Taking Notes Around The High School Landscape

It has been a busy time the past day or two in the Texas high school sports landscape. Let's take a look at just a few of the items making headlines.

First, the most welcome and relieving news. Canton football coach Gary Joe Kinne was released from a Tyler hospital after an incident earlier in the month when a football player's father burst into a campus field house office and shot Kinne in the stomach.

The man who shot Kinne was later arrested. The news called unwelcome national attention to Texas and many accounts often tied the incident into a football situation. In fact, the assailant had had a number of run-ins with other individuals in the previous months.

Thankfully, Gary Joe Kinne was able to leave a family and return to his family and begin a rehabilitation.

In Fort Worth, a legend called it quits. Dunbar High School basketball coaching legend Robert Hughes announced that after 47 seasons at I.M. Terrell and Dunbar, he was hanging up the whistle. Hughes' numbers are simply staggering, beginning with 1,333 wins, an all-time record for a boys high school basketball coach. His teams won five state championships and his Dunbar squads reached the playoffs 30 consecutive seasons.

There had been speculation the past few years about when the 76-year-old legend would retire, and in his understated way he said simply that the time had come. He said that he discussed the situation with his wife and that the time was right.

Another legendary coach, G.A. Moore, who roamed the sidelines of Pilot Point and Celina for 39 of his 42 seasons in the game, is recovering from two angioplasties, a procedure used to clear blocked arteries.

The surgery took place last Friday in Denton and Moore's prognosis is for a full recovery.


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