Green Bay Packers backup quarterback and former Robert E. Lee Red Raider Matt Flynn will host his first ever football camp this coming Friday June 24 in Tyler. Fresh off receiving his Super Bowl XLV Championship ring, Flynn joined KTBB’s Bill Coates on Sportstalk Monday afternoon and said he looks forward to his return to Tyler.
Click here to listen to Part 1 of the interview as Flynn talks about his “Heavy” Super Bowl ring, and how he and the Packers have been getting ready for the upcoming NFL season despite the lockout.
Click here to listen to Part 2 of the interview as Flynn talks about his hopes of one day becoming a starter in the NFL as he gets ready for the last year of his contract with the Packers.
The Tyler Red Raider Football Camp will last from 9:00am to 1:00pm Friday at the Robert E. Lee High School practice fields, as Flynn will be joined by Packers quarterback and former Texas Tech Red Raider Graham Harrell and Josh Hill who quarterbacked Lee to the 2004 State Championship.
Longtime assistant coach Randy Huffstickler has been named interim head coach and campus athletic coordinator at Robert E. Lee High School. Tyler Independent School District Athletic Director Rod Kaspar says the appointment begins immediately and runs through January and insures a smooth 2011 transition following the retirement of Mike Owens. Huffstickler has been a Lee assistant coach for the past 15 years. Owens brought the 50 year old Huffstickler to Tyler when he took the job in 1996.
Huffstickler assumed the defensive coordinator’s title in 2004 and added the title of assistant head coach in 2010. A Louisiana native, Huffstickler began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Central Arkansas University in 1992. He has served as both an offensive and defensive coach on the college and high school levels at Lamar University, Southwestern Oklahoma University, Northwestern Louisiana University and Vidor High School. He plans to retain the current staff and add one assistant coach.
Tyler Lee has been one of the most successful programs in Texas during the past 15 years. The Red Raiders won the 2004 Class 5A Division One state championship. Owens recently tendered his resignation with the intention of reapplying as a “retire/rehire” candidate on August 1st. Last week, Owens informed Kaspar that he would not be reapplying. Kaspar says the district will re-evaluate the Lee job early in 2012.
According to Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda, Blalock is best described as a pioneer, a trailblazer in the history of KC women’s athletics. “As the first person to coach women’s basketball at KC, she set a standard for the program by winning three national championships,” Holda said. Evelyn was passionate, committed and loved to win. She inspired her players to reach goals which were at or above their own ability levels.”
Blalock taught at KC from 1965-1997, beginning the basketball program in 1979. In addition to the three national championships, Blalock’s teams accrued numerous other awards including six conference titles, 14-straight playoff appearances and six NJCAA National Tournament appearances. Her overall record at KC was 390-156, winning 71% of games played.
“As one of her many long-time colleagues, I join the entire KC family in mourning her passing. While we will miss her, I am happy for her that her trials and sufferings are no more,” Holda said. “She will forever be in our memory.”
Funeral services for Blalock are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at at Rader Funeral Home in Longview. Visitation is also scheduled for Tuesday, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Evelyn Blaclock, Kilgore College Career Info
– Physical Education Instructor, Kilgore College (1965-1997)
– Began the Women’s Basketball Program at Kilgore College (1979)
– Head Coach Kilgore College Women’s Basketball (1979-1997)
– .714 winning percentage over 18 years
– 390-156 record all-time
– National Games Committee of USA Basketball Olympic Committee (1989-1996)
– Member, US Olympic Festival Basketball Coaching Staff- Oklahoma City (1989)
– Member, USA Coaching Staff for Jones Festival, Taiwan (1989)
– Selection Committee for USA Women’s Basketball Olympic team (1996 gold medal)
– USA Basketball Coaching Staff (1992, 1993)
– All-American Selection Committee
– Two Years on USA Player Selection Committee
– Converse Coach of the Year Selection Committee (1992, ’93)
– Six NJCAA National Championship Tournament Appearances
– Finished 1st as NJCAA Champions in 1988 (33-1), 1990 (35-2), 1993 (26-5), 7th (’86), 6th (’87), 4th (’91)
– Six Conference titles
– 14 straight playoff seasons
– Nine All-American players (Three first team-’95, ’96, ’97)
– Player Saudia Roundtree, 1994 Naismith Award winner (won again as senior at Georgia-‘96)
– Coached Six Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Games
– Coached Three Junior College All-Star Games
– Cover/article in Coaching Women’s Basketball (WBCA magazine)- “Stepping Stones to a
