Second group of Hall inductees span decades

From Laurence to Eanes and all points in between
This is the second in a series of articles on the 13 athletes who will be inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor Nov. 5. The public is encouraged to attend the banquet which will be held at the high school cafeteria beginning at 4 p.m.

ROCKDALE SPORTS HALL OF HONOR ROCKDALE SPORTS HALL OF HONOR Ronnie Laurence made his mark on the Rockdale athletic program in the 1960s.

Rainey Eanes sparkled in the Blue and Gold in the 21st century.

In between, Liz Galloway- McQuitter, Ted Weems and Garry White vaulted the Tigers into state level glory.

These five standouts will join eight other inductees in the 2010 class of the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor.

Rainey Eanes

Rainey Eanes, a 2000 Rockdale High School graduate, was a trail-blazing multi-sport standout who starred in college softball at Iowa State until an illness ended her athletic career prematurely.

Liz Galloway-McQuitter (left) has enjoyed great success at all different levels, while Garry White (right) was a major player on the state championship teams . Liz Galloway-McQuitter (left) has enjoyed great success at all different levels, while Garry White (right) was a major player on the state championship teams . Eanes played (boys) baseball until she became an RHS freshman, pitching and being selected to all-star traveling teams.

A four-year starter at shortstop for the Lady Tiger softball team, she batted .519 her junior and senior years and was selected all-state both years.

Eanes went to Iowa State on a softball scholarship, started at shortstop as a freshman, earned

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a golden glove award for the year and was named a Big 12 Softball Player of the Week.

A four-year-starter at point guard in basketball, she was selected to two all-state teams her senior year.

In tennis Eanes and doubles partner Ginger Owen won district all four years and placed at regionals each year.

Ted Weems (left) took his state championship form in the discus to futher success at Baylor. Ronnie Laurence (right) was a four-sport star at Rockdale and after a career at Baylor, embarked on a coaching journey that lasted 41 years. Ted Weems (left) took his state championship form in the discus to futher success at Baylor. Ronnie Laurence (right) was a four-sport star at Rockdale and after a career at Baylor, embarked on a coaching journey that lasted 41 years. She also ran track, played volleyball and was a standout in summer softball and soccer programs.

She was a multi-year member of the Centex Babes select team and played against the USA Olympic softball team in an exhibition game.

During her senior year, Eanes was an All-Academic Team selection and was named RHS Most Athletic Female.

Liz Galloway

Considered the best girls basketball player to ever pull on a blue and gold uniform, Liz Galloway McQuitter has enjoyed success at all levels—whether it be as a player or a coach.

Ga lloway-McQuit ter, R HS Class of 1973, led the Tigerettes to two state tournament appearances in 1970 and 1972 when she was an All-State selection.

The 1970 team was Rockdale coaching legend Ernie Laurence’s last great team and they fell in the semifinals. The 1972 squad was coached by John Shoemake and they made it all the way to the final game where they were defeated by Canyon.

So versatile was Galloway, that she switched from guard to forward in her senior year.

“She is the most intense player I ever coached,” Shoemake said. “Her stare was mesmerizing.”

Galloway didn’t miss a beat in college, leading Temple Junior College to a national championship. She continued her career at UNLV, where she captained the team and led them to 40 victories.

There was a fledgling women’s basketball league forming, so Galloway-McQuitter had to put her coaching career on hold for a bit.

She led the Chicago Hustle to the Womens Professional League semifinals in 1979 and played just one more year before entering the coaching profession.

She remains the only RHS graduate to play basketball professionally.

She’s held coaching positions all over the map—at Mundelein, Northwestern, Dartmouth, DePaul, Lamar, Northern Illinois and Texas A&M.

As head coach of Lamar, she won a Sun Belt title. At Northern Illinois, she became the first coach to win a championship in her first season there.

Ret ur ning to her roots to educ ate a nd inspire, Ga lloway-McQuitter is currently the head girls basketball coach at Rockdale High School.

Ronnie Laurence

Ronnie Laurence, RHS Class of 1961, was a four-sport standout who went on to play football and baseball in junior college and football for the Baylor Bears, and then enjoy a successful 41-year career in coaching.

