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Silsbee Tigers District 21-AAA

Aug. 27 at Houston Waltrip Sept. 3 vs. Cleveland Sept. 10 vs. Lumberton Sept. 17 at Newton Sept. 24 vs. Jasper ** Oct. 1 OPEN Oct. 8 at Orangefield* Oct. 15 vs. Bridge City* Oct. 22 at Hardin-Jefferson* Oct. 29 at West Orange-Stark* Nov. 5 vs. Hamshire-Fannett*

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Kountze Lions Varsity Football 2010

Lady Tigers succeed thanks to teamwork SILSBEE TIGERS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

As Lindsey Leach watched her team lose to Orangefield late in the District 21-3A run, a game that knocked Silsbee out of playoff contention, she tried to figure out what she was missing. Then it hit her ... Teamwork. Even after seeing some success early in the season and some sparks of moving in the right direction in district, the Lady Tigers never really seemed to come together as a team. It was an ingredient Coach Leach knew had to exist to ensure a winning program. Recently, the Silsbee girls attended a volleyball camp at Stephen F. Austin State University. Aside from the fact that the girls came away with a trophy for playing well in the camp tournament, the Lady Tigers were awarded the Teamwork trophy. Coach Leach couldn’t have been more proud. “They won a trophy for play-

Members of the 2010 Silsbee Lady Tigers Varsity Volleyball team include, back from left, Kolbie Kruft, Cymone Toole, Gretchen Stancil, Katelyn Alexander, and Janci Burns; and front from left, Katy Adams, Chelsea Neely, Dyanna Stricklan, Janeicia Myers and Nikkiea Patterson

ing well but that didn’t mean half as much as the fact that they were recognized for playing together as a team,” said Coach Leach. “We have exactly the thing we were missing at the end of last year.” Most of the 2009 squad is

returning, including team co-captains and seniors Chelsea Neely and Katy Adams. Neely is one of the Lady Tigers’ top hitters with 276 kills a year ago. She also had 48 blocked shots, 43 of those solo stops, and 194 digs. She earned

Outstanding Middle Hitter in alldistrict picks last year. Adams had 11 blocks, 23 kills, 132 digs and 33 set assists during her junior season. Other seniors returning are Dyanna Stricklan and Nikki Patterson, while Janeicia Myers will play her first year on varsity as a senior. Myers and sophomore Cymone Toole, both members of the varsity volleyball team, bring quite a bit of athleticism to the program. They were members of last year’s state championship 800-meter relay team. Toole played half the season on varsity a year ago. Junior Janci Burns played some last season and Coach Leach is expecting her to step up this season and make a big impact on the team. Kolbie Kruft played on varsity last season and Gretchen Stancil is back as the team’s libero. Katelyn Alexander was the

Sept. 7 at Kirbyville Sept. 9-11 at Dickinson Tournament Sept. 14 at Liberty Sept. 17 West Brook Sept. 21 WOrange-Stark* Sept. 28 at Bridge City* Oct. 1 at H-Fannett* Oct. 5 Hardin-Jefferson* Oct. 8 at Orangefield* Oct. 12 at WOrange-Stark* Oct. 15 Bridge City* Oct. 19 Hamshire-Fannett* Oct. 22 at H-Jefferson* Oct. 26 Orangefield*

team’s backup setter a year ago and Leach says she will make a much bigger impact this season. Burns had 27 kills a year ago with seven blocked shots and 30 digs, while Stricklan picked up 123 kills and 152 digs for the Lady Tigers. Alexander had 20 kills and 89 digs, while Stancil had 57 digs and Kruft, a junior now, had 39 assists. Silsbee finished the non-district season 13-6, starting out 1-3 but winning eight of the next nine games. Though not good enough to get them into the playoffs, the Lady Tigers finished a respectable 6-4 in district play. “It was the first time Silsbee hasn’t been in the playoffs in something like 20 years,” said Leach. “We certainly don’t want to continue that sort of thing. Winning here is a tradition and we are determined to get back to that this year.”

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state champion Cayuga in the Region III semifinals. Three starters are back from a team that put up an amazing 43 points a game. Tre Sherman led the rushing attack with 12 touchdowns on the ground and eight through the air. Five starters are back on defense for a squad that allowed just 13 points a game on average. Once district starts in October, this new entry could make things very difficult. The Colmesneil Bulldogs nearly pulled off the upset in Week 10 last season to make a clean sweep of District 23-A, losing to Evadale 21-18 to wind up in second place. Five starters are back on offense, including senior running back Cody Berry who had 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Four starters come back on defense with Burton picking up 115 tackles and eight sacks a year ago. Giving Colmesneil its biggest challenge from below will be West Sabine. The Tigers return 16 starters from last season, including eight on offense. Devonte Thomas is back at QB after putting up 2,000 yards passing and 12 TDs a year ago. On defense, eight starters return from a squad that surrendered 23 points a game. This crew will be led by Weatherspoon, who had 120 tackles and five interceptions a

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year ago. Jason Henry will take the reins at West Hardin this season after the Oilers finished 5-5 overall and 4-3 in district play this past season. Eight starters return on offense and nine more on defense. On offense, the line has four starters back, making any growing pains in the backfield much easier to take. Last year, the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats finished third and advanced to the playoffs where they lost to Lovelady 48-7. This year, H-D won’t have to wait so long to see Lovelady as they meet Oct. 29 in a district showdown. Three starters are back for the Bobcats on offense and three more return on defense. Among the top prospects is all-district running back Keith Gilmore, who scored 10 touchdowns last season.

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Silsbee Tigers Junior Varsity Football

Cardinals count on aerial attack for quick points Win or lose, the 2010 football season will be historic for Lamar University. For the first time since the finale of the 1989 season, a 22-17 victory over McNeese State, Cardinal fans will have the chance to watch Lamar play football. What’s even more fun for local residents is that many Southeast Texas athletes will be seen in the Lamar Red-and-White jerseys as the season begins, including a great number of players from Hardin County. Among those are, from Silsbee, Josh James and Zach Skinner, and from Lumberton, Kyle Gillam, Anthony Beard, Mark Murrill, Jacob Hanna and Cody Hussey. The Cardinals will play a full 11-game schedule that opens, ironically enough, against their last ever opponent McNeese State on Sept. 4. Lamar will play its first home game in over two decades the following weekend against Webber International in the newly renovated and renamed Provost-Umphrey Stadium. Former NFL player Ray Woodard has been tabbed by President James Simmons to take on the task of leading the Lamar program. Woodard came to Lamar after one highly successful season as the head coach at Navarro College, and prior to that spent several seasons as a coach and defensive coordinator at both the college and professional levels. “Lamar fans have waited 21 years for football to return, and the wait if finally over,” said Woodard. “I am excited an honored to have this tremendous opportunity to lead the program into this new era. Fall should be an exciting time on campus and I am looking forward to it.

LAMAR CARDINALS SCHEDULE

Lamar Head Coach Ray Woodard, left, gestures during the Cardinals’ first intersquad scrimmage in November 2009. Woodard, along with a coaching staff that includes Defensive Coordinator Roger Hinshaw, right, will lead the Cardinals into their first season since the program was shut down in 1989.

“We’re not conceding games to anyone on the schedule. We are preparing as a team and coaching staff to win and our goal is to improve every day.” Woodard and his staff have signed two recruiting classes with several players spending the past school year on campus waiting for the opportunity to perform in a live game in front of the Cardinal faithful. A mix of Division I transfers, junior college signees and freshman newcomers should make the 2010 season one to remember.

Offense

Lamar will run a multiple set offense which will allow the Cardinals to utilize a mobile quarterback and speed at the receiver positions. More often than not, LU will line up with only one running back. However, the Cardinals will place a pair of running backs in the backfield at times. Directing the Cardinal offense will be junior quarterback Andre Bevil, a West Orange-Stark graduate who played two years at

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Sept. 4 at McNeese, 7 p.m. Sept. 11 vs. Webber Int., 6 Sept. 18 at SE Louisiana, 6 Sept. 25 at SFAustin, 6 Oct. 2 vs. Sam Houston St., 6 Oct. 9 vs. Langston, 6 Oct. 16 vs. South Alabama, 6 Oct. 30 at N. Dakota, noon Nov. 6 at Georgia St., 1 Nov. 13 vs. S. Dakota, 6 Nov. 20 vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State, 6

Navarro College. He will use a strong, accurate arm and an elusive running style to lead the Carinals. A quartet of talented freshmen will provide depth at the QB position. Bevil will have a familiar target at wide receiver as junior college teammate J.J. Hayes will utilize his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to move the ball down the field. While Hayes provides the size at the receiver position, speedsters Barry Ford, Donte Lopez, Marcus Jackson, Josh Powdrill, and Brent Walters will help stretch the field. “I like the receiving corps,” said Woodard. “I think it will be the strength of our offense. Combined with a pair of experienced, talented tight ends, we should be able to move the ball through the air.” Not only do Lamar’s tight ends bring talent and experience, but Billy Chavis and Kevin Davis bring an abundance of size. At 6-4, 258 and 6-5, 250, Chavis and Davis will provide solid blocking and huge targets for Cardinal quarterbacks. The running back position may

be the biggest question mark for the LU offense coming out of spring practice. Freshman Jordan Nixon, Caleb Harmon, and Keaton Parker, and senior transfer Kwabena Asante will battle for carries in the backfield. Providing the protection for Bevil and opening holes for the running backs will be a large, talented offensive line that got even deeper over the summer with a pair of late signees. Anchoring the line from the center position will be redshirt freshman Kyle Gillam of Lumberton.

Defense

Lamar will utilize a 4-2-5 formation on defense that will also have the flexibility to adapt to the different styles of offense that the Cardinals will face. It should prove to be an aggressive, attacking unit. “We are young across the defensive line and in the secondary,” said Woodard. “However, we have a lot of team speed on defense and our group of linebackers has the potential to be a

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Beard transfers from SMU Former Lumberton High School standout Anthony Beard has transferred from SMU to Lamar University and will be eligible to play for the Cardinals this fall, announced LU football coach Ray Woodard on Friday. A 6-1, 220 pound linebacker, Beard attended SMU over the summer but has joined the Cardinals and will begin practicing this week. Beard was ranked as the No. 59 middle

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linebacker in the country by Scout.com. “It’s good to have Anthony come home and help us as we build a program and start this first season,” said Woodard. “Players like Anthony are one of the reasons we brought football back to Lamar, so kids could stay home, play football and get a great education.” Beard recorded 97 tackles as a senior, including 18 for loss,

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very solid unit.” Junior transfer Mario Foster and redshirt freshman Jesse Dickson will lead the defensive line that hopes to apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. At 6-2, 312, Texas A&M transfer Adren Dorsey is the largest of the Cardinals on defense. Jonathan Epke will be leaned upon to lead the LU linebacker corps. Former Beaumont West Brook teammates Jordan Garrett and Jacody Coleman have transferred back to their hometown university to add experience. The defensive backfield is inexperienced at the college level, but continued to make solid strides throughout the spring season. Redshirt freshman Branden Thomas has proven himself to be a player to watch during his first year on the Lamar campus.

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Long college football road finally leads to LU

By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

When it came to deciding where to play college football, Craig McGallion had to decide between the love for the game and his love for a woman. For a brief moment, football won out though true love won in the end. McGallion, a graduate of Silsbee High School, was offered a full ride to play football at the University of Houston. But his girlfriend at the time, Gayle, was a twirler at Lamar University. They made the semi-long distance relationship work and today, 27 years after getting married, they have two children, Lance and Lacey. Both are involved at Lamar with Lance serving as football manager and Lacey attending classes at Lamar Institute of Technology.

