Congressman, coach had impact
The 1984 election of Republican Larry Combest to the 19th Congressional District seat marked a sea change in West Texas politics.
Combest, with firm roots in the South Plains and a wealth of training on the inner workings of Washington, was only the third representative in the history of the district and the first from the GOP.
He began life in Washington as an assistant to former Sen. John Tower.
Combest, who rose to the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee, was best known for his work on behalf of ag interests. In 2002 he shepherded a 10-year farm bill through the legislative process drawing praise from the state’s Washington delegation.
Just one week after his re-election to a 10th term he shocked his constituents by announcing his resignation for personal reasons.
He maintains ties both to agriculture and to Washington as a consultant.
33 district championships
13 trips to the state championships
4 state high school baseball titles
That sizes up the career of Bobby Moegle, legendary Monterey High School baseball coach. But there’s much more to the man.
He had a solid background in the game with three years with a St. Louis minor league team when he decided his future looked brighter in coaching. He was doing graduate work at the University of Texas when he got the call to come to Monterey.
In August of 1959 there wasn’t much serious baseball being played on the Caprock. Moegle was a disciplinarian who demanded a good work ethic.
At a reunion of Moegle’s players in 1999, Jim Harris, a senior on Monterey’s 1960 team, remembered, ‘’Bobby was a lot more educated in baseball, and a lot less patient with children, which we were at that time. He was tough. He was a tough guy.
In a note after the banquet, Eddie Barbee of Monterey’s 1965 class wrote, “Not only was Monterey sports made better, but many of us who were not players were also affected by the influence of Bobby Moegle as a person.”
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