At RHS, Laurence was a three-year, 48-minute footballer, playing running back on offense, corner back on defense, and he also kicked off and kicked extra points. He was alldistrict and All Central Texas selections his junior and senior seasons. In 1958, his sophomore season, RHS won its first outright district title his junior year, his senior year the Tigers beat Cameron for the fist time in 21 years

He started two years in basketball, played point guard. The Tigers advanced to regional his junior year and defeated Taylor his senior year for the district championship.

Laurence lettered four years in baseball, playing the outfield, first base and pitching for teams coached by his father, Ernie Laurence. His junior year the team reached the regional finals, then won regional the next year. At the time, regional was as far as Class 2A baseball teams advanced.

Laurence also lettered three years in track.

He received a baseball scholarship to Paris Junior College but also went out for football, starting the last five games at corner back and intercepting four passes.

When Paris Junior College dropped football, he received a scholarship to Navarro Junior College where he played football and baseball.

He was an All-Conference defensive back and led the conference in interceptions with 13. That brought him a scholarship offer from Baylor.

At Baylor he played on special teams his junior year, had a great spring training and was scheduled to start at corner back for the Bears his senior year.

But that summer he broke his leg playing baseball at College Station, red-shirted and played a fifth year but never regained his speed after the injury.

His coaching career started in 1966 in Spring Branch. He coached 20 years at Arlington Lamar High, highlighted by playing for the Class 5A state championship in 1991.

Laurence coached retired in 2005. He coached football, track, golf, and also girls and boys soccer at the varsity level and won championships in all of them.

Ted Weems

Ted Weems, RHS Class of 1973, was an outstanding football and track and field athlete at RHS, and state champion in the discus throw his senior year, earning a full scholarship in track to Baylor University where he threw the shot and discus for the Bears for four years.

In football at RHS, he was a two-way starter at tackle and a three-year letterman, earning first-team all-district honors on offense and defense and All- Centex honors his senior season at defensive tackle.

In track, he was district champion in the discus in 1971, 1972 and 1973, district champion in the shot put in 1972 and 1973, regional discus champion in 1972 and 1973 and Class 3A state discus champion in 1972.

He twice won all-state honors (all classifications) in the discus, 1972 and 1973, and was a United States Track and Field Federation All-American in 1973.

Weems was a four-year Baylor University track and field letterman and was Baylor University’s, and the Southwest Conference’s, first athlete to attend his first year of law school during my final (fourth) year of athletic competiton and eligibility.

He graduated Baylor University Law School in 1978, practiced law in Garland for two years and then for 16 years at Giddings, until being elected District and County Attorney of Lee County in 1996 and serving three terms until retiring in 2008.

Current Hall of

Honor members

Class of 2010—Gerald Adams, Tom Black, Rainey Eanes, Ronnie Laurence, Liz Galloway, Ray Locklin, Odis Mack, Sammie Moore, Susie Piper, Bob Roberson, Martin Stroman, Garry White, Ted Weems.

Class of 2009—Samaji Akili (Sammy C. Williams), Sue Jean Bennett, Bill Cooke, Glenn Chmelar, Edward Grubbs, Veron Guest, Ronnie Heflin, Barbara Young Kastner, Richard Kubiak, Ernie Wayne Laurence, H. Earl Marion, Art “Copie” Perry, Mike Speer.

Class of 2008—Ray Birchfield, Ernie Laurence, Duane Vincent, Matthew “Doc” Cook, Flora Mack, Annie Bell Wesley, Donnie Laurence, Ronny Menn, L. B. Kubiak, Lee Earl Gadison, Zelma Dykes, Gary Holliman, Dick Summers, Billie Jean Washington, Rufus Wolridge, Dan Yezak.

Class of 2007—Weldon Alford, Louise Barnes Ohnesorge, T. A. Weems, Billy Ray Locklin, Leroy Wright, Ralph Johnson, Kirby Owens Wright, Jack Kyle, Hal Stanislaw, Clyde Luetge, William Moultrie, Eural Davis Sr.

Hall of Honor

schedule

for Friday, Nov. 5

4 to 5 p.m.—Banquet and social time, RHS lunchroom.

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.—Induction ceremony, free and open to the public, RHS lunchroom. (Note: The entire event will be in the lunchroom with no activities in the auditorium.)

7 p.m.—Honorees introduced to Tiger Field crowd prior to Rockdale-Caldwell football game.


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