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  1. From being a kid along the fence...to playing and seeing my dad along the fence..to watching my kids play and still standing along the fence..to watching my kids watch their kids watching a game,still standing along the fence...thank you God for fences ...and thank you lord for the games we can stand an watch..
    24 points
  2. For my friends on here who know me, and prayed for me during my fight with leukemia, thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Wendsday at 4 pm I was diagnosed as being cancer free.. I won, I beat that demon.. Thanks for caring.. Chain out..
    21 points
  3. We are devastated. We are numb. And we are broken. I was at the game tonight as my son is a teammate of the young man we lost. I sat in horror as I watched Vonte Mumphrey, sophomore at Alto HS, collapse on the floor. It was only the second period and Alto was leading 17-6 over Mount Enterprise. Vonte had already hit two 3s and made a couple layups. You see, Vonte is special. He was the District Newcomer of the Year for basketball his freshman year (2020) and then the District Newcomer of the Year for football this past fall as a sophomore. He was one of my son’s best friends. A teammate he had played with since Little Dribblers as kids. Vonte didn’t play football his freshman year (he loves basketball more!) but my son talked him into it for sophomore year….in exchange my son agreed to continue to play basketball. He was a natural athlete (track star too!), one of the nicest and most polite young men you would ever meet. He was quiet and reserved and he loved to play basketball. And that’s just what he did tonight. Hundreds of the Alto community showed up. The softball game was stopped and everyone gathered outside the gym, praying. A vigil was held among all the high school and middle school students with a huge circle of folks arm in arm praying for a miracle. It was not to be this night. We do not understand and will never understand. It brought back a flood of memories and opened the wounds from when we lost our Cam’ron Matthews on the football field in 2015. A town should not have to endure one loss, much less two. I am having a tough time wrapping my mind around that. To be present at both games and witness the unthinkable is crushing. I know we will get through this and I know that our community will rally around the Mumphrey family. I know God will use this, but MAN IS IT HARD. Thank you to all those on Smoaky and beyond who have offered up thoughts and prayers. We need them. This is the young man we lost tonight (#9) and my son (#21), who is just devastated. Please say an extra prayer for him and his teammates. You know a small school…..EVERYONE is family and everyone feels the loss. It will be tough to get though this.
    17 points
  4. Who really cares about Covid any more. Masks don’t stop viruses, just our freedom. We Americans would never follow such ridiculous orders from an abusive authority. We would fight back and refuse. Or maybe we are more like sheep than we think. What color shirt should I wear on Friday, sir? I’m sure it matters.
    16 points
  5. Thank you all for your love and dedication to this country. For all of us who didn’t serve, make sure you go out of your way to shake a vets hand and thank him or her. I put this here instead of the political forum. It can get a little hairy over there. Just like we all love high school football, we should all show thanks and respect to our vets. My wife’s grandfather is a 103 year old WW2 vet and it makes him feel 70 years younger when someone thanks him. It’s important, so do it. God bless you vets.
    15 points
  6. I’ll finish it for you. Until we all come together and stop letting other people divide us.
    15 points
  7. About every year at this time I post an old article I wrote about playing my last game of varsity football and what a high school football coach meant to me. It's long, but I've always received tremendous feedback from the membership and from high school football coaches throughout Texas. So, here it is... Merry Christmas! Smoaky ===== Dear Coach, I've been fortunate enough to have played the game of football in this state, and yes, before you smirk, many years ago (late-70's) at Universal City Randolph. As a military brat, I played for three high schools in four years with my senior year being in north San Antonio at Randolph High. I loved the "Ro-Hawks" tradition and history. The program had one coach for nearly three decades, Bob Mickler, Sr. I transferred in from Japan before my senior year and he did everything but question my manhood when I walked thru that old field house door asking about practice. My father was with me, and I think that's about the only reason he didn't. He had the offensive line coach, Jimmy Turnbow walk me into the locker room, which had an old Universal weight machine right in the middle. As we walked toward the lockers, I heard Coach Mickler in the background, "give him the locker in between the Varsity and JV, he probably won't be here very long." I was already motivated by Coach Mickler's arrogance, and so that comment right then gave me super-charged energy. I had an earlier taste of Texas H.S. football when we lived in San Antonio prior to our four-year tour in Japan. My older brothers, Robert, Jr. and Michael both played at Roosevelt High, the Rough Riders, a school not far from Randolph Air Force Base, about 20-minutes away down I-35. Back then, the only school in between Randolph and Roosevelt was a place called Converse Judson. And, back then, Judson was just an average program with very little history. Well, we know that soon changed under D.W. Rutledge and Company. My brother, Robert, played for Roosevelt in 1971 and I remember watching big-boy Texas high school football his senior year, when Roosevelt stunned San Antonio Lee in a playoff game. Yep, the S.A. Lee team had a QB named Tommy Kramer, a wide receiver named Pat Rockett (who would later play MLB with the Braves) and a TE named Richard Osborne. Kramer was a record-setting QB at Rice and also played in the NFL. Osborne went on to play with the Eagles in the NFL. I had a really good taste of the bravado and passion of Texas High School Football. I didn't need a grumpy old coach to tell me anything I didn't know. Well, maybe Coach Mickler was just trying to push the right buttons and then again, maybe he