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Legendary former coach W.T. Stapler, who in 1985 led Sweetwater to the only state championship in the schoolâ€™s history, will be among the inductees into the Texas High School Hall of Fame in Waco on May 3.
Stapler was 51-16-2 in at Sweetwater from 1980-85, and in his final game the Mustangs, who were making only their second state finals appearance ever, beat defeated Tomball 17-7 to win the state title. The pre-vious year, Sweetwater won its first district champion-ship and earned its first playoff berth in 20 years.
Among Staplerâ€™s assist-ant coaches during his time at Sweetwater was current Baylor head football coach Art Briles, who was here from 1980-83.
Stapler was 225-92-8 in a 28-year coaching career that also included stops at Conroe, Andrews, Brown-wood, Carlsbad (N.M.) and Saginaw Boswell.
He was enshrined in the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1998.