Rockdale Reporter October 11, 2007
Coaching Legend, All-Stater, 1,000 points
First three hall of honor inductees brought glory to Rockdale in the 1950s
Editor's Note: On Friday, Nov. 2, the first 12 honorees will be inducted into the first-ever Rockdale Sports Hall of Fame, representing athletes who played high school sports here before 1960. This is the first first of a four-part series profiling those athletes in reverse chronological order.
By Mike Brown
Rockdale’s Sports Hall of Honor will include a bona fide coaching legend, one of Big Blue’s first all-state football players and a Tigerette who put up 1,000 points during her RHS career.
Ralph Johnson coached the Aycock Tigers to football and basketball state titles in 1955-56.
Hal Stanislaw, an all-state linebacker, helped lead the Rockdale Tigers to their first-ever district football title in 1958.
Kirby Owens Wright was the top scorer on the 1958 Tigerette basketball team which finished third at state.
Hal Stanislaw - 1959 RHS graduate
Hal D. Stanislaw was a star center and linebacke3r, a four-year starter in 40 straight games, and one of the first Rockdale High School Tiger players ever to earn all-state football honors.
When Stanislaw was a senior in the fall of 1958, the Rockdale High Tigers won the school’s first-ever outright district football championship.
Stanislaw as a sophomore made second-team All-District and then, in both his junior and senior seasons, was named to All-District and All-Central Texas teams. In his senior year he was named to the Class 2A All-State Team as a linebacker.
Also during his senior year he was selected to play for the South in the annual Texas High School Coaches All-Star Football game. In that game, he was runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award.
He received a full scholarship to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where he played linebacker for the Horned Frogs in the Southwest Conference.
Stanislaw graduated from TCU in 1963 and began his coaching career at Duncanville High School where he was freshman football coach and head track coach.
He moved to Littlefield High School in 1964 and coached the varsity defensive line and was head track coach. In 1966 he was assistant football and assistant basketball coach at Weatherford before returning to Milam County in 1967 to become offensive and defensive line coach at Yoe High School in Cameron.
The following year, 1968, he was named head football coach and athletic director at Yoe High School, a post he held through 1971.
After serving as head coach and athletic director at Somerville, he returned to Milam County and enjoyed a long and successful career as an insurance agent.
Kirby Owens Wright - 1958 RHS graduate
Basketball seasons don’t come any more exciting than the one Rockdale’s Tigerettes had in 1957-58 and a 5-10 scoring machine named Kirby Owens was right in the middle of the action.
Owens led Rockdale into the Class 2A state tourney where the Tigerettes finished third, one of four girls final four appearance in school history.
She averaged almost 25 points a game her senior year. She scored a combined 1,059 points her junior and senior seasons.
Those totals could have been even more impressing. As a sophomore she saw considerable playing time on a team that went 23-3 and won a bi-district title, but she broke a thumb near the end of the season.
Owens scored exactly 700 points her senior year and even got better in the playoffs although other teams often collapsed all three of their guards around her. (The game was then six-player, half-court)
Owens, who was also the Tigerette team’s captain, was named all-state at the forward position in 1958 and participated in the Texas All-Star Game that year.
She was named Most Athletic Girl at Rockdale High School for the 1957-58 year.
Owens was an all-tourney selection at the Rockdale and Bellville tournaments her junior and senior years and an all-tourney pick at Round Rock her senior season.
At state, Owens scored 20 points in a first-round loss to Abernathy and 34 in a third-place game victory over Clear Creek.
She was named to the All-State Tourney team.
Owens also played volleyball and softball and ran track at RHS, although in those days there was no advancement past a “county meet”.
Ralph Johnson - AHS boys coach, 1951-56
Ralph Johnson’s 1955-56 season at Aycock High School was one for all time.
Coaches who lead their teams to state football and basketball titles in the same school year may not be in a class by themselves but it sure doesn’t take long to call the roll.
That’s what Johnson did and his Aycock Tigers threw in a state runner-up title in track and filed at the end of that remarkable year for good measure.
From fall 1951 through spring 1956, Johnson coached all male sports at Aycock High. “Impressive” doesn’t even begin to describe his record.
