Lufkin Homecoming attended by many

Janice Ann Rowe

Doug and Mary Russell were telling me about the Cross Country Alumni run that was Saturday, Oct. 19. The run went great this cool morning. About 20 alumni showed up to run against the current LHS and LMS cross country runners. Coaches Boyd and Stover were pleased with the turnout. It was great to see some of the old runners. This is going to be something that is going to happen every year the Saturday after Homecoming. After the run, breakfast was prepared by some of the parents and served to all of the runners. Coach Boyd will have the results later.

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Modern technology had Mary Russell watching Alannah’s soccer game at Tyler Junior College on her iPad while we were tailgating with the group that has been doing this for over 10 years at the Lufkin Panther football games.

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LHS Homecoming court filled the field on Friday night. Kaylin Martinez, a triplet with Timmy Martinez, who is the field goal and extra-point kicker and baseball pitcher, and Jake Martinez, who is a cross country runner, was crowned Homecoming Queen for 2013. Her parents are Andy and Theresa Martinez. We loved it when Kaylin, section leader for the drum line and band president, wore her crown as she marched with the Panther Band during halftime. We saw Band Director Scott Williams in the grocery store Sunday and the Panther Band competed in Longview at UIL Region 21 Military Marching Band competition and made three straight “superior” scores. Go everyone. We are so proud of you. Bailey Watson, Homecoming Queen for 2012, was back to crown Kaylin. It was hugs for everyone since Lufkin won their game against Bryan.

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Greta and Eric Rich had a family to see Catherine in the sophomore Homecoming court and in the Panther Pride Drill Team at halftime. Their son, Scott Rich, is one of the Panther band drum majors and he and Kaylin lead the drumline. This was his last homecoming game. Watching was grandmother Beth Algood with daughters Paula Ewton, Nina and Kevin Boudreaux with Madelyn and Caroline.

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I saw Melita McCall at the game with family. I knew something was up when I saw the guy videoing the Bryan band. I called and Melita told me that she went to watch grandson Cooper McCall, who plays the tuba. Others at the game were his dad Mark McCall with daughters Kaywin and Caroline, Dawn and Don Allen. Mark’s wife Carolyn and daughter Christine had gone on a mission trip and missed the game. Melita still has her house on Stubblefield Road for sale.

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There were four generations of the Alvis family with Sally and Max at the homecoming game to see Elisabeth Alvis dance with the Panther Pride.

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Jan and Bill Osgood were in the crowd with Sumner and Donna Osgood to see grandson Dillon in the Panther Band.

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Liz Cobb rubbed her Commercial Bank boss John Wood’s bald head for good luck for the Panthers. She said that she would rub his head every week during the rest of the season. Liz Cobb saw her nephew John Cobb, Panther defensive line coach, give one of his players a “talk” on the sidelines. I also learned from the Gary Ivins’ radio show, that Jason Stanley is the new head baseball coach. Clay Berry left in the summer for a job as assistant baseball coach at Langham Creek High School in Houston.

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Cherri Teutsch brought me up to date on daughters, Calianne who pledged Tri Delta at Texas Tech and is loving it. Carolanne Teutsch will be attending Lone Star College in Spring and joining her big sister at Texas Tech in the Fall. Carianne (Teutsch) Smith and her husband Zack and son Caleb live in Katy. Carianne is finishing her nursing degree, and Zack is working off shore. “GG” and “Pots” (Cherri and Clint Teutsch) are looking forward to celebrating their grandson Caleb’s fourth birthday on November 1.

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I went to the Senior Lifestyle Expo at the convention center and saw so many vendors that I knew and Debbie Richardson who was the emcee for the event. She told me that grandson, Andrew Minyard, is a junior and has moved to Austin with his mom Heather and Harmon Moore. Andrew aspires to be a film animator. He is also taking courses at Austin Community College.

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I saw Terri Thigpen and found out that son Blake Williams is a fourth year Optometry intern at the VA Medical Center in Viera, FL. He is doing clinical rotations and getting to serve US veterans. It is a full practice optometry clinic. It has been a great experience because he is learning and seeing so many things he has just seen in textbooks. Plus, he is only minutes from Cocoa Beach!!! In January, he will do his final internship in Baton Rouge at Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic with graduation in May from Rosenberg School of Optometry at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

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Debby Duren has not seen a “Trumpet Plant” report yet this fall. She told me that she had counted 67 Yellow blooms this morning! The plant is probably 15 years old and about 7 ft tall, and this is the most it has ever had! PS. Most all of the hummers have left, except one stray little green & red one. It was really ironic because I had emailed Linda Langford about her trumpet tree because mine was blooming. I have about 20 on my plant and Linda and Debby have out done my plant.

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Happy Birthday: Fred Jacobs, Cissy McCarroll, Lisa Haglund, Fairy Miller, Judy Perry, Wilma Parrott, Jordan Dillahunty, Pauline Gresham, John Rolf, Melinda Kartye, Jolene Alsbrook, Dorothy Temple, Rocky Morris, Janette Cox, Leah Duke, Bob Brown, Stephen Yates, Joie Henderson, Leeanne Haglund, twins Miranda and Luke Alsbrooks, Rebecca West.

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Happy Anniversary: Joe and Pauline Grisham, Lisa and John Villarreal.

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Sally and Trey Denman are the grandparents of Hannah Grace Denman born September 17 to Sara and Joe Denman in Tyler. Great grandparents are Beth and Joe Denman, Richard “Dick” Kohlmrand from California. Joe works for First Bank & Trust in Tyler.

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Catch you around town.

 

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.