The Aledo 7-on-7 team is competing in the Red Bull Game Breakers 7-on-7 National Finals at SMU Friday-Saturday, July 15-16.
Games begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Gerald R. Ford Stadium at SMU, and continue through 10 p.m. Saturday’s schedule is 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the finals.
Qualifier events were held in 15 cities during May and June. Qualifying teams for the tournament include:
Louisiana – O. Perry Walker and Evangel Christian
Oklahoma – Metro Christian Academy
Pittsburgh – Thomas Jefferson and Clairton
Fort Worth – Aledo, Arlington Martin and Richland Hills
Dallas – Highland Park, Arlington Seguin and West Mesquite
Miami – Columbus
Birmingham – Erwin
Houston – Pearland Dawson, Westside and Cypress Fair
Forward Ride: by Steve Reisman
Organizers of the 23rd annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride say 2,270 riders braved the heat at the event on Saturday. The ride saw a 20 percent jump in participation compared to last year.
Participants from across Texas as well as Louisiana, Oklahoma, and even one rider from Wisconsin made the trek to Weatherford for the ride, which included routes of 100 kilometers, 39-miles, 26-miles and 9-miles. The event is a joint effort between the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Weatherford College Foundation.
The City of Weatherford announces a temporary road closure of the IH20 west bound frontage road at Santa Fe/FM 2552 beginning Friday, July 15 at 9:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Detours for west bound IH20 access will be directed to east-bound IH20 through to Exit 410 Bankhead Hwy, and loop back to the west or by proceeding north on Santa Fe/FM2552 to Holland Lake Drive and west to the IH20 frontage road.
In addition, the frontage road at South Main Street/SH171/FM51 will be temporarily closed on Monday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19. Detours for east bound IH20 access will be directed to BB Fielder Road.
Aledo church is latest victim
Seven area churches have had air conditioning units stolen or destroyed in recent months according to a release from Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.
The latest incident was at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo. Pastor Jim Witherow reported to deputies on Wednesday, July 6 that unknown suspects entered the property, stole the air conditioning unit from the side of the building and damaged a gated enclosure which was meant to house the unit. Church members also reported the system was working during church services Sunday, July 3, but were missing days after the service. Damages totaled more than $10,000.
Dan ManningIn a specially called Monday morning, the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dan Manning as Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent. The Board now has 21 days to finalize a contract. Manning has served the district since 2008 as Executive Director of Administration, and was named the district's Interim Superintendent in May upon the retirement of Don Daniel.
File Photo/The Community NewsSean O’Donnell, a 2011 graduate of Aledo High School, was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association 2011 All-State baseball team as an honorable-mention. O’Donnell was previously named District 5-4A Offensive Player of the Year. He ended his senior season with a .444 batting average and .509 on-base percentage. O’Donnell had five triples, 11 doubles and 29 RBIs in the season.
Weatherford High School shortstop Kevin Cornelius was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association 56-A All-State baseball team for 2011. Cornelius had a .509 batting average, hitting 13 doubles, three triples and six home runs.
Randy Keck/The Community News: The annual Peach Festival in Weatherford drew a huge crowd on Saturday. While attendance figures are not yet available, the annual event typically draws 30,000 or more visitors. More photos will be in the July 15 issue of The Community News
Randy Keck/The Community News: The Aledo Volunteer Fire Department held a pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the main fire station. Fire trucks were on display and area residents were treated to pancakes, sausage links, orange juice and coffee.
Eric WilloughbyTwo fundraisers are in the works this weekend to benefit Eric Willoughby, an Aledo High School student who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (rare bone cancer) in his right arm last February.
A garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 504 E. Oak St. in Aledo. In addition, there will be a fundraiser at the Willow Park Sonic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day. T-shirts are also still available for $10. Call Kristen at 817-907-6734.
Aledo High School tied for seventh in the Lone Star Cup competition this year. The UIL Lone Star Cup recognizes five high schools (one in each of the five UIL classifications) based on their overall team achievement in a variety of sanctioned athletic and academic championships. All UIL member high schools in good standing are included for contention for the UIL Lone Star Cup.
1. Boerne Champion 88 pts.
2. Waco Midway 84 pts.
3. Denton Ryan 78 pts.
Friendswood 78 pts.
5. Austin Lake Travis 76 pts.
Frisco Wakeland 76 pts.
7. Aledo 75 pts.
Montgomery 75 pts.