Lady War Eagles Suffer Loss to Kingwood

The visiting Kingwood Lady Mustangs rode into town with one thing on their mind — maintaining their second place ranking in District 14-5A. Oak Ridge had two things on their mind — not to let that happen and to redeem themselves after the Lufkin loss. However, in this fickle game of softball, you win by the sword and die by the sword and the swords, aka “bats”, once again waned for the Lady War Eagles.

It has been a struggle of late to manufacture runs for the Lady War Eagles in these crucial district games. Come from behind wins have put two W’s in the column for the struggling team who are left wondering where the hits have disappeared to. On this night, Kingwood would pepper enough runs on the board to take the W with them and leave Ridge with their third district loss.

After a quiet first inning, Kingwood came out in the 2nd with a lead off hit from senior Audrey Winders. A wild pitch from Oak Ridge starter Taylor Hastings moved Winders over to 2nd with no outs.  A line drive out to Hastings caught Winders off the bag but a failed pick-off attempt ultimately moved Winders to 3rd. A well executed bunt-and-run play by the Lady Mustangs made it a 1-0 ball game after the second frame.

Kingwood scrapped another run in the 4th inning after consecutive hits from pitcher Cassie McClure and senior Jordann Jezek. A fielding error in the outfield scored McClure that put the Lady Mustangs ahead 2-0 after four innings of play.

Oak Ridge appeared to have a spark in the 6th inning when lead-off hitter Kris Davila sent a rocket out to left field for a standup double. A fielders choice from Taylor Ervin moved Davila over to 3rd and another attempted fielders choice placed senior Jessi Burnett on first base. However, the rally was killed after an untimely double play was produced off an infield grounder.

With two outs in the 7th inning, Kingwood posted two more runs off consecutive hits from lead off hitter Anna Olejniczak and Jess Rubin. Olejniczak moved to 2nd on her hit from an outfield error and moved to 3rd on Rubin’s hit.  Kaitlin Munoz hit a double to left center, scoring Olejniczak and Rubin before getting thrown out at 3rd on an 8-4-5 play.  Despite Oak Ridge’s five batter appearance in the bottom of the 7th, McClure handled the Lady War Eagles one pitch at a time and produced a strike out to end the game.

Oak Ridge is now 3-3 in district play and sits in 3rd place behind The Woodlands and Kingwood. The second round of district action will begin on Friday, 4/1, as the Lady War Eagles host the visiting College Park Lady Cavaliers.

Oak Ridge       0 runs, 4 hits, 3 errors        0-0-0-0-0-0-0
Kingwood        4 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors        0-1-0-1-0-0-2

WP: Cassie McClure (5-1; 7 IP, 3 K)
LP: Taylor Hastings (2-2; 7 IP, 3 K)

Oak Ridge Leaders: Taylor Ervin 2-3, 1B, 3B;  Kris Davila 1-3, 2B;  Taylor Duck 1-3, 2B
Kingwood Leaders: Jordann Jezek 3-3, 3 1B

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Oak Ridge Edged by Lady Panthers

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles traveled to Lufkin on Tuesday and dropped a 4-3 heart breaker to the Lady Panthers. It was a hard loss for the young Oak Ridge team who have typically handled Lufkin with strong offensive results.

Ridge bats have been appearing late in district games, and the Lady War Eagles have managed to come from behind in two of the last four games played prior to Lufkin. The third time did not prove to be the charm.

Oak Ridge took an early lead with a lead-off walk to Kris Davila. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Ervin, a base hit from Taylor Duck, and a RBI base hit from Carley Latta crossed Davila over the plate and produced the first run of the game. The Lady Panthers answered back quickly as Lufkin lead-off hitter Nicole Castillo stepped up to the plate and placed a base hit to left field. Lindsey Lyles reached on an error and Blaire Reynolds produced a walk from Oak Ridge pitcher Danielle White. A base hit from Angela Batson scored Castillo and the Lady Panthers were up 2-1 after the first inning of play.

