Mary Hestand, 1922-2018

Mary Lillian Swaney was born Friday, February 3, 1922, in the small community of Celtic, between Howe and Tom Bean, the only child of Howard F. Swaney and Bessie (Hopper) Swaney. She passed from this life on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Mullican Care Center in Savoy, Texas at the age of 96.

Mary attended Celtic Schools until they consolidated with Howe and Tom Bean in 1936, and would then attend Howe Schools. She married her sweetheart and lifelong companion, Glyn David Hestand of Luella, on June 17, 1939. He precedes her in death on November 27, 2009. They were married 70 years and loved spending time together and traveling. She was employed at Pools Manufacturing for many years and later worked for Texas Instruments, retiring in 1980.

Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church of Howe. She was Primary Superintendent for 25 years, choir member, assistant Sunday School teacher for the Hannah class and worker in the nursery. She loved tending her “Little Lambs”. While attending the Luella Church, she worked with young people and was involved in the music ministry. Mary loved singing, laughing, and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her sons, David Hestand and wife Shelly of Ogden, UT, and Jerry Hestand and wife Tammy of Howe; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 PM at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Waldo Funeral Home chapel in Sherman with Pastor Bobby Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at Akers Cemetery with Dalton Hestand, Danny Hestand, Jerry Hestand and Jeremy Hestand serving as pallbearers.

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The shot heard ’round Texas; Monk’s 3-pointer steals bi-district crown from Howe

The long and tall Whitesboro junior Casey Monk, needing only two points to win the game with five seconds remaining, took a big risk and shot a long 3-point shot over the outstretched arms of the equally long-stature of sophomore Ally Harvey. As the rainbow left, it  had precisely a 28.21 percent chance of being the game-winner due to that being Monk’s 3-point percentage on the year. As the ball went through the air, seemingly in slow motion, one could almost see the percentages going up and up an up just as a bowler spins the ball that you immediately know that it will spin towards the middle pin. As the ball completely missed the rim and entered only the net, it gave Whitesboro a 45-43 lead and took away the opportunity for Howe to claim stake to their sixth consecutive bi-district crown.

Casey Monk drills a 3-pointer in the fourth period. Michelle Carney/Howe Enterprise

Howe had their opportunities and looked to be in command as junior Calley Vick was fouled on Whitesboro’s seventh team foul which gave Vick a one-and-one opportunity. She hit the first shot that gave Howe a 43-39 lead with 45.6 seconds remaining. Vick’s second shot rimmed out which gave Whitesboro the ball in the hands of their point guard Karlee Schuessler who drilled a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to cut the Howe lead to one point. With 22 seconds left in the game, senior leading scorer Peyton Streetman was fouled. Howe’s most accomplished free-throw shooter missed the front-end of the one-and-one and that set up the game-winner by Monk.

Whitesboro Head Coach James Garner’s game plan was to try and take Streetman out of the game. That plan was mostly successful early in the game as the pig-tailed princess only scored four points (all free-throws) in the first quarter and the Lady Cats shut her out in the second quarter. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to make up for the offensive production and struggled to pull away at any point in the game.

What Whitesboro did to Howe at the end of the game is what Howe did to Whitesboro at the end of the first half. With 3:28 left to go in the second period, the Lady Cats led 17-9 and appeared to be stretching away from Howe. But sophomore Cassidy Anderson made a slick pass to Harvey for a two-foot jumper that put Howe within six. Streetman then pulled off a quick pass in the lane to Harvey who hit another short jumper to bring Howe within four at 17-13 with 2:18 left before the half. Streetman then hit two big free throws to bring Howe within two at the thirty-second mark. Sophomore Jenna Honore made a tremendous steal on the right side of the court and took it coast to coast for the layup to tie the game at 17 leaving only 10 seconds remaining on the first half clock.

Jenna Honore (2) drives past Destiny Mack (32) for the layup. Michelle Carney/Howe Enterprise

Howe appeared to come out of the half in full command, but Whitesboro got hot and hit three consecutive 3-pointers to finish out the third period with a 31-28 lead over Howe.

