However, they kept popping in his head.
"I knew I had been nominated, but I didn't know I was going to get (in the Hall of Fame)", said Cropps. "We had a little bit of extra incentive with coach Makransky coming over here because he really laid the foundation out for L-P track".
Pounders tore an anterior cruciate ligament during a soccer match in November of his junior year.
Returners who ran in the state meet past year are seniors Brock Hillers (110-meter high hurdles, shuttle hurdle relay), Mitch Neuzil (1,600 medley relay) and Brenden Hogan (1,600 run, 4x800 relay); and sophomores Chad Neuzil (shuttle hurdle relay), Chance Downs (4x800), and Derek Becker (4X800, 1,600 medley relay, shuttle hurdle relay). "You'll go on to do great and better things".
Even the college thing has worked out, too, as Pounders signed a scholarship offer with Mississippi Delta Community College last month.
"That's all a coach can ask for I guess", Breedlove said, smiling a little. "There was a relief and an excitement".
Just as I enjoyed trying to get the always serious-looking Ruettiger to crack a smile during a Knights meet, I would try to get a good laugh from DePolo to lighten some of the pressure.
"It isn't the same playing baseball inside", Bishop said.
Newell said the goal for this season is just to play as a team.
"This is a blessing to be going back to the regional tournament with this team", said Julian Espinoza, a senior attacking midfielder for the Raiders who was a freshman on the squad in 2015.
When asked if there were any players who stepped up or had a standout win, Hawk head coach Oscar Rodriguez noted three players. We've got to be able to stay with a team long enough to be able to believe we can play with them.
Triskett has been familiar with Thiel for a few years now, as she's ventured over to see Vormelker, her former GV and future Tomcat teammate, suit up to take the basketball court there on a number of occasions. "We're a good dual meet team and also a championship team; we have a lot of individuals who can score highly".
I saw Jason recently as he supervised an event at the school. Loran blames a busier oilpatch, so really it's a good news situation if you look at the bigger picture.
Boyd is proud of Pounders' growth offensively.
"He has spent a lot of time on his offensive game", Boyd said.
"Hard work pays off", she said.
Lawrence lost some firepower from last year's KVAC runner-up, but a strong indoor season suggests the Bulldogs could make some noise this spring.
Other standouts for La Porte included Lauren Anglin's second place in the 100 (12.93), Ariana Steele's second in the 800 (2:29.15), Sierra Beach's second in the 3,200 (12:47.63), Annalise Warnock's second in the high jump (4-6) and Nichole Flowers second in the long jump (15-10.5).
"We came out with fire, and the bottom of the order contributed with a double of bunts", Minor said.
Even though San Elizario is use to making deep runs in the state playoffs, this year's team is not taking it for granted.