Coach Moultrie finally gets his recognition

BILL MARTIN
It has been three years since our own Rockdale legend Coach Bill Moultrie was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, but when he shows up this week in San Antonio, it will be his first trip to the ceremony.

When Moultrie was placed in the Hall of Fame in 2007, he suffered a stroke just before the ceremony and was unable to attend.

“I’m excited to be going because of all the history of the award,” Moultrie said before he left. “The long and short of it is I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to finally go”

Moultrie—a 1950 graduate of Aycock High School—is a legend in the track and field world. He was the first African-American coach at Stanford University before he moved on to Howard University and led a track program which produced 71 Division I All-Americans during the next 26 years.

He was baton coach (relay events) for the United States in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, coached Michael Johnson to world title wins in the 200- meter and 400-meter events in 1995.

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Cameron Coach Rick Rhoades has a round-about connection to Rockdale.

When former Tiger coach Lew Simmonds was the head coach/athletic director at New Braunfels, he hired Rhoades away from cross town rival Canyon.

“I knew Rick and his family not only professionally, but also personally and had and have a great deal of respect for him.”

Cameron quarterback Jack R hoades was in Simmonds grandson’s class and Simmonds remembers him as a great quarterback even at that young age.

Rhoades left but returned to take Simmonds’ place and guided the Unicorns to the state finals.

“Rick is a great and loyal coach, a great dad and husband, and a Christian,” Simmonds says. “In my book, an unbeatable combination.

“I would have Rick on any staff at any place, any school, and if the tables were turned I would gladly coach under Rick.”

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Attempting to duplicate his father’s feats here at Rockdale, Tanner Sparks and his Calallen teammates fell short of the state finals after being shown the door by LaMarque last week in the semifinals.

LaMarque (12-3) takes on defending state champion Aledo (15-0) for the Class 4A Division II crown Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.

Tanner Sparks is the son of Scott Sparks, who stepped in for an injured Kerry Locklin and guided the Tigers to its state championship in 1976.

About the same size as his father, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior threw for 1,990 yards and 22 touchdowns this season while also running for 1,113 yards and 17 scores for the 13-2 Wildcats and legendary coach Phil Danahar.

In the quarterfinals against Boerne, he ran for 190 yards and threw for 164.

Sparks was the pre-season MVP in District 31-4A.

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Don’t know if you’ve taken a gander at the Class 3A state championship matchup, but two familiar faces to Rockdale are butting heads for the Division II title.

Carthage (13-2)—which is aiming for its third straight crown—faces Coldspring (14-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.

Carthage knocked Rockdale out of the playoffs three seasons ago on its way to its first state championship and Coldspring sent the Tigers packing last season.


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