November 30, 2008
Now, once you've watched them all, let's have some fun with what I'm calling the "SHS Academy Awards". Find the SHS Academy Awards link at Sheridan88.com and cast your vote(s) for the following categories:
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Anyone can watch the plays, but only 88 classmates can have a vote in the Academy Awards. The winners will be announced at the January reunion. By the way, if you're an 88 classmate and you DID NOT receive an email from me recently with this same information (Sr. Plays, Academy Awards, etc.), please email me ASAP. Thanks!
November 28, 2008
Yellowjackets fall to Badgers in second round of play-offs
By Andy Mayberry
The Sheridan Yellowjackets ended their season in defeat as they lost in the second round of the state play-offs to the Arkadelphia Badgers 39-21 on Friday, November 20.
After recovering an Arkadelphia fumble at the Yellowjacket 36 yard line early in the game, Sheridan drove the ball down to the Badgers’ four but were unable to score.
Sheridan soon forced Arkadelphia to punt the ball away, and the Yellowjackets returned the kick back to the Badgers’ 41.
From there, Sheridan moved the ball to the six yard line where they faced a fourth and one. On the next play, quarterback Brad LaRue was dropped for a loss to end the drive.
Arkadelphia took over and moved the ball 92 yards for the game’s first touchdown. The Badgers’ Bruce Bailey took it in from five yards out with 11:50 left in the second quarter. Andy Russell added the point-after to make the score 7-0.
Sheridan quickly responded with a 63 yard drive of their own. Gary Brown capped the drive with a one yard scoring run with 8:25 left in the half. Larry Campbell’s extra-point tied the score at 7-7.
With 1:12 remaining in the half, Bailey scored another touchdown for Arkadelphia from ten yards out. Russell’s extra-point made the score 14-7.
The Badgers recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Yellowjacket 27 yard line. On second and ten at the 11, John Lanius hit Lavell Fort in the end zone to widen Arkadelphia’s lead to 20-7 with :31 left in the half. Russell’s extra-point attempt was not successful.
Three minutes into the third quarter, Arkadelphia’s Dennis Browning sprinted 27 hards for a touchdown to increase the lead even more. A two-point conversion attempt failed leaving the score 26-7.
Sheridan struck back, however, with an 82 yard scoring drive. Scott Herron got the touchdown as he ran the ball in from the nine yard line. Campbell added the extra-point to close the gap to 26-14 with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter.
After returning the kickoff back to the Yellowjackets’ 27 yard line, the Badgers scored again as Bailey ran for a six yard touchdown. The point-after left Arkadelphia with a 33-14 advantage.
With 9:43 left in the game, Bailey scored his fourth touchdown of the night as he ran it in from Sheridan’s 24 yard line. Bailey’s run was set up by the Badgers’ recovering of a Yellowjacket fumble. Russell’s extra-point gave the top-ranked Badgers a 39-14 lead.
Herron tried to bring Sheridan back as he broke free for a 40 yard touchdown run with 7:08 remaining, but it was not enough as the Yellowjackets lost by a final score of 39-21.
Statistically speaking, Sheridan won the game. The Yellowjackets had more first downs, more yards rushing, and more total offense than the Badgers.
Gary Brown led Sheridan with 150 yards on 25 carries. Scott Herron also had 16 carries for 113 yards, and David Damron added 52 yards on 13 carries.
Bruce Bailey led Arkadelphia with 15 carries for 127 yards.
After the game, Coach Don Campbell said, “It was an unbelievable year. We were 11-1 and district champs. A lot of teams would have liked to have had a year like this.
“These are great kids to coach. They really play hard. I am proud of them, and I wouldn’t trade them for any other kids anywhere.”
November 27, 2008
November 26, 2008
5 things God gave us and why we should thank him.
