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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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.


Lions living by motto, 'No regrets'

It's state championship week for the Albany Lions. Head Coach Denney Faith returns to the big dance for the third time in his Albany career, but he's still searching for that elusive state title.

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Faith leads Lions back to state title game

Last night in Snyder, the Albany Lions changed their game-plan, and it worked to perfection in a come-from-behind thrilling 24-14 win that punched their ticket to Thursday's state title game in AT&T Stadium.


Shane Mallory leads Greyhounds to state in first season as coach

This time last year, Throckmorton's head coach Shane Mallory was out of football. But in his first season back, he has let the greyhounds back to the state title game for the sixth time in program history.

May Tigers

Tigers look for redemption in State Championship game

For the second year in a row, the May Tigers are heading back down I-20 to Jerry's World for a shot at the state title. A task they fell short achieving last year, but this season some familiarity.

Albany Lions

Lions search for different result in return to state semifinal

The 13-0 Albany Lions are back in familiar territory as they get set for this weekends matchup with Seagraves.


Hamlin and Albany set to clash in 2A Division II state quarterfinal

The fourth round of the Texas high school playoffs are upon us, and Friday night's game at Shotwell Stadium features two Big Country teams that come in undefeated and hungry.


Local Abilene recreational soccer team to play in Champions Classic tournament

Abilene's own recreational team, United soccer, is on their way to Carrolton this weekend to represent the Big Country in the Champions Classic tournament.


Mustangs cruise into state quarterfinals after downing Vernon

The Sweetwater Mustangs are on a hot streak as they roll into state quarterfinal action this weekend, downing their last three opponents by an average of nearly thirty points.


Jones runs all over Post to lead Cisco into regional semifinals

An ailing Landon Lewis didn’t phase the defending state champ Cisco Loboes Friday as they rolled into this weekend’s regional action downing Post 49-7.


Gosnell's return lifts Mavericks into regional semifinals

The Eastland Mavericks have been battle tested this season, however, the team has showed it's ability to overcome adversity. But last week, the return of their leader may be just what saved their season.






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