Shad’s – Shootin’ from the hip. Rankings

Shad Kline


There have been a lot of questions about rankings lately.  Namely the question of “how can the team we beat be ranked higher than we are”.  Well, there are a couple of things that can cause that to happen.  I will try to explain the best that I can.

Injuries.  A team may lose power rating points if they have injuries and do not live up to the spread that their previous power rating gave them.  It would only make sense that if you have an injury or injuries that you are not as good without the player as you would be with him.  This is even more true when that player is a key player.  A prime example of this is Borden County and Union Hill.  Borden County beat Union Hill in week 1.  However, Borden County has since suffered several injuries to key players and are not as good without those players as they were in week 1.  Borden County has started dropping rating points and have found themselves with a lower power rating than Union Hill and therefore are ranked lower than Union Hill.  That’s not to say that Borden County can’t move back up when all of their players get healthy, they can and most likely will do just that.

Inconsistency.  Some teams just are not consistent.  They may play very well one week and then follow the next week with a very bad performance.  This is a common occurrence.  It could be that the previous week was a rivalry game and the boys played to the best of their ability.  On the flip side, maybe the starting spread back broke up with his girlfriend and just didn’t play up to his potential for the game.  The team that best fits this description is Aquilla.  I’m not trying to pick on the Cougars here, but we know what they are capable of and they don’t always show it on the field.  It is very hard to find a teams true power rating if they don’t play with any sort of consistency at all.  I fully expect Aquilla to win over Jonesboro this week, however my ranking system has Jonesboro as the 45 point favorite.  This is causede by several reasons, but one of the biggest ones is Aquilla’s inconsistency on the field.

Inaccuracy.  This one is all on me.  I may have very well had a team completely wrong at the beginning of the season.  The system will eventually take care of it, but rating adjustments are capped by the 45 point rule and will not adjust more than that.  I choose to keep it this way so that a team doesn’t get “bonus” points for running the score up, or lose points for putting in their underclassmen when the game is close to the mercy rule.  I make adjustments to power rating during the off season based on information that I get out of DCTF magazine, calling the coaches or info found on message boards.  I have no doubt that I don’t have ALL of the information needed.  I make a guess based on what I have and let the system correct itself.  It always does.  At the end of the year, the state champion in each League and each division is always sitting at the #1 spot in that division.

Incomplete information.  The rating system is a living document.  It will change weekly.  I like to tell people that the games determine the ratings, not the spreads determine the games.  I’ve had people tell me after a game, “We showed you, you were WRONG”.  I usually let them have their fun with it, but in all actuality, it’s not that I was wrong, it’s that I didn’t have all of the information yet.  The score of a game is information that I need in order to get my rankings and rating more accurate.

The X factor.  I will never have my rating numbers 100% accurate.  How boring would that be anyway.  There will always be a team that wins regardless of how much of an underdog the system has them at.  Who knows what drives these kids on any given Friday?  I sure don’t.  If it were a perfect system, then I would get all of the games right.  I haven’t done it yet, (Well, except when there were very few games, such as semifinals week.), and I don’t expect to.  The X factor is just a part of the game and can bring excitement to the field that maybe some weren’t expecting.  Quite honestly, I don’t want to know the X factor, even if I could.  I want there to always be that “What if?” that can happen on any game any time anywhere.  Keep me on my toes and keep me excited to go to a game!

Rankings are not important.  They provide a platform to compare teams, give the local coffee shops and message boards something to argue over, and maybe sometimes can be used by the coach as a motivational tool.  Other than that, try not to read too much into them.  If you get too caught up in the rankings, you may very well be missing out on the best part of being a sixman fan, and that is the action on the field.  Not every player will be a superstar, but almost every player will have their special moment on that field.  Try not to miss it.

Record Breaking Performances at UIL State Track Meet

by Garrett Ross

Austin, TX – Records are meant to be broken and that was certainly the case at the 2018 UIL State Track and Field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

We witnessed seven records set in boys events and four records set in girls events.

Rankin junior Calen Fouts reached new heights in the pole vault. Fouts was able to clear the pole set at 15-3.5, which broke the previous state record of 15-3 set by Guthrie’s Landon Roberts in 2017.

“I knew coming into the meet that I was capable of breaking the record,” said Fouts. “I have been jumping at some bars set that high, but to finally clear one was incredible.”

Fouts missed on his first two jumps, but he took advantage of his final attempt. The crowd was behind him, clapping in unison as he launched himself into the record books.

“When I started that clap and everybody was behind me as I was running down the runway, I felt an attack that I had never felt before,” said Fouts.

“That’s what really threw me up and over that bar. I can’t really describe how this feels, I’m incredibly happy at what I’ve accomplished at state.

I’m proud of my coach and my father who has always been behind me and the rest of my family and fellow athletes out here at state.”

