Grayson County commissioners continued celebrating athletic excellence this week as they welcomed the Tioga Lady Bulldogs for their state championship in volleyball in class 1A back in November.
Last week, the court celebrated a state win by Gunter’s football team.
On Tuesday, the young women being honored came in their school clothes rather than their jerseys, but they had the same fighting spirit shown by the football players.
“Making history was one of our really big goals this year,” senior Brittany Barnett said.
She said the team knew they had a lot to prove and were ready to prove it. They had been building to that history making for a couple of season, which is especially noteworthy for a school that started everything from scratch in 2012. Two seasons ago, the team just missed out on the playoffs. Then last year, they made it all of the way to the regional finals before they lost out.
Freshman Nicole Hill said winning at state “was a pretty great experience,” but there is a lot of pressure too. “They definitely expect a great comeback from us,” she said.
As the two girls and their team mates looked on, Grayson County Commissioner Phyllis James, who represents Tioga, said they have won the admiration of the whole county.
“I am so proud of each and everyone of you,” James said. “I raised two girls, so I had two lady athletes and I know what it means.”
She said she knows that the whole town of Tioga was behind the team as they reached for the win that would make them the best in the state.
The proclamation said three of the team members were named to the Class A All-State volleyball team, one player was named Most Valuable Player at a state tournament and two were named All-State Tournament Players at a State Tournament. Six players, the proclamation said, were named Academic All-District in District 10-A.
After reading and approving a proclamation for the group, the commissioners and others spent some time talking the athletes through the roles of county government before feeding them lunch.
In addition to celebrating the team, the commissioners also approved a request for a road bore on Spalding Road in Precinct 3 to allow for customer service for rural residents and a request from Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Stidham to use the west parking lot as a drive-thru office on Jan. 31 to allow county residents to pay their taxes. The outdoor office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Commissioners also approved a final plat for the Ledbetter Addition. The owner of a 10-acre track of land on Bodovsky Road wants to divide it into two parcels, Grayson County Planning Director Jerry White said. That landowner also wanted to give the county a strip of land that is adjacent to his land and the roadway to be used as right of way.
Also, county leaders approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Van Alstyne to street repairs for 2017. The work was valued at $207, 525.