Golden Dreams

MANSFIELD, TX — You wouldn’t know it just by looking at him, but A.J. Bailey is one of the fastest people you will ever meet. He is a freshman sprinter at Texas A&M, who is on the brink of competing at the highest levels of track and field, and he relentlessly trains to get even […]

The Gene Pool

RED OAK, TX — Siblings Hunter and Hannah Gnoza are lapping up honors through swimming, a sport they have enjoyed their entire lives. Hunter heads to college waters this fall, while Hannah pursues pool perfection at Red Oak High School (ROHS). “I became interested in swimming when I was 3 years old and my older […]

In the Swim of Things

CEDAR HILL, TX — Amy Lamar has been coaching community members of all ages at local natatoriums for some time. When the opportunity to lead Cedar Hill High School’s swim teams presented itself, she seized it and began to build a program with strong roots. Amy has been involved with competitive swimming’s early morning […]

Having a Ball

RED OAK, TX — Destiny LaRue and Paige McMillan recently marked a milestone together: signing college letters of intent in soccer. But this is not the first achievement the girls have shared. Their friendship dates back to childhood and, of course, a soccer field. The Red Oak High School (ROHS) 2011 graduates met at […]

Forward to the Goal

CORSICANA, TX — The RHS athletic department still honors Brittany by listing her name on the softball scoreboard for the most stolen bases. A Regional track performer throughout high school, Brittany tried kicking field goals and was so successful that the football team tried to recruit her. “Her mom wouldn’t let her do that,” […]

Anything but Routine

RED OAK, TX — Few police officers throw themselves more fully into their job than does Red Oak’s Nando Pedrero. He finds that police work perfectly suits his intense, restless temperament. A US Navy veteran, he found himself dreading the idea of an office routine as his military service was drawing to a close in […]

Iron Sharpening Iron

ENNIS, TX — Ravi Dubose and Curtis Tekell, Ennis High School seniors, have been friends since attending Austin Elementary School. They have run track and played football together, and hope it will not all end next year when they attend college. “We would really like to go to the same school, but we’re keeping […]

The Right Thing to Do

MANSFIELD, TX — Janice Womble stays beautiful by living according to her motto: “Be good to your body, and it’ll be good to you.” She is a city girl who moved to the country — Mansfield — after she and her husband, Royce, bought a farm here nearly 30 years ago. They lived in […]

Getting Mommies Fit

MANSFIELD, TX — As her 30th birthday drew closer, Krys Davis created a plan to enter the new decade the fittest she had ever been. As a certified personal trainer, Krys knew the importance of being physically fit was not only a benefit for her, but was setting an example of a healthy lifestyle […]