Bulletin Staff Report

Five former Brownwood High School athletes will be inducted in the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brownwood Depot and Civic Center.

Tickets for the ceremony are on sale for $25 each. The event will wrap up a day full of activities that includes the first Gordon Wood Classic Golf Tournament at the Brownwood Country Club.

This year’s class of inductees features Steven T. Cutbirth, James D. (Jim) Piper, Shae Southall, Kevin Taylor and James Roy (Squirt) Thompson. One inductee will be profiled daily through Friday in the Brownwood Bulletin.

Information on the events are available by calling (325) 998-4989, or the Brownwood Country Club at 646-1086.

Proceeds will help complete and open the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum on the second floor of the Harvey House.

Cutbirth played on the 1969, 1970 and 1971 Brownwood High teams, and the first two teams won state championships. In 1971, the Lions were defeated by two points in the state semifinals with a field goal as time expired, denying the school of the chance to win three titles in row.

Cutbirth was a captain on the 1971 team and a starter on the 1970 and 1971 teams at offensive wingback and left defensive cornerback. He also returned punts and kickoffs. He won All-Region honors.

In addition to football, Cutbirth lettered in track, running the high and intermediate hurdles and the 440 relay and played summer baseball on some great teams.

As an adult, Cutbirth has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, along with Coaches Wood and Southall. At Coach Wood’s request, Cutbirth wrote an article for “Texas Coach Magazine” discussing the value and impact of High School Football (“The Value of High School Football — a 30 year retrospective.”)

The article was voted Article of the Year by “Texas Coach Magazine.” Cutbirth received a plaque and $100 for the article’s award. Coach Wood suggested that Cutbirth donate the $100 to the Coaches Wives Association, which he did. Coach Wood said coaches’ wives pay the greatest price for their husbands to be coaches.

Cutbirth attended Baylor University, then Baylor Dental School. He has practiced restorative dentistry in Waco since 1981. Cutbirth served as a member of the associate faculty of the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Florida for over 20 years.

He has published many dental articles on complex restorative and aesthetic dentistry and lectures nationally and internationally on those topics. In addition to his Waco practice, Cutbirth is director and primary lecturer for the Center of Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry in Dallas.

Cutbirth has been voted a Texas “Super Dentist” by his dental colleagues in “Texas Monthly Magazine” in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Cutbirth writes that he’s been “blissfully” married to his college sweetheart, Sharron, for 30 years. They have two wonderful daughters, Catherine, age 26, who is married to Will Powers and lives in Austin; and Caroline, age 23, who is a singer/songwriter in Nashville.