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Dalhart Softball Association begins 2021 season

By Billy Kelly


After being forced to cancel their 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dalhart Softball Association was able to get 10 men’s teams signed up and a schedule put together in just a couple of weeks for this summer. The 10 teams are called Average Joes, Backdoor Sliders, Bad Boyz, Bad Habit, Havok, Ice Cold Pitchers, Indios de Chihuahua, Moore County Mafia, Newlife and Outlaws. The league will hold games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until the end of July, with six games each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and eight games on each Friday except the last one.

The season actually started last night with six games. Ice Cold Pitchers played Average Joes and Indios de Chihuahua played Backdoor Sliders at 7 p.m. Moore County Mafia played Bad Boyz and Newlife played Bad Habit at 8 p.m. Outlaws played Havok at 9 pm, and Backdoor Sliders played Average Joes at 9 p.m., which was the second game of the night for those two teams.

Six more games are scheduled for tonight. Ice Cold Pitchers plays Bad Boys and Indios de Chihuahua plays Bad Habit at 7 p.m. Moore County Mafia plays Havok and Outlaws play Newlife at 8 p.m. Average Joes plays Bad Boyz and Backdoor Sliders plays Bad Habit at 9 pm.

The games on Thursday, June 17 include Ice Cold Pitchers against Havok and Outlaws versus Indios de Chihuahua at 7 p.m. Newlife will play Moore County Mafia and Bad Habit will play Average Joes at 8 p.m., and Bad Boys will play Havok and Backdoor Sliders play against Outlaws at 9 p.m. Eight games will be held on Friday, June 18.

Photos and results from games throughout the season will be included in The Dalhart Texan until the end of the league’s season..


King vaults at NCAA Track & Field Championships

By Bill Kelly


Dalhart’s Sydney King completed her college career in style, competing in the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the Oklahoma Sooners. It was the final meet of the 2021 college season, and so King ended up college career by competing for a national championship.

King made it to the NCAA championships by breaking her own personal record in the pole vault twice within about three weeks. She won the Big 12 women’s pole vault title on May 15 by clearing 4.25 meters (13 feet 11.25 inches.) That broke King’s previous record of 13 feet 9.75 inches, which she had set at the Texas Relays in 2019. King cleared that height on her first attempt, putting pressure on vaulters from Kansas and Baylor to equal it. Neither was able to do so, giving King the gold medal.

King went on to the West Preliminaries in College Station on May 27 next, getting a chance to compete in her home state for a shot at the NCAA championships. King cleared 14 feet (4.27 meters), breaking her personal record again just 12 days after winning the Big 12. That was more than enough to qualify King to compete at the NCAA championships.