Invitations have been extended for the first-ever Don Hardin Texas Bowl — a girls basketball, boys football and six-man football showcase scheduled to take place at the Zephyr High School facilities July 12-13.
The classic is on honor of six-man football ambassador Don Hardin, who died earlier this year. Hardin played football at Lueders-Avoca in the late 1960s and wrote about six-man football through a number of blogs and websites.
The girls basketball game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the Zephyr gymnasium. Zephyr’s DeAnn Perkins, along with Christina Bradford of Heath the Fulton School, will coach the West squad. Brianna Griffin and Aubrey Burkett, both of Zephyr, will help comprise the roster along with Callie Houston of Abilene Christian, Kendra Walls of Rochelle, Samantha Flannagan of Sherman Texoma Christian, Sara Etherington of Granbury North Central Texas Academy, Kaleigh Cunningham of Lohn, Cayla Randolph of Water Valley and Brittany Bradley of Plainview Christian.
The East team will be led by coach Tony Dodson of Groom and will feature Samantha Medrano of Ropes, Abby Hill of Valley, Haley Lehman of New Home, Haley Birkenfeld of Nazareth, Sara Clay of Lenorah Grady, Katlin Thompson of New Home, Aubri Perry of Silverton, Katey Bullock of Silverton and Courtney Head of Groom.
The boys basketball game will follow at 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, also at the Zephyr gym.
The public school team will be led by May coach Steve Howard and include Dillon Williams and Kaiden King of Zephyr, along with Jared Howard and Ethan Jaggers of May. Also comprising the roster are Andrew Naglieri and Austin Hurst of Priddy, Austin Parton of Paducah, Todd Meador and Ryan Reid of Aspermont and Tres Leal of Throckmorton.
The private school squad will be coach by Josh Johnson of Heath The Fulton. Roster members include Trey Ford and Justin Perry of Fort Worth Nazarene Christian, Philip Meilke and Peter Meilke of Conroe Lifestyle Christian, Conner Cleveland and Brenden Williams of Heath The Fulton, Samuel Brazeal and Isaiah Brazeal of Mineral Wells Community Christian and Stephen Oates of Round Rock Christian.
Capping the weekend’s activities will be the public vs. private six-man football game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Zephyr’s Bulldog Stadium.
Locals on the public roster include Chance Bush and Gunner Mann of Richland Springs. The team will be coached by Mike Reed of Throckmorton and Shawn Rogers of Richland Springs.
The rest of the public roster includes Jared Roberts of Miami, Kameron Buchanan of Valley, Jarius Russell of Milford, Brody Halfmann of Garden City, Tyler Wise of Jonesboro, Gerritt Buster of Jonesboro, Stephen Austermann of Cherokee, Jared Timms of Lazbuddie, Carson Proctor of Valley, Emory Allen of Gordon, Ryan Thomas of Rankin, Tyler Russell of Abbott, Thomas Roden of Petersburg, Ben Ramsey of Valley, Levi Taylor of Throckmorton and Joseph Block of Sterling City.
Brice Helton of Dallas The Covenant and Phillip Hudgens and Austin Hill Country Christian will guide the private school team, whose members include Josh Torres of Granbury North Central Texas, Jessie Salvadar of Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian, Evan Pettit of Rockwall Heritage Christian, Matthew Slaymaker of Dallas The Covenant, Trevor Tyson of Abilene Christian, Eli Achillies of Bulverde Bracken Christian, Thomas Lipe of Boerne Geneva, Kyle Butler of New Braunfels Christian, Daniel Winkler of Stephenville Faith, Justin Baugh of Stephenville Faith, Ben Koop of Dallas The Covenant School, Austin Travis of Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian, Jayson Mittelberg of Seguin Lifegate Christian, Tim Muenzler of San Antonio Town East Christian, Chris Budde of Boerne Geneva and Hunter Quintero of Wichita Falls Notre Dame.