Mason Youth Baseball - WINS Continue

Our 7-8 year-old (8U) boys followed up last weekend’s 2nd place finish to bring home a 3rd place trophy in Llano this past weekend. Other area towns in the tournament were Llano, Brady, Johnson City, Kerrville, Boerne, Blanco, San Saba, Fredericksburg and Burnet (both Fredericksburg and Burnet had two teams each).

Mason started the tournament with convincing wins over Burnet and Kerrville for a third round rematch with Fredericksburg #1 who took 1st place honors in the previous weekend’s tournament. Mason started strong taking an early lead, yet a couple of unfortunate breaks allowed Fredericksburg to go up on Mason late in the game. Fredericksburg held on for the win, sending Mason to the losers bracket. Mason would not be denied winning back-to-back games against Johnson City and Fredericksburg #2 for another rematch with Fredericksburg #1 in the consolation game.
Our boys never quit, but simply did not have the stamina in the 4th game of the day to pull off another win. Fredericksburg #1 went on to beat Boerne in the championship game. This group of young men will compete in the Fredericksburg tournament this coming weekend to conclude their summer play.
Our 9-10 year-old (10U) boys hosted a 9-team outlaw tournament this past weekend. Towns traveling to Mason to compete were Blanco/Johnson City, Brady, Burnet (2 teams), Canyon Lake, Harper and Llano.
Mason’s 10U All-Stars performed very well throughout the tournament defeating Harper, Brady and Blanco/Johnson City in early rounds to put them undefeated going into the Championship Game where they would meet up with the talented Burnet Mean Green.
Mason continued to fight as they had all weekend but were eventually overtaken by the Mean Green team by a score of 10-14 to take 2nd place.
Our 11-13 year-old boys were off this past weekend.

NOTE: 1st picture is for 1st paragraph (7-8 year-olds) and 2nd picture is for 2nd paragraph (9-10 year-olds)

Mason County 4-H Participates in State Round Up Competition

Mason County 4-H was represented at the 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup contest called “Share the Fun.” Kendra Klaerner, 4-H member and Junior from Mason ISD performed on Thursday, June 9 at the Rudder Complex on the campus of Texas A&M University. Kendra competed in the Musical/Instrumental category playing the piano piece “Waterfall” by Jon Schmidt.
The Texas 4-H Roundup is a qualifying and invitational event for 4-H youth who placed in a district level roundup or signed up to compete in one of the invitational events. The Texas 4-H Roundup has around 50 diverse competitions that tie in with the many projects that 4-H has to offer.
Congratulations to Kendra on her preparation and performance at 4-H Round Up and for her representation of Mason County.

Kendra Klaerner representing the Mason 4-H Club at State Roundup Competition.

Talking Texas’ future - Mason County students attend esteemed Youth Leadership Conference

While others spent time at the beach, pool or simply hanging out with friends, Mason County students learned about business and free enterprise. Bode McMillan and Grace Chapman of Mason High School attended this year’s Texas Farm Bureau Annual Youth Leadership Conference at Tarleton State University to gain a leg-up in the path to their dreams.

“YLC is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, how our nation operates and develop valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime,” Shannon Worrell, Mason County Farm Bureau president, said. “We’re proud Bode and Grace were able to attend on behalf of Mason County and bring back the many lessons they’ve learned.”
The annual conference helps students network and evaluate their ideas and abilities.
“For more than 50 years, YLC has instilled patriotism, responsibility and leadership in students from across Texas,” Shannon said. “It prepares them for the next stage of life and ensures a better Texas for both today and tomorrow.”
Students who attend YLC are eligible to enter TFB’s Free Enterprise Speech Contest in the fall. The contest allows students to earn scholarships by sharing his/her knowledge about the free enterprise system learned at YLC.
Information about both YLC and the Free Enterprise Speech Contest are available under the “Youth” tab at www.TexasFarmBureau.org

