Tickets available for Nov. 5 induction banquet
Four Brownwood High School student-athletes who excelled for the Lions in multiple sports across eight decades in two centuries will be inducted into the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions this year, officials have announced.
They are John A. Thomason of Brownwood, who graduated in 1935; Tim Reid of San Angelo, who was a senior in 1972; Kevin Bachtel of Edgewood, a 1993 graduate; and Bart Johnson of Fort Worth, a member of the 2006 BHS class.
The induction banquet is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church of Brownwood, across 10th Street from the high school. The public is invited.
Tickets are on sale for $30 each, and will be available this week at Wendlee Broadcasting, KOXE, and Smith & Sharpe Insurance. Hall of Champions board members are contacting previous table sponsors with opportunities for participation.
“This will be the 17th year the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions has held an induction,” Carter Sharpe said on behalf of the organization’s board.
The Hall of Champions was founded to recognize outstanding members of Wood’s best high school teams who then went on to successful careers in their fields as adults. The first induction was held in 2000, three years before Wood’s death.
The Hall of Champions operates a museum highlighting Wood’s achievements on the second floor of the Harvey House in the Depot Civic and Cultural Center complex.
Thomason played on a Brownwood football team that was winless, but his basketball team fared much better. The Lions went to the state tournament three consecutive years, 1933-1935, with Thomason on the 1934 and 1935 squads. Playing in state tournaments with no classification system, the Lions finished third and fourth those years. In track, Thomason placed third at state in the 1935 high hurdles, but the finals were run in a rainstorm that made visibility impossible. Coach Gus Snodgrass said Thomason actually finished first, but the judges couldn’t see him in the far lane. He worked in Brownwood for decades as a public accountant.
Reid was a three-year standout in football, basketball and track during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was named second team All-State as a senior end, and All- District in 1970. He was a state finalist in high hurdles for two years after winning at regionals. After coaching football at the high school and university levels, he is now a school principal.
Bachtel, a three-year letterman in football, played on the 1992 district championship team and was named first team All-District. As a senior, he was the leading tackler and led a defensive unit that allowed an average of only 7.7 points a game. He was selected first-team All-District, All-West Texas, Texas Sportswriters All-Region I-4A, and Texas Sportswriters All-State. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a high school coach.
Johnson was a three-sport athlete who played varsity football, soccer and track, going on to achieve national recognition as a starting receiver for four years with TCU. He won All-State honors as a cornerback his senior year, and was selected for numerous all-star games. He was the MVP in soccer for two years, breaking the record for most goals in a season. With the 2006 district champion Lions, he reached the fourth round of the playoffs. He is now an attorney-at-law.