– Featured in Women’s Basketball Today television news program sponsored by WBCA (1997)
– Headliner of Professional Journalist, Inc. of Longview (1989)
– Distinguished Hallsville High School Alumnus
– Ex-Student of the Year, Kilgore College Ex-Students Association (1988)
– Conference Coach of the Year (’84, ’86, ’88, ’97)
– Region 14 Coach of the Year (’86. ’87, ’88, ’90, ’91, ’93)
– NJCAA Coach of the Year (’88, ’90, ’93)
– Converse Coach of the Year (’88, ’99)
– Texas Association of Basketball Coach of the Year (1990)
– Director of the Texas Coaches Association (2 years)
– Texas Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year (1988)
– WBCA Coach of the Year (1989,1990)
– Joint Resolution honors from the Texas Legislature (1988, 1990)
– White House reception for team with President Regan (1988)
– Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Georgia (1998-99)
– Attended Kilgore College, B.S. and M.S. from East Texas University
– Began her career as junior high physical education and health educator and coach (1960-64)
– Basketball and tennis-earning district, regional and state honors
– Past Director of Texas High School Girls Coaches Association
– Junior Achievement of Longview Committee (1994-97)
Limuel Norris, Tyler’s Robert E Lee High School
Marie Thompson, Winona High School
Bobbie Hill, Wise Elementary in Chapel Hill
Campus Teachers of the Year
Tyler Secondary Teacher of the Year-Toby Wahl, Dogan Middle School
Tyler Elementary Teacher of the Year-Laurie Wells, Dixie Elementary
Winona ISD-Jennifer Taylor, Winona Elementary
Troup ISD-Cassie Blanton, Troup Middle School
Wendie Turner – Staton-Smith Elementary
Teri Agnew – Higgins Elementary
Robin Ballard – Holloway 6th Grade
Shari Knight – Whitehouse Jr. High
Tom Young – Whitehouse High School
Danny Robey – Aim Center
In partnership with Fox Sports Southwest, the KTBB Sportstalk crew took 44 lucky individuals to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington aboard the Fan Express Bus. The Rangers took on the Chicago White Sox that evening but Mother Nature turned out to be the dominant force of the night.
Below KTBB’s Mike Alzamora displays the trip’s festivities from beginning to end. Click on any image to enlarge.
The Rangers have optioned Longview’s Chris Davis back to AAA Round Rock today as part of six moves made by the team Monday. Reliever Cody Eppley and Taylor Teagarden were also sent to the Express while Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and reliever Yoshinori Tateyeyama are rejoining the major league team. Davis was hitting .250 with 3 homers and 4 RBI in his time with the Rangers this season.
TYLER — Thirty Tyler school teachers were honored Tuesday night as campus teachers of the year. They were recognized at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year banquet at the Harvey Convention Center. From that group two were singled out as Tyler’s “Teachers of the Year.” Jones Elementary MST Academy fifth grade teacher Michelle Beas was named the 2011 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Hubbard Middle School MYP humanities teacher Cindy Nick was named the 2011 Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Beas believes teaching is a way of life. “It is my calling and passion”, said Beas. “It is a profession with so much responsibility, challenge, and joy. It has, and continues to be, so rewarding to watch students surpass my wildest expectations. Teaching for me is the ultimate celebration of life.”
Nick says her devotion to teaching began at a very young age and continues to be her passion and purpose today. “I am convinced that education is the key to understanding while understanding is instrumental in creating a world where people of all cultures can co-exist peacefully on this ever-shrinking planet,” said Nick when describing her philosophy of teaching. “In my opinion, teaching is an art that comes from the heart; it’s about inspiration, not simply motivation,”
Criteria for selection of both the campus Teachers of the Year and the District Teachers of the Year included, among other items: playing an active and useful role in their community, commitment to the teaching profession through continuous improvement, and lessons that creatively engage and inspire students to achieve high academic standards. Tyler’s top two teachers will now compete at the regional level this summer.
Robert E. Lee’s Mike Owens has resigned his duties as Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Director. Owens is retiring with the hope of reapplying for the job on August 1st. The practice, commonly known as retire/rehire, will take effect June 30th.
Click here to listen to KTBB’s Bill Coates interview of Owens Thursday afternoon.
Owens told Coates that “I fully intend to reapply for the job.” He insists that there has been no deal made with the people at TISD guaranteeing him the position. He also says if he is not rehired he will seek to continue coaching elsewhere.
