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  1. http://www.uiltexas.org/football/playoff-brackets/6AD2 Get the first one behind us and LP is looking at Naaman Forest or Pearce. Here we go!!!
  2. 2016 Lufkin Panther Football

    It's a simple concept in my opinion, put your best on the field you have available, execute to the best of your ability, and don't be concerned with saving the playbook for next week. Let's go do this!
  3. 2016 Lufkin Panther Football

    I thought the Lufkin O played well and hung 54 on a premier team. I think the D was out matched with a team that had 5+ top D1 recruit players. Lufkin has never faced a team with so many options. Rodgers and Marshall are the real deal here. Can't cover or tackle what you can't catch. I also, got really frustrated on some of the calls made by the officials. One particular was a 1st down for Parkway that wasn't. From my vantage point, the stick was in front of a tic mark by 6 inches. The ball across the field was about the same distance behind the tic mark. When measured the ball ended up a ball length in front of the sticks. That got me pretty steamed and I probably said some things I shouldn't have. Other calls made had me confused as well. Both teams got had their share, but none as critical as that one which kept Parkways drive alive and allowed them to go ahead with a 2 possession advantage. I'll have to go back and watch the replay to see if I saw it wrong! Oh well! I know officials miss one now and then and we are quick to give criticism but hey, let's at least be fair about it. Monterey next!
  4. Lufkin Panther Sports

    According to the report last night from the TV, UIL has not decided whether they will even meet about this. SO.................... Did anyone realize spring practice started yesterday?
  5. Lufkin Panther Sports

    Big "if" On the other hand, what "if" they are not directly receiving state funds for them, but yet LHS is now instructed to count them even though they are not UIL elligable ? If you've been doing something that is considered right in the past, but because now you are ask to do it another way, does this automatically make you wrong? Let's be sensible and leave out the sensationalism. If UIL says now you have to count these non UIL eligible students, then do it and go forward. The only reason this makes any difference is because we float on the dividing line year after year for classification. Otherwise, it's just a policy issue and changes with the weather these days on just about any issue!
  6. Lufkin Panther Sports

    I think with this statement you have to take it in the moment it was said. Most times editing leaves out context to support any statement. As I hear it: there is not a coach out there in any sport that doesn't approach every game to win. That should go without question, but, at the end of the day what's more important, giving a high school kid the tools to be successful in the future, or being able to live in the past. If all the program is there for is to win games and nothing else, then we are failures on a grander scale. Not every athlete has the tools to make it to a college team. It's not rocket surgery to know the odds of even 4 year college athlete to make it to the pro level is not any better, so in the end, what will the other 99.9% of the other players on the team get from it? Hopefully the students are lucky enough to have teachers/coaches who instill work ethic and prepare them for other life endeavors. Do your best and have fun doing it when you're in High School, but realize that for most while living in that moment you are preparing for the future. That's it what i take from a statement such as this!
  7. Lufkin Panther Sports

    Just for clarification, There is talk about Williams retiring at the end of the school year. All is normal for now as they prepare to go to UIL Concert Contest next week in Whitehouse. I understand the process of a replacement is in the VERY early stages with the postings so you can cease with the rumors. The Panther Band has a rich tradition of being one the most outstanding military marching bands around. With a program like this, I'm confident the Lufkin Administrators will find the very best fit for our program. The Lufkin Band doesn't rebuild, they don't even reload, they just keep going with who they are and what they do. I'm confident the LP Band is and will be in good hands.
  8. I've heard of lot fans say a multitude things of how success is measured. Just curious if you had to pick one word (or phrase) of how you would measure success for the Pack this year. Would it be a winning season, district title, 3 deep playoff run, state title or nothing, players learn life lessons to be successful adults, teamwork, heart, 5 or 6 scholarship offers......... Where does your barometer lay?
  9. No doubt this is an opportunity for the kids to experience something special. Just this weekend during Mr Bullock's service, they were still talking about the 1977 Cotton Bowl trip with the LP Band, Lobo Band, and Jacksonville Band doing a combined drill for pre-game and halftime. A trip I will never forget and I know this Sugar Bowl trip will be just as special. Even though my youngest child is graduating this year, my wife mentioned we need to adopt an 8th grade band student so we could have 4 more years of band!
  10. New Turf for Abe Martin

    "Now dumbalac has spoken the truth about his thoughts. Which are not important,but coming from someone with the IQ of 30. The average of most Aggies." One foggy night, a Texas A&M fan was heading north and a Baylor fan was driving south. While crossing a narrow bridge, they hit each other head-on, mangling both cars. The Baylor fan manages to climb out of his car and survey the damage. He looks at his twisted car and says, “Man, I’m lucky to be alive!” Likewise, the Texas A&M fan gets out of his car uninjured, he too feeling fortunate to have survived. The Baylor fan walks over to the Texas A&M fan and says, “Hey, man, I think this is a sign that we should put away our petty differences and live as friends instead of being rivals.” The Texas A&M fan thinks for a moment and says, “You know, you’re absolutely right! We should be friends. In fact, I’m going to see if something else survived the wreck.” The Texas A&M fan then pops open his trunk and removes a full, undamaged bottle of Jack Daniel’s. He says to the Baylor, “I think this is another sign- we should toast to our newfound friendship.” The Baylor fan agrees and grabs the bottle. After sucking down half of the bottle, the Baylor fan hands it back to the Texas A&M fan and says, “Your turn!” The Texas A&M fan calmly twists the cap back on the bottle, throws the rest of the bottle over the bridge into the river and says, “Nah, I think I’ll just wait for the cops to show up.”
  11. New Turf for Abe Martin

