WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 Whitney High School students attended the 48th Howard Payne University Band Leadership Camp June 13-17 in Brownwood. The camp offers leadership training in the areas of drum major, section leader, officer, marching skills, marching percussion and color guard. Members of the Wildcat color guard and band pictured above include … Continue reading WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Reporter and KHBR Radio Personality: Jack Foley June 16, 2022 Whitney Independent School District has announced that David Haynes Jr. has been selected to replace Mark Byrd as the new athletic director and head football coach of the Wildcats. The 2004 McGregor High School graduate has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as … Continue reading Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Whitney Class of 2022

June 2, 2022 BRENDON D. AGUIRRE, ALICIA TIANA MARIE ALEJANDRO, DACEY MARIE ALLEN, ISSAC ANDREW ANDERSON, CIARA BRIANN ARMSTRONG, CHRISTOPHER JAY BAKER, TIMOTHY LONESTAR BAKER, ELIZA ESTELLE BANNER, LANEY SHEA BEAM, NATALIE KAY BERRY, CADENCE ABIGAIL BIDWELL, MADDISON RHEA BILLS, BROOKS ROBERT BOOTH, EMILIE MARIE BOOTH, TERRY RAY BROWN, KOLT GARET BYRD, KENNETH LEE CANFIELD, … Continue reading Whitney Class of 2022

Class of 2022 to graduate Friday night

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 Whitney High School will present diplomas to the Class of 2022 at 7 p.m. Friday night, May 27, at Wildcat Stadium. There are 102 students in this year's senior class. Timothy Baker Valedictorian Graduating as valedictorian is Timothy Lonestar Baker, the son of Tim and Laura Baker. Baker plans … Continue reading Class of 2022 to graduate Friday night

Wildcats finish season in playoff battle

May 26, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team exited the playoffs Saturday, May 21, after losing to Franklin two games to one in the Class 3-A Regional Quarterfinals in Salado. Game three remained scoreless for the first two innings as pitcher Jaxon Montgomery (pictured) and the Whitney defense found ways to limit the … Continue reading Wildcats finish season in playoff battle

Duncan family honored at WHS banquet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 26, 2022 Pictured (l to r): Tennis Coach Greg Davis, tennis player Amy Ward, Ann Duncan, tennis player Laney Beam, tennis player Macy McKinney, tennis player Donna Guille, Jim Duncan and Tom Duncan. For their years of dedication to the Whitney tennis team, Jim, Ann and Tom Duncan were presented a … Continue reading Duncan family honored at WHS banquet

WHS senior signs with college

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 25, 2022 Whitney High School senior Dalton Wooten recently signed with Mission Tech Prep Academy in Killeen to play football. Pictured in the front row are Dalton and his parents, Christina Mehaffey and Shawn Wooten. At back are (l to r) Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Mark Byrd and Coach Bo Johnson.

WMS holds Special Olympics Send Off

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 26, 2022 Whitney Middle School students lined the hallway to cheer on special education students as they left for a Special Olympics Track Meet in Blum Friday, May 20. The cheerleaders led a cheer as the students walked through a handmade sign. Other students also made signs to support their favorite … Continue reading WMS holds Special Olympics Send Off

Board discusses Baker Field plans, hears presentation on police force

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 19, 2022 In a regular meeting of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, May 9, the board discussed the demolition of facilities at Baker Field, heard a presentation on the possibility of a school police force and congratulated the German Club and Royelles Drill Team for their accomplishments. In … Continue reading Board discusses Baker Field plans, hears presentation on police force

WHS Baseball Team: Area Champs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 19, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team shot it out with Academy in the Class 3A UIL baseball playoffs last week and advanced to the regional round. Whitney lost to Academy 6-2 in game one of a best-of-three game series played Thursday, May 12, in Lake Belton. The Wildcats … Continue reading WHS Baseball Team: Area Champs

WISD athletic director plans to step down

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 18, 2022 Mark Byrd Whitney Independent School District Athletic Director (AD) Mark Byrd announced Monday, May 9, that he will step down from his position.“I just felt it was time for change and I’m letting God lead this plan,” Byrd said. In a statement to The Lakelander, the coach said, “I … Continue reading WISD athletic director plans to step down

Wildcats win bi-district championship

Photo by April Sanders May 12, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team won the bi-district championship Saturday, May 7, after a three-game series against Scurry-Rosser. The Wildcats lost the first game played in Whitney Friday, May 6, by a score of 5-2, but went on to win the second game 9-2 in Scurry … Continue reading Wildcats win bi-district championship

Local athletes advance to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 Whitney High School sophomore Marcus Wilson will compete in the 300m hurdles at the state track and field meet after his performance at the recent 3A regional meet held in Midway. Wilson posted the fastest third-place time in the state, earning him the wildcard spot and a chance to … Continue reading Local athletes advance to state

