The Howe Bulldogs powerlifting team traveled to Chico on Friday and came away not only with multiple state qualifiers but also a regional title.
Howe went home with Mikey Hymel and Mason Riggs qualifying for state and four others that were alternates for state in Chase Barnett, Spencer Akins, Joseph Brennan, and Chase Harvey.
Mikey Hymel, who is now ranked third in the state, placed first in the 165-pound division with a total lift weight of 1,375 pounds (545 squat, 315 bench, 515 deadlift). He was awarded Outstanding Bench Pressor and Outstanding Deadlifter.
Mason Riggs finished second overall in the 181-pound division with a total weight of 1,160. Joseph Brennan placed third in the 165-pound division with a lift weight of 1,155. Chase Harvey placed fourth in the 220-pound division with a lift weight of 1,300. Spencer Akins placed fourth in the 148-pound division with a lift weight of 1,040. Chase Barnett placed fifth in the 123-pound division with a lift weight of 810 pounds.
Nathan Duffee and Andrew Griffin were regional qualifiers but didn’t place.
Bill Jehling was hired Monday night during the school board meeting to take over as Howe’s new head football coach and athletic director. Jehling, a former Marine, was hired after spending the last two seasons as the head coach of the Class 4A Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns. Jehling is a native of San Antonio, but his father was transferred to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After attending a small private school there, he played football and baseball at Duquesne University, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Following a short stint teaching in Pittsburgh, Jehling served in the United States Marine Corps from 1997 to 2005 including a tour of duty in Iraq.
Prior to taking the Hamshire-Fannet job, Jehling was at Lumberton where he served as the defensive coordinator. He previously was the head coach at Cushing High School for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Prior to taking the Cushing job, Jehling held the posts of strength and conditioning coach, powerlifting coach, and assistant baseball coach at Richardson JJ Pearce. He has also worked as a middle school coordinator in Frisco and taught in Mesquite.
Hamshire-Fannett Head Coach Bill Jehling talks with Ashly Elam Vype Magazine following their huge win over rival East Chambers.http://vype.com/setx/2017/09/15/hamshire-fannett-ends-rice-bowl-losing-streak/
The long and tall Whitesboro junior Casey Monk, needing only two points to win the game with five seconds remaining, took a big risk and shot a long 3-point shot over the outstretched arms of the equally long-stature of sophomore Ally Harvey. As the rainbow left, it had precisely a 28.21 percent chance of being the game-winner due to that being Monk’s 3-point percentage on the year. As the ball went through the air, seemingly in slow motion, one could almost see the percentages going up and up an up just as a bowler spins the ball that you immediately know that it will spin towards the middle pin. As the ball completely missed the rim and entered only the net, it gave Whitesboro a 45-43 lead and took away the opportunity for Howe to claim stake to their sixth consecutive bi-district crown.
Howe had their opportunities and looked to be in command as junior Calley Vick was fouled on Whitesboro’s seventh team foul which gave Vick a one-and-one opportunity. She hit the first shot that gave Howe a 43-39 lead with 45.6 seconds remaining. Vick’s second shot rimmed out which gave Whitesboro the ball in the hands of their point guard Karlee Schuessler who drilled a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to cut the Howe lead to one point. With 22 seconds left in the game, senior leading scorer Peyton Streetman was fouled. Howe’s most accomplished free-throw shooter missed the front-end of the one-and-one and that set up the game-winner by Monk.
Whitesboro Head Coach James Garner’s game plan was to try and take Streetman out of the game. That plan was mostly successful early in the game as the pig-tailed princess only scored four points (all free-throws) in the first quarter and the Lady Cats shut her out in the second quarter. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to make up for the offensive production and struggled to pull away at any point in the game.
What Whitesboro did to Howe at the end of the game is what Howe did to Whitesboro at the end of the first half. With 3:28 left to go in the second period, the Lady Cats led 17-9 and appeared to be stretching away from Howe. But sophomore Cassidy Anderson made a slick pass to Harvey for a two-foot jumper that put Howe within six. Streetman then pulled off a quick pass in the lane to Harvey who hit another short jumper to bring Howe within four at 17-13 with 2:18 left before the half. Streetman then hit two big free throws to bring Howe within two at the thirty-second mark. Sophomore Jenna Honore made a tremendous steal on the right side of the court and took it coast to coast for the layup to tie the game at 17 leaving only 10 seconds remaining on the first half clock.
Howe appeared to come out of the half in full command, but Whitesboro got hot and hit three consecutive 3-pointers to finish out the third period with a 31-28 lead over Howe.
