Rockdale has become a Mecca of sports activity

While most schools are cutting back on tournaments and track meets, the Rockdale ISD has become the Mecca of sports activity this past school year.

While most track meets are wasting away, the venerable, 52-year old Rockdale Relays received a shot of adrenaline raised the bar to 14 teams a couple of weeks ago after hosting just six schools last year and surely was on life support.

While the Bell Rivals baseball Classic completed its’ third year of competition recently, the Lady Tigers joined in and co-hosted a softball version of what the guys are doing.

Robinson, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, captured their third straight Bell Rivals crown in the 12-team field.

The softball bracket also included 12 teams, which meant there were 24 teams in town that weekend with their fans visiting convenience stores and eating in local restaurants.

The new school facilities are already paying off as four basketball playoff games were hosted in the new Tiger Gymnasium, including one between Class 4A schools San Marcos and Huntsville.

Earlier in the school year, hoop Coach Dusty Loewe brought back the Tiger basketball tournament after an absence of 20 years.

This speaks volumes to the work ethic of athletic director Jeff Miller and his staff and their commitment to excellence.

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The ubiquitous Rockdale golf team took time off from their whirlwind links schedule a few weeks ago to visit an old friend, Dustin Strelsky.

Strelsky, 12, was in a car wreck at the end of January that also injured his mother and sister and killed the driver of the other vehicle.

With head injuries, Strelsky was the most seriously hurt and has had several operations.

Strelsky is rehabbing at The Children’s Place of Baylor in Dallas and Tiger golf coach Earl Gandy reports that he was in “great spirits and was very excited to see the boys.”

“It was an awesome visit and it was fun to see him smile and cut up with the boys,” Gandy said. “I know that he got a lot out of the visit but so did all of the big boys.”

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This goes out to the handlers of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Put simply, why do you allow the gold lamé cowboy bootwearing Aggie to go anywhere near the UIL state basketball tournament?

Year-after-year, the perfectly coiffed and somewhat confused Perry is trotted out to the middle of the Superdrum floor to hand out medals to members of the teams and year-after-year he is roundly booed.

As soon as the announcer gets out “the honorable...” the boos shower down like a thunderstorm has erupted indoors.

It was especially raucous two Saturdays ago at the Houston Yates-Lancaster game when it was an arena full of African- Americans and coaches/teachers— not exactly Ricky’s kind of crowd.

Just a tip: those coaches/ teachers still remember what Perry and his running buddy George W. Bush did with the teacher’s retirement fund and aren’t afraid to show it.

The 5ive

Here are the five best songs with a day of the week in the title:

1. “Almost Saturday Night”— John Fogerty

2. “Stormy Monday”—T-Bone Walker.

3. “Tuesday’s Gone”—Lynyrd Skynyrd.

4. “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”—Elton John

5. “I Don’t Like Mondays”— The Boomtown Rats

Bonus track—“Eight Days A Week”—The Beatles


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