His football teams were 38-13-2. In addition to the 1955 state championship, Aycock won a regional crown in 1951.
Johnson’s basketball teams were 128-25. In addition to the 1956 state title the Tigers won district titles in 1952 and 1954.
After leaving Rockdale he moved to Odessa, retiring after a long coaching career at Odessa High School as one of that West Texas city’s most respected citizens. The 1993 West Texas Relays was named in his honor.
In Rockdale, his name will always be linked with that once-in-a-lifetime 1955-56 season.
Aycock fans knew they had something special when the Tigers blanked 19545 state finalist College Station 27-0 in the season’s fifth week.
Three weeks later came the district showdown against Taylor, a team AHS hadn’t beaten in three years. Aycock came from behind to win 21-12 and roared into the playoffs.
The biggest game of the year was the state quarterfinal against Texas City on the Texas City home field. Johnson’s Tigers had 245 penalty yards, 2 TDs called back and staged three goal line stands after Texas City drove to first-and-goal inside the 5. Aycock won 13-7.
Two weeks later, Aycock won state, 21-7 over West.
Four basketball practices later the Tigers were rolling. Aycock recovered from an upset loss to Rosebud, won district then knocked off the Waco Paul Quinn college freshman team in an overtime tuneup thriller.
The state tourney was wild. Aycock routed Tyler Stanton, came from behind in the fourth period to edge Fairfield, breeze by Center and edged Daingerfield 54-51 in the final.
Johnson was philosophical. “I didn’t expect to win state in football,” he smiled. “But I sure did in basketball.”
ROCKDALE SPORTS HALL OF HONOR
By MIKE BROWN
Rockdale Reporter July 26, 2007
RHS’ most prolific scorer ever will be Hall of Honor inductee
‘Shorty’ Barnes totaled more than 1,000 points in two seasons, 86 in 1 game
They may have called her “Shorty,” but Louise Barnes Ohnesorge stands tall as a skyscraper in Rockdale sports history.
She’s now 88, spry as ever, and has fond memories of a magical two seasons 70 years ago when Barnes and the Rockdale
Tigresses—that’s what the RHS girls basketball team was called in the 1930s—stood at the summit of Texas girls sports.
In the 1935-36 and 1936-37 seasons the Tigresses were a combined 41-3 under coach Mabelene Graves. One of those losses was in the 1936 Class 2A state championship game. Another was in the 1937 regional tourney.
Ohnesorge scored well over 1,000 points in those two seasons and her last game was the most memorable. On Feb. 22, 1937,
she poured in 86 points during a 104-4 victory over Manor. Seventy years later that remains the school record and it still may be 70 years from now. “They just kept throwing me the ball and I kept putting it in,” she told The Reporter Saturday
during an interview at her home near San Antonio. All 86 points were on field goals. No free throws were made in the game.
Ohnesorge was contacted to be informed she has been selected as a member of the first class to be inducted into the new Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor later this year. Full details on the event will be announced later.
Road trip: She vividly remembers the road trip to the 1936 state tourney in Plainview. “Farmer (Maxwell) was so nice
to drive us all that way. I remember a whole lot of us being in his car,” she said. That’s right. According to a 1937 story, 10 people packed into Maxwell’s auto, the seven Tigresses, a brother to one of the girls, Maxwell and Coach Graves. They stopped at Lake Worth for a picnic lunch. Total tab for all 10 was $2.36.
When they got to Plainview the Amateur Athletic Union—it was before the UIL conducted most Texas high school sports—put
them up in the jury room on the fourth story of the Hale County Courthouse.
Coach Graves told Tiger Tales, the RHS school newspaper, she had to chase four Plainview boys off that fourth story fire escape. But the Rockdale girls had come to the Texas Panhandle to play basketball. They beat Shallowater and Muleshoe to reach to finals where they bowed to Winnsboro, their only loss in a 23-1 season.
Country girl: Ohnesorge grew up in the New Salem community along with many of her teammates. “It was the middle of the Depression and we were poor but we didn’t know we were poor,” she recalled. “We had all played basketball together out there and by the time we got to high school in Rockdale we were good.”
