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community to support each other as a whole.” Jody’s vision for Bouncer’s Buddies, while large, is edges the possibility of it expanding, as well. In fact, there has been some interest expressed out of Jefferson CounBouncer’s Buddies program there as a ministry outreach through the church he attends. voluntary, cooperative basis. No one has to meet any particular standards,” she said. “Most people who need service dogs don’t have the time to wait, or the money to spend on one. Why do that when a community can come the adult board, which will oversee a youth board (which currently includes Jody’s daughter, Samantha Fly, and boards, and there are other ways that the general public can help Bouncer’s Buddies provide service dogs to Continued On Page 28

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It was the kind of team that comes along once in a couple of decades, if you’re lucky. Coach Scott Fuhrhop and his trusty sidekick, MariEventual USI-signee Shavon Sork was pulling the trigger for a solid offense, while a host of strong and gutsy playwhere they lost to eventual state champ Carlyle. Seems like yesterday. And when the team reunited game at FCHS and gathered in the Elks Club dining room afterwards to share stories and refreshments. “Even though we have all gone down different paths in our lives, we picked up right where we left off in that locker room at West Frankfort (where their season ended),” said Rebecca (Zurliene) Harris, who organized the reunion. “We laughed and cried and laughed some more.” Fuhrhop brought several old photos for the team to play-by-play of Stan David from the Massac County sectional win,” Harris said. -

mer, but Harris wasn’t sure if she could get her teammates interested. Being connected somehow to all of them on Facebook, she sent out a group message and asked how they felt about getting together and re-creating their Sweet 16 photo that hangs in the school lobby. She set it for a Saturday so that out-of-state folks would have the chance to make it. gether,” Harris said, adding that Coach Book and Sork from Arizona and Louisiana, respectively. In-25” imprinted. “Mr. Fuhrhop ran a tight ship with his practices, and with the respect that he expected us to have on and off the court, and in the school and community. He was known for his running and conditioning drills, and 5-In-25 was the world’s worst!” Harris recalled. “You had to go down and back, end-to-end of the gym, in 25 seconds or less. And that was in the big gym! He used this as conditioning and the occasional attention-getter. If we continued to screw You miss free throws, get stupid fouls, make pointless Continued On Next Page


Continued From Last Page In their minds, she confessed, they can still do it all. “So the humor in it years later,” she said. “Everyone had a great time.” Here’s an update on the team of Amy Isaacs Amy (Isaacs) Hooper and her hus-

Realty. drill (how long we were in the paint for that drill), but I feel like it kept us on our toes and we could defend the middle like no other,” she said. “And the other thing, Coach knew how to win.” Courtney Woodrow A resident of Barnhill, Courtney a son, Jackson Mills, 11. She teaches and coaches “because of the wonderful faculty and staff at FCHS. “We were all so lucky to have people who cared about us the way they did, and still do. I hope that I am half the coach that Fuhrhop and MB were to me,” she said. “I am the person I am today because of all of my teammates. how we will always be…no matter how much time passes, we can pick up right where we left off” Julie Shreve hill. She laughs when she says her husband is to be determined and when it comes to children, do nieces and nephews count? I just enjoyed the whole process,” Julie said. “I love being in a community of like-minded people, and being part of a 24

posures to what a group of completely different people can accomplish if they all decide to work towards one goal. I would say the experience, in and of itself, was enough to give me a lot of life lessons to carry me forward to where I am now.” Kayci Rainwater with their daughter, Alliyah, four months. She is a nurse anesthetist at St. Continued On Next Page


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‘96 Championship Team Reunites Continued From Last Page works as an individualized education teacher at Belleville West. “I feel sorry for students who will never have the bond we had. From helping each other up the stairs after hell week, crying with each other when we knew we had sey, Courtney getting me to and from every practice and game, Coach telling me my husband would be getting out

live in St. Louis with their “canine kids” Boo, 14, and Dexter, three. She is an Executive Legal Assistant for Brown & James Law Firm in St. Louis. “I have many, many memories, and a lot of them have to do with my sister (Courtney) and Becca (Rebecca Zurliene) daring me to do things, because they knew I would end up doing them, and they got a kick out of it,”