Oak Ridge bats began to rattle in the 4th as Jessi Burnett and Alayna Ammons worked their way onto the bases. A single from Lauren Hoffman, RBI single from Davila, and an RBI single from Duck produced two more runs for the Lady War Eagles to put them ahead 3-2 at the end of four innings.

Ridge’s hopes of a come from behind win began to re-emerge. But the Lady Panthers had plans of their own and sealed the deal in the fifth inning off a single from Castillo and a home run shot from Lyles. Oak Ridge bats didn’t come through for an encore performance and the Lady War Eagles lost a huge one in this ever so tough District 14-5A race.

Oak Ridge has a district bye on Friday but will be playing the Hudson Hornets at Oak Ridge in two “Play for the Cure” games at 5:30p (JV) and 7:00p (V). The softball players will be wearing a ribbon of their choice
that represents a form of cancer that has stricken a loved one. Parents and players will be sporting a Play for the Cure shirt as well. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will be donated to a selected foundation.

The next district game is Tuesday, March 29, at Oak Ridge. The Lady War Eagles will take on district newcomers, the Kingwood Mustangs.

WP: Angela Batson (5 IP, 4 K)
LP: Danielle White (7-4; 5 IP, 2 K)

OR: 1-0-0-2-0-0-0
LUF: 2-0-0-0-2-0

OR Leader: Taylor Duck (2 1B, 1 RBI)

 

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady Highlanders Spring “Break” Oak Ridge 15-1

Things looked promising early on for the Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles as they hosted #1 state-ranked The Woodlands Lady Highlanders on Tuesday night. Consecutive hits from Ridge’s Taylor Ervin, Taylor Duck, and Danielle White (1-RBI) put the LWE’s on top 1-0 after the first inning of play.  It would be the only run Oak Ridge would plate in the six-inning game.

The Lady Highlanders rallied in the third inning scoring two runs off of a single from Kelsey Jolly and a double from Faith Bohack putting the Lady Highlanders on top 2-1 after the third inning.

The rallying continued for The Woodlands as the Lady Highlanders produced six runs in the fifth inning capitalizing on an error-filled outing by the LWE’s as Oak Ridge starting pitcher Taylor Hastings faced ten batters in the inning. The half-inning break for OR was short-lived in the bottom of the 5th as the go-to pitcher for TWHS, LSU-commit Paige McDuffie, sat down the next three Ooa Ridge batters consecutively.

The score was 8-0 heading into the top of the 6th inning and Oak Ridge needed to stop the bleeding. The big, ugly run-rule was staring the Lady War Eagles square in the face. Unfortunately for Oak Ridge, the onslaught continued as the red and green kicked off the sixth inning with a single and two doubles by Jolly, Bohack, and Alyssa Jorgenson respectively. Errors continued to plague the Lady War Eagles and the Lady Highlanders once again took every advantage handed to them as they posted up seven runs before the inning was all said and done.  McDuffie retired the Lady War Eagles 1-2-3 to end the game after six innings of play.

Oak Ridge slips to 2nd place in District play and will travel to Lufkin next Tuesday to face the Lady Panthers.

OR 1-0-0-0-0-0

TW  0-0-2-0-6-7

WP: Paige McDuffie, 6 K’s

LP: Taylor Hastings, 3 K’s

OR Leaders: Danielle White, 1-2 (1 RBI)
TW Leaders: Kelsey Jolly, 4-5 (3 1B; 1 2B, RBI); Faith Bohack 4-5 (3 2B, 1 1B, RBI); Alyssa Jorgenson, 3-5 (3 1B)

Kathy White contributed this article

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[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Lady War Eagle Bats Come Alive In Extra Innings

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles took on the District 14-5a newcomers, the Atascocita Lady Eagles, on Friday night at Atascocita. The game started off with a bang from Oak Ridge senior Kris Davila’s lead-off home run blast over the towering left field wall, quickly putting the ladies on top after just two pitches from Atascocita starting pitcher Kristin Hebert.

Atascocita answered back in the first inning with a run of their own. Lead off batter Kelly Baker got a blooper hit to left field off  starting Lady War Eagle pitcher Danielle White. A fielders choice moved Baker over, and a  base hit from Hebert scored the first one for the Lady Eagles.

