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Rains High's Charlotte Brown Honored by UIL
Monday, 13th May 2013 - 11:49AM
NFHS Spirit of Sport Award Presentation at Track & Field Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, TX Charlotte Brown, of Emory Rains High School, will be presented with the 2013 Section 6 National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations on Saturday before the evening session of the Track & Field State Championships.

Although legally blind, Brown is a standout sophomore in academics and athletics. She has 20/400 vision in her right eye, and her left eye can only sense light and dark through a tiny pinhole of vision.

Brown, who participates in cross country, track and until recently basketball, has had to make certain adjustments in each sport.

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UIL on Columbus Relay Team Disqualification
Monday, 13th May 2013 - 11:49AM
Statement regarding investigation of Region 4 Conference 3A Track Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, TX An incident involving the disqualification of the Columbus High School 4X100 meter relay team at the Region IV Conference 3A regional track meet occurred on April 27, 2013. The UIL was made aware of this issue on May 2 after media reports of the disqualification began airing on May 1. Once becoming aware of the incident, the UIL immediately began investigating the matter thoroughly.

Over the course of the investigation, the UIL interviewed several eyewitnesses and reviewed video of the race. Additionally, the UIL spoke to the involved parties. The UIL has concluded the investigation and has found no evidence to suggest that the disqualification took place as a result of the student-athlete expressing religious beliefs. The basis for the disqualification was due to the student-athlete behaving disrespectfully, in the opinion of the local meet referee.

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Alto Coaching Search Update...
Monday, 13th May 2013 - 11:48AM
I traded a text or two with Alto AD/Football Coach Keith Gardner on their search to find his replacement following his retirement announcement.

Gardner told me, "I have endorsed and recommended my offensive coordinator, Paul Gould, but the decision will still come down to what the superintendent and school board want to do."

Gardner did confirm Gould is meeting with the superintendent on Thursday, and the school board is scheduled to meet on May 20th.

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Don Trull Elected to College Football HOF
Monday, 13th May 2013 - 11:48AM
Baylor Legend Don Trull Elected to CFB Hall of Fame

Former QB is 10th former Bear to earn induction

WACO, Texas Former Baylor quarterback Don Trull was among 14 players and coaches elected to the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, as announced by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Tuesday. Trull became the 10th former Bear to earn induction and the first since Thomas Everett in 2006.

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Sartain back in the HS coaching business
Sunday, 5th May 2013 - 8:07AM
Mark Sartain is back as a head coach at the high school level after being approved by the Spring Hill I.S.D. school board on Monday as their new athletic director and head football coach.

This will be Sartain's fourth head coaching job at the high school level, including previous stops at Cross Roads (17-11), Eustace (6-23) and White Oak (43-41).

And, most recently the head football coach at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall from 2007 until resigning after the 2012 season after a 3-7 record.

Sartain told David Smoak, "It's just exciting to have this opportunity and be at a place I believe is a good fit, where the experience I have at both the high school and college level has prepared me to build on their tradition and what is obviously a strong school district and community driven by high expectations."

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