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Thursday, October 15. 2009
On Tuesday I drove down to San Marcos, originally to see my Grandson, Austin, play in a middle school football game, but he had come down with something and didnâ€™t get to suit up.Â His Dad, and my Son, Randy, had a birthday on the 12th and Rebekah, his daughter has a birthday next week, so I thought that I would kill two birds with one stone and deliver their bâ€™day cards in person.
Driving through their subdivision toward their house, on both sides of the street, I started seeing deer, not one or two but bunches!Â Within three blocks, there must have been a hundred or more and all does or yearlings!
Finally, stopping the truck, I snapped this â€œshotâ€ at the largest bunch.
Debbie, my Daughter-In-Law, had fixed Randy a late Bâ€™day dinner, including cake, and he then rushed of to a planning and zoning meeting, so I enjoyed a nice dinner on their shady, front porch, with Debbie and three of my Grandkids.Â Debbie mentioned that the city and their subdivision is at a loss about what to do with the deer? Â
Austin and San Marcos are the two most liberal towns in our state, and this problem could be fixed with bows and arrows, game nets or traps.Â New Jersey, Connecticut, Neuvo York and Pennsylvania are plagued with deer running wild in their towns and these folks just wring their hands and, like San Marcos, do nothing and the problem grows!
Driving out of their subdivision I spied two bucks and snapped a â€œshotâ€ at them.Â They were grazing on the newly sprouted grass. Â
On August 4th, I posted a story and pictures about "What Is A Melanistic Deer" that Randy had photographed in his subdivision and there was no grass, just dry barren yards. Â
The city was in the midst of the worst drought in memory.
But the breaking of the drought is another story!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hill Country Happenings at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, August 4. 2009
A melanistic deer is a white tail deer that is almost black.Â This condition is caused by an excess ofÂ melanism pigment and the genetic cause is unknown.
Dr. John Baccus is the director of the wildlife ecology program at Texas State University, located in San Marcos, Texas, and has been studying melanistic deer for over 13 years. He says, â€œCentral Texas has more of these unusual deer than anywhere else.â€
Funny he would say that!Â Last Thursday afternoon, my son, Randy, who, by the way, lives in San Marcos, was out doing his afternoon run/walk in his neighborhood and excitedly called me and said, â€œDad, thereâ€™s a melanistic deer right ahead of me!â€ Â
He took these two pictures of the unusual deer and sent them to me. Â
On my August 2nd post I mentioned the rain that we have had and that the rest of our great State was suffering under a class four drought.Â Just take a look at the yards in San Marcos.Â The grass looks dead, the trees are hanging on and those folks down there are in trouble!
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Thursday, November 20. 2008
This past weekend was a big one for the Goldthwaite Eagles and Copperas Cove Bulldawgs, with both teams winning their first round playoff games.Â Sara cheered Cove on as they beat beat Mesquite 21-7 and The Eagles, with Colton playing a good game with 5 solo tackles and one â€œpicâ€™, whomped Thorndale 42-10.Â Last Friday a serious cold front arrived in our area with 25 MPH winds, gusting to 40.Â Both games were played in the Waco area and in those windy, conditions, the best defenses won both games!
The Bulldawgs with a final, Class 5A ranking of 15th, next opponent will be Garland, ranked 17th, while Goldthwaite, ranked 17th in Class 1A teams, takes on a tough, 15th ranked team from Shiner.Â Digressing, Shiner is known statewide for the best locally owned and produced beer.Â The brewery is over 100 years old and still going strong.Â Both teams will face stern tests as they strive to move on in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, this past Sunday, Sara and her Bulldawg cheerleader squad defeated 15 other teams and won first place in their division of the American Cheer Power competition.Â The judges scored their routine the highest in all of the different classes.
Having never seen a real cheer competition, this one was an eye opener for me.Â The girls, from all ages, are marvelous athletes and some of the routines were outstanding!Â There were over 75 teams involved, representing all of our great State, except for the far western portion.
