Saturday, September 19, 2015

Josh Reynolds, Jay Class of 2013

Josh Reynolds, Jay class of 2013, was an exceptional football player for the Mustangs. Josh is currently a star wide receiver for Texas A&M. As a sophomore in college, Josh broke the all-time Aggie record for most touchdown receptions in a season.
Josh's brother, Moses Reynolds, is the best football player on Jay's current team and one of the top 3 college football prospects in the San Antonio area. Moses scored SIX touchdowns in the first Jay football game this year. Josh and Moses' mom, Michele Reynolds, was a 1989 John Jay graduate. Michele is currently a teacher and coach at Jay. Mustangs are family at John Jay...literally.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sammy Morris, Jay class of '95

Sammy Morris, class of '95, played in the NFL for well over a decade.

Sammy played for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and Dallas Cowboys. Sammy was the Dolphins' starting RB, rushing leader, and touchdown leader in 2004.

Sammy played fullback for Texas Tech. He exploded for 200+ yards in an upset of A&M.

Sammy played running back as a junior at Jay, and then was named the San Antonio Area Player of the Year as a quarterback his senior year. Sammy played centerfielder on the baseball team AND ran on the district champion 4x400 relay team.

Sammy is a proud father of several children. We can only hope Sammy IV will become a Mustang someday.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Scott Thomas, Jay class of '82

Scott Thomas, class of '82, was a bright, fast, football star for John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas. After excelling as a Jay running back and track star, Scott opted for the Air Force Academy when UT did not come through with a scholarship offer.

At the Air Force Academy, Scott Thomas became the first college football player to return a kickoff, punt, and interception back for touchdowns. He was selected as the MVP of the 1984 Independence Bowl, a win over Virginia Tech. In 1985, Scott got his sweet revenge over UT as he led Air Force to a 24-16 victory over Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl, giving Air Force an astonishing 12-1 record. Scott was named a consensus All-American safety!

Scott flew fighters in the Gulf War in '91. When his plane was shot down, Scott ejected from the cockpit. While parachuting down, he saw Iraqis coming for him from one side while the Americans raced to save him from the other. In true Scott fashion, the heated competition once again went his way. He still flies fighters for in the Air Force.

On Nov. 7, 2009, Scott "Spike" Thomas co-hosted ESPN Gameday with Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit before the Air Force - Army game in Colorado Springs.

Robert Santiago, Jay Class of '82

Robert Santiago, class of '82, was the John Jay H.S. Valedictorian. Athletically, Robert was clearly gifted as well. He was a hurdler extraordinaire in track and the star starting quarterback on one of Jay's most explosive football teams.

Robert went to Harvard and set all kinds of football records as a running back for the Crimson. He was a two-time All-Ivy League selection in 1984 and 1985 and ranks 6th on Harvard's all-time rushing list. Robert's 5.1 yards-per-carry avg is the best in school history. You will see the Santiago name on Harvard's Top 10 single-season rushing yards list not once, but twice. If you look at Harvard's Top 10 single-game rushing performances, you will also see Robert Santiago's name twice there as well.

After a professional football career in Europe, Robert returned to San Antonio where he owns his own business.

Scott Ankrom, Jay Class of '84

Scott Ankrom, class of '84, was the fastest blonde in America. Scott was a Jay superstar quarterback in football who could score from anywhere on the field. Scott was the starting point guard on Jay's district champion and regional finalist basketball team. Scott stayed very busy in the spring as the starting centerfielder in baseball who could run down any fly ball. Most impressively, Scott was a miraculous sprinter in track. Scott was so fast that he set records at many track meets he ran in. He always won the 100m and 200m races and would also win the 4x100m relay as long as he was handed the baton. His 200 meter district record stood for 24 years until it was just broken in April 2007.

Ankrom parlayed his speed and athleticism into a successful college football career as the starting quarterback at TCU under legendary coach Jim Wacker. Upon throwing a 99 yard touchdown pass, Scott permanently put his name in the NCAA record books. That feat will never be outdone.

Most Texans were very pleased when Scott was drafted by Dallas in 1989 and returned kickoffs for the Cowboys with his blazing speed.
Scott currently owns his own business right here in San Antonio, Texas.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bo Outlaw - Jay class of '89

Bo Outlaw, Jay class of '89, played in the NBA for 15 years, most recently with the Orlando Magic. Bo did it the hard way, going to junior college before UH, then playing pro ball in Spain and the CBA before making the NBA. Bo was well-respected and highly-regarded as THE BEST hustler in the entire NBA. Bo's hustle enabled him to earn over $35 million playing for the Clippers, Suns, Grizzlies, and Magic. Career highlights included a triple double one unbelievable game and also a 29 point scoring explosion one magical night vs Dallas.