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Kristal Hale from Carmi, where she had played for the Lady Bulldogs. was a big game for her, and one of her best memories of the season. “Coach Fuhrhop and Coach Book taught us so much more than just basketball. So many life lessons that work, teamwork, pushing me to be better, and so much group.” Lee Ann Fletcher Lee Ann (Fletcher) Schaeffer and her husband, Jason, live in Centralia with their children, Madeline, six, and Jackson, three. She works for IBM as a Storage Media Analyst. great games we played, and of course the regional and sectional wins, being my senior year and ending with a bang!” she said. “Getting to see all the girls again at the with the coaches was priceless!” Melissa Miller Melissa (Miller) Curd lives in Mill Shoals with her husband, Chase, and their daughters, Brielle, two, and Clara, three months. She taught for ten years at New Hope School, but is now a stay-at-home mom. “Looking back on that season, and my basketball career at FCHS, I was so blessed to be a part of a community of girls who wanted to win and were willing to be pushed in order to be successful,” she said. “I appreciated our coaches teaching us to understand the game, and setting a very high level of expectation for us.” Natalie Woodrow Natalie (Woodrow) Caruso and her husband, Josh,

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“We were taught to go out and give it all we had every single game. Even if we knew the odds of winning were good, we still played our hardest every game,” she go out and give it our all every single day in whatever we are doing in our lives. “If you fall, you pick up the pieces and get back at it.” Sarah Beck Jonathon and Lexia Scott, and Aiden Buchanan. She has worked as a manager at McDonalds for 11 years. “My best memory of that season was beating Carmi to win the regional,” she said. “It’s the best team I have ever played with, and of course, the best coaches and get. It was priceless, seeing everyone.” Sharis Sork Autism. “I loved practicing with the team and learning the true essence of working hard to achieve success, and I do thank Fuhrhop for teaching us that!” she said. Shavon Sork Ba Chase Bank. thank you for never treating us any different, just because are today, and Coach Fuhrhop taught us that hard work and discipline equal success,” Shavon said. “My teamContinued On Next Page


Former Lady Mules Reminisce Continued From Last Page of our team! We worked our tails off together and accomplished so much. It was so great to get to spend time with everyone at the reunion.”

these girls were my girls! I’m so proud of what they all are doing in life, with their families, etc. I was busting with pride and joy at how they’ve grown!”

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head volleyball coach at Christian Fellowship School. “I loved being a part of this team. As much as I hatall the hard work we did in practice. I felt that if I could do that, I could do anything!” she said. “I am so thankful that we had coaches that pushed us to become the best that we could be. My teammates were, and still are, amazing ladies. We worked hard, worked together, and we accomplished so much!” Tiffany Isaacs eight. “As a freshman that year, of course I’ll never forget

ship) and Lyndsay (majoring in International Business at ing in social work at the University of Missouri, where she is also a cheerleader. girls are successful and doing so well,” he said. “My greatest memories were the practices and lessons learned. I don’t remember much of the games, but I do know that each girl was a champion in my eyes.”

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Sold On Neurofeedback Continued From Last Page an had even done a retention study on him to see if he might school recommended that I have Jack checked to see if there might be any medical reasons for his behavior and I spent hours after the meeting that night researching, and it seemed likely to me that he probably did have some have great success with medication for it, that wasn’t where I wanted to start. From my reading, I saw areas where I could improve his nutrition—though I had a good head-start on that—but the most intriguing research I found was on Neurofeedback and it’s ability to make a difference in both behavior AND reading ability. I decided that was the direction I wanted to go, but I didn’t have any clue if it was even available anywhere close to us. tually DID know where I could get Neurofeedback. I had watched a video a few weeks prior of a sponsored Faceness Center, and how it could be used for improvement didn’t waste any time and called the very next day to set up an evaluation appointment. than he seemed a little more tired than usual. But, eight halting between every single word on a page. Even his teachers had begun to notice positive improvements in him. Right around this same time, he retook the standardized reading test through the school. His scores improved from the 12th percentile to the 24th in one month’s time. He stopped bringing home failing reading assignments. Based on his improvements, I decided to have Jack continue with the sessions on a weekly basis. they did another round of standardized testing and his Continued On Next Page

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Neurofeedback Continued From Last Page reading scores doubled again from the 24th percentile to the 48th! And while I was still in total shock from his huge improvement in reading, I got another surprise when his months! He tested successfully out of his oneon-one tutoring program, and the possibility of retention was never brought up again. He even landed himself on the A/B Honor Roll Fast forward to halfway through his second grade year. We’ve continued with weekly brain training sessions, and since August he has raised his reading scores by more than a year and is in the 71st perabove his grade level. He’s continued on the honor roll every quarter so far and is thriving in school. I really believe that Jack wouldn’t be where he is toHe tried so incredibly hard, but his brain just didn’t allow him to process the information and make the connecand I would recommend it to anyone who might be going through a similar situation. It has made all the difference in the world for us! Amanda, 33, is a 2003 graduate of Murray State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. She has since worked as a software engineer at Computer Services, Inc., in Paducah, Kentucky. Jack, who is eight years old, enjoys basketball, Minecraft, and trips to the local coffee shop for his smoothson is over.

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