didn't think I'd make the roster for the perennial power Ro-Hawks. I made a statement during the first day of workouts, and then the next one, and the first scrimmage and eventually started both ways at right guard and defensive end. Randolph once lost to Plano High School in the Class 2-A State Championship Game in 1967, and the Ro-Hawks made one playoff appearance after another, including trips to the quarterfinals and semifinals. The program has never suffered a losing season, but my senior season tested that tradition with an ugly 5-4-1. We lost a great all-state linebacker Donn McCorkindale to a knee injury in the middle of the season. We had some issues with leadership from the returning seniors, and since I was the "newbie" it was well into the season before I felt anyone was listening to me. My best friends were actually juniors, including Greg Brodman, a great athlete who was forced to sit out his junior season with the Texas transfer rules. Greg would later become a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and played a major role in Randolph's quarterfinal round team the next year. He played one year at Angelo State University before transferring to Trinity University. Greg was a great friend, and that's why the call I received in April 2005 crushed my soul when I found out he had suffered a massive heart attack and died. Military brats don't have the opportunity to have too many life-long friends, so the one's we know, we appreciate and then, before you know it, their father is transferred to another state or another country. Greg Brodman and I had a lot of incredible memories, some that only he and I will ever know, and some that I mentioned while having the honor of giving his Eulogy at Randolph Air Force Base that April Day in 2005. Every time Coach Mickler rode me hard, I dug deep inside and kept scratching and clawing while wanting to lash out at the lack of senior leadership on the team. But, this was well before I started hosting an afternoon talk show, the opinions just didn't flow out of my mouth like they do now. I did everything I could throughout my senior season, but I wasn't talented enough to make too much of a difference. We finished 5-4-1, and lost to Hays Consolidated 46-20 on the final night of the 1976 regular season. I remember picking up a blocked field goal and racing into the end zone, and since I hadn't been there in a while, I don't know what got into me, but I started a Billy White Shoes Johnson/Elmo Wright dance with my knees going up and down. The game was close at that time, but it sure wasn't much of a contest in the second half. I remember how we prepared all week on defending this high-octane Rebels Triple-Wishbone offense, but, it's not like we hadn't seen it before...the option back then was like the spread today...most everyone was running it. We actually ran a Pro-Style I-formation, which I always loved...it was what the pro's ran back then as if I ever had a chance to play past high school. Hays Consolidated turned out to be a really good program too, Smithson Valley, now 5-A was a new school back then, and we crushed them 34-0. I'll never forget I threw a block that sprung then sophomore Brad Swanson for a 99-yard TD run early in the game. I try and forget a lot of those games, but there are some that I try and hang onto a little bit. No, I'm not one of those old guys trying to act 17 or 20, I'm as 61 as they get, I weighed 175-pounds in high school and proud to say I've gone from 282 to 190 and holding steady. Following our final game and loss to Hays, I was just lost. I didn't understand how it could end this way, I thought these Ro-Hawks were a "perennial" power, how could we go 5-4-1 and not even make the playoffs? Really? Well, because we didn't have chemistry, we just never were as one as coaches like to say, we were very talented, but we didn't have "it" that season. I regret that entire season, basically from the first workout until that last second ticked off the clock and I looked at the scoreboard, 46-20. What the heck? I was upset, angry, frustrated and lost. My football career was over and I felt so useless. I sat in that same locker room where I met Coach Mickler and Coach Turnbow, and by the end of the season, my locker was near the front. I looked around at my buddy Rigo Santiago, who blocked that field goal. I glanced at another really good friend, Pete Wesp, the left guard and a really good junior linebacker, who was a junior, and who is now the AD/Football Coach at "our" Alma Mater. Dan Hargrove was to my right, Donn McCorkindale was up against the wall with a cast on his leg. Unfortunately, McCorkindale left us too early after after crashing during a fighter pilot exercise. There was junior quarterback Eric Cox who was sneaky speed and a really good arm, but he just wasn't quite ready to shine...the next year, he did and made some of his doubters from our 1976 team look awfully silly. You see, we were a fractured team, a group of seniors who were friends, but not "all in" in my opinion, and a junior class that was talented, but unable to take control of the locker room because of "tradition." Frustrating... I don't know how many minutes passed by before I heard some of the coaches talking and shaking the hands of each senior, one-by-one telling them good luck. That's when I felt this large shadow in front of me, I looked up and it was my head coach, Bob Mickler. The same Coach Mickler who questioned me, pushed me, called me a moron on more than one occasion (which I always deserved), and that man did that because he saw potential in me, he just wanted to find the right button to push. He did, and I loved that man, I loved proving him wrong, and I loved playing for him. He stopped in front of my locker as I refused to take off my shoulder pads and helmet, "Smoak, I want to thank you for everything you've given to this program, you were a God-send to us this season and I'll never forget you. You once had no clue about what or who was a Ro-Hawk, but you'll always be one of us." As tears were rolling down my cheeks, upset with failing the tradition of being a Randolph football player, tears from losing a game, my final game, and tears knowing I would never again put on a uniform. I knew, I knew my time as a football player had ended and I was coming to grips with that right then and there...right at that specific moment. Coach Mickler leaned down and just slightly tapped