Lampasas Dispatch Record
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Page 7
Badgers’ freshmen win San Saba JV tournament LHS golfer places third at
By CLAY WHITTINGTON
played Ingram and won by six points,
45-39, as three players finished with
Marble Falls tournament
double-digit points. Lampasas sophomore Byler on Jan. 25 and at Lampasas’ home
Lampasas’ freshmen exceeded Howard led the way with 23 points, Lindeman followed his opening- tournament at Hancock Park on Feb.
expectations over the weekend by while Riffel scored 12 and Ralph round score of 77 with a 76 to place 7.
winning San Saba’s junior varsity Marez added 10. third overall at the 2010 Marble Falls
tournament. Lampasas recorded 32 rebounds Classic.
Led by Shon Howard who scored in the game as Howard posted eight, Playing at Hidden Falls and Ram
60 points in three games, the Badgers and Marez followed with seven. Rock golf courses, Lindeman’s two-
upset San Saba’s, Hamilton’s and After outscoring Ingram 13-8 in day total of 153 was just two strokes
Ingram’s junior varsity teams en route the first quarter, the two teams were shy of tying for second place and nine
to the tournament championship. neck and neck over the final three strokes behind tournament champion
Not only did the Badgers produce a quarters as Lampasas narrowly won Blake Stasiunas’, of Vista Ridge,
perfect 3-0 record, but they were the the scoring battle 32-31. score of 144.
only team to win at least two games. While Howard was the team’s Badger senior Colton Perkins also
The three other teams each finished most prolific scorer, several players competed at the tournament.
with a 1-2 record. provided excellent defensive After opening with an 89, Perkins
Lampasas opened play last Friday performances during the team’s title followed with a 92 to post a two-day
with a 34-25 victory over host squad run. total of 181. The score put Perkins in
San Saba, thanks to a 22-12 run in the “Bobby Nielsen played very strong a three-way tie for 48th overall.
first half. PHOTO BY RICHARD AKRIDGE defense off the bench,” Lampasas The Badgers’ varsity golf team will
After halftime, the Badgers were freshman head coach Aaron Nuckles not be in action again until February
Lampasas’ freshman basketball team improved its overall when it travels to Austin for the two-
outscored 13-12, but the damage was said. “Marez and Cutter Estep also
already done as Howard finished with
record to 5-2 with a perfect 3-0 showing at San Saba. played tough down low while being day Andrews tournament at the Roy
17 points, five rebounds, four assists, their opponent in every quarter, rebounds to go with five assists and outsized in all three games versus Kizer Golf Course.
three blocks and a steal. including the second when they two blocks. older and bigger post men. The junior varsity boys’ team will PHOTO BY RICHARD AKRIDGE
On Saturday, Lampasas faced limited Hamilton to just one point. Josh Riffel added 11 points, three “Chism Carpenter also provided be in action twice before the varsity Byler Lindeman shot a 153
Hamilton and cruised to a 13-point Howard had a game-high 20 points rebounds and three steals in the win. solid defense versus the opposing returns. It will play in the Vista
Ridge tournament at Avery Ranch at the two-day tournament.
win, 41-28. The Badgers outscored to lead the team and grabbed four In the tournament finale, Lampasas teams’ point guards.”
Enjoy the outdoors by taking a walk
One of my daily 90. The desert-like park Another trail I have walked is
activities is to take a has several hiking trails one from the top of the scenic loop
walk. Walking is good for
your health, but a walk
Outdoors available. One trail is
more than four miles
in Davis Mountains State Park that
meanders downward for a couple of
also can be an adventure.
Even though I may walk With long that goes to the
bluffs overlooking the
miles to Fort Davis National Historic
Site. If you are lucky, along the trail
the same trail every day, Rio Grande River. you might see the rare Montezuma
there is the possibility to
experience many different
Mat Taylor The most-often taken
trial is the one that goes
quail, javelina and mule deer.
