Area athletes contributing all over the country

BILL MARTIN

Right smack dab in the middle of the football season, we take a look at how some of the area athletes are pitching in to help their college teams.

Of course Rockdale’s LeRaven Clark is enjoying Texas Tech’s recent run into the nation’s Top 10, despite a nail-biting loss to Oklahoma Saturday.

Clark is dominating his position at left tackle and it still takes some getting used to see how big he has become at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds.

Despite being just a sophomore, Clark is on the Outland Trophy watch list which recognizes the best lineman in the country.

While making great strides, Daniel Brooks has yet to see any playing time at Oklahoma as a freshman.

Joe Sanders is the leading receiver for Midwestern with 21 catches for 276 yards and three touchdowns.


Le’Raven Clark has enjoyed Texas Tech’s rise to the top. Le’Raven Clark has enjoyed Texas Tech’s rise to the top. After dropping their opener, the Mustangs are ranked 17th in the country after winning six straight.

At West Texas A&M, both Ethan Brinkley of Rockdale and Dominique Messer of Milano are likely to redshirt this season.

The No. 9 Buffaloes are 7-1 this season and are coming off an incredible 90-57 victory over McMurry last Saturday.

All signs point to a Lone Star Conference showdown on Nov. 16 when West Texas travels to Wichita Falls to take on Sanders and Midwestern.

West Texas’ lone loss came at the hands of Tarleton St., which features former Tiger Tyler Wright as a wide receiver.

Golden West features Thorndale brothers Price and Tyler Miller and have posted a 7-1 mark this season.

Price Miller is seeing action on the defensive side as a linebacker with 18 tackles.

Tyler Miller is listed as a wide receiver.

Golden West is located in Huntington Beach, CA and is a member of the Orange Empire Conference and the California Community College Conference.

Another Thorndale product, Job Mason, is a cornerback for Sul Ross who is suffering through an 0-7 season right now, playing in the American Southwest Conference with Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Rockdale’s Emily Ammon is a member of the Southwestern track and field team as well as the cross country squad and her best finish this season has been fifth in the 4,000-meters and a time of 17:55.

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships are Saturday in Shreveport.

Speaking of cross country, recent Rockdale graduate Juan Rubio is a part of the very first cross country team at the Southwest Assembly of God.

While at RHS, Rubio completed a rare double dip, earning trips to the state meet in both track and cross country.

The 5ive

In honor of the Brooks and Cooke brothers going into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor last Friday, here at the five best songs written about brothers:

1. “Terry’s Song”—Bruce Springsteen.

2. “Brickyard Road”—Johnny Van Zant.

3. “Brother Louie”—Stories.

4. “Daniel”—Elton John.

5. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”—The Hollies.


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