McKee, Holder continued to thrive after high school

This is the first in a twopart series introducing this year’s six Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor inductees. The public is encouraged to attend the induction banquet Oct. 25 which will be held at the high school cafeteria beginning at 4:30 p.m. The honorees will then be recognized at halftime of the Rockdale-Navasota game later that evening. W hile a standout at

Rockdale High School,

Gordon McKee literally soared when he left high school, thriving in track on the collegiate and national stage.

After attending Blinn, McKee (RHS ‘85) was a two-time All-American at Southwest Texas State and the three-time Southland Conference long jump champion in which he still held the school record at the time of his induction.

He was named the outstanding track performer at the 1989 Southland Meet as the high point man.

McKee was second in the long jump in the NCAAs and also participated in the Olympic Trials in 1988.

Cecilia Holder and Gordon McKee both represented Rockdale at the state track meet after setting several school records in the events they dominated. Cecilia Holder and Gordon McKee both represented Rockdale at the state track meet after setting several school records in the events they dominated. He was an international track performer from 1990 to 1995 where he was ranked in the top 10 in the world. His best measurement of 27 feet, 2 inches put him in the top 120 jumps of all-time.

McKee was chosen by Track & Field News for the all-time long jump team along with Eric Metcalf and Carl Lewis.

At Rockdale, he captured a silver in the high jump and a fourth place finish in the long jump at the 1985 state track meet.

At one point, he owned school records in the long jump and high jump.

In football, he was named first-team all-district as a punter.

Cecilia Holder

Blazing new trails, like being inducted into the RHS Athletic Hall of Honor, isn’t anything new for Cecilia “Ce” Holder Pryor.

She’s been doing it since she was 10.

That’s the age she became the first girl to play Little League baseball—not softball, baseball— in Rockdale.

It was in the LL’s major leagues (ages 10-12) and she wasn’t a late inning, sneak-’em-into-theoutfield when nobody’s looking player either.

By her 11-year-old season she was a starting pitcher. Selected an all- star the next year, she started on the mound in a classic two-day, 11-inning affair against a South Austin team, a game Rockdale eventually won.

In junior-high she excelled in multiple sports, then moved on to RHS and literally began rewriting the girls track record books.

By graduation time in 1983, she held four records, the 100, 200, 400 and long jump. Her 400- meter record, 57.1, still stands 30 years later. It’s been tied once, by Crystal Anderson in 2002.

Pryor was second in the 400 meters in the 1983 state track meet, still the highest running event finish for a Lady Tiger and tied for the highest finish ever in any girls track event for RHS.

(Leslie Starnes finished second three times in the pole vault and Sue Peterson was second in shot put.)

Pryor was first team all-district her junior and senior years in basketball after working her way into the lineup her sophomore year for June Owen’s bi-district champs.

She was named outstanding female athlete at RHS both her junior and senior years, the first Lady Tiger to ever win the award more than once.

After graduation she went to Mary-Hardin Baylor on a basketball scholarship, started three years, was All-Heart of Texas Conference, all-academic conference and won the conference free-throw shooting title.

A career in girls sports coaching followed at Alvarado and Moody. In Moody she was a coach of the year in 1992 after taking a Lady Bearcat team that was 0-10 the previous season to the Class 2A playoffs.

Ironically, softball may have been her best sport and RHS did not offer girls softball in her era.

She was a standout on citywide and countywide women’s teams which took the place of UIL softball in that era.

A pitcher and slugging shortstop, she played key roles on teams which won pennants in three different leagues and on a Rockdale all-star team which defeated all- star squads from Cameron and Caldwell in tourney action.

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