Wildcat Coach’s Corner

Reporter: Ellie Mahan In addition to gaining a new athletic director and head football coach, the Whitney Wildcat Athletic Department has taken on eight new coaches this school year. To help welcome these coaches to the Whitney Wildcat family, The Lakelander Newspaper is featuring the new coaches in issues of the paper. Introducing Coach Cleere … Continue reading Wildcat Coach’s Corner

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Cheerleaders prepare to cheer on Wildcats

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 10, 2022 The Whitney High School cheerleaders have been getting ready to cheer their Wildcats to victory this school year. The squad brought home a trophy and plaque of its own from Great Wolf Lodge Cheer Camp this summer. Against other 3A schools, the Whitney cheerleaders won first place for their … Continue reading Cheerleaders prepare to cheer on Wildcats

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

WHS seniors receive LW Garden Club scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 1, 2022 Dacey Allen and Amy Ward, Whitney High School graduates, have each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Lake Whitney Garden Club. The scholarships were presented at the Whitney High School Scholarship Program Tuesday, May 24. Dacy Allen Dacey, daughter of Chris Allen of Whitney, will be attending Tarleton State … Continue reading WHS seniors receive LW Garden Club scholarships

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.

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

Author draws inspiration from time in Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 27, 2022 Murray Richter, now a published author of two children’s books, attended Whitney High School and graduated in 1988. When he moved from Alice to Whitney in the early 1980’s, he spent time fishing, skiing and soaking up all the nature and fun that Lake Whitney had to offer. His … Continue reading Author draws inspiration from time in Whitney

WHS baseball clinches playoff berth

April 27, 2022 Whitney High School's varsity baseball team was sitting in third place in the district as the week began and is headed to the playoffs. The Wildcats won their away conference game against McGregor 12-2 Friday, April 22, after defeating McGregor earlier in the week 9-5 at home. After last week's games wrapped … Continue reading WHS baseball clinches playoff berth

Lady ‘Cats end regular season with win at home

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 The Whitney High School Lady Wildcats varsity softball team won a home game against McGregor 4-3 Tuesday, April 19, for a chance at a playoff run. The Lady 'Cats (11-14, 5-7) wrapped up their regular season schedule with the win over McGregor while celebrating senior night. Whitney was set … Continue reading Lady ‘Cats end regular season with win at home

WMS culinary program holds inaugural class

Submitted by Whitney Middle School April 27, 2022 Students prepared kolaches during the school's first culinary class, Saturday, April 9. Tony Dudik, seventh grade Texas History teacher, developed and taught the Texas Historical and Cultural Culinary Course. Seventh grade Texas history teacher Tony Dudik taught the inaugural culinary class at Whitney Middle School Saturday, April … Continue reading WMS culinary program holds inaugural class

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

Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School track teams competed at the 2022 District 17-3A track meet in McGregor last week, and several athletes will be heading to area. The boys 4x100m relay team of Kyler Cryns, Orrin Green, Jordan Johnson and Marcus Wilson will advance. Orrin Green also qualified in the 100m, 200m and … Continue reading Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

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

Wildcats add district wins

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 23, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team began the week undefeated in district play after beating Riesel 6-2 at home Tuesday, March 15, and again on the road 11-5 Friday, March 18. The Wildcats (9-3, 3-0) got their first district win against Clifton 10-1 on March 8. The team … Continue reading Wildcats add district wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whitney ISD board opts to fund dual-credit tuition

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 27, 2021 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, October 18, in a regular session to hear five presentations, hear administrator reports and consider multiple agenda items. In the September school board meeting, board members discussed the difficulties administrators were facing with ordering college textbooks for dual-credit students due to … Continue reading Whitney ISD board opts to fund dual-credit tuition

Undefeated Trojans narrowly escape Wildcats

Sports Writer: Brent Cook October 20, 2021 Senior Orrin Green races past the West Trojans. Green scored the Wildcats' lone touchdown on the night with an 85-yard kick return. The Whitney Wildcats squared off against the No. 7 West Trojans in a grinding defensive battle Friday night and the fight went down to the final … Continue reading Undefeated Trojans narrowly escape Wildcats

WHS student recognized for excellence

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Amy Leech, principal of Whitney High School, is pictured presenting a certificate to Timothy Baker for being named a commended student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program for achieving scholastic excellence on his SAT. Approximately 34,000 commended students across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic … Continue reading WHS student recognized for excellence

WHS student recognized by FCA

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The Burton Lawless College Scholarship was presented to two recipients, including a Whitney student, at the 22nd Annual Grant Teaff Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Golf Tournament. Burton is a Leadership Board member in the Heart of Texas area and a Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys. The … Continue reading WHS student recognized by FCA

WHS Crowns 2021 Homecoming Queen

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 Whitney High School homecoming queen Macy McKinney was crowned during halftime ceremonies of the Wildcat football game Friday night, October 1. In a moving ceremony, Macy was escorted by members of the Waco Police Department as a tribute to her late father Michael McKinney, who was a Waco officer … Continue reading WHS Crowns 2021 Homecoming Queen

Pioneer Days Festival set for this Saturday downtown

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 29, 2021 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will present the 46th annual Pioneer Days festival Saturday, October 2, and the annual carnival will get underway Thursday evening and continue through the event. Carnival games and rides will operate in the downtown area from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday … Continue reading Pioneer Days Festival set for this Saturday downtown

WHS bass fishing team competes

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 29, 2021 Whitney High School’s first fishing team competed in the Central Texas High School Tournament Trail at Lake Waco Sunday, September 19. The bass team is open to high school students, and those who join compete for scholarship opportunities and prizes. Whitney registered four female teams and two male teams. … Continue reading WHS bass fishing team competes