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Dec 19, 2009

The Place To Be

It's still over 70 minutes to the kickoff of the Bushland-Daingerfield Class 2A Division II state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls. Earlier in the day, several young athletes (reportedly Bushland JV players) were playing a shirts-skins game of touch on the field, which indicates either toughness or lack of judgment their part.

I bumped into Crane coach Naldo Esparza in the press box, and he has an interest in this game. Esparza's team gave the Falcons their toughest test of the season so far two weeks ago, battling Bushland valiantly before losing 35-28 in a state quarterfinal game. One of my last assignments at the Midland Reporter-Telegram before moving to Amarillo was doing the season preview for Crane, and Esparza and his players were highly optimistic about their prospects this season. Esparza said the team he'd really have to look out for was Bushland.

Turns out he was right, and Crane should feel no shame in losing to the Falcons. Maybe the Golden Cranes can wear a badge of honor by saying they were eliminated by a state champion, and we'll know for sure in a few hours.

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