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Aledo ISD Athletic Director Tim Buchanan has announced his retirement after 35 years as a coach, teacher and athletic director.
Buchanan spent the past 25 years at Aledo, where he built the Bearcat football program into a perennial state powerhouse. He won five state championships before becoming the district’s full-time athletic director in 2014. Buchanan is regarded as one of the state’s legendary coaches and held a career record of 227-53-3.
“Coach Buc” took his first head coaching job in 1993 and turned Aledo from a struggling program to a state championship contender. Aledo won its first title in 1998 and followed in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Buchanan’s legacy includes building a successful athletic program at Aledo, which is well-regarded across the state. During his tenure, Aledo has won three state titles in softball and one in baseball and golf.
Aledo currently leads the University Interscholastic League Class 5A Lone Star Cup standings, which recognizes the most successful schools in UIL competitions. Last year, the Bearcats finished fourth overall. Aledo has also maintained success while moving up in classifications.
Buchanan started his career at Florence High School in 1984 and future stops included Bastrop, The Colony, Killeen Ellison and A&M Consolidated.
He was named the Texas Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 2013 and was the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Coach of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2002. In 2016, he earned the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award.
Buchanan will remain at Aledo through the end of the school year.
The University Interscholastic League released its new districts for the next two years in its bi-annual realignment Thursday morning.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, Weatherford football and basketball will be in a new-look District 3-6A with Abilene, Euless Trinity, Haltom, L.D. Bell, Richland and San Angelo Central.
Aledo football will be in District 5-A Division II with Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Everman, Joshua, Midlothian and Waco University.
Mineral Wells football will be in District 4-4A Division 1 with Burkburnett, Decatur, Gainesville, Springtown and Wichita Falls Hirschi.
Brock football will be in District 4-3A Division I with Bowie, Boyd, Paradise, Pilot Point, Ponder and Whitesboro.
Some of the districts will different somewhat in basketball and volleyball.
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.