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Holly Hottenstein helps a little rider up on the hayride at the Christmas in Portland event.
Holly Hottenstein helps a little rider up on the hayride at the Christmas in Portland event.
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Leah Cornell, 3, watches Elian Pulido, 10, make a snow angel in the artificial snow that served as this year's new feature attraction for the Christmas in Portland event.
Leah Cornell, 3, watches Elian Pulido, 10, make a snow angel in the artificial snow that served as this year's new feature attraction for the Christmas in Portland event.
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Children jostle in South Texas snow at Christmas in Portland
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Leah Cornell, 3, watches Elian Pulido, 10, make a snow angel in the artificial snow that served as this year's new feature attraction for the Christmas in Portland event.
Leah Cornell, 3, watches Elian Pulido, 10, make a snow angel in the artificial snow that served as this year's new feature attraction for the Christmas in Portland event.
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Holly Hottenstein helps a little rider up on the hayride at the Christmas in Portland event.
Holly Hottenstein helps a little rider up on the hayride at the Christmas in Portland event.
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Leah Cornell and Elian Pulido got an opportunity to do something they may never get another chance to do - as long as they live in South Texas - at the 2014 Christmas in Portland event; they made snow angels. An artificial snow machine was the new featured attraction at the event, which was held at the Daniel P. Moore Community Center Complex Dec. 4. Cornell, 3, and Pulido, 10 - along with numerous other children - could not get enough of the white fluff, and jostled in it until they were reluctantly dragged to other attractions by their mother. Additional attractions included a hayride, which circled the complex to show off lit-up inflatable Christmas decorations that were posted around the area. “It has been pretty popular so far,” said Holly Hottenstein, a city employee who was helping children board the ride. “Every time they come back, some more people are waiting to go.” Riders were also treated to snow cones, which were waiting for them when they departed the five minute ride. Several of the event’s attractions were consistently busy, though people patiently waited in line for them. Christie Pruitt, the Chamber of Commerce’s membership director, was helping children write letters to Santa, but had to step out of the workshop briefly because the attraction became a bit crowded. Rebecca Nolan requested an ice cream maker, a stuffed Rudolph and a mini oven in her letter to Santa. “I want to be able to make mini cookies and cakes,” Nolan said. The community center’s gym was filled with lively Christmas characters, who were constantly hit up to take pictures with tykes. Frosty the Snowman appeared to be having a great time - striking disco poses for flashing cameras - before having to wrestle his carrot nose away from an eager munchkin who thought it looked ripe for a honking. It was all in good fun, though, and the posing continued in earnest.
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CBC women lose 8th straight game
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PARIS, Texas – The Coastal Bend women’s basketball team’s losing streak reached eight games on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars lost to Paris JC 65-55, falling to 1-10 overall and 0-5 in Region XIV play. Paris built a six-point lead, 27-21, by the break and outscored the visitors 38-34 in the second half. The Cougars finished winless, 0-5, in the month of December. They haven’t won since an 82-63 victory over Victoria on Nov. 15. They are last in Region XIV in both points per game (46.4) and points allowed per game (72.7). Temple 67, CBC 47 Temple scored 34 first-half points en route to a win over the Cougars last Thursday. Temple led 34-20 at half and won the second half 33-27. Bossier Parish 75, CBC 67 Bossier handed the Cougars an eight-point setback last Wednesday. Bossier went up 43-33 by intermission before Coastal Bend won the second half 34-32.
