About Sam Fowler

Sam is the Sports Editor for the Pleasanton Express. He brings nearly seven years of sports media experience. He is a 2017 graduate of Angelo State University, where he played three years as the punter for the Rams.

UIL allowing small schools to start competition on time

By Sam Fowler | July 21, 2020

The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday, July 21, that schools classified as a 4A or below can begin their athletics on time this fall. The plan says schools in Conferences 1A-4A can begin practices on Aug. 3 and start games on Aug. 10 for volleyball and Aug. 27 for football. Team Tennis and Cross Country can begin matches and […]

Area schools enter crucial period for hopeful fall season

By Sam Fowler | July 15, 2020

On Monday, July 13, Jourdanton and Charlotte High Schools resumed their workouts after they had each been suspended for weeks in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. Charlotte was the first school in Atascosa County to halt their workouts on June 17. Jourdanton followed less than a week later on June 23 after a student-athlete tested positive for the coronavirus. […]

Jourdanton City Council moves to deny Prasifka memorial out of caution

By Sam Fowler | July 13, 2020

The Jourdanton City Council voted to deny a memorial service for late Atascosa County Emergency Management Coordinator David Prasifka at the Jourdanton City Park at a special meeting on Monday, July 13, citing caution and Prasifka’s passion for halting the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams brought the topic in front of the council members, who wanted to err […]

Today is the last day for early voting

By Sam Fowler | July 10, 2020

Today, July 10, is the final day of early voting in Primary runoff elections. Polling locations in Atascosa County will be open until 5 p.m. tonight. After today, voters will have to wait to vote until Tuesday, July 14. Atascosa County Elections Administrator Janice Ruple said “it’s very important” for voters to get out to the polls for the primary […]

Gov. Abbott suspends elective surgeries in Atascosa County

By Sam Fowler | July 09, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott suspended elective surgeries in all counties within 11 Traumatic Service Areas (TSAs), including Atascosa County, on Thursday, July 9, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Governor. Gov. Abbott’s proclamation will postpone elective surgeries “that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of […]

Poteet extends mask mandate through Aug. 6

By Sam Fowler | July 07, 2020

At the Tuesday, July 7, regular Poteet City Council meeting, the members voted unanimously to extend Mayor Willie Leal Jr.’s State of Disaster declaration that includes the requirement of individuals to wear protective face covering. The extension will run through Aug. 6 and the motion was made by Councilmember Jesse Leal and seconded by Councilmember Richard Castillon. The initial declaration […]

Glasscock dons Jourdanton jersey for one last win in prep career

By Sam Fowler | July 02, 2020

Recent Jourdanton High grad Shafer Glasscock was one of many senior athletes across the state of Texas to have their last season in high school taken from them because of the coronavirus pandemic. The middle infielder, bound for Lyon College in Arkansas this fall, got one last chance to don his school’s colors and compete — and win — as […]

Pleasanton grad takes the stage on The Rock’s Titan Games

By Sam Fowler | May 25, 2020

Pleasanton grad Jessica Weatherby, class of 1996, is taking her passion to the limelight as a contestant on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s hit show The Titan Games. Weatherby, now a homeschool mom in Waco according to her Titan Games bio, stars in the second season of the show that pits contestants against each other in competitions of physical strength. The […]

UIL releases plans to allow summer strength and conditioning

By Sam Fowler | May 22, 2020

AUSTIN — The UIL has released their guidelines that will allow schools to conduct their summer strength and conditioning programs starting on June 8. The plans were released after the UIL announced on Tuesday, May 19, its intent to allow summer strength and conditioning to return in June amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We are cautiously optimistic about beginning summer strength […]

UIL cancels remaining spring sports amid coronavirus outbreak

By Sam Fowler | April 17, 2020

The University Interscholastic League announced on Friday, April 17, that its remaining spring sports have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. The decision came hours after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced schools would remain closed and teaching would remain online for the remainder of the school year. “Our staff had been working hard on plans to resume activities this […]