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2011-06-30 / Sports

Sports Thoughts…..

by Mike Organ

I can’t say too much about the Horns or Aggies in the College World Series. They were the first two teams eliminated.

I do disagree with a column in the Austin American that said UT was an over achiever in baseball. They were ranked #6 in the NIKE preseason poll, so how is being in the top eight over-achieving? How accurate was the poll? Florida, who is playing for the national championship, was ranked #1 and South Carolina, the defending champion was ranked #7, so I would say fairly accurate.

Last week I said something about value for coaching dollars at A&M and Texas. This week, Bill Byrne was quoted as saying Texas generated many more dollars than the Aggies. A&M won three national championships this year compared to the Horns’ zero. People pay more to see the Horns lose than the Aggies win!

Texas Football doesn’t mention any Lexington athletes that are playing college ball. Andrew Wolridge, Ronnie Willrich, and Jimmy Terrell will all be playing their senior year. Tyler Moerbe will be suiting up for Wayland Baptist as they start up a football program after 70-years of being dormant.

Amanda Dowdy will be playing volleyball at Texas Tech for the fourth year; Jesscia Parish will be playing softball for East Texas Baptist; and B.J. Brister has another year at Frank Phillips College in Borger.

Lexington High School athletics has been very successful, but as it has always been, it is for the enjoyment of the student athlete. The memories, teammates, and coaches are what it is all about. Only a few go on to college success, and fewer, only one to my knowledge, has made it to the NFL.

I have been riding around all summer in Driver Education as I have for the last 40+ summers. I have been past many of the neighboring high schools and none have the summer conditioning participation - except Lexington, which has daily conditioning with strong participation.

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