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Regional Track

Santa Anna Varsity Girls 4 X 100M Relay placed 3rd at the Regional Meet 4-26-08 at ACU with a time of 51.17, which is a new school record at Santa Anna. The girls have worked hard this year improving their time each meet. Coach Kristi Herrod and Coach Shannon Herrod are extremely proud of all the track participants this year.

The Santa Anna Boys Track Team was very successful at the Regional Track Meet held at ACU in Abilene. The boys sprint relay placed 1st. These boys worked very hard this year, determined to get a ticket to the state track meet and they reached their goal.

Kendra Coleman will also be attending the state track meet, May 9th in Austin. Kendra placed 2nd in the 100m dash. This will be Kendra's 3rd year to participate at the state meet.

Girls 4 X 100M Relay (Left to right): Kendra Coleman, Layken DeLeon, Martika Whaley, and Sarah Herrod

Boys 4 X 100M Relay (Left to right): Rex Jones, Demitrus Reece, Terrance Jackson, and Jordan Whaley)

Santa Anna Mountaineer Varsity Cheerleaders

The 2008-2009 Santa Anna Mountaineer Varsity Cheerleaders are (left to right) Paige Guerrero, Heather McMillan, Molly Pritchard, Laken Herrod, Makaylah Morris, and Layken DeLeon.

Santa Anna Junior High Cheerleaders

The 2008-2009 Santa Anna Junior High Cheerleaders are (left to right) Jennifer Casturita, Kindsey Holland, Kourtney Guerrero, Heather Wetsel, Saydie Bradley, and Hannah Hartman.

District 7 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

By: Luther Dunlap, CEA-Ag/NR
The District 7 4-H Livestock Judging contest was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at the Angelo State University Management Instruction & Research Center at San Angelo.

Senior Team members placing were:
Anna Vail - 4th High Individual - Beef
4th High Individual - Reasons

Jammie Pruitt - 6th High Individual - Sheep

Coleman County Team #2 - 3rd High Point Team - Sheep
Team #2 Members were: Jammie Pruitt, Lachelle Rutledge, Kenneth McMillan and Stephen Hoelscher

The students were accompanied by Luther Dunlap, Coleman County Extension Agent and parents: Nancy Baker, Jennifer Short, and Denice Rutledge.

Front Row: Sarita Short, Mason Smith, Kenzie Smith.
Second Row: Lachelle Rutledge, Jammie Pruitt, Sarah Casselberry, Seth Ryan, James Short, Austin Cornelius, Zayne Riggins.
Back Row: Anna Vail, Audrey Casselberry, Kenneth McMillan, Heather McMillan, Stephen Hoelscher, and Rebecca Baker.

Coleman County Historical Commission

Submitted by Tex Wright

Do you know where the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery is located in Coleman County?

Do you know when it was first started?

Do you know the name of the community it served?

I knew where it was and how to get there, BUT I would be at a loss to tell you anything more than that. Pastor Jerry Chastain of the local Seventh-Day Adventist Church has been doing a study on these and other questions and will be at the Coleman County Historical Commission Meeting on Thursday, May 1st to tell us about this historic Coleman County location.

CCHC meetings usually start at 7:00PM and we try to have a snack table prepared around 6:30PM. We usually meet on the 1st Thursday of the month. You will notice that I seem to dodge on times and dates. That is because some things sometimes happen, so come prepared for a good time (which we always have) and an education on Historic Coleman County.

We are still looking for a person or persons who would like to tell us about your part of this 150 year old county. From Gouldbusk, White Chapel, Voss, Brown Ranch, Ned, Eureka, or any of the other fascinating places in Coleman County. We would even like to have the history of the city of Coleman.

You do not have to be a member of the CCHC to attend these meetings; we would like to see YOU there

Hope to see you on the 1st at the club room of the First Coleman National Bank.

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Tennis Just Runs in the Family!

