Coach Alan Thomas
“NEW NEWCOMER COMES TO NAZ”
School Faculty Interviews by Carly Wilhelm
SK Note: Coach Alan Thomas is the recent replacement for Coach Kyle Austin Coach who resigned in December for personal reason. Nazareth School is pleased to find have Coach Thomas come on board, and following basketball season he who will also coach the baseball team later this year.
SK: Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from?
Coach Thomas: I was born and raised in Amarillo, TX, where I attended Tascosa High School. I have always been a huge sports fan and have long desired a job that was in some way related to sports. I am an extremely competitive person and outside of competing in sports I compete in drag racing. Racing is a great hobby to feed the desire to compete. I personally race at Amarillo Dragway but prior to graduating I was a crew chief for my brothers, Don Thomas’, NHRA competition eliminator team (we finished 6th in the world last year in case anyone was wondering). Also prior to graduating I worked at Panhandle Performance Engines. Before that I spent about five years in the construction business. I am currently engaged to be married. My future wife, Dana Cavin, is a chemistry teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, TX.
SK: How do you feel about coming to NISD?
Coach Thomas: I am extremely excited about joining this school district. I heard many great things before coming here and the faculty and community have not disappointed. The students are great and I look forward to coming to work every day and helping them improve as students, athletes, and as individuals.
SK: What’s different here from your past experiences?
Coach Thomas: Coming from a bigger school there are a lot of differences, having said that I enjoy all of them. The students here are not afraid to work, which makes my job easier, and the staff and community seem willing and eager to work together. The school’s spirit, or should I say the town’s spirit, seems much higher than what I am used to. I noticed this right away at the first basketball game I attended.
SK: What’s a personal goal you’ve set for yourself in this coming year?
Coach Thomas: The goal that is top on my list would be getting my 8th grade class prepared to pass their EOC’s. My goal would be to have the entire class pass the test. Another goal of mine is to be playing basketball well into May!
SK: What are your degrees and from what colleges?
Coach Thomas: I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from WTAMU.
SK: Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorites?
Coach Thomas: My favorite team would have to be the Dallas Cowboys. I would consider myself a diehard fan, maybe even a little irrational and delusional at times (just so you know, the Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl next year). Besides the Cowboys, I like the Texas Rangers , San Antonio Spurs, and the Texas Longhorns.
Positive Inspiration from Life of Sports Writer Turned Therapist
“Art was like his namesake of old, King Arthur, a man of courage and determination against incredible odds and surviving to his seventieth year.” This was one family member’s description of Art Albracht who died in Houston on January 20th, a month before his birthday. Another relative said: “I remember Art most for always being positive — a shining beacon of courage to all who knew him as he faced the daily struggles of living with a gradual deterioration of his muscles.”
A native of Nazareth, Art Albracht (Arthur Raymond), was born on February 20, 1944 to Florence and Dorothy Albracht. Diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy when he was in his teens, he still accomplished what he wanted. Using his love and knowledge of sports, he became a sports writer here in the Panhandle where he was named number seven sports-writer of the year at one time. When he was no longer able to continue physically that career, he obtained a degree In psychology and counseled until he lost the ability to use his voice in the past year.
“In the lives of all of us who knew him, Art was an incredible thread of color and brightness in the fabric of our lives,” concluded another family member.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Florence and Dorothy Albracht, his dear brothers and sisters, Vincent Ramaekers, Ed Ramaekers, Betty Wilhelm and her husband Francis, Dorothy Doherty, and his nephew Raef Albracht and niece Renee Weinheimer. Keeping Art’s positive inspiration alive in their hearts are his sisters Elaine (Joseph) Sullivan and Jean (Jack) Kennevan, his brothers Elmer (Marcela) Albracht and Ralph (Evie) Albracht, his sisters-in-law Rosemary Ramaekers and Leola Ramaekers, a brother-in-law Dominic Doherty and thirty-seven nephews and nieces, their families and many cousins. Art chose to donate his body to the Baylor College of Medicine. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held this summer in Nazareth at Holy Family Church.