“It was a tough thing,” Craig said of the time away from his future wife. “But UofH was a better fit for me. I was able to play for a major university, close to home and being a Cougar was part of what had become a family tradition for us McGallions.” Indeed, the McGallion family made a great deal of school history at UH with eldest brother Deryl Ray leading the way, followed by Bubba and then Craig. Bubba is currently the head coach and athletic director for Silsbee High School and Craig spent time as an assistant coach on his older brother’s staff at SHS. But now, nearly 30 years after leaving the University of Houston, Lamar has finally gotten its hands on Craig. He was named linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator by Lamar Head Coach Ray Woodard on June 16, 2008. “It’s a special deal,” said

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what it was going to be like out here. Now you walk around here and it is a first-rate facility. It might not hold the same number of fans as the University of Texas or Texas A&M but you won’t find a training facility or a playing field better than Lamar has now.” The newly-renovated ProvostUmphrey Stadium was originally built for a cost of $1 million with the construction period lasting from Ma 1963 to July 1964. The Cardinals compiled a 6367-3 record in the stadium with the longest winning streak being 12 games spanning the 19651967 seasons. The biggest crowd to witness a game at the old Cardinal Stadium was 18,500 in 1980 when LU faced Baylor. The school’s athletic complex, at the south end of the football field, opposite the Montagne Center, is a 54,000 square foot, two-story building that hosts locker rooms for both the Cardinals and their opponents. In addition, there is a top-ofthe-line training facility and an expansive weightroom. There is also a 108-seat meeting room with theater seating, video screens and televisions, a players’ study hall and lounge and offices upstairs. Aside from the fact that Lamar’s football players and coaches will have the best playing and training facilities ever seen in Southeast Texas, McGallion points to the value of first-class facilities in recruiting. He was recently named the school’s recruiting coordinator and without hesitation, he says the talent pool in Southeast Texas is among the best in the nation. “Maybe I’m a little biased but I don’t believe there is any better football than in Southeast

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McGALLIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Deryl Ray McGallion (71-73) Linebacker • UH Assistant Coach (79-83), Linebackers • Named defensive player of the game in the 1973 Bluebonnet Bowl, • Third team all-american in 1973 • Hula Bowl All-Star Game in 1974 • Tied for second in single-game records with 23 tackles vs. Virginia Tech on Oct. 7, 1972 • Tied for fourth in single-season records with 77 assisted tackles in 1972 • Led in tackles in 1972 (55 solo, 77 assists, 132 total tackles) and 1973 (58 solo, 58 assists, 116 total)

• Went 8-14-2 for 178 yards, 1 TD in 1974 Bluebonnet Bowl • Ran for 111 yards on 25 carries vs. Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 17, BUBBA 1975 McGALLION • In 1975, led UH in passing yards (47-103-11697-4), total offensive yards (232 plays, 392 rush, 697 pass, 1,089 yards, 9 TDs), and scoring ( 5 TDs, 2 PAT runs, 34 total points) • Holds third-longest pass play in UH bowl history with a 73-yard completion to Eddie Foster vs. North Carolina State in the 1974 Bluebonnet Bowl.

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Texas,” he said. “When we heard that Lamar was seriously talking about bringing their football program back, we were sitting there at Silsbee High School just more excited than you can imagine. “The idea that we would be able to watch a college football game 30 minutes away in Beaumont was just fantastic,” he said. Older brother Bubba agrees: “It’s going to be an event when they have a home game at Lamar. It’s more than just a game, it’s a community happening. “This is something we’ve needed for a long time and now that it’s here, we all need to support it 100 percent. We have to be there for Lamar so they will continue to be there for us and our kids in the future,” Bubba

said. “If Lamar football fails, it will be our own fault and we won’t get another chance. “The thing is, I don’t think there’s a chance in the world that this area won’t support Lamar football after waiting for so long and working so hard to get it back.” As for Craig, each new day brings another challenge and another opportunity to make history as part of the new Lamar football team. “We’re setting the traditions. We’re deciding right now how high we’re going to set the bar for those kids coming here for years and years to come,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of responsibility but there’s not one guy here who isn’t thrilled to be part of the rebirth of Lamar football.”

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The year is 1963 and a young Wayne Riley was lined up to cover a punt for the Lamar Tech Cardinals. It was Riley’s senior season at Lamar, the culmination years of working to be the best player possible. The awards proved he had met his goals.

But little did he realize that his football career would end just moments later. (Vernon) Glass “Coach always told us not to look up on a punt, he told us all the time,“ said Riley, now a retired educator living in Silsbee. “But I was looking up and I took a hit right there, on the side of my knee. “It wasn’t really all that painful but I knew. I knew I was

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done.” The scar on his left knee is still quite evident, a long line extending from above his knee to near his upper shin. “It wasn’t a complete tear but it was enough to keep me from playing anymore,” he said. “I think it was the first quarter of our first game of the season.” Riley had graduated from Kountze High School in 1960 and made his way to Blinn Junior College where he played football for a year and a half before transferring to Lamar for his junior year. While at Blinn, Riley was named All-Conference and an All-American. He came to Lamar with top-notch credentials and once in Beaumont, he did not disappoint. That one season at Lamar Tech, 1962, he played offensive guard and on defense, he was a linebacker. “That was back when you had to play both ways,” he said, the memories sparkling behind his eyes as he spoke. “It was a great time. I don’t regret a bit of it.” The return of football to Lamar University after a more than 20-year absence has reenergized the pride Riley and many other alum have as former Cardinal players and coaches. “I knew when (Lamar President) Jimmy Simmons put his mind to getting football back at Lamar that it was going to happen,” said Riley. “I can’t tell you how excited I am that

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they’re going to play again. It’s going to be a great thing for the school and a great thing for the entire area.” Though Riley was unable to play again after his knee injury, he certainly didn’t walk away from Lamar or the game of football. He served as a student-coach for the 1964 football season at Lamar, working with Coach Glass as the Cardinals entered the Southland Conference for the first time. That season, the Cards won the conference championship. They repeated that feat in 1965 and 1966. The last conference title won by Lamar in football came in 1971. The only other conference football title was in 1957 when the Cardinals won the Lone Star Conference championship. “They paid for my books and tuition that last year,” said Riley of his first year as a football coach in 1964. “It was also the first year we were in the new football stadium.” After graduation, Riley headed out looking for a job and in spite of on offer to work in the Beaumont school system, he

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An old scrapbook holds the memories of a man who loves football, especially Lamar football. The book, more than 50 years old now, was a labor of love by a mother who clipped apart newspaper sports sections with any mention of her beloved son, Pat Day. And now, as he walks with the old tome tucked beneath his arm, a quick glance brings back decades of memories that evoke happiness and pride, and even a bit of sadness. “You can see how in the beginning of the book, there’s a lot to it. Every clipping there was, my mother cut it out and put it in here,” said Day, who graduated from Lamar

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University in 1961. “But you can tell that toward the back of the book, she started struggling. She was sick and couldn’t keep up with it like she did before. She did the best she could though.” Because of flooding at his home near the beach after Hurricane Ike, Day lost all of the tangible memories that existed from his days as quarterback at Vidor High School and Lamar University. And while the only remembrance he has of his years as a Southeast Texas football superstar is a yellowing collection of clippings, the memories in his mind are as clear and vital as they were the day the events actually occurred. “I graduated from Vidor High School in 1958 where I had played quarterback and defen-

sive secondary,” he said. “I was offered the opportunity to go to school for four years and get a degree while playing football. I couldn’t think of a better opportunity, to get to do what you love and get a free education out of the deal.” Talking to Day, one might presume he was little more than a bench-warmer sitting out his four years as he watched the game clock tick down to zero. But his modesty is betrayed by the record books, and the scrapbook his mother kept as tangible evidence of his brush with superstardom. A member of the 1958 to 1961 Lamar teams, he spent the first two years of his college career playing in the defensive secondary as a cornerback. Almost offhandedly, he recalls that he was also the team’s punter.

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there,” said Wayne of his wife. Though Wayne is thrilled to see the Lamar football program return, he is especially happy to see the old football stadium come to life again. “I was there in 1964 when they built Cardinal Stadium,” he said. “It was really something. We had played in South Park Stadium before that, so you can imagine how exciting it was to play in Cardinal Stadium. I never got to be on that field as a player but I was as a coach that one year. “Now, to see what they have done with the stadium over there is just fantastic. It’s really a beautiful thing. It’s something this entire area can be proud of.” Though being a retired coach and football player provides little more than bad knees and good memories, Lamar University has offered free tickets to retired coaches from the area. “I’m going to be there,” Riley said. “I would be there, free tickets or not. Now is the time for all of us to get out there and

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problem I had was that I couldn’t go deep,” he said. “I just didn’t have the arm.” Once he graduated from Lamar, he had a little help from a friend who had also graduated from LU, and Day was offered the backfield coaching job at Beaumont’s Stephen F. Austin Junior High. In 1963, he became head coach at SFA and stayed there two years before being asked to join the Silsbee coaching staff as the backfield coach for the Tigers. He joined the staff led by Ray “Stud” McGallion and worked with several assistant coaches, including Wayne Riley, Sidney “Chief” Dauphin and Charlie Woodard, among others. When Coach McGallion retired in 1976, Day became head coach of the Tigers, a position he held until 1982. When Day retired from coaching, he went into school administration, becoming assistant principal at Read-Turrentine Elementary, Silsbee Middle School and the high school before taking over as principal at Kirby Elementary School in Silsbee. He stayed there for five years before retiring from education altogether. He makes his home in Silsbee today. “I spent 20 years in coaching

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and another 14 years in administration before I retired in 1996,” he said. With Lamar University returning after a more than 20-year absence, Day says he is excited at the prospect of seeing the Cardinals hit the field once again. “Honestly I didn’t think I’d see this happen,” he said. “But now that it’s here, we’re in a door-die situation. We have to support Lamar football no matter what. We can’t lose it again or we’ll never get it back again.” Day says that while some may consider football little more than a game between two teams, the truth of the matter is that the experience for those participating far surpasses most anything else they’ll experience in their lives. “It’s critical for those guys who can go play football and get an education,” he said. “Being able to do that here, close to home, changed my life. I wouldn’t be the person I was had I not experienced what I did as part of a team like the Cardinals. It gave me the opportunity to become something more than I every would have. “Other kids deserve that, which is why it’s so important for everyone in Southeast Texas to support the new football team right from the beginning,” he said. “Win or lose, we have to be there.”

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Husband, father gets last chance to realize dreams By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

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Whle most of his Lamar University teammates are doing all they can to squeeze in a little more relaxation time inbetween classes and football practices, Silsbee’s Zach Skinner is is dealing with a labor of love. Skinner, who graduated from Silsbee in 2006, is a walk-on at Lamar University in its first season back in football after a 21year absence. And perhaps it is timing, or fate, or something more magical that has put him in position to fulfill his personal dreams of playing football. Most guys in his position would simply take a job, punch the clock and head home to take care of the family. Yet Skinner has decided to dedicate himself to completing something he started four years ago. Zach is a husband, and a daddy. And now he’s a Lamar Cardinal. Skinner’s son Noah will be four years old this November, which means Zach’s first-born will be able to witness his daddy’s dreams come true as he

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runs out onto the newly renovated football field when the Cards kick off the 2010 season. It was a dream that almost didn’t happen. Skinner was a force to be reckoned with as a senior at Silsbee High School. That final season in the Tigers maroon-and-white marked the beginning of a stellar college football career that lay ahead. Or so he thought. Zach earned all-district honors

on the offensive line his senior season and signed to play ball with Blinn Junior College. The trip to Brenham never really worked out, though ... at least not on the football field. Zach fell in love and got married to Katelyn and together they had Noah. When Lamar University announced it would be bringing back its football program, it piqued Skinner’s curiosity. If the program were to get underway quickly enough, then he would still have eligibility remaining. He came in just under the wire with one year of eligibility left as the 2010 season begins. “This is my chance,” he said. “This is the opportunity I’ve wanted, a chance to get out there and do what I know I’m capable of doing.” Perhaps equally as impressive, and likely more impacting on Noah, is the fact that Zach will finish his degree in Spring 2011. “I’m going to get my degree in kinesiology,” he said. “I’ve decided I want to coach.” One way or another, Zach will make sure he’s on the football field long into the future.

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Kyle Gillam, a 2008 Class 4A honorable mention selection at Lumberton High School, has moved up on the depth charts, earning a starting spot at center with the Lamar Cardinals. Gillam, a 6-foot-2, 260pounder, was a three-year starter at center for Lumberton, helping the Raiders go a combined 19-4 and win co-championships in District 20-4A in 2007 and 2008. As a junior, he was the lead blocker for first-team all-state tailback Cody Hussey, and as a junior, his blocking helped tailback Jacob Hanna earn offensive most valuable player recognition in the district. “We are getting a good player and a very good student,” said Cardinal coach in announcing

Gillam’s addition to the roster. “Kyle is exactly what we need at Lamar - a local player who can help us on the field and also be a great student in the classroom. “He did a great job at Lumberton. He’s one of the main reasons Lumberton has had great success running the football the past two seasons. He’s 260 (pounds), but he’ll get even bigger. He’s one of those type of guys who will work his way into doing whatever is necessary to being successful.” In addition to earning first-team all-district honors as a center in 2007 and 2007, Gillam was also a two-year regional qualifier as a power lifter. “Kyle was the major reason Cody Hussey was able to win the

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As a high school senior at Silsbee, Josh James made a name for himself not as the biggest kid on the team or even the fastest. Man could that guy hit. James, who graduated in 2009, won all-district honors in the defensive secondary and at line-

backer both his junior and senior season. He did that with a devastating style hit that left opposing ballcarriers wonder just who the heck he was. But now, James explains, it’s time to prove himself once again. “That was high school. That’s over,” he said. “This is a whole different game. Now I’m playing

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LUMBERTON Kyle Gillam, offensive line, 6-1, 265 Was a Class 4A honorable mention all-state selection as a senior in 2008. Was a three-year starter for Coach Alvin Credeur, helping the Raiders go a combined 19-4 and win a pair of District 20-4A co-championships. Earned first-team all-district honors as center as a junior and senior. As a junior, was the lead blocker for first-team all-state tailback Cody Hussey. Twoyear regional qualifier in power lifting. Cody Hussey, wide receiver, 5-9, 189, sophomore transfer from Oklahoma Panhandle State At Panhandle State in Guymon, Okla., played the 2008 season as a slot receiver where he caught 19 passes for 146 yards. At Lumberton High School, won the 2007 Willie Ray Smith Award as the best offensive player in Southeast Texas after helping lead Lumberton to its first-ever district championship in football. Coach Credeur's Raiders went on to post an 11-2 record and advance to the Class 4A regional semifinals. Playing tailback, Hussey set the school rushing record with 1,807 yards on 390 carries. His best game was 260 yards and four touchdowns vs. Beaumont Central. Named to the Class 4A all-state team. Also started at linebacker and was a three-year letterman in baseball and two-year letterman in basketball.