The first points of the fourth period was an NBA style 3-pointer by Monk that extended Whitesboro’s lead to 34-28. Moments later, Monk hit yet another 3-pointer to give Whitesboro a 37-30 lead with 6:26 left in the game. The fifth consecutive 3-pointer by the Lady Cats prompted Howe Head Coach Derek Lands to call timeout and discuss the distance Howe was allowing Monk at the perimeter. The results from the perfectly timed Lands symposium had Harvey in the face of Monk throughout the remainder of the contest and even the final shot. Streetman quickly hit a 3-pointer followed by a Vick jumper to bring Howe within two at 37-35. Vick also turned around the game with a 3-pointer with 4:18 remaining in the game to give Howe their first lead, 38-35, since midway through the third period.

Peyton Streetman (23) on a reverse layup guarded by Casey Monk (33). Michelle Carney/Howe Enterprise

But the final four minutes were scarred with defense and missed opportunities and a shocking finish.

Streetman’s fourth-period rally in points helped her to become Howe’s leading scorer with 13 in her final game. She was followed by Harvey, who totaled 10 and pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds. Other scorers were Vick (8), Payton Griffin (5), Honore (4), and Anderson (3).

Just behind Harvey in rebounds was Griffin with eight and Streetman (4), and Vick (4).

Howe finishes the season with a record of 21-10 on the season.


Cora Williamson, 1917-2018

Cora Erskine Williamson was born on October 30, 1917, in Howe, Texas and passed away January 20, 2018. A long-time resident of Oak Cliff, Cora was a member of Cliff Temple Baptist Church for 72 years. She worked for the Baptist Bookstore and retired from Good Luck Oil Company. Her faith, love, and joy touched all she met. Cora is preceded in death by her parents, Ora and J.C. Erskine; son Lowe Williamson III; husband, Lowe Williamson, Jr.; and sisters, Margaret Wight and Jolynda Williams. She is survived by her son Lee Williamson; grandchildren, Lee Williamson, Jr., Alex Williamson, Samantha Williamson, Denise Williamson, Donna Davis and Victor Davis; as well as 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a large, loving extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sat., Feb. 10 in Basset Chapel at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125 Sunset Ave., Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seniors Ministry or The Well at Cliff Temple, or to the Oak Cliff Woman’s Club Trust Foundation.

Howe Bulldogs will have a new looking district in football for 2018

The UIL 2018-2020 realignment was announced just moments ago which saw the Howe Bulldogs remain in District 5-3A, Division I for football and District 10-3A for all other sports.

Howe, with a 341 high school enrollment, will be the smallest school in the new District 5A football district.

Bonham (488)
Commerce (453)
Howe (341)
Lone Oak (355)
Pottsboro (424)
Rains (478)
Van Alstyne (469)

Former football district mates Pilot Point and Whitesboro moved west to District 4 with Boyd, Bowie, Brock, Paradise, and Ponder.

In all other sports, Howe’s new district will remain in District 10-3A and is much more favorable in terms of enrollment comparisons.

Bells (262)
Blue Ridge (231)
Bonham (488)
Howe (341)
Leonard (291)
Van Alstyne (469)
Whitewright (272)

2018 Class 3A, Div1 Complete List

Class 3A Non-Football Complete List

Committee searching for youth to fill a second t-ball team for Howe

UPDATED Jan. 25, 2018 9:30 am.  The teams have been filled.


Howe Youth Baseball generally does not have an option for those seeking to play t-ball, but over the years some have been willing to step up and form a local team.  So far, a committee was formed and 12 players have formed at least one team, but more are willing to play which leaves the need for more players to create a second team and a second coach.

The committee is seeking both boys and girls that are ages three and four years old and must have turned three on or before January 1.  Practices will be held in Howe and games will be in Denison at Culpepper Park in Denison.  The cost of registration is $50 which includes a shirt and a cap.  Registration will take place as a team through the Denison Parks and Recreation Little Rookies League.

For those interested, contact Nathan Johnson (coach) at 903-821-8124 or Gloria Smith at 903-436-5742 for more information.