Future Swiftettes are looking confident as the 8th grade team took 2nd place in the Muleshoe Basketball Tournament Jan. 30/Feb 1.
NISD School Calendar:
Friday, Feb 7 – Vars. Boys BB vs Channing @ 6:00
Sunday, Feb. 9 – Thursday, Feb. 13 – San Antonio Heifer Show
Monday, Feb. 10 – JH Boys BB vs Tulia @ 5:00
Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Thursday, 13 – San Antonio Lamb Show
Schilling Sports Scribbles by: Coach Eric Schilling sent out an update that the Swiftettes won their games against Texline by a score of 76 to 33.
SWIFTETTES DISTRICT CHAMPS!
COACH SCHILLING WRITES:
Swiftettes 83 – Happy 22.
Making Swiftettes 10-0 in District play
and 30-1 in regular season
JV also won 36-17 !
Swifts Varsity & JV also beat Happy!
Carly Cues:The girls won both of their basketball games last week, beating Adrian with a score of 73-14 and Texline with a score of 76-33. The boys also beat Adrian (88-11), but lost to Texline in a very close game with a score of 53-51.
Nazareth 2013-2014 FFA Show Team
Shows and Wins Continue on for Naz FFA Students
The Ft. Worth Stock Show, became the new arena competition for a number of Nazareth FFA students in showing their livestock. Mr. Austin Heck, Ag Teacher at NISD, noted some of the shows at Ft. Worth and the Nazareth competitors: Market Lamb and Goat Show (Jan 29-Feb 2): Bryson High, Jayden High, Hallie Kleman; Market Steer Show (Feb 4-8): Kade Kleman, Caitlin Kleman, Amanda Kleman, Kaden Hatla, Alexis Huseman, Dayson Schacher, Sara Kleman, Brett Young, Molloy Johnson, Maddie Gfeller, Anna Huseman, Riley Durbin, Aubrie Durbin, Kaci Kleman, Aubrey Vance, and Maddison Vance.
In the Market Barrow Show (Feb 4-8) are: Caitlin Kleman, Luke Schulte, Kari Schulte, Tye Schulte, Chandler Schulte, Lexy Ethridge, Amanda Kleman, Sara Kleman, Boston Jones, Dayson Schacher, Grace Huseman, Faithe Huseman, Abby Heard, Briana Huseman, and Tucker Huseman; and in the Open Hereford Heifer Show (Feb 4-8): Dayson Schacher.
One of the many missions of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is to promote continuing improvement in the breeding, raising and marketing of livestock. The connection with the livestock industry has been strong since the beginning when a group of cattlemen gathered on the banks of Marine Creek for the first Fort Worth Stock Show 118 years ago. This year the Show will host over 22,000 head of livestock with exhibitors representing 41 states and three foreign countries. Junior Show entries will total over 10,000.
Dayson Schacher, in the Ft. Worth Stock Show, won 6th Place for his November Heifer and 7th Place for February Heifer
NAZ WINNERS HAPPY, NOT SUPERBOWL WATCHERS
2014 Super Bowl Party hosted by The Nazareth Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, February 2nd, in the Legion Hall was quite successful as a benefit for the department and as a welcome social mixer, in spite of the poor game on TV. The NVFD also announces the winners of the $1,000 prizes: Joe & Dana Kleman, J.C. & Jocelyn Pohlmeier, Chris & Melina Birkenfeld, Patti & Lee Elder, Dwayne Simons, and Jaime Subleadea; while the winners of the $1200 were Marty & Tisha Gerber and Jim & Elaine Kern. Many of these generously gave the prize money back to the Fire Dept. The hosts thank all who participated and all who helped put on this charity event.
Plan Now for Benefit Steak Dinner for Tommy Russell and the medical expenses of the family. The Knights of Columbus of Nazareth will offer a super-steak dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday, February 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Hall. The cost per plate is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10/under. To donate to the Silent Auction or bring a dessert, contact LaDawn Schulte 945-2600 or Mary Lou Schmucker 945-2679.