Some very familiar faces – and some not seen in Kilgore for some time – are going to be inducted in Kilgore College’s athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
“Mr. Everything” Travis Martin, involved with booster clubs at Kilgore High School and a fixture at athletics at both KC and KHS, is being inducted as a contributor, as is former KC band director and alumni Glenn Wells.
In addition, former football standouts Curtis Buckley and Dr. Robert Iden, former men’s basketball standout and current high school coach Jermaine Lewis, former Lady Rangers basketball standout Meosha Walker, former tennis coach Chris Blair, former tennis player Martin Kardos, and the 1963-64 men’s basketball Rangers are all being inducted this fall, as are Spirit of Excellence award-winners Dr. Hurley Miller and Phil Castles.
The hall of fame ceremonies are Saturday, Sept. 28, but the annual golf tournament fundraiser is Friday, Sept. 27. The banquet honoring the honorees will be Saturday afternoon at lunch at the Devall Center’s ballroom, and then the inductees will be recognized during halftime of the KC-Texas A&T football game.
Coach Joe Turner’s ’63-64 Rangers won the Texas Eastern Conference title with an 11-1 conference record, and finished 26-4 . Blair was tennis coach from 1996-2001, and is the current pro at Pinecrest Country Club in Longview.
Kardos is one of Blair’s former players. Kardos was ranked in the NJCAA’s top 100 his sophomore year, and then moved on to Missouri-St. Louis. He’s back now in his native Slovakia.
Former defensive back Buckley played for coach Jim Miller in 1989-1990, and after helping the Rangers earn 15 wins in those two years, he moved on to East Texas State and then to the NFL, where he played for Tampa Bay, San Francisco, the New York Giants and Washington.
Iden played for the Rangers and was an NJCAA All-American in 1970 and 71. KC went 15-4-2 in his two seasons here. Lewis, most recently the boys head basketball coach at Pine Tree, has accepted the girls basketball job at Gladewater, where he originally coached. Lewis played for former coach Scott Schumacher here.
Miller played at KC in 1989-90, moved on to play at Abilene Christian, and is a former ACU offensive player of the year.
Castles, of course, is the current Henderson High School head football coach and athletic director. Phil is the son of David and K Castles – David is a former KC athletic director, coach and faculty member. Phil played on the Rangers’ 1986-87 teams and the former KHS alumni has had coaching success at every stop, be it Corsicana, Chapel Hill, Elysian Fields or Henderson, where his Lions have made the playoffs in four of Castles’ six seasons at the helm.
The golf tournament, which will be at Tempest Golf Club, is sponsored by KC, Baylor Scott and White, the University of Texas at Tyler and Aramark. All proceeds benefit KC athletics, and there is a $75 entry fee per player for the two-person scramble. Sponsorships are available. Find out more by calling Kristan Propes at (903) 988-7537.
Tickets to the banquet luncheon are $20 each.
For more on any and all of the hall of fame events, check out kilgore.edu/halloffame.