Division West, USO host Halloween Open House, Soldier Appreciation Extravaganza
A runner leaps to evade the “ghouls” trying to grab his flags during the 5K competitive run held as part of the Division West Halloween Open House at North Fort Hood, Texas, Oct. 27. Division West hosted the event to show appreciation to the division’s Soldiers and their Families and to the citizens of the unit’s partner community of Gatesville, Texas. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Foster, Division West Public Affairs)
By Staff Sgt. Tony Foster, Division West Public Affairs
NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas – While some people prepare for Halloween night to serve up scary costumes and candy, others also use the eerie holiday theme to show their gratitude to Soldiers and Families.
First Army Division West did just that Saturday by hosting its first Halloween Open House, which was immediately followed by a USO-sponsored Soldier Appreciation Extravaganza.
A: The simple explanation is that the leading edge of a cold air mass is moving into an area previously occupied by a warmer air mass, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. "The air mass behind the cold front is noticeably colder and it pushes out the warmer air," McRoberts explains. "As a cold front moves into an area, the heavier, colder air lifts the warmer, lighter air upward. If the warm air is humid enough, water vapor in it will condense and rain can occur. A greater contrast in temperatures between the two air masses will lead to stronger upward motion, which is why strong cold fronts often trigger thunderstorms."
Q: How fast can the temperature drop when a cold front arrives?
A: Sometimes amazingly fast, McRoberts adds. It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop 15 degrees or more in just one hour after a cold front arrives. "There are some incredible stories about temperature changes, with one in particular that stands out" he adds. "On Jan. 22, 1943, the town of Spearfish, SD was sitting on the edge of an arctic air mass and recorded a temperature of -4 degrees at 7:30 in the morning. Within two minutes, the thermometer shot up to 45 degrees because of strong ‘Chinook’ winds descending down a nearby mountain peak. By 9 a.m. the temperature was up to 54 degrees, but as the winds died down and the cold air mass settled in, the temperature fell to -4 degrees within 27 minutes, a 58-degree temperature drop that is still believed to be a record."
Salado Lady Eagles will face the Bruceville-Eddy Lady Eagles in the first round of the playoffs on Monday Feb. 11 at Gatesville High School at 7:00 pm.
Salado Lady Eagles finished third in district after a three-game skid with losses to Jarrell, Academy and Cameron.
Salado Lady Eagles lost a tightly-contested road game to the Cameron Lady Yoe 50-51 on Feb. 4.
The teams fought back and forth throughout the first half with Cameron taking a narrow 20-19 margin to the lockers.
Cameron built a nine-point lead of 35-26 midway through the third quarter, before the Lady Eagles went on a 10-1 run to tie the score at 36 with 5:56 left to play. The Yoe then scored five unanswered points in the next minute of play. Salado scratched its way to a 45-45 tie with 1 minute left in the game.
Lady Yoe took advantage of a three-point shot and free throws to hold on to a 51-47 lead with seconds left in the game.
Ashley Adams hit a three with no time left in the game, but Salado fell short.
The girls shot just over 50 percent at the free throw line, going 15-for-29.
Meredith Ward led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.
Taryn Kornegay followed with 9 points.
Also scoring for Salado were Jaylee Sebek, Ashley Adams and Taylor Atwood, all with 7 points each and Payton Dreitz and Carmella Perez, 1 point each.
Ashley Adams scored 6 of her 16 points in the first quarter to lead the Lady Eagles to 12-9 first quarter lead. Salado lost the lead in the second scoring 6 and missing four free throws to enter the half trailing 18-19. The Lady Eagles scored 11 points in the third to trail 29-31 going into the fourth. Salado was outscored 15-16 in the fourth for a 44-47 loss.
Ashley Adams led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 16 points. Followed by Carmella Perez, 10 point.
Also scoring for Salado were Meredith Ward, 9 points; Jaylee Sebek, 7 points; Payton Dreitz, 2 points.
Junior Kole Hearne turned in one of his best career performances with 21 points to lead the Salado Eagles past the Hempstead Bobcats in the Area round of the 2A basketball playoffs. The Eagles will face the winner of the Academy-Marlin matchup in the Regiona Quarterfinal round.
Thanks to an Academic State Championship and third place One Act Play, a state semi-finalist baseball team and region semi-finalist boys basketball team, Salado High School won the coveted UIL Lone Star Cup for the 2012-13 school year.
Nothing is quite as dangerous as a football team seeking its first win, especially in front of a homecoming crowd. This became apparent as the winless Eagles hosted 1-4 Buffaloes Oct. 11. Regardless of the numerous penalties against the Eagles or the Buffalo offense cutting Salado's lead in the second half; The Eagles still maintained their focus and defeated Florence, 34-12.
Salado Eagles trailed the visiting China Spring Cougars by a touchdown at the half of their Sept. 13 game, but gave up 22 points in the third quarter in the 57-28 losing effort. The loss drops the Eagles to 0-3 as Salado takes the week off before starting district play on Sept. 27 against the #2 Cameron Yoe.
Rockdale Tigers got off to a fast, furious start of the football season, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of the game against the visiting Salado Eagles on Aug. 30. Rockdale went on to win the season opener 47-21.
Senior Ashley Adams came in 18th place at the UIL State Cross Country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock to lead the Lady Eagles team to a sixth place finish overall. Meanwhile, the boys cross country team came in 10th place overall in the 2A division.
Salado Lady Eagles lost two district games last week, falling in a highly-contested five-set match to Florence and losing in four to Lexington on Sept. 20. The girls will host Cameron Sept. 27. The girls traveled to Rogers on Sept. 24, but the game was after press time.
New coach Tara Hatfield’s Lady Eagles volleyball team have started out with a 2-4 record, with its losses coming at the hands of 3A and 5A schools. The Lady Eagles beat Jarrell and Florence, 2A foes in the Gatesville Tournament, where Salado went 2-1 in three rounds, losing to Round Rock Christian in the first round.