his hand on my helmet, and said, "It's time young man, you've done what you could do, it's time to move on and dammit, Coach English (another one of our asst. coaches) is trying to do the laundry and we need your jersey!" I cracked up and laughed my butt off, because only Coach Mickler could have such a twisted sense of humor in such an emotional time. He added, "You can keep that helmet, you deserve it, and you better never forget about this place, this locker room, this program." As you can tell, I never did, and I never will. That's why when my younger brother Philip had a monster game at linebacker in a district championship clinching victory over Medina Valley three years later, I climbed out of the stands onto the sideline, and as the clock expired, I ran onto the field and hugged him, and slapped his helmet about a dozen times, excited for him and for the program. My brother would later tell me, "You thumping me on my helmet was the toughest hit I'd taken all night." He was part of passing on the torch of that Randolph tradition. Many of you reading this might reflect back on your last play, your last game, your old high school football coach or greatest high school football memory. I loved that man, I loved Coach Mickler. And, that's why, when I walked into the newsroom at my radio station in Tyler back in 1991, I fell to my knees and cried out loud, when I ripped a story off the Associated Press wire, "Texas H.S. Football Coach Dies in Car Wreck." The headline caught my attention, the first sentence is something I'll never forget. It was the news that Bob Mickler, Sr. and his wife, were killed in a two car accident in the mountains in Mexico. It was less than five-minutes before I was about to host my afternoon sports talk show...and as sad and emotional as I was at that time, I reflected back on what Coach Mickler once said about adversity and character and being mentally tough. I somehow made it thru those three hours, because I brought up his death, his passion for coaching kids, and the impact a high school football coach, or any coach, or teacher can have on our children today. Coach Mickler is still listed among the all-time wins and winning percentage in Texas high school football history, and it's still shocking to me he's not in the Texas H.S. Football Hall of Fame. But, you see, he wasn't a hand shaker and politician, he was a no-nonsense football coach who won games and turned young boys into men. He was old school like I am now. He was one of my heroes in life and had a tremendous influence on my life. And, now perhaps more people can understand why I have such a passion for coaches and what they do for a living, win or lose. As another season approaches, let's understand the role of a coaching staff and the countless hours they spend with our kids, being their coach, teacher, and in some cases, their guardian and father. Thank you for your time. David Smoak [email protected]
    15 points
  8. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support I am glad to be out of the hospital, still have 4 weeks of IV antibiotics from home ahead of me but I'm on the mend.
    14 points
  9. There are a few things wrong with this for me. First, you aren't comparing the same thing. Setting aside whether or not one agrees with the mercy rule in 6-man, it is a higher scoring game inherently. Also, generally speaking, the reason schools play 6-man football is because they don't have the enrollment to play 11-man - ergo, they don't really have much in the way of playing backups and even then, if the other team just isn't very good, it doesn't stop the scoring anyway. This is not to say that I agree with the mercy rule, but merely to point out that you are comparing two very different games from a scoring perspective. Second, when a team wins by 85 in 11-man, it makes a few waves. People hear about it and talk about it. If the margin of victory is higher, it makes the news, so there is not some epidemic of 85+ point blowouts happening that needs fixing - otherwise, they would not be noteworthy when they happen. Third, a mercy rule deprives playing time for kids on the winning side that otherwise not get to see the field. Remember, we are talking about KIDS playing a GAME here. Some of the more dominant teams can put up 60 points in a half - and for the most part, these teams send in the second team in the second half of these games and might get one or two more scores. These kids would not get to play if you add a mercy rule. Fourth, when the winning team sends in the second, third, JV call-ups after having the game in hand, a mercy rule would deprive kids on the losing side the chance to play football against a squad more on their level. There is not much fun in playing against a team who doesn't allow you to gain a yard while scoring on you every third play. If the mercy rule existed, that's all those kids would experience. Let's be honest, the teams that are losing by 85 points are losing big to everyone. If there were a mercy rule, none of them would get to play meaningful football. Only when the backups come in do they get to experience running a play that gains actual yardage. At that point in the game - down by 40, 50, 60, etc. They might as well be down by 100. The score is arbitrary at that point. The mercy rule would only add insult to injury. You're not good enough to finish this game, kids. Sorry. That's not a message I would ever want to send to kids who just want to play a game. So, no - it is not time for a mercy rule. EDIT : I have gone back the last 10 years looking at the rankings for the largest margin of victories in all classifications of 11-man football. Using 85 because that's the number you used - the number of games in ALL classifications of 11-man football for the last 10 years that had a margin of victory of 85 or more is 18. This is a tiny number. In 2020, there were 1,085 11-man football teams in Texas. Generally speaking, each of those teams plays 10 games. This would be 10,850 team games. Since two teams play in each game, the actual number of games would be half that - so 5,425 games. Plus there are 567 (63 per classification * 9 classifications) playoff games played each year for a total of 5,992 games per year - - times 10 years, and we get close to 60,000 11-man football games that have been played in the last decade. Of these 60,000 or so games, in only 18 of them was the margin of victory 85 or more.