Of course, you do not have to go
things. down into Seminole to a state park for a good walk or
In Texas, the weather Canyon. The trail is hike. I have walked along some little-
can change from day to day, and that details of all them, but I have walked available only by guided tours that used county roads, but I would not
means it may be hot or cold, wet or at least a portion of some of the trails take place Wednesdays through recommend doing so alone.
dry on any specific day. You may see discussed in the article. Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The A walk in the city can be just as
different species of wildlife, various One is the Dinosaur Valley State highlight of the tour is the viewing healthy with many different things to
cloud formations and many species Park Ecology Trail and Track Sites. of ancient American Indian rock see and hear -- unless you encounter
of flowers and plants, depending Hikers can view tracks up close in paintings. an obnxious dog along the way.
upon the season. the Paluxy River bed or view them Although the hike back up is not
Of course, on walks on our family from above on a bluff overlooking very long, it can be fairly rugged. If Former Soil Conservation Service
ranch there is also a chance to see the river. you are not up to the canyon tour, Agency employee and longtime
something unwelcome, such as a Nearby Colorado Bend State Park there is a short nature trail near the writer Mat Taylor offers his outdoors
rattlesnake. I also sometimes walk has a number of hiking trails. The park headquarters, and there are rock- column for Dispatch Record readers.
on some rough terrain, so there is a most well known is the Gorman Falls painting replicas in the headquarters He can be contacted at (254) 518-
Nabbing a 10-pointer chance of a fall. That is why I take
a walking staff and carry my cell
Trail. It is down near the Colorado
River, where you can view the scenic,
building to view.
Way up in the Texas Panhandle is
2262 or via e-mail at mntaylor@
Alex Nebrig, left, grandson of Bubba Chapman, shot this 10-point
buck over the weekend while hunting at the Chapman ranch lo- phone. unique waterfalls on Gorman Creek. Palo Duro State Park, which includes
cated north of Adamsville in Lampasas County. I recently read an outdoor column The 1.5-mile hike back up to the Palo Duro Canyon, the second-
in a daily newspaper about the starting point can be strenuous. At largest canyon in the United Sates.
LMS basketball teams
columnist hiking to the top of one point there are cables to assist Several hiking trails are offered in
Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in over a steep area. the park, and the most popular is
Texas. Last spring, my son Matthew, A park I have visited several times is the Lighthouse Trail. It is 5.7 miles
face off against Llano who likes to take long hikes, also
hiked the four miles to the top of the
mountain. He said the walk ranged
Seminole Canyon State Park, located
west of Del Rio on U.S. Highway
round-trip to the rock formation that
resembles a lighthouse.
The Lady Badgers took care of by Mason Morris who finished with from easy to very steep where hikers
their home court last Thursday by six points. have to crawl along a narrow ledge.
sweeping Llano in four games. *** Matthew said the climb was worth
Both eighth-grade teams produced Over the weekend, the Badgers’ it, as a spectacular view is offered
commanding victories as the “A” eighth-grade “A” team went 2-1 at from the top and one can see more
won by 45 points, 57-12, and the “B” the Burnet tournament. than 100 miles in all directions. That
team won by 43 points, 49-6. Lampasas opened the tournament hike is for the young person in good
The seventh-graders had similar on Friday with a 55-39 win over host physical shape, not for me at my age.
success, but it did not come as easily. squad Burnet. Blake January led the Also last summer, my son hiked to
The seventh-grade “A” team team with 16 points, followed by the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest
defeated Llano 35-24, while the “B” Blake Graham, Trent Holloman and point in New Mexico. This was a
won by six points, 23-17. Omar Lucio who each scored eight. seven-mile trek, which is longer than
The Badgers traveled to Llano On Saturday, the Badgers defeated the Guadalupe trail but a steadier
Thursday where the seventh-grade Wimberley 42-34 behind January’s climb. Along the way, Matthew said
“B” team won 31-12. team-high 11 points. he saw mule deer, elk and even some
Collin Huntzinger scored a game- In the championship game, bighorn sheep.
high 12 points, while Jason Ayers and Lampasas was upset by Burnet in a Earlier this year, my son moved
Zach Combon each posted six points. rematch and lost by two points, 36- from Canyon, Texas, to take a
Both of the eighth-grade Badger 34. museum job in Atlanta. He decided
teams lost. January scored 10 points in the to hike to the highest spot in Georgia
The “A” team fell by three points, loss, while Collin Bowen and – Kennesaw Mountain. Compared to
22-19, and the “B” team lost by three Holloman added nine and eight his hikes in Texas and New Mexico,
points 20-17. points, respectively. Matthew said going to the top of the
Westin McIntire scored a team-high Georgia mountain was a leisurely
seven points in the “B” team loss and walk.
was followed in the scoring column If you are like me -- senior citizen
status -- you probably are looking
S portS ShortS
for an easier stroll. A past issue of
Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine
featured an article on 12 great state
park walks. I won’t bore you with the
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The Ranch Bronc Riding
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There is a $50 entry fee with
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Books are now open.
For more information, call
Scott Dowell at 325-938-7594
or Michael Battenfield at 245-