Former Brownwood Lions whose separate high school athletic careers span from the early 1960s to 2010 will be inducted into the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions this year. In addition, Ken Schulze, the radio “Voice of the Lions” during the 1960s, will be inducted posthumously.
This year’s selections will be honored with a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The ceremony will be held at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church, 2500 11th St., Brownwood.
Former players being inducted as this year’s Hall of Champions class follow:
• Graylon Brown, the dynamic quarterback of the powerhouse 2010 Lions football team that reached the state semifinals.
• Keith Howey, a 2004 BHS graduate and All-State football selection who also excelled in soccer and track.
• Russell Sheffield, an All-State standout in football and track who played on the 1981 Brownwood state champion football team.
• Jeff B. Smith, the only person in Brownwood High history to anchor the mile relay to a state championship, which came in 1962.
Fifty years after their crowning achievement, the 1969 state champion Brownwood football team will also receive special recognition during the ceremony.
Tickets for the luncheon are now available from Hall of Champions board members, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at KOXE and Wendlee Broadcasting. Single tickets cost $35, with table sponsorships available for $280. Sponsorships include eight tickets and recognition on the table.
Table sponsorships, including recognition, for members of this year’s Brownwood Lions are available at $280.
Plaque sponsorships for $500 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 Carter Sharpe at 642-0909. Reservations are needed by Monday, Oct. 28.
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 under other coaches, 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 on the second floor of the Harvey House in the Depot Civic and Cultural Center complex.