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Venable shows character, earns college scholarships

Senior Jonathan Venable signed his letter of intent last week to be a member of the Livestock Judging Team at Connors State College, located in Warner, OK. This scholarship will pay for Venable's first two years of higher education. In the above photo, he is shown surrounded by his local livestock judging teammates, family and school faculty. Back row, left to right: Cooper Shebster, Dustin Tolson, Kevin Venable, Alex Superintendent Dr. Jason James and Alex Principal Doug Tolson. Front row, left to right: Brandy Venable, Alex Agriculture Instructor Chris Hall and Brycen Otey.

Read more about the Conners State College Livestock Judging team here.

Venable capped an already memorable week on Saturday, February 18, 2017, when he was awarded the Vernon Crose Scholarship at the Southwest District Livestock Show. According to the scholarship's application form, Vernon Crose was a long time postmaster from Carnegie, OK, who first began showing livestock in the late 1930s. Crose later served as an all-purpose general manager of the Southwest District livestock exhibition for 25 years, ending his tenure in 1990. Crose was passionate about helping young 4-H and FFA members through their livestock exhibits.

The Vernon Crose Scholarship was established to assist 4-H and/or FFA members whose personal circumstances hinder their ability to participate in livestock exhibition. The scholarship exemplifies Crose's love for livestock exhibition and demonstrates how he helped expand access to this endeavor to less fortunate students in southwest Oklahoma to support them in becoming better citizens throughout their lives.

Congratulations, Mr. Venable. Alex is proud of you!

February Students of the Month named

Students of the Month recognized for Kindness include Jr. High students Chase Byrne and Mallory Woods and High School students Justin Hankins and Lydia Stewart. Students of the Month recognized for Generosity include Jr. High students Rayce Castor and Kye Heldermon and High School students Nik Evans-Jones and Chelsey Craig.

Good job, Longhorns!

Boys hang on in post season; girls end season

Seniors Dawson Alcorn (left) and Landon Rayburn (right) take shots against Fort Cobb during the Regional Championship game.

The Alex boys battled through Regionals last week, defeating Burns Flat to move on to the Regional Championship game against #1-ranked Fort Cobb at Burns Flat on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The championship match saw the Longhorns incur their first lost in the state playoffs when they fell 40-88 to the Mustangs. This loss sends Alex to the post season Consolation bracket as the team progresses to the Area tournament.

As the Class A, Region A Basketball Runner-Up, Alex will play Geronimo at Cache, OK, at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

With their regional tournament loss, Alex holds a season record of 19-7. Geronimo, holding 18th place in state Class A Basketball rankings, moved to the Consolation bracket after a first-round 74-46 loss to an unranked Union City team. Moving into the Area tournament, Geronimo's season record is 24-4.

View the Class A, Area III Boys playoff bracket here.

View highlights of the Alex boys win against Burns Flat in the first round of Regionals:

Girls coverage:

The Alex Lady Longhorns faced off with the Sentinel Lady Bulldogs on February 16, 2017, in the 2017 Class A Regional Basketball Tournment consolation bracket. The Lady Bulldogs dominated, ending Alex's season run with a 58-23 loss.

View the ongoing Class A, Area III Girls playoff bracket here.

View highlights of the Alex v. Lookeba girls District tournament game here:

Baseball roster now available

The Longhorn Baseball page has been updated in anticipation of the 2017 season, which begins March 2, 2017, with Central High coming to Alex. An updated player roster has been added.

View the 2017 combined High School and Jr. High baseball schedule here.

Basketball Senior Night 2017

Alex Basketball bid farewell to only three seniors, all young men, before the Alex v. Fort Cobb basketball game played at Alex on February 7, 2017. Shown above left to right is Landon Rayburn and family, Ross Reeves and family, and Dawson Alcorn and family.

Recap 2017 Basketball Senior Night here:

Dates announced for first meets to be held at new Alex track and field facilities

March 28, 2017 - High School and Jr. High meet (eight-man football schools)
April 8, 2017 - Jr. High and 7th grade track and field meet (small schools, classes 2A-A)
April 11, 2017 - High School track and field meet (small schools, classes 2A-A)
May 2, 1017 - 5th and 6th grade track and field meet
May 9, 2017 - 4th through 6th grades track and field meet

More information and additional track and field dates to follow!