When people think of High School football, they immediately think of Texas. So, it is only appropriate that the 7th Annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard honors two Texas schools in one day! Tucked away in the beautiful hill country of Texas lies the small town of Wimberley; home of the Wimberley High School Texans. The Texans, led by Head Coach Weldon Nelms, were honored at a morning school assembly on January 23rd after finishing 80th in the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings poll.
Wimberley High School students were welcomed into the gym by Texas Army National Guard Sergeant Isaac Casso and his t-shirt cannon. Students quickly found their seats and screamed for shirts to be launched their way. After a barrage of t-shirts was launched, school Principal Greg Bonewald kicked off the ceremony by announcing MaxPreps representative Jeff Powers. Jeff gave an amazing account of the Texans season and how they matured as a team as the season progressed. Jeff then handed off the microphone to Texas Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Matthew Rifley. SFC Rifley spoke about the history of the Army National Guard. He then went on to explain how being on a championship team, accepting the support of the community and teammates, and relying on each other are very similar to being in the Army National Guard. SFC Rifley then presented Coach Nelms with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy. Coach Nelms received the coveted trophy and hoisted it above his head to the roar of the crowd. SFC Rifley then called Principal Bonewald back up to the podium and presented him with the nationally ranked championship rafter banner to be displayed proudly in the school gym forever.
Principal Bonewald ended the ceremony with a standing ovation from Wimberley High School to the Army National Guard for all of their service to their community and to this country. Congratulations Wimberley and go Texans!!