Paris – Four members of the Texas Tumbling and Trampoline Institute medaled in international competition in Portugal earlier this month. Sophie Stone won gold, immediately followed by a silver medal finish by teammate Rylee Chapman in their individual event. Chapman, Stone, and Jessica Francis also earned gold in a 12 and under team event. Logan Gilbert earned a bronze medal in 13-14 year old competition.
Mount Pleasant – When you think of the hardest throwers in professional baseball, Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman may come to mind. Or perhaps Noah Syndergaard. However, from Mt. Pleasant high school and the Daingerfield area, Michael Kopech, with the Salem Red Sox in the Boston minor league system, dialed up the fastest pitch in all of pro baseball this year, clocked at 105 MPH. The pitch was confirmed last week by Salem manager Joe Oliver, who said the same speed registered on multiple guns.
Sulphur Springs – It won’t be long until Sulphur Springs Wildcat football fans will be able to purchase their season tickets to the upcoming 2016 season. Sales begin on August 1st. Previous season ticket holders are already being sent notices of their renewal. The Wildcats will host five home games in the upcoming season, including the season opener against Sherman, their annual homecoming game, this year against Whitehouse, as well as district contests against Marshall, Mt. Pleasant and Hallsville.
The Texas Rangers drop the series, but win the finale against the Cubs 4-1. Cole Hamels gave up only one unearned run on four hits and seven strikeouts earning the win. Ian Desmond capped off the evening for Texas with a big fly. The Rangers are 55-38 on the season and remain in 1st place in the AL West ahead of Houston by 4.5 games. Texas will take on the Angels tonight on the West coast. First pitch on KPLT 1490am and 96.3fm is scheduled for 9:05pm Central time.
At Royal Troon, Henrik Stenson puts together a masterful final round of golf to defeat lefty Phil Mickelson. Stenson shot 63 on the final day to finish at -20 under on the tournament. His winnings exceeded $1.5 million dollars.
And New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, had his suspension upheld. Meaning he will sit the first four games of the upcoming 2016 season for his role in the infamous deflategate scandal, dating back to the 2014 post season. Brady was granted an appeal last year, which merely put the punishment off for this season.