King joins upand coming Mumford High

One of the burning question of the latter part of the school year was where former Milano basketball coach and shooting guru Alvie King was going to hold court this year.

Well, King has made his decision and has moved over to nearby Class A Mumford and will become the school's very first baseball coach.

This oil-rich high school on Farm Road 50 is trying to upgrade its athletic program and will begin a baseball program next season to accompany its successful basketball program of eight years.

Superintendent Pete Bienski is sparing no expense in the construction of a sports complex which will include a baseball field, softball field and tennis courts.

King will oversee the construction of the complex and the baseball field will be similar to LaGrange's, which is considered one of the best in the state.

Mumford—whose enrollment has grown by 100 to 540 students in the past four years—was recently chosen one of the best high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report.

King has never been a head baseball coach, but was an assistant at Milano and he will also assist Mumford basketball coach Chris Sodek, who was a protege of King's.

King King King said Mumford had such a wealth of basketball players in junior high this year that it was able to have its own summer league of four teams.

Sodek had the Mustangs flying high again this past season, ranked No. 3 in the state and averaging 97 points a game.

They knocked Milano out of the playoffs in the first round, 104-67, then were upset the next week by Normangee.

Mumford lost just one starter so expect them to be atop the rankings come this season behind slick point guard Eric Corona and 6-foot-6 postman Luke Scarmado.

Sodek's style of play fits right in with King, who also likes to push the ball up the court.

King's teams at Milano set state records for shooting and making threes.

This also means that Mumford will inherit King's son Aubrie, who is considered one of the top junior players in the state and will be in eighth grade this year.

The 6-foot-2 King is also a top notch baseball player as well.

Nic sits out

For those looking for Rockdale's Nic Hammett at Tuesday's Texas High School Coaches Association all-star football game, he decided to skip the game because of health concerns.

During practices leading up to the game, Hammett had trouble controlling his diabetes in the 100-degree heat and decided not to play.

"Of course he is disappointed he can't play in a prestigious game like this, but he has a lot more football to play and he has to take care of that first," said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound All- State linebacker will report to Rice next month to play for the Owls.

The 5ive

In honor of those who's wives have been out of town, here are the five best bachelor recipes:

1. BBQ sauce on rice.

2. Banana and mayonnaise sandwich.

3. Pillsbury crescent rolls... R AW!

4. Raman Noodles (creamy chicken preferred) and that can of salmon that has been on the top shelf for the past year-anda half.

5. Chef-Boy-Ardee ravioli and Cheerios.


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