Archive for May 8th, 2018

Ranger pitchers lead MLB in giving up 201 runs this season. Name the MLB club that has given up the least number of runs?

All I can say about the NY AG, he didn’t even last a news cycle. Yikes!

Thank you a mil, NRA!  Your gift to us of Oliver North will go a long way toward helping Dems win big this November!

Gov. Greg Abbott says Harris County can hold a flood bond election on Saturday, August 25. Now comes the hard part. Where are the proposed projects going? Everyone knows that Harris County government is notorious for short changing H-Town city residents when it comes to providing services. Well, we get to vote on this, so H-Town voters will be looking for some love from the County, all things being equal. It can’t be the business as usual BS.

An Op-Ed in today’s Chron is urging Rockets fans at Toyota to be in their seats by tipoff this evening. Here it is: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Why-can-t-Rockets-fans-show-up-on-time-12895249.php.

Have to get our priorities right tonight.

On this National Teacher Appreciation Day, Commentary had some good ones like Mrs. Elms and Mrs. Stone but the one I have to give a nod to today is my high school geometry teacher, Drew Dunlap.   Coach Dunlap used to hand out the test results in grade numeric order from worse to best along with a running commentary. It was funny. Once I figured out geometry, it was smooth sailing and I have to give Coach Dunlap credit, it’s due.

Read this from the Chron:

Coach Dunlap honored by running buddies

FACES IN THE CROWD Former coach taught students about ethics

DOUG DODSON, Chronicle Correspondent

Published 5:30 am, Thursday, September 22, 2005

Drew Dunlap said it was the highlight of his 29 years as a coach.

The Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District honored the long-time Baytown educator and coach by renaming the track complex at Sterling High School the Drew Dunlap Track and Field Facility.

More than 250 friends, colleagues and former students watched the formal dedication Saturday.

“I thought there might be three or four people showing up for this,” Dunlap said. “So I couldn’t believe it when all of these people came out. It was very touching to know that they thought enough to come out for this. Some even flew in from Florida just to be here.

“I just about broke up when I got up to speak. It really means so much to me,” said Dunlap, who now resides in Wimberly.

First coach at Sterling

Dunlap was the first track and field coach at Sterling when it opened its doors in 1966.

He served as track and cross country coach there until his retirement in 1995.

During that time, Dunlap also taught math for 14 years.

Dunlap, who specialized in the half-mile (800 meter) run as a member and senior captain of the University of Texas track team, discovered his love of the sport by accident.

“When I was in junior high I wanted to play football,” he said.

“But they had a rule that in order to play football, you had to run track, too.

“It turned out I was pretty successful at running. Then I tore up my knee in football, so that’s when I just concentrated on running track. I really loved it and was pretty good at it,” Dunlap said.

While at Sterling, Dunlap led the Rangers to 15 district track and field championships and 11 district cross country titles.

In addition, 11 of Dunlap’s teams advanced to the state meets. Although his list of success is long, Dunlap has no trouble recalling his most memorable moment as a coach.

No championship was on the line in the spring of 1967, only Sterling pride.

“The first year Sterling opened, all we had were freshmen and sophomores, but we still had to play the 5A teams,” Dunlap said. “That first track team had all freshmen and two juniors that transferred from Lee. We got shut out in our first two meets. I mean we don’t score a single point. So everyone was expecting us to get shut out again at district.

“But we managed to get two fifth-place finishes that gave us four points. You never saw such a big celebration,” the veteran coach said.

By the fourth year all of his original freshmen, who were now seniors, used their training and experience to race away with Sterling’s first district track crown.

“From that point on we had guys who were well trained, and we did pretty well from then on,” Dunlap said.

While the Dallas native was adept at coaching track, he also provided his students with lessons they would need to succeed in life.

Robert Knight, Sterling class of ’93, who ran track at Baylor University, says Dunlap’s impact on his life can’t be measured in words.

“He’s a guy with the highest morals and values,” Knight said. “He taught us things that we didn’t appreciate at that time in our lives.

“There are different levels of coaches out there, and he is at that highest level. He was extremely dedicated and one of those guys that you can’t put into words how much he did. He helped us mature, and helped us develop a strong work ethic.”

‘Like a father to me’

Barry Coffman , Sterling class of ’78, says Dunlap was a father figure, especially after his father passed away in 1980.

“He was like a father to me. I use his values to this day, and I explain that to my kids. He didn’t just talk the talk, but he walked the walk. He always led by example.”

Mark Seale, who has been the Sterling girls track coach for 21 years, including 14 with Dunlap, said renaming the track was an honor that was well earned by Dunlap.

“Honesty, integrity, and follows the rules to a T — that’s Drew Dunlap,” Seale said. Seale remembered an instance of Dunlap’s impeccable character during a one-day trip to Lake Charles, La.

“On the way home we stopped at a restaurant and ate,” he said. “After we were all back on the bus and on our way, he discovered we didn’t pay for one meal. He said we had to go back and pay, so we turned the bus around and went all the way back to that restaurant.

“He went inside and explained to the manager what happened,” Seale said. “The guy told him not to worry about it. That summarizes just what kind of guy he is all about.”

Former Sterling principal Ed Wachtel said although Dunlap was a great track coach, he was also an excellent teacher in the classroom.

“One thing most people forget is that he was an excellent math teacher,” he said. “And he taught higher math classes, like trigonometry. He had a total dedication and caring attitude about kids.”

Dunlap thanked the Goose Creek board, administration, teachers and students who supported him through three decades at Sterling.

But, he said, the greatest appreciation comes from seeing the fruits of his labor.

Fruit of his labors

“The best thing about all this is just seeing the wonderful men those guys turned into,” he said. “Once they were a bunch of 13 and 14 year old kids, now they are doctors and lawyers. They are all good citizens.

“That is something I pride myself on — following these guys and seeing what great people they have become.”

That reward, he said, has made his journey worthwhile.

“I only applied for two jobs my whole life — one at Lee (as an assistant coach) and then one here at Sterling,” Dunlap said.

“We came over here in the fall of 1966, and knew that we wanted to live in Baytown for a long time. I have enjoyed it here, and my entire family enjoyed it here,” Dunlap said.

“If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing.”

Thanks, Coach Dunlap!

‘Stros pitchers of course have given up the least number of runs in MLB this season at 105.

16 runs, 6 base hits for #SpringerDinger, 5 RBIs for Marwin, 8 innings from Keuchel, that’s what we expect, right?

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