Wednesday, March 12 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-03-12 04:01:49 GMT
The spotlight had been on the SFA basketball teams has grown this season, and it's continuing to be directed to the players. Jacob Parker has been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-DistrictMore >>
SFA basketball's Parker and Roberts receive honors.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:59:35 GMT
The Stephen F. Austin Men's Basketball team completely swept the Southland Conference with a perfect 18-0 record, and now have swept the All-Conference awards. Jacob Parker has been named this year'sMore >>
SFA Men's Basketball team receives both Southland Conference Player of the Year award, and Southland Conference Coach of the Year award. More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 3:02 PM EST2014-03-07 20:02:31 GMT
The annual KTRE all-star high school basketball game will be held April 17 with the top seniors from Angelina and Nacogdoches counties fighting for bragging rights. The game will take place at theMore >>
The annual KTRE all-star high school basketball game will be held April 17 with the top seniors from Angelina and Nacogdoches counties fighting for bragging rights.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:51 PM EST2014-03-07 04:51:36 GMT
The Grapeland Sandies boys' basketball team's quest for a state championship fell short in a 65-64 loss to Muenster Thursday morning.Grapeland lost in the Class A Division 1 state semi-final in Austin.MuensterMore >>
The Grapeland Sandies boys' basketball team's quest for a state championship fell short in a 65-64 loss to Muenster Thursday morning.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 12:03 AM EST2014-03-06 05:03:08 GMT
Picked to win the Southland Conference, the Ladyjacks now find themselves scrambling to clinch the championship title. The Ladyjacks don't have the perfect conference record like the men, but after theMore >>
The Ladyjacks finds themselves in a position to have a share of the Southland Conference title, after battling through adversity with their team. More >>
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -
Tragedy can strike anyone at anytime, but while a Valley family was still struggling to pick up the pieces from a devastating house fire, they were victimized again.
Mary Jo Okawa has been performing in some form or fashion for most of her life.
On top of her job as a Chandler teacher, she founded and for the last four years has directed the Copperstar Repertory Company, a community theater group. But the drama that recently played out in her personal life would give any of her productions a run for their money.
"She's shown such strength and perseverance. She really is unbelievable," theater mom Katy Henthorne said.
Okawa's garage doubles as the workshop to build the sets for the shows.
They are elaborate productions that take months to put together. Her husband helps build the sets.
"He heard a really big bang. He thought it was a car accident and he went out in front of the house to see what happened and the garage exploded out," Okawa said.
The fire burned for four hours and when it was over, there was nothing left.
"All the letters from and to my husband from when we were kids, you know, we wrote each other all the time because we were high school sweethearts. Those are all gone," Okawa said.
While living in a hotel, waiting for an insurance adjustment, thieves ransacked the charred remains of their lives.
"They took my wedding ring, my heirloom jewelry, my grandmother's jewelry," Okawa said. "I called the office and said, 'Can someone take my class because I can't stop crying.' So you just become overwhelmed."
"I want her to be able to keep this going and if this pay it forward helps in any little bit to help her just know that people care and are trying to help, that's all," Henthorne said.
"It's a beautiful thing to feel so loved and appreciated in your community," Okawa said. "I just didn't expect that."
With three weeks before opening night for The Wizard of Oz, Copperstar is still searching for a location to build their sets.