4-H veterinary camp provides hands-on training to aspiring youth

COLLEGE STATION – Aspiring youth wanting to enter the veterinary animal health profession recently

received week-long training that included hands-on demonstrations with beef cattle and horses, plus tours
of the Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in College Station.
The event coincided with Texas 4-H Roundup week. Upon completion of the week-long instruction,
students received Beef Quality Assurance certification from the Texas Beef Council and obtained 33 of
the 78 clinical skills needed for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Certified Veterinary Assistant
level 1 certification, according to organizers.
The camp featured experts from the Texas A&M University department of animal science, Texas A&M
University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, third-year veterinary students who
work with the Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health and the Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension Service.
Service photo by Blair Fannin)
Experts from AgriLife Extension and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases provided instruction and
skills training.
“We had 25 youth from all across the state who are interested in veterinary science, equine science and
animal science,” said Dr. Joe Mask, AgriLife Extension Service specialist and assistant professor with the
Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M.
“They had a great week of learning opportunities, specifically all types of clinical skills that they can use in
a career path whether it be a veterinarian or research scientist.”
Early in the week, the camp participants worked with horses, learning all aspects of handling and health,
Mask said.
“We specifically discuss conducting a good physical exam on every horse we look at it, routine things we
see in primary care. It might be colic, a horse with a wound, one with an eye injury and or lameness
issue,” said Dr. Mike Martin, associate professor with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Camp participants learned how to apply bandages, how to catch and tie a horse, how to lead them safely
and how to handle and examine feet.
“I tried to emphasize some of the behavioural aspects of working around a horse from a safety
standpoint,” said Dr. Dennis Sigler, AgriLife Extension equine specialist. “They need to be effective with
these skills so they can work safely and efficiently around horses in their jobs.”
Other practices discussed and demonstrated included haltering cattle, proper injection placement and
evaluating cattle with potential illness. Camp participants also learned cattle behavior in a chute, as well
as how to use a stethoscope to listen to the cow’s heart rate.
Camp participants also viewed beef cattle research projects at the Texas A&M field laboratory near
College Station and toured the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science department on


Mason Elementary Meets Schoolwide Goals

Mason Elementary is proud to announce that they met two Schoolwide Goals this school year.

The first goal met was the Leadership Goal in which 100% of the Mason Elementary students held Leadership Roles during the school year.
Mason Elementary also met their Academic Goal which was for the students to read 14,000 books and 48 million words by the end of the school year.
Students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade read 48,202,546 words as they read 14, 482 books!
Wow! What a great year for Mason Elementary!

Mason Youth Baseball – Tournament Updates

What an exciting start to the summer youth baseball tournament season!

Our 7-8 year-old boys (pictured) hosted an 11-team tournament this past weekend. Area towns challenging Mason were Brady, Johnson City, Kerrville, Boerne, Llano, Blanco and Fredericksburg and Burnet had two teams each. Mason started day-1 with a convincing win over Brady then followed up day-2 with a 2-run win over Johnson City.
They came up 1-run short on Saturday morning against Fredericksburg #1, who turned out to be the champion of the tournament. This sent our team to the losers bracket, however they would not be denied pulling off wins against Boerne, Llano and Blanco for a rematch against Fredericksburg in the championship game. Moving into the bottom of the last inning Fredericksburg held a 7-run lead. Mason gave it their best but came up 1-run short again. Fredericksburg #1 finished the tournament in 1st, Mason captured silver and in 3rd place was Blanco. Our young men were no doubt tired (playing a total of 5 games on Saturday), yet gave it all they had (the hearts of true Punchers).
Our 9-10 year-old boys traveled to Burnet last weekend. They had a great win over Brady, but fell a little short to Canyon Lake and Blanco/Johnson City. Come out to the fields this weekend as this group of boys will be hosting a 10-team tournament.
Our 11-13 year-old boys traveled to Brady this past weekend picking up a win against Brady, but lost to a great Burnet team.
Reminder that our annual fundraiser is in process.
* 2.5-3# fully-cooked BBQ, ready-to-eat pork boston butt for only $30
* Donations of any amount welcomed
All proceeds go to Mason Youth Baseball and Softball. Contact Joe Langehennig (325-347-2954) or Jeff Schmidt (325-347-2612) for more information.