Conroe taking York; Owens to lead Dogs

February 2-5, 1960 In a fast shuffle of Brady High School’s coaching staff Saturday night, C.D. (Chuck) York was released to become head coach at Conroe and K.Y. Owens moved into the top job here. Both moves have been brewing for the last several weeks, and the climax came as the School Board went into a special session Saturday night. At Conroe, York will be moving up into AAA football after nine years at AA in Brady. The change is effective immediately so he will have time this spring to become acquainted and to prepare for next fall. He will leave for Conroe as soon as he can move, probably sometime next week. He goes to work there on Feb. 15. Owens has been assistant coach here for the last four years, his first job after graduating from Hardin-Simmons University. Only last week he had applied for an assistant coaching job at Abilene High School, and Friday night the Abilene School Board accepted him. He was to have reported for work Monday. But York’s appointment at Conroe also was confirmed Friday, and Brady suddenly was missing two coaches. The Brady School Board then offered the head coaching job to Owens. Owens admits it was a hard decision to make. “The job at Abilene is probably the best assistant’s job in the state, but I could not turn down the opportunity here.” Owens was in Abilene Saturday but failed to sign his new contract there since the Abilene Superintendent was out of town. Saturday night, after the School Board meeting here, he notified Abilene officials he was staying in Brady. “We’re happy with our decision,” he said as his wife Peggy added: “It’s nice to stay at home with folks and people you know.” Supt. C.A. Reynolds and the School Board were anxious to keep Owens, partly to provide continuity in Brady’s athletic program. “Coach Owens is respected. He knows the boys, and he’s familiar with our program,” Reynolds said. No decision has been made on how to fill the vacancy in the assistant coaching job. Ralph Chamness, 29, a math/science teacher, is joining the Brady High faculty to take over York’s math classes and Reyolds said other teaching assignments will be arranged to fill in temporarily. Chamness has a degree in geology from the University of Texas and is completing a master’s degree at Baylor. For the past year he has been teaching at Tarleton State College in the geology department. * * * Bids on Voca road called The State Highway Department is ready to let a contract on the Voca road project. Bids will be opened in Austin Feb. 16. The project includes eight miles of grading, structures, base and surfacing on Farm-Market Road 734, starting at a point a half-mile northwest of the San Saba River bridge and going northwest to intersection U.S. 87, two-and-one-half miles southeast of Brady. The project is part of the State Highway Department’s plans to rebuild FM 734 between Brady and Llano, bringing it up to full state highway specifications. * * * 11 Peewee bouts set for show Wednesday Eleven bouts are on the card for the Peewee Fights at the National Guard Armory Wednesday night. Tickets, 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for students, will be available at the door. The fights start at 8 p.m. All of the fighters are grade school boys weighting 105 pounds or less. The Peewee Fights are preliminaries to the big Fight Night Show coming up Saturday night at the armory. Both shows are sponsored by the recreation committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Here is Wednesday’s card: Boone Newlin vs. Frankie Licata; Arthur Ruiz vs. Kenneth Wilton; Robert Shuffield vs. Craig Shuffield; Jerry Wilkerson vs. Paul Feazelle; Michael Pellizzari vs. Jimmy Jackson; Don Zell Fielden vs. Bruce Deeds; Curtis Kidd vs. Randy Beakley; Ronnie Mchan vs. Michael Flanagin; Glenn Miller vs. Boone Newlin; Arthur Ruiz vs. Bennie Moreno and Butch Thornton vs. Bobby Deeds. * * * He sounds like York already What about next year’ ‘It’ll be a rough go. We only have two starters back,’ said new Brady coach K.Y. Owens sounding very much like Chuck York. ‘We’ll have only three senior lettermen, but the kids we do have seem pretty eager.’ Owens, of course, had York’s unqualified backing as Brady’s new head coach. ‘I felt a little bad about leaving,’ York said. ‘I didn’t want to turn this over to just anybody. A lot of sweat went into it’I wanted Owens to have it. After all, he helped build it.’ As a former Brady Bulldog gridder himself, Owens just barely missed playing under York. It was 1951, York’s first hear here and Owens’ senior year in high school. But during the summer Owens’ high school football career was interrupted when he badly cut his wrist trying to open a glass water jug. But the hand healed and Owens went on to Hardin-Simmons University where he played fullback and was named co-captain of Coach Sam Baugh’s Cowboys. The Associated Press named him to the All-Border Conference Team, and in May of 1956, he was honored as H-SU’s outstanding gridder of the year, and received the ‘George S. Anderson Award,’ an award designated for a longtime trustee of the university. Owens and the former Peggy Edmiston of Voca were married in August of 1955. They had been classmates at Brady High. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Speech Club elects New officers, who will serve this semester for the Brady High School Speech Club, were elected this week as follows: Roger Spiller, president, Bobby Barsch, vice-president; Tommye Low, secretary-treasurer and Charlene Brown, reporter. * * * Junior class officers Dan Salter has been elevated to president of the junior class of Brady High School, succeeding Melvin Cowan, who moved with his family to Alburquerque, N. Mex. Jimmy Hill was elected vice president by the class, when Salter moved up to the presidency.

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