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McCoy, to an injury early in that game. Mac Brown’s only replacement was freshman Garrett Gilbert who probably will be the next great quarterback in the Big 12. However he entered the game on the fifth play and it was a struggle for him. Texas lost the game 37-21 and finished the year with a 13-1 record. Texas has four offensive and six defensive starters returning

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throws a better ball and he is a hard worker. I just want to bring him along slowly.” At running back will be Aubry Palmer, a junior. “We’d love to have 11 Aubry’s out there,” Henry said. “He busts his tail in practice. He plays both running back positions and is also a linebacker on defense. He is just a hard nosed kid.” “We also have Tyler Caruthers, a junior,” he continued. He is our big play threat. He is probably one of our fastest kids. We try to get him the ball in the open field as much as we can. He’ll run the ball at running back but we will also throw him the ball as a receiver.

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We’ll get him the ball and the space and hope he makes things happen for us.” Another running back and linebacker on the team is Jaybo Burns, a senior. At tight end and defensive end is senior John Glen Harrington. “He was an offensive lineman last year, but a very athletic lineman,” Henry said. “He is very important to our running game with the blocks. He is one of the best offensive linemen that we have at the tight end position.” At strong tackle is Clayton Werner, senior. He starts at defensive tackle and also offensive tackle. Center and defensive end

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the year at 6-7. This year they have only one tough non-conference game, Arkansas, and they play Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska from the North. Texas Tech has seven offensive and six defensive starters returning from a 9-4 year but must regroup after their off-field troubles with a new coach. The positive thing is that their new coach, Tommy Tuberville, has had success everywhere he has been. Last year they finished the season with a 9-4 record and with non-conference games against SMU, New Mexico, Weber State and Houston, they should be able to repeat last year’s success. They also play, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska from the north.

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Baylor would like to move up a few notches. They have some potential with six offensive and six defensive starters returning off a 4-8 team. They also play Wake Forest, Connecticut, Northwestern State and Kent State in non-conference games. This should give them a chance to pick up a little momentum. Oklahoma State went 18-8 the past two years but now must rebuild. They have two offensive and three defensive starters returning off last year’s team. They do have four very winnable non-conference games. In the end, Oklahoma should battle Nebraska for the Big 12 championship but chances are neither team will be in the national championship picture.

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The West Hardin Oilers are starting a new season with a new coach. Jason Henry, former offensive coordinator at Hull Daisetta, has taken over the reigns as the new athletic director. After graduating from West Hardin High School in 1991, Henry attended East Texas Baptist College for a year and played basketball there. He then came back home and attended Lamar University. While a student there, he worked as an assistant coach at the junior high school at Beaumont-Kelly. After graduation he was hired at the high school at BeaumontKelly, coaching varsity. He has been married o his wife, Mary, and together they have two daughters, Juliana, 11, and Makenna, 7. “Coach Westfall, the previous Oiler coach, and the previous staff did a great job with these guys,” said Henry. “They worked hard and we are going to continue working hard. We want to instill a physical personality, mental toughness and a good work habit.” “I am a laid back type of guy,” he continued. “That doesn’t mean that I won’t get onto a kid, but I believe you have to treat every kid different. You never know what they have going on at home or in their personal life. Some kids take criticism very well and some don’t. You don’t have to treat kids different, you just have to coach them different. Some

kids respond better than others to certain things.” Henry said that there are 40 players on the football team. The players are working hard and getting things going. They are ready to get their pads on and do some hitting. “West Hardin has always been physical,” Henry said. “They gather up and line up and then run the ball right at you. That always worried us at Hull Daisetta. All of the Oiler running backs are that way. When they use that mentality and it comes off as right at you, it is hard to stop. They have confidence in that and it is tough.” “It’s exciting to be on the other side,” he continued. “I can hold that hand up real high now and be proud of where I’m at because this is where I was raised. We really want to come out and be physical. We have a good group of running backs. Our line is coming together pretty good. This is more of a physical running team. People fear playing us.” The Oiler quarterback position

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is still pretty much open, according to Henry. They are looking at three kids who each have positives and negatives. The coaching staff is going to try and find the right leader. They are looking for a guy that can be physical, be a great leader and can still pass the ball. They want their quarterback to not be afraid to run, also. “Ashton Moss is a senior that will either be one of our quarterbacks or running backs,” Henry said. “He played running back last year and had a good year. We are hoping that he will step up as a quarterback and be a leader. Justin Harrington is a junior who is also a quarterback candidate. They each have their own qualities.” “We also have a sophomore named Calvin Ridge,” he continued. “He is probably the best of the three. He will probably be the quarterback of the future. I don’t want to put him out there in a situation where he might not be successful in his sophomore year. He

On defense, all-district linebacker LaComb will lead the 4-3 scheme with Justin Cyr playing at outside linebacker. In the secondary, Lee and Tantillo are the speedy cornerbacks with a trio working to share time early at free safety ... Chris D’Armond, Tyler Brown and Johnathon Warren. On the line, Mason Baker and Hosea Bottley will anchor the end positions while Coach

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Stewart is looking at juniors Dakota Neilson, Alex Yates, Hunter Williams and Caleb Darby as defensive tackle possibles. “We have a group of seniors who are ready to play,” said Coach Stewart. “They have taken ownership of this team and they are pushing one another and the younger guys to step up and do what is necessary to win games this year.”

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The Silsbee Tigers made history last season when they defeated West Orange-Stark during the District 21-3A run. The Mustangs had not lost a district game since dropping from Class 4A to 3A years before. And while that one game didn’t make for an automatic district championship, it gave the Tigers the push they needed to eventually take an undefeated league title. Silsbee is working to re-establish its backfield after the graduation of star quarterback Jeremy Johnson. Kelson McDaniel is already looking like a natural at QB for the 2010 Tigers and Prentice Lane at wide receiver will give the new field general a nice target all season. The main struggle a year ago was along the offensive line. That worry is all but solved with more experience and size. The Tigers, if not the favorite in District 21-3A, are certainly on an even keel with WO-S once

CAPSULES Jacob Hanna, linebacker, 6-1, 215, transfer from West Texas A&M Two-time all-state selection as defensive lineman at Lumberton as well as earning District 20-4A Offensive Most Valuable Player honors as a running back. Rushed for 2,325 career yards on 290 carries and scored 34 touchdowns. He also registered 143 tackles, with 56 coming behind the line of scrimmage, and 19 sacks, and posted a 41.35 punting average. He also lettered in track & field, soccer, power lifting, and golf. At West Texas A&M, he was given the Fighting Buffalo Award in 2009. Anthony Beard, linebacker, 6-1, 220 Transferred to Lamar from SMU. Ranked as the No. 59 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com. At Lumberton High School, recorded 97 tackles as a senior, including 18 for

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league play begins. West Orange-Stark The Mustangs had an odd off season in 2009, losing to Silsbee in the first game of the district schedule, then falling in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs in a 41-36 loss to Coldspring. The Mustangs return 13 starters with their eye on the goal of recapturing the title in 2010.

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The Silsbee Tigers made some great strides last season and for that, Coach Bobby McGallion is proud.

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just 18 points a game in 2009. The rematch between WO-S and the Tigers will take place on Oct. 29 in West Orange. Making a play for one of the top three playoff spots are the Bridge City Cardinals. BC reached the playoffs last year for the first time in four years, taking

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a critical 31-30 overtime win against Orangefield in the process. Five starters return on offense and five on defense. Matt Menard, who was at running back a year ago, will move to quarterback. He’ll have a few strong receivers in juniors Cameron Dishon and Tyler

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“You know, we don’t really have a preconceived idea of how many times we’re going to throw the ball or how many times we’re going to run it,” said McGallion. “We decide what we’re going to do based on the situation at hand. But it is nice to be able to throw successfully when we need to and to know that we have the strength in the backfield to run the ball when we need to.” The biggest question mark a year ago for the Tigers was with the offensive line. Young and physically immature, Silsbee’s front line struggled to protect the quarterback and to make holes for the running backs. That problem is a thing of the past with the offensive line returning intact for the 2010 campaign. Only coaches are shifting things around a bit to

Roberts. The Orangefield Bobcats showed they can score some points last year, averaging 35 points a game in 2009. Now the Cats will have to shore up their defense, which gave up an average of 31 points a game last season. Quinton Evans will lead the Bobcats at quarterback and Evan Guidry, OF’s top rusher last season, will make a big impact this season. Orangefield isn’t shying away from good competition as they try to improve on their 4-6 record in 2009. they have East Chambers, Buna, Woodville Coldspring and Jasper before starting district play with Silsbee at home. The Hardin-Jefferson Hawks just missed out on a playoff spot with a 20-10 loss to eventual third-place finisher Orangefield. This year, the Hawks return six starters from a squad that managed just 20 points a game a year ago. Shannon Grantham will step in at quarterback and Jeremiah Richard will take over running chores. Five starters return from a defense that struggled last season. Experience is thick in the linebacker corps with Layne Walker, Dylan Vannoy, Brandon Taylor and Trevor Chirstopher backing up the DL. The Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns will be breaking in a new coach in Don Price. Coach Price knows how to win, bringing a 105-57-1 overall career record. But he’ll have his work cut out for him after the Longhorns went 0-10 overall a year ago. The Horns return 10 starters on offense, but this squad managed just 11 points per game. On the flip side, nine starters are back from a season where 46 points a game were allowed.

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something to them too.” The Lions are returning seven offensive and seven defensive starters from last year’s squad, including all-district guard Phillip Simon. Others on the offensive line will be tackle Jarod Edmonds, center Cade Deaver and tight end Mason Baker. Adam Lee is being looked at for quarterback. “He played some at the end of last year and

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When Mike Stewart took over the Kountze football program this past season, he understood fully the challenges that lay ahead. One of the most prominent was convincing the kids that they could win and they deserved to win. “It’s tough when a new coach comes in and you’re coming off a good season,” said Coach Stewart. “They didn’t really know me or what I expected of them. They weren’t even sure if I was staying or not. It’s a tough transition.” And yet, even as the Lions finished the 2009 campaign with a 3-7 overall and 2-4, fifth-place finish in District 23-2A, Stewart says he is already seeing signs of dedication and enthusiasm from the newest version of the Lions football team. “They have realized that I am here to stay,” he said. “They know that their success is important to me and that I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they are prepared to succeed this season. “Now you can really see that this season and this team means

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 spread the wealth across both the offensive and defensive lines. “These guys kept getting better and better with every game last year,” said McGallion. “Where we stand now, we are way ahead.” Two of the Tigers’ offensive linemen will flip over to the defensive side of the ball with seniors Matthew Baldree and Willie Busby moving to defensive tackle. Moving into the mix on the offensive line will be juniors Bret Treadway and Doc Maricle. Others back on the offensive front are senior Justin Flowers, junior Zach Rachal and alldstrict senior Tanner Walters. The Tigers will show an option offense with quarterback McDaniel open to run if the opportunity presents itself. Behind him will be running back Kerrington Stanford, a senior. As much a part of the running game, thanks to a strong screen pass option, will be slot backs Darrian Turk and Kelton Gaines, both juniors. “We feel like the screen stuff is just an extension to our running game,” said McGallion. “We’ll see how people line up against us and take advantage of whatever opening they give us.” A year ago, many of those openings came in the form of a jump ball reception by senior Prentice Lane. With the ball thrown high into the air, coaches and teammates would yell “Go get it, Petey!” as Lane would simply out-jump the opposing defender for longyardage receptions. Lane caught 32 passes for 611 yards and four touchdowns in 2009 with his best game coming against Jasper when he had five receptions for 150 yards and one TD. He had three games with more than 100 yards in receiving. For his efforts, he earned first-team all-district honors at wide receiver. But the multi-faced athlete didn’t stop there, collecting first-team all-district honors at defensive back and punter last year. On defense, he had 24 tackles, four interceptions and four pass knockdowns. “In single matchups, Prentice is a dangerous receiver,” said McGallion. “He can out-jump you and he has really, really good hands. If you get it close, he’s going to catch what you throw him.” Along with Lane at wide receiver will be junior receiver Garrett Drake. Standing at 6foot-2, McGallion says Drake can go up and get the ball too. “Kelson has the arm to get it out there and I think we’re going to see some opportunities to hit some people with that part of our offense,” he said. On defense, senior David Hollyfield will make up the middle part of the T-N-T front line, standing in at noseguard this season, flanked by tackles

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Stanford will play at outside linebacker. Keefer is a third-year starter at linebacker, among the few freshman to earn a starting spot three years ago. He won all-district honors last season. In the secondary, Lane returns at cornerback after playing there 12 games last year, with Ronald and Tommy Barrett also stepping into the role of cornerback. Rhone and Drake will spend time roaming the defensive secondary as safeties. “Everybody has two positions,” said McGallion. “We’re going to put our best 11 on the field and however the other team reacts will dictate what we do.” Lane will return as the team’s punter and will likely take care of kickoff duties as well. As for

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John Williamson is not a coach or a player but he spends as much time on the sidelines as anyone. And he is as integral a part of the success of the Silsbee Tigers football team as anyone involved. Williamson enters his ninth year as the team trainer for the Tigers, bringing with him two student trainers, junior Cody Davis and sophomore Tracin McNeil. And as the football team practice sessions get underway and the first non-district games approach, Williamson and his two-man crew are steeling themselves to what lays ahead.

