Tiger Hall of Honor loses two members

Young, Walton were stalwarts in girls athletics

Billie Jean Washington (left), who was inducted in 2008, from her 1950 Aycock graduation photo. At right, Barbara Young Kastner accepts her Hall of Honor plaque from Mike Brown in October. Billie Jean Washington (left), who was inducted in 2008, from her 1950 Aycock graduation photo. At right, Barbara Young Kastner accepts her Hall of Honor plaque from Mike Brown in October. The Rockdale Hall of Honor has lost two of its members in the past two weeks as Barbara Young Kastner and Billie Jean Walton Washington have passed away.

Kastner died Friday, Dec. 18 in Elgin at the age of 73. Despite her health issues, Kastner was present for her induction at the Hall of Honor ceremonies on Oct 23.

Washington, who was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2008, passed away Dec. 5 in Houston at the age of 76.

Kastner, RHS Class of 1954, played the post and was the scoring leader for two exceptional Rockdale High School girls basketball teams during the seasons ending in 1953 and 1954, both resulting in District 22A championships.

Those two teams are represented by the oldest banners saluting championship teams and hanging in the high school gymnasium.

Young was a four-year starter for the Tigerettes (now the Lady Tigers).

On that 1952-53 team, Young’s senior year, she scored 301 points for an average of 17.7 points per game. That team was 22-3 and almost won a bi-district title, losing to Hamilton in a buzzer-beater in playoff action at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Young scored 31 points in that playoff game, one of several games in which she scored more than 30 points.

During the 1953-54 season, Young’s senior year, she scored 312 points, a per-game average of 18.3 points.

That team was 21-4 and won district and bi-district championships. RHS lost its first-round game at the regional tournament but won the consolation title, back when consolation games were played at regional tournaments.

Young scored 613 points for a 17.5-point per-game average during her junior and senior seasons. Unfortunately, records and statistics were not available for her freshman and sophomore seasons when she was also a scoring leader.

Washington was a standout basketball and track performer at Aycock High School and again in college at Prairie View A&M.

A 1950 graduate of AHS, she won numerous medals in basketball and track, and was named the school’s All-Around Girl in 1950, the start of a decade which would see Aycock athletics dominate Central Texas.

She went on to Prairie View A&M where she lettered in both basketball and track.


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