The Class of 2012 part of resurrection

While we say goodbye to another graduating class of Rockdale athletes, it’s always interesting to take a look back at each class’ accomplishments on the field and the courts.

When searching for the best way to describe the Class of 2012, it could be resurrection.

They were indispensable in the resurgence of several Tiger sports programs.

Here’s a fact they can hang their hat on— the last time the softball, baseball and boys basketball teams made the playoffs in the same year was back in 1995.

Football and girls basketball made it as well that year.

While football stumbled slightly and missed out on its unprecedented fifth straight playoff appearance due to a loss of key personnel, the rest of the athletic program had the Tigers’ back in 2012.

Led by seniors Cody Skubal, and Zach Garza, a Tiger basketball team made its first appearance in the state playoffs and concurrently recorded its first winning ledger since 1997.

While he is certainly not a member of the class of 2012, we can’t forget the contribution of retired basketball coach Dusty Loewe who returned Rockdale to the basketball prominence it once cradled.

Loewe, who also led the Tiger golf team to the state tournament, also brought back the Rockdale basketball tournament, which was a top classic for almost four decades before lying dormant.

“He is someone the young coaches should look up to,” said Rockdale athletic director Jeff Miller. “There aren’t many more out there like him.”

Led by seniors Victoria Drake and Jill Young, the Lady Tigers finished 17-13 on the hardwood, their best record since 2006 and most wins since 2000.

It snapped a five-season losing streak.

Drake and Britni Newlin kept the softball team in its usual spot in the playoffs, taking a playoff series for the first time since 2006.

Nowhere was the Class of 2012’s influence felt more than in the Tiger baseball team.

No less than nine seniors helped guide the Tigers back into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Their 20-win season was just the fourth in school history.

In Clay Cox’s first year as coach, the Tigers also recorded their first three-game series victory since 1999.

We can turn to golf, where, led by the reticent Kirk Williams and football lineman Patrick David, the Tigers captured three straight district titles and were paramount in taking the first boys team in school history to the state tournament in 2010 and then returning the following year.

Senior Ginny Flores, along with junior partner Nick Gonzalez, became the Tigers’ first mixed doubles team to earn a trip to the state tennis tournament and the first Rockdale players, period, since 2004.

Tiger athletics will be well represented in the college ranks thanks to Daniel Brooks who will enroll in the University of Oklahoma in a couple of weeks to play football.

Mr. RHS continued a family tradition and his name is tattooed all over the Rockdale record books in football and track.

Vince Lombardi said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination thatwhether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Good advice, for the field or the classroom.

The 5ive

Not that we are recommending this, but here are five people who were successful despite never graduating from high school:

1. Al Pacino

2. Vincent Van Gogh

3. Bjorn Borg

4. Richard Pryor

5. Albert Einstein

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