They were so good many much larger schools simply refused to play Rockdale, especially during her senior year.
On Feb. 22, 1937, it became obvious why as Ohnesorge poured in 86 points in that 104-4 victory over Manor. “I remember shooting a lot,” she said. “I know a lot of them went in.”
That’s even a more remarkable feat when you consider the game then was six-player with the floor divided into three sections.
It took time for the ball to be worked down into the scoring area.
Lots of people remembered.
In 1942 a soldier stationed on Guadalcanal wrote a San Antonio newspaper asking about that 86-point game.
Brewette: She has lived in the San Antonio area for the past 70 years. She met and married Harry Ohnesorge Jr., who died several years ago. And she continued her athletic career becoming a member of the Pearl Brewettes, a select touring women’s basketball team sponsored by San Antonio’s legendary Pearl Brewery. She played third base for Alamo Jewelry, a hot-shot San Antonio women’s softball team. And she bowled several 200 games.
Now she doesn’t get out much anymore but she keeps up with Rockdale through a friend. “I know there’s more crime there
than we had when I lived there so long ago,” Ohnesorge said. “But it’s that way everywhere.”
Detective story: She left Rockdale in 1937, the year she graduated. How The Reporter was able to find her again after seven decades is partly a detective story.
The Sports Hall of Honor is the brainchild of Athletic Director Jeff Miller and a seven-person committee as been working on the project for several months. It was decided the first “class” to enter the hall would be composed of athletes who played at Rockdale High School or Aycock High School before 1960.
That time period, of course, includes the 1936 state finalist girls basketball team, one of only four times in history for the RHS girls to make the final four. Over the years The Reporter has published numerous stories about that team. But no one had kept in touch with Louise Barnes, the team’s top scorer. Most of the players are now deceased. Two women who went to RHS with Barnes, Genie Wolf Newton and Dottie Pruett Hammond, were contacted and Hammond got in touch with Ann Seibert Currey, Class of 1937. Currey said Louise Barnes, now Louise Ohnesorge, had come to a class reunion many years ago and provided her married name and a San Antonio phone number. The number was no longer valid. But there were two other
Ohnesorges in the San Antonio phone book. The Reporter dialed the first one. Louise answered the phone.
Statute of limitations: For over an hour Saturday, Ohnesorge sat in the dining room of the ranch home she shares with her son and looked over press clippings and old photos. “This is just so nice, to be named for an honor like this,” she said repeatedly.
The interview concluded after a lot of laughs, and a tear or two, with four generations of the Ohnesorge family looking over
the March 12, 1936, Reporter which not only contains coverage of the state tourney in Plainview, but also hints that Ohnesorge might have cheated at dominoes up there in the Hale County Courthouse jury room.
“For pastime, some of the Tigresses played 42 at night,” the story reads. “Shorty Barnes and Josephine Dockall had a regular “system” which consisted of moving one’s foot in the right way. They succeeded in fairly cleaning out the others.”
After much laughter, four generations of Ohnesorges and the Reporter’s editor concluded it was probably okay for the RHS
girls single-game scoring champ to return. The statute of limitations on fudging the rules of 42 has almost certainly expired at some point during the past 71 years.
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Rockdale Reporter August 2, 2007 - pp C1 & C2
Rockdale High School will have its first ever athletes Hall of Honor with the
first class being inducted this fall.
Twelve members of the RHS athletic community who graduated from either
Rockdale High School or Aycock High School before 1960, will be the first
Those ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, night of the
Rockdale-Cameron football game at Tiger Field.
Plans at the moment call for a banquet honoring the inductees and their families
that afternoon. Introductions, and plaque presentations, will be made at Tiger Field prior to the game.
Head Coach/Athletic Director Jeff Miller said a permanent Hall of Honor will be established in the new high school gym. That facility will be built as part of the Rockdale ISD bond program over the next few years.
The first 12 inductees are, in alphabetical order:
• Weldon Alford, 1946 Rockdale graduate. A baseball umpire and basketball official whose career spanned 60 years and included the old Southwest Conference in its glory days. It’s estimated Alford umpired tens of thousands of baseball/softball games and many thousand basketball games.