1. Our house
2. Our property
3. Our food
4. Our parents
5. Our friends and family
We should thank him because
1. Without our house we could not rest and stuff.
2. We would not have a home without property
3. We would starve without food.
4. We wouldn't be here without parents.
5. We would be alone without friends or family.
The LORD will comfort Isreal again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will bloom like Eden. Her baren wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving fill the air.
Now, this first video is Aaron Job's presentation of the above message.
This second video is the original take that I tried to shoot with my cell phone. You can't hear Aaron Job very well (hence the need for the video above) BUT if you listen carefully, you can hear my sweet little 2 year old rattle off a few... um... noises while sitting on my lap. I promise it's not me you hear. :)
Be sure and watch to the end, because Anna (4) starts quoting one of her AWANA verses.
November 25, 2008
Back row from L to R: Kim Vailes, Christie Romine, Dr. Mike Wells, Dr. Renee Holmes, Lynn Taylor (Engineer).
Front row from L ro R: Manivanh Inthathirath, Kevin Matlock (CRNA), Scott Ausbrooks, Dr. Bryan Tygart, Dr. Robbie Rickett ('89) and Dr. Travis Miller.
I don't point this out to exalt some over others - because I see a couple of stay-at-home moms in this picture that are just as valuable (my own wife is a stay-at-home mom & works circles around me... smarter too!) However, I do want use this as an opportunity to commend our classmates and our teachers for their successes in life, regardless of their occupation.
November 24, 2008
Here is another vignette performed between our senior plays. This cute skit features Gina McCool and Buffie May ('89), with brief appearances by Lance Ashley and Larry Campbell. Some of it is hard to hear, but I think you'll be able to follow it well enough.
Edith Ann was a character played by Lily Tomlin.
November 21, 2008
Congratulations to Coach Campbell, his staff, and his 11-0 Yellowjackets.
It appears Coach Campbell (like Coach Charlie Whitworth and Coach Charles Robinette of the 1960’s and early 1970’s Yellowjacket teams) has instilled in these young athletes that it only takes a little more to go first class.
This year’s team has rekindled great memories for the Yellowjacket Alumni. These memories are of a football program that was first class.
In 1966 the Yellowjackets completed their season 10-0. There were no playoffs. The 1966 starting squad gave up 7 points the entire season. They scored 265 points and gave up 74 points, 67 of which were scored on Sheridan’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings.
The 1967 team had the state’s longest winning streak at 18 games before losing to Malvern. The season ended 9-1.
The 1968 team finished at 10-0-1, tying Malvern. They had 6 shutouts to their credit.
Coach Charlie Whitworth and Coach Charles Robinette won seven Region Championships in a row, compiling 114 wins, 25 losses, and 3 ties in fourteen years of coaching the Yellowjackets.
Jackets, keep up your first class attitude and it will follow you through life. Good luck! And Beat Arkadelphia!!
Class of ‘68
November 20, 2008
If there was another place to get your Josten or ArtCarved Senior rings, I wouldn't know where.
Koon's Jewelry, during the summer after our junior year (or was it before our junior year?), was THE place to begin what was probably the first senior year tradition - the ordering of our senior class ring.
My stone of choice was pink.
What? You gotta problem with pink? Dude, I wore pink suspenders for my senior pic... pink was not a problem for me.
We each got to choose a stone color, as well as a design for both sides of the ring. One side most often displayed a school activity - football, volleyball, basketball, cheer, or in my case, band.
The other side gave yet another option. I chose to have my name and a yellowjacket on mine. Even the dark antiquing on the ring was optional. And, some would get a symbol or initial or even a diamond stud placed on top of the stone - Ring Bling for the Sheridan Redneck.
Another option - and a helpful i.d. in case you lost your ring - was to have your full name engraved on the inside. Mr. Koon would do this for you - for a reasonable fee.
Now, all you have left to do is find a gal to wrap yarn around it (or get a corn pad) and wear it proudly on her finger. Guys, get out your herringbone necklace so you can hang your sweetheart's ring, declaring to many - who really couldn't care less - your dating status.
