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    The Lufkin boys lost to Rockwell tonight 64 to 59 THW beat Longview 56-43 @ Angelina College
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    Is there a Coach Gamble coaching football at the high school? I thought he was a hire last summer, but never saw his name listed anyway in the football programs.

    2018 Magnolia Bulldogs Football Schedule. This is the only one I could find out there for District 8-5A. Still looks like they are needing a 3rd non district game. 8/317:00p Shadow Creek (Pearland, TX) Location: Magnolia High School 9/6 7:30p @ Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, TX) Location: Barbers Hill High School 9/287:30p Waller (Waller, TX) Location: Magnolia High School 10/57:30p @ Lufkin (Lufkin, TX) Location: Lufkin High School 10/127:30p Willis (Willis, TX) Location: Magnolia High School 10/197:30p College Station (College Station, TX) Location: Magnolia High School 10/267:30p @ Tomball (Tomball, TX) Location: Tomball High School 11/27:30p Magnolia West (Magnolia, TX) Location: Magnolia High School 11/97:30p @ Caney Creek (Conroe, TX) Location: Caney Creek High School
  6. I will vote yes. With kids that have been and will be going thru the middle school and the need to have the campus work better for the kids and programs we are adding at that level.

    You’re right. I was looking at the 3A bracket and I thought I saw two teams from the same district playing each other. It was the third round. http://www.uiltexas.org/football/playoff-brackets/3AD1

