Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 9, 2013

Loper selected to coach TABC all-star team

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

SAN ANTONIO — He's won over 800 games as a head coach, but May 17 will be the first time that Frankston head boy's basketball coach Robert Loper, who resides in Jacksonville, will have served as a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-star game mentor.

Loper will be guiding the White team of Class 1A-3A all-stars when they go up against the Red unit at 6 p.m. at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Assisting Loper will be his right-hand man at Frankston, Vance Dallas.

The Red team will be coached by Tim Kaman of Fredericksburg.

Loper said that he is excited about the opportunity to coach a group of highly accomplished and skilled basketball players.

“This is the first time that I have had the honor to coach a TABC all-star team,” Loper said. “I know a lot of it has to do with reaching 800-career wins this year, but I am looking forward to getting down there and to work with that group of kids. It makes you feel good to have been selected to do this.”

The honor seems like a fitting way to drop the curtain on the 2012-13 basketball year, one in which Loper not only reached the 800-win pinnacle, but lead Frankston to a 23-win campaign.

The Indians ended up as District 18-2A co-champions.

Three additional all-star games will be played on May 17, with the Class 1A-3A girls game to get the day started at 2:30 p.m.

At 4:15 p.m. the Class 4A-5A girls will battle, with the final tilt slated to tip off at 7:45 p.m.

That game will pit the boys 4A-5A all-stars against one another.