Tim BuchananThe much-heralded era of Tim Buchanan as Aledo High School football coach is apparently over.
Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty announced Thursday afternoon that Buchanan’s request that he be made full-time athletic director and relinquish his football coaching duties has been granted – effective immediately.
Defensive coordinator Steve Wood has been named the interim head football coach. The district will post the position for a permanent replacement after the 2014 football season.
Steve WoodBuchanan has coached the Bearcats since 1993, winning state championships in 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. This year’s Bearcats earned preseason favorite status as the top team in the new Class 5A.
They are set to begin summer workouts Monday, Aug. 11 and open the season Aug. 29, inaugurating the new stadium at Baylor University in Waco against Cedar Park.
Coach Buchanan said he’s been thinking about this over the last year since football season ended.
“The job is getting so big that it is getting more and more difficult to be football coach and athletic director,” he said.
“It’s hard to do a great job at both jobs in a district like Aledo. AD is a full-time job and football is a full-time job. No programs have suffered because I’ve been AD and football coach, but it is getting harder to do both. With the team we have coming back this year it’s good time to do this.
Aledo High School class schedule pickup dates are as follows:
Aug. 20, 1 p.m. – Seniors
Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – Juniors
Aug. 21, 1 p.m. – Sophomores
Students must bring proof of residency with them. The accepted proof of residency is the latest utility bill (gas, water or electricity) only. If the student cannot obtain one of these items, they are encouraged to contact the counselors’ office at 871-441-5170. Class schedules will not be handed out without this proof. Students on the missing book list will also need to bring the book (or payment) to receive their schedule.
Six players from the 2014 Class 4A state champion Aledo Bearcats baseball team earned spots on the Texas Sportswriter's Association 4A all-state baseball team.
Aledo second baseman Tyson Mauser earned first-team honors, with pitcher Chris Reed and first baseman Dakota Durant earning second-team honors.
Aledo catcher Zayne Willems earned a spot on the third team, while pitcher Taco Anderson received an honorable mention.
Also, head coach Chad Berry was selected as co-Coach of the Year.
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Payton Templeton bumps a pass up to the front row Monday morning during a drill at the Aledo Ladycat Volleyball Camp at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus gym. The camp runs through Wednesday.
Weatherford College students are being warned of a potential scam targeting their financial information.
A female WC student called the Weatherford campus Thursday morning concerned about a phone call she had received. The unidentified caller informed the student they were being awarded a WC scholarship and they needed her credit card information to confirm her identity. Caller ID showed a Houston area phone number.
The student, who is not a scholarship recipient, declined to provide her personal information, and following the conversation she called the WC Financial Aid Department directly.
College administration has researched this call and has determined it to be a scam.
“A scam targeting students like this has not happened before, to our knowledge,” said Kathy Bassham, Executive Dean of Student Services. “Weatherford College will never ask for this type of information, especially in an unsolicited call. Please, don’t give out your personal information over the phone.”
Students with questions may call 817-598-6284.
The Parker County Republican Party reported Thursday evening that Ben Akers, the judge for Parker County Court-At-Law No. 2, has died after a long illness. He had served as judge the past nine years, according to the county website.
Gregory J. Long, wanted by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for the charge theft of property $1,500 but less than $20,000, was taken into custody in Ottawa County, Okla. at the direction of the Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, in conjunction with the United States Marshal’s Service.
The charges on Long arose from Long “scamming” an elderly person in Parker County. When the investigation began, investigators discovered Long was wanted for questioning or had active warrants for his arrest in four other jurisdictions in Texas for similar offenses. Long also had warrants in Iowa and Kansas for similar offenses.
The FAST unit working with US Marshal’s Intelligent Services launched a nationwide publicity campaign to inform other agencies and financial institutions of Long’s activities. This was done in an attempt to locate Long, prevent future offenses and identify other victims of Long’s scam
Thursday morning FAST investigators received an anonymous tip of a possible location for Long. Investigators contacted the security staff of a casino in Ottawa County, Okla. and confirmed Long was present in the casino. Quapaw tribal marshals arrived and took Long into custody. Two of Long’s previously unidentified associates were also arrested.
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Aledo senior-to-be Cheyenne Knight, shown at left with AHS coach Greg Nelson after winning the Class 4A girls' state golf tournament, has been named to the USA Today 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Golf Team. The team was selected by Chris Langrill, golf correspondent for USA Today High School Sports, with help from national golf associations, state associations and media throughout the country.
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Former Aledo Bearcats All-America running back Johnathan Gray, who led Aledo to three Class 4A state championships, heads the list of five members of the Texas Longhorns football team who landed spots on national award watch lists.
Malcom Brown, Quandre Diggs and Cedric Reed were placed on the watch list for the 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors the top defensive player in the nation, while Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray secured spots on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, awarded to the top player in the country.
Last season, despite missing four games with an Achilles injury, Gray, a junior, rushed for 780 yards. Gray ranks 28th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 1,481 yards despite playing less than two full seasons.
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USA bobsledder Johnny Quinn, a former UNT wide receiver who is best known for breaking out of a locked bathroom door at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, was a speaker today at the Graham Harrell Passing School, which runs through Tuesday at Bearcat Stadium.