• Louise “Shorty” Barnes Ohnesorge, 1937 Rockdale graduate. Rockdale’s all-time single game basketball scoring leader. She led the 1936 Rockdale Tigresses to a second-place finish at state and scored over 1,000 points, combined, her junior and senior years. On Feb. 22, 1937 she scored 86 points in a 104-4 RHS win over Manor.
• Eural Davis, 1940 Aycock graduate. The “Jackie Robinson of track and field.” Davis was the first African-American to travel with an integrated track team in 1947. He was third in the long jump in the U.S. nationals and was in the top six of Olympic trials for the 1948 games. Three of the jumpers who beat him in the trials went on to win the gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympics.
• Ralph Johnson, Aycock coach from 1951-1956. One of a handful of coaches who led teams to football and basketball
state titles in the same season. Johnson’s Tigers won a 1955 state football crown and a 1956 state basketball title. His
Aycock football teams were 38-13-2 and his basketball teams were 128-25. Aycock also won a regional football title
and two district basketball titles under Johnson.
• Jack Delbert Kyle, 1947 Rockdale graduate. A standout football-basketball-track athlete at RHS, he went on
to Sam Houston State University where he set many records in the era of one-platoon football. (Kyle played halfback on
offense and defense). He was the Lone Star Conference’s leading scorer in 1949 and 1950, an All-LSC first-team selection in 1949, 1950 and 1951. Some of Kyle’s records still stand. He finished his career with 1,676 yards rushing and 25 TDs.
• Billy Ray Locklin, 1956 Aycock graduate. A key member of the 1955-56 AHS football and basketball state champs, he went on to a standout career in college and pro football. An All-American at New Mexico State University, where he was
inducted into the university’s athletic Hall of Fame, he went on to play with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was the CFL player of the year in 1966 and was nominated for the Schilling Award,
highest award bestowed in Canadian pro football.
• Clyde Luetge, 1954 Rockdale graduate. The Tigers’ “big man” in basketball during the early 1950s, Luetge broke the RHS single game scoring record twice and still holds it. Against Thrall as a junior he scored 50 points to set the record, then broke it as a senior with 51 against Round Rock. He led the Tigers to Rockdale’s first-ever bi-district basketball championship in 1953-54. He averaged 20.5 points per game in district play during his RHS career.
• William “Bill” Moultrie, 1950 Aycock graduate. The first African-American coach at Stanford University, he moved
on to Howard University and led a track program which produced 71 Division I All-Americans during the next 26 years. He was baton coach (relay events) for the United States in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, coached Michael Johnson to world title wins in the 200-meter and 400-meter events in 1995 and is a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
• Kirby Owens Wright, 1958 Rockdale graduate. The top scorer on the 1958 Tigerette team which finished third at
state, she poured in over 1,000 points her junior and senior years. She averaged almost 25 points per game her senior year
and was named to the All-State Tourney team.
• Hal Stanislaw, 1958 Rockdale graduate. Rockdale High School’s first-ever All-State football player, this center-linebacker was a key player on RHS’s first outright district football championship in 1958. He played linebacker for TCU in college and coached high school football for eight years. During his senior year at RHS he was selected for the Texas High School Coaches All-Star Football Game and was runner-up in the game’s most valuable player (MVP) balloting.
• T.A. Weems, 1939 Rockdale graduate. A Rockdale sports legend, Weems won state in shot put and discus in 1939 and records he set (the discus was one pound heavier then) stood for decades. He went on to play football at Rice, where he was the Southwest Conference’s leading punter and third leading ball carrier. He led Rice to two upsets over Texas. After World War II ended his college sports career he returned to Rockdale and was mentor to the RHS track and field program, assisting three Rockdale athletes to state-winning discus efforts.
• Leroy Wright, 1956 Aycock graduate. Perhaps the best athlete ever to come out of Rockdale, the 6-9, 205 pound
basketball, football and track standout was a key member of the 1955-56 Aycock state football and basketball champs. After graduation he chose basketball and went to College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific). His 21.3 rebounds-per-game average there is still the fourth best in NCAA history. He played on the Pittsburgh Pipers team which won the very first American Basketball League (forerunner to the ABA) in 1968 and became the league's first African-American assistant coach.
