Monthly Archive: May 2016

Sibley, Dr. William (Dub)

Dr. William (Dub) Sibley played football at Abilene High and Texas A&M. He was an all-Southwest Conference linebacker and center in 1941 and still holds the conference record for interceptions by a linebacker. As a Marine, he fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. A highly respected Abilene physician, he served […]

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 […]

Agan, Johnny

Johnny Agan of Albany was a two-time all-state running back as he led the Lions to back-to-back Class A state football championships and a 29-1 record in 1960 and 1961. He was a three-year starter on both offense and defense at Texas Tech. Agan and all-American Donnie Anderson played the left and right halfback positions, […]

Buchanan-Gray, Bonnie

Bonnie Buchanan Gray of May became an all-American in basketball at Abilene Christian University. When she played at tiny May at the end of the six-on-six girls basketball era in Texas, she set some of amazing scoring records. In fact, she has 10 of the top individual scoring games in the UIL history of six-on-six […]

Cleveland, Kenneth

Kenneth Cleveland was a standout basketball player at Coleman and the University of Texas. He compiled an 887-227 record coaching basketball, the last 32 years at Dimmitt where he won 27 district championships, 10 regional titles and three state championships. When he was killed by lightning in 1993, he was ninth among high school basketball […]

Cumbie, Sonny

Sonny Cumbie was a three-sport standout in high school at Snyder. He walked on at Texas Tech and became the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback as a senior in 2004. He led the nation in passing that year, completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 4,742 yards and 32 touchdowns in leading Red Raiders to a […]

Hawk, Brandon

Brandon Hawk of Clyde is one of the top tennis players to come out of the Big Country. He reached a No. 1 ranking in Texas in both singles and doubles and a No. 1 ranking in doubles and No. 5 in singles nationally as a junior tennis player. Although his national tennis schedule prevented […]

Bartee-Neece, Kim

  Kim Bartee Neece of Albany was the Big Country Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. She won the high jump, took second as a member of the 800 and 1,600-meter relay teams and fourth on the 400 relay team to lead Albany to 1991 state track championship. She was all-district in volleyball and […]

Berry, The Berry Family

The late Powell Berry was an all-district quarterback at Snyder. He is a member of the Snyder Hall of Honor and was a three-year letterman for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M where he was a team co-captain as a senior. All three sons played football at Abilene Cooper. Middle son Ray is already member of […]