The Advocate knew almost 20 years ago what America knows now — Lake Highlands is a breeding ground for champions.
Who can predict where the sport of football is headed — what with new studies and increased awareness about its potential dangers — so what better time than now to bask in glories present and past.
The Lake Highland Advocate’s 1998 cover article “Bred to Win” leads off with football and high school star Brian Marr whose father before him had played back in 1974 — a true legacy story. (In 2013 we caught up with Brian who had married a fellow grad Sarah Jenkins, who was working as a professional ballerina; at the time they were parents to two sons ages 7 and 5.)
But the 1998 feature focuses on LHHS standouts in other sports as well, like gymnastics, wrestling and track/field.
The theme seems to be that Lake Highlands sports reaches beyond the high school itself; the pride (and the disappointments too) extend to the whole community.
“The coaching staff has pride, the students have pride, and the community has pride. And that carries you a long way.” —coach Bob Duvey in 1998
By the same token, the neighborhood’s support of school athletics contributes to its untold successes.
All that energy radiating from high school sports touches members of our neighborhood — the lure of a future in high school sports drives Lake Highlands parents to participate in all those Wildcat summer camps (and all that stuff we will tell you about soon) gearing the little ones up for drill team, football, Wrangler-ing and such.
For now do a little daydreaming about days gone by.
Here’s the full text of that 1998 story.