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TJC to Induct 7 into Circle of Honor

TJC News Release

Tyler Junior College will recognize a new group of inductees into the TJC Sports Circle of Honor during an awards luncheon on Saturday, March 3, on the TJC Main campus.

The awards ceremony will take place at 11:30a.m. in Gentry Gym, inside the Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held for inductees, their guests and member of the TJC Alumni Association. The reception will take place in the Floyd Wagstaff Museum, located inside Wagstaff Gym. 

Inductees will also be introduced to the crowd during half-time of the men's basketball game against Lamar State College of Port Arthur that afternoon. The ladies' game against Blinn College begins at 2 p.m. and the men's teams play at 4 p.m.

This year's inductees are:

  • Jimmy Edelen (1952-1954) - Basketball
  • Wayne Hill (1954-1955) - Football
  • Vern Lewis (1964-1966) - Basketball
  • Randy Mattingley (1974-1976) - Tennis
  • Donnie Murphy (1958-1959) - Football
  • Charlotte Reescano (1982-1984) - Basketball
  • Gene Staples (1959-1961) - Football 

"Once again we are delighted to recognize individuals who have excelled in athletics and in life with their induction into the Circle of Honor," said TJC director of intercollegiate athletics, Dr. Tim Drain.

The Circle of Honor was established in 1995 to honor former TJC student-athletes, coaches and special contributors to the athletic program who have excelled in athletics and made an impact on the lives of others.

The day has also been proclaimed Alumni Day at Wagstaff Gym. Members of the TJC Alumni Association will be admitted at no charge to the basketball double-header.

For information about the day's events, call 903-510-2382.

Previous inductees into the Circle of Honor are: Floyd Wagstaff, football and basketball coach and athletic director; Brady P. Gentry, special contributor; James "Babe" Hallmark, football and football coach; Charlie McGinty, football and football coach; Billy Jack Doggett, basketball player and athletic director; Roy Thomas, basketball player and coach; Lee Ann Riley, basketball player and coach; Fred Kniffen, tennis coach; Robert Cox, tennis player andcoach; Harry Bostic, Kelly Chapman, Herbert Richardson, O'Neal Weaver, James "Poo" Welch, Bonnie Buchanan Gray, Russell Boone, Janice Mulford, V.C. "Buck" Overall, Jose Palafox, Foster Bullock, Van Samford, Milton Williams, Jesse Marshall, Robert Pack, Johnny Johnston, Jana Crosby Russell, Bryan Miller, Ardie D. Dixon, C.L. Nix, Evelyn Joe Troell Newman, David Rodriguez, Jack Sweeny, Scotti Wood, Rosie Aldridge Smart, Acker Hanks, Burl Plunkett and Sommy Sawyer, basketball; Bill "Tiger" Johnson, David Lunceford, Jimmy Murphy, Mack Pogue, Jimmy Dickey, Leon Fuller, Bill Herchman, John Linney, Dan Page, Lawrence Strickland, Dwain Bean, Kenneth Bahnsen, Kenneth Coffey, Jack Murphy, Raymond McGallion, Gene Shannon, Charles Quilter, Royce Townsend, Earl Dotson, Jim Wright, Lloyd L. Pate, Robert "Bob" Price, Richard Farris, Robert Talkington, Aubrey Schulz and Bobby Page, football; and Dessie M. Samuels and Judy Kniffen Clardy, tennis.

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