvik Pipe – Mike and Brandi Brandvik, Robinson Grain and Carson County Gin.

Winners of the Carson County Junior Livestock Association Raffle were: Dayna Britten, Rex Ruthardt and Steve Ford. They each received $1000.

Panhandle’s Own “Wild Hogs”

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Dolly Cowan

Ask Sace Hardman, Terry Coffee (Coach), Lyle Denny, Loren Brand or Scott Sherwood about the “Wild Hogs” and they’ll be more than happy to tell you what they do and how it all began.

A few years ago Hardman was visiting with Coach and telling him he’d really like to do more to raise awareness and money for the annual Blaze Coffee Blood Drive. Coach suggested a golf tournament or a motorcycle ride. Hardman said, “I don’t play golf, but a motorcycle ride…” And so the idea was born. From there, Jean Hardman and Rhonda Coffee; Denny and his wife, Ronda; Brand and his wife, Carol; Sherwood and his wife, Brenda got onboard, and the local motorcycle club was formed.

All of the guys, except for Coach, are members of the “Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.” The club, which was established in 1974, consists of active and retired law enforcement members, who love to ride motorcycles. There are 630 chapters and 20,000 plus members in 24 countries around the world.

The Wild Hogs got their name from the 2007 Box Office hit by the same name, which starred Tim Allen, John Travolta, William H. Macy, Martin Lawrence and bad guy, Ray Liotta. The guys had seen the movie and thought, “Why not use that as our logo!” When asked which actor each member represented, Hardman replied, “No comment.” He did say that one of the guys had had a few Dudley-like mishaps; in particular, a head-on collision with a vulture!

The Wild Hogs had their first run in the spring of 2012. They raised $3500. In 2013, they raised $5000. Every cent was donated in honor of Blaze Coffee for the Blood Drive to go toward the cost of equipment and a new Blood Mobile.

The 2014 Wild Hogs Motorcycle Ride will be held May 17. A $25 donation will get you a t-shirt, a very cool koozie, lunch, an opportunity to ride along with the Wild Hogs and maybe even a leather jacket! The bikers start at the Carson County Ag Barn, go to White Deer, make a stop at Clint & Sons on Highway 60, drive east to Pampa, stop at Hobart Street Park, head out on Highway 152 to Borger, stop in at Antelope Creek, and then head back to the Ag Barn in Panhandle for a delicious lunch, which is prepared by volunteers.

In 2013, the Wild Hogs set up a banking account so they could make their own contributions to the cause throughout the year. After they raised so much money for the motorcycle run, Jean Hardman suggested that they give $200 from the special account to a local family who would benefit from it. After visiting with the other members, they all agreed to give it to a very deserving family this past Christmas. Hardman said, “We thought we should also help someone out here, specifically, in our own town.” The family was very grateful.

I’m guessing the wives of the Wild Hogs would rather not be referred to commonly as “biker babes” or “biker chicks,” and Hardman said, “Absolutely NOT the ‘Sows!’ Rather, the ‘Hoggettes.’” I’m thinking, the “Angels” has a nice ring to it and is definitely appropriate! Be on the lookout for any one of the members of this very cool “gang.” You might just spot them wearing the club’s trademark black leather vest with the logo, “Wild Hogs” on the back.

Carson County Sheriff’s Report

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Sheriff Loren Brand

The Carson County Sheriff Dispatch Center took 65 calls for service this last week. There were two traffic accidents, two disturbance calls, eight EMS calls, three harassment reports and five fire calls.

There were 31 bookings last week and we currently have 28 persons in custody. Our scrap metal and copper thefts are increasing and we appreciate any information received that helps us focus on suspicious persons and vehicles that prowl our county. The Carson County Sheriff’s Office is part of the Amarillo Crime Stoppers program.

Amarillo Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

Amarillo Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number (806) 374-4400, text tips and Web Tips to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime.

You could get a cash reward of up to $1,000

Our local Crime Stoppers representative is Deputy Sheriff Dennis Moore.

Eighth Grade Panthers Remain Undefeated

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Margaret Barnett

The Eighth Grade Panthers traveled to White Deer and added another win to their record. They outscored the home team 42-27.

High point for the Panthers was Garrett Barnett with 11 points. He also had eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and one blocked shot. Kaden Lynch and Mason Reynolds followed with eight points each. Lynch led the team in rebounds with 11 and assists with two. Bradlee Brandvik added seven points and had six rebounds and led the team with two steals. Dustin Hughey contributed four points while Noah Ford and Reese Graham added two points each. Also seeing action in the game was Braedyn Kowalewski, Jaden Shaver, Gavin McCoid, Brandon Jones, Price Neuwirth, and Sam Koone.

Scores by Quarter
Panhandle 13, 24, 38, 42
White Deer 5, 11, 18, 27

On Monday, the Panthers hosted the Gruver Greyhounds and notched their 13th win of the season. The first half ended with both teams sitting at 23 points, but the Panthers pulled away in the second half and when the final buzzer went off, the Panthers had the victory 48-35.

