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Reimagining the Alamo by SUSAN YERKES

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efore you read further, I’d like to ask you to do one quick thing. Ready? OK. Imagine the Alamo.

You probably thought about the Shrine of Texas Liberty, or the Battle of the Alamo or the iconic little stone building downtown. Even if you’ve never actually visited, you can probably picture it. Most of us have a pretty good notion of what the Alamo resembles now, and a vague, Hollywood-formed idea of its 1836 appearance during the battle immortalized in Texas history and legend.

If you’re keen on Texas lore, you may go further, and visualize what the Alamo might look like if you razed all the neighboring buildings and recreated the throes of conflict 180 years past. An endeavor of this magnitude has been advanced and shelved several times, but these days, such a sweeping reconstruction is in the works, since the state, the city and the private Alamo Endowment are raising many millions to finally act on an ambitious Alamo Master Plan. This time, something big is guaranteed to happen. It will take several years to do things right. It probably won’t involve reconstructing the entire compound, and while it will focus on the Battle of the Alamo, it will encompass much more. This go-round, the folks who will design the changes in Alamo Plaza aren’t just imagining the Alamo ­— they are reimagining — incorporating the most familiar images into a broader picture, starting with what was here even before the Alamo was established as a Spanish mission. It’s about understanding how the Alamo, the priests, and later the soldiers,

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came here, changed life for the natives, and became part of the fabric of San Antonio. It’s even about how the building itself altered, and how downtown and thriving businesses grew around the crumbling fortress and almost swallowed it, until the Daughters of the Republic of Texas took a stand to protect and maintain it. DRT deserves much credit for its dedicated work, but the Daughters could never have mustered the kind of wallop the current partnership of city, state and private donors bring to the table. Today, the Alamo and the four other Spanish missions are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Alamo has the most complex history. I really believe something fine is afoot after talking to folks who have been involved with the Alamo Plaza Advisory Committee since it was formed in 2014, attending the first Alamo Master Plan public meeting, studying reimaginethealamo.org and watching YouTube videos of fascinating daily briefings on a recent archaeological dig. The comprehensive project’s first draft won’t be ready until next spring; the

current timeline has construction starting in 2021. It’s likely the three landmark historic structures across the plaza from the Alamo and the beautiful old post office building at the north end will remain, with a visitors’ center, museums and exhibits housed in some of them. I’m hoping the street in front of the Alamo will close, enlarging the plaza and making it more walkable. Planners say accessibility remains a key. At the first Master Plan public session Aug. 2, George Skarmeas, whose firm Preservation Design Partnership was selected to integrate and organize the project, assured us there wouldn’t be an admission charge for the Alamo. He also predicted people will visit in timed groups, instead of just wandering in off the street, to prevent crowding. Skarmeas stressed how public engagement is critical. The Alamo is still profoundly emotional for many. Check out reimaginethealamo. org. Listen to all the presentations you’ll find there. Get involved, and let me know what you imagine. syerkes@localcommunitynews.com

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n spite of progress curtailing graffiti, the defacement of public and private property still plagues our community. One answer could be channeling the efforts of the taggers who create these eyesores into more creative outlets.

Like many local municipalities, San Antonio’s graffiti-removal program relies on both municipal crews and unpaid neighborhood helpers. Illegal markings are a year-round problem with an uptick in the summer when school is out. No matter when the offense occurs, these city employees and volunteers work hard to erase the defacement of bridges, buildings, street signs and other edifices. When tagging appears on walls and

AUG. 29 - SEPT. 26, 2016 spaces, it is not art — it is a crime. Showing disrespect to public possessions is showing disrespect to the community. Removal of the damage also is costly. San Antonio budgets about $1.2 million a year for graffiti abatement. A 15-member team labors six days a week, aided by 2,500 volunteers. Wouldn’t it be nice if all those dollars and man-hours could be spent on something more progressive than cleaning up messy doodles? The best deterrent is not only rapidly scrubbing the scribbling, but also encouraging taggers to alter their anti-social behavior through positive expressions of creativity. How about art class in school, painting on a real canvas or pitching in with a creative community project? Those, too, are artistic endeavors and don’t involve defiling someone else’s property. -The Local Community News editorial board includes Harry Lees, Gregg Rosenfield and Thomas Edwards.


