Ball High vs. Strake Jesuit

Ball High head coach Kimble Anders talks with the referee Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, after a personal foul was called on the Tors in the second quarter against Strake Jesuit at Kermit Courville Stadium.

A wide smile crept across Kimble Anders’ face after his team’s 10-7 overtime win over district rival Texas City on Friday night. It was in stark contrast to the anguish the Ball High head coach felt two weeks earlier after the Tors’ 30-17 loss to Strake Jesuit — their third straight defeat to open the season.

Winning isn’t everything, especially in high school athletics, but judging by the reactions of Ball High players, coaches, fans and even a stadium maintenance worker, it was obvious the win Friday night meant a lot.

Anthony Oppermann is a former sports talk and studio host and is currently a sports copy editor for The Daily News. He can be reached at

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