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The Bangs ISD Athletic Department is thrilled to announce the hiring of the
following new coaching faces to the district!!

Kenneth Prescott - Head Girls Basketball/Asst. Track/JH Volleyball

Coach Prescott comes to Bangs from Moody ISD where he served as the head girls basketball coach from 2012-2016.  Kenneth is a graduate of Goldthwaite High School and Texas A&M University.  This past season, he lead the Moody Girls Basketball Team to the most wins in school history.  Coach Prescott's wife Kesi was also hired to teach high school math, and he has two daughters ages 1 and 3.

Damon Wilson - Head Cross Country/Head Girls Track/Asst. Girls Basketball

Coach Wilson brings 20 years of experience to Bangs in a variety of positions.  He has coached both boys and girls athletics, been a girls coordinator, and a high school principal.  Coach Wilson comes to Bangs from Blanket ISD.  He will also be bringing two kids with him to Bangs ISD, a 10th grade son and a 9th grade daughter.

Beau Burnett - Head Softball/Asst. Football/JH Basketball

Barbara Burnett - Asst. Volleyball/Asst. Softball/ JH Basketball

Mr. and Mrs. Burnett bring 30 years of combined head and assistant softball coaching at the High School and College level, along with football, basketball, track and volleyball experience at the high school level.  They are graduates of Southwest Oklahoma State University where he played defensive back for the football team, and she played 3rd base for the softball team.  They began their coaching career at Woodville, Texas in 2002.  The Burnett's made stops in Seymour, Channelview, and Summer Creek high schools over the next 9 years, earning 3 district championships, a regional quarterfinal championship, and a semi-final appearance.  After that, they became the Head and Asst. Head Coach at Independence Community College in 2011 in which they played in the NJCAA Regional Championship twice and made the Regional Tournament all 3 years.  They come to Bangs ISD from NCAA Div. II Southwest Oklahoma State University where they were the Head and Asst. Head Coach for two seasons.  They have a 10 year old daughter and a 6 year old son.

Lori Eason - Head Volleyball

We are thrilled to have been able to retain Head Volleyball Coach Lori Eason going into next season.  Lori is a loved and important part of BISD Athletics.  We look forward to continued success with her at the helm of our volleyball program.

Jim E. Bird - Asst. Football(Head O-Line)/Asst. Track

Coach Bird brings 43 years of high school coaching experience to Bangs ISD.  He graduated from Clifton Texas in 1967 before playing football for ACU.  He began his coaching career at China Spring high school in 1970.  At 29 years of age, he was promoted to head coach/athletic director in 1978 in which the Cougars won the Class A state title.  They returned to the title game in 1979.  In 1982, he became the defensive coordinator of the Groveton Indians.  In 1983, the Indians played for the Class 2A State Championship.  The Indians returned to the Championship game in 1984 in which they defeated Panhandle at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood.  Coach Bird would go on to become the head coach at Lovelady and Troup high schools before returning to Groveton in 1993 as the defensive coordinator.  The Indians returned to the state finals in 1996, finishing 15-1.  Over his career, Coach Bird has coached, baseball (two state tournament appearances), softball, track, basketball, and Tennis.

Logan Galloway - Asst. Football/Asst. Baseball/JH basketball

Coach Galloway begins his coaching career right here in Bangs this year.  He is a 2011 Graduate of Groveton High School in which he was a member of the National Honor Society.  Logan finished in the top 10 of his class, and played Football and Baseball for the Indians.  Logan was a 1st Team All-District Offensive Lineman and Infielder.  Logan went on to Graduate from Sam Houston State University.

Philip Devanney - Head Tennis

Coach Devanney was recently hired to teach JH Science at Bangs Middle School. He has a coaching background in which Tennis was always his passion.  We are thrilled for him to lead our Tennis Program in 2017.

The Bangs Athletic Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Keith Meador from Asst. Baseball Coach to Head Baseball Coach. Coach Meador is a graduate of Bangs high school, and has coach at Bangs since 2005.

