Bulletin Staff Report

Matthew McCrane, an eighth grader at Brownwood Middle School, was selected to be a member of the North Texas 94 Boys Olympic Development Program Team for the West Texas Area under the North Texas Soccer Association.

McCrane was chosen for the honor among thousands of youth soccer players throughout the nation. His acceptance letter stated, “This is an exciting opportunity for you to represent your competitive team and school as one of the top players in the entire North Texas area. We recognize the dedication and hard work that it takes to be selected for the state team. To be chosen from among the thousands of players who compete in your age group is quite an honor.”

Venturing all over the Metroplex and the Panhandle, McCrane earned spots on the Dallas “B” squad and the West Texas “A” team and eventually survived five cuts to become an exclusive member of the West Texas team, based in Lubbock.

The team consists of all club players but one — McCrane, who has competed in recreational leagues.

The Lubbock squad left for an ODP sub-regional camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Monday. If selected for the regional team, McCrane would be part of a team that will travel to Argentina.

McCrane is the son of Steven and Lori McCrane of Brownwood, the grandson of Wayne and Peggy McCrane of Brownwood and the great-grandson of Karlene Wadsworth of Bangs and May Harper of Brownwood.

He has been coached locally since he was 8-years-old by Mike Ragsdale of Brownwood and he plays for the Scorpions through Cen-Tex Soccer.