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GUN DISCUSSION A National Rifle Association 6 affiliate, Alamo Arms Collectors Association, hosts discussions the first Tuesday of each month at San Pedro Church of Christ, 311 JacksonKeller Road. Nonmembers welcome. For more, call George Stenzel at 523-5540.

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MEET THE MAYOR Visit Brook Hollow Branch Library, 530 30 Heimer Road, from 5-6:30 p.m. when San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor speaks. Share your comments and concerns. A Spanish translator will be available. For more, contact Ruben Lizalde at Ruben.lizalde@sanantonio.gov.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Registration concludes on 1 this date for the Oct. 4 event recognizing the relationship between police and residents for safeguarding communities. Register block parties, both locally and nationally, at http://www. sanantonio.gov/SAPD/NationalNightOut/

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NNOOnlineApplication.aspx and https://natw.org/registration. For questions, contact Alison Band, District 9 team captain, at alisoncalloway@ hotmail.com or call 896-1492. GEOLOGY ROCKS! Hardberger Park’s Urban 3 Ecology Center, 8400 N.W. Military Highway (western entrance), hosts St. Mary’s University professor David Turner’s discussion on rocks and minerals from 9-11 a.m.  Bring your own rock to be identified. No registration required. Though free, a $3 donation, or $5 per family is suggested. For more, call 492-7472.

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR SEPT. GARDEN? Bexar County 10 Master Gardeners visits Milberger’s Landscape Nursery, 3920 N. Loop 1604 East, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A free seminar presented by horticulturist David Rodriguez of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will help you prepare fall and winter vegetable gardens. Bring a notebook. For more, go to http://www.milbergernursery.com/

event/its-more-than-the-spring/. PRESERVATION TALK Judit Green, an urban biologist 10 from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, visits Hardberger Park’s Urban Ecology Center, 8400 N.W. Military Highway (western entrance), from 9-11 a.m. to discuss the state’s endangered and threatened species. No registration required. Though free, a $3 donation, or $5 per family is suggested. For more, call 492-7472.

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NEISD BOARD North East Independent School 12 District trustees meet at 5:30 p.m. at 8961 Tesoro Drive. To confirm dates and times of sessions, normally scheduled on the second Monday of the month, call 407-0533.

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HAPPENING continues from pg. 05 in the meeting room of the facility, 530 Heimer Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call 207-9030. RAIN RUNOFF LECTURE Hardberger Park’s Urban 17 Ecology Center, 8400 N.W. Military Highway (western entrance), hosts a presentation by Jacob Aalf from 9-11 a.m. about managing stormwater runoff through conservation. No registration required. Though free, a $3 donation, or $5 per family, is suggested. For more, call 492-7472.

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MOVIES AL FRESCO Beginning at dusk, Mayor’s 17 Movie Night is a free, outdoor showing in Hollywood Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. For the title of this month’s screening at Memorial Park, 2 Mecca Drive, visit www.slabcinema.com.

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HOLLYWOOD PARK City Council meets at 7 20 p.m. in City Hall, 2 Mecca Drive. The council convenes on the third Tuesday in the month. For more, visit hollywoodpark-tx.gov.

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING 21 North San Antonio Retired Teachers Association conducts a 9:45 a.m. conference on the third Wednesday of the month at San Pedro Presbyterian Church, 14900 U.S. 281 North. Attendees are updated with information useful to former educators. For more, call Michele Bibb at 494-8197.

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CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP Meetings are 4-6 21 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Baptist HealthLink, 288 W. Bitters Road. One main topic per hour is covered in group discussions, which may be large or small. Find a syllabus and more at http:// chronicpainsupportsa.wix.com/cpsgsa.

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HILL COUNTRY VILLAGE The City Council meets 22 at 5 p.m. in City Hall, 116 Aspen Lane. The council normally convenes in alternating months. For more, visit http://www.hcv.org/.

