Class of 2010 possessed a renaissance feel

While RHS says goodbye to another group of athletes, the Class of 2010 had a feel of renaissance about it—meaning several teams and individuals accomplished things that had not been feated in a while.

Take for instance the boys track team. Brent Hasselbach’s bunch rang up Rockdale’s first district championship since 2001.

And this at a school where district championships were as second nature as breathing air. For example, the nine straight league crowns from 1993-2001 and the dominance in the 1970s.

From 1976 to 1982, the Tigers posted seven straight. So dominant was the 1977 state championship team, they won district by 90 points.

Had they split the team in two, they would have finished first and second.

There’s no reason the Tigers can’t start up another winning streak next season. Its top two performers, LeRaven Clark and Daniel Brooks, are underclassmen who are both capable of harvesting gold at the state track meet.

The golf team made history by becoming the first boys team to make it all the way to the state tournament.

They lose valuable seniors Waylon Boyd and Lance Loewe (as well as coach Earl Gandy and his stepson Tyler Wright) but return one of the top junior golfers around in Kirk Williams who carded a 73 on the last day of the state tournament and at mountainous Roy Kizer to boot.

Patrick David and Casey Burrough will also return.

The ‘Men of 10’ were supposed to be the class that returned the football program to state prominence and while they fell short of that, they made three straight playoff appearances, which has been done just two other times in RHS history.

They also returned Rockdale to the top 10 ranking in the polls and the varsity was 22-21 in their four years in school.

They were 3-1 against rival Taylor and 2-2 against Cameron, the first class to beat the Yoemen twice in a four-year span since 1976-77.

Logan David, Joe Sanders and Greg Chelf will continue their playing careers in college.

While the basketball team didn’t break that 14-year playoff drought, the Tigers lose the school’s all-time leading scorer in William McQuitter and the highest scoring combination in school history with Lance Loewe.

This senior crew also produced a district mixed doubles champion in Sanders and Annie Wilde.

Sanders leaves RHS as the most prolific pass catcher in school history despite the fact he played there only two years.

This is a special class for athletic director Jeff Miller and his staff because this is the first group they’ve seen for all four years.

“This is obviously a special class for me and our coaching staff,” Miller said. “We have coached these kids for most of their career. They have been very instrumental in helping turn many of our programs around.

“They have done a great job of providing leadership on and off the field. They are a very competitive group of kids that I have no doubt will be successful in their future endeavors. We will miss them and appreciate everything that they have done for RISD athletics and I personally want to thank them and wish them good luck.”

The 5ive

Here are the five best graduation songs:

1. “Free Bird”—Lynyrd Skyny rd (get those lighters up high).

2. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”—Green Day

3. “What a Wonderful World”– Louis Armstrong

4. “Bor n To Run”—Br uce Springsteen

5. “We May Never Pass This Way Again”—Seals & Crofts

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