Thirteen named to Hall of Honor

'Near miss' Class of '68 lands four on list for 2009 ceremony

Speer Speer It's the great Tiger football team that didn't quite make it to post-season play.

Four members of the Rockdale High School graduating class of 1968 will be among 13 athletes to be inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor Oct. 23 at RHS.

Twent y-six Rockdale High School and Aycock High School athletes have been inducted in the Hall's first two years.

This year, with the opening of the new RHS, the ceremony will be free and open to the public from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

In will be preceded by an invitation only banquet for honorees and their guests in the RHS lunchroom.

That event starts with a 4 p.m. social time with the meal from 4:30 to 5:30. Everyone will then got to the auditorium for the induction.


This year's inductees are:

• Glen Chmelar, RHS Class of 1968, multi-sport star, later a standout football player at Baylor University, selected to Baylor's 1970 All-Decade Team.

• Mike Speer, RHS Class of 1968, two-way lineman and track standout, went on to the University of Texas football program during the Darrell Royal Era.

Marion Marion • H. Earl Marion, RHS Class of 1968, still holds Rockdale's oneseason touchdown record, third best rushing game of all time. Played college football at Blinn and University of Tulsa.

• Vernon Guest, RHS Class of 1968, ran the 100-yard dash under 10 seconds eight times at RHS, his 9.5 clocking was school record for 31 years. He ran a 9.3 in college at Arkansas State, a school record at that time.

• Fannie Lovelady-Spain, AHS Class of 1956, standout on Aycock basketball and track teams, state track qualifier, regional shot and discus champion.

• Eddie Grubbs, RHS Class of 1956, went on to play college football at Sam Houston State, then in the U. S. Marines, then back at Sam Houston State.

• Ernie Wayne Laurence, RHS Class of 1964, first team all-state football selection at offensive and defensive end, key defender on 10-0 regular season 1963 team. Went on to Baylor football career.

• Art "Copie" Perry, RHS Class of 1965, four-sport athlete with outstanding RHS football careers at defensive end and quarterback, first and third in state hurdling events.

Guest Guest • Samaji Akili (Sammy Williams), RHS Class of 1970, went from running back on Rockdale's only 0-10 football team to starting cornerback in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

• Ronnie Hef lin, RHS Class of 1966, multi-sport athlete at RHS, returned to the area as head coach at Lexington High School. He went on to Como- Pickton High School and died in auto wreck at age 33 while transporting athletes from a regional track meet.

• Richard Kubiak, RHS Class of 1969, linebacker with 439 tackles at Tigerland, college football standout at Blinn Junior College and Lamar University.

• Barbara Young, RHS Class of 1954, scoring leader for the district champion 1953 and bi-district champion 1954 Tigerettes. Scored 613 points in junior and senior years

• Sue Jean Bennett, RHS Class of 1965, leading scorer on Tigerette team which finished third at state tourney. She scored 965 points her junior and senior years .

Class of 68

The Class of 68 were seniors during the 1967 football season, which most old-time Tiger fans remember as the best RHS team to ever miss the playoffs.

Chmelar Chmelar Rockdale was 9-1 that year, its only loss a 13-10 squeaker to district for Seguin when both teams were ranked in the state's Class 3A (today's 4A) top five.

The game hinged on a controversial "non pass interference call" on a pass play.

That 1967 team outscored its other nine opponents 369-55.

Rockdale, the smallest school in its district, beat district foes San Marcos 48-6, New Braunfels 54-14 and Lampasas 62-0.

In a 39-0 rout of Cameron, Marion rushed 17 times for 245 yards and 4 TDs, still the greatest total ever for a Tiger running back against Yoe.

Profiles and photos of all 13 will follow in upcoming issues of The Reporter.

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