Friday, January 15, 2010

Buckeyes honored as one of top teams in U.S.
Parade draws hundreds to downtown Gilmer



By MARY L. KIRBY

A crowd of several hundred gathered along Titus Street and the square in Gilmer to honor the Class 3A Division I champion Gilmer Buckeyes Thursday evening. The parade was led by a convertible driven by Gilmer Supt. Rick Albritton and carrying Diedra and Cade Camp with the state championship trophy.
Varsity, junior varsity and eighth grade cheerleaders and the Buckeye Band preceded the arrival of a flatbed trailer carrying the members of the team.
At the Yamboree Bandstand by the fountain on the courthouse square, the players and coaches were greeted by Jeff Rash, the public adddress announcer for the Gilmer home games, school board representatives, Pigskin Bob and Harlan the Sports Guy of KYKX FM radio, SFC. Matt Rifley of the Texas National Guard and Christopher Stonebraker of MaxPreps.com.
For five years, the National Guard and MaxPreps.com have combined to honor a select 50 teams across the country as being the best from their region among the 16,000 schools whose statistics MaxPreps keep online. The Gilmer Buckeyes are the first Class 3A team to be so honored.
Rifley pointed out that puts the Buckeyes in the top 0.31 percent of all the schools.
Traylor, in addition to accepting the trophy, introduced all the players attending to the home crowd. Three seniors, Ben Griffith, Beau Blair and Stump Godfrey, spoke briefly as did two coaches, Randall Canady and Alan Metzel.
It was announced yesterday that Griffith and Blair made the state Academic Athletic Second Team.
Gloria King also addressed the crowd and referenced her dual roll as a retired teacher and a school board member.
The players will be honored one more time on March 27 when they receive their Championship rings.

Mirror Photos / Mary Laschinger Kirby
BUCKEYE PLAYERS arrive at the ceremonies Thursday night honoring their success in the Class 3A Division I state championship run. In a turnaround from last week’s frigid weather, many of the young athletes considered the misty conditions shirt-sleeve weather.

PRESENTING THE National Guard-MaxPreps.com Trophy to Athletic Director Jeff Traylor, right, are Sfc. Matt Rifley of the Texas National Guard and Christoper Stonebraker of MaxPreps.com. MaxPreps.com has statistics online for 16,000 high schools in the country, and the Gilmer Buckeyes are the first Class 3A school to win the award.

“NUMBER ONE” responds the crowd as the Buckeye Cheerleaders assist Christopher Stonebraker of MaxPreps in the popular cheer, “We Say,” a call and response which the fans know well. The cheer came at the high point of the Parade of Champions Thursday, just before Stonebraker and Sgt. First Class Matt Rifley presented the National Guard-MaxPreps.com Team of the Year trophy to Athletic Director Jeff Traylor.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Parade of Champions — Thursday, January 14

The Gilmer Athletic Booster Club will present the PARADE OF CHAMPIONS on Thursday, January 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

The parade will stage at the Gilmer Care Center and proceed up Titus Street to the Fountain on the Square. Please line up on Titus Street and follow our Champions to the Fountain where festivities and ceremony will take place.

Buckeyes to be honored as one of best high school football teams in U.S.



BREAKING NEWS: In the event of rain, there will be a special presentation in the conference room at the Field House and everyone is invited to attend, BUT the parade would then be held on January 21st. This is ONLY if it rains. If it is not raining, the parade and presentation will be held as planned on the square.


The Parade of Champions, in honor of the 2009 State 3A Football Champion Gilmer Buckeyes, will be Thursday, said Buckeye Booster Club President Bridget Fowler.

She said the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will proceed south on Titus St. to the Courthouse Square in Gilmer, where a celebration will take place.

The Buckeyes will be honored as one of the 50 finest high school football teams in the nation.

Mrs. Fowler recommended that spectators line up along Titus St. from Gilmer Care Center to the square.

Mrs. Fowler said that the parade will include police cars, fire trucks, an 18-wheeler and pickup trucks carrying the hometown heroes.

At the ceremony at the courthouse fountain at about 7:15 p.m., Gilmer High School will be presented with the National Guard National Ranking trophy.

The parade was originally scheduled for last Thursdaynight, Jan.7, but was postponed because of predicted bitter-cold weather, which materialized.

The National Guard is the presenting partner of the fifth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Gilmer finished No. 66 in the final national rankings and is one of 50 schools being honored on this season’s Tour of Champions.

Gilmer Buckeyes completed a perfect 15-0 season by handing Wylie of Abilene a 43-26 defeat to claim the 2009 Texas Class 3A Division I state championship.

The school’s other state football championship came in the 2004 season.

Gilmer is one of 50 high schools nationwide being honored on the fifth season of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the National Guard.

MaxPreps ranks more than 16,000 varsity high school football teams.

The MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the National Guard recognizes the finest high school football teams in the country through various celebrations and formal ceremonies.

The Tour was inaugurated in 2005 and honored 10 premier football programs.

MaxPreps.com is the leading online high school sports destination, offering the most comprehensive high school sports coverage, with the latest news, analysis, rankings and streaming content.

MaxPreps.com aspires to cover every high school team, game, and player by partnering with nearly 25,000 varsity coaches throughout the country.

Founded in August 2002, MaxPreps.com is headquartered in Cameron Park, Calif. CBS Corporation acquired MaxPreps.com in April, 2007.

With more than 370 years of service, the National Guard is the largest reserve component, as well as the oldest branch of the U.S. military.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010