COACH'S CORNER: Jesus and Santa Claus
by Mike Wright, Cadiz Record Columnist
Jan 04, 2012 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the infamous Monty Stagner would probably say, “Hello out there to all of my wonderful, good-looking, intelligent readers.” Thank you Monty for letting me use that line. I will take over from here.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I want to open up my series of columns for 2012 by introducing you to a colorful young Trigg County first grade student.

Please allow me to introduce you to Matthew Alexander Ladd, better know as Matt Alex. The Matt Alex is pronounced as if it just runs together, as in MattAlex. Get the picture? Matt and Sarah Ladd are the proud parents of young Matt Alex. If you have seen Mr. Matt Ladd, you have basically seen young Matt Alex. Matt Alex is just a younger, shorter version of his father. He is definitely a chip off the old block. The husky first-grader weighs too much to be a running back in little league football. The funny thing about that is that he can’t even play little league football yet. You must be in at least the third grade to participate. You do realize that you don’t have to travel far down Matt Alex’s family tree to find James, Clayton and Roger Ladd. Now, maybe you can understand that Matt Alex has husky, strong and football written all over him.

Now that I have introduced Matt Alex to you, let us get back to the title of the column. As I do such, let me explain that young Matt Alex has two sisters. McKenzie is a freshman and Claire is a third grader. About a week before Christmas, Matt Alex’s grandmother, Debbie Davis, picked up the children after school. When they got home, a conversation began to take place between Grandma and her third grade granddaughter Claire. Claire had drawn grandma into a debate over the delicate subject of whether or not there was any validity to the existence of Santa Claus. As Grandma was carefully handling this matter, Matt Alex suddenly thrust himself into the fray. Matt Alex boldly declared, “Let me tell you something. In our house, we believe in JESUS and SANTA CLAUS ... and if you don’t believe in them, you are going to Hell!” Years down the road and after a little refining of his doctrine, we may just have a good evangelist on our hands.


Matt Alex is also a renowned hunter as he killed his first deer this year. That’s right, first grade and he already is a deer hunter. You see, his Uncle Hollis Alexander took him on a guided deer hunt and helped him along the way. Well, Hollis took a picture of Matt Alex and his first deer. Then Hollis had the picture blown up and gave it to Matt Alex as an early Christmas present.

Fast forward to Christmas Eve. It is customary for older sister McKenzie to put Matt Alex to bed one night every year, and that is Christmas Eve. She will lie down with him for a few minutes till he gets sleepy so he doesn’t rise and catch Santa doing his work. As Matt Alex and McKenzie lay down Christmas Eve, Matt Alex loudly proclaimed, “GOODNITE HANDSOME!” McKenzie quickly corrected her little brother and said, “Matt Alex you don’t call a girl handsome.” Matt Alex was even quicker to offer this reply, “I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to MY PICTURE on the wall!”

What more can I say except THANK YOU Matt Alex for the wonderful material to start my new year off with. Thanks!

OT: Congratulations to Ethan Dossett for being the only Trigg County cross county runner boy or girl to make All-Area this year.

Enthusiasm Makes the Difference

Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to

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