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Remembering a legendary coach: Bill Sapp's son has created sculpture of former coach

Sunday, August 9, 2009

SIKESTON -- For most of the 1950s one man was behind the dominant force known as the Sikeston Bulldogs on the football field.

Legendary Sikeston head football coach Bill Sapp led the Bulldogs to a 135-21-4 record during his 17-year coaching career which included 14 conference titles and four undefeated seasons.

He made Sikeston football one of the most revered and envied squads in the region, and quite possibly, the nation.

Now, his son, William "Rocky" Sapp who is also a former player of Sapp's, wants to try and give something back to the man you taught him everything on and off the field.

After reading a letter from Jim Hale, another former player of coach Sapp's, published in an edition of the Standard Democrat in 2006 proposing that the Sikeston football field be named in honor of their coach, Sapp got the idea to create a sculpture of the coach that affected so many.

"That was an emotional moment for me," Sapp said.

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