Manila Lions welcome basketball coaches

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Manila boys' basketball Coach Lee Wimberley and girls' basketball Coach Sammi Fowler.

Manila girls basketball coach Samantha Fowler and boys coach Lee Wimberley were guest speakers at the Nov. 18 Lions Club meeting.

Coach Wimberley has been in Manila for four years. He talked about building the program from the elementary up. He discussed some of the upcoming changes in the conference with the combining of the 3A-4A teams.

"We will be one of the smallest schools in the conference," he said.

He praised the players, parents and the community for their support of the program.

"My concerns are the kids," he said. "I love my players. I am hard on them and I push them, but they know I care."

He said basketball got a late start because of the football success.

"I am happy for the football kids and their coaches," he said. "They worked hard and deserve the great year they had."

He said the basketball team has potential even though they are young. He said he had only two seniors on the team.

"I love it here and I feel at home here," Coach Wimberley said. "I think Manila made a tremendous hire in Sammi Fowler. We are fortunate to have her."

Coach Fowler also teaches math in the middle school.

"I grew up with basketball sitting on the bench with my dad (Coach Stan Fowler)," she said.

The team has a 2-2 record.

"They are playing hard and stepping up," Fowler said. "The community has welcomed me here. I am glad to be here."

Lion Danny Robbins, who is also a member of the school board, thanked both coaches for the job they do working with the young people.

Lion Matt Noble gave a financial review and announced the club made approximately $2,700 on the chili cook-off.

Lion Terry Carr said Blake Carr's fraternity will be collecting canned goods to be donated to the Manila Lions Club as a community service.

The annual pancake supper will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the school cafeteria. It will continue to be open after the Christmas parade.

The Lions Club is open to new members. They meet at noon on Wednesdays at the school.

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