Atascocita added an additional run in the 4th inning after Leah Doyle reached on from an error. Two hits later and it was 2-1 Atascocita after four. White lasted four complete innings with five strike outs for The Ridge, and Taylor Hastings took over on the mound in the 5th.

Hebert continued to keep the Lady War Eagles off balance at the plate until the 7th inning. Oak Ridge started off the 7th with a lead off walk for Carley Latta. Two fielder’s choices and a double by Alayna Ammons scored Latta to tie the game 2-2, and the game headed into extra innings.

To start off the 8th, Davila smoked another awe-inspiring lead-off home run over the left field wall and began the rally for The Ridge.  Latta loaded the bases with a walk after back to back hits from Taylor Duck and White, and a single by Hastings gave the Lady War Eagles a two-run lead. Ammons, a junior, stepped up to the plate and pelted a shot to left field clearing the bases, and Oak Ridge went into the bottom of the 7th suddenly up 7-2.

Hastings coaxed two popups and a strikeout to seal the deal. The Ridge is now 3-0 in District contests and will face the #1 state ranked Lady Highlanders of The Woodlands next Tuesday at Oak Ridge.

OR 1-0-0-0-0-0-1-5

AT  1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0

WP: Taylor Hastings, 3 K’s

LP: Kristin Hebert, 3 K’s

Oak Ridge Leaders: Kris Davila, 2 HR’s, 1B; Alayna Ammons, 2 doubles

 

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[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Lady War Eagles Rolling, Top Conroe 3-1

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles racked up another district win in defeating Conroe Wednesday night, 3-1. On the mound for Oak Ridge was Danielle White and for Conroe,  Christy Dowdy. A pitcher’s duel ensued through three complete innings before Oak Ridge broke through with two runs in the fourth frame.

Taylor Ervin led off with a single followed by a run scoring double by Taylor Duck. White reached on an error by the third baseman which scored Duck for the second run.

Conroe battled in the 6th inning scattering three base hits but only managed to get one run across the plate. The Lady War Eagles scratched one more run in the 6th inning when junior Alayna Ammons reached base on an error by the second baseman. Back to back singles by Lauren Hoffman and Kris Davila brought in Ammons for the third run.

Oak Ridge shut down Conroe in the 7th to earn their second district win in as many games.

WP: Danielle White, 7 K’s 1-0
LP: Christy Dowdy, (No K’s), 1-1

OR: 0-0-0-2-1-0
CONROE: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0

OR Leaders: Taylor Duck, double; Danielle White, double
Conroe Leaders: Lourlin Lara 2-3, Brittany Medina, 2-3

Next game: Atascocita @ Atascocita on Friday, 3/11.

 

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Get Hot in Cy Fair Tournament

The Lady War Eagle softball team participated in the Cy-Fair tournament over the weekend and brought back second place hardware.

In bracket play, Oak Ridge was undefeated, as they came out on top against MacArthur, Cy-Fair, Conroe, and Atascocita. In the final, the girls faced a ridiculous Klein Collins contingent and were defeated 10-6. Danielle White struck out five Lady Tigers in absorbing the loss for Oak Ridge. Taylor Grissom got the win on the hill for KC.

1ST INNING
The Lady War Eagles attacked in the first inning with an impressive lead off triple from senior Kris Davila  to start the championship game.  Davila scored on a fielders choice (4-3) by Taylor Duck. After a lead off K for White, the Lady Tigers answered back with a single, followed by a HR over the left field wall making the score 2-1 KC after the first inning.
2nd INNING
Taylor Hastings led off the 2nd inning with a single and scored on a triple by Carley Latta. Lauren Hoffman shot a base hit into left field scoring Latta to put 2 more runs on the board for OR in the 2nd inning. A lead off fly out and 2 K’s make it a quick inning for White and the Lady War Eagles.
3RD INNING
Danielle White powers a single to right field in the 3rd inning to begin another attack against the Lady Tigers.  Sydni Smith pinch runs for pitcher Danielle White and scores on a triple by Taylor Hastings. Latta and Hoffman each hit a single scoring Hastings. KC makes a pitching change from Taylor Atkinson to Grissom. Grissom racks up a pair of K’s to end the inning.

