Six More Sports Standouts Set for Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday

Six More Sports Standouts Set for Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday
Posted on 04/03/2015
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Scott Talton, with wife Vicki by his side, celebrates his 500th coaching victory in 2008, his final season as Dobie's boys basketball coach.
scaleSix celebrated Pasadena ISD sports figures whose high-school careers spanned more than five decades will be inducted into the district’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night in a gala banquet that also features as guest emcee a player and coach from the football glory days at the University of Texas.

David McWilliams, who helped lead UT to its first national title as a player and came close to leading the Longhorns to another at the team’s head coach, will take part in the induction ceremony and assist with scholarship presentations to four Pasadena ISD seniors.

The fourth annual induction banquet, set to begin at 6 p.m. at Phillips Field House, will celebrated the sports careers of five former Pasadena ISD student-athletes and one coach, the legendary Scott Talton, who guided Dobie High’s boys basketball team to 500 victories.

Talton’s victory total is believed to be the highest for any coach in any sport in Pasadena ISD history.

Only about two dozen tickets remain for the event, which attracted sellout crowds of over 360 each of its first three years.

McWilliams, a center and defensive end on the UT team that won the 1963 national title, will assist with the induction of two former Pasadena ISD football standouts who played for UT during McWilliams’ 16-year stint as a Longhorns’ assistant coach under Darrell Royal and Fred Akers.

Steve Oxley, a 1969 Rayburn graduate, played in the offensive line for the Longhorns from 1970 to 1972 under Royal. Randy McEachern, a 1974 Dobie graduate, played quarterback for UT in 1977 and 1978 under Akers.

Other former Pasadena ISD athletes set for induction are David Webb, Pasadena High Class of 1959, a four-sport standout who later played football at Lamar; Jeff Wylie, Pasadena High Class of 1987, who went on to star in the high jump at Baylor; and Kyla Hall Holas, South Houston High Class of 1990, who enjoyed an All-American softball career as a pitcher for Southwestern Louisiana and now serves as head coach of the University of Houston softball team.

All of the former athletes will be present except for Holas, whose UH squad will be competing in Florida this weekend. She will be represented by her husband, John Holas, and her mother, Ginger Carte.

Talton, who passed away in 2009, will be represented by his widow, Vicki Talton. The Talton contingent will also include more than three dozen family members, friends and former Dobie players.

For the first time, four Pasadena ISD seniors will be awarded scholarships at the banquet. Memorial seniors Jacob Minter and Breanna Aaron will receive scholarships presented annually by the Hall of Fame to two student-athletes. The value of the scholarships this year has been raised to $2,000 each.

Two student trainers – Memorial’s Katia Mosley and Dobie’s Jeffrey Tyler – will receive scholarships of $1,000 each awarded by the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.

The Class of 2015 inductees will join 26 other former Pasadena ISD athletes and coaches already enshrined in the Hall of Fame Museum at Phillips Field House.

The museum will be open to all banquet attendees immediately after the induction ceremony. McWilliams, Webb, Oxley, McEachern and Wylie will be on hand for photos and autographs.

Several previous inductees – now Hall of Fame members – are also expected to attend, including Pasadena High alumni Randy Kerbow, Lanny White, Mike Kirkland and Amanda Buffalo Tucker.

To purchase tickets, please contact the Pasadena ISD Athletics Ticket Office at 713-740-0841.