“The one thing about this job that is toughest is the number of hours that you put in,” said Williamson. “As the trainer, I’m at every home game for every sport. We’re there to make sure if someone gets hurt that they can get immediate attention. “The hours are long, but I absolutely love what I do.” Williamson was an athlete in high school, playing football. But an injury his junior year ended his participation on the field. Instead, he worked with his high school trainer, which allowed him to stay on the field while making an impact on his team. “When I got out of high school, I looked at the things I wanted to do,” he said. “I love sports and I

love medicine, so it was just natural that I get into that field.” Williamson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a year working at Bridge City High School and seven years in the Galena Park school system before coming to Silsbee. “The reason I came here is that I didn’t want to raise my kids in Houston,” said Williamson. “I liked Silsbee and the life it offered my family. I’ve loved being here.” Among the many lessons he teaches his student trainers are how to manage minor injuries and how to handle blood-borne pathogens. “Those guys assist me with any See TRAINERS, next page

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trict play and a one-point loss to Navasota in the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs. “If we don’t have someone who can hit it consistently in practice, then we’ll go for two every time we score,” said McGallion of the team’s extrapoint situations. “If you only get every other two-point conversion, that’s as good as having a perfect kicker getting you one point after every touchdown.” McGallion is looking forward to a strong non-district schedule with the season-opener in Houston against Waltrip. “We have several teams in non-district who were playoff teams last year,” McGallion said. “I want us to play good, solid competition. That shows you what you need to do to get better.” The Tigers opened the 2009 campaign with a 1-4 mark but then ran through District 21-3A for an undefeated district championship. “The main thing is that you want to come out of it healthy,” he said. “If we can play the kind of competition we have scheduled for non-district and come out of it without any major injuries, then we’re going to be prepared for district.”

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David Sells leads a group of five offensive starters back for Woodville. Sells had 950 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing with 330 yards and six TDs receiving in 2009. Eight starters come back on defense, including do-it-all guy Sells who grabbed six interceptions last year, three returned for touchdowns. The Kountze Lions finished fifth in a tough district last year and will be facing one of the toughest districts in the state this season. Still, there is reason to believe these Lions could sneak up on a few teams this year. Nine starters are back for an offense that managed just 11 points a game. On defense, there are eight back. Given the right opportunity and timing, Kountze could be a darkhorse in this thoroughbred race. How about a Class 2A team with 20 returning starters? One that is accustom to winning and making it to the playoffs? You

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have the Hardin Hornets. After going 6-4 and 3-3 in district, the Hornets just missed the playoffs. But 10 returning starters on offense means people already know what they’re doing. Miles Taylor is back at quarterback after completing 152 of 279 passes for 2,232 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had another six TDs rushing. His top receiver, Marquis James, had 1,019 yards and eight touchdown. Ten more starters return on defense, including junior linebacker Kale Rives, who forced seven fumbles a year ago. How about let’s throw another Barbay into the mix. Kevin Barbay, who will be in Warren for his first season there, will try to repair what’s broke. Kevin is the nephew of legendary Newton Coach Curtis Barbay and a former Nederland quarterback. He’ll have six starters back on offense and six on the defensive side.

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toll, leaving the Lionettes struggling this past season as they fought to stay respectable. Now, a year later, Kountze has found its foothold once again, already showing that winning attitude on the court and in the locker room, according to Coach Megan O’Quinn. “Last year, we couldn’t finish games,” she said. “It’s like we

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Mom shares love of game with daughters Five teams made playoffs last year ... what now? By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

Dana Thornton, center, tries to referee her two daughters as they cut up before a recent match between the two girls’ teams. Megan O’Quinn, left, coaches the Kountze Lionettes, while little sister Miranda Flowers right, recently took over as the Burkeville Lady Mustangs coach. Dana coached both of her daughters at Silsbee High School.

Most folks enjoy a family reunion at the park or in the home of one family member or another. Not these girls. They prefer a gymnasium. This past week, Megan O’Quinn and Miranda Flowers faced off on the volleyball court with Megan coaching the Kountze Lionettes and Miranda leading the Burkeville Lady Mustangs. Of course, there’s not much odd about that, until you realize the similarities between the two young women ... the way they stand, similar eyes and that nononsense approach to coaching a

game they’ve learned to love over a lifetime. In the stands sits Dana Thornton, a volleyball legend of sorts who has led many a Silsbee High School volleyball team to the state playoffs. But today, semi-retired from coaching the game, Dana holds her granddaughter, Megan’s daughter. “She’s just like Megan was when she was little,” says Dana. “The spittin’ image.” Perhaps she’s not so unlike Burkeville’s coach, Miranda ... Megan’s little sister. The two women faced off for the first time as head coaches of their own high school volleyball teams with Megan’s bigger and more experienced squad taking See THORNTONS, next page

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Anahuac in search of a district title. The Eagles return five starters from an offense that averaged 41 points per game last year. Among those is Trevor Holmes at quarterback and tailback Kelvin Bennett, who had 1,700 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns last year. Four starters are back on offense from a squad that gave up just 18 points a game. Though it won’t count for anything where district is concerned, the Eagles will have their rematch with Kirbyville on Sept. 3 at Wildcats Stadium. The Buccaneers of East Chambers won their district title in 23-2A last year, going two

1. Newton Eagles: Are you kidding? Who else? 2. East Chambers Buccaneers: If anyone can battle the Eagles, these are the guys. 3. Anahauc Panthers: With the coach’s last name being Barbay, can you lose? 4. Buna Cougars: Just missed a district title by 10 points last year. Could be close again in 2010. 5. Woodville Eagles: With all-star Sells on the job, these Eagles could fly right to the top of this district. 6. Kountze Lions: They’ll need some improvement on both sides of the ball, and maybe some luck, to move closer to the top. 7. Hardin Hornets: Enough people to give any team a run for its money. But will it be enough? 8. Warren Warriors: Yet another Barbay coaching? Maybe these Warriors have a chance to surprise this season.

rounds into the playoffs before meeting Daingerfield, the same team that ended Newton’s season. Nine starters return on offense for the Bucs, including district most valuable player Hank Jones at quarterback. Five starters are back on defense. The Anahuac Panthers are another playoff team from 2009, taking second place in 23-2A behind EC. Seven starters are back on offense, including senior quarterback Cody Johnson. A tough Panthers defense allowed just 11 points a game last year and eight of those starters are back, including a defensive line that features a couple of seniors, John Kimble and James Hvamstad. The interesting game of the season in this district could well be the Oct. 29 meeting between father and son as Coach Curtis Barbay of Newton takes on Coach Brian Barbay with a district title possibly on the line. Yet another playoff team from 2009, the Buna Cougars will count on Jacob Craft to lead its nine offensive starters into the new season. Craft had more than 900 yards and 10 touchdowns at QB. Eight starters are back on defense, led by Ethan Moss and Blake Hale. Last year, the Coogs missed out on a district championship by just a few points, losing to EC 7-0 and Anahuac 24-21. The Woodville Eagles are also

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A special word of thanks goes to the many people who have helped make this special edition of The Silsbee Bee a great success. First, thanks must go to the advertisers who have funded this project. The advertisers have helped make this the biggest Fall Sports Special Section in the history of The Bee. This shows just how much support our local businesses have for our schools and our children. Appreciation also goes to the coaches and sponsors who have taken their time to provide information for the production of this edition. There are several people who have gone above and beyond in helping us this year: • Debbie Robinson of Robinson Photography provided several of the band pictures for the edition. She is the school photographer for Silsbee High School. • Earnest Lewis of Lasting

Images Studios in Silsbee provided the team pictures of the Silsbee varsity and junior varsity football teams. • Buffy Miller and Mike Miller of Provine School Photos assisted with pictures for Kountze, HardinJefferson, West Hardin and Lumberton. • Scott Loar of Evadale provided pictures and wrote several of the stories about Evadale High School programs. You will see more of his writing as he covers Rebels sports this year for the regular edition of The Bee. • Kelly Drake of Silsbee helped us find information, as well as provided ideas and a picture or two, to help complete the program. To all of you, your assistance is greatly appreciated by the staff at The Bee and it will be equally as appreciated by the readers as they pore over this week’s special Fall Sports Preview Section.

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Nebraska has one more year in the Big 12 and they want to go out with a bang. The school lost a lot on defense but they have 59 lettermen, including 10 offensive and seven defensive starters returning off a team that finished 10-4 last year and won the Holiday Bowl. They are the favorites in the Big 12 North. Their biggest challenger will be Missouri, which has 44 lettermen and eight starters returning on each side of the line from a team that finished last year at 8-5 and 4-4 in the Big 12. They also have the most experienced quarterback in the north division in Blaine Gabbert. Bill Snyder who was 142-74-1 in 19 seasons at Kansas State has returned as the coach and he has 40 lettermen and five offensive and seven defensive starters returning to help rebuild the program. The should end the year in the top three in the north and have a chance to challenge for a spot. Colorado, which has 55 lettermen returning that include nine offensive and seven defensive starters, should be able to challenge for honors in the North. Iowa State is just glad to be on the field. This year they have 33 lettermen, including eight offensive and four defensive starters

off a team that finished 7-6 last year. They should place ahead of Colorado and Kansas. Kansas will probably end the year in last place. They have a new coach in Turner Gill but have a lot of work to do. The old Nebraska quarterback who gave Buffalo its first winning season in years has 39 lettermen, including eight offensive and seven defensive starters. The Big 12 South figures to be a much tougher race to handicap. Oklahoma should have been hands-down the best team in the nation last year. They had four players chosen in the first round of the NFL draft and three of them were among the first four picks. However two of these guys were basically lost for the season in the first half of the first game last year and Oklahoma was never the same. This year the squad returns seven offensive and six defensive starters and a lot of players who got playing time because of those injuries. They went on to win the Sun Bowl and finish the year 8-5. Texas took advantage of Oklahoma’s misfortune. They finished the regular season unbeaten and played for the national championship against Alabama. The Horns probably would have won had they not lost their quarterback, Colt

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the win after all was said and done. Perhaps it was appropriate. Two years ago when Megan took over the Lionettes as her first head coaching job, Dana brought her Tigers with the more experienced Silsbee team taking the win. “I suppose that’s the way it’s supposed to be,” said Dana, glancing over her shoulder as she spoke, watching the match between her daughters. “If

THE SILSBEE BEE FALL SPORTS SPECIAL SECTION 2010 Megan wins, then everything is alright. If Miranda wins, I’m not so sure things would be alright.” The words of a knowing mother are likely not as insightful as those of the two daughters. “I don’t think either one of us is completely like Mom,” said Megan. “I don’t think we are as hard on our players as she is. She won’t take any nonsense. It’s business from the beginning all the way to the end.”

The two girls would know. Both played for their mother at Silsbee High School and both graduated as winners, moving on to successful college careers and, now, their own coaching careers. And though Dana is thrilled to see her daughters do something she knows they love, she also is hesitant to take credit for pushing them into a career that at times can be demanding and overwhelming.