On Wednesday I got an e-mail from a very proud grandmother... Pat Smith, and another couple from an even prouder mother... Karen Smith. I had to work late the last three nights and didn't get a chance to post this until Friday morning...

Here is what Karen had to say:

We are celebrating Cody and Clark's 2nd place Regional tennis finish!!! They will be going to state on May 5th!

Pat said she had told you about Cody and his partner getting second at regionals today.

Cody is on the right and his partner is Clarke Myers and he is a sophomore. Cody is a freshman.

They started off against LaFeria's number two team and won 6-3, 6-3. The next round was against Cuero (Wiedenfelder and Sweet) and they won 6-2, 6-2. They played LaVernia in the semi-finals--they won 6-4, 6-3.

Today they played LaFeria's number one team (Borjas and Guajardo) and got beat 6-0, 6-0. Yoakum beat LaVernia for third so we had to play Yoakum in a playback. We won 7-5, 6-3. So they finished second in Region 4 and will play state on May 5th at the Pennick-Allison Courts in Austin.

Dick and Ryne talk tennis during a break in action.

Dick coaches tennis with Greg Howard and Jeff Whitehead. Greg's daughter is a senior and she qualified for state in girls' doubles. Their names are Sara Howard and Morgan Wilkens. Those are the only two teams that qualified for state this year. They had also taken two girls' singles, one boy's singles, another girls' doubles team, and one mixed doubles team.

We are pretty excited. Dana never played tennis but our other son Ryne did. He went to regionals all four years but never quite made it to state. He is very proud of his little brother as you can see in the pic!

Dana and Ryne celebrate with Cody.

Of course tennis is nothing new to the Smith Family, as long time Santa Anna High School tennis coach RC Smith is legend in his own time.

It took a little twisting but I got a little more information out of Karen about the Smith family's tennis legacy:

Wow, the old days--hard to remember. I went to state my sophomore year with Julie Jones and we made it to the semi-finals. Also went to state my junior year with Robin Hartman and we also were stopped at the semis.

Dick went to state his junior year with Jimmy Young and lost first round to the eventual champions 6-1, 6-0. He and Don Eubank won it their senior year against Terry Day and Tommy Harris.

Lori made it to state her senior year with Julie Jones and they also lost at the semis!

We are proud of Cody and glad he has had this opportunity. It was hard to watch Ryne play all those years and never get that chance to go to state even though he played just as hard and went to the state meets with Dick every year when he was young to dream--it just wasn't meant to be for him. He does think it will be awesome to watch his brother there though.

That of course is Cody's proud Aunt, Lori Smith Kernes who now lives in Lampasas.

I am sure that all the Smith's will be at the State meet.

It looks like they will have several more years of tennis and I am sure the tradition of Smith tennis will continue.

Here is part of a school report forwarded from Dick and Karen:

Results from the 3A Regional Tennis Championships in Corpus Christi on April 22nd and 23rd.

Two of Wimberley High School's doubles teams have advanced on to the UIL State Tournament in Austin.

The UIL State 3A Singles and Doubles Championships will be held in Austin at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Complex on Monday and Tuesday, May 5th and May 6th. For those of you interested in attending this event this is the only tennis tournament that charges an entry fee. The tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Here is a link to the UIL website that will provide times for the matches as well as other information if you are interested in attending.

Regional Tennis.

A typical couple of days in Corpus Christi might involve gusty winds off the Gulf, dive bombing sea gulls, high humidity and a lot of sunshine. Combine those elements with the tension of all that was at stake for our players at the 3A Regional Tennis Tournament and you've got a sense of our two days in Corpus. Wimberley's tennis players played good and represented our school well. We didn't advance everyone on to the State tournament but we did see great effort and determination and four players did make it on to Austin. Thank you to the parents, grandparents, relatives and friends of our players who made the trip all the way to Corpus to support these teenagers.

