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SAT-MON SPORTS
JUN 26

(ROCKDALE)–ROCKDALE ATHLETES ARE PREPARING

FOR WHAT’S AHEAD.

THE ROCKDALE TIGER 7 ON 7 FOOTBALL TEAM

TAKES PART IN THE 7 ON 7 STATE TOURNAMENT NEXT

WEEKEND AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK IN COLLEGE

STATION. THE TIGERS WILL COMPETE IN DIVISION 2 OF

THE TOURNAMENT.

ROCKDALE TIGER AND LADY TIGER ATHLETES

CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER STRENGTH

AND CONDITIONING WORKOUTS IN PREPARATION FOR

THE START OF AUGUST PRACTICE FOR FOOTBALL,

VOLLEYBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY. THE WORKOUTS ARE

LED BY ROCKDALE I-S-D COACHES AND ARE HELD MONDAY

THROUGH THURSDAY AT ROCKDALE I-S-D FACILITIES.

COACHING CHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE

THE 2016 FOOTBALL SEASON ENDED, AND SOME ARE GOING

ON WITH THE START OF FOOTBALL SUMMER PRACTICE JUST

OVER A MONTH AWAY.

TODD DOUGHTY, FORMER COACH AT THORNDALE,

HAS LEFT HIS HEAD COACHING JOB AT CLASS 2-A DIVISION 2

ELECTRA. HE WAS NAMED THE HEAD COACH AT KIRBYVILLE.

DOUGHTY LED THE ELECTRA TIGERS TO A 24 AND 11 RECORD

IN 3 YEARS. DOUGHTY IS HEADING TO A SCHOOL THAT’S IN THE

MIDST OF A DIFFICULT SITUATION. PRINCIPAL DENNIS REAVES

DIED OF AN APPARENT SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND ON

MAY 23RD.

OTHER AREA SCHOOLS UNDERGOING CHANGES AT

THE HEAD COACHING POSITION. ROCKDALE DISTRICT FOE

MCGREGOR WILL HAVE A NEW HEAD MAN AT THE HELM IN

2017. JUDD THRASH IS TAKING OVER AS HEAD COACH,

REPLACING TIM SEWARD, WHO IS MOVING INTO

ADMINISTRATION AT MCGREGOR I-S-D.

JASON HOLCOMB HAS RESIGNED AS HEAD COACH AT

SEALY. HE LED THE TIGERS TO THE PLAYOFFS IN 2014 AND

2015. IN HIS PREVIOUS STOP AT LEXINGTON, HE LED THE

LEXINGTON EAGLES TO THE STATE SEMIFINALS 3 TIMES AND

TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ONCE.

LEGENDARY LIBERTY HILL COACH JERRY VANCE HAS

RETIRED AFTER 16 SEASONS AT LIBERTY HILL, RUNNING

HIS VAUNTED “SLOT-T” OFFENSE. JEFF WALKER, A DISCIPLE

OF VANCE AND HIS “SLOT-T” OFFENSE, WAS NAMED HEAD

COACH. VANCE LED THE PANTHERS TO A 164 AND 57 RECORD,

AND WON BACK TO BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THE

PANTHERS IN 2006 AND 2007. WALKER, THE OFFENSIVE

COORDINATOR DURING THE CHAMPIONSHIP YEARS, AND

FORMER HEAD COACH AT ROGERS, HAS TAKEN OVER AS

LIBERTY HILL HEAD COACH.

THE CHANGE AT LIBERTY HILL HAS HAD RESIDUAL

IMPACT ELSEWHERE. ROGERS HEAD COACH KENT WALKER

RESIGNED HIS POSITION. HE WILL JOIN HIS BROTHER JEFF

WALKER AT LIBERTY HILL. JEFF WAS HEAD COACH OF THE

EAGLES FROM 2008 TO 2013, AND KENT WAS AN ASSISTANT

ON THOSE TEAMS. KENT RETURNED TO ROGERS A YEAR

AGO BUT STAYED ONLY ONE YEAR. ROGERS HIRED GUNTER

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR CHARLIE ROTEN AS THEIR NEXT

HEAD COACH.

ALSO, GRANGER HEAD COACH JASON MENG RESIGNED

AFTER 2 SEASONS TO TAKE OVER AT BURKBURNETT.

GRANGER NAMED ANSON OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR WALTER

BROCK TO BECOME THE HEAD COACH. AND HEARNE WILL

HAVE A NEW HEAD COACH. INTERIM COACH ANDREW DAILY

HELPED THE EAGLES SNAP THEIR 20 GAME LOSING SKID, AND

THEY REACHED THE PLAYOFFS IN HIS ONE SEASON IN CHARGE.

HEARNE HIRED HEMPSTEAD HEAD COACH RICKY SARGENT.

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