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Three Brandon High football players to sign with Bethel University

Three Brandon football players heading to Bethel

A trio of Brandon football standouts, DL Shawn Council, WR B.J. Dawkins and DB Reggie Roach, have committed to Bethel University, an NAIA program in McKenzie, Tenn.

Eagles coach John Lima said the players will sign a week from Thursday. Another Eagle, OL Walter Keels, is expected to sign with a junior college program at that time as well, Lima added.

The trio helped the Eagles stage the county's biggest turnaround in 2010. Brandon, 3-7 in 2009, finished 9-2 last fall, reaching the Class 5A playoffs. Council, an undersized (5 feet 7, 205 pounds) overachieving lineman, tallied 50 tackles and a team-best 8.5 sacks.

Roach had 20 tackles and two interceptions. Dawkins finished with eight receptions for 168 yards.

Durant coach wins honors as top physical education teacher

Durant baseball coach and physical education teacher Butch Valdes was honored this week as the Southern District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Lacrosse tournament to take field at FishHawk complex

The FishHawk Coyotes play host to the U.S. Lacrosse Gulf Coast chapter/Coyote Invitational on April 16.

The tournament will be held at the FishHawk Sports Complex and includes recreation, youth and middle school divisions for girls and boys teams. It's expected to draw more than 30 teams and 700 players.

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Compiled by Times staff writers Ernest Hooper and Joey Knight.

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