We look forward to great things from these new coaches and the Bangs Athletic department in the future

GO DRAGONS!!!!!!

Jim P. Bird
AD/Head Football Coach
Bangs High School


Bangs earns two gold, two silver medals during
FCCLA's National Leadership Conference

By the Brownwood Bulletin

More than 8,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Diego, Calif. for the 2016 National Leadership Conference, which concluded Friday.
The meeting provided Bangs FCCLA members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with FCCLA power.
Additional events for Bangs included: Ford Driving Skills for Life Academy, Engage & Launch Leadership Academy, and 5K Run/Walk events.
Alek Mendoza, Matthew Laureles, Micaiah Newman, Casey Ketterhagen, Kialie Dodson, and Kalani Gonzales from Bangs High School were among the members who took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.
FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.
Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural
FCCLA offers over 30 STAR [Students Taking Action with Recognition] Events. These events, which include Early Childhood Education, Job Interview, and Sports Nutrition, among others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Members compete at the District, State and National level.
This year, Mendoza was among over 4,500 STAR Event participants who competed in San Diego. Mendoza competed in the Nutrition and Wellness Sr. category with his in-depth project focusing on nutrition, exercise, and sleep habits for his family and received a gold medal.
Laureles and Newman competed in the Food Innovations Jr. category with their project focusing on testing and marketing of an ancient grain product. Laureles and Newman were awarded gold medals.
Ketterhagen competed in the Applied Math for Culinary Sr. event with his project focusing on the necessary math skills to succeed with business and received a silver medal.
Dodson and Gonzales advocated for healthy eating habits for the 3-5 years old in the Advocacy Jr. event and were awarded silver medals.
Other judges, chaperones, advisors, member and family attending the San Diego FCCLA event included Superintendent Tony Truelove, Bobbie Truelove, Advisors Rachel Hall and Angela Miller, Kayleah Hall, Clint Dodson, Kialynn Dodson and Calan Dodson.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,400 chapters from 48 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


Bangs High School's Valedictorian Christian Cooper (left) and Salutatorian Kaitlyn Bush


Madlock earns berths to AAU Junior Olympic Games, USATF Junior Nationals

By the Brownwood Bulletin

CONVERSE — Scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., the Young Women’s Division long jump rolled out to a slow start on Saturday at D.W. Rutledge Stadium. Once the orange cone had been lifted to open the board for competition, action began to crescendo with UIL area and regional champions casting the gauntlet and squaring off during the Amateur Athletic Union Region 19 Junior Olympic qualifier meet.
A six-round pit battle between UIL Class 6A Area 13-14 champion Megan Kirby, UIL 6A Region IV champion Kiara Pickens, and UIL 3A Region I champion Alex Madlock unfolded as the state’s best horizontalists competed for summer’s AAU regional crown.
Kirby, Pickens, and Madlock traded lead position no fewer than five times, inciting crowd frenzy and enchanting a throng of midday onlookers. Madlock’s final effort, 19 feet, 6.75 inches, assured a victory in the event, berth to nationals, and new personal best.
Prior to winning the long jump, Madlock covered 40 feet, 6 inches Friday morning, to clinch gold in the triple jump and cap an undefeated run on the AAU Junior Olympic Games qualifier meets circuit.
Madlock will advance to the AAU Junior Olympic Games and vie for a national title in the long and triple jumps, respectively, Aug. 1 and 3, at Turner Stadium, in Humble.
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Junior Nationals, USATF Junior Olympics Qualifier
CLOVIS, Calif. — A week before the AAU Region 19 Junior Olympic Qualifier, on a tranquil evening, June 26, Alex Madlock lined up in the athlete holding area and marched into Veteran’s Memorial Stadium with ten of the nation’s elite, 17- to 19-year-old collegiate and high school triple jumpers at the USA Junior National Championships.
Part of an elite cohort, which included seven collegians representing Georgia Tech, Portland State, Kansas, Ohio State, Houston Baptist, Texas A&M, UT Austin, and four pre-college athletes, Madlock was one of two high school juniors to advance from the preliminary to final round.
A jump of 40 feet, 8.75 inches landed Madlock in sixth place and garnered the nationally ranked combination jumper USATF All-America honors.
Madlock automatically qualified for USA Track and Field Junior Olympics after meeting the standard for and participating in the USATF Junior Nationals. She will contest the long and triple jumps, respectively, in Sacramento, Calif. July 28-29.

