Last year, Brownwood High School business teacher Stacee Hetzel said she was ready to step down as director of the Brownwood Lionettes dance and drill team.
    She wouldn’t return as director for the 2017-’18 school year, Hetzel said then.
    And now?

It’s not so easy for Hetzel to leave the girls she considers “like my kids.”
    Hetzel, who’s been the Lionettes director for 11 years, will be back this fall as director of the iconic team.
    She’s easily bribed, Hetzel joked during the Little Lionette Camp earlier this week.
    “Every years it’s a real tough decision for me, and this year I felt like I could still manage it with everything else I have going on,” Hetzel said Thursday morning in the Brownwood High School gym, where the noise and energy of the Little Lionette Camp wound down.
    “To me, honestly, it’s going to be something that’s going to be the hardest thing to ever walk away from.
    “I’ll be really picky a out whoever steps in and takes it because they’re like my kids. They really are, and so this senior class, especially, I wanted to stick with them until they’re done.”
    The Little Lionette Camp, for girls ages 3-11, began Monday and ended Thursday morning. Brownwood High School teacher Mitzi Cockerham helped Hetzel put on the camp, and she’ll help with the Lionettes this fall. Cockerham has, however, given up her title as assistant director.
    “Some of these Littles” have come every year,” Hetzel said. A lot of my Big girls were Littles and this year is the first year that I’ve had two of my Littles, that their moms were my Bigs years ago, so that was pretty cool.”