A sidelined view
BY STEPHEN TIPPINS
The 2000 football season for MCHS saw the Red Raiders conquer
the gridiron as they accomplished the previously unthinkable:
going 10-0, a first for the school.
Much of the credit for this perfect season goes to the head coach
for the Red Raiders, Coach Tom Hybl. It is Hybl's third season
as commander- in -chief for the Red Raider squad, but his responsibilities
run deeper than merely football, since he is also the school's
With the glory of a history-making season now over, things are
a little different for Coach Hybl. The everyday pressures of
practice and strategizing for the next opponent are now gone.
Coach Hybl instead finds himself honoring his other athletic
responsibilities, overseeing the beginning of winter sports:
basketball, wrestling and the like. This, of course, is not to
say that coach Hybl does not have football on his mind at all.
To the contrary, he has already committed the Raiders to a rigorous
off-season training program. Success for the veteran football
coach is an ongoing thing. There is always another level to reach
and a new goal to obtain.
Indeed, success is not a new concept for coach Hybl. In fact,
he has been a part of many successes, both academic and personal,
in his lifetime. And he has seen such achievements at all levels
of athletic competition. His coaching career got its jump start
while he was a graduate assistant for Mississippi State, where
he received his master's degree in history. From his days as
a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs, he and his wife, Cheryl,
who has been a constant source of support for the football coach,
have impacted the halls of many high schools and the sidelines
of countless football battlefields.
His expertise, it should be noted, is not limited to X's and
O's of gridiron warfare. Coach Hybl is also experienced at the
great game of golf. In fact, during his Floridian days, apart
from full-time football in the late 70s, he mingled in and out
of the mini tours, missing qualification for the PGA by a mere
stroke. Of course, his most recent successes are those of true
fatherly pride. His eldest son, Nate, is currently a quarterback
for the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and his younger son, Ryan,
is making his college debut for the University of Georgia golf
team, the defending national champions.
Coach Hybl, though, does not dwell too long on his past glories
and anything completed is a glory of days past not present, because
he understands that he should take everything with a grain of
"Good seasons come and good seasons go," he says and
then adds, "but it's the relationship with the players that
It seems his players have grasped this concept about life outside
of football. And because they have grasped this concept, they
have come to respond to the harsh demands that Hybl makes in
an effort to prepare them for combat on and off the field.
Hopefully, for Hybl's sake as well as the sake of the Madison
County Red Raiders, there are still many victories left for Coach
Hybl to place under his well-seasoned belt.
Lately, I have been feeling very overwhelmed. I recently had
a car accident which was my fault. So now I have to pay a whole
lot of money to have my car fixed. I do have a job, but I am
really unhappy there because I think a lot of my co-workers don't
like me. I want to quit, but I really need the money. My schoolwork
is also suffering because I don't have time to do my homework
and work and extracurricular activities, which I can't quit now.
Plus, my girlfriend has been getting mad because I don't spend
enough time with her. All of these things are hitting me at once
and I just don't know what to do. What do you think?
- Stressed Out
Whoa! I can tell you're having a really hard time right now.
I suggest that you talk to your parents and see if they can help
you out with the car at all. They might be able to lend you some
money until you can find a job that you like better. If they
know that your grades are slipping, they will probably want you
to quit your job anyway. That's really all I can tell you, but
I hope that everything works out for you. Good luck!
FCA is a very busy club
BY ASHLEY MULLINS
Fellowship of Christian Athletes are busy these days. A lock-in
was held at the high school Nov. 21 from 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
On Nov. 27, at Hull Baptist Church, FCA hosted a banquet for
all the football players, cheerleaders and softball team. Pizza
was served and everyone had a good time socializing with each
other. There were speakers to talk with the group.
There is one more big event for FCA this year, Winter Recharge.
This is an annual event where all FCA members are invited to
go and get away for three days and two nights. Winter Recharge
will be Dec. 20-22. If any member of FCA is planning to go, they
will need to pay a $95 balance to Mrs. Maureen Berryman in the
front office by Nov. 29.
With all of this going on, FCA will be a very busy club for the
Madison Co. FCCLA hosts food drive
BY STEPHEN TIPPINS
If you visited MCHS at any time over the past few weeks, you
would have noticed a large assortment of cans in the school lobby.
This pyramid of canned food was due to the annual food drive
put on by the Madison County Food Bank, which is sponsored at
the high school by the FCCLA. This year, over 800 cans of food
were collected during the drive. Thanks to these efforts, many
less fortunate will be able to better enjoy the upcoming holidays.
DCT feature: Helen Akins
BY ASHLEY WALLER
Helene Pauline Adkins is an exceptional student. She balances
school and work while keeping a positive attitude. She is employed
at Golden Pantry in Danielsville as a cashier. She really enjoys
her job as well as DCT because it helps get goals accomplished
that she normally would not have time to complete.
Her supervisor Tammy McKnight said in regard to Helen: "Hard
worker, very dependable, always has a good personality with the
This is a flattering comment and she deserves all the praise
for her hard work.
When she graduates from high school, she would like to become
a nurse. Her hard work and dedication will certainly pay off
as she furthers her education.
Yarbrough stands out among the rest
BY JONATHAN COLE
One of the most active students at MCHS, senior Emily Yarbrough
says she's trying her best to make the most of her high school
years. Being an active member of PRIDE, a member of the girls'
soccer team the last four years and a junior and senior class
secretary are just a few of the things Emily occupies her time
Selected captain of this year's varsity football and basketball
cheerleading squads, Emily devotes her after school time to pumping
up our sports teams. She was named "most spirited"
her tenth and eleventh grade years, but her proudest accomplishment
was winning the spot as captain for scoring the most points during
tryouts. Showing her devotion to the sport, she plans on basing
her college decision on wherever she can cheer.
During the summer, Emily spends her time as a counselor at Extra
Special People, a camp for developmentally disabled youth and
adults. This year will be her sixth at the camp and she plans
on being a special education teacher after college.
Emily is looked at by her peers as someone who always makes them
laugh with her witty personality. Her hard work and dedication
in being a leader in various things will pay off in her future
Students of the week announced
BY ASHLEY WALLER
The "students of the week" for Nov. 13-17 are Erin
Fitzpatrick, Kandace Fitzpatrick, Thad Pruett, Lacey Kirk, Lisa
Purcell, Aiyana Hunter, Ashley Shubert, Amanda Cowart, Zach Audelewicz
and Katie Garrett. These students have done extraordinary work
and are rewarded with an early lunch pass or a parking pass which
allows them to park in the DCT lot or the teacher parking lot.
Congratulations for a job well done.