Monthly Archive: June 2018

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Alford, Gene

Gene Alford from Rising Star was quarterback/halfback at Daniel Baker in Brownwood and then transferred to Texas Tech and later to Sul Ross State. Pete Shotwell, then at Sul Ross, called Alford the best player he ever coached. He scored the first touchdown in Texas Tech history. He also starred in track and baseball in college. […]

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Mills, Colonel Buster

Colonel Buster Mills from Ranger was a four-sport standout at Oklahoma (All-American quarterback/halfback in football, an outfielder in baseball, a guard in basketball and threw the javelin for the track team). He enjoyed a lengthy major league baseball career from 1934-46 with the Cardinals, Dodgers Red Sox, Yankees and Indians. He managed the Cincinnati Reds for […]

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Thomas, John

John Thomas was an all-state nose guard and offensive lineman for the 1954 state championship football team at Abilene High. He led the team in tackles. Abilene coach Chuck Moser once called him the best player he ever coached. He originally went to Allen Academy in Bryan, which was a prep school for Texas A&M. He […]

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Morris, Mike

Mike Morris, a graduate of Abilene Cooper, is the seventh official to be a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement for Officiating in the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame and the first baseball umpire. He has reached the pinnacle of collegiate baseball umpiring by calling games in the College World Series. To date, he was […]

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Mills, Jack

A.J. (Jack) Mills Jr., was valedictorian and a co-captain quarterback on Gordon Wood’s first state championship team at Stamford in 1955. After graduating with two degrees from Oklahoma, he became an assistant athletic director at the University of Colorado in 1965-66. He is now in private law practice in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in representation of […]

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Green, Fred

Fred Green was an all-state punter and all-state end in 1955 at Abilene High and an all-state baseball player as well. He still holds the record for most doubles and the most RBIs in the state baseball tournament. He played on state championship football teams in 1954 and 1955 at Abilene High and the Eagles’ state […]

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Edwards, Darcell

Darcell Edwards of Coleman was a six-time national champion in NCAA Division III and a 10-time Division III all-American in the long jump and triple jump at McMurry.  She earned a total of 10 All-American honors during her four-year career at McMurry. Her six individual championships are the most by any female athlete in McMurry history.  […]

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Compton, Dick

Dick Compton was a standout in football and basketball at Colorado City. He played football at McMurry from 1958-60 and holds school records for the longest pass reception for a touchdown, the longest kickoff return and longest run from scrimmage. He played six seasons as a split end and cornerback in the NFL and the AFL for […]

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Brown, Jody

Jody Brown was a three-time all-state selection in football at Cross Plains. He holds school records with 50 career touchdowns and 4,860 yards rushing. He also played basketball and ran track and was a state champion in both hurdle events. He won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the state track meet. He […]