Whitney ISD to serve free summer meals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 This summer, Whitney Intermediate School will connect children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no-cost summer meals. Meals will be served at the intermediate school beginning May 31 through June 30. Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and … Continue reading Whitney ISD to serve free summer meals

Correction

In last week's edition of The Lakelander, we reported that Whitney High School athlete Orrin Green's long jump of 22 feet and 5.75 inches was a school record. However, in 1967 Whitney High School junior Pete Cook won a first-ever state title for Whitney with a long jump of 22 feet and 8.75 inches. Mr. … Continue reading Correction

WHS senior signs with college

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 Whitney High School senior Emilie Booth signed to play softball at Dallas Christian College last week. Pictured are: front row - Emilie at center with her mother, Tiffany Booth, and her father, Justin Booth; back row - Athletic Director Mark Byrd and Softball Coach Kylie Roos.

Wildcat advances to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 4, 2022 Whitney High School senior Orrin Green advanced to state in long jump at the 3A regional track and field meet held last weekend at Midway High School. Green's long jump of 22 feet and 5 3/4 inches earned him a second-place finish at regionals to advance to state. He … Continue reading Wildcat advances to state

WHS baseball team prepares for playoffs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 5, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team wrapped up the regular season with a 15-8 (8-4) record and will represent District 17 as the number three seed going into the playoffs. The Wildcats beat Clifton 5-0 Tuesday night, April 26, in their final regular season game.The bi-district round of … Continue reading WHS baseball team prepares for playoffs

Whitney ISD board holds April meeting

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 20, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, April 11, in a regular session to view 2022 mock STAAR test results, watch a presentation on the ACE Program and hear administrator reports. During administrator reports, Amber Seely, elementary school principal, reported that the campus enrollment is growing. Four new … Continue reading Whitney ISD board holds April meeting

WHS tennis players state bound

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 Three members of the Whitney High School tennis team are state bound after competing at the regional competition last week. Danna Guille and Laney Beam won first place in girls' doubles, earning the regional championship and a trip to state. Macy McKinney took third place in girls' singles, securing … Continue reading WHS tennis players state bound

LW Chamber presents awards during 67th annual banquet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 13, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held its 67th annual banquet and awards ceremony Thursday, April 7, at the HILCO Civic & Event Center in Itasca. Awards were presented to this year's young person of the year, Brayden Heath; citizen of the year, Carol Eubank; educator of the year, … Continue reading LW Chamber presents awards during 67th annual banquet

Whitney splits series with West

April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team claimed sole possession of second place with a 3-0 win over West Friday, April 8, in Whitney. The Wildcats manufactured runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to beat the district rival after losing to the Trojans Tuesday, April 5. Solid pitching from Colby … Continue reading Whitney splits series with West

Powerlifters compete at state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 23, 2022 Whitney High School athletes competed in the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association state contest in Corpus Christi Thursday, March 17. Alli McCreery placed fourth in state and improved 15 pounds on her total. Vanessa Cruz placed sixth and improved 25 pounds on her total. As a team, the … Continue reading Powerlifters compete at state

Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports team brings home ribbons

March 23, 2022 The Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports Club proudly represented Hill County recently at the Spring Fever Shoot hosted by Burleson 4-H Shooting Sports. Club members received the following honors in the Senior Division - Camryn Camp, first place in light rifle metallic sight, second place in light rifle any sight, second place … Continue reading Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports team brings home ribbons

WISD board holds March meeting, hears reports from administrators

Reporter: Ellie Mahan March 16, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, March 7, in a regular session to review monthly district business and hear administrator reports for each campus. Superintendent John McCullough announced that the district will use its last bad weather day. Monday, April 18, will be a regular school day … Continue reading WISD board holds March meeting, hears reports from administrators

Powerlifters earn trip to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 9, 2022 Three members of the Whitney High School girls' powerlifting team have advanced to the state competition after competing at regionals in Dublin recently. Alli McCreery, Vanessa Cruz and Paulina Delgado (pictured left to right) will travel to Corpus Christi Thursday, March 17, to compete in the Texas High School … Continue reading Powerlifters earn trip to state

Royelles drill team earns multiple honors

March 9, 2022 Team members pictured are (l to r): front row - officers Roselyn Villarreal-first lieutenant, Eliza Banner-captain and Annette Prado-second lieutenant; back row - Nayeli Estrada, Hanna Jaynes, Jaden Cashion, Andrea Figueroa, Jaycee Green, Elyse Minniear, Evelyn Figueroa, Raylee Thornton and Sandra Contreras. The Whitney High School Royelles drill team competed Saturday, February … Continue reading Royelles drill team earns multiple honors

