By TONY EIERDAM
In four years he got the Gordon Longhorns to become a six-man football power once again, but now Shane Mallory, the former Strawn Greyhound turned Gordon head football coach, will leave the chore to another coach.
Gordon ISD has posted on its Web site a job opening for “a head football coach/teacher” as Mallory turned in his resignation it is believed three weeks ago.
“Shane has resigned for personal reasons,” Gordon principal Holly Campbell told the Index. “He will stay on at the school as a teacher to serve out his contract (which expires in June).”
Campbell was then asked about a rumor regarding Mallory’s replacement.
Several sources in and around Gordon have told the Index that the new Longhorns coach will be current Richland Springs head coach Jerry Burkhart, who has won the past two state championships and five of the past eight.
He has compiled an almost unrealistic 119-5 record at Richland Springs.
Campbell, however, was tight-lipped when asked if Burkhart would replace Mallory.
“That is the rumor,” is all Campbell would say regarding a new hire. She did say the matter would be discussed at the next Gordon ISD Board of trustees meeting, which will be at 6 p.m. today at the Gordon High School library.
The Index repeatedly tried reach Mallory for comment, but he did not return calls or text messages.
Mallory compiled a 25-19 record at Gordon. He went 1-9 in his first season in 2009, followed with a 6-4 record in 2010, and in 2011, despite an 8-2 record, the Longhorns did not qualify for the playoffs.
This past season, Mallory led the Longhorns to a 7-3 mark, including his second straight win over rival Strawn and his first-ever playoff berth as Gordon’s head coach.
The Longhorns rolled through the first three rounds of the playoffs, defeating Zephyr, 88-42 in the opening round and downing Savoy, 66-21, in the regional round.
Gordon won its third consecutive playoff game with a 70-35 win over Santa Anna in the state quarterfinals before falling to Abbott in the state semifinals, 74-60, in a game played at Hico.
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
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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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