Former Roo signs $12 million deal

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with closer Zach Britton on a one-year, $12 million deal to avoid arbitration, according to ESPN.
The Weatherford High School grad will likely miss the start of the 2018 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in December. He told ESPN at the time that he hopes to be back a “little quicker” than the six-month projections.

The 29-year-old was also slowed by injuries in 2017, including an MCL strain in his left knee. He was limited to 38 games and had a 2.89 ERA, 1.527 WHIP and 15 saves.

Britton was the most dominant reliever in baseball in 2016. He led the league with 47 saves and had a 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP. He was an All-Star and finished fourth in Cy Young voting.

Fire claims elderly woman

An elderly Parker County woman died early Friday morning after fire destroyed her home.

The fire happened at about 3:00 a.m. on Bellenger Lane, north of Weatherford.

Once the blaze was under control, firefighters discovered the woman’s body inside the structure.

The woman’s identity was not immediately released, but officials say she was in her 80s. Family members say the woman lived alone and used a wood stove and a space heater to stay warm. Officials have not released an official cause for the fire.

Brock falls to Rockdale in title game

The Brock Eagles fell to Rockdale High School Thursday afternoon in the Class 3A Division I football state title game.

Brock jumped to a 21-0 lead but then allowed 45 unanswered Rockdale points. Torry Locklin was named the Offensive MVP. The Oklahoma signee had 256 yards rushing, 202 yards passing for 474 total yards and 5 touchdowns.

Strawn wins state title

The Strawn Greyhounds six-man football team won their third state championship Wednesday with a 78-42 win over Balmorhea to claim the Class A Division II title at AT&T Stadium.

Strawn kicker K-Lani Nava became the first female to play and score in a UIL championship football game in Texas history. Nava converted 9 of 10 extra point attempts for the Greyhounds.

Strawn went 15-0 en route to the title by compiling 488 yards of total offense. Strawn’s top-ranked defense held Balmorhea, the state’s top-ranked offense, to 394 yards and a season-low in points.

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