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Jones' future looks bright with new school, gym

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Staff Writer Modified: January 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm •  Published: January 22, 2011

A lot of people are getting their first look at the Stevens-Chase Center this weekend at the first Jones Tournament.

The gym is named after longtime Jones coach and middle school principal Bill Stevens and the Chase family that has been a part of the Jones culture for years, said Martin.

“It's awesome to be a part of the class that gets to open this gym. It's incredible,” said junior Tylor Seabolt, a three-sport star for the Longhorns in baseball, football and basketball.

Part of that change in culture is a credit to what Martin has brought to the program. Martin, a 1994 Jones graduate, feels a special bond with the school and community.

Martin's character was revealed following the Daxx Garman situation. In 2009, Jones was on its way to a district football championship when Garman, the team's quarterback, was ruled ineligible. A memorable season turned into a 2-8 campaign and missing the playoffs.

That moment fueled this year's team, and Martin didn't downplay the motivation. Jones reached the second round of the playoffs, losing at Davis in overtime.

“He's set the tone for what this program is supposed to be about,” senior Micah Thompson said.

Thompson is part of the success. The defensive tackle recently committed to North Texas.

After a couple of trying years, the Jones school and athletic programs are back where they want to be, and the future has never looked brighter.

“There's definitely a new sense of ownership when it comes to the school,” Martin said. “The community rallied together, and they have every right to be proud of what is happening.”