Kilgore College announces 2017 HOF inductees

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Raymond Muchowich, who was a key figure in helping to establish the Kilgore College athletic hall of fame, is one of the inductees this year, going in as a contributor, the college announced Thursday.

Others are Tony Atchley, Don Carroll, Jorge Diaz, Jason Doyle, Jackie Hodnett, and George Jackson.

The honorees will be feted on hall of fame weekend – that’s Oct. 6-7. They’ll be honored at a luncheon at the Devall Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 7, then introduced later that day at the KC football game against New Mexico Military Institute. Also that weekend, on Friday, Oct. 6, is the annual benefit golf tournament, to raise funds for the athletic department.

Muchovich, himself a KC football player (1936-38), did help the athletic hall of fame to move forward back in 2002, and also helped greatly in the field house project (at the south end of R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium). He will be inducted posthumously.

Atchley, Diaz and Doyle are also former KC football standouts. Atchley was on the 1965-66 teams and helped KC win the 1966 national title. Doyle was an offensive lineman for the Rangers (1979-80) and an NJCAA All-American.

Diaz was an O-lineman for the Rangers in 1992-93, who went on to play at both Texas A&M-Kingsville and in the NFL, as a part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for coach Tony Dungy in 1996-99. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2000.

Jackson, a former KC basketball standout, will also be inducted posthumously. He played here in 1967-69, transferred to Dayton and helped them to the NIT. He went on to an NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks, drafted in 1971.

Hodnett is this year’s women’s basketball inductee. She played for KC and coach Evelyn Blalock in 1995-96, an All-American that finished her career at Auburn University-Montgomery and averaged 24.7 points per game.

Carroll is this year’s Spirit of Excellence award-winner, a former KC football player who helped the Rangers win their conference and to a number 1 ranking, then went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee. He’s now a principal partner in Landbridge Commercial Properties. The Spirit of Excellence is for former KC athletes or coaches who have continued the Rangers’ tradition of excellence to a high level of distinction in their career.

The golf tournament will be a two-person scramble here at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center, sponsored by KC, Christus Trinity Mother Francis, UT-Tyler and Aramark. The college is seeking hole sponsors for the tournament, and anyone who might donate door prizes. For more information or to do that, contact Rieves at (903) 988-7536 or visit kilgore.edu/halloffame.

For players, tournament entry is $75 per player. Tickets to the HOF luncheon the following day are $15 each.

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