It’s the week everyone on both sides of the coin look forward to each year – Byrd-Captain Shreve Week.
It’s a time of the year, a football game above all games, sometimes pitting brother against figurative brother, boyfriend against girlfriend, former employee against former boss.
Shreve principal Ginger Gustavson formerly administrated for Byrd principal Jerry Badgley. Captain Shreve football coach Bryant Sepulavdo, a Byrd graduate, formerly assisted in coaching with Byrd’s Mike Suggs.
It’s the kind of game that everyone wants to win but that half the attendees will go home Thursday night dreaming about what could have been.
Last year, Captain Shreve prevailed 34-7 against an injury-depleted bunch of Yellow Jackets simply hanging on for dear life. It was the Gators’ first victory in the series in seven years.
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Dr. Peggy W. Murphy, veteran educator and devoted community volunteer, has been named the 2017 Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman.
“I love serving and I do believe it comes from your heart,” said Dr. Peggy Murphy after receiving her award. “I thank you for my friends who are here and for everyone who supported me in the journey and when I come to them and ask them will you serve, will you work a shift, will you give me some money, will you do anything to help me with anything to make this a better place.”
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Shreve’s Stephen, a.k.a. Buddy, Smith, who was a seventh-grade stud for Youree Drive coach Benji Piazza, gets a lot of joy plying his trade as a Gator wide receiver these days for coach Bryant Sepulvado.
Smith (6-2, 210) has been a productive perimeter player for the Gators over the past couple of seasons snaring just about every pass thrown his way by fellow senior Lucas Grubb. His hands of glue have already earned Smith a chance to play at the next level for Louisiana College.
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Danielle and Rhiannon Dykes pause at Friday’s GUMBO Games at Lee Hedges Stadium. (Photo via Jimmy Watson, The Times)
Even though she suffered a stroke while in her mother’s womb, deals with cerebral palsy on a daily basis and occasionally has seizures, Captain Shreve freshman Rhiannon Dykes is emblematic of all that’s good about athletics.
Participating in the Games Uniting Mind and Body, a sports competition for students with physical or visual disabilities for the 10th consecutive year on Friday at Lee Hedges Stadium, has given Dykes focus during her first year of high school.
“I attribute Rhiannon’s success academically to what she has learned through athletics like the GUMBO games and Special Olympics,” said her mother, Danielle. “I think sometimes people underestimate the power of sports and the influence that coaches have on kids.” Continue reading
Capt. Shreve’s Aaliyah Stevenson drives to the basket during a game against Evangel at Evangel Christian Academy Tuesday night.
Shout it from the rooftops, break out the bubbly. The Captain Shreve Lady Gators are your District 1-5A champions for the first time in 50 years – the first since the school began, heck, maybe since time began.
Not even when the great Danielle Butler was roaming the Gator pen under the late Carolyn Boydstun did the team enjoy this success.
The renaissance in the girls’ basketball program was capped with a relatively easy 65-46 victory over injury riddled Evangel Tuesday night in the Lady Eagles’ gym. The Lady Gators clinched at least a share of the title that has been mostly owned by Southwood over the years. If Keith Green’s club can defeat Byrd Friday night, they have the title all alone. Continue reading