    *Double post for some reason*

    Just to point this out...this is incorrect. Third round is the first round you could play a district opponent. Region II bracket will look like... 5 #1 vs 6 #4 8 #2 vs 7 #3 6 #1 vs 5 #4 7 #2 vs 8 #3 7 #1 vs 8 #4 6 #2 vs 5 #3 8 #1 vs 7 #4 5 #2 vs 6 #3 So a College Station/Lufkin game will probably decide if you see Lone Star (imo the best Frisco team) in the 2nd round followed up by Highland Park (who no doubt will get top spot in that district of theirs) in the 3rd round.
  10. I will vote "YES" , I like progress and improvements. In fact I know first hand the problems that exits in that old Middle School, EX - HS built in 1955. I graduated HS from that place. Major Mechanical issues that are costing our district a great deal each year to just BAND AID over the many problems. The big insurance LIABILITY cost to the school for our kids to leave the LHS campus and cross town for basketball or baseball practice, many times in their own vehicles. Those things need to be on the HS campus. Insurance cost would go down . The MS will be totally renovated to be made safe from unauthorized outside entry, most important, will have energy efficient AC and Heating and LED lighting installed that will save the school district a million dollars a year in operating expense.. That will lead to better school equipment and TEACHER Raises. The City of Lufkin will take over the existing baseball and softball fields at Morris Frank Park from the Lufkin ISD. Progress is good, other schools around us have been renovating for years. Will just give up my wife and I going out to eat one night a month and there is the $23.37 . Easy. Give up 4 packs of cigarettes or 3 packs of beer or 1/2 tank of gas per month. . It is covered and it goes to help the students at LISD. All these improvements will make it more possible to give teacher pay raises and have better desk and computer equipment because the huge Maintenance operating expenses for that dinosaur of a 1955 Middle School will be cut by about 50 -60%. District passes these savings on to teachers.
  11. Lufkin ISD calling for $75 million bond election By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News Voters residing in Lufkin ISD will get their say on May 5 on a proposed $75 million bond package that, if approved, would provide funds to construct and renovate the middle school campus and consolidate athletic facilities at the high school. Lufkin ISD trustees approved the proposal during their board meeting on Tuesday. “Most of the bond money will be used at the middle school,” said Scott Skelton, president of the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees. “The rest will provide for a competition gym at the high school. As you know, we don’t have a competition gym at the high school and (the students) have to travel to the middle school. Once that is built, the middle school will have their own gym. The rest of the gymnasiums at the middle school will be demolished, and we will rebuild an entire middle school.” Proposed projects at the middle school site include creating a sixth-grade leadership academy, centralizing the campus under one roof, updating the library and media center, addressing the size and functionality of the cafeteria, addressing heating and air conditioning issues and providing access to a new physical education gym and the existing competition gym. Proposed projects on the high school campus would include building a multi-purpose gym, constructing an on-site girls’ softball field and boys’ baseball field and providing an enclosed venue that could accommodate all high school students. Building the athletic facilities on the high school campus would eliminate student travel to the middle school, where the competition gym is located, and to Morris Frank Park, the location of the softball and baseball fields. Significant facility issues exist on the middle school campus, Skelton said, which was built as the new high school in 1955. “It’s been a wonderful building, but it’s in need of being renewed and, in fact, torn down and rebuilt,” he said. “It’s not feasible to continued maintaining something that’s 60 years old. We’ll sell (the bond proposal to voters) based on need. We’ll sell it based on the fact that it would be good for every child in this district. Every child goes through that middle school. We’ll sell it that it is helpful to the community.” Because of the open-campus concept with different buildings, students are forced to deal with weather conditions when going from class to class. Preliminary costs include around $50 million for the middle school construction and renovations, $3 million for the baseball and softball facilities and $9 million to $10 million for a competition gym at the high school. Those figures are still preliminary and fluid, according to school administrators. The bond money would not be used for operating expenses such as salaries, electricity and supplies. “In order to attract business and industry, they want to see nice viable schools,” Skelton said. “Our middle school needs to be a centerpiece of that.” According to a previous Lufkin News story and school district information, the last school bond, passed in 2007, provided $49.5 million in funds to renovate existing primary and elementary campuses to ensure safety and security. Vestibules and enclosed wings were added to all campuses and Burley Primary was constructed. A portion of the bond funds were used to add a math and science wing at the middle school. A $27 million bond in 1995 made way for constructing a new high school building on the loop encompassing the existing Junior High East building. Two million dollars was allotted in the bond to convert the existing high school to a sixth- through eighth-grade campus. The district continued to use the stadium built in 1972 on the Junior High East campus as the high school stadium. The current tax rate is $1.213 per $100 valuation. Broken up into two components, the maintenance and operations rate, used to conduct everyday business like paying for salaries and utilities, is $1.17, and the interest and sinking rate, which pays off debt incurred by the district, is 4.3 cents. Assuming the $75 million bond passes, the interest and sinking rate would rise 28.05 cents to a total of 32.35 cents, bringing the total tax rate to $1.4935 per $100 valuation. The potential increase in the property tax rate is affordable, Shelton said. For an average Lufkin home with a taxable value of $125,000, the maximum tax impact is $23.37 a month. “If it brings in new industry and business, that will actually help lower taxes,” Skelton said. The district would pay off the bond over a 25-year period, according to Charlotte Bynum, the district’s chief financial officer, in a previous Lufkin News story. Homeowners who are age 65 and older will not have an increased tax bill with the passage of the bond, if an age 65 freeze exemption is filed and approved. Over the last four years, Lufkin ISD has refunded $56.6 million in bonds, saving taxpayers more than $7.1 million. Steve Knight’s email address is sknight@lufkindailynews.com.

    The Lufkin boys lost tonight to the Woodlands by about 15 points 75-60 after being tied with THW going into the 4th quarter. The referees were very active calling all kind of fouls on Lufkin in the 2nd half, even a technical. It's amazing how the officiating took over the game, no way those officials were going to let Lufkin win on that Court.

    Have not seen a finished schedule just yet. I am sure there are a couple out there, just have not been released. Knowing we are going back to Longview again in non district does indicate a schedule has been made so that all the teams can hopefully have 5 home and 5 road games. I have not seen a complete schedule yet from any of the other 8-5A teams.

