Bulldogs headed for Region IV tournament


Sam Reaves floats to the basket for two against Harper on Feb. 28. The Bulldogs, runners up in District 25-2A will face 29-2A second place San Antonio Lee Academy at 6 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels Canyon High School. Lee defeated Woodsboro in overtime on Tuesday night to reach the fourth round of the playoffs.


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The No. 25 Thorndale Bulldogs (25-9) are headed back to the Class 2A Region IV tournament after defeating Harper (24-9) on Tuesday night 52-33 in regional quarterfinal action in Marble Falls.

The Bulldogs, runners up in District 25-2A will face 29-2A second place San Antonio Lee Academy at 6 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels Canyon High School. Lee defeated Woodsboro in overtime on Tuesday night to reach the fourth round of the playoffs

The other regional semifinal will see Thorndale’s 25-2A foe and league champion No. 3 Mumford (36-2) play 30-2A winner No. 6 Port Aransas (32-3) at 8 p.m.  The Region IV championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday for a trip to the state UIL tournament March 10-11.


Thorndale ISD voters to decide $12.5 million bond issue in May

Thorndale residents will have several things to decide on come May including a $12.5 million bond package put forth by Thorndale Independent School District.

There are also several races for spots on the Thorndale City Council up for grabs.

Three people have filed to run for Thorndale mayor. Incumbent Allen Hejl is joined on the ballot by Ryan Davenport and George Galbreath Jr. 

Three people have filed for two spots on the City Council. Incumbents Stephanie Churchman and Larry Drabek will be challenged by Charles Barnhill.

Kim Biar was the lone person to sign up to run for Thorndale ISD school board.

Voters will also decide on a $12.5 million bond put forth by Thorndale ISD.    

The scope of the bond includes a variety of projects that cover all campuses and departments in Thorndale ISD.


Thorndale ISD calls for bond election


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The Thorndale Independent School District Board of Trustees called for a bond election for new construction and renovation during a special meeting on Feb. 13.

Superintendent Adam Ivy said there will be more information about the bond election coming soon on the district’s website at

Three informational meetings have been scheduled for community members to learn about the bond. The meetings are set for Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Middle School office area; March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the TISD Board Room; and April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the band hall.


Filing ongoing for Thorndale city, school elections

Filing has started for the May 6 city and school elections. Three city council places and two school board positions are up for grabs.

According to City Secretary Stacy Irwin, two people have filed for City Council. Ryan Davenport has filed to run for mayor, a position currently held by Allen Hejl. Incumbent council member Larry Drabek has filed for his current position. Stephanie Churchman is also up for election but has not filed at this time.

Anyone wishing to run can stop by City Hall at 105 North Main Street and pick up information.

As of press time no one had filed for any of the spots on the Thorndale ISD Board of Trustees. Positions held by Trey Felton and Kim Biar are up for election.

Anyone wishing to file can go by the Thorndale Administration Building at 300 North Main Street to pick up the necessary paperwork.

You can file for both races until Feb. 17.


Lady Dogs finish season with 74-28 win over Milano

Elise Biar gets in a foot race with Milano’s Kelaria King for a loose ball.




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The Thorndale Lady Dogs (22-6, 8-2) finished up their district schedule on Tuesday night with a 74-28 win over Milano (16-9, 6-4).  The Lady Dogs will represent 25-2A as the second place team, finishing behind Holland.  Milano will be the third place squad.  Thrall and Granger are battling it out for that fourth and final playoff spot.

There was never really a challenge from Milano, as the Lady Dogs led 34-14 by halftime.

Four Thorndale players scored in double-figures, led by Elise Biar and Kylie Buchanan with 15 points each.  Peyton Anastas added 13 and twin sister Presley scored 11.


No. 20 Bulldogs defeat Rosebud-Lott, set for Weimar Friday

Ashton Albert delivers the ball for two points.

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Lady Dogs to host Thorndale Shootout this week

The Lady Dogs will host the annual Thorndale Shootout at Bulldog Gym and Thorndale Middle School Gym on Dec. 27-28.

The 12-team tournament is divided into four pools of three teams. The Pool groups are: Pool A-Thorndale, Groesbeck, Italy; Pool B-Taylor, Moulton, Caldwell; Pool C-Rogers, Salado Fayetteville; Pool D- Crawford, Hearne, Thorndale JV.

Pool play starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.  The third place game is at 4:45 p.m. and consolation is at 4:30.


TISD OKs architects for potential bond

The Thorndale School Board approved a contract with Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong architects for a potential bond project during its meeting Nov. 14.

The board had previously selected GLS as the architect for the project. 

TISD Superintendent Adam Ivy stated that the contract had been negotiated and revised through the district attorneys and was revised favorably for the district. The agreement removes arbitration as a method for dispute resolution and replaces it with mediation. The agreed upon fee of 7.25 percent was included along with a stipulation that if a bond is not passed that GLS will bill for pre-bond services at an hourly rate up to no more than $10,000 if the district completes no other work with GLS over the following year. 

The board approved the contract by a vote of 6-0.


Thorndale band superior at contest

The Fighting Band from Bulldog Land received a Superior 1st Division Rating at the Region 26 UIL Marching Contest held at Giddings High School on Saturday, Oct. 22. What a lot of folks don’t realize is that the band begins to practice for this contest at the end of July. While most kids are still enjoying their summer break the band kids cut their summers short in order to start rehearsing. Everyone knows the football team has two-a-days, but did you know that the band has two-a-days also. These kids are coming to band practice twice a day five days a week. They come in for sectionals and then they come in for full band rehearsal. These are some of the hardest working kids there are. The next time you see a band member take the time to give them a little shout out. The band would also like to say thank you to the Thorndale ISD School Board, administration, parents, staff and community for all of the support. The band could not be successful without your support.


Bulldogs defeat Normangee on the road

Thorndale’s Hunter Towery runs to the outside to pick up yardage for the Dogs.


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The Thorndale Bulldogs proved they have got some fight left in them, as they came from behind to defeat Normangee 50-36 on the road Friday night and claim the Bulldogs’ first district win in two seasons.

The victory moves Thorndale to 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in District 13-2A Division I play, as Friday’s matchup was the league opener for both squads.

The Bulldogs garnered 462 yards of total offense on the night, all on the ground.  And the 50 point performance is the best for the squad in two seasons.

Luke Leschber’s 234 yard rushing performance on 42 carries and five touchdowns earned him a Texas Football Magazine Player of the Week nomination. (Votes can be made at until noon on Friday.)


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