• December 26, 2014


Social media changing way athletes interact with recruiters

Social media is changing the universe. A way for people to stay in touch and exchange ideas and information in ways never before believed possible, instant communication isn’t always a good thing, especially for high school and college athletes. What may seem like a simple post to some can be image altering to others, tarnishing reputations and derailing scholarship chances with the touch of a button.

Conditions improving in Bell County

Hunting conditions have improved in Bell County over the past two weeks.

Fort Hood Men’s Rugby Team begins new season Saturday at Fort Hood Stadium

The Fort Hood Men’s Rugby Team kicks off its 2014 season against Fort Sill (Okla.) on Saturday at 2 p.m. 

Hunting conditions should improve soon

Hunting conditions have “been kind of tough lately” according to area expert Donnie Mathes, a 29-year game warden at Fort Hood.

Expert recommends focusing on oak tree areas

With bow-hunting underway, area hunting expert Master SGT Tim Rake, of Gatesville, says the best places to concentrate on are “areas with a lot of oak trees.”

Record-breaking buck taken last month at Fort Hood

According to Donnie Mathes, a 29-year game warden at Fort Hood, Mike Myers, of Belton, “took the biggest buck ever taken off of Fort Hood.”

BMX stunt team entertains soldiers, family and friends at Fort Hood

FORT HOOD — Thirty-nine may not seem all that old, but in the world of big air bikes where your competition and co-performers are often under age 18, Monster Stunt Team manager John Bethers takes pride in being the team’s elder statesman. 

Persistence pays off for newest bodybuilding professionals

When trainer Terrance Williams accompanied his clients, Kendra Beasley and Brittany Campbell, to the NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding Championships in Chicago last month, he was hoping for the coronation of two of his clients who he felt had long ago topped out as amateurs.

Cen-Tex Football/Cheer Camp begins Friday

This weekend, area kids get to learn from some of the best in their sport during the 5th Annual Cen-Tex Football/Cheer Camp and Combine at Leo Buckley Stadium.

Four local kids earn medals at national championships

Moments into the competition, Riley Maker had a moment of clarity.

III Corps staff sergeant falls in UFC match in San Antonio

For the first time in his professional career, Colton Smith had an opportunity to attend a training camp before a fight. But unfortunately for the III Corps staff sergeant, the result was similar to his previous two. 

X Games promises some extra-special events

Austin is getting extreme and it has nothing to do with the temperatures.

Campbell ready for competition

Last set. Best set.

Wicked City Derby Damez host fundraiser to aid storm victims

It’s been almost a month, but Soni Berkhamer remembers the storm system that moved through the central and southeast portion of the country very well.

Fort Hood’s Smith trains for UFC debut next month

FORT HOOD — Staff Sgt. Colton Smith first gained notoriety by winning “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Derby Damez returning favor in Corpus Christi fundraiser

The nature of roller derby is one of imposing a physical will when you’re on quad skates, but developing close-knit relationships when you’re off. 

Organizers seek to keep Army Marathon growing

Much like the more than 1,000 runners that participated in Sunday’s Army Marathon II, race director Ed Bandas said the event is here for the long haul.

Chuck Engle perseveres to win frigid second annual Army Marathon

TEMPLE — Chuck Engle thought about quitting, and not a lot of people could blame him. 

Fort Worth woman finishes Army Marathon this time — and wins

Maria Martinez remembers all too well her finish in last year’s Army Marathon. Or the lack thereof. The 37-year-old from Fort Worth ran in the inaugural event in April, but had to withdraw at the 21-mile mark because of a knee injury.

Army Marathon Route
Officials ready for Army Marathon II

BELTON — While marathon runners have been training for the Army Marathon II for months, they won’t be the only people showcasing their skills.

Area residents bone up on fitness at Heights’ Fitness Bonus

HARKER HEIGHTS — To get fit, area residents can buy a gym membership or get hip with local city programs. 

Yoga the ‘essence of life’

Sitting atop a mat on a tile floor, Linda Sevika Ward told her eight class members to close their eyes, lean back and exhale.

Everybody wins in Heights fitness center’s Biggest Loser contest

Pat Cones bought herself a six-week-long birthday present.