Strawn junior Tanner Hodgkins was able to add discus state record holder to his resume, which already includes football state champion.

Hodgkins threw for 171-11 and his longest throw was 52.40 meters. The previous record was held by a fellow Greyhound Ross Allison, who threw 167-06 in 2015.

“My coach helped prepare me for this moment,” said Hodgkins. “My teammates and I are very competitive in practice and that helps us throw better.”

Medina senior Austin Zirkel used endurance to capture the record in the 3200 Meter Run, finishing with a time of 9:37.62. Zirkel surpassed the previous record of 9:38.23 held by Valley’s Jake Merrell.

Zirkel was happy to share his secret for success with future runners chasing his record.

“Work hard and put your mind to it and you can pretty much do whatever you feel is possible,” said Zirkel. “As long as you actually work for it and set a goal, then you can achieve it.”

Valley’s Jake Merrell set a new record of his own in the state meet. Merrell finished the 800 Meter Run with a time of 1:51.71, which was 2.39 seconds faster than the record he set last year in the event.

Merrell is a Baylor commit and one of the most accomplished runners in Texas sports history. Throughout his track career he has acquired 9 gold and 1 silver medals in state meets.

The Valley Patriots boys relay teams wasted no time establishing their dominance at the state meet. The Patriots set state records in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

In the 4×200 they finished with a time of 1:30.82 and they ran the 4×400 in 3:25.49.

The previous 4×200 record was 1:30.86 set by Water Valley in 2015. The previous 4×400 record was 3:27.04 set by Garden City in 2016.

Creed Goode of Cross Plains set the long jump record with a jump of 22-08.25. The previous record was set in 2016 by Laneville’s Ladarius Arnett, who jumped 22-02.

Alexandra Hensley of Menard set the new state record in the girls 100 Meter Hurdles. Hensley make quick leaps and bounds over the hurdles with a time of 15.67.

Hensley broke the previous record set by Blackwell’s Abbigail Sorrells in 2016 at 15.69.

The Blum Lady Bobcats 4×400 relay team etched their names in the record books with a time of 4:08.30. The Bobcats were able to shed two seconds off their previous record setting time of 4:10.09 set in 2017.

“We were able to stay positive, it was hard to come back from the 4×100, but I’m glad we did it,” said Gentrye Munden “It took a lot of energy and a lot of heart, but it was well worth it.”

Zoe Burleson of Rocksprings was able to launch a discus for 150-04, which gave her the record. Burleson was able to beat her 2017 record of 139-02, which she set while attending Nueces Canyon.

Groom junior Sydney Ritter competed in an astonishing five events, while claiming gold in two of them and the state record in Long Jump. Ritter flew through the air before landing at 18-03.75.

“It was an amazing experience competing for five events,” said Ritter. “I’m not sure that I will compete in five events next season, so this was truly a blessing.”

“Next year I want to get better in the jumping, a lot better in the jumping,” said Ritter. “I for sure want to jump a lot further and I believe that I can.”

Ritter dethroned Morgan’s Claudia Escamilla, who set the record at 17-04.75 in 2013.

Congratulations to all these great athletes who were able to claim the title “State Record Holder”.

Legal Notice of Dissolution of Partnership

To whom it may concern:

Notice is hereby given in accordance with the State of Texas that: The partnership heretofore existing between Dency McClure, Shad Kline and Charles Parks under the name Sixmania, LLC is now dissolved by mutual consent.  That Dency McClure has withdrawn from Sixmania and is no longer associated in the conduction of said business.  Shad Kline and Charles Parks have entered into an equal partnership and will continue to conduct, oversee, and manage all business associated with Sixmania, LLC.

This is a legal notice, posted by Shad Kline as the spokesperson for Sixmania LLC, in agreement with Shad Kline and Charles Parks of Sixmania LLC and Dency McClure, former partner.

This next part is NOT a legal notice:

Dency has decided to leave Sixmania as of her own free will and with no animosity from either party.  We wish her the best of luck and we have agreed that we will remain friends.  As always, our main objective is to provide the kids of the 6-man world with the honor and recognition that they deserve, and this dissolution of partnership will not prevent either party from doing just that.  If you have any questions concerning this statement, please feel free to contact us at

Thank you,

Shad Kline

Charles Parks

Sixmania, LLC

Borden County Repeats Under The Bright Lights Of AT&T Stadium

Article by Garrett Ross

Arlington, Texas- In front of a crowd of 4,482, the Borden County Coyotes and the Jonesboro Eagles met for the second consecutive season to determine who would be crowned Class 1A D1 State Champions. The Eagles kept the game tight during the first half, but the Coyotes proved to be just to much for Jonesboro in the second half. Borden County was able to defeat Jonesboro 60-22 and bring the trophy back to Gail, Texas once again.
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