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Breaking, 09-04-15...Longhorns blast Bruins

A bit over an hour into their 2015 season-opener, the 2014 Class B High School Football defending State Champion Alex Longhorns held the Caddo Bruins scoreless as Alex went on to win 48-0 by half. Much more to come...

JV shuts down Cement

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The Alex Junior Varsity hosted Cement on September 3, 2015, and in true Longhorn fashion, they 45'ed the Bulldogs by the half. Left, Freshman QB Kooper Boatwright controls the ball as he directs the offense downfield. Right, Junior Wide Receiver Landon Baker snags a great over-the-shoulder catch!

CONGRATULATIONS, LONGHORNS. YOU DID WELL!

Alex Freshmen explore Oklahoma History on site

September 4, 2015, Alex, OK: The following student essay about this field trip was posted by Carson Mainka and Samantha Baxter.

The 9th grade Oklahoma History class went on a field trip to see the Heavener Runestones and the Spiro Mounds. The Spiro Mounds were created by the Caddoan Indians around 600 AD. They were made for multiple reasons. Some of the mounds were created for burial of their leaders or people of importance. Others were created for ceremonial and religious purposes. We also learned that if you were a leader (or important) when you died, they would kill your family and bury them and your belongings with you to show your importance in the after-life.

The Heavener Runestones were created by what people believe to be the Vikings. Others believe it was ancient Indian tribes. They were discovered in the late 1830s. The runestone is approximately twelve feet high, ten feet wide, and sixteen inches thick and has eight runes carved on its face towards the top. It is located on Poteau Mountain, part of the Ouachita Mountains that stretch across the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma. It stands in what is now the Heavener Runestone State Park.

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Prehistoric Oklahoma: Mrs. Otey's Freshman Oklahoma History class went on a field trip last week to visit the Spiro Mounds and the Heavener Runestone.

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According to the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, "the Spiro Mounds Site is one of the most important archeological discoveries in North America and Oklahoma's only state archeological park. Spiro is the westernmost site of a complex cultural tradition in the Southeast called the Southern Cult or Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. The site, occupied from AD 850 to 1450, was home to powerful leaders who directed the building of the nine platform and burial mounds on the 80 acre site. These leaders governed farmers in outlying villages who probably provided labor for mound-building." The site is located just north of the traditional homeland of the Caddo tribe and is the only prehistoric Native American archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the public.

Left above, Alex students study a prototype of a prehistoric Native American dwelling. Right above, students explore the Heavener Runestone Historic Site.

Read more about the Spiro Mounds: Oklahoma History Center: Spiro Mounds - Prehistoric Gateway...Present-day Enigma and Texas Beyond History: Spiro and the Arkansas Basin.

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Alex Freshmen gathered for a photograph at the Heavener Runestone Park where they traveled last week to study the runes and form their own opinions about whether the markings were left behind by ancient Vikings exploring what would later become Oklahoma.

Read more about the Heavener Runestone and other nearby runes: Explore Southern History - A Viking Relic? and The Oklahoman - Swedish scholar studies Oklahoma runestones.

In District B-2 preview, Oklahoman terms Longhorn Football "scary"

From The Oklahoman, by Scott Wright, published August 30, 2015:

Alex loaded with several returning starters

With last year's unbeaten run to the Class B state championship, and a scary group of returning starters, Alex is viewed by coaches as the favorite to repeat as the District B-2 titlist.

At the top of the list of the Longhorns' returning stars is running back Kyler Thornburg. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior led all classes in rushing last year with 3,214 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Joining him in the backfield once again is quarterback Dalton Alcorn, a 6-4, 210-pound senior who is gaining recruiting interest from North Texas and several Division II schools.

Coach Matt Brand points to the offensive line for his most important star, calling left guard Brandt Chitwood, a 6-4, 295-pound senior, “one of the best linemen in the state in all classes.”

Letter jackets available for order September 10, 2015

Freshmen through Seniors only may order letter jackets from Athlon II on September 10, 2015. A $100 deposit is required.

Backpack supplemental food program to start September 11

The Regional Food Bank will provide weekly food allotments packaged in backpacks for Alex students in need again this year. Application forms for the Backpack Program will be sent home with students next week and should be returned to Elementary Secretary Diana Boatwright as soon as possible. You may also apply for this program or obtain more information by contacting Wydolla Brantley at 405-820-4470 or Pam Welsh at 405-779-0414.

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