Author: Karson Lott

Seventh Grade Roughnecks Pound the Winona Wildcats

By Karson Lott The seventh grade Roughnecks beat the Winona Wildcats by a score of 36-16, bringing their season record to 3-1. “For our first road game, I was pleased with our intensity to start the game,” Coach Ron Boyett said. “We executed in all three phases of the game the first quarter which got us off to an outstanding start.” Dylan Heist led the way with four rushing touchdowns (55, 7, 43, 65, yards) and one two point conversion. Landon Grant contributed to the win with one touchdown pass to Colton Millwood for 14 yards and two, two...

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Seventh Grade Necks Roll Over Harmony

By Karson Lott The seventh grade Roughnecks rolled over the Harmony Eagles, 36-0 last Thursday night. Quarterback Landyn Gant contributed two rushing touchdowns of 45 and 16 yards respectively and completed a touchdown pass to Dalton Morgan for 43 yards. Running back Dyllon Heist rushed for two touchdowns of 58 and 24 yards. Heist and Grant added two point conversions on the night. “We have continued to get better each week,” Coach Ron Boyett said. “Against Harmony, we did a much better job of securing the ball, maintaining our blocks, and containing the sweep.” Defensive standouts include, outside Linebackers...

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Gillispie’s Passion for Student Learning is Evident On, Off the Field

By Karson Lott Although he wanted to be an astronaut growing up, life lead Steve Gillispie to be the coach and teacher that we know today. Gillispie has been teaching for 22 years and says he definitely has a passion for it. He moved to White Oak because of the great things he had heard about the students, administration and community. “I had heard great things about White Oak ISD and was fortunate enough to land a position at the middle school,” Gillispie said. “I am so glad to be here.” Gillispie has a heart for both teaching and coaching and wants to make a difference in kids lives. As far as the coaching side of things, he says his favorite sport is baseball, but he also likes to coach football too. “I really love this profession and I like to tell my kids, good job,” he said. “Students seem to look forward to hearing the positive in life.” His favorite thing about teaching is seeing how the students change throughout the years and to see how much they’ve grown from the time he had them to when they graduate. “Basically, I love teaching and I really enjoy the kids,” Gillispie said. “I want to help them become lifelong learners and when students come back to see me it’s a special time. I wanted them to know they could...

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