    14 points
  10. https://www.texasfootball.com/article/2021/02/03/he-was-homeless-and-worked-from-3-7-am-to-make-ends-meet-now-he-s-signed-to-play-college-football?ref=article_preview_title
    14 points
  11. Mr. Sammy Owens infamously aka Powerlifter and one of the most die hard WOS fans to ever be passed away last night.
    13 points
  12. I don’t respond to many things especially rumors. But I’m going to clear the air so you know the truth. Last year we got in a lightning delay and it showed on the radar to not clear out until 10-11 pm. So both coaches decided not to wait it out. I offered San Augustine to drive back the next day but because it was a holiday weekend they didn’t want to do that. Not because they were scared to play Waskom. We agreed to play for 2 years we were young and coming off a 5-5 season. This year your new coach who got the job in May decided he didn’t want to play us on June 18th. Which he was on staff there. He said he didn’t wanna play us with such a young team and how many kids we have coming back and that we made the semi final last year. He said he had to do what’s right for kids and program cause we are to physical to be playing with such a young group. My opinion is that’s bull ####. You sign up and play. Shelbyville didn’t cancel they are young with a new coach. San Augustine is keeping West Rusk on the schedule does that mean West rusk isn’t any good. They won there dist and made it to the Third round with a bunch of talent remaining. So In our society we tell our kids to quit when times get tough and athletics we try to change that mentality all the time. Looks like to me San Augustine is sending there kids the wrong message. When San Augustine made 2-3 trips to semi in a row. I wonder how many teams wanted to cancel on them. But didn’t
    13 points
  13. You should probably stay home if you need alcohol to enjoy Texas HS football.
    13 points
  14. On behalf of the Smoaky staff and its members, I’d like to take this moment to announce our newest member of the SDC Hall of Fame. This poster has helped make this site great with his posts. When the story of SDC gets told, it’s impossible not to to tell it without him. Congratulations to @Hagar!!!
    12 points
  15. Austin is an absolute train wreck of a city. Thanks to being overtaken by communists, violent crime is skyrocketing. If the UIL wants to use some of the $$ they rob from schools every year to build a multi-sport complex to host events, great. But there’s at least ten cities in Texas better suited to hosting it than Austin.
    12 points
  16. Hello smoaky friend. Just wanted to say that if you live in the east Texas area and are unable to get out and get the things that you NEED then feel free to contact me and I'll volunteer my service to you. I have a few masks and enough gloves that I feel fairly safe to help you get your neccessary groceries or prescriptions. I'm offering this help for free to anyone here in NEED. If you are needing assistance then please feel free to send me a message and I'll do whatever I can. Do not risk getting outside if you don't have the proper PPE. I'm am fortunate enough that I do and I'm going to use it the best way I can. Its only April 4th and April 30th is so far away. If you were unable to prepare for these hard times please do not panic. I'll help any of you however I can. Thank you. God bless and stay safe.
    12 points
  17. Your service is appreciated.....have a great Veteran's Day........
    12 points
  18. Let God back in school, put the board back in the principal’s hand, bring back yes sir, no sir, yes mam, no mam, please, may I , and thank you. Students need to fear punishment and respect authority. If the student or there parents won’t allow it, kick their butts out of school. When I was young and got in trouble at school, it was much worse when I got home.
    11 points
  19. Please dont....if you dont want to subscribe that's fine I understand, but subscriptions help keep me employed and help me take the time to do the research for these and other projects. I dont like to work for free and I dont imagine anyone likes working for free
    11 points
  20. The health effects of the virus are way below predictions, but what we are now doing has a powerful sociological effect on people. The fearfulness needs to stop and the pandemic needs to be declared over.