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NATURE WALK: GRASS Floyd Waller of the Native 24 Plant Society of Texas shares his expertise on grasses at Hardberger Park’s Urban Ecology Center, 8400 N.W. Military Highway (western entrance), from 8-10 a.m. No registration required. Though free, a $3 donation, or $5 per family is suggested. For more, call 492-7472.

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DISTRICT 9 NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE Meetings are 28 usually held on the fourth Wednesday in the month at 7 p.m. in Stone Oak Methodist Hospital, 1139 E. Sonterra Blvd., classroom No. 1. The hospital is just off U.S. 281 North. For more, call Art Downey, alliance president, at 497-8873.

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CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL The Chargers are busy with five games this month. On Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m., they oppose O’Connor at Farris Stadium, 8400 N. Loop 1604 West. The following week, 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Taft is the opponent at Gustafson Stadium, 7001 Culebra Road. Next, Heroes Stadium, 4799 Thousand Oaks Drive, welcomes Churchill 7:30 p.m. Sept 16 and 7 p.m. Sept. 24, against Warren and Lee, respectively. Finally, Churchill hosts Reagan 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Comalander Stadium, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road. For a complete schedule, visit www.neisd.net/athletics/.

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MADISON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL The Mavericks play four times this month, all 7:30 p.m. starts. They battle Warren at Comalander Stadium, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road, on Sept. 2. During the following weeks, Madison travels to New Braunfels to face Canyon, but returns closer to home Sept. 16 with a contest against Brandeis at Farris Stadium, 8400 N. Loop 1604 West. After a bye, Heroes Stadium, 4799 Thousand Oaks Drive, hosts the Mavs versus Roosevelt on Sept. 30. For a complete schedule, visit www.neisd.net/athletics/.

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LOCAL LOWDOWN Take a quick look at what’s new in the community from opening and closings to news tidbits.

Open and Opening Soon 1. HAYWARD GAUDE PHOTOGRAPHY, 555 W. Bitters Road, Suite 109, is a fineportrait design and photography studio in the Alley on Bitters that specializes in portrait art to hang in homes for years. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more, call 265-1101 or visit haywardgaudephotography. com. (See story on page 14)

2. D’LISH, 2611 Wagon Wheel, is a bakery

and café that offers “a taste for every palate” as well as a catering service. D’lish gives customers a number of baked favorites, as well as a diverse breakfast and lunch menu. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more, call 290-8722 or visit www.thedlishbakery.com or facebook. com/Dlish. (See story on page 15)

3. GOODWILL COMPUTER WORKS, 13311

U.S. 281 North, located inside the Bitters Goodwill store, features new and refurbished computers and accessories. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more, call 924-8581 or check out goodwillsa.org

IN OTHER NEWS SEVENTH-GRADE STUDENT JBYR REYNOSO from Bradley Middle School was named the grand champion of the National Spanish Spelling Bee held July 16 in San Antonio. Reynoso’s winning word was “Tahiti” and he received a plaque and a $500 American Express gift card. This is the second time Reynoso has advanced to the national competition. He also was the first national winner from Texas, according to officials. SHANA GRECO, A READING TEACHER AT BRADLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL, has been named an assistant principal at Eisenhower Middle School, according to officials. THE NORTH EAST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT welcomed new teachers during an orientation at Churchill High School on Aug. 9. About 400 teachers attended the

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launch for the week of training. They met with district leaders, attended motivational events and received information about the district’s history and goals for the new school year. “Welcome to the greatest school district,” said Superintendent Brian Gottardy. “I encourage you to be passionate about your kids and their success. Take your passion for learning and teaching and motivate your students to do their very best in the classroom as well as outside the classroom.” NEISD launched the new school year on Aug. 22. JAN GAVERICK, DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAS at MacArthur High School, has been named the Texas Orchestra Directors Association’s Orchestra Director of the Year. Gaverick has been teaching for 43 years and “has been dedicated to the enrichment of life through music and finds fulfillment in the fact that many of her former students have become orchestra directors,” according to a release from the North East Independent School District. SIX MEMBERS OF THE FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA at Madison High School claimed state championship titles in the agriscience fair at the 88th Texas FFA State Convention, held July 11-15 in Dallas. In the senior team division of animal systems, Olivia Wise-Dent and Kamryn Nichols were named state champions. Mikaela Sorrells and Madison Crawford took honors as state champions in the senior team division of plan systems, and Haleigh Carlile and Kaylee Graham were named state champions in the junior team division of social systems. All six will compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22. CONSTRUCTION DELAYS PUSHED THE REOPENING OF THE JONES-MALTSBERGER ROAD bridge at Redland Road South from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21, according to a posting from District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher’s office. The work is tied to enhancements slated for Redland Road north and south of Loop 1604.

