Four former Brownwood Lions whose football careers spanned from the school’s first state championship in 1960 to its 2010 appearance in the state semifinals will be inducted into the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions this year.
Special recognition will also be given to the 1962 women’s tennis team.
The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church, 2500 11th St. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
Inductees named to the Class of 2018 are Max Emfinger, the leading rusher in the 1960 state championship game; Steve Goodwin, who won All-State and All-Big Country honors as an offensive lineman on the 1970 state championship team; Chris Jones, an All-State and All-District defensive lineman in 2001-2002; and Jaxon Shipley, wide receiver, punt returner, and defensive back on the 2010 team that reached the state semifinals.
Tickets for the luncheon are now available from Hall of Champions board members, and tickets will also be available at KOXE and Wendlee Broadcasting later this week. Single tickets cost $35, with table sponsorships available for $280. Sponsorships include eight tickets and recognition on the table.
Table sponsorships for members of this year’s Brownwood Lions are $280.
Plaque sponsorships for $350 include recognition on both the plaque placed in the museum and given to the inductee, as well as recognition in the banquet program.
For more information or to reserve tickets and tables, call Darlene Wall at 642-6178 or Carter Sharpe at 642-0909. Reservations are needed by Nov. 5.
The Gordon Wood Hall of Champions was founded to recognize outstanding members of Wood’s best high school teams, as well as succeeding Brownwood teams, who went on to successful careers in their fields as adults. The first induction was held in 2000, three years before Wood’s death.
Wood came to Brownwood before the 1960 season, and when he retired in 1985, his record of 396 wins made him the winningest football coach at any level. His teams won two state titles while at Stamford, and seven while at Brownwood. He also won state championships coaching track at Seminole, and golf at Stamford, for a total of 11 in his 43-year career.
The Hall of Champions maintains a museum celebrating its inductees and highlighting Wood’s achievements and on the second floor of the Harvey House in the Depot Civic and Cultural Center complex.