Ramona Locke is coming home. The 1989 Hardin Jefferson graduate has been fine tuning her coaching skills over the past two decades and now she is back to make a difference where it all started.
"Southeast Texas is a special place for me," said Locke.
"Growing up here, this community is part of my life, It's always been a goal of mine to come back to southeast Texas to coach basketball."
Although basketball is her sweet spot, Locke played guard for Lamar U during the early nineties, she has coached multiple sports including cross country, tennis, and tennis.
As a 14 year old quarterback on the West Brook freshman football team Bryce Anderson was a scoring machine, converting 62 touchdowns in 10 games. The talented athlete was unstoppable, dominating to the point that Bruins head varsity football coach Eric Peevey had no choice but to bring him up to the big time of varsity.
Anderson's athleticism was so prevalent that he would be switched from quarterback to safety at the top level. He would contribute all throughout the playoffs on defense and would see significant playing time during the Texas 6A D2 state final game versus Longview.
West Brook would narrowly lose that game 35-34 but Anderson's play in front of harrowing crowd of 50,000 screaming fans would solidify himself as one of the top freshman in the nation.
Kirbyville fought all day against a mighty Wall team and had a chance for the win but misplays on the field and base paths would undo a great season.
Leading 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning the Wildcats would misplay a popup in foul territory into a walk that would eventually tie the score. Their shaky seventh included two more walks and three pitching changes, the last with Mason Laney replacing Tyler Brown with a 2-0 count and the bases loaded.