The first points of the fourth period was an NBA style 3-pointer by Monk that extended Whitesboro’s lead to 34-28. Moments later, Monk hit yet another 3-pointer to give Whitesboro a 37-30 lead with 6:26 left in the game. The fifth consecutive 3-pointer by the Lady Cats prompted Howe Head Coach Derek Lands to call timeout and discuss the distance Howe was allowing Monk at the perimeter. The results from the perfectly timed Lands symposium had Harvey in the face of Monk throughout the remainder of the contest and even the final shot. Streetman quickly hit a 3-pointer followed by a Vick jumper to bring Howe within two at 37-35. Vick also turned around the game with a 3-pointer with 4:18 remaining in the game to give Howe their first lead, 38-35, since midway through the third period.
But the final four minutes were scarred with defense and missed opportunities and a shocking finish.
Streetman’s fourth-period rally in points helped her to become Howe’s leading scorer with 13 in her final game. She was followed by Harvey, who totaled 10 and pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds. Other scorers were Vick (8), Payton Griffin (5), Honore (4), and Anderson (3).
Just behind Harvey in rebounds was Griffin with eight and Streetman (4), and Vick (4).
Howe finishes the season with a record of 21-10 on the season.
Game Number 753 in school history. Howe has a record of 381-347-24 since 1935. Howe has lost nine games in a row dating back to last season’s regional playoff loss to eventual state champion Mineola. It is the longest losing streak for the Bulldogs football program since a 12-game losing streak from October 2004 – October 2005.
The Bulldogs are scoring an average of 11.38 points per game which the 16th fewest in the 74 years of the program. On the flip side, the defense is allowing 37.50 points per game which is ranks 73rd of the 74 teams. Statistically speaking, this Howe Bulldogs team has a point-per-game margin of -26.13 which is the worst among all Bulldogs teams going back to 1935. The previous mark was -25.00 per game by the 2004 team. Howe’s defense is allowing 385.13 yards per game which is the most of all recorded teams in Howe history. But it is without question, no Howe team has ever played a tougher schedule than the one this current season.
This 2017 season has been eerily similar to the team 25 years ago that went 2-8 after Howe had gone through several seasons of winning records and gold footballs. That year Joey McQueen, who had the fifth best team in school history in 1991, all of a sudden had the third worst in 1992. Howe scored 27 and gave up 7 on average in 1991 only to reverse the trend in 1992 and score 10 per game and allow 27. The 2016 Bulldogs scored 31 per game and allowed 22 and the 2017 Bulldogs have scored an average of 11 and allowed 38. With a shallow pipeline, the 1992 reversal season for McQueen became his final year in Howe as he took the same position at Mason ISD before the 1993 season. Howe Head Coach Zack Hudson, however, has a pipeline that is stocked, but not until the current seventh graders arrive as freshmen in two years.
Howe is 14-19-1 against Pilot Point going back to 1935. The Bearcats won 8-straight from 1989-1998 and the streak was snapped on one of the greatest games in school history when Howe won, 28-14 in the bi-district championship in Denton. Since that game, the series is even at 2-2 for each team.
Game #741 in school history. Howe is 378-338-24 since 1935.
The Bulldogs have clinched the playoffs in three consecutive years for the first time since 1998, 1999 and 2000. Howe has won 20 of their last 28 games going back to 10/17/2014. Zack Hudson’s 26 wins at Howe are only 3 behind John “Buck” Smith who had 29 from 1980-84.
Norman Dickey, 51
Jim Fryar, 41
Davey DuBose, 34
Buck Smith, 29
Zack Hudson, 29
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Howe’s overall record is 381-345-24
Season: 74 Game: 751
The 55th Battle of the Silver Spike
Van Alstyne owns the series record, 35-17-2 and has won ten consecutive games over Howe dating back to 2000.
Howe (click here for roster) is 0-6 for the first time since 2005 (1-9). The Bulldogs have scored 58 points (9.67 per game) and have given up 213 points (35.5 per game). Howe dropped their seventh straight loss overall and seventh straight loss to Pottsboro, 35-6.
Van Alstyne (click here for roster) is 4-2 and have scored 221 points (37 per game) and allowed 158 (26 per game). They lost a thriller to Whitesboro a week ago in Van Alstyne, 28-27.
