When I was growing up, “boxing” was in the news quite often, with news of World, National, State, and Local bouts being considered important. I watched the matches with Dad as a little boy and kept up later with television, radio, and newspaper reports. I knew “a little” a Golden Gloves boxer, who lived at Buckner Orphans Home (as folks called it then), and a few years later, I listened to one of our area Lutheran Church members give talks to youth groups—Champion Curtis Cokes.
Schools & Sports
There was no doubt which was the better team in last week’s series between crosstown rivals as North Forney took control in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Forney Jackrabbits and never let up. When the dust cleared, the Falcons had earned their first ever season sweep of the Jackrabbits. These were only the Falcons’ fourth and fifth wins all time against perennial baseball power Forney.
By Tim Danziger Photos Courtesy of Jim Klenke
I was always drawn to cheering for Shawn Bradley when he played for the Dallas Mavericks Basketball Team from 1997—2005, more or less! And I am not only cheering him on now but, more importantly, praying for him, as he attempts to recover from being struck from behind by an automobile about two months ago, leaving him still “hospitalized” as of this writing. He is undergoing rehabilitation and learning the possible effects of paraplegia. Doctors have warned him that the fight against his traumatic injuries will probably be the hardest thing he has ever had to do in his life—even harder than injuries, struggles, and problems he ever encountered as an NBA basketball player.
As high school and college seasons closed, I recalled the Museum’s century format, remembered Don Morrison, and thought to myself, “Self, you lately haven’t written about basketball! I will work backwards.”
Her name is SHIRLEY KOST, and she is better known to many as “The Cookie Lady.” For about three decades now, she has been a staunch and stalwart Rangers fan, through good times and bad—but to her, they have all been good times, because she “loves her Rangers.”
The Forney ISD Warren Middle School dance team, the StarSteppers, recently competed at the American Dance/Drill Team Nationals in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, March 27 and were named the Junior High National Champions. It was the first time the squad had received the top honor.
The Forney ISD Warren Middle School Cheer Squad has had a great deal of success throughout the school year. The squad’s most recent success included their achievements at the National Cheerleading Association’s (NCA) competition held in Ft. Worth, Texas on March 6 and 7.
No, Matt Bush is not part of a presidential family nor a Forney family, at least not one of which I know. I do know that he is a recently “turned” 35-years-old man, who has a recently born daughter, his first child, and he is a LONGSHOT…..and for more than one reason!
The Jackrabbits braved the drizzly elements to compete at Waterview Golf Club in Rowlett on February 8. The boys JV team got 2nd place overall in the team competition. Leading the way was freshman Neil Nuzum with his personal best score and tied for 7th place individually. Other notables were Juniors Michael Prasnikar, Austin White, and freshman Christopher Whitehouse.
The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959. Since then, the race has become one of professional racing’s biggest and most popular events.
Joe Jones, Jr., one of the states winningest basketball coaches, goes into his second season as Head Basketball Coach of the Forney Jackrabbits. His purpose: To Build a Championship Basketball Program in Jackrabbit Country.
It was a Friday at lunch time; the year was 1973; the new school year was about to begin all over Texas; a “young Forney boy” was about to head off to Goliad, Texas, to probably teach Jr. High English Literature and Language, Journalism, and Remedial English……And then, the “call” from FISD Administration came; two interviews took place; some soul-searching, praying, and discussing ensued; the trip to Goliad was cancelled; the signing of some preliminary documents took place; the School Board ratified a new coaching/teaching contract at the Monday night meeting; Don Themer was off to Coaching School with Head Coach Richard Norwood and several men he did not know until that day!
I loved his name and his nickname—Terwilliger and TWIG!
One Texas bill is similar to others filed across the country that are characterized by conservative advocates as trying to maintain fairness in women’s sports. LGBTQ advocates said conservatives across are latching onto issues related to athletics and health care as the latest way to spread fear about transgender children using inaccurate information. Credit: Getty Images/iStock Photo
Texas Republicans are again trying to limit the ways transgender youth can participate in athletics.
According to more than one teammate and reporter, pitcher Phil Niekro most of the time did not know where his “trademark pitch” was going, and neither did the catcher, hitter, and umpire!