    11 points
  21. The journey began in December of 1997 when my dad and I attended my first Lobo game. That game just happened to be the state championship game against Katy. I remember the atmosphere, pregame and the band. However most of all I remember the fans, the barking, howling fans and the train horn. Everyone remembers a missed opportunity to win a state championship. I remember how I got hooked on Lobo football. Each year we would follow Longview until they lost, not ready to end the season we would look at the remaining playoff games. After deciding which game to go watch, off we would go until the end of the season. I would be scared to know just how many miles we drove over the years but man did we see some of the best players and games that Texas High school football has to offer. Each week of each season for the next 21 years were spent planning for Friday night football. Dad had it down to a science. He would pickup tickets, game gear, check the weather, plan the route, pick the restaurant and the best escape route after the games. After work on game day it was a mad rush to get home, change and get on the road. Thanks to dad we were always at the gate early enough to pick our seats (50 yard line about half way up). To pass the time on the drive to the game and back home we discussed any of a number of topics but often the discussion included game strategy, players, and coaching for both teams as well as what we thought could have been done different, we were high school football experts in the car. At the game we were among the most loyal of Lobo fans. Over the years we were blessed to see each Championship game that the Lobos played in and like most fans the anticipation built each season. So many seasons we felt the talent was there but the season ended in coulda, shoulda, woulda. In 2017 I began to work the Longview home games on the sidelines. It was a bittersweet year as I was able to get permission for my dad to be on the sidelines with me. For dad it was a dream come true, he had one of the best seats in the house. He even got tackled on one play and at 77 years old he just looked up at me and smiled. He knew he made it on the big screen. The 2017 season ended with hope that 2018 would be the year Longview would win the state championship. 2017 was also the year we discovered dad had Lewy Body Dementia. In 2018 we held our breath and crossed our fingers as each game was played. Anyone who watches football knows (especially Lobo fans) that even if you have the team and the talent all it takes is a key injury or just plain bad luck and your done. That season we only went to the home games because of the progression of dads dementia. When the playoffs began we hit the road for what I knew would be our last season of Lobo Football together. We watched and game by game the Lobos won, but each week seemed to bring more and more confusion for dad. Finally we were back at Jerry’s world in hopes of finally watching Longview bring home the ever elusive state championship. No one in ATT stadium wanted to see Longview win more than I did. I wanted it for the kids and the fans but I needed it for me and my dad. As always dad wanted to get there early so we watched the Highland park game before the Longview game. I could tell dad was struggling as he asked questions he should have known the answer to, I could see his frustration growing. We were able to last the entire game and after 21 years and four state championship games dad got to see Longview win that trophy. In July 2019 needing 24 hour care, I was finally forced to place dad in a nursing home. Dad was a outside kinda man and being in a memory care unit was like caging a wild animal. This past Saturday after two weeks of battling Covid 19 alone, dad passed away. I will miss watching the games and the long drives to and from, but more than anything else I will miss the games and the drives with dad. We finally got the perfect end to a football season but it was also the not so perfect ending of what was way more than just a game. A huge Thank you goes to coach King and the Lobos for one Hell of a ride to the end.
    11 points
  22. I did my own research from what the CDC has given us:.4% of the US population has contracted COVID-19.The death rate of 30-39 age group accounts for .2% of all deaths from COVID-19.The next age group up (40-49) accounts for .4% of all deaths from COVID-19.In NYC of the 309 deaths of 30-39 year olds, 240 of them had underlying conditions, 40 more they were unsure about. Only 26 died with no underlying causes. Ages 15-24 have had a total of 48 COVID-19 deaths. That is .7% death rate among kids that get infected. Meaning 7 people out of every 1000. And since we are going crazy with stats, I will let you do a little math from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htmTake all deaths, subtract covid deaths, subtract pneumonia deaths, that will leave you with influenza deaths. Notice how similar the stats are? And we have vaccines and treatments for influenza. Do we really need to wait for a vaccine to live life again? This crap is literally insane. The media is taking #s and spoon feeding it to the masses. What they aren't doing is telling you the truth. 70% or more of COVID deaths are from the elderly or individuals with underlying conditions. Instead of locking the world up, LOCK THOSE PEOPLE UP! We are killing our country, not the virus, US! Remember the huge transgender push? That was less than 1% of the population forcig us to let boys compete as girls. We are letting the government tell us to rot inside our homes and go broke for about 1/2 % of the US population who just tested positive for the virus. So of that 1/2% of the population, you can see the fraction of a percent up there of the infected. Meaning we are hiding from the 1/2 percent of the 1/2 percent. You liberal scared people, go hide in your hole and live off of scraps. I want to go back to work.
    11 points
  23. If this happens what would Hughes Springs complain about next?
    11 points
  24. Lobos: Last night was a hard loss. I, for one, was in shock after the game, and I'm sure some still are today. But I want to focus on what this team has accomplished. We've witnessed something most of us have wondered for years if we ever would. We saw this team own the states longest winning streak, at 27 games! We saw countless records set over the last few seasons. Even more, we saw our Lobos (most of us in person) bring home a State Championship!! The pride and excitement we have all experienced the last few years, has been amazing! We have a saying in Longview...'Once a Lobo, ALWAYS a Lobo'. I could not be more proud of what our team has accomplished, and I could not be more proud to be a Lobo!
    11 points
  25. If the "good" in the communities made it a point to be as loud and involved as the "bad" in the communities, coaches might stay. I talked to a coach the other day that made the comment "I dreaded home games". He was an assistant up in the box and couldn't walk down at halftime or after a game without getting yelled at, mouthed at, or stared at. He would rather walk down the visitor stands at an away game than "his" community's. Everything has been mentioned. Long hours, average pay, no stability, no support. For years people have said if you don't like it find another profession. "If your not in it for the kids" or blah blah. Well people are finding other professions.
    10 points
  26. Since covid, lots of teachers, coaches, and even AD's are getting out. As was said above lots of administrations have become impossible to deal with as they seemed to have gone insane after covid. Communities have also changed drastically during this time. Add in rogue parents who have become even more emboldened through political rhetoric, on either side, and you are now seeing the result on education. There are many on this site that will disagree, but they are probably not in the mix of it. The kids are still the same kids we all were during our youth, the parents and surrounding environment around them has changed and has caused 'the job' to much harder than it was as little as 5 years ago.