Bo is the perfect example of how hard work and a never-say-die attitude can bring great success. Since Bo used to be extremely lean and not particularly tall, he almost got cut from the basketball team his freshman and sophomore year of high school. Charles "Bo" Outlaw quickly grew over a half a foot in high school and outworked his teammates and competitors. Bo and the Jay basketball team dominated the competition. His senior year, Bo led Jay to a 38-0 record before losing to Clear Lake in the 5A state championship game.

With the help of Coach Floyd's comic relief, Bo had his Mustang jersey retired in 2002, the same year Jay brought home it's first state basketball title.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Reuben Reina, Jay class of '86

Reuben Reina, class of '86, is the most accomplished distance runner in Texas high school history. Reuben won both the mile and two mile at the Texas state track championships for THREE STRAIGHT YEARS!
In cross country, Reuben was the best in the entire country. He won the high school NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in 1985. He set a course record at this Kinney (now Foot Locker) National Championship Meet in San Diego that still stands after 30 years.
Reuben went on to be an eight-time All-American in the mile, 3K and 5K at the University of Arkansas. He won NCAA titles in the '90 and '91 3,000 meters and was on teams that won six NCAA Championships.

Reuben ran for the United States in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He was inducted into both the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.


Reuben and his high school sweetheart, fellow Mustang and Razorback track athlete Joell Olivares, Jay class of '88, both graduated from the University of Arkansas and have four kids. .


Their oldest daughter won the Arkansas STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in the mile, 2 mile, and cross country and got a track scholarship guessed it, Arkansas! Their other daughter is also a decorated state champion track star in addition to being so good at soccer, she got a soccer scholarship from the Univ. of Kansas. There are still two more Reinas in the pipeline - middle school twins! .

Randy Reina, class of '78, Roland Reina, class of '81, Eileen Reina, and Janice Reina were also distance running champions at Jay. The siblings were affectionately called the "Running Reinas" in the media as they became an institution throughout San Antonio. They all had great success at the collegiate level as well, running for the national champion track and cross country teams at the University of Arkansas.

Clarissa Davis, Jay class of '85

Clarissa Davis, class of '85, was the best female basketball player in the country. The Parade All-American had a phenomenal inside/outside game and even scored 75 points in one high school game. Although known throughout the country for her basketball prowess, Clarissa dominated in three sports: basketball, volleyball, and the high jump. Clarissa's intimidating spikes and blocks in volleyball were truly a site to behold.
After her record-setting high school career, Clarissa led the University of Texas Longhorns to the 1986 NCAA Championship with an undefeated 34-0 record. Clo earned MVP honors during the Final Four. Clarissa was a TWO-TIME NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR. She was a three-time All-American during her collegiate career. Clarissa was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Decade for the 1980’s. She was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor and the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Clarissa was a leading scorer on the 1992 bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team in Barcelona, Spain. Clarissa and Reuben Reina both represented John Jay High School at the same Olympics!

Clarissa played ten seasons of professional basketball, including being an All-Star and scoring 35 points in the ABL finals. She played her last year for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.

Clarissa was instrumental in bringing the WNBA to San Antonio and acted as General Manager of the San Antonio Silver Stars. She returned to UT as a basketball coach.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Demetria Sance, Jay class of '95

Demetria Sance, class of '95, was the best Texas high school volleyball player ever. She was named All-State and All-American ALL FOUR YEARS in high school and led Jay to the '91 5A Volleyball State Championship! Her mother, Phyllis, was actually a volleyball coach at Jay two of those years.

Demetria went to UT and was named All-American ALL FOUR YEARS in college as well! Her UT coach, Jim Moore, said "she is the best all-around player in college volleyball history." The San Antonio Express-News Sportswoman of the Year and Big 12 Conference Player of the Year holds tons of volleyball records at UT, including career, season, and match records for most kills and attacks.