State Bound

Congratulations to FFA members Allie Garcia and Kaily Wolf for advancing to State yesterday by placing in the top two at the Area IV Speaking Competition in Clyde.  Allie placed 1st in Sr. Prepared Public Speaking and Kaily placed 2nd in Soil Stewardship Speaking. Both girls will compete at State in July at the State FFA Convention in Dallas. 


Dragons defeat Loboes for Bi-District Title

The Bangs Dragons locked up a Region I-3A bi-district baseball championship without allowing a run, completing a series sweep of the Cisco Loboes with victories of 2-0 Friday in Bangs and 6-0 Saturday in Cisco.

The Area Playoff Series vs Jim Ned will be Thursday at 4:30 and Saturday starting at 10am with game 3 to follow if needed. All games will be held at ACU.


UIL ACAMDEMIC STATE BOUND

(Left to right)

Shelby Cagle--Ready Writing

Matthew Jackson--Informative Speaking

Kenedi Deal--Prose Interpretation


Bangs Lady Dragon Alex Madlock earned her third consecutive trip to state.

Madlock, the defending Class 3A girls triple jump state champion, won that event at regionals with an effort of 40.0-5 and also finished first in the long jump with a distance of 19-2.75. Madlock came in second in the 100 meters in a time of 12.22 to clinch a third spot.

Lady Dragons advance to third round with 2-1,
extra-inning win over Reagan County

Region I-3A Softball Quarterfinals
BANGS VS. CLYDE
One game playoff
7:30 p.m. Friday,
May 13th, at ACU


GOOD LUCK AT REGIONALS

Good Luck to the Bangs HS One Act Play at Regionals. They will perform this Friday April 22 in Clyde!!


Area Bound

Bangs FFA would like to congratulate our three FFA Speakers as they each advanced to Area by placing in the top 2 in their divisions at District yesterday in Cisco.  Abbey Ivey placed 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking, Allie Garcia placed 1st in Sr. Prepared Public Speaking, and Kaily Wolf placed 1st in Soil Stewardship Speaking. All three speakers will compete at Area on May 9th in Clyde.


Bangs boys, girls both finish second at 7-3A track meet,
team up for 29 area berths


Land Judging Team

Livestock Judging Team

STATE QUALIFYING TEAMS

Bangs FFA would like to congratulate its State Qualifying Teams from our Area IV FFA Judging Competitions yesterday at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.  Two of our teams qualified for State by placing in the top 15% of the Area Teams in their divisions.

The Land Judging Team of Timothy Hall, Thomas Minshew, Michaela Light, Josh Valdez, and Allie Garcia placed 2nd out of 25 Area teams and finished 1st place in our District.  The team was led by Timothy Hall and Thomas Minshew who were the 3rd and 9th high individuals out of 94 in the contest.  The Land Judging Team will compete at State on Thursday, April 21st at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

The Livestock Judging Team of Abbey Ivey, Dustin Bostick, Theron Allen, Colton Martin, Gavin Miller, and Ethan Hoover placed 7th out of 47 Area Teams and were 3rd place in our District..  The team was led by Abbey Ivey who was the 12th high individual out of 180 in the contest.  The Livestock Judging Team will compete at State on Saturday, April 30th at Texas A&M University in College Station.

