Don Hardin Texas Bowl, Small School Shootout return to Zephyr Friday, Saturday nights

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Zephyr will host the Don Hardin Texas Bowl and Small School Shootout for the second consecutive year.

The second annual Don Hardin Texas Bowl and Small School Shootout will take place this weekend at Zephyr High School. The event honors the memory of six-man football ambassador Don Hardin, who died in 2013. Hardin played football at Lueders-Avoca in the late 1960s and wrote about six-man football through a number of blogs and websites.

On Friday, the girls Small School Shootout will take place at 6 p.m. at the Zephyr ISD Gymnasium, followed by the boys Small School Shootout at 8 p.m. The Texas Bowl is scheduled for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff at Zephyr’s Bulldog Field.

The basketball rosters are divided into east and west squads, while the football rosters consist of public and private six-man schools. All rosters feature members of the Class of 2014.

The public school football roster includes May’s David Woods and Justin Howard, Richland Springs’ Ty Mann, Santa Anna’s David Valencia, Jared Cotton and Tyler Goodwin of Ira, Nathan Riley, Bryson Oliver and Trinity Haggard of Throckmorton, Austin Odom and Juan Bustos of Garden City, Cade Latham and Kellen Kirkland of Water Valley, Will Howard of Robert Lee, Seth Wheeler of Gordon and Canan Wood of Anton.

Playing for the private school squad will be Dallas Covenant’s Colby Boozer, William Simmons, Mac Sellers, Tyler Doshier, Clark Martin and Jacob Hickerson, Abilene Christian’s Rueben Byrd and Samai Massaquoi, Boerne Geneva’s Devin Standerfer and Preston Standerfer, Methodist Children’s Home’s Stanley Dunbar, New Braunfels Christian’s Trevor Wilson, Summit Christian Academy’s Grayson Richey, Allen Academy’s John Brien, Lifegate Christian’s Joshua Dodson and Round Rock Christian’s Joshua Jacks.

Happy’s Ty Keith will serve as head coach for the public school team, assisted by Brad Hall, while Boerne Geneva’s Matt Arrufat will guide the private school team, with assistance from Anthony Huber.

Making up the East roster for the girls basketball game are May’s Shelby Honea and Shayla Stephens, Kasidy Polk and Emilea English of Aspermont, Shelli Hardaway of Prairie Lea, Samantha Brown of Ira, Brooklyn McPherson-Lyons of St. Joe, Trisha Mitchell of Rochelle and Raquel Wortham of Calvert.

Comprising the West roster for the girls game are Hailee Musick of Blanket, Lazbuddie’s Shyann Rainey and Ashton Mason, Anton’s Britni Parker, Amherst’s Zulema Delgado, Hart’s Cailin Neudorf, Valley’s April Villarreal and Hedley’s Bailey Wood.

Head coach of the West is Janene Jesko of Lazbuddie, assisted by Todd Rutledge, while the East will be led by Jym Dennis of Rochelle, with Ryan Kahan as the assistant.

The boys basketball East team will be coached by Steve Howard of May, and assisted by Craig Steele. The roster features Kelton Mote of May, Tyler Martinez of Blanket, Spur’s Jordan Valez and Bernabe Isaac Mercado, Calvert’s Anthony Jones, Knox City’s Zach Carter, Garden City’s Sam Miller, Nazareth’s Braden Washington, Lingleville’s Ruperto Huerta, Anton’s Zach Matthews and Sands’ Jerad Staggs.

The West team includes Water Valley’s Trae Hannon, Conner Copley and Brock Demere, Eula’s Cutter Smith, Petersburg’s Juan Luis Banuelos, Follett’s Dustin Shepherd, Douglass’ Bryce Westbrook, Channing’s Grant McLain and Meadow’s Brandon Flores.

Water Valley’s Andy Copley will coach the West squad, assisted by Manuel Gamboa.