By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
It has been a good year for sports at Commerce Independent School District.
The Tiger football team was 7-5 and went to the second round of playoffs before losing to New Boston, and both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams fell just one game short of making the playoffs this year.
Both the high school volleyball and softball teams had record years as the volleyball team went undefeated in district play, and went on to the regional finals where they eventually lost to the state champions; and the softball team won its first district title in history and will be playing Chisum in Mt. Pleasant at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of playoffs.
All these accomplishments and more will be celebrated at the annual Commerce Booster Club All-Sports Banquet on May 4 at 6:30 inside Commerce High School.
“This is for all the teams who participated in sports,” Bill Mulcahy, president of the Booster Club, said. “Normally we host it on a Thursday, but we moved it to a Saturday to accomodate more people.”
The event will cost $12 at the door and will be catered by Sodexo, Inc.
Both a silent and live auction will be held at the event that will include various donations made by businesses in and around Commerce, including Luigi’s and Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“We will have at least 44 items to be auctioned,” he said. “And the university put up two all-sports passes for any home game.”
Last year more than $2,500 was raised for CISD teams at the banquet, and Mulcahy said with a change in day he is expecting even more this year.
With the teams doing well, Mulcahy said Commerce has been living by its slogan this year: “Champions by Choice”.
“That’s what these kids have chosen this year, to be champions,” he said. “I can’t speak enouf of Head Coach Sam Wells and Superintendent Blake Cooper.”
According to Mulcahy, even if members of the community do not have children in CISD schools, they should still support the teams to help build the community more.
“Commerce as a whole needs to come and see what these kids have done,” he said. “And let them know these kids are worth it.”