Texoma Athletes Moving to Next Level

Rider graduate Ryan Brasier was called up to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, marking his first time in the Major Leagues.

Brasier was called up from AAA Salt Lake City to fill out an Angel bullpen that was depleted by a 19-inning game Monday night.

The Angels beat Oakland 5-4, though Brasier did not get in to the game.

Brasier might stay in the big leagues for a while, after LA reliever Scott Downs left Wednesday's game with a rib injury.

The Angels return home to Anaheim Thursday night to face the Baltimore Orioles, as Brasier will again look to make his Major-League debut.

Henrietta's Powell Signs with MSU Hoops

Henrietta basketball standout Nick Powell signed Wednesday night to play for the Midwestern State Mustangs and head coach Nelson Haggerty.

Powell averaged 18.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in thirty games as a senior for the Bearcats, leading Henrietta to the playoffs and earning District 8-2A MVP honors.

He said he'd been attending MSU basketball camps for years, but didn't think he'd seriously have a chance to play until the past year.

"I'd been hoping for it all season," Powell said. "Been kinda talking to them all season and then, once we started moving along with it, it's been great."

Powell is just the third local HS signee to MSU basketball in the past seven years, joining Charlie Logan (2007) and Derrell Gibbs (2011).

"Those are great players," Powell said of Logan and Gibbs. "Hopefully I can come in and be as great as they were and have as much success as they did."

Holliday's Calhoun Signs with Wayland Baptist

Chris Calhoun signed Wednesday to play football at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview.

He'll make the position switch from nose guard to middle linebacker in college.

"It will be different but I don't think it'll be much different," Calhoun said Wednesday morning. "I'm used to the middle. I'm used to seeing everything.

"I think I need to get faster. I mean, as of right now I'm fast, for my size. But I know I need to put on a few pounds and get a little faster."

He joins a number of Texoma players who headed to Plainview last year, and a few more are heading up with him this year.

He said he wants to bring Holliday's winning mentality to the young Pioneer football program.

"I think I can, especially at my position," he said. "Middle linebacker is a leader of a team. So I think with this winning tradition, what I've learned here and what I have experience with here, I think I will be able to bring a little bit of Holliday to Plainview."