Shiner gears up for state championship game (w/video)
The Shiner High School Comanches football team will leave the school at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday bound for Arlington and the state championship game Thursday. A send-off celebration is planned in the parking lot.
SHINER - High school football is the talk of the town in a community best known for its brewery and live music scene.
With good reason.
Shiner won state championships in football in 1986 and 2004.
"It's what everyone is talking about," said Howard Gloor, owner of the popular convenience store, gas station and watering hole Howard's. "The whole town is fired up about it."
Shiner fans showed how fired up they are Tuesday morning when advance tickets to the game were sold at the school.
In the first two hours, high school principal Brad Oden sold 370 tickets.
By day's end, 395 adult tickets and about 200 student tickets were sold.
Tickets will be on sale again at the school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
"There's just a lot of excitement," Oden said. "You can feel the electricity in the air."
Shiner Mayor Fred Hilscher said, "Everybody in town is excited. Employees are giving people time off to go. We're going to have good representation up there."
Three fan buses have been filled, and space is available on a fourth.
Seats are $55 each and payable to Julie Gamez at Lone Star Bank in Shiner, 203 N. Avenue E.
Buses will begin loading at the Shiner High School football stadium parking lot at 2:30 a.m. Thursday and leave at 3 a.m.
They should arrive at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. kickoff, said Barbara Muehlstein, fan bus organizer.
The mayor said high school football is an important facet of life in Shiner.
"We're a two high school town. The schools are a central part of the town. It's not Shiner High or St. Paul, it's all Shiner. It's become a tradition of excellence," Hilscher said.
"You can count on it in December that Shiner is going to be playing football somewhere."