Category Archives: Sports

Grand Prairie PD Hosts Free Summer Sports Camp

The camp will run weekly, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Officer Wesley Jackson at WJackson@GPTX.org or call him at 972-809-5806; or Chelsea Kretz at CKretz@GPTX.org or call her at 469-354-4703.

Get Into the Swing of Spring at Nash Farm’s Annual 1860s Baseball Game on May 1

Calling all baseball fans! Experience Grapevine’s annual 1860s Vintage Ballgame at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Saturday, May 1. Cheer on the teams as they play no glove baseball with 1860s rules in a Town Ball exposition game, complete with historic uniforms. Gates open at 5 p.m. with concessions and a carnival midway. The first pitch of Game 1 is at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and includes popcorn and lemonade. Additional concessions of hot dogs, Sloppy Joes and more will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Town Ball exposition game, played using 1860s rules, regulations and terminology, includes the use of a larger, heavier but softer ball known as a “horsehide” or “onion.” In place of a typical baseball diamond, the game will be played on a square playing field with a batting plate and four stakes with flags serving as bases. Five positions make up the field-of-play. Players will make the experience authentic as they wear the historic 1860s uniforms. Batters will be known as strikers, and the use of gloves is not permitted as they were not used during that time period.

This heritage event pays homage to Grapevine’s rich baseball history, which began with the first organized team, the Grapevine Browns, in 1907. The Grapevine Browns were the sons of early settlers and traveled by wagon to and from games against other area teams. Grapevine’s original ballpark was located at the north end of Main Street. Ball Street, where Nash Farm is located, is named so because it led out to the baseball fields.

For more information about the 1860s Vintage Ballgame, Nash Farm or to purchase tickets, please call 817.410.3185 or visit NashFarm.org.

AJ Hinch receives warm welcome during return to Houston

A.J. Hinch received a warm reception from Houston Astros fans in his first game back at Minute Maid since being fired as manager and suspended by Major League Baseball.

Before the game, the Detroit Tigers manager exchanged hugs with Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, hitting coach Alex Cintron and second baseman Jose Altuve.

During a Zoom news conference with Houston-area reporters, Hinch struggled to find words to express how he’s feeling about returning to Minute Maid Park.

“I wish I had a great quote or the words or the right thing to say about what I’m feeling,” he said while admitting it’s “weird.”

“I do have to focus on the good things that happened here.”

Read more from MSN.com…

A Lax Lacrosse Program: What’s Up with That?

Today, I happened upon a girls’ Lacrosse game as I drove by the Middle School near my house. The school has a football field and a track, so I am used to seeing kids out there during the school week, folks of all kinds walking the track when the kids aren’t using it and people using the field for sporting events. I wrote about my experience with Flag Football last month, and as of the publishing of this article, “Dem Boyz” are first in their league!

Today’s games were all-girls’ Lacrosse. As I walked up to find someone “official” to speak with, I heard a lot of laughter and teasing from the girls that were playing. That made me smile. I know that playing sports helps girls’ self-esteem and also helps them expand their social circles.

According to ESPN and the Women’s’ Sports Association, studies show that playing sports increased girls’ confidence, body image, academic performance and personal relationships. That’s pretty awesome in this crazy world of COVID, girls telling other girls to “just go kill yourself,” at the slightest perceived infraction on social media and dealing with silly girl stuff, like rumors.

I say “silly” because it all happened to me when I was a kid (Except social media. All I had was a telephone), and it would sometimes temporarily ruin my world. Now that I’m an adult, I see how ridiculous (and mean) this stuff is. So, it was really nice to see smiles and laughter instead of cruelty.

Chandler Ferguson, who is the father of 6th grade player, Ryleigh, explained to me what makes these games different from school or sponsored leagues.

“For this league, you just show up and play. Basically, you show up and get assigned white or blue,” Ferguson explained. “If one team is [obviously] better than another, they’ll reassign kids so they can get a wider range of play. We don’t keep score; I mean, the coaches kind of know what the score is. I call them, ‘Coach,’ but they’re really there to kind of make sure the field is even, so they’ll move players around, so the game is competitive in its own right,” Ferguson added.

“The girls don’t seem to care what the score is anyway. They’re just out there to have fun. Look around and you won’t see scoreboards or anything,” Ferguson added. “I think a lot of the girls know each other, so it’s a social activity in that sense. They can come out here and play with their friends.

“It’s been great for my daughter because she can watch the older girls play. She’s said, ‘They can do this, so I can try to do it too.’ She has individual lessons with Faith and plays on a Club Team, she plays out here and she plays for Grapevine MP, too.