Demetria played on the US Olympic team in Sydney in 2000 and was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. She currently coaches volleyball in San Antonio.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Thomas Lott, Jay class of '75

Thomas Lott, class of '75, played in the same John Jay backfield as fullback Russell Tatum (longtime Jay coach) and future New York Giants leading rusher Billy Taylor. Thomas reluctantly moved from halfback to quarterback his junior year, but rushed for over 1,000 yards, and led Jay to a 9-1 season in 1973. As a senior, he became the best wishbone quarterback in the country and earned All-City and Parade Magazine All-American honors.

Thomas was the starting QB at OU in 1976, 1977, and 1978, earning All Big Eight honors his junior and senior years. Coach Barry Switzer calls Thomas "the greatest wishbone quarterback in Oklahoma history." Playing in the same backfield as running backs Billy Simms, Kenny King, and David Overstreet, OU tore up the competition. His senior year, Thomas led OU to an 11-1 record, including a 31-24 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska in which he and Billy Simms each scored two touchdowns.

Many of us remember Thomas for his trademark and trendsetting bandana that he wore underneath his helmet. He was the first major college athlete ever to do this and years later it became the rage throughout the NCAA and NFL. Deion Sanders thanks you for the fashion statement, Thomas.

Thomas played for the St. Louis Cardinals in addition to playing in the CFL and the USFL. Currently, Thomas is a teacher and coach at Dallas Molina High School. He has three sons, including his namesake, Thomas Lott, who recently played running back for Rice University.

Thomas was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 17, 2006 (joining Jay Sports Heroes Clarissa Davis, Demetria Sance, and Reuben Reina.)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Chris Ross, Jay class of '03

Chris Ross, class of '03, is now a John Jay and San Antonio legend. After reaching the state championship game twice with superpowers in 1989 and 1991, the unlikely 2001-2002 Jay bball team made a surprising run to get to the state finals against heavily favored Dallas Kimball.

Jay was about to lose as Kimball was at the free throw line, already up by 2 points and with about 8 seconds left. Kimball missed the free throw and even got their own rebound, and then the miracle ensued. Chris Ross, a junior point guard, stole the ball, raced toward halfcourt, and jumped up in a crowd, double-clutched, and unloaded a 50-foot halfcourt shot right at the buzzer while falling down. Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal! It went in and nobody that saw that game will ever be the same. Chris was the hero, and JAY WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

The shot was nominated as the play of the year and Chris represented Jay H.S. at the ESPYs. To top it off, Chris scored this miracle shot on his 17th birthday. Chris was also the starting Jay quarterback his junior year. What a year!?! After two years at junior colleges, he transferred to Marshall University to play point guard.

Steve Goff, Jay class of '02

Steve Goff, class of '02, carried Jay to the 2002 Texas High School Basketball State Championship. He led Jay in scoring and rebounding. Steve exploded in the semifinals and finals, averaging 26.5 pts and 11 rebounds while shooting 64.7%. Steve was named the San Antonio Player of the Year. Thanks for bringing San Antonio and Jay H.S. the state championship, Steve!

During the high school FINAL FOUR week, Steve missed the entire week of school and practice while being out-of-town at his dying grandmother's bedside. She raised him and he considered her as a mother. She passed away and Steve actually missed her funeral as it was the same day as the state semifinals. He wept for her and honored her immediately after the miraculous championship game. The miracle was fitting, as he had promised her on her death bed to do his very best to win the championship. Steve played basketball for the St. Mary's Rattlers in San Antonio.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Bob Kearney, Jay class of '75

Bob Kearney, class of '75, was a baseball star for the Mustangs. Bob also played baseball for the Univ. of Texas and was drafted in the 1977 draft by the San Francisco Giants. His major league debut was in 1979 with the Giants. Bob played for the Giants, A's, and Mariners for an 8 year career in the majors.

Ken Skaer, Jay class of '87

Graduated in the top 1% of the '87 graduating class. Started on the varsity football and basketball teams for 3 years and specialized in the 400 meters/mile relay on the district champion track team. Led the entire city in touchdown receptions and was named All-City and All-District tight end. Broke the school and city record for most touchdown receptions in a game with four.

Graduated from the Univ. of Texas after a busy college career as the American Marketing Association President, Resident Assistant for UT athletes, and Texas Crew member.

Backpacked through 40 countries, completed several marathons, and traded energy derivatives in Houston for a decade before moving back to San Antonio.