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“The hours are terrible,” said Dana. “And with Miranda just starting out, this is going to be the hardest part of her coaching career. You have to have a spouse who understands that you’re going to be gone a lot. You have to be away from your kids and being at home. It’s not always fun. But, for me, it’s always been rewarding. I’ve always loved what I chose to do for a career.” From the looks of things on the sidelines, Megan and Miranda are well-pleased with their choice of careers as well, not to mention where they have been allowed to pursue their career goals. When Megan took the job at Kountze High School, it was as though she had come home. Her father, Norman, is a graduate of Kountze and still considers it to be his hometown in spite of years of living in Silsbee. Meanwhile, Miranda, took her first coaching job at Burkeville, her mother’s hometown. “My grandfather was principal there,” said Miranda. “So when I go around town, people will talk to me like they have known me my whole life. It turns out that they actually have.” As far as both daughters are concerned, there was no real decision in choosing a career. In

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Section 3, Page 19 spite of the hours away, they knew their mom loved her job and from that they learned to love the game and, now, the career. “I never even really thought about it,” said Megan. “It’s what I wanted to do for as long as I can remember.” And though they see their mother’s coaching influences in each other, they won’t readily admit that they see Dana in themselves. “Oh no,” said Miranda. “She’s tough. I’m not like that at all ... at least I hope not.” And, Megan: “You know, I didn’t think I was as hard on my girls as Mom is on her players but I hear things that are said in the locker room and my girls are saying the same things we used to say about my mom.” Dana thinks the whole thing is kind of comical. “Miranda told me the other day that she was coaching and ‘I heard you come out of my mouth’,” said Dana. “I want each one of them to be their own person, coach their own way. If I taught them something that can help them be more successful, that’s really all I can ask.” “No matter what kind of coaching style they have, if they win or lose,” Dana said, “if they are happy, then that makes me happy too.”


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A special word of thanks goes to the many people who have helped make this special edition of The Silsbee Bee a great success. First, thanks must go to the advertisers who have funded this project. The advertisers have helped make this the biggest Fall Sports Special Section in the history of The Bee. This shows just how much support our local businesses have for our schools and our children. Appreciation also goes to the coaches and sponsors who have taken their time to provide information for the production of this edition. There are several people who have gone above and beyond in helping us this year: • Debbie Robinson of Robinson Photography provided several of the band pictures for the edition. She is the school photographer for Silsbee High School. • Earnest Lewis of Lasting

Images Studios in Silsbee provided the team pictures of the Silsbee varsity and junior varsity football teams. • Buffy Miller and Mike Miller of Provine School Photos assisted with pictures for Kountze, HardinJefferson, West Hardin and Lumberton. • Scott Loar of Evadale provided pictures and wrote several of the stories about Evadale High School programs. You will see more of his writing as he covers Rebels sports this year for the regular edition of The Bee. • Kelly Drake of Silsbee helped us find information, as well as provided ideas and a picture or two, to help complete the program. To all of you, your assistance is greatly appreciated by the staff at The Bee and it will be equally as appreciated by the readers as they pore over this week’s special Fall Sports Preview Section.

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off a team that finished 7-6 last year. They should place ahead of Colorado and Kansas. Kansas will probably end the year in last place. They have a new coach in Turner Gill but have a lot of work to do. The old Nebraska quarterback who gave Buffalo its first winning season in years has 39 lettermen, including eight offensive and seven defensive starters. The Big 12 South figures to be a much tougher race to handicap. Oklahoma should have been hands-down the best team in the nation last year. They had four players chosen in the first round of the NFL draft and three of them were among the first four picks. However two of these guys were basically lost for the season in the first half of the first game last year and Oklahoma was never the same. This year the squad returns seven offensive and six defensive starters and a lot of players who got playing time because of those injuries. They went on to win the Sun Bowl and finish the year 8-5. Texas took advantage of Oklahoma’s misfortune. They finished the regular season unbeaten and played for the national championship against Alabama. The Horns probably would have won had they not lost their quarterback, Colt

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the win after all was said and done. Perhaps it was appropriate. Two years ago when Megan took over the Lionettes as her first head coaching job, Dana brought her Tigers with the more experienced Silsbee team taking the win. “I suppose that’s the way it’s supposed to be,” said Dana, glancing over her shoulder as she spoke, watching the match between her daughters. “If

THE SILSBEE BEE FALL SPORTS SPECIAL SECTION 2010 Megan wins, then everything is alright. If Miranda wins, I’m not so sure things would be alright.” The words of a knowing mother are likely not as insightful as those of the two daughters. “I don’t think either one of us is completely like Mom,” said Megan. “I don’t think we are as hard on our players as she is. She won’t take any nonsense. It’s business from the beginning all the way to the end.”

The two girls would know. Both played for their mother at Silsbee High School and both graduated as winners, moving on to successful college careers and, now, their own coaching careers. And though Dana is thrilled to see her daughters do something she knows they love, she also is hesitant to take credit for pushing them into a career that at times can be demanding and overwhelming.

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“The hours are terrible,” said Dana. “And with Miranda just starting out, this is going to be the hardest part of her coaching career. You have to have a spouse who understands that you’re going to be gone a lot. You have to be away from your kids and being at home. It’s not always fun. But, for me, it’s always been rewarding. I’ve always loved what I chose to do for a career.” From the looks of things on the sidelines, Megan and Miranda are well-pleased with their choice of careers as well, not to mention where they have been allowed to pursue their career goals. When Megan took the job at Kountze High School, it was as though she had come home. Her father, Norman, is a graduate of Kountze and still considers it to be his hometown in spite of years of living in Silsbee. Meanwhile, Miranda, took her first coaching job at Burkeville, her mother’s hometown. “My grandfather was principal there,” said Miranda. “So when I go around town, people will talk to me like they have known me my whole life. It turns out that they actually have.” As far as both daughters are concerned, there was no real decision in choosing a career. In

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Section 3, Page 19 spite of the hours away, they knew their mom loved her job and from that they learned to love the game and, now, the career. “I never even really thought about it,” said Megan. “It’s what I wanted to do for as long as I can remember.” And though they see their mother’s coaching influences in each other, they won’t readily admit that they see Dana in themselves. “Oh no,” said Miranda. “She’s tough. I’m not like that at all ... at least I hope not.” And, Megan: “You know, I didn’t think I was as hard on my girls as Mom is on her players but I hear things that are said in the locker room and my girls are saying the same things we used to say about my mom.” Dana thinks the whole thing is kind of comical. “Miranda told me the other day that she was coaching and ‘I heard you come out of my mouth’,” said Dana. “I want each one of them to be their own person, coach their own way. If I taught them something that can help them be more successful, that’s really all I can ask.” “No matter what kind of coaching style they have, if they win or lose,” Dana said, “if they are happy, then that makes me happy too.”


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Mom shares love of game with daughters Five teams made playoffs last year ... what now? By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

Dana Thornton, center, tries to referee her two daughters as they cut up before a recent match between the two girls’ teams. Megan O’Quinn, left, coaches the Kountze Lionettes, while little sister Miranda Flowers right, recently took over as the Burkeville Lady Mustangs coach. Dana coached both of her daughters at Silsbee High School.

Most folks enjoy a family reunion at the park or in the home of one family member or another. Not these girls. They prefer a gymnasium. This past week, Megan O’Quinn and Miranda Flowers faced off on the volleyball court with Megan coaching the Kountze Lionettes and Miranda leading the Burkeville Lady Mustangs. Of course, there’s not much odd about that, until you realize the similarities between the two young women ... the way they stand, similar eyes and that nononsense approach to coaching a

game they’ve learned to love over a lifetime. In the stands sits Dana Thornton, a volleyball legend of sorts who has led many a Silsbee High School volleyball team to the state playoffs. But today, semi-retired from coaching the game, Dana holds her granddaughter, Megan’s daughter. “She’s just like Megan was when she was little,” says Dana. “The spittin’ image.” Perhaps she’s not so unlike Burkeville’s coach, Miranda ... Megan’s little sister. The two women faced off for the first time as head coaches of their own high school volleyball teams with Megan’s bigger and more experienced squad taking See THORNTONS, next page

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Anahuac in search of a district title. The Eagles return five starters from an offense that averaged 41 points per game last year. Among those is Trevor Holmes at quarterback and tailback Kelvin Bennett, who had 1,700 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns last year. Four starters are back on offense from a squad that gave up just 18 points a game. Though it won’t count for anything where district is concerned, the Eagles will have their rematch with Kirbyville on Sept. 3 at Wildcats Stadium. The Buccaneers of East Chambers won their district title in 23-2A last year, going two

1. Newton Eagles: Are you kidding? Who else? 2. East Chambers Buccaneers: If anyone can battle the Eagles, these are the guys. 3. Anahauc Panthers: With the coach’s last name being Barbay, can you lose? 4. Buna Cougars: Just missed a district title by 10 points last year. Could be close again in 2010. 5. Woodville Eagles: With all-star Sells on the job, these Eagles could fly right to the top of this district. 6. Kountze Lions: They’ll need some improvement on both sides of the ball, and maybe some luck, to move closer to the top. 7. Hardin Hornets: Enough people to give any team a run for its money. But will it be enough? 8. Warren Warriors: Yet another Barbay coaching? Maybe these Warriors have a chance to surprise this season.

rounds into the playoffs before meeting Daingerfield, the same team that ended Newton’s season. Nine starters return on offense for the Bucs, including district most valuable player Hank Jones at quarterback. Five starters are back on defense. The Anahuac Panthers are another playoff team from 2009, taking second place in 23-2A behind EC. Seven starters are back on offense, including senior quarterback Cody Johnson. A tough Panthers defense allowed just 11 points a game last year and eight of those starters are back, including a defensive line that features a couple of seniors, John Kimble and James Hvamstad. The interesting game of the season in this district could well be the Oct. 29 meeting between father and son as Coach Curtis Barbay of Newton takes on Coach Brian Barbay with a district title possibly on the line. Yet another playoff team from 2009, the Buna Cougars will count on Jacob Craft to lead its nine offensive starters into the new season. Craft had more than 900 yards and 10 touchdowns at QB. Eight starters are back on defense, led by Ethan Moss and Blake Hale. Last year, the Coogs missed out on a district championship by just a few points, losing to EC 7-0 and Anahuac 24-21. The Woodville Eagles are also

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David Sells leads a group of five offensive starters back for Woodville. Sells had 950 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing with 330 yards and six TDs receiving in 2009. Eight starters come back on defense, including do-it-all guy Sells who grabbed six interceptions last year, three returned for touchdowns. The Kountze Lions finished fifth in a tough district last year and will be facing one of the toughest districts in the state this season. Still, there is reason to believe these Lions could sneak up on a few teams this year. Nine starters are back for an offense that managed just 11 points a game. On defense, there are eight back. Given the right opportunity and timing, Kountze could be a darkhorse in this thoroughbred race. How about a Class 2A team with 20 returning starters? One that is accustom to winning and making it to the playoffs? You

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have the Hardin Hornets. After going 6-4 and 3-3 in district, the Hornets just missed the playoffs. But 10 returning starters on offense means people already know what they’re doing. Miles Taylor is back at quarterback after completing 152 of 279 passes for 2,232 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had another six TDs rushing. His top receiver, Marquis James, had 1,019 yards and eight touchdown. Ten more starters return on defense, including junior linebacker Kale Rives, who forced seven fumbles a year ago. How about let’s throw another Barbay into the mix. Kevin Barbay, who will be in Warren for his first season there, will try to repair what’s broke. Kevin is the nephew of legendary Newton Coach Curtis Barbay and a former Nederland quarterback. He’ll have six starters back on offense and six on the defensive side.

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The Kountze Lionettes had begun a return to its volleyball roots with district victories and trips to the playoffs, harkening back to a time when Kountze won state championships at the net. But then graduation took its

toll, leaving the Lionettes struggling this past season as they fought to stay respectable. Now, a year later, Kountze has found its foothold once again, already showing that winning attitude on the court and in the locker room, according to Coach Megan O’Quinn. “Last year, we couldn’t finish games,” she said. “It’s like we

didn’t have the fire to get things done and so we struggled the whole year.” But this season, the Lionettes have already shown a fire that continues to grow with each new match. “You can see a maturity now that we didn’t have last year,” said Coach O’Quinn. “They have

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John Williamson is not a coach or a player but he spends as much time on the sidelines as anyone. And he is as integral a part of the success of the Silsbee Tigers football team as anyone involved. Williamson enters his ninth year as the team trainer for the Tigers, bringing with him two student trainers, junior Cody Davis and sophomore Tracin McNeil. And as the football team practice sessions get underway and the first non-district games approach, Williamson and his two-man crew are steeling themselves to what lays ahead.

