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Awards given to FJH students

Ally Robinson is pictured with one of her awards, the Elton Moore Humanitarian Award.
Photo by Tammy Gawryszewski

Eighth grader Ally Robinson was awarded three prestigious awards last week during the end of year award ceremonies at Fairfield Junior High School. Robinson earned her name on the following plaques:

  •  Elton Moore Humanitarian Award
  •  Jeff McBay Academic Award
  •  American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award

Fellow 8th grader Valeria Ramirez was awarded the John Perona Citizenship Award, while Gage Lane also earned a spot on the American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award plaque. Seventh grader Jonathan Thomas was given the Johnnie Pye Citizenship Award and Andrew Fantroy, 6th grade, earned a spot on the Suzann Leadbetter Citizenship Award.


FJH Eagle of the Month

Fairfield 8th grader Marcos Contreras-Gonzalez was named Student of the Month at Fairfield Junior High School.

Photo submitted by Sonya Gibson


Eagles lost to Cougars in valiant defensive effort

Fairfield Coach John Bachtel greets his kicker, Tyler Haynes (20) after the Eagles' first touchdown of the game.

Photo by Shae Garcia

Fairfield’s gridiron fortunes fell to 2-3 in non-district games Friday night, Sept. 29, in China Spring, but the Eagles are nevertheless approaching their bye week and district schedule with much-deserved confidence and anticipation. The Eagles have played one of the top-10 toughest non-district schedules in all of Class 4A (186 teams), according to the computer rankings of Max Preps. Now, as Fairfield Coach John Bachtel noted, “We have almost two weeks of practice to prepare and get healthy for the district-opener in Salado, on October 13.” He also said, “The area football experts tell us that the Eagles from way down south I-35 are the district’s best team.” Last Friday at Cougar Stadium, the Fairfield Eagles came out like they were Jack, the proverbial “Giant Killer,” especially on defense, as Coach Kevin Childers’ charges forced last year’s Class 4A-DI quarterfinal champions to punt three times in the first quarter.


FHS football starts, Eagles slated for big turnaround

Head Coach John Bachtel signals instructions to some of his lineman as the first official football practice of 2017 gets underway at Eagle field Monday afternoon, April 7.
Photo by Roy Peterson

For the first time in this writer's more than half a century of playing, watching, studying, and writing about high school football, there will be no infamous 2-a-days practices! The UIL's new guidelines now call for only one practice a day meaning the varsity and junior varsity teams will practice three hours a day, while the freshmen will be at it about two hours a day with each group broken into two time segments. Most of the practices will start at 3:30 p.m. except for this Friday, Aug. 11, which will be at 9 a.m.

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Fairfield stings the Hornets in thriller 67-65

Fairfield junior Kolbie Branch, 4, looks for an outlet pass last week in the Eagles' complete domination of the Madisonville Mustangs, 75-38! Branch, a great all-round player, had 12 rebounds and several steals for the week as he and his teammates increased their district record (4-0), one game ahead of Mexia.

Photo contributed by Sha-Wanda Ransom

As the only undefeated team in 18-4A through the first half of the district race, the Eagles literally flew circles around the Madisonville Mustangs last Tuesday, Jan. 24, almost doubling them, 75-38! Then, on Friday, they fell behind early in the game to Athens, 10-2, then came back to take a 21-20 lead just before the first quarter ended.

They eventually won a fiercely fought battle on the very last possessions of the game by two points! Fairfield goes into their Tuesday night, Jan. 31 rematch with second place Mexia, ranked No. 27 in the state in Class 4-A (188 schools) by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and 11th by the computer formulas of Max Preps. They currently stand (22-5) for the season!



Eagles seek 2nd tourney championship trophy

The ranked (11-4) Fairfield boys' basketball team will be going after their second tournament first place trophy of this season this week at the Houston County Holiday Classic in Crockett. The Eagles will be in Pool A with Crockett, China Spring, Pollock Central, and Palestine Westwood.

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Eagles lose "clawing" battle 25-16

Akeem Jackson, 15, heads up field for some of his 91 yards rushing last Friday night in Lorena. Helping pave the way for him are Jacob Gomez, 50, and Austin Hale, 79.

Photo by Avery Peterson

The Lorena Leopards are the (7-3) (5-0), undefeated District 9-4A, DII Champions of 2016, but last Friday night in Lorena, they barely hung on in a fierce "clawing battle" with our underdog Fairfield Eagles! As has often been the case this season, with this young and oft injured group of Eagles gridiron warriors, they fell quickly into a 12-0 hole to start the game.

However, instead of wilting, they clawed back fiercely and outplayed the champs on their own home turf for the remainder of the game - three plus quarters of hard-hitting action!

Those first 12 points were obtained despite a great game plan and start by Fairfield. The Eagles took the opening kickoff, and methodically used 4:27 of game clock, as they earned three first downs and gobbled up 56 yards of football real estate, before turning the ball over on downs at the Leopards 20 yard line.


Eagles fall to Waco Connally 40-23

Fairfield’s 2016 gridiron fortunes continued its’ slide into unaccustomed waters last Friday night, as an ineffective passing game & repeated center snap problems in the 1st quarter alone, hobbled the offense, while the Eagle defense didn’t get its’ claws unfurled until they had yielded their 27th point early in the 2nd period! Two plays into the game, after Fairfield had received the opening kickoff, a rolling snap & a launch over the QB’s head set the offense back 19 yards & wrecked their effectiveness. After another great Rodriguez-Reyes punt of 45 yards, Connally set up shop at their own 42 yard line, taking only five plays & 1:54 on the scoreboard clock to get their 1st of four first half TD’s! Over the next four offensive series, the Eagles earned one 1st down on a bruising Akeem Jackson 15 yard jaunt, but had three incomplete pass attempts & another snap that sailed far over its’ intended target’s head!


Cheerleaders rile crowd at Eagles event

The Fairfield High School cheerleaders help the crowd get ready for the Eagle football, volleyball, and cross country teams to come out of the big Eagle tunnel in Thursday night's Meet the Eagles spectacular! Fairfield residents turned out to meet the 2016-17 teams and welcome them to a new school year.


Photo by Avery Peterson


FISD welcomes new teachers

Fairfield ISD Assistant Superintendent Melissa Cox (not pictured) welcomed 10 new teachers and coaches for the 2016-17 school year last week. Pictured are (back row) Johnny Ward, J.T. Brown, Jonathan Knowles, Amanda Leland, and Paula Cessna; (front row) Kaytie Story, Misty Towles, Gina Gilliam, Paige Slovacek, and Kayla Davis. Teacher in-service began Monday, Aug. 15, for the new school year.

Photo by April Walker


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