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JANUARY 9, 2013 + ALUMS ON TOP Hays High alumni beats varsity soccer team 2-0. - Page 1B VOLUNTEERING Four profiles on individuals that give back to the community. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ........... HaysFreePress.com ........ ............... Vol. 110 * No. 41 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 + PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays High School head coach Blake Feldt may soon be coaching football under the most famous Friday night lights in the nation. Feldt, who has an 18-6 record at Hays in two seasons, is one of three finalists for the Odessa Permian High School head football coaching job. School district officials will make the final decision Friday. BY JASON GORDON Special to the Hays Free Press Hays i~Iigh School head coach Blake Feldt may soon be coaching football under the most famous Friday night lights in the nation. Feldt is one of three finalists for the Odessa Permian High School head football coaching job. Permian was made famous by H.G. Bissinger's 1990 book "Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream," which chronicled the Panthers' 1988 season. A 2004 film and a primetime TV series, which ran from 2006-2011, were also based on the book. Since opening in 1959, Perm- ian has captured six state football championships, 24 district cham- pionships and has been voted the national high school champions twice. The school's last state title came in 1991. "I think Odessa Permian is the most prolific job in the country, not just in Texas," said Feldt, who has guided Hays High to playoff wins during both his seasons lead- ing the Rebels. "It's the only high school in America where you can be in NewYork or Los Angeles and mention its name and they know exactly who the Permian Panthers are." Feldt, who led Pilot Point to the "7 think Odessa Permian is the most prolific job in the country, not just in Texas. It's the only high school in America where you can be in New York or Los Angeles and mention its name and they know exactly who the Permian Panthers are." -Blake Feldt, Hays High head football coach 2009 Class 2A Division I state title, have an incredible supporting cast has had nothing but success since around me." taking over at Hays for Bob Shel- Still, Feldt is a West Texas man ton, the only head football coach first and foremost. the school had ever known since He attended Midland High opening in 1968. Feldt was official- School and played football and lyhired at Hays in February 2011. was a graduate assistant at Texas As athletic coordinator, every TechUniversity. team sport has made the playoffs "Permian is a job I've dreamed under Feldt. His football coach- about ever since I was a little boy," ing record has been stellar as well, Feldt said. "I remember when I as Feldt led Hays to consecutive was a graduate assistant at Tech district titles for the first time in and head coach Jerry Moore asked school history and a playoff win in me if I could have any high school both 2011 and 2012. Feldt's overall coaching job in the state what record at Hays is 18-6, including a would it be? I told him I wanted 15-3 stretch during the Rebs' last to be the head football coach at 18 games. Odessa Permian." 'Tm very proud of all of the suc- Gary Gaines, who was head cess we've had at Hays," Feldt said. coach at Permian during the "Fri- "I've been fortunate to coach some day Night Lights" season and led outstanding athletes here and I the Panthers to the 1989 Class SA state title, resigned in mid-Decem- bet after a second stint coaching the Panthers. He was unable to capture the magic he brought to the team dur- ing his first run at the school, fin- ishing with a 23-21 overall record from 2009:12. Permian finished 5-6 this past season, losing in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. "We're going to give it to some- one else and, hopefully, they can make more out of it than we did," Gaines told the Associated Press. "We came here to make some deep playoff runs and we weren't able to do that. That's what (Permian fans) expect, and I expect as well." Other finalists for the job are Westlake offensive coordinator Ted Willmann and Gregory-Portland High School's head coach Matt An- astasio. Anastasio was Westlake's defensive coordinator before leav- ing to take the Gregory-Portland job in 2011. Westlake lost in the Class 5A Division II state semifi- nals 31-28 against Cedar Hill in December. Gregory-Portland went three rounds deep in the Class 4A Division I playoffs last season be- fore getting pounded 44-7 by Le- ander Rouse. School district officials are ex- pected to pick Permian's next head football coach from the list of fi- nalists by the end of the week. Kyle Library Youth livestock show kicks off with horse show The Hays County Youth Livestock Association is hosting its Horse Show at the Hays County Civic Center all day Saturday. Book Club Kyle city parks employee arrested BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com A Kyle Parks and Recreation Department employee was arrested Monday after alleged- ly making terror threats in the workplace. Gabriel Dominic Gar- za, 33, has been charged with making a terror threat impairing public/ government service, a third-degree felony pun- ishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000, accord- ing to Hays County jail records, fiARZA Though the city is be- ing relatively quiet with the details surround- ing this case, citing its ongoing investigation and personnel matters, city spokesperson Jerry Hendrix said "proper restrictions and precautions are in place, that are typical with this type of case, to ensure the safety of em- ployees and the public." Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett would not comment on the specifics of the case, but said Garza allegedly made verbal threats "putting others in the workplace in fear of See TERRORISTIC THREAT, pg. 2B Are Kyle police officers stressed? BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Law enforcement can be perilous work, but the dangers go beyond the streets alone. Shootings, murders, homicides, rapes, abuse, thefts, wrecks, deaths and catas- trophes, among a plethora of other pre- dicaments, are situations any given police officer could have to deal with within an in- stant. And those dealings could eventually take their toll on first responders. The Science Daily reports that the pres- sures of law enforcement springboards offi- cers to risks of high blood pressure, insom- nia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide, accord- ing to a decade of studies by University at Buffalo (UB) researchers. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said his offi- cers have around-the-clock resources, such as the city's employee assistance program and the San Marcos Police Department's chaplain, available at the local and state level should any of them have mental or physical health needs. Barnett said officers undergo a fitness for The next meeting of in Buda duty evaluation, which includes both men- the Kyle Library Board Join the Buda tal and physical health, before attending will take place at 6:30 Library Book Club the police academy, and that officers inter- p.m. on Thursday. The for a lively discus- ested in employment in Kyle also undergo Kyle Public Library sion of "The Cat's an evaluation before hire. Board meets the sec- Table" written by ,, ond Thursday of each Michael Ondaatje. Policing is a psychologically stressful month. If you have con- The group meets work environment filled with danger, high cerns about the library at 6 p.m. Thurs- demands, ambiguity in work encounters, or ideas for improving day at the Buda human misery and exposure to death," our services you are Public Library. the Science Daily quoted John M. Violanti, more than welcome to attend the meeting. 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