Area resident Clyde Cordle sure was proud of his brother, Paul Eugene Cordle, who passed away on Oct. 8. Clyde stopped by the office on Wednesday to put in an obituary for his sibling, who was a fine athlete here in his day.
Paul Cordle was a 1950 graduate of Ashland High School and a proud member of the 1949 Tomcat football team as a linebacker. I wrote some Sunday about the ‘49 team that finished 8-4 but was ranked among the top five in the state during that season.
Cordle married high school sweetheart Rilla Rice, whose brother, Rupert “Doc” Rice, was a star on Ashland’s 1942 team.
Paul went on to have an amazing life and career. He had an engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and served three years as a pilot in the U.S. Army. During his professional career he won numerous awards and had some patents.
He always carried a love of football and that athletic ability carried down to his children and grandchildren.
One of his sons, Steve, was a member of the Kodak All-American football player at Fresno State as a linebacker. He led Fresno State in practically every defensive category in 1981 and was a co-captain.
Paul Cordle was one of several outstanding football players — and men — from that 1949 Tomcat team of coach Bob Stoneburner.
Larry Bailey, the AD at Verity Middle School, is trying to locate photographs of Jake Hallum, Vic Marsh or Herb Conley in their coaching days at Ashland.
He is planning on having an artist paint a photograph of Putnam Stadium and needs photographs of some coaches to be as accurate as possible. He assures that the photos will be handled with care and returned to the rightful owners.
Email me if you have any photos and I’ll make sure Larry gets them.
Verity Middle School is hosting an “Inside Sale” on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the last person leaves.
Several old Berity basketball uniforms, travel bags, cheerleading outfits, Verity shirts and other school items will be on sale along with some vendors for other items.
Bailey said Verity is doing some housecleaning and trying to raise funds for sports teams, special items for the proposed new gymnasium and for the newly formed middle school baseball team that begins play in the spring.
Bailey says the middle school baseball team will not conflict with Little League or Junior League (players can participate in both).
He hopes it sparks an renewed interest in baseball since the numbers are slipping in Little League, Junior League and Senior League.
Grubb gets honors
Raceland senior volleyball and softball standout Breanna Grubb has received statewide recognition as a student-athlete.
The two-sport star was named one of two state winners for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. The boys winner was Raymond White of Richmond Model.
The annual award recognizes excellence in academics and athletics.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2648.