By TONY EIERDAM
Last month, in a surprise announcement, successful Richland Springs head coach Jerry Burkhart eresigned from his post as head coach to take the suddenly-opened head football coaching position at Gordon.
Although Gordon had not racked up a many recent state championships as Richland Springs, it had just come off a playoff run that extended to the state semifinals and has the personnel in place to have a chance to bring home a state title.
That Burkhart wanted to come to Gordon really wasn’t as much as a surprise – it is a desirable situation for any six-man football coach – as it was he was leaving Richland Springs where he is in the middle of a 45-game winning streak which included the past three Six-Man Division II state championships
During Burkhart’s time at Richland Springs, the Coyotes posted a 135-5 record, but last month he resigned and accepted the same position at Gordon.
Until last week.
Last week Burkhart told Gordon officials he was returning to Richland Springs, a move that shocked the Longhorns community.
“We thought he was staying but ended up turning the job down,” Gordon ISD superintendent Eric Hough said. “He said the move was tougher on his family than he expected.
“He thought it would be in his best interest not to move.”
A new head coach could be in place quickly. Hough said he has several applications left over from when the job came open in the spring when former head coach Shane Mallory resigned for personal reasons.
“We will be looking again for the best possible candidate,” Hough said. “We will fill it as soon as possible.”
The next Gordon ISD board of trustees meeting is today. Hough was coy about whether a new head coach would be named at the regular meeting.
“I don’t know what will happen,” Hough said. “But, I never say never.”
By TONY EIERDAM
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After over a month of speculation, the Ram faithful have a new leader in which to place their hope.
Friday night, the Mineral Wells ISD Board of Trustees announced their decision to hire Waco Midway's Co-Offensive Coordinator Gerald Perry as the new Athletic Director and head football coach of Mineral Wells High School.
The Mineral Wells Lady Rams (14-3) got everything they hoped for and more in the opening day of the Mineral Wells Tournament, Thursday, at Kessler Field. They swept the competition in a triple-header and dealt with a wide variety of situations, overcoming each.
Gordon, Strawn fill up all-district hoops teams
The All-District 17-1A-II teams for both boys and girls basketball have been announced and rivals Gordon and Strawn have left an indelible mark on the 2013-24 edition with the two schools combining for six players on the boys team and a whopping 11 girls receiving honors.
Lady Rams Softball begins MW Tourney
Hot off of a 5-1 showing at the Wichita Falls Tournament, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams softball team (11-3) will open tournament play against quality competition again today from the comfort of their own home.
Four Ladycats garner top 11-1A-I awards
Palo Pinto County's most successful basketball team of the 2013-14 season can now add a bushel of accolades to an already memorable, Regional Championship year.
MW boys place third, girls seventh at Ram Relays
The Mineral Wells boys and girls track teams were on full display, Saturday, in front of a hometown crowd at the Ram Relays as the varsity girls team took seventh place with 42 point and the varsity boys finished third with 90 points.
State slips away
ABILENE – It wasn't the way a community pictured their season ending.
Fresh off of a thrilling 69-65, double-overtime victory over Ira in the regional semifinals, the Graford Jackrabbits' (27-4) bid for their first trip to the state tournament since 2012 fell short Saturday afternoon with a 58-25 loss at the hands of the Water Valley Wildcats (27-5) in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Finals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
Weathering the storm
The 2013-14 season epitomized growth for the Mineral Wells Rams basketball team. Under the tutelage of head coach Aaron Pappas, the Rams played to a 6-4 record in District 6-3A, clinching a third place finish and a fourth-straight playoff appearance.
Graford's Wimberly named 11-1A-II Offensive POY
A successful 2013-14 campaign for the Graford Lady Rabbits basketball team was capped off last week with the announcement that senior point guard Syndey Wimberly was named "Offensive Player of the Year" by district coaches. The district runner-up Lady Rabbits also placed five girls on the All-District 11-!A-II team.
Graford outlasts Ira, 69-65 (2OT), advances to Regional Finals
ABILENE -- "Survive and advance" is the name of the game come tournament time. And with their backs against the wall, the Graford Jackrabbits (27-3) did just that, holding off the Ira Bulldogs, 69-65, in double-overtime in the Class 1A-Division II Regional Semifinals at Abilene Christian University's Moody Coliseum.
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