Monthly Archive: July 2015

Payne, The Dr. Frank C. Payne, Sr. Family

The Dr. Frank C. Payne, Sr. Family of Breckenridge. The late Dr. Payne was a three-year letterman in football at SMU, winning a Southwest Conference championship in 1923. He then spent more than 30 years as the team doctor for the Breckenridge Buckaroos. His four sons were all three-year lettermen at Breckenridge. Each won district […]

Blackwood, James

James Blackwood was a member of Abilene High’s 1959 state championship track team. He won the district and regional championships in the 880 and placed second in the state meet and ran on the mile relay. He received a track scholarship from Abilene Christian and ran on the Wildcats’ distance medley relay team that was […]

Scott, Leanne

Leanne Scott coached tennis for 20 years at Cooper High School in Abilene. She led the Cougars to three straight Class 5A state team tennis titles and 14 district championships. During her career at Cooper, her teams were ranked No. 1 in the state three years in a row, No. 2 in the state three […]

Jenkins, Lew

Lew Jenkins grew up in Sweetwater and captured the world lightweight boxing championship in 1940.

McCoy, Colt

Colt McCoy led Jim Ned High School to the Class 2A state championship game in football and the state tournament in basketball. He threw for 9,344 yards and 116 touchdowns at Jim Ned and is the all-time leading passer in Texas Class 2A history. He concluded his career at the fourth leading passer in Texas […]

Langford, Lillian Faye

Faye Langford was from Breckenridge and was an AAU national champion in the javelin and played baseball with the Rockford Peaches in the All– American Women’s Professional Baseball League.

Taylor, Jim

Jim Taylor, a three-sport star in high school at Clyde where he graduated in 1952, will be inducted posthumously. He was a three-year starter at center and linebacker at Baylor. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third round of the 1956 NFL draft. He played one year for the Steelers, two seasons for the […]

Swenson, Phil

Phil Swenson is a graduate of Avoca and McMurry University. He spent 36 years coaching girls basketball and track at Iraan, Wink, Garden City, Hamlin, Brownwood, Winters and Roscoe. He is a member of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame. As a track coach, his teams won three state championships and he was […]

Stanton, Tom

 Tom Stanton is a member of the Hall of Honor at Cooper High School where he played basketball and baseball and set the school record with 50 points in a game. He earned five varsity letters at Baylor, three in basketball and two in baseball. After a 23-year executive management career, Stanton became the first […]