So with no further adieu, and with no musical accompaniment, I have the pleasure to announce the first Jim Thomason All-Sports Trophy winner.

The mythical trophy is named after the long-time Gainesville coach and educator.

This trophy is being awarded to the Cooke County area school that sent the most teams and individuals to the playoffs and post-season tournaments.

I tallied up the results and awarded 10 points for each round a team or individual advanced into the post season.

Before you ask, yes I did consider the fact that area high schools come in all shapes and sizes and all don’t compete in the same sports.

However, this is not a perfect world, so I awarded the Muenster Sacred Heart swim teams’ race to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state swim tournament in the same manner as I did the Gainesville Leopards football team’s race through the playoffs.

So, the 2006 winner of the first Jim Thomason mythical All-Sports trophy is: Muenster Sacred Heart.

The Tigers and Tigerettes edged the Gainesville Leopards by a score of 160 to 150.

What pushed Sacred Heart past Gainesville was the Tigerettes run to the girls basketball game (worth 40 points), as well as the Tigerettes state title in cross country.

Also helping Sacred Heart along were the boys and girls golf teams top 10 finishes in the state tournament.

The Tigers and Tigerettes were also helped out by that strong swimming team. Sacred Heart is the only school in Cooke County that sports such a team.

Finishing in second place, Gainesville also had a strong showing in football, making to the Division I, Class 3A state finals against Wimberley. The Leopards tallied 40 points for making the finals.

Gainesville also received 40 points for its track teams making the state meet.

The golf teams also performed well during the year and the Leopards received 20 points for having several athletes in the state power lifting meet.

The Lindsay Knights and Lady Knights, on the strength of strong showings in boys and girls basketball, finished third with 110 points.

The Lindsay golf team played well and the softball team made the post season in its first year of existence.

Collinsville didn’t have many entries in the post season, but the Lady Pirates did very well in volleyball and softball.

The Lady Pirates’ volleyball team made it to the state semifinals, while the softball team made it to the state finals. These two feats were good enough for fourth place with 90 points.

Likewise, Callisburg didn’t have many ventures into the post season, but the Wildcats and Lady Cats made the most of it. Both golf teams made the state tournament (40 points) while Karis Holder made it to the state track meet (20 points). So Callisburg took fifth place with 60 points.

Muenster High School took sixth place with 55 points. The Hornets and Lady Hornets made a great run to the state track meet (40 points) while the Lady Hornets basketball team took the bi-district title (10 points).

The Hornets made it to the bi-district game in basketball and were awarded five points for that.

Finishing seventh in the standings is Valley View, with 25 points. The Eagles and Lady Eagles got points in power lifting, football and track.

Era and Whitesboro tied for eighth place with 20 points each. The Hornets received 10 points each from their tennis and track teams, while the Bearcats got 20 points for their performance in power lifting.

Saint Jo’s boys basketball team made the bi-district round of the playoffs and received five points.

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