A Mascot is a Mascot is a Mascot
If the schools in the new 2A (both divisions) are as creative on the gridiron as they were in choosing their mascots, the 2014 football year could be among the most exciting in the history of football along the Coastal Bend and elsewhere around the state.
In large measure, the names are not well known because they belong to lower-classification schools, which, for the most part, simply do not get the publicity. Who ever heard of a 5A team that took the field as Jackrabbits or Plowboys? (The latter words are probably not even in the vocabularies of city folks.)
Maybe you already know the 21 schools associated with the mascots I'm speaking of? Okay, let's take a test. Associate a school with each:
- Polar Bears
- Wampus Cats
- Pied Pipers
Give up? (If you named more than 10, you're almost a Mascot Expert.) Here are the schools as they matchup by number:
1. Frost, 2. Mason, 3. Booker, 4. Somerville, 5. Sundown, 6. Amarillo Boys Ranch, 7. Stratford, 8. Abernathy, 9. Ralls, 10. Rocksprings, 11. Munday, 12. Winters, 13. Sabine Pass, 14. San Saba, 15. Italy, 16. Wellington, 17. Floydada, 18. Grapeland, 19. Roscoe, 20. Itasca, 21. Hamlin
Refugio fans will have no difficulty naming the mascots of five schools: Kerens, Cross Keys, Hull-Daisetta, Sunray and Fruitvale. The same holds for Woodsboro fans with respect to 14 teams: Valley View, Como-Pickton, Valley Mills, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Junction, Seagraves, Eldorado, Van Horn, Detroit, Milano, Leakey, Pettus and Benavides. (In 2AII District 16 alone, there are three teams of Eagles, including Woodsboro.)
The Sabine Pass Sharks seem appropriately nicknamed. But the winners (it's a tie) for Most Appropriately Named Mascot are: the Frost Polar Bears and the Winters Blizzards. Close behind are the Shamrock Fighting Irish.
Given the recent legal challenges to the professional "Redskins" of Washington DC, it could be that the mascots of ten 2A teams are offensive to Native Americans: Quanah, Price Carlisle, Ganado, Morton and Haskell are all "Indians." Then, there are the Comanches of West Texas High (Stinnett) and Shiner, the Braves of Iraan, the Warriors of Honey Grove and the Kiowas of Booker.
But according to preseason prognosticators, any question of a "Native American" slur is a mute one for 2014; they are predicting there'll be no Native American mascots in the state title games. Most likely, they say, in 2ADI it'll be Elks, Wildcats or Panthers versus Bobcats or Tigers and in 2AII, Eagles or Lions taking on Tigers or Beavers in Cowboy Stadium come December.
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Putt's New Book . . .
IN DEDICATION to a highly regarded and much beloved member of the church where he preaches, the editor of EXBB, Andy Pate, has put together a book to be available August 10, 2014, a Homecoming Celebration Sunday for the First Christian Church of Orange, TX.
Richard "Diesel" Durkin is the honoree. Diesel (the nickname fits) owns his own construction company, Durcon. He, his wife Christine and their children, Cole (20) and Callie (18) have been long-time active members of Andy's church. Andy has been the family's pastor since March of 2008.
On September 4 of last year, 10 months and two weeks ago, Diesel took a "fun" ride on a friend's motorcycle and was involved in an accident that left him with severe brain damage. Only within the past two weeks has he begun to come out of the resulting coma.
Sermons from A Certain Place is a collection of homilies and newspaper articles composed by Andy over the past six years. Its price: $7.95, with $2 of every purchase to go toward college book purchases for Cole and Callie. (The $5.95 each will go toward publication costs.) A Certain Place can be ordered by sending a check payable to First Christian Church, 611 N. 9th Street, Orange, TX 77630. Phone: 1-409.883.4483
Still available are a limited number of Putt's Refugio Legends of the 1950s ($12.95) and of his novel, The Speech ($9.95). The "Legends" booklet is increasing in value, it seems. Order from Mission Bend Press, 1312 Essex Green, College Station, TX 77845, 979.204.1804, e-mail: email@example.com
Woodsboro's Teen Town, the hottest 1950s youth spot in South Texas, has been replaced by a little league ball field or its parking lot, we think.
The replacement facility(?) is fine but in no way can it substitute for the fun and togetherness that Refugio and Woodsboro youth enjoyed in Teen Town, Woodsboro USA, a creation of parents who wanted their children to have fun in the most wholesome ways possible.
Joyce Pitzer Little, RHS 1953, has an unforgettable memory of the date she had with the Methodist preacher's son, Bill Highsmith. After a movie, they decided to drive to Woodsboro and circle the square, which Bill thought was rather boring. So Bill took a short cut, instead of circling, he decided to drive across the square. But, lo and behold, when they arrived on the other side, sitting in waiting was Deputy Arno of the Refugio County Sheriff's department. How did Arno know? There's only one answer to that question. Deputy Arno knew EVERYTHING going on in his burg of responsibility before it was to happen!