WHS German students earn regional awards

March 9, 2022 The Whitney High School German students earned second place at the North Texas Winterfest German Regional Contest held in February. The contest was once again virtual due to the ongoing pandemic, but this year there were a total of 35 participants from Whitney who collected 10 first-place individual and group wins. All … Continue reading WHS German students earn regional awards

Wildcats claim bi-district championship

March 2, 2022 The Whitney Wildcats claimed a bi-district championship Tuesday, February 22, before their season came to an end in the next round against Groesbeck Friday, February 25. The Wildcats defeated Scurry-Rosser 45-41 in Corsicana in the first round. Both teams felt each other out throughout the first half, with Scurry-Rosser taking the lead … Continue reading Wildcats claim bi-district championship

Whitney ISD on the mend after spike in COVID cases

Reporter: Ellie Mahan February 23, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, February 14, in a regular session to discuss the 2020-2021 annual report, hear administrator reports and review other business. It was also announced that the district will use the scheduled bad weather makeup day Monday, May 16, to replace the day … Continue reading Whitney ISD on the mend after spike in COVID cases

Whitney High School Sports Update

February 23, 2022 Click this link for a highlight video of round one of the boys basketball playoffs, where the Wildcats claimed a win over Scurry-Rosser Tuesday, February 22. Varsity Boys BasketballAfter defeating McGregor 47-39 Friday, February 18, the Wildcats entered round one of the playoffs Tuesday, February 22, in Corsicana vs. Scurry-Rosser. The team … Continue reading Whitney High School Sports Update

Whitney athletes selected for FCA Victory Bowl

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 16, 2022 Whitney High School seniors Kolt Byrd and Jaxon Montgomery have been selected to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Victory Bowl in June. Byrd was selected to participate in the FCA football game, and Montgomery was chosen for the FCA baseball game. Pictured (l to r) are: … Continue reading Whitney athletes selected for FCA Victory Bowl

Senior Lady Wildcat recognized

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 9, 2022 Caitlyn Panuco, a senior member of the Whitney High School varsity basketball team, is pictured with her parents, Juan and Diane, as she marked her last home game Saturday with a win against West. Panuco plans to attend either Texas State University or University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Lady … Continue reading Senior Lady Wildcat recognized

Wildcats take on Troy

February 2, 2022 WILDCATS POWER PAST TROY, 66-47. The Whitney High School varsity boys basketball team moved its District 17-3A record to 6-2 with a win over Troy Friday, January 28. Whitney took a 31-27 lead into halftime and maintained control of the contest from buzzer to buzzer. Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Cade … Continue reading Wildcats take on Troy

WHS cheerleaders compete at state UIL contest

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 Whitney High School cheerleaders competed at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state cheerleading competition in Fort Worth last week. Pictured (l to r) are: front row - Macy McBrayer, Riley Cutrer, Hope Ivers, Mackenzie Cutrer, Caitlin Poore, Ragynn Ruesch and Claire Allen; back row - Ally McCreery, Macy McKinney, … Continue reading WHS cheerleaders compete at state UIL contest

Whitney team wins basketball tournament

January 19, 2022 The Whitney Eighth Grade Boys Basketball A Team won the recent Whitney tournament. Pictured (l to r) are Jadyn Barnett, Brodie Hilton, Mason Pelham, Landon Bennett, Connor Marino, Delvion Walter, Bryan Sanchez. Not pictured are: Jayden Ward, Angel Saucedo and Kyren Howard.

Whitney High School band member advances to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 Jonah Cottongame Whitney High School band member Jonah Cottongame has been selected as a member of the 2022 Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-State Band. Cottongame, a sophomore, was chosen for the honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. … Continue reading Whitney High School band member advances to state

Lady Cats 4-1 in district play

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity basketball team's season is well underway, and the Lady Wildcats currently have a district record of 4-1. The team has defeated McGregor, Clifton, Riesel and Waco Harmony, and fell short to Troy by 11 points. The Lady Cats were set to face West Tuesday … Continue reading Lady Cats 4-1 in district play

Whitney High School band students wrap up intense competitive events

Submitted by Band Director Josh Nowlin January 12, 2022 Last Saturday, the Whitney High School band wrapped up a unique competition where students competed at the state level with literally tens of thousands of other band students across the state. They learned college level music and performed in a blind audition for a panel of … Continue reading Whitney High School band students wrap up intense competitive events

Seventh grade team wins Whitney tournament

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Whitney Middle School Seventh Grade “A” basketball team won the Whitney tournament held Saturday, January 8. Pictured are (l to r): front row - Colt Poore, Fisher Watson, Keegan Estill, Jaxon Landrum, Johnny Ayres and Rylan Smith; back row - Sean Warren, Kade McFadden, Jordan McGill and Leo … Continue reading Seventh grade team wins Whitney tournament

