Healing through high school football

September 23, 2008 5:04:06 AM PDT
In high school football, the Galveston Ball Tornados plan to be back on the field later this week. Eight-five percent of the team is now living in La Marque or Texas City. Head Coach Ron Holmes hopes to be practicing in La Marque or the Clear Creek area. Meanwhile, Texas City is getting set to open district play against Friendswood. And the Stingarees are bouncing back.

Texas City is still sharing their practice facility with the hurricane relief effort.

For the first time though in nearly two weeks, Texas City was back on the practice field Monday. The 2-0 Stingarees are chopping at the bit to get back at it and they have a showdown against Friendswood on the schedule this week.

"That's something we don't control and that's what we preach to the kids all the time," said Texas City Head Coach Tim Finn. "Worry about stuff you control. We're back at it and happy to be here and feeling very fortunate as a community."

"It feels good to see the boys again. I haven't seen them in two weeks," said Texas City Senior Juan Cortez. "I'm ready to come out here and play some football and practice."

A lot of the Texas City players are still without power, but by just being back out on the practice field, it brings a bit of normalcy back to their lives. They don't know when they'll play a game though.

"We're going to play the first district game between Friday and Tuesday," said Coach Finn. "That's what I can tell you for sure right now."

La Marque High School still has a ways to go to be ready to reopen. A meeting tomorrow will hopefully iron out the district 24-4A schedule.

"It would men a lot. They look up to us. They look up to this team this year," said Brian Lewis when asked what it would mean for the community to have Texas City back out there playing. "They have high expectations for us this year."

The Stingarees are 2-0 this year and looking for more.

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