Midway will honor its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday. The ceremony will take place during pregame of Midway’s home contest against Harker Heights.
The class is comprised of baseball’s Brian Lane, the 2009 Midway girls basketball team and former head football coach Kent Bachtel and his wife Jamie.
Lane competed on the varsity level his entire high school career and received alll-district honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. Lane was named the Super Centex Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 1984 before being named the Super Centex Player of the Year as a senior. He was also all-state his junior and senior seasons.
Lane finished his Panther career with 40 home runs, 131 RBIs along with an ERA of 1.2, 259 strikeouts and an overall record of 23-4. He continued his career at Texas before he was selected in the third round of the 1987 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Lane played professionally from 1987-92 and made all-star teams in both A and Double-A ball. He retired from baseball in 1992.
The 2009 girls basketball team is also being inducted after winning the program’s seventh state championship. Led by coach Teri Morrison, and assisted by Todd Monsey and Shatina Lewis, Midway went 35-4 and was ranked 48th nationally by ESPN.
Seven of the student-athletes competed at the collegiate level, including four at the Division 1 level. Cokie Reed was a McDonald’s All-American and Delisa Gross was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Reed and Gross were also TABC and TGCA All-State players. Krissica “Spoon” Harper was named as a TGCA All-Star.
Kent and Jamie Bachtel arrived at Midway in 1983, and Kent was named head football coach in 1986. During his 24 years as head coach, Bachtel compiled a record of 155-104-1. In 1992, the Panthers won their first outright district championship in 30 years before advancing to the state semifinals in 1997 and 1999.
Bachtel was named Super Centex Coach of the Year in 2008. During his last two seasons, his teams went 21-5.
His wife, Jamie, often served as team mom, baking brownies and other goodies for the teams and staff.
After his retirement in 2009, Bachtel helped part time with his son, John Bachtel, who is the head coach at Fairfield, helping the Eagles go 15-1 and reach the state championship game in 2013.
Kent Bachtel died in November 2015 after a battle with cancer.