Broadcasted high school football and basketball games on the radio as a fun hobby job with the Texas Sports Radio Network and played in adult basketball leagues year-round. Coached son's youth basketball, football, soccer, and baseball teams.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Billy Smith, Jay class of '71

Billy Smith, class of '71, was on the same unbelievably talented Jay baseball team with Mickey and Rick Mahler. All three high school teammates ultimately played Major League Baseball! Billy was drafted in the 3rd round and broke into the major leagues at the young age of 21. He played for the Angels, Orioles, and Giants over a 6 year career. The highlight of Billy's career was playing in the 1979 World Series with the Baltimore Orioles and legendary coach Earl Weaver.

While at a Jay football game in the fall of 1979, I was an incredibly excited 10 year-old when they announced Billy was in the stands visiting his alma mater. Having been a baseball card collector, I immediately knew who Billy was, but had no idea he went to our own John Jay High School! San Antonio area students and Jay kids have no idea how much they have to be proud of.

Mickey Mahler, Jay class of '70

Mickey Mahler, class of '70, was the first huge star at John Jay High School. Mickey was a stud left-handed pitcher for the Mustangs and a major league prospect. Jay's first few baseball teams shockingly produced several major league baseball players. Both Mickey and his little brother, Rick Mahler, class of '71, pitched for Jay, piched for Trinity University, and played for the Atlanta Braves.
Mickey's major league debut was in 1977. He pitched eight years in the major leagues, playing for Atlanta, Pittsburgh, California, Montreal, Detroit, Texas, and Toronto.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Danny Padron, Jay class of '69

Danny Padron, graduated as the Class President of the first senior class of John Jay High School, THE CLASS OF '69. Danny was also John Jay's first starting quarterback - #12!

Danny went on to be a long-time coach in the San Antonio area. Coach Padron was an assistant football coach at Clark in the mid to late 80's and an assistant football coach at Judson during part of their remarkable reign as the premier program in the state. He also did his time in the classroom, teaching higher level mathematics courses. One close Judson friend of mine proclaims that Coach Padron was the BEST TEACHER he ever had.

Currently, Coach Padron is the head football coach at O'Connor High School and is regarded as one of, if not THE top football coach in the area. He won 22 straight district games in a row covering all or part of four seasons and his teams consistently make the playoffs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Billy Taylor, Jay class of '74

Billy Taylor, class of '74, was the first in a long line of superstar Jay running backs. He excelled as a running back at Jay in the same backfield as Thomas Lott. He then played at Texas Tech, becoming one of the all-time leaders in career Red Raider touchdowns. Billy was drafted by the New York Giants in 1978, led the Giants' in rushing in '79 and '80, and played alongside legendary players Phil Simms and Lawrence Taylor.

Anthony Beverly, Jay class of '81

Anthony Beverly, class of '81, was a star running back for the Mustangs and later become one of the most ferocious defenders the Southwest Conference had ever seen. Anthony scored eight touchdowns of greater than 50 yards for Jay, including a 100 yard interception return. He helped lead a talented cast of Mustangs to consecutive district championships and to the city championship game against Wheatley in 1979 where only a fumbled 2-point conversion attempt by Jay prevented the victory in a tight 21-20 game.

Anthony went to SMU and helped the Mustangs to an undefeated season as they became known as the Pony Express with the vaunted rushing attack of Eric Dickerson and Craig James. Anthony broke the all-time SMU career sack record and held it for 20 years. He was named All-Southwest Conference linebacker twice.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Derrick and Mike Hatchett, Jay class of '76 & '78

The Hatchett brothers are legendary around John Jay and San Antonio for their football and track prowess.

Derrick Hatchett, class of '76, was a star defensive back who led Jay to the district championship and football playoffs. Derrick went to UT and became an All-SWC selection as a defensive back. Even though teams didn't throw as much OR play as many games in college back in the 70's, Derrick is in 4th place in career interceptions at UT! He picked off 15 passes from '77-80 and is tied for 6th place on Texas' all-time list of interceptions in a season with 6. Not even Joe Montana was good enough to throw by Derrick as the former Mustang picked him off in the Cotton Bowl. Derrick was a 1st round draft pick by the Colts and played cornerback for 4 years in Baltimore.

Mike Hatchett followed in Derrick's footsteps and made the Jay community very proud. Mike was not only a football and track star at Jay, he went on to be a stud UT Longhorn defensive back as well. Mike was so awesome for UT that he was drafted to the NFL by the Chicago Bears.

Mr. Hatchett, Derrick and Mike's father, was a well-known longtime member of the NISD school board.