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VHS Football Preview: Cedar Park at Vandegrift Monroe Stadium ~ Tonight, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Last year, Justin Moore was pushed into action as Vandegrift’s quarterback for the first time when starter Alex Fernandes was unable to play against Cedar Park. This year, Moore returns to face the Timberwolves as Vandegrift’s starter.

Last week showed promise, with Moore going 11-for-22 for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a Permian defense that returned nine starters from a year ago. The rushing game was never really in gear, though, with the Vipers amassing just 28 net yards on 22 carries. That will need to get better this week for Vandegrift to have a chance of beating the Timberwolves.

Both teams are coming off disappointing losses, with Vandegrift driving nearly 700 miles round trip to Odessa and falling 28-24 to the Permian Panthers.

Vandegrift Vipers senior defensive lineman Zach Hildebrand (55) erupts in celebration on the sideline following a Vandegrift touchdown during a high school football game between the Permian Panthers and the Vandegrift Vipers at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas, on Friday, September 1, 2017.

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Viper football preview

Vandegrift at Odessa Permian
Friday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.
Ratliff Stadium
1862 E Yukon Rd, Odessa, TX 79765

Vandegrift will start the season with plenty of experience on both sides of the ball, but with a new quarterback and looking for new leaders in key roles.

On the other side of the field, the Permian Panthers return eight offensive and nine defensive starters from last year’s 6-4 campaign that ended with a pair of strong wins over rivals in District 2-6A play. However, those two wins were the only district wins the Panthers managed. None of the 2-6A playoff teams fared well in the postseason, with San Angelo Central as the lone team to reach the third round.

The Panthers’ dual-threat quarterback Steve Steen returns, along with a pair of running backs, Brother Miller and Ed Williams, who combined for 13 touchdowns last season despite Miller missing half the season with a torn ACL.

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Medical school roommates turn business partners

Four Points doctors Cameron King and Brent Cardwell met in college, ended up in Austin, and opened a practice together. Their families enjoy spending time together. Left side: King and his wife, Debbie, with their daughters Anwen, Isabelle and Emilia, on the raft. Right side: Cardwell and his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters Grace and McKenna, also on the raft.

Local doctors share the Cedar Park
Pediatric & Family Medicine story

By KIM ESTES
Four Points News

Brent Cardwell of Grandview Hills and Cameron King of Steiner Ranch were college roommates who turned into business partners. King and Cardwell first met at the University of Kansas, went their separate ways for a while but came together again in Austin to open Cedar Park Pediatric and Family Medicine in 2005.

“We have known each other for a long time, and we think the same way when it comes to the medical business,” said Cardwell about the pair opening a practice together.

King added, “We’re very like-minded. Having been roommates, we’ve seen each other from behind the scenes.”

Kansas is where the boyhood homes of both physicians are. Cardwell grew up in Topeka and attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate. King attended KU after growing up in Wichita.

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Appalachian Trail hiker shares “happy trails” experience

New Jersey has the lowest elevation profile of any state along the AT. Still the views span for miles and reveal a greener New Jersey than most are familiar with.

By SARAH DOOLITTLE
Four Points News

There were so many reasons to worry as I embarked on my second Appalachian Trail section hike in June. Not for any of the reasons other people worry about when I go on the trail alone — not because of bears, or murderous convicts, or rattlesnakes around every bend — but because of the fact that I would hike 74 miles (the width of New Jersey) in five days and had not trained.

Last time I hiked the AT, when I covered 150 miles in 9 days, I trained for two months in advance, hitting the trails in Steiner Ranch and beyond at least three days a week, two hours a day, with a weighted pack and poles. By the time I got on the actual trail, my body knew exactly what to do, and I covered miles and climbed peaks with relative ease.

This year, as I walked away from my sketchy motel in Delaware Water Gap, Pa. at 9 a.m., my body felt like I was taking it out for a test drive. The morning air was typical to a trail town (what hikers call the many towns, mostly small, that are on or near the AT): green, humid and smelling of diesel and diner breakfasts.

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