Tagged: Abilene

Parris, The Parris Family

Rickey Parris was a four time NAIA national champion in the pole vault at McMurry, and his wife Pug Parris has taught at McMurry for nearly 40 years, currently serving as McMurry’s Director of Inter-Disciplinary Studies. She is the former chair of the kinesiology department. Their son Brad Parris is now the head track coach […]

Turner, Jack

Jack Turner who is retired after a long career as Taylor County commissioner, lost only five times in his boxing career, all in the Golden Gloves state finals. He then coached Abilene’s Golden Gloves boxing team from 1948-59 and was the first Abilenian to coach the Texas Golden Gloves team at the national tournament in […]

Pickett, Al

Al Pickett has been covering sports in the Big Country for 30 years. He spent 15 years as sports editor of the Abilene Reporter-News, and since 2002 he has been a freelance writer and sports broadcaster. He broadcasts Abilene High football and Cooper basketball and baseball, is the play-by-play voice for Hardin-Simmons football and is […]

Ellison, Margaret

  Margaret Ellison, who was born in Eastland, was the founder and coach of a women’s track and field club in Abilene in the early 1960s that revolutionized the sport. Her Texas Track Club became nationally famous with members of the team appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1964. The team included talented […]

Lawhon, Dr. Lynn

Dr. Lynn Lawhon Lawhon a native of Bronte, is the seventh recipient of the Lifetime Achievement for Officiating.  He called high school football for 21 years, all as a member of the Abilene chapter.  He was an official in five Texas high school state championship games.  He also officiated in the Southwest Conference from 1989-93 […]

Bridges, Don

Don Bridges Bridges of Abilene was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for officiating.  He was a long-time high school and Lone Star Conference official and served as president of the Abilene Chapter of Southwest Football Officials.

Greever, Oris

Oris Greever Greever of Abilene is the sixth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement for Officiating.  He was a member of the Abilene chapter of the Southwest Football Officials Association from 1953-76.  He worked regional and state championships in every classification and also officiated in the Lone Star Conference for five years.  He was a member […]

Stuard, Jack

Jack Stuard Stuard was the fourth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement for Media, joining Bill Hart, Dallas Huston, and Bill Little. Stuard, a graduate of Abilene High, taught and served as an assistant principal in the AISD from 1955 until his retirement in 1990.  He began doing the public address announcing for Cooper football games […]

Hudson, Ray

Ray Hudson Hudson was the fifth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement for Officiating in the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame, joining Curly Hays, Shorty Lawson, Bill Voss and Moose Stovall.  Hudson spent 38 years (1961-1999) officiating football and basketball on both the high school and college level.  He was the Abilene chapter secretary for […]

Voss, Bill

Bill Voss Voss, former middle school coach and director of transportation for the Abilene Independent School District, was a longtime football official in the Southwest Conference.  He worked as the umpire in numerous bowl games including the Notre Dame-West Virginia game in the Fiesta Bowl.  He became the third Abilene chapter official to be inducted […]