No significant other? No problem. Just turn your class ring around - stone facing inward - and thump a lower classman on the head.
By the way... have you lost your class ring? Look here.
Here's a little bonus pic for you that I scanned out of my dad's 1965 junior yearbook.
November 19, 2008
High School Notes
Donna Lampkin – Gazette Staff
Yellowjacket mania has swept Sheridan.
The town is crazy about its football team, which has rolled to an 11-0 mark this season after a 33-12 win over Trumann in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs Friday.
At a community pep rally Thursday, several hundred people gathered in the gym to practice coordinating kazoos and “Jacket Rackets,” aluminum cans filled with beans, rocks, pennies or anything else that will make noise.
“We started making them for the White Hall game,” said seniors Paula Ferguson and Cindy Cobb, who won school spirit awards last week. “All the kids are doing this.”
Ky Fiser, a school yearbook photographer, carried his “Jacket Racket” in his coat pocket while shooting pictures from the sidelines. At appropriate times, he put his camera down, took out his can and joined the noise.
Sheridan effectively shut down Trumann’s impressive passing ability.
“They run the option well and throw well,” Sheridan coach Don Campbell. “We had worked hard on their throwing.
“I thought our kids really did well,” he added. “We had worked real hard on not being overconfident.”
The Yellowjackets, ranked fourth in Class AAA, have their big chance Friday when they play Arkadelphia, top-ranked in the classification and in the state. The game will be played at a mutually agreed upon or neutral site.
After Friday’s win, Campbell wasn’t concerned with where the game would be.
“It’s not like basketball with a home-court advantage,” he said. “All fields are 100 yards long. For a game this big, you’ve got to consider your fans and a lot of other things besides the team.
“I don’t care where we play as long as we’re playing. I’ll play out there in that field,” he added, nodding toward the practice facilities. “The main thing is this is a big game, and it’s great for our program. Hey, our kids get to play in a big game. And anything can happen.”
Thanks to Paula Ferguson for this photo of a group of juniors & seniors making "Jacket Rackets". You'll see all the aluminum cans they're filling with rocks & beans & such. The following seniors are pictured here: Lee Kaufman, Andrea Winston, Cindy Cobb, Paula Ferguson and Cindy Grace. Juniors are Rusty Johnson, Kelly Sites, Carrie Rinehart, Courtney Robinson, Justin Rudkins, Christian Suttle and Jason Ware.
November 18, 2008
"We found out at 19 weeks into the pregnancy that Katie had spina bifida," Julie explained. "At first, I immediately felt guilt because I thought I had done something wrong. I questioned whether I had enough folic acid in my diet, or if stress brought on the birth defect. Andy was very calm when the doctor told us, and he said he knew God had a plan for us and our special baby."
Julie immediately began reading anything she could find on the subject and ended up overwhelmed by all the medical information. In a recent e-mail interview, she recalled this moment, at seven months pregnant: "I suddenly felt so burdened with grief I broke down in tears. I cried so hard I couldn't stand and I fell to the ground. It was on the ground that I realized what position I was in. I was on my knees, praying. I realized at that moment, that is exactly where God wanted me to be. You can't carry the load on your own. But when you have the Lord carrying you through, you can handle anything. From that moment on, I have tried not to worry about what could happen and concentrate on enjoying the wonderful blessings I have each day."
Read the full article here.
November 17, 2008
We haven't had any new "Vintage Video" clips lately, so I did quite a bit of video conversion Saturday. I now have all 3 senior plays copied on DVD. It'll take me a while to upload them to YouTube - and b/c of the YouTube restrictions, they can only be in 10 minute (or less) segments.
But for now, here is one of the intermission vignettes performed between the 3 senior plays. This one features Aaron Wilson, Lance Ashley, Larry Campbell and Steven Coleman. The keyboard sound effects are done by Jason Moore.
