A Saturday to wear out our Twitter feed

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Unlimited text message plans were made for days like this past Saturday. Between trying to track five area baseball teams in the postseason and then keeping up with the state track and field meet in Austin, it truly was ideal to make sure you had all your contacts.

Our NETarrantNews Twitter page probably enjoyed its most active day – EVER. As it turned out, we kept relaying information on one of the most successful athletic days of 2013. All five of our baseball teams kept their seasons alive and records were set in Austin at the state track and field meet.

It’s rewarding to have good working relationships with coaches and athletic directors who became willing participants in this process. In particular, we had help from Northwest ISD athletic director Susan Elza, Carroll AD Kevin Ozee, Colleyville Heritage girls basketball coach Dianna Sager – who could someday be a reporter – Carroll girls basketball coach Teri Morrison, Carroll track coach Renae Osborne and Carroll baseball coach Larry Hughes.

Starting about noon, I spent Saturday in Grapevine to watch the Mustangs dispatch Mansfield in the area round, 5-0. That took about 95 minutes. To be sure, the Mustangs were clearly the better team because they didn’t beat themselves. They also made Mansfield pay for its mistakes when it committed errors or issued walks.

Knowing Carroll resumed its series with San Angelo Central in Austin with a 1 p.m. game, I checked with Ozee, Hughes and Morrison at about 3 p.m. to find out if they knew what happened with the Dragons. Moments later, texts came back the Dragons had won on Joe Heineman’s walk-off double.

In between, Sager kept us posted with Colleyville Heritage. At about the same when Carroll won, Sager texted that the Panthers won the second game against Midlothian, 9-0, to force the deciding third game.

Still, we couldn’t overlook what was going on with Northwest Byron Nelson’s 4A Region I area baseball playoff series with Joshua. So we checked with Elza about 3:45 p.m. to learn what happened. Elza obliged with the news that Nelson’s series finished in two games.

Then she added that junior pole vault specialist Desiree Freier repeated as Class 5A state championship with a state record effort of 13 feet, nine inches.

We were nowhere near finished. There’s nothing wrong with playing a long Saturday of baseball as long as it turns out OK. And it did. We got word at 5:41 p.m., Colleyville Heritage advanced to the Region I quarterfinals with an 8-3 victory.

Twitterverse didn’t take a break Saturday night. Around 9 p.m., Osborne alerted us that Courtney Krieghauser won the girls Class 5A 1600 state title and followed a few minutes later that Trevor Gilley finished second in the boys 5A 1600 with a personal best time.

Just for good measure on Sunday, we recognized Keller Fossil Ridge baseball team’s great rally against El Paso Montwood to advance to the Region I quarterfinals against Arlington Martin.

Yep, we wore it out.

Now, I’m never going to claim my strength is in the social media world with Twitter or Facebook. I don’t even own an account on either and probably never will if I can avoid it. But there is value in these tools when it comes to general services like the ones we have.

If you’re not a member, be sure and sign up for our twitter account at NETarrantNews. If you are already a follower and kept up Saturday as we reported it, hope you enjoyed the journey.

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