Something hit me on a brisk afternoon in Frost on Tuesday.
This is really cool, watching the Polar Bears practicing for a post-Thanksgiving playoff game.
It hit me again Wednesday when one of my favorite Whataburger morning patrons, Jim Bronstad, asked me if I was covering Mildred or Frost on Friday night.
“Frost,” I said. “We have someone who covers Mildred games,” which Jim of course knew. That’s publisher Raymond Linex, who’s covered the Eagles since like 1955 or something.
And the thought struck me — I haven’t been to a Mildred playoff game since the 2010 season.
That speaks to how memorable these last two football seasons have been in the Golden Circle. If I’m not there, someone else is still playing because we’ve got Raymond to take care of the Eagles.
Last season it was Corsicana, which matched Mildred in making it to the state semifinals.
This year it’s the best of all stories, the Frost Polar Bears, playing in Round 3.
Not surprising because it wasn’t expected that Frost would make the playoffs. The Bears were picked to make it.
Just because no one I talked to last week thought the Bears had much of a chance to beat Chilton.
Well they did.
How did it happen? This Frost team reminds me a lot of last year’s Tigers.
The Polar Bears have a group of seniors that play with passion and desire (sorry I’ve heard Art Briles say this so much I can’t stop typing it).
The Bears play with poise. Four penalties a game. At best a turnover a game. Execution. Precision. It’s fun to watch.
And the underdog is the defense. Frost gave up 52 points to Chilton in a district loss last season. They gave up 12 points last week.
The Bears had a personal foul last week, and it was an awful call. The players respect the game, their teammates, their coaches, just like the Tigers of last year did.
It’s brought back a lot of memories from last season. Last Friday night, I was overwhelmed with excitement for the game, just like I was when Corsicana beat Kilgore in the state quarterfinals.
Just like I was hearing that Mildred had won yet again.
Will I see a Mildred playoff game this season?
In a way, I hope I don’t. Because it means Frost is playing another game.
If I do, I look forward to seeing the same passion for the game, because what Patrick Harvell has done these last two seasons, playing past Thanksgiving for the second straight time?
That’s the kind of stuff that makes you a coaching legend.
See you under the Friday Night Lights.
Something hit me on a brisk afternoon in Frost on Tuesday.
GC Football: Two-a-days: Back to Action
When the sun comes up Monday morning it's not just the dawn of a new day, but the dawn of a new season — it's the beginning of two-a-days.
Eight of the nine schools in the Golden Circle will begin football practice Monday while Corsicana waits until Aug. 8 to start. The Tigers begin a week later because they held spring practice.
For last year's playoff teams such as Mildred, Blooming Grove, Kerens, Frost and Hubbard Monday begins a road back to the postseason and for everyone else its the start of a new march. For everyone, it's the most optimistic day of the year.
Morgan: ESPN was wrong in suspending Smith
I won’t be watching ESPN this coming week. For a network that has been made into an empire by covering baseballs, footballs, basketballs, golf balls, soccer balls, tennis balls (I’ve never watched hockey, but I understand they have no balls), this network is much like hockey. They lack the things they are covering.
GC Volleyball Summer Tour:The tradition is back at Kerens
Breanna Baxter is back.
That's bad news for anyone facing the Kerens volleyball team this year.
But there is so much more than Baxter, an all-state player in volleyball, basketball and track & field who was the Golden Circle Female Athlete of the Year in 2014.
TTBBA: Mildred 14U repeats as state champs
The Mildred Eagles completed their season by winning back to back 14U TTBA state titles. The Eagles went 18-0 and captured the title in Hillsboro, where they won five games.
GC Volleyball Summer Tour: Dawson eyes playoffs
Nothing feels the same at Dawson.
It's not only a new season in a new district but second-year Coach Alica Sexton enters the year after having a full season with her kids — a season that revamped the program at Dawson, where they hadn't won in years.
Navarro Football: Nothing changes for success-minded Bulldogs
It didn't take long for Navarro football Coach Brian Mayper to deliver his preseason message at the SWJCFC Media Day Thursday.
“No surprises at Navarro,'' said Mayper, the first of the seven conference coaches to speak to the media. “We're running the same stuff. You guys know we're going to run the ball. And thank God, we're not changes defenses again this year.''
Mayper's real message is that life at Navarro is all about winning, and all about a culture that expects to win.
“We expect to win them all. If you don't, you're in the wrong business,'' Mayper said. “I think our kids expect it, too.''
GC Volleyball Summer Tour: Frost set for a big season
Everybody's back at Frost.
“This will probably never happen again,'' said Frost volleyball Coach Elaine Woods, who returns every player from last year's team.
They are not only back, but they are talented — arguably the most talented group of volleyball players in Frost history.
Former Cowboy Keith Davis delivers motivational speech
Keith Davis believes in dreams.
He lived his.
That was one of the messages Davis, a former Dallas Cowboys safety, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, where he spoke with enthusiasm and energy about life inside and outside of the NFL.
TTBB: Wortham takes second at state tournament
The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teenage Baseball Association High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo and took second in the state.
Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet
There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.
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