WOW! The Richland Springs Coyotes are 2011 Division II 6-Man State Champions. The Coyotes, looking like a well-oiled machine, methodically controlled the game on both offense and defense. When the dust settled at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium, the Coyotes were victorious by a 76-28 margin over the Motley County Matadors. The road to the state championship takes over 4 months, from the first day of practice to the culmination in the state championship game. We are proud of our success, and would like to thank the players and coaches for their tireless efforts. Kudos to the cheerleaders, and to all the volunteers who supported the team each week. State Champions has a ring to it! The football team looks forward to ringing in the New Year.Junior high boys’ and girls’ basketball continued with a game at Lometa this past Monday. The varsity Lady Coyotes (6-5) (0-1) played the May Lady Tigers this past Tuesday. Both varsity boys and girls will travel to Rochelle for a district game this Friday at 6:30. Come out and support our young athletes in UIL competition.Mr. McKee reminds all students with stock show entries to take classroom studies seriously. In order to show animals at the San Saba County Show, students must be passing all classes at the end of the third six-week period which ends on December 16, 2011. Richland Springs students in grades 2-8 traveled to Brookesmith on Wednesday, December 7th, to compete in UIL academic contests. Nelson Smith, UIL academic coordinator, will have the UIL awards presentation for grades 2-8 at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13th in the cafetorium. The Christmas holidays are upon us. Semester exams are scheduled for students on Wednesday, December 14th, Thursday, December 15th, and Friday, December 16th. Students are encouraged to be at school during semester exams in order to avoid receiving incomplete grades for the 1st semester. Students have an early out at 12:55 on December 16, 2011, and classes resume for students on January 3, 2012. The holidays are always a welcomed break. It is a time to recharge and enjoy the holidays.Richland Springs students and staff are committed to success, whether it be academics or athletics. Enjoy the holiday season, and stay warm!Warmest wishes to All from the Richland Springs’ students and staff.MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.