Bulldogs look strong in Jamboree,
ready to travel to St. Pius X
SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES | Mason Smith sails into the clear and races to Fulton's 12-yard line on the second play from scrimmage.
It did not take long for Odessa's football Bulldogs to reach the end zone at the annual Jamboree Friday night in Boonville.
Facing a Fulton squad that looked small and a little tired after already having a scrimmage with the host, Odessa ran two plays before fullback Austin Weygandt scored from 12 yards out. Tailback Mason Smith went up the middle for five yards before ripping off a run to the 12 to set up the score.
First set of eight plays ended with Odessa threatening to score on a completion inside the five from Jonas Bennett to Jake Smith. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers set to take on Lone Jack in opener
DYLAN FRAZEE finds running room against North Platte Friday in Oak Grove at the football Jamboree.
Wellington-Napoleon's Jamboree against Orrick and North Platte Friday at Oak Grove marked the end to the preseason. Head coach Quenton Bainbridge was happy with how his Tigers played.
"We've got a few bumps, but no one got really hurt," he said. "Those bumps are going to happen the first time out in real competition. Overall, I thought we played very well. We didn't come out real strong in the first scrimmage. Our tempo just wasn't right. We were a little sluggish. But in the second scrimmage we were flying around and playing the way we want to play. That was exciting to see that we are capable of actually playing that way."
With only three teams participating in Wellington-Napoleon's portion of the Jamboree on the south end of the football field, each team is allowed 18 offensive and 18 defensive plays against each opponent. In the first defensive series against Orrick, the Tigers kept the Bearcats out of the end zone and even forced a turnover when Trey Shannon came up with the football on a tip-drill interception. Read more in The Odessan.
Williams twins receive rodeo scholarships
Hannah and Morgan Williams, Odessa twins, have received two of the top National High School Rodeo Scholarships while in Gillette, Wyo.
Hannah Williams received the John R. Hatley Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $4000. Hatley played professional football in Chicago from 1953-55 but was known in the rodeo profession as a steer wrestler in the late '50s and '60s.
Morgan Williams received the $4000 Lane Frost Memorial Scholarship. Frost was a professional bull rider in the 1980s and was killed in the arena at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in 1989. Read more in The Odessan.
SCHOLARSHIPS | Dual Enrollment scholarship awards were presented by Kids First Foundation to 25 juniors and seniors of Wellington-Napoleon High School. Front, from left, Kelsey Southard, Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Carrington Key; back, Caitlin Niendick, Samatha Blystone, Kiera Paige, Jaymie White, Duncan Hughes, Monica Thornburg, Abbie Soendker, Olan Zeiler, Kyndal Mitchell, Stone Willoughby, Mark Dickey, Gavin Collins, Makaylyn Ryun, Dillon Brisbin, Shelby Potter, Mariah Rudy. Scholarships pay partial tuition for college courses students take while in high school. Each student received $50-$100 and will be eligible for the same amount for the spring semester. Earning college credits while in high school gives students an advantage in earning a degree in the field in which they major.
Kids First earns funds for scholarships, classroom grants, districtwide grants and dual enrollment scholarships through a banquet in February, walk-a-thon in April and a gospel sing in August. Next gospel sing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at the Wellington Fair Building. Wellington Methodist Church will serve a free-will meal of hamburgers and hotdogs from 5-6 p.m.