“I coach the Mustang-Panther Girls Youth Team. (K-8th) We have teams for different age groups: K-2, then a 3-4, then a 5 – 6 team and a 7-8 team,” Ferguson explained.

The program is called, “Just Play Lax,” and is the brainchild of Faith Renner and her partner, Chris. Last year (2020) was their inaugural year.

“We just wanted to give the kids in North Texas an additional opportunity for playing girls’ Lacrosse. The only opportunities really are the school and town teams, but it’s not a UIL sport yet. We wanted them to have a way to play that wasn’t focused on instruction or critiquing but focused more on letting them just play.

“I think the need was there, and so when you start something to meet that need, people will take advantage of it.

Faith said they really didn’t even have to advertise, as word of mouth brought girls and their parents out to see what it’s like to have a laid-back game or two.

According to the website, Just Play Lax offers a, “7 vs. 7 playing opportunity for girls. With just 12 total field players (plus 2 goalies) in a 30-yard x 65-yard playing area, each player will receive maximum touches on the ball. More repetitions in a game setting means more opportunity for development and more opportunity to try new moves. Players will be more willing to be creative and less afraid to make mistakes – a perfect combination to improve your game and prepare for the spring season.”

No matter what the mission is or who the players are, it was very nice to hear encouragement instead of criticism, laughter instead of anger or tears and proud moms and dads who are super-supportive of their daughters.

Texas Rematch: Sparks are Sure to Fly at the Arlington Supercross Triple-Header

Cooper Webb 94 Ken Roczen Houston 2021 Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Arlington, Texas (March 12, 2021) – Going into round ten of the Monster Energy Supercross series this Saturday in Arlington, the top two title contenders are showing some remarkable similarities to their visit to AT&T Stadium in 2019, with of course a handful of significant differences.

In 2019, Honda’s Ken Roczen and KTM’s Cooper Webb entered the race in the north Texas town in first and second place in the series with just one single championship point separating them. At that point, neither had yet to claim a 450SX Class title and both were coming off disappointing prior seasons. It turned out to be an unforgettable race, with a win by Webb of only .028 seconds over Roczen after a last-corner block pass distilled the race down to a panicked drag race to the checkers.

Heading into Arlington in 2021 Roczen again leads in the championship points, and Webb again sits close behind in second: this year they are separated by two championship points.

Roczen is winning. After a 26-race win drought, not counting the 24 races he missed in nearly those three years due to injury, Roczen won four races in 2020 and this season he’s already strung three wins together at the Indianapolis triple-header.

Webb is winning. In 2019 he took the title. He pulled in four wins in 2020. His first 2021 win was on Texas soil at round three in Houston, and he recently swept the double header in Orlando.

Arlington’s track is traditionally hardpack and dry – similar to the conditions the riders faced at the Orlando rounds where Webb excelled… yet Roczen’s finesse and throttle control is generally better suited to such low-traction tracks.

Their nearest rival is 24 points back. The problem there for Roczen and Webb is that it’s Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and he won the previous round last Saturday in Daytona, he wears the number one plate on his bike as the defending champion, he has a proven ability to string wins together like no other rider racing today, and he won Arlington in 2020.

There’s only one way to settle this, and Monster Energy Supercross does it seventeen times a year: line the riders up and drop the starting gate. The 2021 Arlington visit is a triple-header; a Saturday – Tuesday – Saturday schedule that is sure to deliver great racing. Best of all, spectators are allowed on a restricted-attendance basis situated in pod-style seating. For results, video highlights, the full upcoming schedule and for ticket purchases please visit SupercrossLIVE.com.

450SX Class Championship Standings:

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (199)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (197)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (175)
  4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (153)
  5. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (143)
  6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (135)
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (134)
  8. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (123)
  9. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (121)
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (120)

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Video and Photo Credit:  Feld Entertainment, Inc. 

Grapevine REC’s flag football leagues bring Dem Boyz and non-local teams to the field

For those of you that live in the Grapevine area, you may have noticed the teams of flag football players that are out at Grapevine Middle School’s football field and track every Sunday morning, come rain or shine. If it is not flag football “season,” then the guys that come out are just playing for fun and bragging rights. But when the leagues start up, the guys you see are in serious competition. These leagues are sponsored in Grapevine by the Parks and Recreation Department.

I happened to be driving by last Sunday and decided to stop to see what was going on. I had passed the field many times before and had even stopped to chat up some of the players, who, at the time, were just out there for fun and typical male bonding. I heard some players call other players names I never knew existed, but it was all in good fun and I found myself laughing a lot.