    10 points
  27. Coach Grigsby was the offensive coordinator at Alto for 3 years and then at Center for 1 year. I never had access to the headsets to know who was calling what but I know that Coach Meeks had a lot of faith in Coach Grigsby, enough to bring him to Alto with him as a young assistant and then take him to 4A Center. You know, I understand that you and some other outsiders may find this hire intriguing. I get it. Coach Meeks was the first hire outside our program in quite a while that had not been a head coach. Generally over our history we have either hired a coach with head coaching experience OR a well deserving assistant coach who has been promoted. This is as close to that situation as could be. EVERYONE at Alto LOVED Coach Grigsby when he was here. My son, who was in 7th grade at the time, came home after the first time he met this man and all he could do was talk about him and his energy and what he said or what he did. For three years this man coached and mentored these kids and built relationships with all of them. They would absolutely run through a brick wall for him and I do not know one person with anything negative to say about him. So when this position came open, and certainly with the devastating loss of Vonte, it made sense to hire Coach Grigsby. For such a time as this…..these kids need this man. He has been there to not only be their coach, but to love on them while they have been hurting, to minister to them in their time of need. And not just current players, but former players, too. The kids are over the top excited to have him back and the timing is perfect. Parents, admin, teachers, community….WE are behind him. 7-0 board vote and a big WELCOME BACK meet and greet Wednesday night with over 50 folks in attendance. Everyone is excited, and it is palpable. We are pressing on with faith in our future, looking forward to Coach Grigsby’s leadership. As we like to say around here, we are ALTOgether. Hope this helps you to understand a little bit why Coach Grigsby was THE CHOICE for our AD/HFC. We believe in him.
    10 points
  28. Reflection On the Whitney Keeling Years The year was 2010 and Waskom was coming off a dismal 0-10 Football season and a change of coaching was coming our way. Speculation was everywhere, people was wondering who would come to a town where the football program was in disarray and missing the playoffs for 17 years and that was with the 3-team playoff format. Waskom didn’t pay enough for a really big-name football coach so it was going to be a crap shoot anyway you looked at it. Word finally got out and the new coach was going to be Whitney Keeling, never heard of him, but then again, I have never heard of a lot of people and then I heard he was a soccer coach and I thought what is Jimmy Cox and the board thinking. After reflecting on things someone has to coach soccer and usually a football coach is assigned that position long with coaching football. Again, Waskom was going to get an assistant coach but what the heck maybe we will hit pay dirt. Whitney got to bring in a new OC and DC in Kubiak and Pearson so maybe the fresh blood would change attitudes of the kids, first year we went 3-7 lot better than 0-10. Next year we broke out of the gate going 5-0 and I said look out but we lost the next 5 and went 5-5 but we did play EF close and that means something. Next year the numbers in the program were growing and we had another good year going 7-3 but had a illegal player and had to forfeit the 7 wins but then again we had some really good 10th and 11th graders and I was thinking we might be pretty good if everything works out. 2013 saw Waskom come out slaughtering everyone, I said Hey this new flexbone offense is hard to stop when it is ran right. Waskom slaughter EF and was 9-0 going into the game with Hughes Springs which was also 9-0, I was worried looking for the bitter seed of defeat to fall but it never did as we put a whipping on HS also to take our first district crown since 1987. The excitement of going to the playoffs had rejuvenated the community and the football program, we slaughtered Union Grove 56-17 2nd round beat Rosebud Lott 53-37 3rd round we beat Crawford 33-14. Everyone was celebrating the fact we had never gone this far in the playoffs and we had 14-0 Corrigan Camden to beat for the regional Title. The game was nip and tuck until the very end when Waskom stopped CC on a two-point conversion to win the game 22-20. It was so cold it started snowing at the end of the game as Waskom was headed to the State Semi-Final game against Refugio. The excitement to be going to Houston to play on the big stage with the winner going to Arlington and Waskom first chance at a state championship, Waskom got out to a 14-0 lead and I thought here we come Arlington, but I would have to wait as a seasoned Refugio team came back and tore us up with the spread offense. Whitney had given us a little taste and even though we lost the taste was there plus we had almost every player coming back next year. The story doesn’t end there but mine does as history will tell you Waskom had become a much respected football school which teams no longer lined up for their homecoming game, with Whitney at the helm Waskom would win two state titles and go to 5 semi-finals. I thank Whitney and the coaches who coached under him for the best 12 years a coach ever had at Waskom and I was lucky to go along for the ride. I wish Whitney, Kubiak the best as they move on to a new adventure in football and look forward to a new adventure myself as Waskom brings on a new AD and coaches. Here to you Whitney, thanks for the memories, PS I have enough hoodies to last a lifetime Ken
    10 points
  29. RIP to Joe Lafayette passed away today from Covid smh he was a member of our 3 peat from 08-10. Rest easy #6
    10 points
  30. I will not gloat. But this is a program defining win. To beat the best is an incredible honor. A day we Cougar fans will never forget!
