In the Cheap Seats
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

July 26, 2005 - You know your school district is in bad shape when the Dallas ISD is a step up.

Apparently it is for Wilmer-Hutchins students.

The W-H ISD, plagued by atrocious management and horrid test scores for years, appears it will now be dissolved - though there are lawsuits still pending which could reverse that decision - with the students heading to DISD campuses.

Under a proposal floated by the DISD board, which approved of taking Wilmer's 2,700 students on Monday, the entire senior class at Wilmer-Hutchins High School would transfer to Dallas Madison. The schools are district rivals - much like Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant.

That's a plan many of the Wilmer athletes aren't catering to, even though Madison would make a legitimate run a the state football title with the influx of W-H athletes.

Madison went three rounds deep in the Class 3A playoffs last season, including an area round victory over Mount Vernon. Wilmer-Hutchins has three likely Division I players, including defensive back Anthony Webb who is a member of Texas Football's Super Team.

If students don't go to Madison, they would likely end up at one of four south Dallas high schools - South Oak Cliff, Roosevelt, Carter or A. Maceo Smith.

The decision by Dallas ISD trustees to take in Wilmer-Hutchins kids means the athletes shouldn't end up at Lancaster, which was a possibility as a neighboring school district. Sulphur Springs has a Game 5 match-up with Lancaster in September.

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Are we seeing why the year after Buck Showalter left the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks those teams won the World Series?

Showalter appeared to push all the right buttons last year when the Rangers made a surprising playoff push by leaning heavily on its bullpen and hard-hitting infield.

This year, the Rangers resemble the same team that we have seen for most of the franchise's 30-plus years in Arlington - little pitching, a lack of attention to detail, and a second-half swoon.

Here's what we've seen under Showalter this season

A dugout brawl between teammates Ryan Drese and Rod Barajas that led to Drese getting waived;

Kenny Rogers taking out his frustration with management by assaulting two cameramen, which is leading to a multi-week suspension;

Gary Matthews Jr. forgetting how many outs there recently, which allowed a run to score;

An embarrassing lack of situational hitting in which the Rangers have just two sacrifice bunts and only 11 sacrifice flies;

And a starting pitching staff that has seen two of its top five starters released, will have another on suspension and will now depend on Chan Ho Park as the only veteran left from the opening day roster.

We've also seen the worst sports owner in the metroplex, Tom Hicks, sit on his fat wallet all the way through the offseason and into July, just a few days before the trading deadline.

Some may forget that Hicks promised that when the team got out from under contracts owed to Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Pudge Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez that he would continue to invest those savings back into the team. He also sold the naming rights to the stadium.

Hicks has so far let his mouth, not his actions, do the talking.

Meanwhile, the Angels and Athletics are taking the pennant and doing the walking.

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