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(ROCKDALE)–THE ROCKDALE LADY TIGER SOFTBALL

TEAM CONTINUES ACTION IN THE ROCKDALE TOURNAMENT

TODAY. THE TOURNAMENT IS BEING PLAYED AT LADY TIGER

FIELD AT THE ROCKDALE ATHLETIC COMPLEX AND AT THE

ROCKDALE GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE FIELDS AS WELL.

THE LADY TIGERS OPEN THE TOURNAMENT TODAY

AT 9:30 AM AGAINST SNOOK. LATER, THEY’LL FACE

PFLUGERVILLE CONNALLY AT 2 PM AND TAYLOR AT

6:30 PM.

THE THORNDALE BULLDOG BASKETBALL TEAM

MOVES ON IN THE PLAYOFFS TONIGHT. THE DOGS WILL

TAKE ON SAN ANTONIO STACEY TONIGHT AT 7 PM

AT LOCKHART. THE DOGS ARE THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONS

OF DISTRICT 25-2A. THORNDALE ADVANCED IN THE

POSTSEASON BY BEATING BURTON 80 TO 44 IN THE

BI-DISTRICT ROUND TUESDAY NIGHT AT GIDDINGS.

THE DOGS HAVE BEEN IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT

FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. THE DOGS REACHED THE

STATE FINALS A YEAR AGO BEFORE FALLING TO STINNETT

WEST TEXAS. THE DOGS TAKE ON SAN ANTONIO STACEY

TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT LOCKHART. KRXT WILL HAVE ALL THE

ACTION LIVE.

NEWS BROKE EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT TAYLOR I-S-D

WOULD NOT BRING HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AND ATHLETIC

DIRECTOR RUSTY PURSER BACK IN THOSE ROLES IN THE

UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT KEITH BROWN

SENT A TWEET TO DAVE CAMPBELL’S TEXAS FOOTBALL ON

TWITTER THIS WEEK THAT PURSER WOULD NOT RETURN,

AND THE DISTRICT WOULD IMMEDIATELY BEGIN A SEARCH

FOR A NEW COACH.

THE DUCKS WERE 32 AND 48 OVERALL IN PURSER’S

TENURE, BUT THEY WERE IN THE PLAYOFFS EACH YEAR

UNDER PURSER. THE DUCKS WON 2 PLAYOFF GAMES

IN PURSER’S TENURE. THEY UPSET LA VEGA IN THE BI-DISTRICT

ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS IN 2012, 17 TO 14 AT KILLEEN,

AND THEY WON THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2016 AND

THEN DEFEATED BURNET 42 TO 6 IN THE BI-DISTRICT ROUND

AT LEANDER.

PURSER SAYS THE DUCKS HAVE MADE A STRONG

SHOWING IN THE DISTRICT RACE THROUGHOUT HIS TIME

WITH THE DUCKS, INCLUDING A SPECIAL RUN IN 2016…

“WE FINISHED AS DISTRICT CHAMPS OR 2ND IN

THE DISTRICT 5 TIMES IN THAT 7 YEARS, AND WE WOULD

HAVE BEEN IN REGARDLESS. AND WINNING THE FIRST

OUTRIGHT DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 1994 HERE IN

TAYLOR.”

PURSER ALSO SAYS THE DUCKS HAVE HAD SUCCESS

ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF SPORTS IN HIS TIME AS ATHLETIC

DIRECTOR…

“WE REPRESENT BASICALLY 17 SPORTS, AND OVER THE

LAST 7 YEARS, WE’VE AVERAGED 16 OF THOSE 17 IN SOME

FORM OR FASHION PARTICIPATING IN POST DISTRICT HONORS.”

PURSER SAYS THE PARENTS OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND

ALL ATHLETES HAVE BEEN GREAT IN SUPPORTING THE ATHLETES

AND THE PROGRAMS…

“WE’VE HAD VERY GOOD SUPPORT FROM OUR PARENTS.

AND I THINK THAT JUST SPEAKS TO THE COMMUNITY AS FAR

AS THEIR INVOLVEMENT. AND IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT

HAS CONTINUED TO GROW, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE GOOD

AND DEVELOP.”

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