Whitney ISD receives clean, unmodified opinion in audit

Reporter: Ellie Mahan The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, December 13, in a regular session to hear administrator reports and review the district’s audit report. The board heard a summary of the audit from Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd and Therrell for the 2020-2021 school year. A representative with JRBT thanked everyone who assisted with … Continue reading Whitney ISD receives clean, unmodified opinion in audit

Whitney Middle School students participate in UIL contests

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 22, 2021 Pictured (l to r) are: front row - Alyssa Ward, Olive Kuykendal, Cimone Green, Taryn Ross, Jada Fulferback row: Abigail Ewing, Olivia Delong, Keira Dingrando, and Allie Griffin. On December 3 and 8, Whitney Middle School students competed in UIL academic contests and placed 7th overall. The results are … Continue reading Whitney Middle School students participate in UIL contests

Wildcats’ season ends in second round of playoffs

Sports Writer: Brent Cook November 24, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats clawed and fought for four quarters Thursday night at Tyler Rose Stadium, giving No. 3 ranked Mount Vernon its toughest test of the season. But in the end, the undefeated Tigers employed a blazing-quick offensive assault to power past and pull away from the Wildcats … Continue reading Wildcats’ season ends in second round of playoffs

FFA Members Attend National Convention

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 Whitney FFA would like to thank the community for its help in sending Whitney High School students to the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. Instructors reported that the students had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet members from throughout the U.S. and participate … Continue reading FFA Members Attend National Convention

Wildcats power past Goats to claim bi-district championship

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 17, 2021 Whitney to face Mount Vernon Thursday… The Wildcat defense stuffed and smashed the Groesbeck Goats for all four quarters Friday and produced its second shutout of the season. If there is a guaranteed game plan to secure a win, it’s keeping the opponent off the scoreboard. Facing the … Continue reading Wildcats power past Goats to claim bi-district championship

WISD board reviews district, campus improvement plans

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, November 8, in a regular session to hear district and campus improvement plans and consider multiple other agenda items. Melissa Marbut, Director of Assessment and Accountability, presented the District Improvement Plan in which she explained six areas of focus for how … Continue reading WISD board reviews district, campus improvement plans

Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 10, 2021 Whitney to face Grosebeck at Waco ISD Stadium... The Whitney Wildcats took care of business Friday night at Wildcat Stadium, closing out the regular season with a 35-7 victory. Facing Life Oak Cliff, the Wildcats (5-5, 4-2) fine-tuned the game plan in preparation for a return trip to … Continue reading Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Wildcats focus on playoffs with another district win

Sports Writer: Brent Cook November 3, 2021 With a last-minute touchdown run from senior quarterback Garrett Peacock, the Whitney Wildcats (4-5, 3-2) shocked the Maypearl Panthers Friday night with a thrilling 37-34 victory. “We for sure kept everyone in their seats until the final horn,” said Whitney Head Coach Mark Byrd. The Panthers mounted a … Continue reading Wildcats focus on playoffs with another district win

Principal appreciation month observed at Whitney ISD

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 3, 2021 Since October was Principal Appreciation Month, we thought we would help readers get to know the principals of Whitney schools just a little bit better. We're kicking off November with a question and answer session with the leaders that Wildcat students see every day at school. Amber Seely has … Continue reading Principal appreciation month observed at Whitney ISD

Wildcat band makes area finals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The long hours of practice put in by the Whitney High School band and color guard since the summer was evident Saturday, October 23, as they competed in the area round of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) marching contest in Robinson. After a morning performance, the band advanced to … Continue reading Wildcat band makes area finals

Lady ‘Cats add a win against McGregor

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity volleyball team defeated McGregor Friday, October 22. The Lady 'Cats won in five sets (25-22, 18-25, 9-25, 25-14 and 15-11). Whitney will wrap up its season on the road against Waco Harmony Tuesday, October 26. Pictured is sophomore Jaycee Green at the net against … Continue reading Lady ‘Cats add a win against McGregor

Grandview sprints past Wildcats to 55-10 victory

Sport Writer: Brent Cook October 27, 2021 Whitney to face Maypearl in a must-win matchup… Following a near upset of the state-ranked West Trojans, the Whitney Wildcats had high hopes heading into last Friday’s showdown with the No. 7 Grandview Zebras at Wildcat Stadium. But Grandview had different plans. Plans that included a 55-10 victory, … Continue reading Grandview sprints past Wildcats to 55-10 victory

Wildcat bonfire and pep rally conducted

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats and fans enjoyed a bonfire and pep rally Wednesday night, October 20, behind Cedar Creek Baptist Church. The event was inspired by students and organized and sponsored by the Whitney Athletic Booster Club, Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, City of Whitney, Brookshire’s and Cedar Creek Baptist … Continue reading Wildcat bonfire and pep rally conducted