Don't forget to turn off the music in the sidebar before viewing the video.
After my wife watched this, she wisely suggested that I add subtitles, due to the low audio quality. So... I did the best I could - which further demands the need for subtitles! I couldn't make out what Steve Coleman kept saying... but I remember that he kept repeating the same phrase. Perhaps when he sees this he can leave a comment and tell us. Enjoy.
November 14, 2008
By Andy Mayberry
The Sheridan Yellowjackets advanced to the second round of the class AAA state play-offs as they soundly defeated the Trumann Wildcats by a score of 33-12 on Friday, November 13.
After receiving the opening kickoff at their own eight yard line, Trumann was immediately forced to punt on fourth and four at the 14.
Sheridan received the ball at the 50 yard line and proceeded to drive the ball downfield. With 7:25 left in the first quarter, Gary Brown scored the game’s first touchdown from 14 yards out. Larry Campbell added the extra-point to give the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead.
Just moments later, Kevin Spence scored on a 33 yard run to bring the Wildcats within a point. The point-after attempt failed, leaving the score 7-6 in favor of Sheridan.
On first and goal at the eight, Scott Herron added another Yellowjacket touchdown with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter. Campbell’s missed extra-point left Sheridan with a 13-6 advantage.
After receiving a Wildcat punt at their own 33 yard line, the Yellowjackets moved the ball to midfield. From there, David Damron galloped in for yet another first half score. Campbell’s extra-point gave Sheridan a 20-6 lead at halftime.
Trumann recovered a Sheridan fumble at the Wildcats’ 27 yard line to begin the second half but very quickly returned the favor with a fumble of their own at the 36 yard line.
Sheridan moved the ball down to the 12, where they faced third and eight when Brad LaRue hit Andy Crouse over the middle for a touchdown. Campbell missed the point-after, leaving the score 26-6 with 9:47 left in the third quarter.
With 10:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Shawn Plouch caused Trumann’s quarterback, Bert Greenwell, to fumble the ball. Brand Moon picked it up and raced 20 yards to the end zone for the score. The extra-point by Campbell evidenced the lead to 33-6.
The Wildcats managed to close the gap somewhat when Shawn Blanchard scored from six yards out to make the score 33-12. A two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Kerry Smith iced the Yellowjacket win as he intercepted a third down pass at the Sheridan 20 yard line with 1:51 left to play.
Sheridan finished with 361 yards of total offense while holding the Wildcats to 246 yards.
Damron led the Yellowjackets with 115 yards on 10 carries. Brown also added 109 yards on 14 carries.
Logan Dungan led Trumann with seven receptions for 124 yards.
Sheridan, ranked tenth overall and third in class AAA, improved to 11-0 for the season while the Wildcats end their year with a 5-5 record.
After the game, Coach Don Campbell said, “We played well. We blocked well, and the backs ran the ball well. The offensive line did a great job.”
The Yellowjackets will now travel to Haygood Stadium on the campus of Henderson State University to face the Arkadelphia Badgers, ranked first in both class AAA and first overall. Kickoff is at 7:30, Friday evening.
November 13, 2008
November 12, 2008
But when you find some gems like the ones below, submitted by Mandy (Jester) Martindale, you can't fully appreciate them by just watching them click by in a slide show. There's no way. I'm telling you - as an "unofficial" nostalgia expert, I don't think I've ever seen a set of pics that have stirred up so many memories than these. I mean, you can't help but be time-warped right back into 1979's fourth grade year when you look at these.
So, let's have a look then. And remember - you have to click on each of these to enlarge them and study them. There is MUCH to be appreciated here. I'll try to talk you through it.