We would also like to congratulate the Horse Judging Team for its top ten Area placing.  The team of Savannah Moore, Masey Tongate, Kynedi Bradley, and Kaily Wolf placed 9th out of 45 Area teams and missed advancing to State by two spots.  They also finished 3rd place in our District.  The team was led by Savannah Moore who was the 5th high individual out of 170 in the contest.

 


DISTRICT CHAMPS

Bangs High School retained the District 7-3A UIL Academic title April 4 at Brady.  Bangs scored 464 points which was 153 points more than runner-up Comanche.

Bangs took team titles in Accounting, Calculator, Spelling and Vocabulary and Speech.  The top three individuals and the top teams in each event will advance to the regional meet April 21-23.

Students who placed are as follows: (regional qualifiers are in bold)

Accounting: Dustin Bostick-1st, Josh Johnson-2nd, Tyler Smith-3rd, Kolton Jacobs-4th

Calculator Applications: Klarissa Snider-1st, Dawson Light-4th, Dustin Bostick-6th

Current Issues:  Luke Carroll-3rd

Computer Science: Sebastian Lattig-4th

Feature Writing: Michaela Light-6th

Headline Writing: Kaitlyn Busth-4th

Informative Speaking:  Matthew Jackson-1st, Alek Mendoza-5th

Lincoln Douglas Debate: Paige Batteas—1st and Golden Gavel for Best Speaker, Dylan McClellean-4th

Literary Criticism: Ben Holland-3rd

News Writing: Christin Cooper-6th

Persuasive Speaking: Paige Batteas-1st, Luke Carroll-2nd, Mason Reichenau-3rd

Poetry Interpretation: Clinton Moore-1st, Josh Browning-3rd,

Prose Interpretation: Kenedi Deal-2nd, Alek Mendoza-4th, Callie Campbell-5th

Ready Writing: Ryli Pruitt-2nd, Shelby Cagle-3rd

Science: Cesar Lopez-2nd, Shelby Cagle-5th

Social Studies: Samantha Lykins-1st, Grady Barclay-6th

Spelling & Vocabulary: Leslie Solis-1st, Aember Catlin-2nd, Jordan Ramos-3rd, Clinton Moore-4th

Computer Applications: Cameron Loewrigkeit-1st, Tristen Coronado-2nd, Tyler Smith—3rd

One Act Play and CX Debate points also count toward the spring meet total. 

Please congratulate these students when you see them.

Leesa Stephens

UIL Academic Coordinator


2015-16 Bangs High School Band
Award winning 3 consecutive sweepstakes. 
Also winning sweepstakes awards this year was the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Bands.


Four Bangs FCCLA Teams Advancing to State

Competitive Events placing and attendees for the March 4-5 Region II FCCLA Leadership Conference, in Waco included:

Advocacy Jr “Healthy Living for Kindergarten”, Kialie Dodson and Kalani Gonzales (1st Place)

Applied Math for Culinary Management Sr.“Culinary Math”, Casey Ketterhagen (1st Place)

Food Innovations Jr. “Pachia Delights”, Matthew Laureles, Micaiah Newman (1st Place)

Nutrition and Wellness Sr. “Surrogated Habit”, Alek Mendoza (3rd Place)

Advocacy Sr. “Stop Animal Abuse”, Danielle Kelley

Mystery Basket Proficiency Event, Cassie Pena

Job Interview judge’s assistant: Madie Carpenter

Serving Up Success judge’s assistant: Kayleah Hall

Bangs students were also awarded a total of $16,500 in scholarships for “placing in the top three” or participating in  events of Applied Math, Food Innovations, Nutrition and Wellness, and Mystery Basket.  Scholarships may be used for the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts of Austin TX and Boulder CO.

Kialie Dodson, Kalani Gonzales, Casey Ketterhagen, Matthew Laureles, Micaiah Newman, and Alek Mendoza will be advancing to the State FCCLA Leadership Conference in Dallas, April 7-9.

