Wildcat Notes

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 8, 2007 - Finding a new punter/kicker will be a necessity this year for the Wildcats, and three soccer-style kickers are in the mix. J.D. Cruz, who kicked for the JV last year, All-District soccer forward Oscar Marroquin and incoming freshman Fernando Arrellano have all been issued helmets and are working on their kicking skills.

... The first soccer-players-turned-placekickers for SSHS were the Rezaie brothers - Ardeshir and Kiomars - who came to Sulphur Springs from Iran in the late '70s when the Shah of Iran was deposed. SSHS didn't have a soccer team then, so the Rezaie brothers took to football, and were very good at it. They each kicked a 46-yard field goal (Ardeshir in 1978 and Kiomars in 1979), which shared the school record until Billy Watkins broke it with a 47-yarder a decade later.

... Receivers Jeff Beck and Jace Jackson look to be the top two punt returners for the Wildcats. ... Basketball players Kedrick Dial and Anthony Mills came out for football this year, along with a sophomore transfer from Paul Pewitt. ... Faces in the Crowd: SSHS administrators and former coaches John McCullough, Rusty Harden and Steve Carter visited practice yesterday.

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