Published 11:08 am Sunday, July 20, 2008
New looks at ECHS and EA
By Chandler Myers
As reported in the last few weeks, Escambia County High School and Escambia Academy are doing work to their field houses as well as adding other new additions to their football programs.
Coach Davis and ECHS have built new lockers, received new weight equipment and stations, which gives the locker room a good look.
New jerseys have also been purchased and will give the Blue Devil's a new look, but goes back to the days when tradition was important.
Tradition is something the coaches at ECHS want to bring back and are doing a good job of that heading into their fourth season.
Davis and the coaches at ECHS are doing a great job in turning their team into winners and this sports editor sees good things for the Blue Devil's future with him at the helm.
Down Hwy. 31, EA is completing their own renovations and looking to give their program a step further in the right direction.
A complete overhaul of their field house includes new bathrooms, office, paneling and a tile floor that features a cougar image in the middle.
My favorite part would be the image of the cougar head because it takes me back to my days in high school.
I attended Clay-Chalkville and our mascot is the cougar as well so it makes me think about Friday nights and the sights and sounds of football games.
The Cougars are also revamping their field with new sod, which should bring a good look to their stadium.
Coach Gibson is doing a good job with the talent he fields at EA and will try and continue winning games this season with a small team.
Both schools are doing a lot for their programs and in the long run it will help them gain more and more respect as well as even more talent.
Most of all it helps something that all teams need and while some teams have this quality, some lack it.
Morale is key when attempting to build a dominant team and I find it hard for the teams at ECHS and EA not to have good morale with all the good things taking place on the campuses.
That is one huge benefit of rewarding the players in these programs with quality equipment is the affect it has on them.
It will not only help them be better on the field it can also help them be great people away from the game.
They will learn what hard work can earn them and will encourage each player to try harder in every aspect of their life including school and possibly in the work place.
With the coaches and the administration doing such a good job at both schools I would not be surprised to see more benefits come away from the improvements and hopefully the community will see this as well.
This good will do nothing, but help improve the schools, the athletics and maybe even the community in the long run.
Maybe I am a little optimistic, but I think that way and I hope time tells me that I am right.
Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org