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Wildcats are state-bound after turning tables on Gunter in 33-6 semifinal win

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The Canadian Wildcats made an emphatic statement last Friday night: Absolutely nothing will keep them from playing for a Class 3A Division II state championship. In one of the more anticipated state semifinals in Texas, the Wildcats whipped rival Gunter in every phase of the contest, engineering a convincing 33-6 win at Anthony Field Wildcats Stadium in Abilene last Friday.
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Proffitt, Gaillard and Casper win big at Junior and National Finals Rodeo

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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Cowboy Christmas, and the 2020 Junior World Finals, normally held in Las Vegas, had a change of plans this year. The iconic events temporarily made their way to Texas after COVID-19 restrictions moved the events from their home in Nevada. For the first time, the 2020 Wrangler NFR is taking place at the Globe Life Field in Arlington; Cowboy Christmas is being held inside at the Fort Worth Convention Center; and the 2020 Junior World Finals are taking place at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth.
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Canadian’s football roots run deep

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Wellington Skyrocket senior Mason Folk (2, in photo at right) scored three TDs on 18 carries, picking up 77 yards in the Class 2A Division II regional semifinal Friday at Borger’s Bulldog Stadium. No. 3-ranked, undefeated Wellington put away Vega 40-20, despite the Skyrockets’ starting QB Creighton Killian suffering an injury in the second quarter that took him out of the game. His cousin, sophomore Barret Phillips (10), had a crucially-timed interception and near pick-six, setting up the next TD. Freshman Nixon Folk (13, holding the trophy) also had a hand in the victory. The contest was close, 26-20, entering the third quarter when Folk turned on the afterburners and put the game out of reach—scoring twice on short runs. Marc Ramirez carried the ball 44 times, compiling 221 yards and two touchdowns. The Folk brothers are the sons of Canadian High School alumni Kristi and Jason Folk. Phillips is the son of Kim and Cody Phillips and the grandson of George and Dixie Cook. Wellington is back in tomorrow’s state quarterfinals at Lubbock Cooper, kickoff at 7 pm, as they take on the McCamey Badgers (11-1) who bested the Stratford Elks 41-18 in the semifinal matchup.