    Perspective is a solid sense when looking at Abe. I've been hearing people complain for the last 10 years or so about how they don't like this and that at Abe. But really all this began when we started going to the deeper pocket districts as well as the nice venues during playoffs. Yes there are newer bigger better stadiums in Texas, but I think we are fortunate to have what we do have here in Lufkin with Abe. I'm a nostalgic type of person. I remember the Old Panther Stadium and at times miss that. The mell of the dew from the grass, the paper cup football games under the scoreboard, the men standing around the fence talking about how they did it when they wore the uniform, and yes, the train that would always seem to come through when the visitors band was on the field. Then we moved to Abe and many of those simple things were tossed aside. We host numerous playoff games every year and I get a chance to talk to those coming in from other towns. Way more times than not, they always comment on how nice Abe is and how they wish they had something like this and would be more than proud to have it. Perspective! From sideline to sideline there is none better. The new turf is the latest and greatest and will shine like a new penny this year. Also, the next couple of years we will be going to stadiums that are much smaller than Abe. The Tomato Bowl, Whitehouse, Lindale, Nac, are stadiums that do not have the capacity like our Abe does, but for one night it's not that big of deal. And from our road crowds with the exception of Nac, really shouldn't be a problem. I know old Abe has steep stands, seating spaced for Pigmy's, and a press box with no restroom, but all in all, I like what we have made of Abe. It's traditionally been a tough place for teams to come in a play. For me it is more about the memories that have been made and the Traditions that have been built. There have been thousands of students to perform at Abe not to mention all the graduations which together have help build Traditions for LHS and this community. It may not be the biggest and the best, but I kind of like it for what it is rather than what it isn't!
  12. Thinking I did a Jr High Marching contest at the Tomato waaaay back when. Remember it being pretty neat place. Nostalgic enough, I sometimes think back to the old stadiums we played in like, Palestine, Texarkana, Old Lobo, and of course Panther Stadium at the Jr High behind the old Shands gym and the Alamo. Then you got Nac who only replaced the wooden bleachers. I think about these places and then look at what we play in today. Keep it in perspective!
  13. Running numbers which everyone has done by this point, I think the wish list for next year would include some of these teams on the Panther District schedule. By enrollment numbers; Livingston 1104 Jacksonville 1210 Pinetree 1227 Hallsville 1351 Marshall 1392 Whitehouse 1405 Nac 1645 John Tyler 2000 Longview 2066 Including Lufkin at 2088 that is 10 teams. I know, I'm leaving out Texas HIgh for obvious reasons. Take out Longview, Pinetree, and Hallsville, which leaves 7. It's not an even numbered lot, but East Texas is what it is. You still have the opportunity to play any of the 3 in pre-district or pick up a game or two from our current bunch. Anyway, I see something like this being better for travel, fans, and expense. It's anybodies guess where we will land, but it doesn't hurt to wish!
  14. There are a lot of unique things about LHS which includes a strong community support. Lufkin is not one of the fortunate schools to have the deep pockets, yet we always seem to be able to hold our own compared to other big schools. Be it academics, sports, or the arts, LHS always has a presense in the mix. We may not always be on top each and every time, but certainly seldom out of contention. I also think being a "community" rather than a "burb" also gives us the opportunity to share common interest which most certainly includes supporting our kids of Lufkin Schools of which many of us are Alums. It was this common interest and support which gave Randy and Derek the LP Sports idea and they followed through. No doubt this site has been and area of local interest, but we all know it has been just as interesting to others outside our area. IF there is another like it, I don't know, but I've yet to see it. Big thanks to both of them for taking their time to provide a "free to us" place to talk LHS. I know Lee and Gary have the abilty and passion to see LP Sports continue on. I know it's just a website, but for LP Fans, it's about all things LP!
  15. Panther Drive In Theater

    Before it was the Luau, it was my Dad's place. He first had a chicken place there in the early 60's before it caught fire and burned. He rebuilt it as a little grocery store (main dinning room) and later added a little hamburger place (where the kitchen part is). Out back there was a little studio apartment and a beauty shop. As a kid I would walk over to the Panther Drive-In and play on the swing sets in front of the screen. I had to be around 6 or 7 at the time. Shortly after Dad bought the Top Burger on Timberland along with the Ice Berg on Chesnut which had the Icee Fizz. Coldest thing you ever put in your mouth. He also had the Top Burger on Raquet and then later Fuller's. The What-a-burger and Burger Chef (where Chins is now) was the first major food chain to go in Lufkin. Not long after Sonic came and then McDonalds in the mid to late 70's. Speaking of eating places, I remember my family going to the Angelina Hotel to eat lunch after church every Sunday. Now Lufkin seems to be the chain eating capital!