Owens has been the head man at REL since 1996 and won a state championship with the Red Raiders in 2004.
Rodney Kaspar will be recommended to the Tyler Independent School District’s board of trustees on Thursday night to become the district’s new Athletic Director. Kaspar does not come from a high school coaching background, but is the longtime assistant A.D. in the McKinney ISD.
He will be replacing Danny Long, who left earlier in the Spring for a similar position in the Conroe ISD. TISD Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid says the district interviewed approximately 20 candidates for the position. “He is definitely a servant leader, which was the first and primary skill we were looking for,” Reid told KTBB’s Bill Coates.
The 58-year old Kaspar spent a total of 20 years in McKinney. He was a middle school coach and athletic coordinator for 14 years before spending the last six years as Assistant A.D.
Texas Rangers First Baseman and former Longview Lobo Chris Davis joined Bill Coates and Jamie Lent on Sportstalk Thursday afternoon from Seattle where he hit his first homerun of the season on Wednesday night.
Click here to listen to the interview as Davis talks about adjusting to his utility role with the Rangers this season. He says he understands that he could be traded before the end of the year. Plus, he opens up about what might await him now that he is engaged to be married.
Heading into Thursday’s series finale at Seattle, Davis was hitting .238 with a homer and an RBI in seven game appearances so far in 2011.
Looking forward to being drafted by an NFL team later this week, former John Tyler Lion and Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter spoke with KTBB’s Bill Coates and Jamie Lent Tuesday afternoon on Sportstalk.
Click here to listen to the interview.
Hunter spoke about what his life has been like leading up to the NFL Draft. He also said that it seems like yesterday when he was breaking Earl Campbell’s all-time career rushing record as a senior at JT.
Hunter plans to be in Tyler with his family for the NFL Draft that begins Thursday and runs until Saturday.
KTBB’s Dallas Cowboys network coverage of the NFL Draft begins at 6:00pm Thursday on 92.1 FM.
RACHAEL GRAHAM ALL-SAINTS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
CIERRA GRUBBS UNION GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
KATIE GUSA GRACE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
KATE MOHR WHITEHOUSE HIGH SCHOOL
MICHAELA NOBLE GILMER HIGH SCHOOL
SAVANNA REED BIG SANDY HIGH SCHOOL
JESSICA ROSS TROUP HIGH SCHOOL
KAYLA SELF SPRING HILL HIGH SCHOOL
MORGAN WIGINGTON ALBA-GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL
MORGAN WILSON WHITE OAK HIGH SCHOOL
JAMES BERNHART ARP HIGH SCHOOL
RYAN BLACK JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
COLBY COCHRAN CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL
THOMAS GREEN HARMONY HIGH SCHOOL
HUNTER HOLLAND CARTHAGE HIGH SCHOOL
KYLE JENKINS LONGVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
LOGAN OLIVER ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL
SCOTT STARWALT BULLARD HIGH SCHOOL
HUNTER WALTERS BROWNSBORO HIGH SCHOOL
JACOB WRIGHT HAWKINS HIGH SCHOOL
AVERAGE GPA: 99.08
AVERAGE CLASS RANKING: 5TH
The Kilgore Boys Soccer team’s quest to become the first East Texas team to ever win a State Championship took a giant leap forward Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs defeated El Paso Riverside 2-1 in a Class 4A State Semifinal at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
Kilgore (20-3-2) will face Boerne Champion (28-3-1) in the Class 4A State Final on Saturday at 1:00pm in Georgetown. Boerne Champion shutout Humble Kingwood Park 2-0 in the other 4A State Semi on Thursday evening.
After a scoreless first half, Kilgore got second half goals from junior midfielder Robin Hilgert and junior forward Jose Barrón who is now tied for fourth in the State with 29 goals this season.
The first two commitments of the Billy Gillespie era at Texas Tech are coming from Tyler Junior College after both Kader Tapsoba and JaRon Nash gave the school their verbal commitments on Saturday. Tapsoba, a 6-10 post from Africa and Nash, a 6-7 swingman from Iowa each visited the school this weekend and both say they will officially sign with the Red Raiders next month.
Tapsoba averaged 9.2 points,8.2 rebounds and a conference leading 3.7 blocks per game this season and was also being recruited by Northwestern and California. Nash put up 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds and was also considering Auburn.
The commitments mean that four of Coach Mike Marquis Apache starters from last season will be playing at Division 1 schools next year. Both point guard Mitch Marquis and forward Malcolm Moore have already signed to play at UTEP next season.