TWO WEEKS AND A DAY
The Countdown to Week 1 Has Begun
Most of the opening games of the 2014 high school football season will take place on Friday, August 29th.
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Please return to our 2014 Preview (click button above) to see the Week 1 contests for Putt's Top Ten in both 2A divisions. As noted, Refugio will travel to Hebbronville and Woodsboro, to Nixon-Smiley.
Several of our readers have expressed an interest in following the week-by-week performances of Booker senior quarterback Hunter Lile as he seeks to surpass ex-Bobcat Travis Quintanilla's career record for most passing yardage. Booker of District 1 in 2A D2 (Woodsboro's division) will open against the Amarillo high JV, though one major scheduling source has dropped the game from its listing, suggesting that stats for the game may not become official.
But, as stats do become available on Hunter's progress, they will be posted in the Copano Express.
The Blue Tigers of Clarksville (District 6 of 2A D1) are not among Putt's preseason favorites, but perhaps should be. They are said to be "loaded." Something about how strong "the load" should be known after Clarksville's home opener in Week 1, against the perennially strong 3A D2 Mustangs of Hughes Springs.
RHS Class of 1952 Gives Thanks for the Long, Good Life of Shirley Taylor Wiginton
Shirley (80) died in Woodsboro on July 8, 2014. A memorial was held for her in Woodsboro on Friday, August 8. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Wiginton, son Mark and brother Jimmy. She is survived by her daughter Becky and husband of Woodsboro, grandson Matthew and great-grandson Marshall.
Shirley was a favorite of her classmates, remembered fondly for her "forever" smiles and friendly, sweet disposition, and for possessing much more than an average share of intelligence and wit.
Latest News Contains Mixed Messages on Refugio County School Performances
Perhaps the #1 August 2014 headline for the Refugio County schools should be the naming of 1986 Woodsboro High graduate Roland Hernandez as superintendent of the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Since 2010, Hernandez has been the district's chief administrative officer. Previously, he was superintendent of the Waco Independent School District.
Hernandez is a tribute to the Woodsboro schools. He and the district's teachers and administrators deserve a huge commendation.
Logical selections for our "smaller" August headlines are: #2 that two of the county school districts, Refugio ISD and Austwell-Tivoli ISD, were judged "acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency; and #3 that former Bobcat footballers Dylan Klare and Lynx Hawthorne are honor roll students at, respectively, Rice and Baylor universities, on whose football teams each is expected to get considerable playing time during the 2014 season. Klare and Hawthorne are no doubt joined by many other former RHS students on collegiate honor rolls. But the academic excellence of the two athletes speaks well for the others and for the academic foundation they collectively received in RHS.
In addition, and we've been writing about 2014 football for weeks, the Refugio Bobcats and the Woodsboro Eagles appear headed for stellar seasons, starting on August 29th.
Also, this month, the three county high schools will begin volleyball competition in which they all three will, starting in September, vie for the District 30-2A title. It's the first season ever for the three schools to compete against one another in district play. (Woodsboro and Refugio have.) Whether this is good or bad, or neither, is, of course, yet to be decided.
But now comes the unwelcome news.
No county resident, present or former, wants to hear that any one of its school districts has fallen below accepted standards, which is the case for Woodsboro. The 2014 TEA report stated that the WISD did not meet those standards.
An accompanying concern has to be the decline in the number of high school students enrolled in Refugio High School, which has dropped the Bobcats from the old UIL 2A down to the new, and smaller (enrollments) 2A classification, meaning that the Bobcats are now competing for district titles with schools they have mostly not competed with at that level for 64 years, not since 1950.
With the decline in enrollments of recent years, the county schools have had to reduce or, in some cases, suspend programs that were once thought essential for a quality education.
On the plus side, EXBB has learned that, with larger numbers in the lower classes, RHS's enrollment may rise again in the fairly near future. But nothing is certain. There are no signs we know of that any rapid or significant rise in any of the county school enrollments will occur anytime in the foreseeable future.
Every community values its schools. No one wants to surrender a school's traditional identity. But we must again raise the question of whether some kind of coordination or consolidation among Refugio County schools is in order. EXBB cannot vote or decide about that. But current residents and voters can. We hope they will at least give serious consideration to every possibility for improvement. The kids deserve as much. Their education is not about what we have valued or nostalgically wish to continue, it's about what they, the kids, need now and in the immediate future.
What was done for Hernandez, Klare and Hawthorne in the Refugio County schools, that must continue for the present students, as well as for every future generation.