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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Cooper Cougars still searching for that first win of the season

0-4. That's where the Cooper Cougars stand after last Friday's blow out loss to South Grand Prairie on the road. With just two games remaining until district play, the learning curve has never been so steep.

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Walker wins Young Life Abilene Open with impressive performance

Saturday afternoon marked the final round of the Adams Pro Tour's stop in Abilene for the Young Life open, with one of the players at the top of the leader board vying for history.


Hamlin's Johnson earns FFN's Player of the Week honor

The votes have been counted, and your Football Friday Night Player of the Week, is Hamlin's own Tyrone Johnson.

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Sweetwater and Snyder rivalry renewed this Friday

Well last week may have been the 'Crosstown Showdown', but another rivalry is gearing up this week, and that's the Sweetwater Mustangs as they host the Snyder Tigers here in the Mustang Bowl on Friday night.

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Cooper continues to search for answers after 'Crosstown' loss

At Cooper High School, head coach Todd Moebes and company were deflated after a difficult loss to the Eagles at the 'Crosstown Showdown' Friday night..

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Abilene High's offensive and defensive lines key in 'Crosstown' win

For Abilene High, the 'Crosstown Showdown' was one to remember. The eagles took control of the game after an early Cooper score, and never looked back. The Eagles downed the defending champ Cooper Cougars 38-10, helping AHS start their season at a perfect 3-0.

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Wylie's Kleffner captures FFN Player Of The Week honor

The votes are in for week one's Football Friday Night Player of the Week. Your winner, is Trey Kleffner of Wylie High School.

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Wylie's offense is key to team's first win

Friday night saw the Wylie Bulldogs grab their first win of 2014, and they did it in impressive fashion. Hugh Sandifers group put up 471 total yards in their 40-16 rout of Burnet.

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Hamlin and Hawley Set For A Defensive Battle Friday Night

Friday night may be the 'Crosstown Showdown', but plenty of other Big Country teams will be in action continuing non-district play. One of those games is Hamlin taking on the Bearcats of Hawley.

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AHS Eagles Ride A Wave Of Momentum Into The 'Crosstown Showdown'

This is the week high school football fans have been waiting for because it's the 'Crosstown Showdown'.

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Abilene High's Alonzo named FFN/ATFCU 'Player of the Week'

The results are in! Your 2014 Football Friday Night  player of the week is, Jeremiah Alonzo of Abilene High.

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Coogs looking to move forward after controversial finish

It wasn't the way Cooper wanted to start off the 2014 season. It's a new week and the Cougars are ready to rebound after mother nature halted their attempt at a comeback win against Rider on Thursday night.






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