After allowing me a chance to get somewhat acclimated here in Jacksboro, things are starting to crank up here.

Last week had me covering my first volleyball match of the year and a football scrimmage. The scrimmage was originally set for Ranger on a Friday morning, but AD and Head Football Coach Brian Hodnett said both Ranger and late addition Olney wanted to play at the Tigers’ nice stadium, so he obliged.

The same holds true for this week’s scrimmage, which is scheduled for Thursday evening, Aug. 21 at Tiger Stadium with Petrolia and Era coming to town. JV action begins at 6 p.m. with the varsities hitting the field around 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Backing up a bit, I’ll be on the road again this evening, heading to Archer City for a volleyball matchup with the Lady ‘Cats. The two squads faced each other in an Aug. 8 scrimmage but the regular season is always a different animal.

Jacksboro is coming off a weekend tournament in Burkburnett. JV action gets started at 4 p.m. with the varsity first serve expected around 6:30 p.m.
 
After the Lu Allen Tournament this weekend in Graham, the Tigerettes return home for a spell. Iowa Park’s volleyballers will play here Aug. 26 followed by Vernon coming to town Friday, Aug. 29. Subvarsity action begins at 4:30 p.m. both days and both gyms will be used to speed things along.

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Also wanted to let everyone know about the annual Meet the Tiger Night Monday (the first day of school) at Tiger Stadium. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

Coaches from both the middle and high schools will be introducing athletes taking part in fall sports (football, volleyball, cross country) Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Athletic Booster Club. Hope to get a nice turnout.

As with anyone having been here just more than two weeks, I’m still learning my ways around town. People have different ins and outs, do’s and dont’s in a smaller town than in the big city.

So far I have found people to be fairly accommodating, if not a bit skeptical of the media here in the county. I base this on my having done Jack Talk, which runs every Friday in the Herald.

I usually set myself up in places where a lot of people congregate and try to gauge their opinion on the question of the day. Many of those I’ve asked for an opinion simply tell me they prefer not to answer the question, which is fine.

Others rudely just keep walking like they don’t hear me. I’ve never been like that to people, preferring to simply answer the question.

Granted, there are many times people are busy and need to move along.  I understand and respect that, but to just walk away when someone is speaking politely with you. That’s just wrong.

Those things, however, you chalk up to experience and move on. Life is too short to let negative things hold you back in my opinion.

That’s about it for this week. As always, thanks for reading. I have actually had two people in the last week tell me they have read my items, which always makes the heart feel better.

See ya at the field.