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All-District First Teams & award winners
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District 15-4A Division I District MVP – Matthew Montgomery, La Vernia Offensive Player of the Year – Colby Skelton, LV Defensive Player of the Year – Colton Knapp, Pleasanton Newcomer of the Year – Aaron Hunt, Gonzales Most Valuable Offensive Back – Anthony Resendez, Rockport-Fulton Most Valuable Receiver – Darrance James, Gonzales, and Colton Parrish, LV Most Valuable Offensive Lineman – Esteban Vigil, LV Most Valuable Defensive Lineman – Noah McMeans, LV Most Valuable Linebacker – Jaime Tellez, Gonzales, and Koby Bullard, LV Most Valuable Defensive Back – Justus Parker, LV Coach of the Year – Bo Robinson, LV First team offense Quarterback–Brant Philippus, Gonzales. Running backs–Ethan Dennis, LV; Alayas Ramirez, Gonzales. Fullback–Tristan Summy, LV. Tight ends–Nick Simpson, LV; Matt German, R-F. Center–Brandon Floores, LV. Guards–Tyler Consentino, LV; Crockett Mokry, Pleasanton. Tackles–Miguel Luna, LV; Josh Salazar, Beeville; Aaron Gordon, R-F. Wide receivers–Rusty Story, LV; Jason Mungia, Robstown. Kicker–Kyle Douglass, LV. First team defense Linebackers–Andrew Garcia, Pleasanton; Tristen Taylor, R-F; Travis Schauer, Gonzales. Defensive ends–Matthew Botello, Beeville; Javier Hernandez, Robstown. Defensive linemen–Zach Beach, LV; Kenneth Hernandez, Gonzales; Brian Tran, R-F. Cornerbacks–Christian Bruce, LV; Sean Crook, Beeville. Safeties–Blake Cox, Gonzales; Colton Kubena, LV. Punter–Jose Molina, Robstown. District 15-3A Division II District MVP – Michael Everett, Odem Offensive MVP – C.J. Romero, Odem Defensive MVP – Nathan Naranjo, Taft Newcomer of the Year – Austin Moore, Odem Coaches of the Year – A.J. Martinez, Odem, and Art Lozano, Santa Gertrudis Academy First team offense Quarterback–Jared Acosta, Taft. Running backs–Derek Candela, Odem; Jesse Garcia, SGA. Fullbacks–Eric Garcia, SGA; R.J. Vasquez, Bloomington; Alex Hernandez, Skidmore-Tynan. Tight ends–Adam Delaney, SGA; T.J. Amador, S-T. Wide receivers–Hunter Rodriguez, Odem; Dylan Ceballos, Odem; Richard Nanez, Taft; Joey Sanchez, Taft. Offensive linemen–Ivan Rodriguez, Odem; T.J. Vela, Odem; Joe Saldana, Taft; C.J. Garcia, Taft; Ricardo Perez, SGA; Jason Garcia, Banquete; Charles Allard, S-T. Center–Chris Mendoza, Taft. Kicker–Richard Nanez, Taft. First team defense Defensive ends–Daniel Longoria, Odem; George Hernandez, Taft; Ricardo Perez, SGA; Phillip Zuniga, Banquete. Defensive tackles–David Arciniega, Odem; Joe Saldana, Taft; Zeke Cantu, Banquete. Inside linebackers–Austin Lopez, Odem; David Nesmith, Taft; Michel Orozco, SGA; Jake Mijares, Banquete. Outside linebackers–Blake Galvan, Odem; Joey Sanchez, Taft; Nick Montoya, SGA. Safeties–Dylan Ceballos, Odem; Anthony Longoria, Taft; Ronnie Ocanas, Banquete. Cornerbacks–C.J. Romero, Odem; Zach Benivamonde, Taft; Cody Cordero, SGA; Marc Riddell, Banquete. Punter–Eric Garcia, SGA. District 16-2A Division II District MVP – Andy Villarreal, Woodsboro Offensive MVP – Homer Maldonado, Bruni Defensive MVP – Isaac Ramos, Bruni, and Jacob Nesloney, Woodsboro Newcomer of the Year – Anthony Hake, Benavides and Ti Beall, Woodsboro Coach of the Year – Kyle Freeman, Bruni First team offense Quarterback–Matt Gonzales, Pettus. Running backs–Eloy Treto, Agua Dulce; Zack Linville, Pettus; Eddie Esquivel, Bruni. Tight end–Nick Smith, Bruni. Wide receivers–Jeremy Garcia, Benavides; Joseph Cruz, Bruni; Hugo Ayala, Woodsboro; Phillip Ramirez, AD. Offensive linemen–A.J. Munoz, Benavides; Estevan Carreon, Bruni; Robert Marshall, Bruni; Mikey Barraza, Woodsboro; Ronny Lucich, Woodsboro; Diego Delgado, Pettus. Utility–Joseph Cruz, Bruni; Jose Hernandez, Woodsboro. Kicker–Jonathan Dabelgott, Woodsboro. First team defense Defensive linemen–Estevan Carreon, Bruni; Nick Smith, Bruni; Ronny Lucich, Woodsboro; Abraham Arias, Pettus; Joe I. Baltazar, AD. Inside linebacker–J.J. Ramirez, Bruni; Justin Spears, Woodsboro; Augustine Gonzales, AD; Diego Delgado, Pettus. Outside linebacker–Trent Moses, Woodsboro; Hugo Ayala, Woodsboro; Jonathan Vedia, Bruni. Cornerbacks–Homer Maldonado, Bruni; Jonathan Dabelgott, Woodsboro. Safeties–Justin Chandler, Pettus; Joseph Cruz, Bruni; Jose Hernandez, Woodsboro. Punters–Bo Surber, AD; Kevin Oliveira, Benavides.
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