Chris Wilner

Sports Anchor/Reporter

POSTED: 12:01 PM Jul 01 2014   UPDATED: 12:16 PM Jul 01 2014
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Chris Wilner is the newest member of KTXS Sports, serving as a Sports Anchor/Reporter.

Born and raised in Indiana, Chris is excited to begin his career in Abilene.

Previously, Chris attended Syracuse University where his sports television passion took flight. While at SU, Chris had opportunities to cover some of the top Division I athletic programs in the NCAA, including Syracuse men’s basketball, lacrosse, and football. His most memorable experiences are when he traveled to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to cover the Orange, along with the Big East tournament for lacrosse.

Other broadcast experiences were gained outside the classroom. Chris interned at the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, where he had the chance to cover the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, in addition to his favorite event and passion, the Indianapolis 500. He had the opportunity to interview many great names in sports like Andrew Luck and Jeff Gordon, and learn from some of the top sportscasters. He also traveled to select NASCAR races with ESPN and worked as a runner, getting valuable experience in a live professional sports production.

Growing up, Chris played many organized ports, but his true love was found in auto racing. At the age of 11, Chris began in quarter midgets and moved on to dirt micro sprint cars semi-professionally. Although his racing career is over, Chris tries to race when he can, but mostly looks for the nearest track to check out. His dream job would be to cover motorsports events on television, with the goal being able to call the Indianapolis 500.

When not covering sports in the Big Country, you can find Chris being active, whether it’s at the gym, a quick pickup game on the court, or a round of golf. He is a devoted Pacers, Colts, and Blackhawks fan, and loves country music as well. Chris is also very big on spending time with family, and enjoys being around his friends.

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Wildcats fall to Incarnate Ward (1)

Key run by Cardinals leads to ACU's demise

Everything was set up Saturday afternoon for the ACU Wildcats to pull off a bit of an upset, put an end to their two-game losing streak and get back on a winning track.

Cowboys crusie past UT-Tyler (1)

Cowboys roll by Texas-Tyler

Hardin-Simmons' men’s basketball team ramped up the defensive intensity and it showed in a 91-53 rout of Texas-Tyler in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Cowgirls fall in conference battle with Texas Tyler (1)

Hot-shooting Patriots snap HSU’s winning streak 79-57

Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 79-57 loss to Texas-Tyler in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex on Saturday.

ACU drops close decision to SFA (1)

Wildcats falter down the stretch in 71-69 loss to Lady Jacks

Porsha Roberts scored six of her game-high 25 points in overtime Saturday afternoon as Stephen F. Austin rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to knock off the ACU Wildcats, 71-69, in a tight Southland Conference contest  at Moody Coliseum.

Wildcats fall to SFA on national TV (1)

Lumberjacks take control in second half to pull away from ACU

Too many second-half turnovers, too little rebounding and way too much Thomas Walkup spelled doom for the ACU Wildcats on Saturday, although they put up a spirited battle against Stephen F. Austin in an 82-64 loss to the Lumberjacks in front of a large and loud Moody Coliseum crowd and a CBS Sports Network national television audience.

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Ball's legacy continues to leave lasting impact on Abilene swimming

When you think of swimming here in Abilene, one name comes to mind: Bev Ball. Heading the McMurry swim program since it’s inception in 2000, Ball has taught everyone how to swim.


Cowgirls win second straight against East Texas Baptist

Hardin-Simmons' women’s basketball team won its second straight game with a 70-54 win over East Texas Baptist on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Complex.

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Cooper, AHS set for round two of Crosstown Showdown

Tomorrow, it's round two.

The Crosstown Showdown makes it's second return to the hardwood as Cooper and Abilene High square off in the yearly rivalry game.

KTXS: The Top 5 Big Country sports stories for 2014

Plenty of sports stories hit the Big Country during 2014, but which moments stood out amongst the rest? KTXS Sports has your top five moments of 2014.

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Cowboys clinch NFC East crown with win over Colts

The Cowboys have punched their ticket to the postseason. Tony Romo and company for the first time since 2009 have clinched the NFC East division by beating the Colts here in Jerry's World 42-7.


Bremond fights back to beat Albany, claiming state title

It was a tale of two halves inside AT&T Stadium for the class 2A Division II state championship game. The Albany Lions took their undefeated record into Jerry's World to face Bremond, but in the second half Albany blew a 21 point lead. The Tigers scored in the final two minutes en route to a 28-21 victory and the state crown.


Faith family takes on state championships

The Albany Lions have punched their ticket to state, and come Thursday morning in Arlington, it will be a full family affair for the Faith's.






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