“The one thing about this job that is toughest is the number of hours that you put in,” said Williamson. “As the trainer, I’m at every home game for every sport. We’re there to make sure if someone gets hurt that they can get immediate attention. “The hours are long, but I absolutely love what I do.” Williamson was an athlete in high school, playing football. But an injury his junior year ended his participation on the field. Instead, he worked with his high school trainer, which allowed him to stay on the field while making an impact on his team. “When I got out of high school, I looked at the things I wanted to do,” he said. “I love sports and I

love medicine, so it was just natural that I get into that field.” Williamson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a year working at Bridge City High School and seven years in the Galena Park school system before coming to Silsbee. “The reason I came here is that I didn’t want to raise my kids in Houston,” said Williamson. “I liked Silsbee and the life it offered my family. I’ve loved being here.” Among the many lessons he teaches his student trainers are how to manage minor injuries and how to handle blood-borne pathogens. “Those guys assist me with any See TRAINERS, next page

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an extra-point kicker, the search is on. The Tigers struggled last season for the lack of a consistent field goal kicker. The greatest evidence of that came in a onepoint loss to Newton in non-dis-

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trict play and a one-point loss to Navasota in the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs. “If we don’t have someone who can hit it consistently in practice, then we’ll go for two every time we score,” said McGallion of the team’s extrapoint situations. “If you only get every other two-point conversion, that’s as good as having a perfect kicker getting you one point after every touchdown.” McGallion is looking forward to a strong non-district schedule with the season-opener in Houston against Waltrip. “We have several teams in non-district who were playoff teams last year,” McGallion said. “I want us to play good, solid competition. That shows you what you need to do to get better.” The Tigers opened the 2009 campaign with a 1-4 mark but then ran through District 21-3A for an undefeated district championship. “The main thing is that you want to come out of it healthy,” he said. “If we can play the kind of competition we have scheduled for non-district and come out of it without any major injuries, then we’re going to be prepared for district.”

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grown up and they have grown together as a team. “We just didn’t have that last year and already I’m seeing it with these girls.” Key to that is senior Breanna Haynes. In 2009, Haynes was a gem in the rough, shining through at times in spite of the team struggles that surrounded her. Haynes finished the year with 191 assists, 135 kills, 298 digs and five blocked shots. She earned the title of Most Valuable Setter in the district. And in spite of the top district accolade, Haynes will see more time at the net looking for a kill rather than under the ball setting up the kill for someone else. “She’s a very good leader and she is already showing that this year in practice and in some of our scrimmages,” said Coach

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O’Quinn. Other seniors on the team this season are Shy Coplen, Allison Landis, and Tonara Brown. Landis showed some strength on defense, digging up 319 balls last season, while Brown added six kills and 16 digs her junior season. Juniors this year are Devan Mayer, Miranda Kalina, Caitlin McEachern, Morgan Mayeux and Caleigh Deaver. Kalina had 208 kills, 217 digs and 24 blocked shots a year ago, while McEachern added 218 assists, 14 kills and 226 digs. Mayeux had 248 digs during the 2009 campaign, while teammate Deaver had 50 kills, 25 digs and 16 blocked shots. Sophomore Teagan Diltz is also making an appearance on varsity this season.

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When Mike Stewart took over the Kountze football program this past season, he understood fully the challenges that lay ahead. One of the most prominent was convincing the kids that they could win and they deserved to win. “It’s tough when a new coach comes in and you’re coming off a good season,” said Coach Stewart. “They didn’t really know me or what I expected of them. They weren’t even sure if I was staying or not. It’s a tough transition.” And yet, even as the Lions finished the 2009 campaign with a 3-7 overall and 2-4, fifth-place finish in District 23-2A, Stewart says he is already seeing signs of dedication and enthusiasm from the newest version of the Lions football team. “They have realized that I am here to stay,” he said. “They know that their success is important to me and that I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they are prepared to succeed this season. “Now you can really see that this season and this team means

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 spread the wealth across both the offensive and defensive lines. “These guys kept getting better and better with every game last year,” said McGallion. “Where we stand now, we are way ahead.” Two of the Tigers’ offensive linemen will flip over to the defensive side of the ball with seniors Matthew Baldree and Willie Busby moving to defensive tackle. Moving into the mix on the offensive line will be juniors Bret Treadway and Doc Maricle. Others back on the offensive front are senior Justin Flowers, junior Zach Rachal and alldstrict senior Tanner Walters. The Tigers will show an option offense with quarterback McDaniel open to run if the opportunity presents itself. Behind him will be running back Kerrington Stanford, a senior. As much a part of the running game, thanks to a strong screen pass option, will be slot backs Darrian Turk and Kelton Gaines, both juniors. “We feel like the screen stuff is just an extension to our running game,” said McGallion. “We’ll see how people line up against us and take advantage of whatever opening they give us.” A year ago, many of those openings came in the form of a jump ball reception by senior Prentice Lane. With the ball thrown high into the air, coaches and teammates would yell “Go get it, Petey!” as Lane would simply out-jump the opposing defender for longyardage receptions. Lane caught 32 passes for 611 yards and four touchdowns in 2009 with his best game coming against Jasper when he had five receptions for 150 yards and one TD. He had three games with more than 100 yards in receiving. For his efforts, he earned first-team all-district honors at wide receiver. But the multi-faced athlete didn’t stop there, collecting first-team all-district honors at defensive back and punter last year. On defense, he had 24 tackles, four interceptions and four pass knockdowns. “In single matchups, Prentice is a dangerous receiver,” said McGallion. “He can out-jump you and he has really, really good hands. If you get it close, he’s going to catch what you throw him.” Along with Lane at wide receiver will be junior receiver Garrett Drake. Standing at 6foot-2, McGallion says Drake can go up and get the ball too. “Kelson has the arm to get it out there and I think we’re going to see some opportunities to hit some people with that part of our offense,” he said. On defense, senior David Hollyfield will make up the middle part of the T-N-T front line, standing in at noseguard this season, flanked by tackles

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The Silsbee Tigers made some great strides last season and for that, Coach Bobby McGallion is proud.

But that is as far as he’ll go in regards to the 2009 Tigers playoff team. “That’s a thing of the past,” he said. “Now we have a new year to deal with.” Not only a new year awaits the

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just 18 points a game in 2009. The rematch between WO-S and the Tigers will take place on Oct. 29 in West Orange. Making a play for one of the top three playoff spots are the Bridge City Cardinals. BC reached the playoffs last year for the first time in four years, taking

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a critical 31-30 overtime win against Orangefield in the process. Five starters return on offense and five on defense. Matt Menard, who was at running back a year ago, will move to quarterback. He’ll have a few strong receivers in juniors Cameron Dishon and Tyler

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Roberts. The Orangefield Bobcats showed they can score some points last year, averaging 35 points a game in 2009. Now the Cats will have to shore up their defense, which gave up an average of 31 points a game last season. Quinton Evans will lead the Bobcats at quarterback and Evan Guidry, OF’s top rusher last season, will make a big impact this season. Orangefield isn’t shying away from good competition as they try to improve on their 4-6 record in 2009. they have East Chambers, Buna, Woodville Coldspring and Jasper before starting district play with Silsbee at home. The Hardin-Jefferson Hawks just missed out on a playoff spot with a 20-10 loss to eventual third-place finisher Orangefield. This year, the Hawks return six starters from a squad that managed just 20 points a game a year ago. Shannon Grantham will step in at quarterback and Jeremiah Richard will take over running chores. Five starters return from a defense that struggled last season. Experience is thick in the linebacker corps with Layne Walker, Dylan Vannoy, Brandon Taylor and Trevor Chirstopher backing up the DL. The Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns will be breaking in a new coach in Don Price. Coach Price knows how to win, bringing a 105-57-1 overall career record. But he’ll have his work cut out for him after the Longhorns went 0-10 overall a year ago. The Horns return 10 starters on offense, but this squad managed just 11 points per game. On the flip side, nine starters are back from a season where 46 points a game were allowed.

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The West Hardin Oilers are starting a new season with a new coach. Jason Henry, former offensive coordinator at Hull Daisetta, has taken over the reigns as the new athletic director. After graduating from West Hardin High School in 1991, Henry attended East Texas Baptist College for a year and played basketball there. He then came back home and attended Lamar University. While a student there, he worked as an assistant coach at the junior high school at Beaumont-Kelly. After graduation he was hired at the high school at BeaumontKelly, coaching varsity. He has been married o his wife, Mary, and together they have two daughters, Juliana, 11, and Makenna, 7. “Coach Westfall, the previous Oiler coach, and the previous staff did a great job with these guys,” said Henry. “They worked hard and we are going to continue working hard. We want to instill a physical personality, mental toughness and a good work habit.” “I am a laid back type of guy,” he continued. “That doesn’t mean that I won’t get onto a kid, but I believe you have to treat every kid different. You never know what they have going on at home or in their personal life. Some kids take criticism very well and some don’t. You don’t have to treat kids different, you just have to coach them different. Some

kids respond better than others to certain things.” Henry said that there are 40 players on the football team. The players are working hard and getting things going. They are ready to get their pads on and do some hitting. “West Hardin has always been physical,” Henry said. “They gather up and line up and then run the ball right at you. That always worried us at Hull Daisetta. All of the Oiler running backs are that way. When they use that mentality and it comes off as right at you, it is hard to stop. They have confidence in that and it is tough.” “It’s exciting to be on the other side,” he continued. “I can hold that hand up real high now and be proud of where I’m at because this is where I was raised. We really want to come out and be physical. We have a good group of running backs. Our line is coming together pretty good. This is more of a physical running team. People fear playing us.” The Oiler quarterback position

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is still pretty much open, according to Henry. They are looking at three kids who each have positives and negatives. The coaching staff is going to try and find the right leader. They are looking for a guy that can be physical, be a great leader and can still pass the ball. They want their quarterback to not be afraid to run, also. “Ashton Moss is a senior that will either be one of our quarterbacks or running backs,” Henry said. “He played running back last year and had a good year. We are hoping that he will step up as a quarterback and be a leader. Justin Harrington is a junior who is also a quarterback candidate. They each have their own qualities.” “We also have a sophomore named Calvin Ridge,” he continued. “He is probably the best of the three. He will probably be the quarterback of the future. I don’t want to put him out there in a situation where he might not be successful in his sophomore year. He

On defense, all-district linebacker LaComb will lead the 4-3 scheme with Justin Cyr playing at outside linebacker. In the secondary, Lee and Tantillo are the speedy cornerbacks with a trio working to share time early at free safety ... Chris D’Armond, Tyler Brown and Johnathon Warren. On the line, Mason Baker and Hosea Bottley will anchor the end positions while Coach

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Stewart is looking at juniors Dakota Neilson, Alex Yates, Hunter Williams and Caleb Darby as defensive tackle possibles. “We have a group of seniors who are ready to play,” said Coach Stewart. “They have taken ownership of this team and they are pushing one another and the younger guys to step up and do what is necessary to win games this year.”

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Tigers have talent, desire to be perfect champs again

By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

The Silsbee Tigers made history last season when they defeated West Orange-Stark during the District 21-3A run. The Mustangs had not lost a district game since dropping from Class 4A to 3A years before. And while that one game didn’t make for an automatic district championship, it gave the Tigers the push they needed to eventually take an undefeated league title. Silsbee is working to re-establish its backfield after the graduation of star quarterback Jeremy Johnson. Kelson McDaniel is already looking like a natural at QB for the 2010 Tigers and Prentice Lane at wide receiver will give the new field general a nice target all season. The main struggle a year ago was along the offensive line. That worry is all but solved with more experience and size. The Tigers, if not the favorite in District 21-3A, are certainly on an even keel with WO-S once

CAPSULES Jacob Hanna, linebacker, 6-1, 215, transfer from West Texas A&M Two-time all-state selection as defensive lineman at Lumberton as well as earning District 20-4A Offensive Most Valuable Player honors as a running back. Rushed for 2,325 career yards on 290 carries and scored 34 touchdowns. He also registered 143 tackles, with 56 coming behind the line of scrimmage, and 19 sacks, and posted a 41.35 punting average. He also lettered in track & field, soccer, power lifting, and golf. At West Texas A&M, he was given the Fighting Buffalo Award in 2009. Anthony Beard, linebacker, 6-1, 220 Transferred to Lamar from SMU. Ranked as the No. 59 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com. At Lumberton High School, recorded 97 tackles as a senior, including 18 for

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1. Silsbee Tigers: They beat West Orange-Stark last year. Can they do it again? Yep. 2. West Orange-Stark Mustangs: Of course, the Mustangs won’t roll over and just let the Tigers have it. 3. Bridge City Cardinals: Everyone says the Cards are going to be better this year. Can that many people be wrong? 4. Orangefield Bobcats: There’s a lot of rebuilding to be done but could sneak in to take a playoff spot. 5. Hardin-Jefferson Hawks: If the Hawks find the right quarterback, they could find themselves in the hunt. 6. Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns: Breaking in a new coach is never easy. This season won’t be easy either.

league play begins. West Orange-Stark The Mustangs had an odd off season in 2009, losing to Silsbee in the first game of the district schedule, then falling in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs in a 41-36 loss to Coldspring. The Mustangs return 13 starters with their eye on the goal of recapturing the title in 2010.