Austin quickly switched to basketball, making his middle schoolâ€™s â€˜Aâ€™ team and they had their first game Monday, but he came down with a stomach virus and didn't even go to school.Â Mikaylaâ€™sÂ middle school basketball team played played at Commanche and came out on the short end of a 40-19 score.
I didnâ€™t get to watch Mikayla's game because I went to the booster club meeting and heard the scouting reports on the football team from Shiner.Â The game this Friday should be a good, tough, hard hitting one!
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Thursday, November 13. 2008
All four of my Grandkids enjoyed winning weeks last week and all four of their teams won their respective district championship!Â Quite a feat for the four first timers!
First off, Austin and his San Marcos Diamondbacks, won a squeaker over cross town rival, Goodnight, by a 14-12 score.Â The Diamondbacks, losers of their first 2 games,Â claimed the 7th grade, district championship and ended up with 6 wins and 2 losses for the year.
Mikayla and her Goldthwaite 7th graders won their district championship, beating a scrappy team from Meridian 29-20.Â Goldthwaite lost their first game then coasted to a 7 and 1 record!
Saraâ€™s, 13th State ranked, Copperas Cove Bulldawgs, survived being upset last week by A&M Consolidated and came back and hammered Harker Heights 38-6, winning their Class 5A district championship and moving on to play Mesquite in the first round of the State playoffs, this Friday night in Waco.
Meanwhile, Colton and his, 19thÂ State ranked, Goldthwaite Eagles traveled to Meridian, came from behind twice and won a close, hard fought game over the Yellow Jackets, 33-26.Â The win ran the Eagleâ€™s record overall to 9 and 1 and gave them the district championship with a mark of 5 and 0.Â This Friday, the Eagles begin the State Class 1A playoffs and square off in Moody against Thorndale.
Coach Spradley is all smiles after the big win against Meridian and poses with his 3 Freshman stand outs (L to R) Sergio, Colton and Tyler.
High school football playoffs begin this Friday night and middle school basketball started for Mikayla on Monday with her Lady Eagles taking on Dublin and losing 29-20.Â Mikayla did not score but collected 2 rebounds and had 3 steals.Â Austin will also be playing basketball but his season hasnâ€™t begun.Â Sara will run track and Colton will participate in track and baseball.Â Much more high school sports to come with my Grandkids and their teams.
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Friday, October 31. 2008
Having been in Phoenix playing Senior Softball last week, I missed the football update, so here goes.Â All four of my Grandkidâ€™s football teams are in the running for the district championships.
The Goldthwaite Eagles, ranked 23rd in class 1A, scored 2 big wins, one over Chilton, the early season choice for district champions, by a 54-14 score and Colton had one of the best games of his young football career.Â
Meanwhile, Mikaylaâ€™s, middle school Eagles scored an easy win over Valley Mills running their record to 5-1.
Saraâ€™s Copperas Cove Bulldawgs scored two big wins, one against Belton 52-26 and last week against Killeen Shoemaker, 31-14.Â Cove is leading their district with an 8-0 record and a number 7 state, Class 5A, ranking.Â This week Cove, takes on A&M consolidated out of College Station in what looks like a real good game!Â Hereâ€™s Sara Cheering against Shoemaker.
Finally, Austinâ€™s, San Marcos Diamondbacks, middle school, posted 2 more wins to run their record to 5-2 and play for their district championship this week.
This Friday and Saturday will be busy, 2 big football games, then Brad, Sara and Austin are coming over to hunt deer Saturday morning and after Colton reviews game films, heâ€™ll be over Saturday afternoon.Â Maybe there will be some good deer pictures!
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Friday, September 19. 2008
Late Tuesday afternoon I was driving to Lockhart to watch my Grandson, Austinâ€™s, first middle school football game.Â Kickoff was scheduled for 7:00 PM, but since the first game, B-teamers, finished early, Austinâ€™s game started early and I didnâ€™t get there until half time.Â Austinâ€™s team, the San Marcos Diamondbacks, were on the short end of an 8-0 score. Just before half time, the Lockhart Lions had driven one in to take the lead..