    10 points
  31. Each year before the bi-district round of the UIL state playoffs the question about the number of teams in the playoffs is brought up. The reasoning behind having 4 teams from each district is to make sure that deserving teams assigned to a very difficult district will have a chance to advance even if their district record is not one of the top two in the strong district. So, the stats from this year's first round are as follows: 5A D1: 25% of the 4th place teams won over a district champion. 25% of the 3rd place teams defeated a 2nd place team 5A D2: 12.5% of 4th place teams beat district champions. 43.75% of the 3rd place teams won. 4A D1: 31% of 4th place teams beat a champion. 37.5% of the 3rd place teams beat a 2nd place team. 4A D2: 12.5% of 4th place teams were succesful. 43.75% of 3rd place teams came out on top. 3A D1: No 4th place team beat a district champion. 43.75% of 3rd place teams won. 3A D2: 18.75% of 4th place teams advanced. 37.5% of 3rd place teams moved on. 2A D1: 6% of 4th place teams won. 37.5% of 3rd place teams advanced. 2A D2: 12.5% of champions lost. 31% of 3rd place teams beat the runnersup. In 6A D1, 31% of the 2nd ranked teams won and in D2 the number of 2 seeds winning was 40%. Overall, 5A and down saw 26% of the lower district places winning. The lower ranked team won 31% of the time when all classes are considered. *I'm not a math guy and I could've made a mistake or two in the calculations, but overall I think we can see that in a winner take all or two teams advancing we'd have about 30% of "deserving" teams sitting at home.
    10 points
  32. Yes.....what 6 man does is up to them...i don't even consider THAT to be football.......but there is nothing wrong with 11 man .....if you don't want to get beat by 85, schedule better or GET better.......
    10 points
  33. COVID is not nearly as powerful as a group of ticked off board members who are upset about little Johnny not getting to be the QB.
    10 points
  34. I'm not a sheep being manipulated by a politically motivated propagandist media.....its infectious but flu kills a LOT more than this will......all this bs is pure over reaction being fed by propaganda.....
    10 points
  35. As long as kids are working hard, learning about dealing with ups and downs, being a part of a brotherhood then I would think its still beneficial
    10 points
  36. This is one Gunter player I’m proud of and I’m sure there all this way. This young man waited around to speak to our coach and congratulate him and tell him he’d be praying for him. THIS is what high school football is about.
    10 points
  37. Hi @RHSeaglefan , just wanted to say hello and you might think about checking your own house before you start throwing stones. At least 4 fights in Rusk this week alone and a starter booted off the baseball team….. Generally my rule is that if you can’t say something nice, keep your mouth shut. I know not everyone in this day and age of the keyboard warriors can do that. I try. I don’t generally talk about family business/drama on social media…..that’s handled in house where it belongs. Yes, there have been some issues at Alto HS but better days ahead. Being in portable buildings for 3 years has been a challenge. Not many other schools can relate. Kids having to travel from that portable campus through the parking lot to cafeteria, ag building, field house, gym, library. It’s been kind of a logistical nightmare with everyone spread all over, battling the elements and having more freedoms than are normal. We did the best we could do under the circumstances. We dedicated our new high school building on Tuesday and kids are finally HOME in our brand new, state-of-the-art facility starting tomorrow (Monday). This is an incredible positive. And what a night of celebration we had Tuesday with close to 1,000 folks in attendance! Our superintendent, who has been in the district for 25+ years, is a hero. A few folks (very few…a handful actually) have bashed her, but she has absolutely handled these situations (from tornadoes to death to public forums) with grace, love, and determination along the hard road. She did not have to schedule any forums at all. There are public meetings once a month in the form of board meetings and do you know how many folks have spoken in community comments prior to the forums? The answer is zero this year. In the last 10 years, there have been 5 times when someone has spoken. And the majority of those were POSITIVE comments. She scheduled forums to LISTEN to the concerns. She had 3 forums, one for each campus for convenience sake….not because things were so bad that it took 3 forums. Really, everything that was said could’ve been said at one forum in one night. Basically the same couple people spoke at each forum. The news people picked up the story (I’m sure they got a call) after the first one and ran with it, casting the district in the worst possible light. That’s what the news does. It’s how they generate interest and get clicks on their sites. You mentioned that “about 100 kids from the entire district have transferred out to Rusk, Wells, ext., hence the drop to small 2A.” I checked on that and you are wrong. 30 kids total district wide are transfers OUT (including home schoolers) while 29 kids total are transfers IN. I hate that any kid would transfer out because we have a great school district but that is a far cry from the 100 you state. I’m excited about our future. As was stated at our dedication ceremony last week, our future is now in the form of this beautiful new facility. We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our rich history and tradition last week, and now we look to our future….ALTOgether. The athletic department launched the #goldstandard meeting the same night and the highest expectations have been set. Great days ahead for sure! We also dedicated the new coliseum and the court was named after Vonte: the Devonte Mumphrey Memorial Court. How fitting!! AND his dad got to sink the first free throw that night. It was amazing and special to celebrate Vonte’s memory and our new facility. Here are a few links about our dedication to check out! Good to see that news stations do POSITIVE features also! https://www.ktre.com/2022/05/11/alto-isd-dedicates-new-buildings-wake-devastating-tornado/ https://www.ketk.com/news/local-news/alto-isd-unveils-new-buildings-names-basketball-court-after-student-who-passed-away/ https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/alto-community-continues-to-remember-high-school-basketball-player/501-d53a139c-2136-472b-b999-3ae0020149ad https://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com/news/the-wait-is-over-alto-isd-dedicates-3-new-school-buildings/article_e78a14dc-d0c9-11ec-afa4-af35d0a223c7.html?utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1UDDXobLEFMIouw5CWVnEUXgstG8KH8XPt8rGhyvfGrbr6Toz9YpLxrQc
    9 points
  38. It’s not just small districts struggling to fill positions, it’s a problem in bigger ones too. And not just that, we have a work problem period. FedEx can’t get enough workers to get deliveries on time, food services have “now hiring” plastered everywhere…it’s an issue finding people who want to actually put forth effort. There have also been some self-inflicted wounds in the coaching community. Used to, if a coach wanted a raise they went into admin. Now some of the stipends are high enough coaches can stay in coaching longer and get their numbers up. Because of that, you now have that administrator who has 3 years of kindergarten experience working their way up the administrative ladder and it’s helped to turn education at local levels into more of a dog and pony show than education really needs to be. I’m glad coaches are getting paid better, but this is going to be a growing problem. One administrator I’ve heard of in Katy ISD struggled with 1st graders and was a high school campus principal. Instead of holding kids accountable it was always “what are you doing to engage those struggling students?” How many former coaches can you hear saying that? We’re also in a stretch of the entitled coach who has never had to grind through anything and if they’re told no they quit and go pout. We’ve also reached a level of select ball fever that coaches can do what they want job wise and take on a “stipend” of whatever they want to charge for their players. Realistically there are a lot of factors contributing to the educator shortage and I’m afraid that unless our mindset changes as a nation it’s going to get worse…even in Texas.
