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REFUGIO - Wheeler Henry "Buddy" Strauch Jr (70), died March 4, 2014.  He was the son of dentist Dr. Wheeler and Tina Strauch Sr.  He is preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Cindy Tombs. Survivors include his wife Cindy Strauch of Refugio ; son John Toland Strauch of Austin,Texas; brother Tony Strauch of Refugio and a sister, Rosalie Rainey of The Woodlands. Visitation will be Friday, March 7, 2014 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.



Boys State Tournament, March 6-8

Erwin Center - Austin

Thurs, 8:30 am 1A1  Muenster 65 Grapeland 64

Thurs, 10:00 am 1A1  Mumford 59  Smyer 48

Thurs, 1:39 pm, 3A  Dallas Madison 77 San Antonio Houston 62

Thurs, 3:00 pm 3A Houston Yates 86 Kennedale 79

Thurs, 7:00 pm 4A  Dallas Kimball 60 Beaumont Central 56 

Thurs, 8:30 pm  4A  Amarillo 60 Schertz Clements 56

Fri, 8:30 am 2A  Aransas Pass 47 Ponder 51

Fri, 10:00 am 2A Tatum 58 Bushland 41

Fri, 1:30 pm 1A2  Water Valley 58 Nazareth 42

Fri, 3:00 pm 5A  Galena Park North Shore 48 Desoto 45

Fri, 7:00 pm 1A2  Laneville 55 Cumby Miller Grove 45

Fri, 8:30 pm 5A Converse Judson 52 Allen 41




Sat, 8:30 am 1AD1 Mumford  64 Muenster 57

Sat, 10:00 am 3A Dallas Madison 82 vs. Yates  70 

Sat, 1:30 pm 2A Ponder 65  Tatum  56


 Sat. 3:00 pm 4A Dallas Kimball 52 Amarillo 37

Sat. 7:00 pm 1AD2 Water Valley 68 Laneville  44

  Sat, 8:30 pm 5A Galena Park North Shore 57 Judson 45 




Charles Newton Williams (1930-2014)


An All Time Refugio Bobcat Great Has Died


By Andy "Putt" Pate


LONGVIEW - Charles Newton Williams (83) - "Nut" to his Refugio High peers, "Charlie" to almost everyone who knew him as an adult - died February 23, 2014.  He is survived by his wife Joy and their son Randy and daughter Ronnie.


Charlie was the quarterback and inspirational team leader of the first two RHS regional football champions, in 1946 and 1947.  He was also the center and captain of the 1947-48 basketball team that won the regional title before losing its first round state tournament game to Sweeney.  


The 1947-48 school year may well be the only one in RHS history in which regional titles were won in both basketball and football. Prior to 2012, the 1946 and 1947 Bobcats held the school record for consecutive wins (23).  

The End of An Era

Though Charlie Williams and Jack Sportsman did not compete with him directly, they did in the minds of South Texas sports fans in the late 1940s.  In Port Lavaca a young man named Leroy Key was also making quite a name for himself.  Leroy died Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Seadrift.

Charlie was a close friend and RHS classmate of the late Jack Sportsman, the legendary "Voice of the Refugio Bobcats."


He played football collegiately for Hardin Simmons University.  After a tryout injury with the Los Angeles Rams that ended his playing days, he entered the coaching profession in the Rio Grande Valley.  In 1962 he became the head football coach at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo; that season and the next his PSJA teams played in consecutive state title games.


In 24 seasons Charlie also coached football at Alice, McAllen High and Harlingen High.  His career record was 188-57-12.  He is a member of the Texas High School Football Coaches Hall of Honor.  In 2008 the Rio Grande Valley Coaches Association named him the "Best Valley Coach of the Twentieth Century."