Members of the Hall of Honor committee, who have been working several months on the project are Weldon Alford,
Dennis Brooks, Mike Brown, Bill Cooke, Jimmy Keen, Billy Ray Locklin, Darrell Mynar (Athletic Association president) and Miller.
Committee members who were chosen for induction did not participate in the selection process for themselves.
Honoring past athletes from Rockdale High School and Aycock High School
Thanks to the Rockdale Reporter, Mike Brown, Editor for permission to use these articles and photos
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T. A. Weems
Leroy Wright led Aycock High School to a state championship, then became an NCAA and American Basketball League standout
Louise 'Shorty' Barnes
Louise Barnes Ohnesorge
1936 Rockdale Tx
Girls Basketball team
One of only two Rockdale High School teams to finish second in the state
girls basketball tourney-the other was in 1972-the 1935-36 RHS “Tigresses” included: Front row (L-R) Erlene Sides, Rosaline Dockall, Elizabeth Hoelzel, Josephine Dockall, Louise Zimmer, coach Mabelene Graves; back row, Louise “Shorty” Barnes, Edith Scarbrough, Alcie Holliman, Irene Seelke, Minnie Timmerman, Laura Eiland, (first name not known) Brown.
Louise “Shorty” Barnes scored more than 1,000 points combined her junior and senior years. Her 86-point single-game scoring record, set in 1937, still stands.
The Reporter has some great pictures of the ceremonies on-line
Sports Hall of Honor
Rockdale Reporter - October 18, 2007
CFL All-Pro, rebounder, top scorer
Hall of Honor inductees put big-time numbers into sports record books
By Mike Brown
Rockdale’s Sports Hall of Honor will include a gridder nominated for the highest award in Canadian pro football, a basketball star who is still in the NCAA’s top four in rebounding and a cage standout who has now held the RHS single-game scoring record for 53 years.
Billy Ray Locklin enjoyed a decade-long pro football career that established him as one of the stars in the Canadian Football League.
Leroy Wright quarterbacked the 1955 state champion Aycock Tiger football team, and enjoyed a stellar and pro basketball career.
Clyde Luetge broke the RHS boys basketball single-game scoring record twice in two years.
Billy Ray Locklin - 1956 AHS graduate
Billy Ray Locklin was a key member of Aycock’s football and basketball state championship teams during the legendary 1955-56 school year.
And that was only the beginning of a sports career for the man who would go on to become Rockdale’s first professional football player, starring in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Locklin went from Rockdale to New Mexico State University and moved into the starting lineup as an offensive tackle his freshman year.
He was named a Little All-American as a sophomore. He was All-Border Conference as a junior, repeated that honor as senior and was also selected honorable mention All-American on the “big college” list.
Locklin was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers of the old American Football League, began his pro career with the Oakland Raiders and moved on to the CFL.
Locklin had an outstanding 10-year career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes, playing in the offensive line and at defensive end.
He was All-Eastern Conference and All-Canadian for three years. In 1966 he received the CFL Player of the Year Award. Locklin was nominated for the Schilling Award, the highest bestowed in Canadian football.
He was briefly with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
Sons Ray, Kerry and Kim Locklin followed their father into New Mexico State’s football program with Kerry and Kim becoming college football coaches.
Leroy Wright - 1956 AHS graduate
There wasn’t a better athlete in the state of Texas in the 1955-56 school year than Leroy Wright.
As a 6-8, 205-pound quarterback, Wright led the Aycock Tigers to the 1955 state football championship with his passing and running, a Vince Young 50 years before Vince Young came along.
The 1956 Aycock High School valedictorian, he also led the Tigers to the 1955-56 state basketball title, averaging 30.5 points per game.
Wright may well be Rockdale’s greatest living former athlete. You certainly wouldn’t get any argument from anyone who challenged him of the backboards when he played basketball for University of the Pacific in the late 1950s, where he was compared to no less than future NBA legend Bill Russell, then a star at the nearby University of San Francisco.