Sara Howard and Morgan Wilkins (both seniors) won the 3A Regional Girls Doubles Championship in convincing fashion as they crushed all four opponents in straight sets while only losing five games total in the four matches. Along the way they defeated teams from La Vernia, Poteet, Falfurrias and finally Hondo. This will be Sara's 4th trip to the State Tournament and Morgan will be making her 2nd straight appearance at the UIL State Championships.

Clark Myers (sophomore) and Cody Smith (freshman) placed 2nd at the 3A Regional Boys Doubles tournament and advanced by virtue of their victory in the second place playback match against Yoakum. Although Clark and Cody lost a tough finals match to the #1 seed from La Feria they were able to bounce back in their last match and win in straight sets over Yoakum by the score of 7-5, 6-3. Earlier they had won matches against La Feria, Cuero and La Vernia to advance to the finals.

Results of all the matches are listed below.

Sara Howard and Morgan Wilkins won the Girls Doubles Championship.

1st rd - defeated Gordon&Denver (La Vernia) 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals - defeated Leal&Lomas (Poteet) 6-2, 6-2
Semifinals - defeated Hinojosa&Schacherl (Falfurrias) 6-0, 6-1
Finals - defeated Knox&Matthews (Hondo) 6-0, 6-0

Clark Myers and Cody Smith finished in second place in Boys Doubles and advance to State.
1st rd - defeated Deleon&Moss (La Feria) 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals - defeated Wiedenfield&Sweet (Cuero) 6-2, 6-2
Semifinals - defeated Gracy&Barnes (La Vernia) 6-4, 6-3
Finals - lost to Borjas&Guajardo (La Feria) 6-0, 6-0
2nd place match - defeated Castro&Elizondo (Yoakum) 7-5, 6-3

Santa Anna District Tennis Results

Several Mountaineer tennis players did well at the District 12, 1A Tennis meet held last week in Brownwood.

In the junior varsity girls division, the doubles team of Kianna Albritton and Heather McMillan took second place, and Ashley Gibson and Janai Dillard took second and third place respectively in girls singles. In the junior varsity boys division, the doubles team of Spencer Gilbreath and Dillan Whitley finished in second place and Kenneth McMillan brought home forth place in singles competition.

In the varsity division, Lance Vasquez finished fourth in boys singles after loosing a very competitive match to eventual first place winner Luke Luttrell of Rochelle. In varsity girls competition, the doubles team of Peyton Morris and Paige Guerrero finished in third place after loosing a very close playback match to Click and Zepada of Eden for the second spot. In girls singles competition, Sarah Herrod took the second place medal and Joanie Dean ended up in the third spot.

The senior team of Sierra Herrod and Jarod Jones earned second place medals in the mixed doubles division.

The strong performance by the girls team brought home the District 12 Team Championship trophy. Mountaineer players Sarah Herrod, Sierra Herrod, and Jarod Jones all qualified for the Region II Tennis meet to be held at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene on April 23rd and 24th.

Regional Qualifiers - Tennis - Sarah Herrod, Jarod Jones, and Sierra Herrod

Regional Track Qualifiers

Girls - Molly Pritchard Alt., Layken DeLeon, Sarah Herrod, Martika Whaley, Kendra Coleman

Boys - Back row Rex Jones Alt. Demitrus Reese, Terrence Jackson, Vance Rice. Front Row: Chris Tate, Jordon Whaley

Cleveland Cemetery Association

The 46th Annual Meeting of the Cleveland Cemetery Association will be Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 10 AM at the Cleveland Cemetery Chapel.

The financial report, any new business, and election of officers are on the agenda. Improvements have been made to the Chapel so that will be fun to see.

All interested in the Cleveland Cemetery are invited to attend the Annual Meeting.

Current officers are Charlie Ray Fleming, President, Bob Reese, Vice-President, Ernest Covey, 2nd Vice-President, Janice Fellers, Secretary/Treasurer.

All donations and memorials need to be mailed to P O Box 722 Santa Anna, TX 76878 and are very much appreciated.

