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May 31, 2014

Under Gould's guidance Alto athletics reach lofty heights

ALTO —

Alto athletic director and head football coach Paul Gould has managed to set the bar pretty high for himself in the future.

That's because of a multitude of top-shelf accomplishments that took place in the school's athletic department during the recently completed 2013-14 school term, which was Gould's first as athletic director and head football coach.

The Jacksonville High School alumnus started off by leading the Yellowjacket football team to a 9-4 record.

The Mean Sting advanced all the way to the third round of the state Class A-I playoffs.

Yellowjacket basketball took the torch in the winter months and won 23 of its 29 outings, including going two rounds deep in post season play.

Alto's hoopsters secured their first district championship in 30 years.

Alto baseball also qualified for the state playoffs this spring to keep Alto's place in post season preserved.

The Yellowjackets saved their collective best for last as the boy's track and field team won the University Interscholastic League, Class A-I state championship in early May.

“It certainly has been a fun ride this year,” Gould said. ”Our teams did really well this year.”

Gould was quick to deflect the attention from himself to his coaching staff, however.

“I have a tremendous team of coaches around me,” Gould stated. “They do a fantastic job and many have been here 5-7 years.”

The collective winning percentage of nearly 72 percent would not have been possible without having an exceptional group of young men to work with said Gould.

“We push the (boys) pretty hard around here and they don't gripe and complain,” he said. “They work hard and they expect to win, regardless if they are playing football, basketball, baseball or running track. We are blessed to have kids like that in our program.”

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