Orebo returns to WOS court
Former Lady Mustang Basketball Coach Callie Orebo will return to the gym to lead the West Orange – Stark High School girls’ basketball program this fall.
Orebo was head coach of the Lady Mustangs for eight years, from 2000 – 2007, and during her tenure led the team to regional tournament appearances in 2007, 2006, and 2001.
She stepped away from the gym at the end of the 2006-2007 basketball season for personal reasons and is now eager to return.
“I really missed helping children. It’s not really about basketball, it’s about learning about life,” she said.
Her goals for the team are to return them to the playoffs and she knows it will take a great deal of hard work to achieve that goal since the Lady Mustangs were winless in 2007-2008.
She said that getting the kids to believe in themselves is one of her first priorities.
“They are already thinking that because I’m coming back that I am going to make them win. It gives them confidence. It’s really not me. But it’s good to have that spark, to have them thinking I can make it happen,” she said.
She said this fall season will be like starting over. Most of the team members that remained on varsity after she left coaching have graduated.
But many of Orebo’s former West Orange – Stark High School players, such as Brittany Scott and Brittany James, All-State basketball players in back-to-back years who earned athletic scholarships, will return this summer to work a basketball summer camp for their former coach.
They will be joined by former WO-S alumni players Janae Henderson, Elisha Smith, and Shantell Solomon.
The “Tools for Success” camp is in its second year at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
“Some of the WO-S players will go there. I know that some of them are running and working out on their own,” she said.
West Orange – Cove CISD Athletic Director Dan Hooks is pleased to see Orebo return.
Hooks said, “You know while she was here we went to the playoffs several years in a row. I hope we can get that going again. I think she will make that happen.”