Limited attendance, scheduling gymnastics and public health create new challenges for schools

After the UIL announced on Tuesday, July 21, there would be a fall season in 2020, coaches felt a sense of relief initially. The coaches could definitely tell their athletes that the season was going to happen. “I couldn’t be [happier],” Jourdanton Athletic Director and Head football Coach Darrell Andrus said. “I think we all know what the alternative could […]

Get ready for a wild fall season

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Be prepared for more wild twists and turns in the coming days as fall sports are set to begin here in Atascosa County and Texas. I don’t necessarily mean just the coronavirus pandemic. No, I mean a fall sports season that none of us could’ve imagined as the season ended last year. Because of the coronavirus, we’re likely going to […]

UIL allowing small schools to start competition on time

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

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. […]

The story of the Standley traveling chicken

Why did the chicken cross the country? Because it was family vacation, of course. Pleasanton Head baseball Coach Lance Standley and his family have traveled the country during the summer months for the last 14 years. These past five years, they’ve done so with their pet chicken, Toby. Standley had a pet chicken growing up and five years ago, while […]

When is a decision coming?

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The writing is on the wall. College conferences have already taken action to postpone the 2020 fall season. The Ivy and Patriot Leagues, two Football Championship Subdivision conferences, have postponed their fall sports with a spring season being a possibility. The National Junior College Athletic Association will play football, soccer and volleyball in March. The Big 10 and Pac-12 have […]

Glasscock dons Jourdanton jersey for one last win in prep career

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 […]

Schools suspend, cancel summer workouts amid rising coronavirus cases

By Saturday, June 27, five of the six schools in the Pleasanton Express coverage area shut down their voluntary summer strength and conditioning programs either temporarily or for the duration of summer. Charlotte was the first program to bring a halt to their workouts on June 17 “out of an abundance of caution,” per the high school’s Facebook page. Jourdanton […]


McMullen County lands hoops coach with big school pedigree

Two years ago, Jeremy Mills first heard about McMullen County High School. The then-Head Coach of Grapevine High School was hoping to fill the vacancy that current Athletic Director Shannon Taylor filled as the Cowboys’ Head Coach. Mills and his family wanted to be in a smaller school that allowed their kids more opportunities to experience. Mills said he was […]

Dominoes are falling

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As one goes, so, too, goes the rest. Last week saw a mass exodus of voluntary workouts. In the Pleasanton Express coverage area, five of the six schools (Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet, Charlotte and Lytle) had halted their summer strength and conditioning programs by Friday. Across the state, hundreds of districts stopped their workouts as coronavirus cases continued to climb across […]

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