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Hard-hitting Tiger James ready for chance at playing college ball By GERRY L. DICKERT editor@silsbeebee.com

As a high school senior at Silsbee, Josh James made a name for himself not as the biggest kid on the team or even the fastest. Man could that guy hit. James, who graduated in 2009, won all-district honors in the defensive secondary and at line-

backer both his junior and senior season. He did that with a devastating style hit that left opposing ballcarriers wonder just who the heck he was. But now, James explains, it’s time to prove himself once again. “That was high school. That’s over,” he said. “This is a whole different game. Now I’m playing

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with the big guys.” James is a member of the recently revitalized Lamar football program, which had lay dormant for more than 20 years after being shut down in 1989. “You have to realize real quick that you have to earn your keep in college,” he said. “If you want to hang around, you have to earn a spot. College is a man’s sport. You have to step up and be a man.” There are certainly more than a few high school ball-carriers who remember the man-sized hits James delivered for the Tigers. During his senior year, he had 60 unassisted and 12 assisted tackles for the Tigers with one caused fumble and four interceptions. His junior year, he had three interceptions. Now James is learning a new defense, though he is pleasantly surprised by the fact that much of the core practices are the same as he learned at Silsbee. “I’ll be playing at outside linebacker here and it’s the same basic fundamentals,” he said.

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“The main thing is you get to hit.” James says he will pursue his degree in kinesiology with the final goal of becoming a coach. His parents are William and Terri James and Latrell Jackson. “The main thing is to make the most of every opportunity I’m given,” he said. “If I do that, there won’t be any regrets.”

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McCoy, to an injury early in that game. Mac Brown’s only replacement was freshman Garrett Gilbert who probably will be the next great quarterback in the Big 12. However he entered the game on the fifth play and it was a struggle for him. Texas lost the game 37-21 and finished the year with a 13-1 record. Texas has four offensive and six defensive starters returning

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throws a better ball and he is a hard worker. I just want to bring him along slowly.” At running back will be Aubry Palmer, a junior. “We’d love to have 11 Aubry’s out there,” Henry said. “He busts his tail in practice. He plays both running back positions and is also a linebacker on defense. He is just a hard nosed kid.” “We also have Tyler Caruthers, a junior,” he continued. He is our big play threat. He is probably one of our fastest kids. We try to get him the ball in the open field as much as we can. He’ll run the ball at running back but we will also throw him the ball as a receiver.

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We’ll get him the ball and the space and hope he makes things happen for us.” Another running back and linebacker on the team is Jaybo Burns, a senior. At tight end and defensive end is senior John Glen Harrington. “He was an offensive lineman last year, but a very athletic lineman,” Henry said. “He is very important to our running game with the blocks. He is one of the best offensive linemen that we have at the tight end position.” At strong tackle is Clayton Werner, senior. He starts at defensive tackle and also offensive tackle. Center and defensive end

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the year at 6-7. This year they have only one tough non-conference game, Arkansas, and they play Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska from the North. Texas Tech has seven offensive and six defensive starters returning from a 9-4 year but must regroup after their off-field troubles with a new coach. The positive thing is that their new coach, Tommy Tuberville, has had success everywhere he has been. Last year they finished the season with a 9-4 record and with non-conference games against SMU, New Mexico, Weber State and Houston, they should be able to repeat last year’s success. They also play, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska from the north.

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Baylor would like to move up a few notches. They have some potential with six offensive and six defensive starters returning off a 4-8 team. They also play Wake Forest, Connecticut, Northwestern State and Kent State in non-conference games. This should give them a chance to pick up a little momentum. Oklahoma State went 18-8 the past two years but now must rebuild. They have two offensive and three defensive starters returning off last year’s team. They do have four very winnable non-conference games. In the end, Oklahoma should battle Nebraska for the Big 12 championship but chances are neither team will be in the national championship picture.

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Whle most of his Lamar University teammates are doing all they can to squeeze in a little more relaxation time inbetween classes and football practices, Silsbee’s Zach Skinner is is dealing with a labor of love. Skinner, who graduated from Silsbee in 2006, is a walk-on at Lamar University in its first season back in football after a 21year absence. And perhaps it is timing, or fate, or something more magical that has put him in position to fulfill his personal dreams of playing football. Most guys in his position would simply take a job, punch the clock and head home to take care of the family. Yet Skinner has decided to dedicate himself to completing something he started four years ago. Zach is a husband, and a daddy. And now he’s a Lamar Cardinal. Skinner’s son Noah will be four years old this November, which means Zach’s first-born will be able to witness his daddy’s dreams come true as he

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runs out onto the newly renovated football field when the Cards kick off the 2010 season. It was a dream that almost didn’t happen. Skinner was a force to be reckoned with as a senior at Silsbee High School. That final season in the Tigers maroon-and-white marked the beginning of a stellar college football career that lay ahead. Or so he thought. Zach earned all-district honors

on the offensive line his senior season and signed to play ball with Blinn Junior College. The trip to Brenham never really worked out, though ... at least not on the football field. Zach fell in love and got married to Katelyn and together they had Noah. When Lamar University announced it would be bringing back its football program, it piqued Skinner’s curiosity. If the program were to get underway quickly enough, then he would still have eligibility remaining. He came in just under the wire with one year of eligibility left as the 2010 season begins. “This is my chance,” he said. “This is the opportunity I’ve wanted, a chance to get out there and do what I know I’m capable of doing.” Perhaps equally as impressive, and likely more impacting on Noah, is the fact that Zach will finish his degree in Spring 2011. “I’m going to get my degree in kinesiology,” he said. “I’ve decided I want to coach.” One way or another, Zach will make sure he’s on the football field long into the future.

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Kyle Gillam, a 2008 Class 4A honorable mention selection at Lumberton High School, has moved up on the depth charts, earning a starting spot at center with the Lamar Cardinals. Gillam, a 6-foot-2, 260pounder, was a three-year starter at center for Lumberton, helping the Raiders go a combined 19-4 and win co-championships in District 20-4A in 2007 and 2008. As a junior, he was the lead blocker for first-team all-state tailback Cody Hussey, and as a junior, his blocking helped tailback Jacob Hanna earn offensive most valuable player recognition in the district. “We are getting a good player and a very good student,” said Cardinal coach in announcing

Gillam’s addition to the roster. “Kyle is exactly what we need at Lamar - a local player who can help us on the field and also be a great student in the classroom. “He did a great job at Lumberton. He’s one of the main reasons Lumberton has had great success running the football the past two seasons. He’s 260 (pounds), but he’ll get even bigger. He’s one of those type of guys who will work his way into doing whatever is necessary to being successful.” In addition to earning first-team all-district honors as a center in 2007 and 2007, Gillam was also a two-year regional qualifier as a power lifter. “Kyle was the major reason Cody Hussey was able to win the

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Glued inside the back cover of the scrapbook kept for Pat Day by his mother is this photo (RIGHT) of Lamar Tech’s tricaptains Pat, Armour McManus and Dan Placek holding the trophy awarded to Lamar by the Tangerine Bowl Committee after the Cards’ 21-14 win over Middle Tennessee in Orlando, Fla. in December 1962. The original photo appeared in the Jan. 1, 1963 issue of The Beaumont Enterprise and was taken by Bob Ward.

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problem I had was that I couldn’t go deep,” he said. “I just didn’t have the arm.” Once he graduated from Lamar, he had a little help from a friend who had also graduated from LU, and Day was offered the backfield coaching job at Beaumont’s Stephen F. Austin Junior High. In 1963, he became head coach at SFA and stayed there two years before being asked to join the Silsbee coaching staff as the backfield coach for the Tigers. He joined the staff led by Ray “Stud” McGallion and worked with several assistant coaches, including Wayne Riley, Sidney “Chief” Dauphin and Charlie Woodard, among others. When Coach McGallion retired in 1976, Day became head coach of the Tigers, a position he held until 1982. When Day retired from coaching, he went into school administration, becoming assistant principal at Read-Turrentine Elementary, Silsbee Middle School and the high school before taking over as principal at Kirby Elementary School in Silsbee. He stayed there for five years before retiring from education altogether. He makes his home in Silsbee today. “I spent 20 years in coaching

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and another 14 years in administration before I retired in 1996,” he said. With Lamar University returning after a more than 20-year absence, Day says he is excited at the prospect of seeing the Cardinals hit the field once again. “Honestly I didn’t think I’d see this happen,” he said. “But now that it’s here, we’re in a door-die situation. We have to support Lamar football no matter what. We can’t lose it again or we’ll never get it back again.” Day says that while some may consider football little more than a game between two teams, the truth of the matter is that the experience for those participating far surpasses most anything else they’ll experience in their lives. “It’s critical for those guys who can go play football and get an education,” he said. “Being able to do that here, close to home, changed my life. I wouldn’t be the person I was had I not experienced what I did as part of a team like the Cardinals. It gave me the opportunity to become something more than I every would have. “Other kids deserve that, which is why it’s so important for everyone in Southeast Texas to support the new football team right from the beginning,” he said. “Win or lose, we have to be there.”

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An old scrapbook holds the memories of a man who loves football, especially Lamar football. The book, more than 50 years old now, was a labor of love by a mother who clipped apart newspaper sports sections with any mention of her beloved son, Pat Day. And now, as he walks with the old tome tucked beneath his arm, a quick glance brings back decades of memories that evoke happiness and pride, and even a bit of sadness. “You can see how in the beginning of the book, there’s a lot to it. Every clipping there was, my mother cut it out and put it in here,” said Day, who graduated from Lamar

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University in 1961. “But you can tell that toward the back of the book, she started struggling. She was sick and couldn’t keep up with it like she did before. She did the best she could though.” Because of flooding at his home near the beach after Hurricane Ike, Day lost all of the tangible memories that existed from his days as quarterback at Vidor High School and Lamar University. And while the only remembrance he has of his years as a Southeast Texas football superstar is a yellowing collection of clippings, the memories in his mind are as clear and vital as they were the day the events actually occurred. “I graduated from Vidor High School in 1958 where I had played quarterback and defen-

sive secondary,” he said. “I was offered the opportunity to go to school for four years and get a degree while playing football. I couldn’t think of a better opportunity, to get to do what you love and get a free education out of the deal.” Talking to Day, one might presume he was little more than a bench-warmer sitting out his four years as he watched the game clock tick down to zero. But his modesty is betrayed by the record books, and the scrapbook his mother kept as tangible evidence of his brush with superstardom. A member of the 1958 to 1961 Lamar teams, he spent the first two years of his college career playing in the defensive secondary as a cornerback. Almost offhandedly, he recalls that he was also the team’s punter.

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there,” said Wayne of his wife. Though Wayne is thrilled to see the Lamar football program return, he is especially happy to see the old football stadium come to life again. “I was there in 1964 when they built Cardinal Stadium,” he said. “It was really something. We had played in South Park Stadium before that, so you can imagine how exciting it was to play in Cardinal Stadium. I never got to be on that field as a player but I was as a coach that one year. “Now, to see what they have done with the stadium over there is just fantastic. It’s really a beautiful thing. It’s something this entire area can be proud of.” Though being a retired coach and football player provides little more than bad knees and good memories, Lamar University has offered free tickets to retired coaches from the area. “I’m going to be there,” Riley said. “I would be there, free tickets or not. Now is the time for all of us to get out there and

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The year is 1963 and a young Wayne Riley was lined up to cover a punt for the Lamar Tech Cardinals. It was Riley’s senior season at Lamar, the culmination years of working to be the best player possible. The awards proved he had met his goals.

