By GREG WEBB
With Aledo’s fifth championship trophy securely and proudly exhibited in an increasingly crowded trophy case, and championship rings soon to be distributed, recognition for the Bearcats goes on. All-District, All-Region, All-Parker County and All-State awards have also been assigned for players and coaches alike, but there are impending honors soon to be made official.
Aledo head football coach Tim Buchanan has been selected by the Dallas Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club as Texas’ Class 4A Coach of the Year. Coach Buck will be presented the award at the club’s sixth-annual scholar-athlete banquet, to be held at the Marriott Quorum in Addison on Apr. 14.
Buchanan has successfully turned Aledo into a football powerhouse. The Bearcats claimed their fifth state title under Buchanan in 2013, winning the Class 4A Division II state title and raising his record to 227-53-3 in 21 seasons at Aledo. His undefeated 2013 Bearcats broke the national scoring record, becoming the first team ever to surpass 1,000 points in a season. Named District Coach of the year eight times and the Fort Worth Star Telegram Coach of the Year three times, Buchanan has also led Aledo to state titles in 1998 (3A Division I), 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Several other 2014 major awards will be presented at the banquet.
Aledo quarterbacks coach Blake Christenson will also be honored next month, as the Henderson State University Alum has been named the 2014 recipient of the Sporty Award, a prestigious honor so-named for former Reddies head coach Sporty Carpenter. The award is presented to HSU Alumni who have pursued football coaching careers and exemplified excellence on and off the field.
The presentation will be made at halftime of 13th-Annual Sporty Bowl, which is Henderson State’s spring football game, on Apr. 5.. HSU is located in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Christenson coached three different Aledo quarterbacks who earned all-state honors, including Matthew Bishop, Pate Davis (Air Force) and (AHS junior) Luke Bishop. In 2012, Christenson became the head boys track coach at Aledo, leading the team to 2013 district and area championships.
Christenson was Henderson’s starting quarterback from 2001 to 2004. During his career at HSU, Christenson compiled 6,240 yards of total offense (which ranks second in school history), as well as other school records, which still stand today.
Editor’s note: Additional content for this article was supplied by press releases from the NFF and HSU Athletics.
By GREG WEBB
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Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month.
Commissioner at odds with school district's demand for land
Aledo ISD superintendent Derek Citty is moving forward with plans backed by the school board in May — plans to secure two school sites in the Morningstar subdivision, slated for the corner of Old Weatherford Road and FM Road 3225 in the City of Fort Worth’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
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A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested July 21, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
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Stephen Watson, interim chief of Emergency Services District No. 1, briefed the Aledo City Council on improvements to the city’s fire protection — including the purchase of a site for a new fire station — in Thursday night’s Aledo City Council session.
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The Aledo ISD School Board affirmed a policy delegating the hiring of most school personnel to the administration by a 4-1 margin last week, with trustees Jay Stringer, David Tillman, Hoyt Harris and Steve Bartley voting in favor and trustee Bobby Rigues arguing that the board should retain the responsibility.
Aledo coffee shop helps support the troops
HUDSON OAKS — Wild West Splash Kingdom was the host of military members and military supporters the night of Saturday, July 19, during ‘Salute the Troops,’ sponsored by Holy Grounds Coffee and Gifts in Aledo and Ducerus College Planning.
Calendar of events
Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
For more information, call 817-440-7770.
A Purple Heart County
County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse.
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