KC had a lead off walk, K, base hit + 2 bases on an error scoring 1. Another hit, fielders choice, and double scores another run. Pop up to SS to end the inning.
4TH INNING
Scoreless on both sides with White picking up another K.
5TH INNING
OR scoreless, but Lady Tigers go on the attack. A lead off pop up to catcher Davila started the inning off on the right foot. After a base hit and a fielders choice to create out #2, Oak Ridge seemed to have the inning under control, but the Lady Tigers were just getting started. A base hit by December Rivers and a triple by Payton Tanley began to rock the Lady War Eagles. An error allowed for another runner on the bags… runners on 1st and 3rd. The lead-off hitter for KC (Taylor Atkinson) had been fanned 3 times by White in the game, but the 4th time was a charm. She produced a power single to center scoring 2 more runs for KC.  A pop out to centerfield ends the productive inning for KC.
6TH INNING
Alayna Ammons leads off the 6th inning for Oak Ridge with a single, followed by another single by Erin Miranda. A walk to Kris Davila loads the bases. A passed ball scores Ammons and moves the runners over, but Grissom retires the side with a strike out and 2 fly outs.

After two quick outs and a walk, a double then produced a run. A play by right fielder Taylor Ervin gets the batter out at 3rd base (9-2-5).

The Lady War Eagles went scoreless in the 7th to end the game.

The KC Lady Tigers had previously beaten Oak Ridge 12-7 in the Klein ISD tournament the previous week. Oak Ridge battled back to win the consolation bracket over Splendora Wildcats in that tournament.
**3 of the top 4 finishers at this tournament were CISD schools. 1st KC, 2nd OR, 3rd Kingwood, 4th Atascocita.

KC  2-0-3-0-4-1
OR  1-2-2-0-0-1-0

WP: Taylor Grissom, 4 K’s
LP: Danielle White, 5 K’s

OR Leaders: Carley Latta 2-2, 2 Walks; Taylor Hastings 3-4 (1B, 2B, 3B – just shy of hitting for the cycle)

Other noteworthy news: Oak Ridge captured 17th place at the Bryan-College Station tournament on February 17-19. OR dropped the 2nd game to Brazoswood HS 2-1 in the tournament and battled back to win their final game over an impressive Alvin HS.  The Lady War Eagles had nice wins over Midway, Clements, Clark, Ridge Point, and Alvin High Schools.

Since Coach Brimberry has taken over this program, this is the highest placement Oak Ridge has achieved in these 3 tournaments.  17th in the BCS tournament, Consolation bracket winners (dropped first game of tourney to KC), and 2nd in the Cy-Fair tournament.

Kathy White contributed to this article.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Rally Late to Top College Park 5-3

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles started off district play on the right foot in defeating College Park 5-3 at College Park Friday night.  Oak Ridge pitcher Taylor Hastings got the win as she fanned nine Lady Cavaliers. CP’s Julie Charbonneau absorbed the loss.

In what could be described as an ugly game, CP was holding on to a 2-1 lead when things started going Oak Ridge’s way in the seventh inning. The Lady War Eagles scored four runs on the strength of three walks, a timely bunt, a base knock with two additional bases on an error by the CP right fielder. The Lady Cavs added a run in their half of the seventh.

Other than Taylor Ervin’s stellar 4-4 hitting performance and Carly Latta’s triple, the Oak Ridge bats struggled on this night.

College Park had seven hits in all to include a Paige Thompson triple. Kayla Shows, Ashlyn French, and Haylee Stein all had doubles.

Next up for Oak Ridge is a Tuesday district tilt with Conroe at home at 6pm.