The second half started with the Diamondbacks driving in for what looked like a score, but a fumble stopped them on the Lions 20 yard line.Â The Lions then ran 2 plays and then, their big (and fast) tailback exploded around end for a long score.Â The extra point was missed and we were now down 14-0. No one could catch the big back so Austin was moved from linebacker to free safety, but the big guy never broke another long one
The Diamondbacks then started another long drive and on second and short, the quarterback lofted a long pass for the split end, Austin, who had run a perfect â€˜cornerâ€™ pattern, freezing the safety, and was all alone for an easy score, but he missed the pass.Â Three plays later the Diamondbacks scored with Austin getting a clearing block and the extra point was run in making the score 14-8.
After the game I told Austin, â€œSometimes you miss a pass, but not to worry, youâ€™ll catch a lot more than you miss!â€Â We've all been there; a fumble, an out with the bases loaded, a missed serve, the ball rims the bucket, the world record fish throws the hook or buck fever attacks!Â Heâ€™ll learn from this one and only get better!Â
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Tuesday, May 27. 2008
This past Saturday, Layla and I took a traffic filled drive to San Marcos, south of Austin, to see one of our Grandsonâ€™s, Sean Bryan, play baseball. He did quite well for a 7 year old, playing in an 8 year old, league! His team won 8-2, finished second in their league and he had 2 hits, scored a run and drove one in!
Hereâ€™s Sean getting his first hit and later scoring. Seanâ€™s parents are Randy and Debbie Bryan and Randy is a Baptist Pastor in San Marcos. Randy is a very good ball player, and not before too long, will be playing Senior Softball, too!
Back to the traffic, it was horrible! Youâ€™d think with gas almost $4.00 a gallon, somebody might be staying home! Maybe everyone was out for one last trip?
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Wednesday, September 19. 2007
My youngest son, Randy, was the â€œstarâ€ of â€œBuck Feverâ€, when he was a 12 year old beginner at Deer hunting. He is and expert at that sport now and an expert in finding and saving lost souls. Randy is presently the Pastor of The Fellowship Of San Marcos, Baptist Church, in San Marcos, Texas.
Last year he was called to go on a missionary trip to western Kenya, in east Africa, to spread the Lordâ€™s word. Western Kenya is currently locked in an ongoing spiritual battle.Two Massai warriors are pictured and he related the very unusual meeting he had with them. These two warriors were fiercely angry with Randy because they thought he had lied to them and the Lord gave Randy the courage to stand up to them and correct the misunderstanding. After their â€œtiffâ€, the two warriors, village head men and locals all became â€œbestâ€ friends!
After his safe return he penned the following thank you letter to his supporters:
"Post-Kenya Mission Trip Update
Kenya was such an
with about 15,000 students. We went to the school campuses with the
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Kenya (CEF). They have a relationship
with all of the schools there. They also ask the kids that accept Jesus
to fill out a card so CEF can start Bible clubs on the campuses. By the
time we left Kisumu, CEF had received 7337 cards back from students
indicating that they had trusted Christ for the first time! CEF will
help them grow spiritually and encourage them to get involved in their
church, or find one if they do not have one.
THE TRAILS: Almost
FIRST SERVICE: Most of our work sharing the Gospel was to start a brand
new church in Kisumu called the Kasule (kah-soo-lay) Community Bible
Church. The new pastor, Pastor Samson, had been trained over the past
two years to lead this new church. He was completely overwhelmed with
what happened at the first service that turned out to be a great place
for any man or woman of God to be part of at that particular time. When
we were out on the trails, we wrote down the names and addresses of
each person who accepted Christ. On Sunday, at the first church
service, we gave this list of over 1100 people to Pastor Samson! We
called it his â€œChurch Directory.â€ It was awesome! There were about 400
people at that first service! Including about 10 or12 Maasai warriors!
The other story is when two thieves stole a camera
from us. The ENTIRE village that was present chased them down, dragged
them back to the church, and wanted to kill them at the church for
stealing from us. The pastors were able to convince them not to do it.
Both thieves later accepted Christ.!So did their parents and the guards
who were later assigned to the church. It was an amazing story.
In Christ's Love,
Randy Bryan, Pastor
You can contact Randy at:
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