WISD hires new football coach

Weatherford ISD school board members unanimously hired Billy Mathis as the new Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for the Weatherford High School Kangaroos in a special meeting on Friday. Mathis is currently the defensive coordinator for Aledo High School.

“We are very pleased to announce Billy Mathis as Weatherford High School’s head football coach,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “Coach Mathis is excited to be a part of our Kangaroo family and is committed to building a winning program.”

Weatherford ISD received over 100 applications from individuals vying for the WHS head coaching vacancy left by Weldon Nelms who announced his retirement in December. In January, the Weatherford Athletic office gathered feedback from student athletes, parents, and the community to develop a profile for the head coach position before beginning the interview process.

“Coach Mathis has been a life-long resident of Parker County and is committed to developing a championship football program at the high school and middle school levels,” WISD Executive Director of Athletics Richard Scoggin said. “His experience will help us take our football program to the next level.”

Coach Mathis was the defensive coordinator for Aledo’s state championship football teams in 2013, 2014, and 2016.

In the coming weeks, Coach Mathis will be visiting with coaches and students to prepare for the spring season.

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Britton, Arrieta sign big contracts

Two baseball players with local ties have signed big contracts to play in 2017.

Weatherford High School graduate Zach Britton has agreed to an $11.4 million deal to avoid salary arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles.

Former Weatherford College pitcher Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $15.6375-million deal Friday with the Chicago Cubs.

Both deals were for the 2017 season only.

Britton had a 0.54 ERA — the lowest ever for a pitcher who worked at least 50 innings in a season — as he finished fourth in American League Cy Young Award voting and won the AL Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award.

Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 31 starts in 2016. His contract expires at the end of the 2017 season.

Lewis-Moore signs with the Bears

Former Weatherford Kangaroo Kapron Lewis-Moore is now a Chicago Bear.

The former Baltimore Raven signed a reserve/futures deal with the Bears Friday.

Lewis-Moore was selected by Baltimore in the 2013 draft out of Notre Dame. He spent the 2016 season on the Ravens’ practice squad.

The defensive lineman is 26.