The Houlka football program, which has struggled to win games during its relatively brief existence, has folded. That’s among the topics discussed by Brad and Gene on this week’s episode.
The Chickasaw County School Board decided Monday to discontinue the football program (3:26), citing a lack of participation and the safety issues that could arise with such a small roster. Houlka is one of several small schools in the area to add a football program in recent years, and in some places it’s worked, but it hasn’t proved a feasible endeavor for everyone (7:29).
In Ripley, the biggest issue has been finding a head football coach after Chad Cook left for a job at ICC earlier this summer. The school promoted from within, elevating offensive line coach Sam Hathorn to head coach (9:32). Ripley is counting on his familiarity with the players and the system to make for a smooth transition.
In other news, the bowling community lost the man primarily responsible for the sport’s growth in the state’s high school ranks. Kevin Hartigan, longtime owner of Tupelo bowling alley Rebelanes and coach of the TCPS bowling team, died last week (12:02). He leaves behind a legacy that won’t soon fade.
And in volleyball, Tupelo has welcomed a familiar face back to the fold. Former Lady Wave head coach Bert Martin has joined the team as an assistant coach (17:15). He coached Tupelo to a pair of state titles in the early 2000s, and one of his key players was Laurie Black – now Laurie Bishop, current THS head coach.