Box score:

1  2  3  4  5  6  7 – R  H

Oak Ridge           0  0  0  0  1  0  4-  5   6

College Park       0  0  0  0  1  1  1-  3   7

 

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Take Big Step Forward

Lady War EaglesThe Oak Ridge softball team may have been eliminated from the state playoffs last weekend, but the program took a giant step in the right direction this year.

 Under head coach Amanda Bussell, an Oak Ridge High School graduate, the Lady War Eagles won their first Class 5A playoff series with a sweep of Spring in the first round.

 After that triumph, two heartbreaking losses to Cedar Park — by one run each — were a tough pill to swallow. But it looks like the team is on the path to future success after successive improvements in each of the last few years.

 “I was a part of the first (Oak Ridge) softball team that made it to the bi-district playoffs in 1992, so it of course is an amazing feeling to now be a part of the first team that has made it past bi-district to the area playoffs,” Bussell said. “… (But I want it to) now be an expectation to make it every year to the playoffs and go as far as we can.”

 Well said, and I don’t think anyone would argue with that sentiment. But let’s rewind the tape and take a look at how a magnificent season came to an end so we can close the book on the latest chapter and begin a new one.

 On May 7, Oak Ridge hosted Cedar Park in Game 1 of a best-of-three area-round playoff series. Oak Ridge ace Tina Schulz and the Lady Timberwolves’ Katherine Mayfield engaged in a spirited pitchers’ duel, with neither allowing a run through nine innings.

 The Lady War Eagles posed the biggest threat to home plate in the first nine frames when Emily Graham led off the bottom of the second with a single. Taylor Hastings came in to pinch run for Graham and advanced on a passed ball, then moved to third on a groundout by Taylor Duck. Mayfield neutralized the threat, though, and the bats stayed silent the rest of the way.

 In the top of the 10th inning, Schulz got two quick outs, but Cedar Park’s leadoff batter doubled and an error put runners on the corners. Another error allowed the game’s first and only runner to score.

Duck led off the bottom of the 10th with a single, but Oak Ridge never got a chance to tie the score.

 In Game 2, the homestanding Lady Timberwolves scored three times in the bottom of the second and then took a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning.

 Most teams would have rolled over at that point, but not the Lady War Eagles.

Oak Ridge answered right back in the top of the sixth with a four-run outburst on consecutive hits from Cheyenne Chafin, Taylor Ervin, Schulz, Kris Davila, Duck and Graham.

 Trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Chafin reached on a one-out single. After she moved to second on a groundout by Ervin, Schulz reached on an error by the Cedar Park second baseman. Bussell had Chafin running all the way, but she was tagged out at home, ending the game, the series and Oak Ridge’s season.

 “It is my goal to get the Oak Ridge community and athletes to begin to see that we are just as good here as our surrounding schools. Instead of saying how good another school is, I want us to get in our minds how good we are,” Bussell said. “One of my biggest pet peeves is to hear the phrase, ‘Well, at least you made the playoffs.’ I would like all of the athletes and the community to realize that even though that is a great accomplishment, we should want more.

 “Then we can build more championships here at Oak Ridge. It would be wonderful to see each sport make it to the state championship at some time.”

 That’s quite a lofty goal but music to everyones ears in the Oak Ridge high school feeder zone who are sick and tired of the weak mentality that has plagued this area since Oak Ridge went 5A. Bussell has surely earned the right to say what she believes. In leading her program to only the fourth 5A postseason victory in school history, she has made it clear that the softball team will lead the charge of the athletic program at the school if necessary.

 Coach Sledge’s volleyball team earned the school’s first postseason victory in the state’s largest classification earlier this school year, and Rob Stewart’s basketball team followed with two victories earlier this spring. Bussell’s team followed suit, and the aforementioned three teams will always be remembered as the ones that led Oak Ridge back to sporting success. In addition, the golf team’s meteoric rise from the depths of mediocrity with their  #3 state ranking late into their season and you can see the sky is the limit for all kinds of sports at Oak Ridge high school.   

 Changes are afoot, and for the first time in a long time (Lady) War Eagle fans have something to cheer about on their fields and courts. 

Doug Sarant can be reached at doug@oakridgenow.com

Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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