THE VOICE OF NORTH TEXAS


 IN 1953 TH E SACRED HEART TIGERS, WITH THE LIKES OF SYLVAN WALTERSCHEID, TOMMY HERR, AND THE LATE VIRGIL HENSCHEID, MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME.  THE TEAM LOST IN THE FIRST  ROUND AND THE TIGERS WERE UNABLE TO BREAK THE BI-DISTRICT CURSE UNTIL 1977 WHEN A NEW COACH  AND NEW ATTITUDE CAME TO TOWN. TONIGHT WE REMEMBER COACH EDDIE STOCK AND THE BEGINING OF THE NEXT STEP IN LEGACY OF  SACRED HEART FOOTBALL . 


AS A ROOKIE COACH AND GRADUATE OF  EAST TEXAS STATE IN COMMERCE,  EGGIE STOCK DIRECTED HIS  1975 TIGERS TO A  8-1-1 SEASON,  IN A TIME WHEN ONLY ONE TEAM OUT OF EACH DISTRICT MADE THE PLAYOFFS.  HIS SECOND YEAR, COACH STOCK COACHED THE TIGERS TO A 7-2 RECORD BUT AGAIN STAYED AT HOME WITH A SINGLE LOSS.  


THE TIGERS JOINED THE  LIST OF COOKE COUNTY'S ELITE WHEN IN 1977 SQUAD PLAYED FOR THE  TEXAS CATHOLIC  INTERSCOLASTIC LEAGUE STATE TITLE.  ONLY THE GAINESVILLE LEOPARDS IN CLASS 3A HAD MADE A FINALS APPEARANCE HAVING LOST TO CUERO.  IN 1977 COACH STOCK, AIDED BY ASSISTANT COACH RONNIE HESS,  WAS ON A MISSION WITH HIS TIGERS.   AN EARLY SEASON INJURY TO STARTING RUNNING  BACK ROGER HAVERKAMP HAD SET  THE TEAM BACK,  AND AFTER ANOTHER KNEE INJURY HAD ENDED THE SEASON OF RUNNING BACK KENNY  FELDERHOFF SIX GAMES INTO THE SEASON,   COACH STOCK PLACED HIS CHIPS ON DANNY WALTERSCHEID WHO WOULD GO INTO THE BOOKS WITH OVER ONE THOUSAND YARDS RUSHING IN 1977 .  


AT THE END OF THE YEAR COACH STOCK'S TIGERS LED WITH  WINS OVER WICHITA FALLS NOTRE DAME , TYLER GORMAN. LUBBOCK CHRIST THE KING, ST ANTHONY OF SAN ANTONIO, WHERE THE TIGERS WERE TREATED TO CHILI AND DONUTS FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING AS PART OF THEIR DELUXE ONE ROOM DORM STAY.  WITH AN IMPRESSIVE LINE OF VICTORIES   THE  TIGERS WERE READY TO FIGHT FOR THE CROWN.    


IN A GAME PLAYED IN GAINESVILLE AT LEEPER FIELD AGAINST THE BLOODHOUNDS OF ST JOSEPH OF BROWNFIELD THE STORY UNFOLDED.  IT WAS A TIGHT GAME, WITH A WINNING TOUCHDOWN BY THE TIGERS RECALLED ON A PENALTY. THE FINAL  WAS BROWNFIELD   15 - TO THE TIGERS  11. 


COACH STOCK AND ASSISTANT COACH RONNIE HESS DID AN INCREDIBLE JOB 1N 1977..  COACH  STOCK.S FIRM HAND HAD SET THE TEMPO FOR EXCELLENCE HE HAD DEMANDED OF HIMSELF AND HIS TEAM. AN IMPORTANT STRIDE WAS  MADE BY COACH EDDIE STOCK IN ESTABLISHING THE LEGACY OF SACRED HEART FOOTBALL. ... IN  FUTURE YEARS  HEAD COACHES JOHN NASCHE , ASSISANT COACHES DANNY WALTERSCHEID &  ASSISTANT COACH THE LATE JULIAN WALTERSCHEID,  PUSHED THE TIGERS TO A STATE TITLE AND HEAD COACH CHARLES BOLES,   ASSISTED BY CURRENT HEAD COACH DALE SCHILLING,  WON A SECOND STATE TITLE IN 2003. 