I see four ten-year-old girls giddy over goodies received in Valentine's Day bags. All but Shari are oblivious to the camera... they're too busy taking inventory of the 20+ cards that we all had to deliver out of obligation to everyone in our class. Whether it was the cootie monster or the cutie pie, you HAD to send them a valentine. Careful thought was given as we decided which card to use. You dare not make the mistake of sending someone an innuendoed Minnie Mouse card instead of a safe, neutral Goofy card. This could make the last 3 1/2 months of your fourth grade year pretty uncomfortable.
Now take a look at Shari - check out her vintage Mickey Mouse ringer tee. Wait... I guess it wasn't vintage back then.
Now what do you see in the background? Yep - valentine crafts hanging on the wall... AND... is that a SLIDE PROJECTOR! If you're quiet, you can hear the small cooling fan humming in the dark as we watch film strips about the origin of Thanksgiving. I've got more on film strips for a later post. Let's move on.
The photo above was taken from the same position, only the camera man (probably a mom) raised the camera to catch the other side of the room, which reveals another mom sitting smack dab in the midst of the kiddies... and some body's little brother too. Who invited him?
Notice everyone has matching Valentine sacks. [SIGH] So much for personal expression and creativity. Never mind though, Jody Wiggins and Robert McClung - like the rest of us - never judge a bag by it's decor - but by the delicacies waiting inside!
I also see Kim Vailes at the bottom of the picture - you can just barely see her head with the tiara on top. Hmm. A tiara. Not sure about that... did Mrs. Rundell select a Valentine King & Queen? If so, then who was the King? And where is his crown? This is indeed a mystery.
In the first row on the right, by the open door is George Tompkins, Christian Sandoval, and Jason Moore. The next row, in the middle, has Michael Hix, Steven Coleman and Brett Cato. The far left row shows Robert McClung and Lee Shaw in the flannel shirt. That could be Pam Wells walking in front of the camera.
So in the photo above we see, L to R, Lee Shaw, Jeff King, Scott Herron, Brett Epperson, Ricky Whitaker, Steven Coleman and Brett Cato. Nice hair boys! Can you say "MOTORCYCLE HELMET?"
Couple of other observations... if you enlarge this pic, you can almost see the photographer's reflection in the mirror of the girl's bathroom. Since these photos belong to Mandy, the photographer is most likely her mother. Also, I'm seeing some decorated shoe boxes on many of the desks. Were these the recepticles for the valentines... or the strict, uniform, non-variant and consistently decorated sacks? I'm confused! Could it be that this class was privy to TWICE the treats on this celebratory day of love!!??
This would be unfair to the rest of us.
I demand an explanation! Someone from Mrs. Rundell's class please let me know!
November 11, 2008
The Sheridan Chapter of the National Honor Society will participate in the “Up, Up and Away With Arthritis” program sponsored by the Arkansas Chapter of the National Arthritis Foundation.
One balloon for every dollar contributed will be launched. The National Honor Society members will be collecting donations at Wal-Mart Saturday, October 31. The donations made by students at high school will be made a class competition. The NHS hopes the businesses in Sheridan will contribute to this worthy cause.
The NHS members are Trent Allen, LaRita Ashcraft, Vicki Ausbrooks, David Damron, Paula Ferguson, Cindy Grace, Joomi Ha, Renee Holmes, Travis Miller, Jim Pollock, Angela Rogers, Vicki Thompson, Marlena Ukno, Kim Vailes and Aaron Wilson.
The balloons will be released Nov. 6 at the final home game, Sheridan vs. J. A. Fair.
The National Honor Society collected $700.27 for the National Arthritis Foundation last year, and 700 balloons were released Oct. 31 at the Sheridan game against Malvern.
November 9, 2008
Personally, I'm finding something strange & wonderful happening. Even though we've been out of school now much longer than we were in school together, it seems that the past 20 years have passively formed friendships between all of us that previously may not have existed. I've had many conversations either via email or at Friday's game with people that I rarely spoke to in high school. I guess the older you get, the lines surrounding our former circle of friends either widen or fade. Or both. It was a great night.
I've posted just a few of the photos below. Take a look and then watch the video montage over at sheridan88.com.