Coleman County Historical Commission

Submitted by Tex Wright

April 3, 2008 Meeting
The Coleman County Historical Commission held their monthly meeting in Santa Anna at the Fire Hall. This meeting was one of the scheduled programs in conjunction with the county sesquicentennial.

Tex Wright, Secretary, opened the meeting, in the absence of the Chairman and Vice-chairman, at 7:15pm. First on the agenda was the reading of the minutes. A motion was made to forego the reading of the minutes since they were published in the paper. All present approved.

Jim Spillman (one of the Library Volunteers) was called on to ask the blessing.

Since nothing else was scheduled, Mr. Wright introduced the ladies of the Self Culture Club.

The Self Culture Club has been a backer of the Santa Anna Library since its inception and continues to be one of the main fund raisers to this day. Betty Key, Carol Herring, and Alice Spillman of the Self Culture Club were introduced and the program was turned over to them.

L - R Carol Herring, Betty Key and Alice Spillman.

Mrs. Key was the first speaker, covering the first 50 years of the Libraryís existence, from the first few books on the shelf in a Doctors office till their move into a building that was all their own. Before they got their own building, they shared offices and buildings with local businesses. They even shared the City Hall with the city attorneys and employees.

Mrs. Key displayed one of the first books owned by the library numbered #58. It is showing its age but is in good condition for its years.

Mrs. Key told the audience that in all the years of its existence, the library has been manned by volunteers, its books furnished by donations, and supplies either bought by friends or bought with donations. All books are either donated or bought with donations.

Mrs. Spillman was the next speaker. She dealt with the later years when the library was in the old army building brought in and placed next door to city hall, and when a donor gave a building to the City for the use as a library. This building was located downtown on Wallis Ave. This was a much larger building with easier access. She mentioned some of the benefactors from over the years, some of whom were the mainstays of the town.

Mrs. Herring dealt with the present and the future of the library. She brought with her a sample CD of the old Santa Anna News. These CDís, when finished will be available for the public to look at, making it very easy to look up articles from the old papers. The reader will be able to print different articles instead of having to find the article then copy it. This will also protect the papers and keep them from being damaged.

The papers on hand date from the late 1800ís till the news paper was closed a few years ago. Mr. and Mrs. W. D. (Polly) Warnock, the last owners of the Santa Anna News, donated the papers to the library when the newspaper was closed.

The ladies pointed out several books they had on display. Most of these have been accumulated over the years. Much of the Local history and information are placed in the library for use in the library only.

Also present was Carl Langford who has been transcribing and binding a diary which has much to do with area history. Mr. Langford also has put together a book on the veterans in the local Cemetery,

Carl Langford who recently donated some of his transcription work to the library.

After the presentation, there was lots of discussion both with the speakers and in small groups.

Mr. Wright called for a motion to adjourn. James Carpenter made the motion and all approved by going to the refreshment tables. Refreshments were well appreciated. Thanks Virginia and Alice

Area Track






I flew from Austin to Chicago Tuesday along with two of my bosses for a work related conference - the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association IP Possibilities conference.

We flew into Chicago O'Hare which I later found out is probably not the best. Chicago Midway is closer to Downtown Chicago where our conference hotel is. The local news showed them setting up cots with blankets and pillows at O'Hare Wednesday as American Airlines canceled some 1000 or so flights due to a some sort of problem with an FAA ordered electrical line retrofit in wheel wells of MD-80's. We flew up on an S-80 and I am not sure if it is affected or not.

We are staying at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers, which is right on the Chicago River and in between the famous Navy Pier and Magnificent Mile. I can see the River below and Lake Michigan right out our hotel window.

I think I am about ready to be home if American can get me back!

Looking West out the window of my room on the 26th floor back over Lake Michigan

The Historic Navy Pier

Chicago from the front of the Navy Pier

Chicago Tribune

The Wrigley Building

Auto Accident

The following photos were taken by Tex Wright after an accident on US HWY 84 between Santa Anna and Coleman a mile or so out of Santa Anna last Friday afternoon. Apparently no one was injured in the one vehicle accident despite the damage to the van and guard rail. The accident was investigated by the Coleman County Sheriff's Department.

