Month: April 2017

State Bound!

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  CORSICANA – The Grapeland Sandies and Sandiettes are making this a habit. Since the start of the 2009-2010 school year – every time a state golf tournament has been held – Grapeland High School has qualified either an individual player or a team to compete for a state championship. This time around is no different and for the third consecutive year, both the Grapeland Sandies and Sandiettes will be travelling to Austin to compete for a gold medal in golf. This week, the GHS boys’ golf team teed off on Monday, April 24 in...

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Lions Hold Off Sandies, 9-8

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LOVELADY – The Lovelady Lions came from behind and then held off the Grapeland Sandies to win on Thursday evening by a score of 9-8. The Lovelady victory over Grapeland brought the District 21-2A season to a close for both teams and capped off an unblemished district record for the Lions. It was Senior Night in Lovelady as the Lions honored their graduating seniors in a pregame ceremony. Once the festivities concluded, the visiting Sandies came to bat and tried their best to ruin Senior Night and the Lions’ undefeated district record. Lee Holsey...

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Sandiettes Drop Warm-up Game to Lady Rebels

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter EVADALE – Before the Grapeland Sandiettes began their playoff run, a warm-up game was scheduled against the Evadale Lady Rebels on Monday, April 24. The game was billed as a measuring stick to see where the Sandiettes stood in regard to a Top 10 team in Class 2A and it more than lived up to the expectations. Although the Sandiettes lost by a score of 2-1, the game showed Grapeland was very capable of competing with and winning against one of the best teams in the state as they prepared for the postseason. The...

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The Sandiette Surge

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – A year ago at this time, the Grapeland Sandiette softball team was struggling. The team had made the playoffs, but youth and inexperience took its toll as the Sandiettes were bounced from the playoffs in the first round. Fast forward a year and Grapeland has had a resurgence in its softball program. The team has gone from fourth place in the district standings to being crowned as district champions. They sport a #16 ranking in the latest Texas Girls’ Coaches Association poll and seem poised to make a deep playoff run. The...

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Lovelady Man Jailed on Animal Cruelty Charges

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter LOVELADY – A Lovelady man is in the Houston County Jail after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor’s pet on Thursday, April 27. Jesse Lynn Collier, 31, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and cruelty to non-livestock animals / torture after Houston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Nelms Street in Lovelady in reference to a dog being shot. According to an affidavit of probable cause, when the HCSO deputies arrived at the location, they were met by the complainant. The complainant stated “… she observed the...

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