However, last Sunday turned out to hold the last matches of the Winter Season, with the Spring League not beginning for another two weeks. I got the opportunity to chat up some members of “Dem Boyz,” a local team, the “Canes” (short for Hurricanes) from “all around,” according to them, and the “Flying Lions” from Arlington. Unfortunately, Dem Boyz, the guys I got to talk to the most, had to forfeit two games because the other teams didn’t show up, and another game was forfeited by a team that had only a few players show up.

Ms. Vickie, who was out there all day from late morning until 8-9pm, is the person who takes care of the Flag Football Leagues for the REC. She said all of the forfeits were most likely because none of the teams that were supposed to play that day had a chance to win first place, and that Sunday also marked the final games of the season. I guess I can’t blame them for staying home, though it was a beautiful, sunny and warm day.

In the meantime, a few of the guys from two teams started to play for fun, though the competitiveness and testosterone could be felt in the air and heard from the field.

The 4-on-4 League actually ended up having games later in the evening, but my local 8-on-8 team, which also plays 5-on-5, (Dem Boyz) had already left for home, no doubt to pray and read the Bible (yes, that was a joke).

Dem Boyz is made up of:

  • Team Captain Joshua Rivers: Center/Middle Linebacker
  • Averon Toleston: Wide Receiver/Rusher
  • Derrick West: First String Quarterback/Cornerback
  • Joseph Jackson III: Second String Quarterback/Wide Receiver/Safety
  • Jaden Jackson: Wide Receiver/Outside Linebacker
  • Daronn Hamilton: Cornerback
  • John Parks: Rusher
  • Cannon Ball: Safety/Wide Receiver
  • Chris Purtell: Center
  • Clay Hudson: Wide Receiver/Outside Linebacker

Wide Receiver Toleston describes himself as, “a very explosive, fast, athletic and great wide receiver, and an explosive rusher who has had a very explosive season.”

No matter how humble Dem Boyz are, don’t for a moment think that they can’t dominate on the field. They would have most likely come in second place in the Winter League if there hadn’t had been so many forfeits.

The Grapevine REC offers 8-on-8 Flag Football and 4-on-4 Flag Football leagues throughout the fall, winter and spring.

The 8-on-8 league consists of an eight-game season and games are played at Grapevine Colleyville ISD facilities, such as Grapevine Middle School. The 4-on-4 Flag Football season consists of a five-week schedule, with each week’s teams playing a double header. These games are played at The REC’s turf field.

The top four teams for each league qualify for a post-season tournament, if time allows.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Super Bowl Watch Party Guidelines Issued by the CDC for Safety During Pandemic

Super Bowl LV is going to air this Sunday, Feb. 7 in a showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many families and groups of friends have traditions to watch the big game together; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this may not be the safest choice for watching this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, they have published some guidelines to keep folks as safe as possible if they do plan on going ahead with their “usual” plans:

  • Host a Super Bowl virtual watch party. You can wear the team colors and jerseys. Just set up a Zoom or other online conference call to watch live with your family and friends. You can also text each other during the game.
  • Have an outdoor viewing party. Just stay six feet apart from each other and show the game on a projector screen.
  • In the case of a large party, call the party location to make sure they are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus and abide by the rules set by the venue.
  • Arrive early to avoid crowding and congestion.
  • Don’t use the restrooms during high-traffic times like halftime.
  • Try not to cheer and chant. Stomp, clap and use hand-held noisemakers instead.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption and use touchless payment methods when available.
  • It doesn’t matter which venue, or whether it is inside or outside, the CDC reminds everyone to wear masks over the nose and mouth when in a group of people with whom you don’t live.
  • Avoid any direct contact. That means no handshakes, hugs, or even high-fives with people outside of the household.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, masks or mouth.

For more recommendations, click HERE.

Enjoy the game and may YOUR team win!

Irving’s Hackberry Creek Golf Club hosts Texas Golf Association Women’s Eclectic Tournament

CourseDay2-1The Women’s Eclectic Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Texas Golf Association (TGA), was held for the first time at the Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving on March 9 and 10. Women from all over the country came to participate in the event.

WHAT IS AN ECLECTIC TOURNAMENT?

The elements of an eclectic tournament are explained below:

  • Shotgun Start: Groups or teams of 3 – 4 players are assigned to start at different holes – some on the front nine (holes 1 – 9) and some on the back nine (holes 10-18). The players continue through the course, eventually playing all 18 holes
  • Eclectic: This part of the tournament is unique in that not only do the players individually earn a score for 18 holes each day, but on the second, and final, day, each player uses their lowest score for each hole as her final “Eclectic Score”
  • Best Overall Gross Score: The player’s true score without adding her handicap
  • Best Overall Net Score: The player’s score, including her handicap

This year, Kathy Crumley took home the trophy for the best Gross Eclectic Score, shooting 2 under par for a score of 70.  Lorraine Werner shot a Net Eclectic Score of 60, or 12 under par, winning the best Net Eclectic trophy.

