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									                                                                                                                                                                            Lampasas Dispatch Record
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tuesday, December 7, 2010                      Page 7

Badgers’ freshmen win San Saba JV tournament LHS golfer places third at
Staff Writer
                                                                                                                           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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