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STEPS TO CREATE A BOND ISSUE

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armarking $15 million in the upcoming 201722 bond issue for a land bridge linking Hardberger Park over Wurzbach Parkway could be a hard sell with City Council when other parts of San Antonio lack basic infrastructure, some officials say.

The council is set to consider the fiscal year budget during the next few weeks; it takes effect Oct. 1. Those deliberations will help decide what funding requests could be on the ballot in May, including

the land bridge for the North Side park straddling council districts 8 and 9. So far District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is behind the project. District 9 Councilman Joe Krier last year expressed support but lately hasn’t said much. Mayor Ivy Taylor has not endorsed the project. “While I think it’s still too early in the process to talk about specific amounts, I have confidence that our citizen-based process, which will include the appointment of a Parks Bond Committee and many opportunities

for taxpayer input, will prioritize projects according to the value they bring to our community,” Taylor said. Brian Dillard, the president of the Dignowity Neighborhood Association on the East Side, does not favor spending $15 million on the land bridge. “I have residents who don’t have sidewalks. I have to make them our priority,” he said about the up-and-coming neighborhood in District 2, which for decades was part of an economically depressed part of town. “I look at this

project and it looks like a lot of money. We’ve already given close to $40 million to Hardberger Park, but what our residents really want are street lights and street repairs. Fifteen million is a lot of money.” Supporters say the bridge will ease pedestrian traffic across busy Wurzbach Parkway, where speeds range from 45 mph to 60 mph; help preserve animals’ lives as they travel to and from the southern and northern portions of the park bisected by Wurzbach Parkway; and add to the park’s aesthetic value. Taylor acknowledged there is widespread support for the land bridge. “I know Councilman Nirenberg is leading this project in his district, and I know the Hardberger Park Conservancy has met with a number of council members about making an allocation from their bond project list,” she said. Nirenberg considers the land bridge a major asset for his constituents. “There will always be pushback to spending large sums of public money,” he

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with no tax increase whatsoever.” He hopes support for the park comes from the highest levels at City Hall. “As for the mayor, I certainly hope she supports this and so do thousands of constituents who visit the park every week,” Nirenberg said. The Hardberger Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that supports the park’s mission, has already started the funding process, said Executive Director Betty Sutherland. “We have now raised $5 million and we are working on naming rights which will take us to $8 million,” she said, adding that former Mayor Phil Hardberger — the park’s namesake and major advocate — “is confident we can raise the remaining dollars from the private sector.” Meanwhile, with no land bridge, Sutherland said animals are dying far too often on Wurzbach Parkway. “Since November 2015, when the speed limit was raised on the parkway between Blanco Road and Northwest Military Highway to 50 mph, even more of our wildlife are being killed,” she said.

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Notable: MacArthur lost 62-13 to Steele in last year’s bi-district playoff … Along with Vitt, other returning all-district players include Gessner, Kam Bryant, Ramirez and K Grant Becker (5-10, 160, Jr.) … MacArthur hosted O’Connor in the season-opener for both on Aug. 27.

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MACARTHUR BRAHMAS District: 26-6A Coach: Ben Cook (18-34 in sixth season at school and overall) Last year: 6-5 6A-DII bi-district finalist; 3-3 district (tied for third) Lowdown: The Brahmas return three offensive and four defensive starters. QB Tyler Vitt (6-2, 200, Jr.), 26-6A’s top offensive newcomer, earned all-state honors completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,405 yards and 32 TDs, plus

MADISON MAVERICKS 335 rushing yards and four scores last season. RB Zach Perez (6-0, 200, Sr.) and WR Reece Deering (6-3, 190, Jr.) are other weapons, with OLs Johnathan Gessner (6-2, 300, Sr.) and Michael Ramirez (6-0, 270, Sr.) leading the way. Top defenders include DE Xavier Bryant (6-3, 240, Sr.); DE Kam Bryant (6-2, 230, Sr.), producing 82 tackles and three sacks last fall; DB Coulton Hamby (6-1, 175, Sr.); DL T.J. Cook (6-2, 200, Jr.) and DB Martin Apopot (5-8, 170, Jr.).