 
TONIGHT WE SALUTE NOT ONLY COACH EDDIE STOCK BUT ALSO THOSE HE COACHED AND MENTORED,  LIKE ALL STAR AND ALL STATE PLAYER,  JOE BARTUSH ANOTHER LOSS IN 2020.   TONIGHT HE CELEBRATE HIS LEGACY AND THE LEGACY OF ALL TIGERS WITH THE RAISING OF  JOE BARTUSH'S JACKET MID FIELD BY BERT HESSE.

 
ONLY 100 POINTS WAS GIVEN UP BY COACH STOCK'S RED WALL DEFENSE IN 1977.  THE WALL OF JOE BARTUSH, JOE HODEBECK, CHRIS STOFFELS, LLOYD REITER, AND GLEN WALTERSCHEID HELD OPPONENTS TO 969 YARDS THAT YEAR.  THE SECONDARY OF JOE SICKING, BOBBY HARTMAN, FRED KOESLER, ANGELO NASCHE ,AND  DANNY WALTERSCHEID  LIMITED PASSING TO 757 YARDS FOR THE YEAR.


JOE BARTUSH, THE TIGER'S HEART BEAT  ON DEFENSE, SPARKED THE SACRED HEART DEFENSE WITH 97 TACKLES.  DANNY WALTERSCHID MADE 90 STOPS ALONG WITH TWO INTERCEPTIONS AND FIVE RECOVERIES.  FRED KOESLER MADE 83 TACKLES AND RECOVERED THREE FUMBLES WHILE INTERCEPTING  FOUR PASSES. BOBBY HARTMAN BANGED THE DOOR SHUT 65 TIMES WHILE PULLING IN TWO INTERCEPTIONS  AND COVERING AN INTERCEPTION. JOE HOEDEBECK SLAMMED RUNNERS STILL 61 TIMES AND LED THE TEAM WITH FIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES.  GLEN WALTERSCHEID HAULTED RUNNERS 50 TIMES AND ADDED THREE FUMBLES.  CHRIS  STOFFELS CRUSHED 49 RUNNERS STILL.  JOE SICKING  ADDED ANOTHER 44 STOPS AND TWO FUMBES AND ONE INTERCEPTIONS.  LLOYD REITER TALLIED 25 TACKLES. ANGELO NASCHE PULLED IN FOUR MISGUIDED PASSES AND BLANKETED A FUMBLE.  JEFF HESS AND KENNT HARTMAN EACH PULLED IN AN INTERCEPTION. THE INTERCEPTION TOLL OF 19 THAT  YEAR WAS THE BEST IN THE COUNTY.    


TONIGHT WE WISH TO THANK THE CLASS OF 1953. THE STARTING POINT.


COACH  EDDIE STOCKS 1977 RED WALL WHICH MADE IT TO THE STATE FINAL.


 THE CLASS OF 1994 FOR MAKING IT A REALITY. A STATE TITLE ...


AND THE CLASS OF 2003 WHICH SHOWED US IT WAS NOT  A FLUKE. A SECOND STATE TITLE.
   
  
SPEICAL THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THIS WONDERFUL PRESNTATION-  LAURIE WALTERSCHEID,  AMY SWIRCZYNSKI, DANNY WALTERSCHEID,  NEIL HESSE, ALVIN  HARTMAN WHO PRESENTED A ROSE TO KD.... AND PROVIDED ALL THE AMAZING STATS OVER THE YEARS. & THANK YOU AMY SWIRCYNSKI FOR THE AMAZING GAME PHOTO'S.  
                

A Tribute To Coach Stock

by tom carson 

                                         

                                           PHOTOS BY AMY SWIRCYNSKI