District Track

The Santa Anna High School Track teams recently competed in the District Track Meet with the following results:

Girls Team: 82 total points for 2nd place team
Triple Jump
1st place Kendra Coleman--33'1"

Long Jump
3rd place Kendra Coleman 15' 51/2"

400m Relay
1st place Sarah Herrod, Martika Whaley, Layken DeLeon, Kendra Coleman-- 52.14

110m Hurdles
3rd place Sarah Herrod--18.4
4th place Molly Pritchard--18.62

100m Run
1st place Kendra Coleman--12.43

400m Run
2nd place Layken DeLeon--65.15

300m Hurdles
2nd place Sarah Herrod--52.24
5th place Molly Pritchard--57.55

200m Run
Kendra Coleman--27.9

Boys Team: 83 total points for 3rd place team
Triple Jump
2nd place Terrence Jackson--- 42'1"
6th place Jordon Whaley--38'8"

Long Jump
3rd place Terrence Jackson-- 20' 9 1/4"

400m Relay
2nd place Terrence Jackson, Chris Tate, Jordon Whaley, Demitrus Reese .45.16

110m Hurdles
1st place Vance Rice--16.16

100m Run
1st place Demitrus Reese--11.21
2nd place Terrence Jackson--11.37

400m Run
2nd place Chris Tate--53.24

300m Hurdles
1st place--Vance Rice--41.93

200m Run
5th Rex Jones--24.02

1600m Run
4th Lance Vasquez 5:23:62

Those in 1st-4th place will advance to the Area Track Meet at McMurray University in Abilene on April 8th.

One Act Play - Area Contest

The Santa Anna One-Act Play of "To See The Stars" by Cynthia Mercati will compete in the Area contest on Saturday, April 5, 2008. There will be six schools competing for the honor of advancing to regionals the next week.

The plays will begin at 2:00 P.M. and will be running back to back. The order of performance will be: DeLeon, "The History of Tom Jones"; Santa Anna; third will be Zephyr's "Do No Go Gentle"; fourth play will be "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" by Miles High School, Forsan follows with the classic, "I Remember Mama" and the last play will be Cross Plain's presenting " Limbo".

There will be an admisson fee of $3.00 for all six plays. Remember that no children under school age will be admitted to the auditorium during the plays.

Coleman County Historical Commission Meeting

Submitted by Tex Wright

The CCHC will have its April meeting at the Santa Anna Fire Hall, located at the corner of 2nd and Avenue B in Santa Anna. The meeting will start at 7:00PM, but we invite you to come early as refreshments will be served then.

This months program will be on the 101 year old Santa Anna Library. The library, founded in March of 1907, has been moved several times, but is still providing reading, research, and historical information. They are one of the best sources of local history in the area.

The CCHC, in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial, is attempting to have each program for this year, one of historical significance from different areas of the county. Some of the programs will be:
May - The Seventh Day Cemetery and the community around it
June - Trickham, Texas
July - Silver Valley.

There is a possibility that these could be moved around due to schedule problems.

If you have a program on your area, we would be glad to consider it. We would love to hear fro those in the White Chapel area, Gouldbusk and southwest Coleman County, Talpa, Novice, and even someone from Eureka or Mud flat.

See YOU in Santa Anna on the 3rd.

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4-H Vet Science Program - April 4th

To all 4-Her's in Coleman County. There will be a program on April 4th 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bill Franklin Center to kick off the 4-H Vet Science Program.

If you are interested in the project please RSVP to the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Coleman County by 12:00 p.m. Thursday April 3rd 2008. The number is (325) 625-4519.

Angela Dement, Extension Assistant with Texas AgriLife Extension Service College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be her to teach us about the Vet Science Program.

This is a great project that I believe will be fun and educational to the Youth of Coleman County.
Thank You
Luther Dunlap
Coleman County

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