2011-07-14 / Sports

Sports Thoughts

by Mike Organ

Congratulations to Lexingtonex James Saegart. He has retired from coaching after 30 years. He was the defensive coordinator for the 1978 state finalist team. James coached at Mesquite, Lexington, Lampasas, and Rockdale in his career. He did an excellent job of coaching and more importantly, a great job of teaching science in the classroom.

The fall from the stands in the Ballpark at Arlington by the young father from Brownwood was very unfortunate. Josh Hamilton, the recovering drug addict, tossed the ball toward the stands and it was a little short as the man fell from the stands trying to get the ball for his six-year old son. The Rangers’ foundation has set up a scholarship for the youngster who will grow up without his dad.

With the high ranking in Texas Football and in the 7-on-7 tourney, a lot is expected of the Eagles this season. Coach Holcomb will be working in some new coaches and combining jobs for others as staff reductions are taking place due to the Texas Legislature’s under funding mandates. The schools are partly to blame also, as some schools were giving up to $50,000 bonuses to administrators for just doing what is expected of them. None of this was happening in Lexington, but we are getting hurt because of those actions.

We went to a small early Lexington 70’s class reunion Saturday night. One of the nearly 60- year old ex-students said to a visitor, “He was my coach”. “MY” coach, like I was his personal coach. Maybe time has made the coach seem better than he was, but still it makes an old man feel good.

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