The series began in 1941 (click the dates for the game articles – mostly Sherman Democrat)
Howe is 10-16-1 vs. Van Alstyne in October
Largest margin of victory for Howe = 40 in 1979 at Van Alstyne
Largest margin of victory for Van Alstyne = 51 in 1992 at Howe
Most rushing yards by Howe vs. Van Alstyne (missing 1979 game):
Most rushing yards by Van Alstyne vs. Howe:
The first Silver Spike
1989 Full Game of the 32nd Silver Spike at Van Alstyne
1990 Full Game of the 33rd Silver SPike at Van Alsytne
1991 Full Game of 34th Silver Spike at Bulldog Stadium in Howe
1998 Full Game of 42nd Silver Spike at Bulldog Stadium
The Silver Spike trophy was the brainchild back in 2001 by sports writer Jeff Wood of the Van Alstyne Leader and Howe graduate Monte Walker. The winner of the Howe and Van Alstyne football rivalry receives a silver railroad spike, mounted on a three-foot trophy to keep in their trophy case for an entire year. Howe has yet to have it since its creation. The tall and heavy trophy features the silver spike which symbolizes the growth that the Houston and Texas Central railway brought to both towns in the early years of their existence. Not soon after the towns were formed, they started playing football against each other. But those early years prior to 1920 formation of the UIL do not formally count and Howe didn’t even field a UIL sanctioned team until 1935.
Howe first played Van Alstyne on October 24, 1941 which the Panthers won, 31-7. The Spike was created before the 2001 season and that was the year Van Alstyne started the current 9- game winning streak over Howe. It also happened to be the same time that Van Alstyne outgrew Howe in enrollment numbers due to the Georgetown edition in their community. Before the current winning streak, Van Alstyne led the series, 25-17-2 but now have double the amount of Howe’s wins thanks to the recent stretch. Howe’s longest winning streak versus the Panthers was four games from 1977-1980. When the trophy was originated in 2001, then Van Alstyne Head Coach Randy Matthews told the Van Alstyne Leader, “Because of the closeness of the two towns and what this rivalry means to so many people, I hope everybody will be up for this game and prepared to play. When you have a game like this with so much emotion, there’s always big plays involved.”
The Spike was is akin to Sherman and Denison’s Battle of the Axe which Walker was a radio broadcaster for those games from 1994- 2003 and television broadcaster in 2008. “The community involvement and the electricity that comes with that Sherman Denison Battle of the Axe is so impressive and Howe and Van Alstyne had the same rivalry, but on a smaller scale. We were able to work with those in Van Alstyne back in 2001 to share cost of the trophy and make this something special. However, it won’t be truly special until it comes to Howe’s trophy case.” said Walker.
It is game number 750 in Howe Bulldogs history. Howe has an overall record of 381-344-24 in 74 seasons. Howe has lost six straight games for the first time since losing seven in a row in 2012. The Dogs are 0-5 for the first time since 2005. The 2005 team started 0-8 and finished 1-9.
The bad news: Howe is averaging only 10.40 points per game on offense and allowing 35.60 points per game.
The good news: None of those numbers matter because district play starts tonight with Pottsboro (3-2) who were hit hard by graduation.
The Cardinals are still led by their fantastic quarterback Hunter Watson and their great head coach Matt Poe.
The Howe vs. Pottsboro series began November 3, 1972 with a 21-0 Bulldogs win at Bulldog Stadium. Since then, Pottsboro now holds a 18-10-1 advantage in the series. The Bulldogs have lost the last six contests versus Pottsboro.
The Bulldogs might be 0-3 for the first time since 2005, but no Howe team has ever faced an early-season schedule as this 2017 team has. The Dogs led off the season with Class 3A-2 number one ranked Gunter and most recently were chewed up by Class 2A’s number one ranked Muenster. Sandwiched in between was a game against what appears to be a three or four deep playoff team in Bowie that Howe gift wrapped with four turnovers.
Did graduation hit Howe hard? Yes, but there are still lots of tools in the toolbox for Howe to regain momentum and confidence headed into district play. A big test will take place tonight versus Class 4A-1 Quinlan (3-0) who is no pushover. The Panthers return their quarterback, Linus Beierschmmitt, from a year ago and plenty of size and speed to go along with him.
Student Body Advantage
Quinlan has 775 students in high school compared to Howe’s 329. In a number’s game, Howe has 82 junior and senior boys to choose from, whereas Quinlan allows for 194. That’s 112 more kids available to play football than in Howe. Despite the alarming student body advantage, Howe won a year ago, 44-13 in Quinlan. But Quinlan is better and Howe is rebuilding.