Leading the scoring for the Panthers was Barnett with 15 points, five rebounds, two assist and one blocked shot. Barnett also led in steals with four. Hughey followed with 10 points, two rebounds and he led the team in assists with six. Lynch added nine points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot. Brandvik had eight points and led in rebounds with seven. Brandvik also was credited with three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Reynolds, Graham, and Jones added two points each.

Also contributing to the win was Ford, Kowalewski, Shaver, Freeman, McCoid, Jones, Koone, and Neuwirth. The 13-0 Panthers will host the Clarendon Broncos next Monday in their last season game.

Scores by Quarter
Panhandle 19, 23, 42, 48
Gruver 9, 23, 28, 35

Panthers Beat Claude Mustangs

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Margaret Barnett

The Varsity Panthers met the Claude Mustangs on the Mustangs home court last week and came away with a 64-38 victory. This extends the undefeated string to seven games with four straight district wins to lead the district race for the first half of play.

The Panthers rang up 12 straight points before the Mustangs got on the board with a three-pointer. Josh Oliver led the scoring with 15 points, one rebound, four assists and one steal. He was good from the three-point range on three baskets. Barnett followed with 13 points. He also had nine rebounds to lead the Panthers, one assist and three steals. Cory Free followed with nine points and five rebounds.

Brayden Brandvik contributed eight points and had two rebounds. Tyler Hall and Kaleb Perkins both added six points each. Hall had three rebounds and he led in both assists with nine and steals with four. Perkins was credited with six rebounds. Travis Jewett had three points along with one assist and one steal. Bryce Cathey and Austin Terrell rounded out the scoring with two each.
Cathey also had two rebounds, one assist and two steals. Terrell had two rebounds and four assists to his credit. This victory brings the Panthers’ season record to 15 wins and five losses. The Panthers remain undefeated in district play with a 4-0 record.

Scores by Quarter
Panhandle 16, 33, 46, 64
Claude 3, 14, 25 38

Pantherette Highlights & Updates

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Pantherettes played San Jacinto in a non-district game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, and earned another win with a score of 53-33.

Tori Chavez was high point with 23 and she also had one assist and four rebounds. Keylee Mayfield sank the ball for seven points and had one assist, five rebounds and two steals.

Aisia Bonner, Mary Cate Neeley and Hunter Heck scored six points each, and Taylor Dumaoal scored five. Bonner had an assist, and the game high of seven rebounds and five steals. Neeley had four rebounds and three steals and Heck had one assist, three rebounds and two steals. Dumaoal had one rebound and one steal.

Kami Witt had one rebound and two steals and Kinsley Choate had one assist, three rebounds and one steal. Katlynn Freeman and Amber Bellah had three rebounds.

On Jan. 17, the Ettes traveled to Clarendon and suffered their first district loss to the Lady Broncos, 42-52.

Mayfield was high point with eight and Bonner, Neeley and Chavez scored six points each. Dumaoal, Choate and Melton each added four points, Witt had three and Heck added one.

Choate was the top rebounder with 12 to her credit and she also had an assist and three steals. Neeley had eight rebounds and one steal while Melton had four rebounds and a steal. Mayfield had three rebounds and an assist and Chavez had two rebounds and two assists. Witt was also credited with two rebounds and one steal. Heck and Dumaoal, both, had two rebounds and Heck had one steal and Dumaoal had one assist. Bonner had one rebound, two assists and three steals.

The Ettes defeated the Lady Longhorns of Vega for their fifth district win on Jan. 24, with a score of 46-28.

Freeman was high point with 20 and Melton followed close behind with 18. Witt and Chavez, both scored six points, Bonner and Dumaoal had five points each, and Choate added four.

Neeley led in rebounds with nine and had one assist and Bonner had five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Choate had four rebounds and one steal and Bellah and Mayfield had three rebounds each with Mayfield also capturing one steal. Freeman was also credited with one rebound and Melton had three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Witt had two rebounds, two assists and four steals and Chavez had two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Dumaoal had two rebounds, one assist and one steal and Heck had one assist.

Pantherettes Beat Lady Stangs

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Ann Metcalf

Panhandle jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first quarter when the Ettes played Claude in Claude on Jan. 21. The Lady Stangs came back in the second quarter to outscore Panhandle 21-9 to make the half-time score 28-28. The Ettes dominated in the second half of the game and came out with a 64-47 win.

The game started out close as Panhandle had a 6-5 point lead mid-way of the opening stanza. However, the Ettes heated up and out-scored Claude 13-2 in the final four minutes of the first quarter as Keylee Mayfield led the attack with 10 of her 17 game-high points. Tori Chavez made a trey, while Mary Cate Neeley and Kami Whitt each scored a field goal. McCalle Melton made two free shots.

With 5:29 on the second quarter clock, Panhandle led 23-12. Claude then reeled off 12 straight points to take a 24-23 lead with less than two minutes remaining until half-time. With 1:25 on the clock, Chavez scored to put the Ettes up 25-24. A free shot by Claude tied the game at 25 until Mayfield made two free shots with 1:18 left to move Panhandle back on top 27-25. Claude answered with a trey to retake the lead. With 6.7 seconds on the clock, Chavez made a free shot to make the score 28-28 at half-time.