Also, if you want to download any or all of these pictures, follow these instructions:
- Click here to see the full set of photos.
- Click on the photo you want to download.
- Look for the "Download" option above each photo. Click and save to your computer.
- If you have any questions about downloading, please email me.
Scott Ausbrooks and Andy Mayberry
November 8, 2008
I'll have photos up here on the blog by Monday, as well as a separate site where you can download (or print) your own copies.
November 7, 2008
Yellowjackets headed for playoff’s
By Andy Mayberry
The Sheridan Yellowjackets completed their regular season schedule with a 20-0 win over the J. A. Fair War Eagles on Friday, November 6.
The victory gave the Yellowjackets a 10-0 record. This marks the first time that a Sheridan team has completed a perfect regular season since 1966.
Sheridan got on the scoreboard first when David Damron sprinted untouched 69 yards for a touchdown. Larry Campbell added an extra-point to give the Yellowjackets a 7-0 advantage with 7:19 remaining in the opening period.
Midway through the second quarter, Damron again excited the crowd as he took a punt at the Sheridan five yard line and ran it back to the War Eagle 31. The drive faltered, however, and Sheridan was forced to punt the ball away with 4:22 left in the half.
Just before halfime, Scott Herron caught a 23 yard pass from Brad LaRue to set up a 35 yard field-goal attempt. Campbell’s kick was not successful leaving Sheridan with a 7-0 lead at the half.
On third and seven at the J. A. Fair 38 yard line, Herron picked off a War Eagle pass at their 46 with 5:35 left in the third quarter. From there, the Yellowjackets marched down to the four yard line where Damron took the ball in for another touchdown. Campbell’s kick was good giving Sheridan a 14-0 lead late in the third period of play.
Following the kickoff, Herron intercepted another pass at the Yellowjackets’ 37 yard line. After driving the ball down to J. A. Fair’s 20, Sheridan faced a fourth down and five yards to go when LaRue hit Andy Crouse over the middle for an eight yard gain and a first down. On first and goal at the two, Damron scored his third touchdown of the evening to put Sheridan in front by a score of 20-0 with 6:58 remaining in the game. Campbell’s point-after attempt was blocked.
With the ball at the Sheridan 44 yard line, the War Eagles threw another pass into the arms of Herron at the Yellowjackets’ 20 yard line with 4:24 remaining.
Lance Wallingsford preserved the shutout as he picked off a pass in the end zone with only 27 seconds left in the game.
With the win, Sheridan not only raised its overall record to 10-0, but they also improved to 5-0 in the conference. J. A. Fair finished with a 3-6-1 overall record and a 2-3 record in the conference.
The Yellowjackets finished with 299 yards of total offense, of which 270 came on the ground.
Sheridan also held Earnest Franklin, J. A. Fair’s star running back, to just 32 yards on 21 carries. As a team, the War Eagles could manage only 132 yards due to the excellent play of the Yellowjackets’ entire defensive unit.
When asked if he had any comments, head coach Don Campbell replied, “10-0 says it all. You don’t get any better than that.
“I am tickled to death for the seniors. They went 0-10 as sophomores, 7-3-1 last year, and now this. Who would have ever believed this program would have turned around like this?”
Coach Campbell may have summed it up best when he said, “It was just one heck of a year.”
Sheridan’s year hasn’t come to an end yet, though. The Yellowjackets will play host to Trumann on Friday, November 13 in the first round of the class AAA state playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.
November 5, 2008
This is of course the front view of the high school. Notice the new awning and enclosed entrance. Across the street they've almost cleared the entire block for parking and other uses.
This is the west end of the front hall at the high school. There were four new rooms added on after we graduated. The stairs on the left went into the building by Mrs. Graves' classroom. Also, the sidewalk that wraps around the corner of this part of the building is our senior sidewalk. I'll have pictures of the sidewalk soon.