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Staci Watkins Sherman, and Grandaughter, Paisley, 2011
Staci was a  4 year letterman in both volleyball, and  basketball .  She played tennis three years and ran track two years.  

She still has the trophy that she won at the Pirate relays for scoring 50 points for her team.  She won first place in all 5 events in which she was entered. 

She then received a 4 year full scholarship to Texas A&M Commerce. She was inducted into the Texas A&M Commerce Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Her 1980 Lady Lions Volleyball Team was inducted  in 2010 .  

The Lady Lions were runner up losing to Azuza Pacific at the  1st annual  volleyball  national championship tourney ever held.  This tournament was in Pittsburg, Kansas 

Staci is back in Wylie after teaching and coaching in various Texas schools for twenty eight years.  She teaches 5th and 6th PE at Draper Intermediate.  

Staci is very proud to be teaching at the school named for her pastor, Dr. A. L. Draper, who performed the marriage ceremony for her and her husband, Larry.  

They are also  members of First Baptist Church where Dr. Draper pastored for over 40 years. 
Staci Watkins Sherman, March 2011
Granddaughter, Paisley, 2011
DAUGHTER OF LION HALL OF FAMER NAMED LSC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR…Aly Sherman of West Texas A&M, the daughter of LIONS Athletic Hall of Fame member Staci (Watkins)  Sherman  ( Wylie teacher at Draper Int.  and graduate 1979)  and husband Larry Sherman, was named the Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Year at the league’s annual awards banquet last week in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Aly  Sherman also earned honorable mention All-Lone Star Conference honors after averaging 6.5 points per game for West Texas A&M and adding a team-leading 51 steals.  Ali Sherman also had 10 blocked shots, 2.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds a game for the Lady Buffs.  West Texas finished the season with a record of 17-11 and was eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament by tourney champion Texas Woman’s University.  Staci WATKINS  Sherman, an outstanding volleyball player for the LIONS, was inducted into the LIONS Athletic Hall of Fame in ’05 and is also a member of the Wylie Hall of Honor. 

1980 East Texas State Volleyball Team Inducted 
into East Texas State Athletic Hall of Fame

Few teams start a season 2-7 and end up making the NAIA Women's National Volleyball Championship Tournament; certainly no ordinary teams do.  The 1980 Lions Volleyball Team was no ordinary team.  To advance to the national tournament, the Lions needed to defeat Lubbock Christian in a bi-district championship contest.  The team flew to Lubbock even though half of the team had never flown before.  After defeating Lubbock Christian, the team rode back to the airport in the back of a pickup truck to avoid a pending snow storm.  To reach the finals, in pool play leading up to the championship, the Lions did not drop a set.  In the semifinals, they rallied from a two-set deficit against Nebraska Kearney to win the match in five.  East Texas State dropped a 3-15, 15-10, 2-15, 10-15 decision to Azuza-Pacific in the finals.  Barbara Braxton and Marsha Morgan were named first team all-tournament and Staci Watkins was named second team.

Staci Watkins Sherman ,  1979 Wylie High School graduate is seen here with  her husband Larry Sherman( Allen Eagle”77”)   

These two lovebirds have been married 30 years and are the proud parents of two beautiful redheads  Linza Gann, 26, and Aly Sherman ,21. (as of 2011)

Aly plays for the Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M.  She was chosen"Defensive Player of the Year" for the Lone Star Conference.  
Staci Watkins Sherman in high school
Staci, Aly, Linza and Larry
Honoring Athletic Achievement, Scholarship, Community Service and Character