Exchange Club Talks Football

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The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands conducted its annual Lake Highlands High School preseason football preview dinner Aug. 11 at Back Country Bar-B-Q.

LHHS Wildcats head football coach and Athletic Director Scott Smith and some of his key assistant coaches provided the audience with some insights on the upcoming Wildcat football season.

Smith said that for the second year in a row the sports program at LHHS won the All-Sports award for District 9-5A.

“We are extremely proud of all our kids participating in sports at our school.”

Smith then turned to the upcoming season for Wildcat football. The team started two-a-days Aug. 8. Due to the extreme heat the first practices began at 6 a.m.

Smith and his staff said that the players were working hard and making great progress. According to Smith, the goal is to build the players up as the season goes on so that they can be fresh and competitive throughout the season.

Smith said he always tells his players, “ ‘It is not where you start but where you finish.’ ”

This year the Wildcats will have five senior captains: Devonte Sunwengan,  Zach Fleig, Jacquille Myles, Garrett Reeves, and Randall Howard.

The Wildcats scrimmage South Garland Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at HB Johnson Stadium in Garland. The first non-district game is Friday night, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat-Ram Stadium against Mesquite High School.

At the end of the evening Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen presented to the audience the Lake Highlands Bell Boys for 2011-12:  Hayden Bower, Ryan Mellinger, Mitch Winkler, and Chase Faris. The Bell Boys are a long-standing tradition at LHHS and the Exchange Club has been proud to sponsor the Bell Boys for more than 30 years.

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