Hall of Honor fills up with all-state players
This is the third in a series of articles on the 11 members who will be inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor Oct. 28. The public is encouraged to attend the banquet which will be held at the high school cafeteria beginning at 4 p.m.
K erry Locklin and James
“King Tuck” Russell were part of a defensive era, the likes that haven’t been seen before or since.
During the 1976 state championship season, the Tigers allowed just 105 points and just 63 during the regular season.
Five teams failed to score against them, four scored seven points or less.
In 1975, the Rockdale defense surrendered just 98 points, including five shutouts.
Former Tiger player and coach Theresa White is the lone female to enter the hall this year.
Versatility, Kerry Locklin is thy name.
Locklin began his career as a wheeling-dealing quarterback, but wound up as a bulldozing fullback and bruising linebacker.
In his senior season of 1977, he ground out 1,203 yards, one of the top efforts in RHS history.
However, it was his sterling defensive play that grabbed people’s attention and he was named a first-team, All-State linebacker.
Locklin was one of the few who was a member of both the state champion football team in 1976 and the state champion track team of 1977.
He contributed to the track title by earning a bronze medal in the discus at the state meet.
Following in the footsteps of his father Billy Ray and older brother Ray, Locklin played football at New Mexico St. where he became an All-American tight end.
The NFL came calling and Locklin was drafted in the sixth round of the 1982 draft and he played for three seasons.
Football continued to be a way of life for Locklin as he moved easily into coaching. He served nine years as a defensive assistant at Fresno St. before moving into the professional ranks with the New York Jets of the NFL and the Florida franchise of the United Football League.
He also produced a series of defensive coaching tapes.
With his induction, Locklin makes up the fourth father/son duo in the Hall of Honor. James “King Tuck” Russell
As colorful a player that ever strapped on a blue and gold uniform, James Russell had an intensity level that made him a dangerous man on the football field.
During the Tigers’ playoff run to the state championship in 1976, Russell used some trash talking in the lockerroom by some Llano players before a game as inspiration.
In typical Tuck fashion, he went out and made the first seven tackles of the game—by himself. He also broke through the line for four sacks—in the first quarter.
“Tuck was furious,” said teammate Randy Morgan. “He wanted to go into their lockerroom, but we persuaded him not to, just take it out on them on the field. He did.”
Coaches, players and writers took notice as well of his relentless style of play and Russell was first named to the All- Centex team and then second team All- State as a defensive tackle.
Russell, who did not play football until the ninth grade, went on the play college football at Sam Houston State.
Theresa White played basketball at Temple Junior College where she participated in the junior college all-star game and graduated in 1982.
White ( R HS ‘ 7 7) at tended Texas-Arlington on a basketball scholarship from 1980-82 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and kinesiology.
She set the UTA single season assist record in 1981-82 with 139 assists.
White was the assistant and head coach in Rockdale in volleyball, basketball and track for seven years. She was the junior varsity basketball and volleyball coach at LaPorte for two years.
At the time of her induction, White had been a coach in the Deer Park school district for 21 years.
In 11 years as head coach, she led the team to the regional quarterfinals, area championships, three bi-district championships and was district champions four out of 10 years and runner-up for five years.
She was voted teacher of the year in 2004-2005.
Volunteer programs she was involved with included Salvation Army, Methodist Church pumpkin patch and Star of Hope Christ.
She is also certified to teach technology applications.
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, Oct. 28
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 at halftime of the Rockdale- Giddings football game.