    Since 2004, Lufkin has never made it through a single realignment that we did not have someone new in our district. We are like a revolving door for the UIL. In 2004, they put us in with THW, Conroe and Klein schools, Then just the THW/Conroe schools with Humble Kingwood and Atascocita, then it was THW/Conroe schools and New Caney, Then it was with THW/Conroe and Magnolia, Then it was THW/Conroe with Bryan and A&M Consolidated, then to 5A with Ennis,Corsicana, Nacogdoches, JT, Lindale, Jacksonville and Whitehouse. Back to 6A with THW/Conroe again and Montgomery. We have been everywhere Man. Now, back to 5A with another whole new landscape through 2019. I guess it is what we live for these days.
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    Girls lost in 1st round to Lee by 17 tonight, 52-35. By JOSH HAVARD/The Lufkin News | Posted 4 hours ago CUSHING — Even with a double-digit home loss to the Tyler Lee Lady Raiders during the regular season, a rejuvenated Lufkin Lady Panthers’ team entered Monday night’s Class 6A Region II BI-District playoff game with hopes of retribution. Instead they got a heavy dose of Tyler Lee senior Ja’Kayla Brown and an unrelenting Lady Raiders’ defense. In the end, that combination allowed Tyler Lee to break open a tight game in the second half on the way to a convincing 52-35 decision. Brown poured in 28 points, and Tyler Lee’s defense held Lufkin to four field goals in the last 15 minutes in bringing Lufkin’s season to an end in the first round for the second straight season. Lufkin’s sensational senior Mycah McDonald led the way for the Lady Pack with 16 points, while Kurstyn Harden added 10. However, the Lady Panthers had a hard time finding a third scoring option with the rest of the team combining for a total of 8 points. Lufkin was unfazed by the big-game situation early on as it built a pair of early 4-point leads on a Harden putback and a McDonald steal and layup. Tyler Lee answered with 7 straight points to take its first lead, with Bowie scoring 5 of those on a free throw and two layups, taking a 13-10 advantage. Lufkin’s Alexis Hood closed the quarter with a 3 that knotted the game at 13-13. The game went back and forth in the second quarter before Tyler Lee closed the frame with a Bowie putback and an Aaliyah Morgan free throw that gave it a 25-21 lead at halftime. After a Lady Raiders’ free throw to start the third quarter, Lufkin’s McDonald hit a layup to bring the deficit down to 26-23. That was as close as Lufkin got as Bowie had a 3 and a running shot that upped the margin to 35-23. Lufkin momentarily halted that momentum with a McDonald 3 and Harden hook shot that made it 35-28. The Lady Raiders then cranked up the defense in finally delivering the knockout blow. Bowie hit a running jumper and Tyreesha Blaylock made a layup that started a 13-2 run and gave the Lady Raiders a 39-28 lead after 3 quarters. That run was capped by three straight layups from Brown that made the score 48-29 and ended any hopes of a Lufkin comeback. Other Lufkin scorers were Hood (5), Je’Dayshia Runnells (2) and Destinee Holman (1). Lufkin finishes the season with a 26-7 overall record. The loss ended the careers of Lufkin seniors Deja Shepherd, Holman and McDonald. Josh Havard’s email address is jhavard@lufkindailynews.com.

    Are any of the schedules out for any of the schools in district for football this fall? Only need three of them to figure out the rest.

    Lots of new hires across the state the last couple of weeks. Is this a normal ritual in a realignment year? A time to clean house start over and try something new? I realize by looking at the list that many of the coaches aren't meeting the winning expectations of the schools and then you have assistant coaching looking for head coach jobs and Maybe other coaches retiring after many years all in the same mix. Just seems like a lot of them right now. Guess if you have a good coaching staff on hand right now might be a good time to hold on to them. http://www.texasfootball.com/coachchanges/

