Athletic Director Antwain Jimmerson
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – At the conclusion of a successful year for Bulldog athletics, Jefferson High School Athletic Director Antwain Jimmerson took time to reflect on the past nine months and hopes for the coming academic year.
Jimplecute: Jefferson High School saw success in most sports. Which achievement pleased you the most?
JIMMERSON: All of the boys teams qualified for the state playoffs.
Jimplecute: Which success surprised you the most?
JIMMERSON: Tierrani Johnson qualifying for the state track meet as a freshmen. And our boys basketball team being district co-champions without any seniors. Kylan Thomas did a great job of leading a very young squad.
Jimplecute: When you think back on 2018-19, which athletes and their accomplishments will you remember?
JIMMERSON: Our four Athletes of the Year – Elaina Langbartels was all-East Texas two years in a row. She also scored 42 points in a basketball game as a junior. Hannah Welch was a four-year starter as our softball pitcher and will play at LeTourneau University. Trace Smith was a four-year starter in baseball and a three-year starter in football. He will play college baseball at Panola. TQ Jackson is a four-year starter in football and will play college football at the University of Arkansas.
Jimplecute: Which coaches?
JIMMERSON: Coach Treston Dowell won district in boys basketball without any seniors. Coach Don Cupples regrouped the boys baseball team to get back to the state playoffs. Coach Josh Keith put together a district runner-up squad in boys golf.
Jimplecute: Please give a one or two sentence reaction to each of the following seasons:
Volleyball: Falon Jones is a good young coach. She has brought increased the excitement and energy to the game, and she’s a team player.
Football: We started the season off by going 11-0. We did so even after upgrading our schedule by adding three class 4A teams to our pre-district schedule. The senior leadership was outstanding on this team, but there is a lot of young talent in the fold.
Girls Basketball: They continued their tradition of state playoff appearances. We are looking forward to an exciting year with eight returning letterwinners with playoff experience.
Boys Basketball: The boys were district co-champions. We will return our entire varsity squad. Coach Dowell did a great job of bringing his young talent along.
Baseball: The Bulldogs were a state playoff team. This year’s team was led by the seven seniors. They will be missed, but they have raised the level of expectations by going to the playoffs.
Softball: We were fighting for a playoff spot all the way till the last week of the season. We only lose two starters. Hannah Welch is a huge loss.
Boys Track: We had seven state qualifiers. We are very proud of the senior leadership from TQ Jackson and Tybo Williams.
Girls Track: We were young and exciting. We have several area qualifiers.
Power lifting: We had a small group, but we are building for the future.
Jimplecute: Where do you expect to see the most improvement in 2019-20?
JIMMERSON: Our overall athleticism should show great improvement in the coming academic year. Coach Michael Downs really does a great job of developing our athletes with our strength and conditioning program. We also return some very talented young people. We also encourage our students to play several sports.
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