The Lady Stangs inbounded the ball to start the third quarter and made two free shots to go up 30-28. Melton opened the scoring for the Ettes and tied the game at 30, then made another trey to put Panhandle up 33-30. Chavez made a field goal and a free shot and Panhandle led 35-30. Two more free shots by Chavez and another basket by Melton gave the Ettes a 39-30 lead with 4:39 on the third period clock. Mayfield made the second of two free shots to give our girls a 10 point lead with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Neeley made two field goals before Claude made a trey which was answered by a trey from Chavez. With 1:05 on the clock, Panhandle led 47-33. Claude made a free shot and Chavez made two free shots to give the Ettes a 49-34 lead going into the final stanza.

The first four points of the fourth were free shots by Claude as they narrowed the Panhandle lead to 11, then Melton hit a free shot and Kinley Choate a field goal, making the score Panhandle 52-Claude 38. In the last 4 ½ minutes of the game, Neeley scored two, Mayfield-two, Taylor Dumaol-four, Melton-two and Amber Bellah-2, giving the Ettes a 64-47 win.

Mayfield led Panhandle scoring with 17 points and had six rebounds, a steal and an assist, while Chavez brought 16 points, a rebound and an assist. Melton scored 11 points and had two rebounds, a steal and an assist. Neeley scored eight points, had three rebounds, two assists and a steal and Choate brought four points, six rebounds, a block, a steal and two assists to the game. Dumaoal also scored four points and had a rebound. Whitt scored two points, had three rebounds, three steals and an assist, while Bellah brought two points. Aisia Bonner had four rebounds, a steal and an assist and Kaitlyn Freeman and Hunter Heck also contributed to the win.

Scores by Quarter
Panhandle 19, 28, 49, 64
Claude 7, 28, 34, 47

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham 1926 - 2013

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham
1926 - 2013

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Private family services are planned. Arrangements are by Memorial Park Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Helen Ruth Boyd Wigham slipped peacefully into Jesus’ arms to meet her loved ones in heaven. Helen was born Dec. 29, 1926, in Tolbert to James Maurice Boyd and Elizabeth Ann Tomlin Boyd. She was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Panhandle High School in 1945 and Barnes Business School.

Helen worked at Amarillo Air Base before it closed and at Westinghouse as a bookkeeper. She married Billy Jack Wigham on Aug. 31, 1947, in Amarillo. During their marriage of 46 years, they raised three children. She loved being a mother and a housewife. When all the children were in school, Helen continued her career as a bookkeeper. In Amarillo, she worked for Honeywell and after the family moved to Center, Colo., she worked at Center High School and helped Bill on the farm.

In 1972, they moved from the farm. Bill worked for many different companies, and Helen kept their home and made lots of new friends. These companies sent Bill and Helen to Albuquerque, N.M.; Houston; Midland; Mich.; Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, and Afsin, Turkey. While they enjoyed the friends they made and the sites the saw, Bill and Helen longed to come home to Texas to be near the children and grandchildren.

When they returned to Amarillo, Bill continued working and Helen enjoyed staying home. After Bill passed away in December 1992, Helen lived with their oldest daughter. Helen loved to cook and have company visit. She was the family’s spiritual leader and a true “southern belle.” She was the one who taught others the benefits of “please and thank you.” She was kind, fun and always had a smile for everyone. She was a true friend. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; a brother, Claude Boyd; five sisters, Mavoirnee Cone, Preblee Bowsher, Margaret Wadsworth, Dorothea Bowsher and Pauline Tankersley and their spouses; a nephew, Richard Kenneth Cone Jr.; a niece, Norma Jo Boyd; her in-laws, Jack H. and Lila Terry Wigham, Col. (Ret.) Edgar D. and Juana Jo Bigelow and Biddy Wigham.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Conklin of Amarillo, Chad Wigham of Center, Colo., and Shelley Wigham of New Braunfels; her grandchildren, Shane McElroy and wife Shannon of New Braunfels, Joshua Conklin and wife Cora of Dallas and Jeremy McElroy of San Antonio; her great-grandchildren, Shayna, Megan, Cory, Kylie, Vyktor and Devyn; and her nephews and nieces, Don Boyd, Danette Baty, Nancy Bowsher, Roger Wadsworth, Beth Mix, Paula Skyvara, Deborah Beavers, Sarah Bergman, Linda Bowsher, Jimmy Bowsher, Jimmy Karl Bigelow, David Hugh Bigelow and Teresa Jane Telles.
Helen graduated from Panhandle High School in 1945. The family wishes to thank her loyal childhood friends Ruthe Wade Priddy, Jody Kelly Powell, Joyce Wiley Slagle and Jimmy Joe Weatherly, all Panhandle High School Graduates, and her kind and loving caregivers at Craig Windflower Memory Care Unit and Hospice Care of the Southwest.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

Sign the online guest book at www.memorialparkamarillo.com.