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December 15, 2008

Nickerson Jr. notches his 400th career win

Mineral Wells native and 1978 MWHS graduate DeArtis Nickerson Jr., head boys basketball coach at Malakoff High School in East Texas, recorded his 400th career win on Dec. 4.

Nickerson was presented the game ball after his team defeated Sunnyvale, 66-39, at the Blooming Grove Tournament.

Nickerson, the dean of Henderson County area schoolboy basketball coaches now in his 22nd year, had very few anxious moments in seeing his career record go to 400-230 – all as head boys basketball coach at Malakoff High School.

With the crowd standing in appreciation, including a large contingent of Malakoff administration and some faculty members, a former player or two and members of his family and friends, Nickerson accepted the ball, smiled, waved and began accepting personal congratulations.

“That was a very nice and unexpected thing they (Blooming Grove) did,” Nickerson said. “I appreciate it very much and the fact my family and so many of my friends and supporters were here.”

He is the son of Willie and DeArtis Nickerson Sr., the Ward 4 representative on Mineral Wells City Council.

This report compiled based on an article published in the Athens (Texas) Daily Review, a sister publication of the Mineral Wells Index.

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