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Bold Gold Pride

Will success from the gridiron carry on?

Published Nov. 30, 2012 @ 12:35 p.m.

How do you top that?  I'm referring to the most successful season for the Post ISD football program at least in my short 20 year history as a fan of Antelope and Lady Lope athletics.

Athletic Director Coach Steve Smith and his coaching staff have reached an unusual pinnacle:  three of the four Post football teams that played full seasons won a district championship.  The other team finished in second place.

The overall record of the 2012 Bold Gold football program was 33 wins and 6 losses, which includes last week's playoff game with Sonora.  That's an 85% winning ratio.  

I asked Coach Smith what was the main factor that turned around the varsity team from a 2-8 record in 2011 to a 9-2 record.  He had multiple legitimate reasons, but one stood out: "A desire by the school and community to return the Bold Gold Pride to the program and support it in such a way."  The other reasons were "the hiring of a staff of experienced and quality men to lead our players.  A senior class that lead by example through their work ethic, character, attitudes and desire.  A universal strength and conditioning program that prepares athletes mentally and physically to play sports at a high level."  And finally, he said, "we were healthy.  I have never been around a program that stayed as healthy as we did all year."  An obvious result of proper conditioning.

Will the accomplishments on the gridiron flow into other athletic and district programs?  There's a belief that success breeds success.  "Our winning and our expectation remain the same for all sports.  I think we can build on our football successes and translate that to all sports," said Smith.  "We will continue to prepare the kids in athletics the same way we did during football so I think we will see improvements in all our programs."

Winning teams, the exceptional and larger Pride of Post marching band, an active booster club and a creative more involved crowd made for a fun experience for the fans at Redman Stadium and on the road.  

"Post is a great community and has a lot of potential with its school programs both on and off the arenas of competition.  Our students are doing some amazing things with their opportunities; everything from UIL, to band, to one act play, to athletics and most importantly the classrooms all across our district.  I hope everyone would join together and continue to support these endeavors for the pride of Post, the future that is our students, and our school so everyone can share in our success and make Post a shining example of progress.  It is an exciting time to be an Antelope and I really would like to see the Bold Gold spirit continue to grow in the years to come," concluded Athletic Directer Steve Smith.

Final note:  I've enjoyed covering sporting and other youth events over the past four-plus years.  It's been an honor.  Although the coverage in the written word will end, I look forward to continuing coverage with the spoken word on May God grant great health and prosperity to the Post ISD programs and all the youth of our community. - Jim Plummer

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