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District: 26-6A Coach: John Campbell (first season at school) Last year: 0-10; 0-6 district (seventh) Lowdown: Campbell replaces Mark Smith, who retired after posting a 4-16 mark in two seasons. The Mavericks return five offensive and three defensive starters. RB Nate Davis (5-9, 185, Sr.) totaled 760 rushing yards last season. Other returnees are dual offensive threats in RB/QB Jack Bellinger (5-11, 180, Sr.) and RB/QB Joseph Dominguez (5-11, 180, Sr.); OL Brandon Busby (5-11, 250, Sr.) and OT D’Wayne Anthony (6-4, 300, Jr.). Returning veterans on defense include LB Mitchell Perez (6-0, 180, Jr.); DL Giovanni Flores (5-10, 240, Sr.)

and DB Dante Carhill (5-9, 170, Sr.) Notable: Returning all-district players include Anthony, Busby and P Jalen Battles (6-2, 170, Jr.) … Madison hosted Steele in the season-opener for both on Aug. 27.

CHURCHILL CHARGERS District: 26-6A Coach: Ron Harris (6-5 in second season at school and overall) Last year: 6-5 6A-DI bi-district finalist; 3-3 district (tied third) Lowdown: An experienced offensive unit featuring seven returning starters will spark the Chargers, who return four defensive starters. Jordan Billups (6-0, 190, Sr.) shifted last season to QB from WR and passed for 400 yards and a TD, plus 170 receiving yards and a TD. RB Jordan Cardenas (5-9, 175, Sr.) rushed for 950 yards and 11 TDs. OL Gabe Cabrera (6-2, 280, Sr.), who tallied 43 pancakes, will clear the path. Top returning defenders include LB Cort Jaquess (6-1, 230, Sr.), who totaled 160 tackles and two INTs after posting 90

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SAINT MARY’S HALL BARONS District: TAPPS 11-man Division II-District 3 Coach: Ivan Mason (first season at school) Last year: 6-2 overall as SPC independent Lowdown: Mason takes over as interim coach. Veterans include WR/DB Nick Cione (5-11, 170, Sr.); RB/DB Jesse Llamas (5-5, 152, Sr.); OL/DL Luke Kazmir (6-2, 190, Sr.); RB/DB Deion Locklear (5-8, 155, Jr.); TE/LB Jeremy Ritter (5-9, 160, Sr.); RB/LB Joe Heath (5-9, 154, Jr.); and QB Dominic DeBernadino (5-10, 170, Sr.). Notable: Saint Mary’s Hall opened the season Aug. 26 at Austin St. Andrew’s.

FEAST (FAMILY EDUCATORS ALLIANCE OF SOUTH TEXAS) PATRIOTS District: TAIAO 6-man-Division I Coach: Michael Dagerath (4614 in sixth season at school) Last year: 10-1 (state champion) Lowdown: The Patriots, loaded again following last season’s success, return five starters on each side of the ball, led by QB/ DE/K Jeffrey Dagerath (6-0, 200, Sr.), a three-year starter. Dagerath totaled more than 2,300 passing and rushing yards and pounded 66 tackles on defense. RB/ LB Bryce Benitez (5-7, 170, Sr.) scored 37 TDs and more than 1,350 yards total offense, with 75 stops on defense. In 2014, Dagerath passed for 1,558 yards and 22 TDs and rushed for 14 TDs; Benitez added 1,071 rushing yards and 24 TDs. Notable: FEAST avenged its 2014 titlegame loss by pasting Tyler HEAT 45-0 in the bi-district playoffs and then crushing Austin Capital Christian HomeSchool