Pictured front row (L to R)

Micaiah Newman, Kalanie Gonzales, Madie Carpenter, Kayleah Hall, Kialie Dodson

Back row: Cassie Pena, Matthew Laureles, Alek Mendoza, Casey Ketterhagen, Danielle Kelley


The Bangs High School UIL Academic Team competed at the Glen Rose Invitational. They won team championships in Literary Criticism, Spelling, and Accounting. The Social Studies team placed 2nd.
Bangs finished third overall behind powerhouse Grandview and host Glen Rose.
Here are team and individual results:

Literary Criticism—1st place Team
Ben Holland-1st
Kaitlyn Bush-2nd
Kira Nichols-3rd

Spelling-1st Place Team
Leslie Solis-2nd
Aember Catlin-5th
Jordan Ramos-6th

Accounting—1st place Team
Joshua Johnson-1st
Dustin Bostick-2nd
Tyler Smith-3rd

Social Studies-2nd Place Team
Samantha Lykins-3rd
Matthew Jackson-6th
Billy Gruben-team member

Ryli Pruitt—1st Ready Writing, 5th Feature Writing
Pagie Batteas—2nd Persuasive Speaking
Dustin Bostick—4th Calculator (11-12 division)
Cassie Pena—4th Poetry Interpretation
Tyler Smith—5th Computer Applications
Ben Edgin—5th Number Sense (9-10 division)
Cesar Lopez—6th Number Sense (11-12 division)


STATE BOUND

Congratulations to Mason Reichenau & Matthew Jackson and their coach Stacy Walker.
This team placed 2nd at the District 7-3A CX Debate tournament yesterday and advance to the state meet March 14-15 in Austin.


CLEAN SWEEP

The Bangs High School UIL Academic Team dominated the Comanche Invitational Academic Meet by sweeping almost every team title with many students winning multiple events.  Team titles were Accounting, Current Events, Calculator, Literary Criticism, Speech, Science, Spelling & Vocabulary and Social Studies.

Here are the results:

Accounting: Tyler Smith-2nd, Dustin Bostick-3rd, Joshua Johnson-4th Team champs
Current Issues
: Luke Carroll-1st, Matthew Jackson-2nd, Rebecca Parrack-3rd, Grady Barclay—5th, JP Salazar-6th,  Team champs
Calculator
: Klairissa Snider-1st, Dawson Light-3rd, Dani Kelley—team member Team champs
Computer Applications:
Cameron Loewrigkeit-1st, Tyler Smith-2nd
Journalism: Editorial Writing:
Lauryn Carroll-4th,
Feature Writing:
Ryli Pruitt-4th, Michaela Light-5th

Headline Writing: Dustin Bostick-4th
Literary Criticism: Kaitlyn Bush-1st, Ben Holland-2nd, Bryer Lindsey-3rd   Team Champs
Number Sense:
Ben Edgin-6th
Informative Speaking:
Matthew Jackson-4th, Alek Mendoza- 5th
Persuasive Speaking
: Luke Carroll-1st
Poetry:
Josh Browning-1st, Cassie Pena-5th, Clinton Moore-6th
Prose
:  Kenedi Deal-2nd, Alek Mendoza-3rd, Micaiah Newman-4th, Chase Phelps-5th
Ready Writing:
  Rylie Pruitt-1st,  Shelby Cagle-2nd, Michaela Light-5th
Science:
Shelby Cagle-1st & Top Biology, Cesar Lopez-2nd & Top Physics, Shayla Hill-team member.  Team Champs
Social Studies:
Grady Barclay-1st, Samantha Lykins-2nd, Matthew Jackson-3rd, Billy Gruben-5th Team Champs

Spelling: Leslie Solis-1st, Aember Catlin-2nd, Jordan Ramos-4th Team Champs

The Lincoln Douglas Debate team went to Abilene Wylie.  Paige Batteas won first and Dylan McClelan placed 4th.

The UIL team will travel to Glen Rose on Sat. Feb. 27 for its next competition.

Leesa Stephens
UIL Academic Coordinator
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