    WILLIS HS NEW COACH FROM LAKE TRAVIS https://www.chron.com/sports/highschool/article/Willis-hires-Michael-Wall-as-new-head-coach-12562946.php Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said Willis “hit a home run” . “Mike Wall has been a huge part of our success,” Carter wrote. “He’s a dear friend and will be sorely missed. I’m excited for him in his new role, and I have no doubt that he’ll be successful. “He’s a great man of character, a caring father and a BRILLIANT OFFENSIVE MIND.” Wall, who's record as an assistant coach is 128-17, has coached the likes of quarterbacks Garrett Gilbert, Baker Mayfield (when he was a freshman) and more recently Charlie Brewer, the co-Big 12 Freshman of the Year at Baylor. Wall, a native of Pennsylvania, has played a pivotal role for a dynastic Lake Travis program that has won six state championships and reached two other state title games since 2007. The offensive coordinator and primary play caller for the past four seasons, Wall also served as a Lake Travis position coach from 2007-09 before joining the staff at Georgetown and spending a season as a head coach at a private school in Georgia. Since Wall assumed offensive coordinator duties, Lake Travis averaged 52, 49, 48 and 43 points, respectively. A former quarterback at Tulsa from 1996-200, Wall also played Arena League football for six years, including a stint with the Austin Wranglers.

    By Matt Stepp - Dave Campbell Football Recapping all the chaos for every 11-man classification following UIL realignment (Foreword by PA: It has been obvious in the realignment evaluation for 5A Div I, that Lufkin has not been mentioned in any form as a contender or hardly acknowledged by Matt Stepp or others at DCTXF. They like to talk about JT who was 5-5 last year and missed the playoffs. Anyway, here is another example of nothing about Lufkin.) In what may have been the wildest UIL Realignment Day ever, we are left to analyze and dissect the aftermath of the new districts that the UIL has set the course for in the next two years. We’ll have plenty to chew on the next few days (and weeks), but here are some highlights from each of the UIL’s 11-man classifications. Class 5A Division I The first takeaway is that overall, there were 15 schools who chose to opt up to Division I to Division II which artificially inflated the division breaks. In Region I, Abilene Cooper was a swing school that could go east into a DFW district, but the UIL decided to move them out west into District 2-6A with the Lubbock and Amarillo schools. In Region II, Dallas ISD is going to have their hands full with Highland Park, Lancaster and the two Mansfield ISD schools in 6-5A Division I. Travel will certainly be an issue in 7-5A Division I with Texarkana Texas and Tyler John Tyler moving into a DFW district. The most notable item in Region III has to be Austin ISD (along with Seguin and Dripping Springs) moving into Region III, where traditionally they were pushed into Region IV. In Region IV, as expected, the Rio Grande Valley got a 10-team district on 16-4A Division I. We’ll see if that district decides to move to a zone play concept or do they play straight through with just one non-district game.

    2018 Division I State 7on7 Qualifying Tournaments For teams in 5A & 6A (public) and SPC & TAPPS Div 1 (private) Click on the SQT to request more information. The teams listed below each SQT are those that qualified for the State Tournament from that event. They are listed alphabetically, not by order of finish. April 28, 2018 Frisco SQT Frisco May 19, 2018 Grapevine SQT Grapevine Lake Travis SQT Austin Rose-Rich SQT Richmond May 26, 2018 Blue Raider SQT Hurst Westwood SQT Round Rock June 1, 2018 Lubbock SQT Lubbock Woodlands SQT The Woodlands June 8, 2018 Abilene SQT Abilene Cypress SQT Houston Lufkin SQT Lufkin June 9, 2018 El Paso SQT El Paso River City SQT San Antonio Northwest SQT Justin Rio Grande SQT Sharyland June 15, 2018 Cinco Ranch SQT Katy New Caney SQT New Caney Westlake SQT Austin June 16, 2017 Athlete Training & Health SQT Houston Tyler SQT Tyler Corpus Christi SQT Corpus Christi HEB Classic SQT Hurst June 17, 2018 Sam Brown SQT Houston June 22, 2018 Rowlett SQT Rowlett