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ANTONIAN APACHES District: TAPPS 11-man Division I-District 2 Coach: Van Fuschak (37-18 in sixth season at school; 153-117-1 in 25th year overall) Last year: 4-6; 1-4 district (fifth) Lowdown: Injuries kept the Apaches from the playoffs after they advanced to the state semifinals in 2014. Five starters return on both offense and defense. QB Jake Smith (6-1, 175, Sr.) passed for more than 500 yards last season. RB/LB Brady French (5-9, 170, Sr.) had 862 yards rushing and 27 tackles; OL/DL Adam Binzak (6-1, 215, Sr.) produced 53 tackles and six sacks. Other top returnees include

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CENTRAL CATHOLIC BUTTONS District: TAPPS 11-man Division I-District 2 Coach: L.D. Green Sr. (14-8 in third season at school) Last year: 8-3 DI regional semifinalist; 5-0 district (first) Lowdown: The Buttons feature eight returning starters on offense and seven on defense. New QB Jacob Nava (6-1, 200, Sr.) will guide the experienced team including RB/LB Caleb Salinas (6-0, 200, Sr.), who rushed for 823 yards plus 10 TDs last fall, and WR/LB Thomas Palomera (5-9, 170, Sr.), with 577 receiving yards and eight scores. Defensive stalwarts include OL/ DL Ramon Aguilar (5-7, 202, Sr.), with 49 tackles and sacks, and WR/DB Andres Flores (5-11, 165, Sr.), who posted 89 stops. Notable: The Buttons drew a first-round

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COLE COUGARS District: 13-3A-Division I Coach: John Reyes (0-0 in first season at school) Last year: 3-7; 0-5 district (sixth) Lowdown: Behind a new leader, the Cougars return eight offensive and six defensive starters. Top players include QB/DB Pedro Carranza (5-9, 160, Sr.); RB-DB Tyrell Dunlap (5-9, 175, Sr.); WR/CB Austin Barr (5-10, 160, Jr.); RB/LB Jacquez Harris (5-9, 170, Jr.); and OL/DLs Clifford Jacobs (6-3, 270, Jr.) and Isaiah Atseriak (6-2, 295, Jr.). Notable: Dunlap, who rushed for 1,315 yards and 13 TDs in 2015, is the only returning all-district player … Harris added 445 rushing yards … The Cougars visited San Antonio Christian School in both schools’ season-opener on Aug. 26.

JOHNSON JAGUARS District: 26-6A Coach: Ron Rittimann (46-42 in ninth season at school and overall) Last year: 7-4 6A-DII bi-district finalist; 5-1 district (second) Lowdown: The Jaguars return six offensive and four defensive starters. WR/DB Dylan Pouncy (6-0, 160, Sr.) compiled 507 rushing yards and 4 TDs, with 426 receiving yards and 4 more TDs last season. Other offensive standouts include QB Royal Davis (5-11, 165, Jr.); WR Brandon McDuffie (6-1, 180, Jr.); OL Ethan Ruckman (6-3, 280, Sr.) and TE Michael Goff (6-3, 220, Sr.). Defensively, LB Tanner Reed (5-10, 165, Jr.) recorded 77 tackles and two interceptions, while DB Jack Scarborough (6-2, 170, Jr.) snagged 2 INTs. K/P Zach Elder (6-0, 190, Sr.) also is back. Notable: The Jaguars lost 54-51 to Clemens in the bi-district playoffs … Returning all-district players include Ruckman, Goff, Elder, Reed, Scarborough, Pouncy and OL Riley Duncan (6-1, 229, Sr.) … Johnson opened the season at Brandeis on Aug. 27.


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During a class in Hollywood Park on first aid and CPR for pets, Police Officer Jessie Norman (left)— who also helps with animal control — assists classmates Place 2 Councilwoman Debra Trueman (middle) and Tonya Cummings, Hollywood Park Humane Society secretary/treasurer. They are using plush toy dogs. Photo by Collette Orquiz

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LOCAL: Hollywood Park, Hill Country Village, 78247, 78232, 78216 September 2016 Hollywood Park first responders learned how to help man’s be...

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