Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Postponed

For immediate release
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
For more information: Contact Al Pickett at (325) 668-3014

Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame banquet postponed until August 10
The 19th annual Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, scheduled for May 4, has been postponed and has been rescheduled for August 10.

“In light of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame board of directors has decided it is best to postpone our annual banquet,” said board chairman Al Pickett. “The banquet has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10 and will still be held at the Abilene Convention Center. We thank everyone for their understanding during these unusual times.”

Paid VIP Table tickets dated May 4 and already mailed out will be honored at the rescheduled date and not reissued. Paid individual tickets, none of which have yet been mailed, will be mailed out on August 1. Tickets for the banquet are still for sale. The deadline for the purchase of table or individual tickets or for any necessary refund is July 17. Tickets or Tables can be purchased on the web site at or by calling (325) 668-3685.

Scheduled to be inducted at the August 10 banquet are world champion roper Lari Dee Guy of Clyde, former Abilene High and University of Texas football standout Ahmad Brooks, former Abilene High football and baseball star David Bourland, former Baltimore Colts safety Jerry Don Logan from Graham and C.H. Underwood, who was the coach at O’Brien that won the UIL’s first six-man state football championship.

Former Sweetwater tennis coach Freddie Scott and former Sweetwater and Abilene High tennis coach Fred Scott will receive the Legacy Award. Long-time Associated Press writer Mike Cochran from Stamford will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement for Media Award, and legendary Ranger College coach and athletic director Ron Butler will be recognized as the second recipient of the Impact on Big Country Athletics award.

Honored posthumously with the Bill Hart Memorial Legends Award will be Milton Martin of Avoca and Boone Magness of Breckenridge.