Sue Ann’s interview

Published March 19, 2018

This interview will appear on the Lone Star Literary Life site during a virtual book tour in mid-April 2018.


In 1965, the West Texas Sportswriters Group decided to do a ten-year anniversary feature article on High School basketball and sent reporters out to interview members of championship teams.  One reporter caught up with Sue Ann at her place of employment, The Lone Star Café.

Reporter:  Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for what we are calling “The Championship Season.”  Before we get started on the season and the tournaments, I would like to ask you a few questions for the personal interest portion of the article.

Sue Ann:  OK

Reporter:  Tell me a little about your background. Like, where were you raised and do you have any brothers and sisters?

Sue Ann:  I was raised right here in the Valley on a cattle ranch.  Four brothers, three sisters.

Reporter:  Are you still living on the ranch?

Sue Ann:  No.  When daddy died we sold the ranch because only half of us wanted to keep ranching and a section would only support six or seven head of cattle so it wasn’t enough to make a living for all of us.

Reporter: Thank you.  I was out here last week during the Rodeo but they told me that you were over in Sierra Blanca at the magistrate court.  Mind telling me what that was about?

Sue Ann:  Uh-huh.  Will you be putting this in your newspaper?

Reporter: Not if you don’t want me to.

Sue Ann:  I don’t.  It was like this.  We were having a beer at the Cotton Club, celebrating my boyfriend winning the ‘doggin’ event when….

Reporter: ‘Doggin’?

Sue Ann:  Bulldogging.  Anyway, one of the calf ropers was pestering me for a dance.  I had told him no three or four times, but then he came over and put his hands on my ….. that is, he touched me where I didn’t want to be touched.  I had put up with his tacky behavior, ‘bout what you’d expect from a roper, but he crossed the line when he put his hands on me.  So I hit him.

Reporter:  They tell me that they had to take him to the hospital in El Paso.

Sue Ann:  That’s about right.  Anyway, Etienne, that’s our deputy, gave his report to the judge and they let me go.

Reporter: I see.  Now before you take me back to the “Championship Season” and tell me about the awards you won, do you have any questions for me?

Sue Ann: I do.  If you know any of the big shots down in Austin, would you see if you can get them to change the rules in girl’s high school basketball?  It’s silly to break the game down into two separate halves, with guards on one side and forwards on the other.  We can damn sure play full court basketball just like the boys.  Sorry, but that’s always stuck in my craw.

Reporter:  Yes.  A good idea.  Now will you take me back to the winning season and tell me and our readers what it was like?

Sue Ann:  I would like that.