Wright averaged 21.3 rebounds per game over his collegiate career at Pacific. That’s still the fourth highest per game total in NCAA history.
He led the nation in rebounding his junior and senior years. In 1959 he averaged 25.1 rebounds per game. “I see now when a guy gets seven rebounds a game, that’s big,” he told The Reporter’s Bill Martin in 2006.
Wright was inducted into the University of the Pacific Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
Before a knew injury cut short his pro basketball career, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics and eventually became a member of the Pittsburgh Pipers, which won the very first American Basketball Association (ABA) title in 1968.
Pro basketball legend Connie Hawkins was a teammate of Wright’s on that team. He stayed with the team when it moved to Minnesota and became an assistant coach there, the first African-American to serve in that capacity in the ABA.
Clyde Luetge - 1954 RHS graduate
In the early 1950s, well before the 3-point shot and the big individual scoring records that were to come, Clyde Luetge broke the RHS single-season basketball scoring record twice in consecutive seasons.
The 6-4 Luetge, a 1954 graduate of Rockdale High School, was Big Blue’s “big man” in basketball during that era.
In 1953, playing against Thrall as a junior, he broke the school record with Rockdale’s first-ever 50-point scoring performance.
And he did it without playing at all in the fourth period.
Next year, as a senior, Luetge broke his own record with a 51-point performance against Round Rock.
He ended his RHS basketball career averaging almost 15,points a game, scoring 826 points over 56 games. He was even better in district play, averaging 20.5 points for his career.
He led the Tigers to Rockdale’s first-ever bi-district championship and that 1953-54 team posted a 23-6 record.
Luetge also played football and ran track for RHS his freshman and sophomore years.
As a sophomore, he won four individual events at the district track meet, capturing the shot put, discus, 110-high hurdles and the 220-yard dash. He also ran a leg on the Tigers’ first place mile relay team.
Luetge’s 51 point individual game basketball scoring record still stands at Rockdale High School.
Next week: Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor inductees William Moultrie, Jack Kyle and Weldon Alford.
Sports Hall of Honor
Kirby Owens Wright
Billy Ray Locklin
Rockdale Reporter - October 25, 2007
Olympics, record holder, umpire
RHS, AHS honorees excelled in track, football and officiating
Editor’s note: On Friday, Nov. 2, the first 12 honorees will be inducted into the first ever Rockdale Sports Hall of Fame, representing athletes who played high school sports here before 1960. This is the third of a four-part series profiling those athletes in reverse chronological order.
by Mike Brown
Rockdale’s Sports Hall of Honor will include a legendary track coach/Olympic track official, a Sam Houston State University football icon who remains one of that school’s most respected alumni and an umpire-referee who “called ‘em as he saw ‘em” for 60 years.
William Preston Moultrie established a university track program that produced 71 Division I All-Americans and went on to coach and officiate in the Olympics.
Jack Delbert Kyle was Sam Houston State University’s premier football star in the early 1950s and still holds a number of Bearkat grid records.
Weldon Alford umpired for 60 years at all levels of softball and baseball and officiated basketball for 15 years in a career that included the legendary Southwest Conference.
William Moultrie - 1950 AHS graduate
From the sandy streets around the old Aycock School to the Olympics and the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
That’s the odyssey of Rockdale native William Moultrie.
Moultrie participated in all sports at Aycock, then went on to become a track legend.
He majored at physical education at Texas Southern University and went on to a legendary international career as a track coach.
Moultrie was the first African-American coach at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. After five years there he went on to a 26-year career as head track coach at Howard University in Washington, D. C.
His program produced 71 Division I track and field All-American.
Moultrie's Howard Relays became the second biggest tract meet on the East Coast. Only the Penn Relays is larger.
He has also been at the center of the develpment of some of the world's best track and field athletes.
Moultrie coached Michael Johnson to wins in the 200-meter and 400-meter world titles in 1995. At that meet - held in Gotheborg, Sweden - seven of the 12 athletes who won U.S. Gold medals were under Moultrie's direct supervision.
