RHS Class of 2014 will be hard to follow

BILL MARTIN

Every graduating class puts its unique stamp on athletics and the Class of 2014 has been especially weighty.

With the volleyball team ending its long playoff drought, every team in the athletic program went to the playoffs, with the exception of the boys basketball team, which just missed out.

You would have to go back a ways to find a better year.

Speaking of the volleyball team, led by all-state senior Shelby Evans and five other seniors, the Lady Tigers entered the playoff fray for the first time since 2006 and only the third time in the past 20 years.

Rockdale finished 20-18, the first winning record since 1999 and most wins since a 25-4 mark in 1994.

The unranked Tiger football team was just two games away from playing in the state championship game and finished 9-5 on the year after reeling off eight-of-nine and four in-arow before falling to eventual state finalist Fairfield.


Senior Austin Caffey was a standout in two sports. Senior Austin Caffey was a standout in two sports. The Tigers—who started the year 1-3—reached the quarterfinal round for the first time since the state championship season of 1976.

After a record-breaking season, seniors Clayton Gibbs, Josh Pelzel, James David and Elijah Brooks were named all-state.

Quarterback Gibbs and running back Brooks shattered the offensive record books, while from his linebacker spot, David made more tackles than anyone in Tiger history.

Pelzel, who signed with Baylor, and David became the first Tiger teammates to be named first-team together since Leigh Shepard and Kerry Locklin in 1977.

David was named firstteam all-district four straight years.

With five seniors on the roster, the Lady Tigers basketball team earned consecutive playoff berths for the first time since 2004- 05.

They were knocked out by No. 9 ranked Robinson and finished 16-11, their second winning record in the past three years.

Under new coach Lauren Robertson, the Rockdale softball team made it’s usual venture into the playoffs despite an 11-12 overall mark.

The Lady Tigers, who have made the playoffs 16 times in their 20-year history and nine of the last 10, were bumped out by West in Bi-District.

Under new coach Ronnie Jonse in his first head coaching job, the Rockdale baseball team returned to the playoffs after a one year absence.

The Tigers had just two seniors on the roster in Gibbs and all-state catcher Austin Caffey and they led a young team into the playoffs in a league that featured No. 1 ranked and state tournament entrant College Station and top five ranked Caldwell.

They were taken out by West in bi-district and ended 16-13.

In golf, senior Jacey Jerman qualified for regional as the runner-up district medalist and just missed out on a trip to the state tournament.


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