Monday, September 21, 2015

The BEST Jay Basketball Team EVER, '88-'89

Calvin Thomas, Byron Campbell, Tim Ostazewski, and Bo Outlaw were a few of Jay class of '89 players on the best Jay basketball team ever. Calvin was the 6'6" leading scorer, Byron was the blazing fast point guard, Tim was the 6'7" post man, and Bo was the 6'7" defensive stopper and hustler extraordinaire. Calvin actually made the varsity team as a sophomore; in his first varsity game, he came off the bench and had four dunks in one half!

The fearsome foursome led Jay to a 38-1 record in the '88-'89 season. They were ranked as the #1 team in the state most of the year. They were district champs, city champs, and regional champs. Unfortunately, the only blemish to their otherwise perfect record came in the state championship game when Clear Lake High School caught fire from the 3-point line (the first year the UIL instituted the 3-point line for high school competition.) If they had waited one more year to put in the 3-point line, we would have dominated the game with our overwhelming inside advantage.

Calvin Thomas, Byron Campbell, and Bo Outlaw played on the NATIONAL CHAMPION San Antonio AAU team along with a tall fellow from San Antonio's Cole High School whom you might have heard of...Shaquille O'Neil. The star Jay players went on to play college basketball. After 15+ years of NBA basketball, Bo Outlaw excitedly came back for his jersey retirement ceremony as Coach Floyd recounted funny stories from years gone by. Tommy Hines, another member of that Jay '89 basketball team, has gone on to become one of the most successful basketball coaches in San Antonio. Tommy helped coach Jay to a state title in '95 and then became a fantastic head coach who led his Brennan team to district, city, and regional championships.

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.

Carl Booker, Jay Class of '85

Carl Booker, class of '85, was the fastest and most integral guy on the Jay football team his senior year. In one extremely impressive homecoming game against Laredo Nixon his junior year, Carl busted loose for a 72 yard touchdown run on his first carry AND another 72 yard TD on his second carry. Carl was pulled out of the game early in the 2nd quarter to show mercy on Laredo Nixon, but not before he ran in a 42 yard touchdown. Carl Booker rushed for 200 yards and 3 TDs on only 5 carries!

Carl wasn't just the fastest guy on Jay's football team. In track, Carl won the district championship in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, AND long jump his senior year, breaking the district long jump record in the process. Wow, you simply can't do any better than that!

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.

Wallace Jefferson, Jay Class of '81

Wallace Jefferson, Jay class of '81, was THE CHIEF JUSTICE of the SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS until 2013! He went to law school at UT and became the first ever African American Chief Justice in the Texas Supreme Court.
Wallace was a Jay athlete in the Mustang heyday. Reportedly, he had an open door policy to his John Jay brethren - literally. When Anthony Beverly was asked how he was able to arrange a visit with such an important person, he said he just stops by and walks in as the door's always open! Northside named a new school Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School.

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 22, 2006

James Spady, Jay Class of '84

James Spady, Class of '84, was one of the toughest and more intense football players to go through Jay. James was All-City and All-District while blasting holes from his tackle position for Scott Ankrom and Ray Burton. James went on to play football for UTEP and currently is the OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR for Grambling University!

Zach Young & Myron Brew, Jay Class of '06 & '07

Running backs Zach Young ('06) and Myron Brew ('07) lit up the city in football. "Thunder and Lightning" led Jay to a District Championship season in 2005.

Zach, at only 5'4", was named the OFFENSIVE MVP for the entire district and was a 1st team All-City and 1st All-District selection at running back. He led the city in rushing.

Myron, at only 5'5", received All-District and All-City accolades at running back both his junior and senior seasons. Myron currently plays football for Texas A&M Kingsville.

Small in stature but huge in heart and explosiveness, Zach Young and Myron Brew proved you can overachieve with ample passion and commitment.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Kyle, Tory, & Shay Allen, Jay Graduates in the '90s

From the late 80's through the mid 90's, the brothers Allen terrorized San Antonio's defenses for a half dozen years. Kyle, Tory, and Shay Allen each started and starred at quarterback for the Mustangs.

In the fall of Kyle's senior year in 1989, Jay went to a no-huddle, passing offense. Kyle was the first Jay QB ever to throw on almost every down. Tory, a bigger and stronger version of the trendsetting Kyle, continued the Mustang aerial assault and was honored as a top football player in the city. Shay emerged as an equally successful, albeit more traditional Jay quarterback, running the option under a new coaching staff.

The competition was thrilled to find out that there were no more Allen brothers at Jay!

Danny Cornejo, Jay Class of '05

Danny Cornejo, Class of '05, led Jay to back-to-back District Championships and was the BEST pitcher AND the BEST home-run hitter in the city his senior year.

After earning All-District, All-City, and All-State honors, Danny graduated from Jay and took a baseball scholarship at UTSA. He transferred to Texas A&M International where he led the Dust Devils in RBI's, home-runs, and runs scored. In the 2009 season finale vs St. Mary's (San Antonio), Danny had five hits and six RBIs.

Kimani Livingston, Jay Class of '86

Kimani Livingston, Jay Class of '86, was an All-City football player who scored touchdowns on a punt return, interception return, fumble return, catching TD passes, and throwing TD passes. In Jay's final two games, "Key" will forever be remembered for his game-winning 4th quarter touchdown pass to beat Marshall and his 200 yards passing with 2 touchdowns against Holmes, both in relief after starting the games as wide receiver and defensive back.

Kimani teamed with David "Scooter" Perez as stud pitchers on the baseball team, leading Jay to the District AND City Championship. Kimani blossomed into one of Jay's best athletes his senior year, enabling him to play varsity basketball and run track as well. Few guys play in four varsity sports. If only his parents didn't put him in school a year early, we could have had another year of Kimani's heroics.

Kimani went on to play baseball and graduate from St. Mary's University. He has two beautiful daughters, Jaylen and Jordan, and currently works at USAA here 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.

Damon Bailey, Jay class of '99

Damon Bailey, class of '99, was an All-City basketball star for the Mustangs.

After being All-Conference both his freshman and sophomore years at Temple Junior College, Damon went to Missouri Western where he was the MIAA Conference's MVP in leading the Griffons to the conference tournament title in 2003.

Damon played professional basketball in Europe, including Iceland, for 3 years. He is back home in San Antonio organizing fitness camps through his sports group, "21F".

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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Jimmy Kidder, Jay class of '71

JIMMY KIDDER, Jay class of '71, was such a remarkable baseball player that he got drafted right out of Jay High School by the major leagues. Jimmy played on the same Jay baseball team as future major leaguers Mickey Mahler, Rick Mahler, and Billy Smith. I am willing to bet there were some other Jay baseball studs on that squad too, so I think I'd put that baseball team up against anyone, anytime!

Jimmy is affiliated with the new restaurant and bar called Cabo Tropical Grille and Ultra Lounge which is at 7711 Guilbeau Road, at the interconnect with Bandera Rd. right here in San Antonio. Check it out, great food - I will!