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Puncher Club Victory Bell Returns Home
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008

The Victory Bell has long been a part of the tradition of Mason Puncher football. For years she was a permanent fixture under the bright lights of Friday night. She would ring proudly as the Punchers entered the stadium, she would ring again when the Punchers scored a touchdown and she would ring one more time as the Punchers secured a victory.

As years passed the old girl lost her luster and was soon no longer a part of the most important night of the week, Friday night! Keeping in step with The Mason Sesquicentennial and all that is good about our community, the Puncher Club decided to bring the Victory Bell back for one last run.

We found her lying in the weeds behind the MHS bus barn with her best days behind her. She was cracked in several places and was in such a dilapidated state we were not sure if we could resurrect her. None the less we sent her to San Antonio where she was put under a process called liquid metal adhesion. She was then sent to Fredricksburg, where she was completley refurbished and outfitted with a new trailer.

You will be able to get your first glimpse of this historical treasure during the Mason Roundup Parade. The Victory bell will also travel with the Puncher Super Tunnel to all away football games.

The other big news to come out of MHS during these summer months is that Dave Campbells Texas High School and College football magazine which has been in publication since 1960, has ranked our Punchers as the pre-season favorite to win Disrict 29. The Punchers were also mentioned as a possible dark horse for a top 20 state ranking and a team that their opponents would be foolish to ignore. I will have more on this as the season draws closer.

The Pucher Club will hold their 2008 kick-off meeting on July 15th at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the H.S. gymnasium. I highly urge all parents who have have student athletes in the 7th thru 12th grades to attend. This year's Puncher Club membership will be forty dollars, which can be secured at the meeting. All members will have their name displayed in the official 2008 Puncher Football Program. Our membership chairman and Puncher Club Secretary Melissa Stockbridge will be happy to assist you at the meeting.

Our co- chairmen of football this year will be Kay Yonker and Tammy Gardner. They will be responsible for coordinating all of the hoopla associated with 2008 season. Please make it a point to get with them and offer your assistance in any way you can. They need worker bees!

Our football program for the first time is receiving state wide hype and is currently ranked as one of the top 30 out of 163 teams in the state in Class 1A. The season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting we have seen in years.

Puncher Football......The Tradition Lives On !!!!!!!!

Contact Paul Rice at ( with questions regarding the Puncher Club.

Go Cowgirls! Go Punchers!

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