    Dave Campbell Football - TOP Texas HS QB Rankings for the Class of 2019. 2019 QB Rankings RANK FIRST LAST HT WT SCHOOL COMMIT 1 Roschon Johnson 6'2" 210 PORT NECHES-GROVES HIGH SCHOOL, Port Neches, TX Texas 2 Grant Gunnell 6'6" 215 SAINT PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX Texas A&M 3 Jacob Zeno 6'1" 178 JAY HIGH SCHOOL, San Antonio, TX 4 Grant Tisdale 6'0" 197 ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL, Allen, TX Texas Tech 5 Jacob Clark 6'5" 210 ROCKWALL HIGH SCHOOL, Rockwall, TX 6 Sean Simms 6'0" 190 SOUTH OAK CLIFF, Dallas, TX 7 Peyton Powell 6'1" 170 MIDLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL, Midland, TX 8 Christiful Herron, Jr 6'1" 188 LANGHAM CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 10 Dylan Davidson 6'1" 195 BAY CITY HIGH SCHOOL, Bay City, TX 11 Peyton Matocha 6'3" 190 SAINT THOMAS HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 12 Brad Breckenridge 6'1" 205 RAY HIGH SCHOOL, Corpus Christi, TX 13 Cade Bartlett 6'3" 213 WALLER HIGH SCHOOL, Waller, TX 14 Carson Collins 6'1" 188 LOVEJOY HIGH SCHOOL, Lucas, TX 15 Shayne Lawrence 6'2" 183 CEDAR HILL HIGH SCHOOL, Cedar Hill, TX 16 Terrance Gipson 5'11" 205 WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 17 TJ Goodwin 6'4" 191 CYPRESS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 18 Taj Gregory 6'6" 175 YATES HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 19 Jared Wiley 6'4 185 TEMPLE HIGH SCHOOL, Temple, TX 20 Nakia Brown 5'10 1/2" 175 SOUTH GRAND PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL, Grand Prairie, TX 21 Chase Griffin 5'10 175 HUTTO HIGH SCHOOL, Hutto, TX 22 Jermaine Givens 6'0" 181 HORN HIGH SCHOOL, Mesquite, TX 23 Jaiden Howard 6'2" 160 CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL, Crosby, TX 24 John'Turius Shaw 6'0" 192 SAMUELL HIGH SCHOOL, Dallas, TX 25 Brysen McKinney 6'2" 190 SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL, Arlington, TX 26 Chandler Rogers 6'0" 170 LAKE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, Mansfield, TX 27 Jakson Thomson 6'2" 185 LAKE HIGHLANDS HIGH SCHOOL, Dallas, TX 28 Jake Smith 6'2" 185 BISHOP GORMAN HIGH SCHOOL, Tyler, TX 29 Wesley Gow 6'2" 200 SAINT JOHN'S HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 30 Joshua Cephus 6'3" 175 DEKANEY HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 31 Levi Williams 6'4" 192 SMITHSON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, Spring Branch, TX 32 Joshua Cephus 6'3" 175 DEKANEY HIGH SCHOOL, Houston, TX 33 Nathan Kruger 6'1" 178 SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL, Santa Fe, TX 34 Kewone Thomas 6'3" 218 LUFKIN HIGH SCHOOL, Lufkin, TX 35 Kenny Hrncir 6'0" 179 NEEDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, Needville, TX 36 Gunner Capps 6'1" 190 CARTHAGE HIGH SCHOOL, Carthage, TX 37 Matt Yelverton 6'2 1/2' 215 BISHOP DUNNE HIGH SCHOOL, Dallas, TX

    Lufkin Boys beat Oak Ridge tonight at Panther Gym 60-46 on Senior Night. Lufkin only has 3 senior players , so the future is bright. They are 17-11 on the season and are now 5-4 in district play. They secured their place in the playoffs as the 3rd place seed from District 12-6A. Lufkin will finish their regular season next Tuesday as they travel down to THW. The LDN needs to proof read better, they have had several typos mess ups lately.

    Lady Pack ties for first in district with Oak Ridge. But because we lost the flip we will go into the play-off as the #2 seed. First round game will be against Tyler Lee.Monday February 12. 6 p.m. @ Cushing High School.

    Jackson Treadwell 1st Team All State 2017 LB CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    Willis was 2-7 last year.

    I was thinking the same thing about the money part. I don’t know much about Willis or the players that will be on the team next season though
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