Temple Dunbar product and Pro Football Hall of Famer “Mean” Joe Greene highlights a nine-member induction class for the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, which was announced Wednesday.
Greene played linebacker at Temple Dunbar in the 1960s, before Temple High School integrated. He went on to become an All-American for North Texas, and won four Super Bowl rings as one of the most dominant defenders for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s.
The rest of the class includes McKinney’s Tommy Joe Crutcher (1950s and before), Big Sandy’s Lovie Smith (1970s), San Antonio Holmes’ Johnny Walker (1980s), Rockport’s Dat Nguyen (1990s), Lufkin’s Reggie McNeal (2000s), coaches Steve Lineweaver of Euless Trinity and Eddy Peach of Arlington Lamar, and former Converse Judson athletic director Frank Arnold as the Dave Campbell Special Contributor to the Game.
The 2017 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame banquet will be May 6 at the Ferrell Center. Tickets cost $45 for adults and $15 for students. To order tickets, contact Tiffany Wilkins at email@example.com or (210) 290-8570.
Midway volleyball keeps No. 1 spot in USA Today poll
Midway’s volleyball team kept the No. 1 spot in the USA Today Super 25 national poll on Wednesday, one day after improving to 38-2 overall and 9-0 in District 8 with a home win over Killeen Ellison.
Midway stayed at No. 1 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, and dropped three spots to No. 11 in the MaxPreps
Midway returns to action on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Belton — Midway’s football team plays at Belton at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
“The UIL has done a great job of matching up the volleyball and football stuff,” Midway volleyball coach Ryan Porter said. “As far as our team, we don’t really have any complaints. We’re staying healthy, so far, and we’re missing a few players because of official visits, but it forces us to really use our depth and that’s been good for us.”
Midway’s high rankings have come with big numbers — senior Allye Beth Deaton leads the team with 365 kills to go with a .409 hit percentage.
Sam Sanders isn’t far behind with 362 kills and a .362 hit percentage.
Deaton also leads the team with 455 digs.
“We’re balanced, so we distribute the ball all over the place,” Porter said. “We don’t just have one stud hitter that gets over 1,000 swings, so that percentage really tells you how accurate they are.”
Setter Callie Williams, who will take her official visit to Tennessee this weekend, leads Midway with 1,142 assists (13.1 per set).
“It would be difficult, I think, to find better numbers than that around the state,” Porter said.
Avery Rhodes leads the team with 117 blocks.
Gatesville girls, China Spring boys take titles
Gatesville’s girls and China Spring’s boys dusted the competition in winning their respective district titles at the District 17-4A cross country meet on Wednesday at Connally.
The Lady Hornets placed five runners in the top nine, led by overall champ Jordan Brock, who ran 13:00.01. Lorena finished second in the team race and China Spring was third to also qualify for regionals.
On the boys’ side, China Spring’s Seth Davison claimed the individual title, while his teammate Bryce Girard crossed the line four seconds later to take second. The Cougars had a winning score of 22 points, with five runners in the top 10.
Lorena finished second and Connally was third.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions advance to the Region III-4A cross country meet at Kate Barr-Ross Park in Huntsville on Oct. 29.