But little did he realize that his football career would end just moments later. (Vernon) Glass “Coach always told us not to look up on a punt, he told us all the time,“ said Riley, now a retired educator living in Silsbee. “But I was looking up and I took a hit right there, on the side of my knee. “It wasn’t really all that painful but I knew. I knew I was

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they’re going to play again. It’s going to be a great thing for the school and a great thing for the entire area.” Though Riley was unable to play again after his knee injury, he certainly didn’t walk away from Lamar or the game of football. He served as a student-coach for the 1964 football season at Lamar, working with Coach Glass as the Cardinals entered the Southland Conference for the first time. That season, the Cards won the conference championship. They repeated that feat in 1965 and 1966. The last conference title won by Lamar in football came in 1971. The only other conference football title was in 1957 when the Cardinals won the Lone Star Conference championship. “They paid for my books and tuition that last year,” said Riley of his first year as a football coach in 1964. “It was also the first year we were in the new football stadium.” After graduation, Riley headed out looking for a job and in spite of on offer to work in the Beaumont school system, he

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what it was going to be like out here. Now you walk around here and it is a first-rate facility. It might not hold the same number of fans as the University of Texas or Texas A&M but you won’t find a training facility or a playing field better than Lamar has now.” The newly-renovated ProvostUmphrey Stadium was originally built for a cost of $1 million with the construction period lasting from Ma 1963 to July 1964. The Cardinals compiled a 6367-3 record in the stadium with the longest winning streak being 12 games spanning the 19651967 seasons. The biggest crowd to witness a game at the old Cardinal Stadium was 18,500 in 1980 when LU faced Baylor. The school’s athletic complex, at the south end of the football field, opposite the Montagne Center, is a 54,000 square foot, two-story building that hosts locker rooms for both the Cardinals and their opponents. In addition, there is a top-ofthe-line training facility and an expansive weightroom. There is also a 108-seat meeting room with theater seating, video screens and televisions, a players’ study hall and lounge and offices upstairs. Aside from the fact that Lamar’s football players and coaches will have the best playing and training facilities ever seen in Southeast Texas, McGallion points to the value of first-class facilities in recruiting. He was recently named the school’s recruiting coordinator and without hesitation, he says the talent pool in Southeast Texas is among the best in the nation. “Maybe I’m a little biased but I don’t believe there is any better football than in Southeast

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McGALLIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Deryl Ray McGallion (71-73) Linebacker • UH Assistant Coach (79-83), Linebackers • Named defensive player of the game in the 1973 Bluebonnet Bowl, • Third team all-american in 1973 • Hula Bowl All-Star Game in 1974 • Tied for second in single-game records with 23 tackles vs. Virginia Tech on Oct. 7, 1972 • Tied for fourth in single-season records with 77 assisted tackles in 1972 • Led in tackles in 1972 (55 solo, 77 assists, 132 total tackles) and 1973 (58 solo, 58 assists, 116 total)

• Went 8-14-2 for 178 yards, 1 TD in 1974 Bluebonnet Bowl • Ran for 111 yards on 25 carries vs. Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 17, BUBBA 1975 McGALLION • In 1975, led UH in passing yards (47-103-11697-4), total offensive yards (232 plays, 392 rush, 697 pass, 1,089 yards, 9 TDs), and scoring ( 5 TDs, 2 PAT runs, 34 total points) • Holds third-longest pass play in UH bowl history with a 73-yard completion to Eddie Foster vs. North Carolina State in the 1974 Bluebonnet Bowl.

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Texas,” he said. “When we heard that Lamar was seriously talking about bringing their football program back, we were sitting there at Silsbee High School just more excited than you can imagine. “The idea that we would be able to watch a college football game 30 minutes away in Beaumont was just fantastic,” he said. Older brother Bubba agrees: “It’s going to be an event when they have a home game at Lamar. It’s more than just a game, it’s a community happening. “This is something we’ve needed for a long time and now that it’s here, we all need to support it 100 percent. We have to be there for Lamar so they will continue to be there for us and our kids in the future,” Bubba

said. “If Lamar football fails, it will be our own fault and we won’t get another chance. “The thing is, I don’t think there’s a chance in the world that this area won’t support Lamar football after waiting for so long and working so hard to get it back.” As for Craig, each new day brings another challenge and another opportunity to make history as part of the new Lamar football team. “We’re setting the traditions. We’re deciding right now how high we’re going to set the bar for those kids coming here for years and years to come,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of responsibility but there’s not one guy here who isn’t thrilled to be part of the rebirth of Lamar football.”

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When it came to deciding where to play college football, Craig McGallion had to decide between the love for the game and his love for a woman. For a brief moment, football won out though true love won in the end. McGallion, a graduate of Silsbee High School, was offered a full ride to play football at the University of Houston. But his girlfriend at the time, Gayle, was a twirler at Lamar University. They made the semi-long distance relationship work and today, 27 years after getting married, they have two children, Lance and Lacey. Both are involved at Lamar with Lance serving as football manager and Lacey attending classes at Lamar Institute of Technology.

“It was a tough thing,” Craig said of the time away from his future wife. “But UofH was a better fit for me. I was able to play for a major university, close to home and being a Cougar was part of what had become a family tradition for us McGallions.” Indeed, the McGallion family made a great deal of school history at UH with eldest brother Deryl Ray leading the way, followed by Bubba and then Craig. Bubba is currently the head coach and athletic director for Silsbee High School and Craig spent time as an assistant coach on his older brother’s staff at SHS. But now, nearly 30 years after leaving the University of Houston, Lamar has finally gotten its hands on Craig. He was named linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator by Lamar Head Coach Ray Woodard on June 16, 2008. “It’s a special deal,” said

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Beard transfers from SMU Former Lumberton High School standout Anthony Beard has transferred from SMU to Lamar University and will be eligible to play for the Cardinals this fall, announced LU football coach Ray Woodard on Friday. A 6-1, 220 pound linebacker, Beard attended SMU over the summer but has joined the Cardinals and will begin practicing this week. Beard was ranked as the No. 59 middle

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linebacker in the country by Scout.com. “It’s good to have Anthony come home and help us as we build a program and start this first season,” said Woodard. “Players like Anthony are one of the reasons we brought football back to Lamar, so kids could stay home, play football and get a great education.” Beard recorded 97 tackles as a senior, including 18 for loss,

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very solid unit.” Junior transfer Mario Foster and redshirt freshman Jesse Dickson will lead the defensive line that hopes to apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. At 6-2, 312, Texas A&M transfer Adren Dorsey is the largest of the Cardinals on defense. Jonathan Epke will be leaned upon to lead the LU linebacker corps. Former Beaumont West Brook teammates Jordan Garrett and Jacody Coleman have transferred back to their hometown university to add experience. The defensive backfield is inexperienced at the college level, but continued to make solid strides throughout the spring season. Redshirt freshman Branden Thomas has proven himself to be a player to watch during his first year on the Lamar campus.

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Silsbee Tigers Junior Varsity Football

Cardinals count on aerial attack for quick points Win or lose, the 2010 football season will be historic for Lamar University. For the first time since the finale of the 1989 season, a 22-17 victory over McNeese State, Cardinal fans will have the chance to watch Lamar play football. What’s even more fun for local residents is that many Southeast Texas athletes will be seen in the Lamar Red-and-White jerseys as the season begins, including a great number of players from Hardin County. Among those are, from Silsbee, Josh James and Zach Skinner, and from Lumberton, Kyle Gillam, Anthony Beard, Mark Murrill, Jacob Hanna and Cody Hussey. The Cardinals will play a full 11-game schedule that opens, ironically enough, against their last ever opponent McNeese State on Sept. 4. Lamar will play its first home game in over two decades the following weekend against Webber International in the newly renovated and renamed Provost-Umphrey Stadium. Former NFL player Ray Woodard has been tabbed by President James Simmons to take on the task of leading the Lamar program. Woodard came to Lamar after one highly successful season as the head coach at Navarro College, and prior to that spent several seasons as a coach and defensive coordinator at both the college and professional levels. “Lamar fans have waited 21 years for football to return, and the wait if finally over,” said Woodard. “I am excited an honored to have this tremendous opportunity to lead the program into this new era. Fall should be an exciting time on campus and I am looking forward to it.

LAMAR CARDINALS SCHEDULE

Lamar Head Coach Ray Woodard, left, gestures during the Cardinals’ first intersquad scrimmage in November 2009. Woodard, along with a coaching staff that includes Defensive Coordinator Roger Hinshaw, right, will lead the Cardinals into their first season since the program was shut down in 1989.

“We’re not conceding games to anyone on the schedule. We are preparing as a team and coaching staff to win and our goal is to improve every day.” Woodard and his staff have signed two recruiting classes with several players spending the past school year on campus waiting for the opportunity to perform in a live game in front of the Cardinal faithful. A mix of Division I transfers, junior college signees and freshman newcomers should make the 2010 season one to remember.

Offense

Lamar will run a multiple set offense which will allow the Cardinals to utilize a mobile quarterback and speed at the receiver positions. More often than not, LU will line up with only one running back. However, the Cardinals will place a pair of running backs in the backfield at times. Directing the Cardinal offense will be junior quarterback Andre Bevil, a West Orange-Stark graduate who played two years at

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Navarro College. He will use a strong, accurate arm and an elusive running style to lead the Carinals. A quartet of talented freshmen will provide depth at the QB position. Bevil will have a familiar target at wide receiver as junior college teammate J.J. Hayes will utilize his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to move the ball down the field. While Hayes provides the size at the receiver position, speedsters Barry Ford, Donte Lopez, Marcus Jackson, Josh Powdrill, and Brent Walters will help stretch the field. “I like the receiving corps,” said Woodard. “I think it will be the strength of our offense. Combined with a pair of experienced, talented tight ends, we should be able to move the ball through the air.” Not only do Lamar’s tight ends bring talent and experience, but Billy Chavis and Kevin Davis bring an abundance of size. At 6-4, 258 and 6-5, 250, Chavis and Davis will provide solid blocking and huge targets for Cardinal quarterbacks. The running back position may

be the biggest question mark for the LU offense coming out of spring practice. Freshman Jordan Nixon, Caleb Harmon, and Keaton Parker, and senior transfer Kwabena Asante will battle for carries in the backfield. Providing the protection for Bevil and opening holes for the running backs will be a large, talented offensive line that got even deeper over the summer with a pair of late signees. Anchoring the line from the center position will be redshirt freshman Kyle Gillam of Lumberton.

Defense

Lamar will utilize a 4-2-5 formation on defense that will also have the flexibility to adapt to the different styles of offense that the Cardinals will face. It should prove to be an aggressive, attacking unit. “We are young across the defensive line and in the secondary,” said Woodard. “However, we have a lot of team speed on defense and our group of linebackers has the potential to be a

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year ago. Jason Henry will take the reins at West Hardin this season after the Oilers finished 5-5 overall and 4-3 in district play this past season. Eight starters return on offense and nine more on defense. On offense, the line has four starters back, making any growing pains in the backfield much easier to take. Last year, the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats finished third and advanced to the playoffs where they lost to Lovelady 48-7. This year, H-D won’t have to wait so long to see Lovelady as they meet Oct. 29 in a district showdown. Three starters are back for the Bobcats on offense and three more return on defense. Among the top prospects is all-district running back Keith Gilmore, who scored 10 touchdowns last season.

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Kountze Lions Varsity Football 2010

Lady Tigers succeed thanks to teamwork SILSBEE TIGERS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

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As Lindsey Leach watched her team lose to Orangefield late in the District 21-3A run, a game that knocked Silsbee out of playoff contention, she tried to figure out what she was missing. Then it hit her ... Teamwork. Even after seeing some success early in the season and some sparks of moving in the right direction in district, the Lady Tigers never really seemed to come together as a team. It was an ingredient Coach Leach knew had to exist to ensure a winning program. Recently, the Silsbee girls attended a volleyball camp at Stephen F. Austin State University. Aside from the fact that the girls came away with a trophy for playing well in the camp tournament, the Lady Tigers were awarded the Teamwork trophy. Coach Leach couldn’t have been more proud. “They won a trophy for play-

Members of the 2010 Silsbee Lady Tigers Varsity Volleyball team include, back from left, Kolbie Kruft, Cymone Toole, Gretchen Stancil, Katelyn Alexander, and Janci Burns; and front from left, Katy Adams, Chelsea Neely, Dyanna Stricklan, Janeicia Myers and Nikkiea Patterson

ing well but that didn’t mean half as much as the fact that they were recognized for playing together as a team,” said Coach Leach. “We have exactly the thing we were missing at the end of last year.” Most of the 2009 squad is

returning, including team co-captains and seniors Chelsea Neely and Katy Adams. Neely is one of the Lady Tigers’ top hitters with 276 kills a year ago. She also had 48 blocked shots, 43 of those solo stops, and 194 digs. She earned

Outstanding Middle Hitter in alldistrict picks last year. Adams had 11 blocks, 23 kills, 132 digs and 33 set assists during her junior season. Other seniors returning are Dyanna Stricklan and Nikki Patterson, while Janeicia Myers will play her first year on varsity as a senior. Myers and sophomore Cymone Toole, both members of the varsity volleyball team, bring quite a bit of athleticism to the program. They were members of last year’s state championship 800-meter relay team. Toole played half the season on varsity a year ago. Junior Janci Burns played some last season and Coach Leach is expecting her to step up this season and make a big impact on the team. Kolbie Kruft played on varsity last season and Gretchen Stancil is back as the team’s libero. Katelyn Alexander was the

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team’s backup setter a year ago and Leach says she will make a much bigger impact this season. Burns had 27 kills a year ago with seven blocked shots and 30 digs, while Stricklan picked up 123 kills and 152 digs for the Lady Tigers. Alexander had 20 kills and 89 digs, while Stancil had 57 digs and Kruft, a junior now, had 39 assists. Silsbee finished the non-district season 13-6, starting out 1-3 but winning eight of the next nine games. Though not good enough to get them into the playoffs, the Lady Tigers finished a respectable 6-4 in district play. “It was the first time Silsbee hasn’t been in the playoffs in something like 20 years,” said Leach. “We certainly don’t want to continue that sort of thing. Winning here is a tradition and we are determined to get back to that this year.”

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