    9 points
  39. Ever since a shift that happened from it being the kids and parents responsible and Admin actually helping. To today where its all the teachers fault and Admin put more and more on teachers plate and don't protect the teachers from parents. All this causes burnout and really good people leaving the profession.
    9 points
  40. The parents today are what's wrong with this country. They blame everyone else and think the world is against their angels when they get in trouble for actually doing illegal things or acting up in school and such. When I was coming up you got in trouble in school or out in public, you had it coming again when you got home
    9 points
  41. We are all entitled to our opinions....and we can all be more than one thing...I'm a reporter, but I'm also an executive with a major bank and I've also consulted with multiple ISD's on their searches for head football coaches and count numerous superintendents and athletic directors as friends and people I can call to bend the ear of.....so I believe my opinion may be a bit more educated than what leads you to believe
    9 points
  42. The libnuts in Austin don't need anything from REAL AMERICANS.....keep it at Jerry World......
    9 points
  43. 5 minutes and free but still won’t stop the virus.
    9 points
  44. Good people, who otherwise cannot attend in person via all sorts of circumstances, would also love and be willing to send money to the school to watch these games online and support the kids. Not to mention, for schools who have the capacity, streaming/production services can be set up as part of a journalism/new media curriculum and help support kids who want to be around the competition, but who may not fit the mold of athlete, cheer/dance, band, etc. It also gives those students real-world practice to reinforce classroom instruction.
    9 points
  45. Crazy how everyone wants and needs a game but at same time no one wants or needs a game.
    9 points
  46. Folks we have been privileged to watch historic games and seasons under John King. Y’all should have been watching 82 through 96 and then some. I remember when making it to the second or third round was awesome. I remember beating Highland Park like a drum then getting robbed against Plano. Other that that we just couldn’t go very far. 3 state championship appearances and 2 semifinals in 11 years. That was what dreams were made of back in the day. We are blessed. Thank you Coach King and company.
    9 points
  47. Lower the concession stand prices from NFL price to High School price.
    9 points
  48. I am going to tell on MYSELF....back in 197%$#@@....when I was a senior.....kid brings a M-60(firecracker) to school....shows to all of us and asks"What we going to do with THIS???....wrong question.....I went to my car....got some firecrackers pulled out the fuses....made a LONG fuse....went back into the school....found one of our "buds" that smoked and "borrowed" a cigarette....tied everything together....went into the boys bathroom...had those OLD steam heaters and we lit the cigarette and dropped in the heater.....went to class.....5 min. later BOOM!!!!...WOW it sounded VERY LOUD!!!!....THEN the principal came to OUR English class and said (NAMES HAVR BEEN CHANGED to protect ME)...."I NEED TO SEE MR. SMITH MR. JONES AND MR. WILLIAMS IN MY OFFICE NOW!!!!!!....BUT we didn't go to his office...we went straight to the Supt. office....who was an old Korean War AIR VET ACE!!!!!!!.....we walked in he was NOT HAPPY.....told us to follow him...took us to the Bathroom...was completely destroyed.....glass on the floor...BIG crack down ALL 5 STANDUP urinals.....and the heater....well the heater was sitting between the "sit downs" between #3and #4.........he asked WHO was going to pay...told him..."I guess who ever did this was going to pay".....Supt turns to ME and asks SIR where is the steam heater?....I said between #3 and #4....he grabs me by the shirt....and pulls me to him all 6'4 of him and ASKS "and do you know WHO was in #4 when that THANG WENT OFF???!!!!!!!....................................I WAS!!!!!!!!!.....$287.17 WAS MY 1/3......TODAY....WE WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT UNDER THE JAIL CELL.....never to be heard from again......but at class reunions.....EVERY TIME!!!!!.....Hey unibomber!!!!
    9 points
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