Some talented young golfers came from all over the nation to participate in this tournament.

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Ashni Dhruva

Ashni Dhruva, who is 21 years old, came to the tournament from Pennsylvania. She’s about to graduate from Penn State with a major in Biology. Dhruva has been accepted to attend graduate school at Rice University in Houston and would like to major in Biosciences and Health Policy.

“Hopefully I’ll be doing research or working for the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a hospital or something like that,” she said.

Her family played a large part to inspire her interest in golf.

“I was born in Connecticut, but when I was maybe 7-years-old, I lived in England. My dad used to take us to take us to the driving range and we all just kind of got into golf from that, even though my dad wasn’t a serious player,” Dhruva said. “I kept playing these little Junior tournaments, and when I got to high school, it just took off from there. I played high school golf and then I realized I could play in college one day because I was fanatic about it. Golf is the number one sport for women’s scholarships.

“I started right away playing a lot of tournaments in my freshman year [at Penn State], but my sophomore and junior years were a bit of a struggle, to be honest,” Dhruva explained. “There are a lot of good girls that come to play, but I did play a few tournaments. My senior year has been great. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Dhruva has thrived in college, and with only about two months left until graduation, she is feeling a bit nostalgic. “I love Penn State. I am actually sad to leave it. My sister is there playing golf too, so it’ll give me an excuse to visit,” she said.

Dhruva likes to play tournaments all over the country because of the differences in playing conditions. When she is at school, she practices every day. “This course [Hackberry Creek] is about 5,500 yards,” Dhruva said. “The course at Penn State is about 800 yards longer.”

Dhruva holds an average of approximately 75, which is 3 over par. Many professional golfers have trouble maintaining such a low average.

However, Dhruva was not the youngest player in the tournament. Local player Raeleigh Davidson is 16 years old.

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Raeleigh Davidson

“I go to school at Liberty High School in Frisco,” Davidson said. “My family’s just kind of always played golf. My [older] sister plays [at Incarnate Word in San Antonio], and so I just kind of naturally started playing.”

Davidson plays for her high school golf team, holding a “low seventies” average, which is also on par with some professional golfers.

“I’m for sure going to try to play golf in college. I haven’t decided where I want to go yet. I’ve been going on visits to campuses. I definitely want to stay in the south. I like the weather and I preferably want to stay close by my family,” she said.

Davidson says that her favorite subject in school is math. “There are fortunately a lot of opportunities for girls who are good in math and other STEM subjects,” she said, while speaking about scholarship opportunities.

Adam Davidson is Raeleigh’s dad, and took the time to explain his outlook on how golf has impacted his and his daughters’ lives.

“I coach [golf] at Frisco Liberty. Both of my daughters are very athletic, doing cheer, gymnastics, soccer and softball – basically every sport you can play. They both decided in middle school that they wanted to get more serious. I felt like kids are playing the same things year-round and are getting too many reps in the same muscle groups. Around eighth grade, if you want to do something beyond high school, you have to figure what that’s going to be,” Davidson said.

“Personally, I played football, wrestled and played baseball in school. Baseball was my big thing. I didn’t start playing golf until I was out of college. I’m left-handed but had to learn to play right-handed because of an injury in my elbow from baseball,” Davidson revealed. “I’ve coached baseball and I’ve told some people that because I played [baseball] from such a young age, and baseball is natural for me, I found that my expectations as a coach weren’t right. When I was learning to play golf, playing ‘on the other side’ made me a better coach, realizing that everyone has different talents.”

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Starting pitching makes Astros the World Series favorites, but Dodgers are close

BILL SHAIKIN

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Justin Verlander (Photo by Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

October starts Tuesday, and so does the postseason. We could just tell you which teams are in, or we could tell you which team is going to win.

The Houston Astros, right?

We would like to tell you the Dodgers will win, and the grainy Kirk Gibson videos finally can be retired, and 30-year-olds all over the Southland can say they have seen the Dodgers win the World Series within their lifetime. It could happen, and it is long past time.

But pitching wins in October, and the Astros start with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. Verlander or Cole will win the American League Cy Young Award; the other will finish second.

Read more from the LA Times…

TEXAS HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES GO DIGITAL

Hunters and fishermen in most cases will no longer be required to carry their original paper hunting and fishing licenses with them to the field.

HB 547, which went into effect Sept. 1, allows licensees to use a photograph of their physical license to serve as verification of a valid license while hunting any game that doesn’t need a tag, like dove.

HB 547 was authored by state Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

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