As I was reading a “secondary” newspaper (Dallas Morning News) in our household, I spotted a headline that stated, “African American Studies Approved,” and I was immediately transported back to my younger days at dear ol’ East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas. I had a casual acquaintance there, who later became a semi-friend, classmate, and sometimes lunch table partner when we both happened to dine at Central Cafeteria—Harvey Banks Martin—“All-American” at ET and “STAR” for the Dallas Cowboys, when they were still the COW-BOYS!
Schools & Sports
Athletes are at risk of injury any time they step onto a field or court or into another competitive arena. Adults competing in sports may recognize that risk, but children often do not, which can make it difficult for young athletes to cope with injuries that prevent them from playing their favorite sports.
It was during the late 1950s, and I was out on the driveway “shooting” at the goal on the heavy wooden backboard my Dad and some family relatives had built and nailed into place onto the “across the front of the garage” roof gable 2” by 8” mounting planks.
Oh, I was a “Yankees” fan when I was a little boy and a not-so-little boy—Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Clete Boyer, Bobby Richardson, and I could keep on for a while.
“I will be in the FIRST GRADUATING CLASS of the ‘3—2 Athletic Training Master’s Program’ at Abilene Christian University and have completed my first semester of Graduate School at ACU.” (Annette Roberts had this reply when asked, “What are you doing these days after graduating from Forney High, and where are you headed?”
North Forney baseball began last season with high hopes. Led by nine talented seniors, most of whom had multiple years of experience playing at the varsity level, and one year removed from their first-ever playoff appearance, all signs pointed to a successful run into the 2019 UIL playoffs.
The varsity boys and girls team played at Dallas Athletic Club on March 2. The girls played the gold course and the boys played the Blue course.
Forney High Girls Soccer Team claims the 13-5A title of District Champs. This win clinched the top spot for Forney with two games left to play.
Savannah Gunn threw a perfect game on Tuesday to lead North Forney Lady Falcons Varsity past Lancaster 20-0. Gunn struck out Faith Shavers to end the game.
The Varsity and JV girls’ track teams both competed in the Clay Jones Memorial Relays on Thursday, March 5, at City Bank Stadium. On the Varsity team junior Bracie Vaughn captured 3 gold medals in the 100m hurdles, the 100m dash, and the 200m dash. Senior MaKinley Tipton placed second in the high jump, and sophomore Rylie Tipton took home the bronze in the long jump. Numerous personal records were set on Thursday. It was definitely a great day to be a Jackrabbit!
We had been waiting for more than a month for this day to come, and then snow and ice and cold threatened to maybe cause us to cancel our plans to use the tickets Waylon and Family had gifted to us for the Mavericks game. But then “Pete” (weatherman) proclaimed that the ice would be mild, and the cold not freezing at game time, and the worst would wait until early the next morning.
“Themer, it’s Basketball Alumni Day at Commerce on February 1. You and I and the Girls will catch both games and then go out to eat at Lone Star.”
As a “young guy,” my three favorite NBA basketball players were Wilt Chamberlain, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, Brad Davis—my favorite college players were Charlie Beasley and Alicia Rattay.
Christmas was a little merrier this year for several Forney ISD students thanks to the kindness and generosity of Forney ISD employees, students and numerous members of the Forney community!
Jeff Miller is the Head Coach of Girls Soccer at North Forney High School. He graduated from Iowa Park High School and then continued his education at U. T.— Permian