What a game! It was a battle to the very last second. I have watched both teams this season, and I saw much improvement in both Ira and Klondike. That District 5 race could come down to the last games next week. Borden County sits in the top spot and Hermleigh, Ira, and Klondike are battling for the second playoff spot. This one could get interesting if Hermleigh has a misstep!
It was good to see Coach DeGraffenreid from Klondike and Coach Goodwin from Ira. I talked to both about how the game would play out. Both were optimistic and thought it would be a good one. Both were correct! Conversation with both coaches turned to enrollment numbers and where the UIL might set the Division I and Division II cutoff. Will it be 56 or will it be 60? I’ve heard several opinions about it. Coach DeGraffenreid said that Klondike was at 56 for enrollment. He is unsure if they will be DI or DII in 1A next year. Both coaches are anticipating good district alignments – I think every coach may be a little anxious about realignment!
While I don’t normally talk about players, I do need to mention #1 from Klondike. Kylar Pepper is a freshman and is a tiny guy, but he plays big! He does all the little things a player should be doing out there. I saw him get pummeled several times, but he jumped right back up. Kylar, you will grow and someday soon you’ll be a beast… I think you already are! Here’s a big SHOUTOUT to #1 from Klondike. Keep doing what you’re doing!
This Division I, District 5 match-up did not disappoint. I did something last night that I never do. With about seven minutes to go in the game, I put my camera up and went into the bleachers and stood and watched. The vantage point was great! It was loud and exciting and could see a lot from up there! I guess every once in while I need to take in some of the game from the vantage point of the fans. Gotta say… I really enjoyed my few minutes watching from the stands.
Observations from my visit to Ira
To all of you road warriors going to your team’s next game, travel safe and remember to
Go Forward and Do GOOD!