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Aledo vs. Ennis brings wager
Special to The Community News
Not much is bigger than Texas high school football, and the upcoming state playoff battle between Aledo and Ennis has led to a friendly wager between Parker County Judge Mark Riley and Ellis County Judge Carol Bush.
The losing County Judge will have to wear the winning team’s shirt at their next Commissioners Court meeting.
Despite the fact that Riley is a 1969 graduate of Ennis High School, he makes no secret where his allegiance stands.
In fact it was Riley who contacted Ellis County Judge Carol Bush to offer the bet.
“I am catching some heat about it from high school friends, and I have even received some emails calling me a traitor, but I support Aledo and all Parker County teams no matter what,” Riley said. “We respect Ennis and Ellis County. Both teams are 14-0, but I feel very confident in our Aledo Bearcats.”
However, Ellis County Judge Carol Bush has something different in mind.
“When Judge Riley called eager to lose a wager to me, I was happy to accommodate,” Bush said. “I think the Ennis Lions are going to tame those Aledo Bear kittens, and Judge Riley will be wearing the color that he should have been wearing all along.”
Riley said the wager makes things a little more interesting, but he keeps it all in perspective.
“We are having fun with this playoff match-up between two of the state’s high school football powerhouses, but the most important thing is that we, as local leaders, be supportive of our communities’ children and their schools,” Riley said.
Statement from Aledo ISD:
With secondary road conditions improving with today’s warmer temperatures, Aledo ISD will begin school on Thursday, December 12th with a two-hour delay.
All schools and bus routes will run two hours later than the normal schedule.
Citing about 30 percent of the school bus routes as being impassible, Aledo ISD has canceled classes for Wednesday, Dec 11,
Class AAAA Division II State Semi-Final Football Playoff
Aledo Bearcats (visitor) vs. Ennis Lions (home)
Day/Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Game Time: 3:30 p.m.
Site: Midlothian Multi-purpose Stadium
US-287 & S 14th St.
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Pre-Sell Tickets: $8/$4
All Tickets at the Gate $10
Link to Stadium and Directions: http://www.texasbob.com/stadium/stadium.php?id=1044
Statement from Aledo ISD:
Aledo ISD will begin school on Wednesday, Dec. 11 two hours later due to continued icy conditions on secondary roads. All bus routes and schools will begin their schedule tomorrow two hours later than normal.
The District will continue to monitor road conditions in the early morning hours to ensure that the two-hour delay is the best strategy for our students. Please continue to monitor the District website for any possible changes to this schedule.
Aledo ISD Athletic Director Tim Buchanan has confirmed that the state semifinal football game between Aledo and Ennis will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Midlothian. Ticket details to be announced.
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Aledo ISD will not hold classes on Monday, Dec. 9. Aledo ISD crews will be working to clear parking lots and sidewalks during the day.
It goes without saying that the weather has made local travel treacherous if not impossible.
This morning church services have been canceled, and local roads remain impassible.
We are advised that FM 1187 in Aledo is a "solid sheet of ice." Some melting is expected today as temperatures climb above freezing, but that is likely to make the situation even worse in terms of gaining traction.
There are no apparent plans on the part of TxDot to sand 1187 or any other Farm to Market roads at this time. We will provide updates as they are available.