He was "baton coach" (relay events) for the U.S. Olympic team in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and was an official at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Moultrie organized and directed a track and field clinic in Africa, has refereed running events at the U.S. Olympic Committee Olympic Trials, and was the U.S. sprint/relay coach for the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow, Russia.
He has received numerous awards at the collegiate level and has published three track and field books.
On Dec. 12, 2006, Moultrie was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Jack Delbert Kyle – 1948 RHS graduate
Jack Delbert Kyle was an all-around athlete who starred in football, basketball and track at RHS and received a football scholarship too Sam Houston State where he lettered four years and posted some remarkable records while playing halfback on both offense and defense for the Bearkats in the era of one-platoon football.
He was the leading scorer in the Lone Star Conference in both 1949, when he scored 58 points, and in 1950 when he scored 70 for Sam Houston State.
He was an All-Conference first-team selection in 1949, 1950 and 1951 at running back. He still holds the Sam Houston State individual record for the most points scored in a single game posting 26 against Corpus Christi in 1950.
He was the Lone Star Conference rushing leader in 1949 with 427 yards in 124 carries. He also had the second-best punting average in the Lone Star Conference that year, kicking 30 times for a 38.9 yard average.
The following year, 1950, Kyle was the Lone Star Conference’s second leading rusher with 701 yards on 131 carries despite missing two games with a broken collar bone early in the season. Kyle’s biggest game that season was a 143-yard rushing performance on 21 carries in a 20-6 victory over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. He finished his career with 1,676 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns.
Kyle also caught 12 passes that season for 212 yards and punted 19 times for a 36-yard average. He was Sam Houston State’s most dangerous threat on kickoff returns, running nine back for 219 yards, including a 71-yard scoring dash against Midwestern University.
He is one of only two Sam Houston State players in history with a 100-yard kickoff return, posting his in 1951 against East Texas State. Kyle also is tied for the most touchdowns scored one game by a Bearkat, four in 1950 against Corpus Christi.
He is also in the Sam Houston State record books for the most extra points kicked in one game – nine against Brooke Army in 1949, and for the most extra points attempted in one game, 11 in that same contest.
Kyle holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston and went on to a distinguished career with the Texas Department of Corrections. He served as a warden of the TDC Ferguson Unit for six years, was assistant director of the Texas Department of Corrections from 1965 to 1984, and served as Chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole 1991-1995. He was appointed by the Governor of Texas and confirmed by the Senate.
Weldon Alford – 1946 RHS graduate
“You’re safe. You’re out. Traveling. Foul, got him on the hand; that’s a one-and-one.”
Baseball and basketball couldn’t exist without the game officials who make those kind of calls and Rockdale High School produced one of the best who ever got behind the plate of kept up with a fast break.
Weldon Alford umpired for 60 years at levels ranging from his granddaughter’s girls softball games to baseball in the Southwest Conference and other NCAA games.
His 15 years calling basketball games also covered the SWC and included high school contests all over the state. He helped form a Rockdale chapter Southwest Basketball Officials Association (SBOA) which became highly sought-after by Texas schools. No exact count exists but Alford has umpired in tens of thousands of baseball/softball games and officiated many thousands of basketball games.
Perhaps the most fitting tribute to his talent is that when asked to recall some of his most famous arguments with managers and coaches he can’t come up with one.
“There were a few times when some didn’t understand the rules but after I explained them, everything was al right,” he said.
Alfords career might have taken him all the way to major league baseball. He was recruited and offered a minor league job package. That’s the way major league umps get started.
He turned the offer down.
Alford counted many legendary college baseball coaches among his personal friends, including Bibb Falk (Texas), Dutch Schroeder (Baylor), Tom Chandler (Texas A&M) and Leroy Dreyer (Blinn).
But he’s proudest that son Kenny, another RHS graduate followed his father’s footsteps and enjoyed a long and successful career as an umpire.
Jack Delbert Kyle
Rockdale Reporter - November 1, 2007
T. A., ‘Shorty’ and a track pioneer
Sports stars made their marks in record books, history, life
by Mike Brown
Rockdale’s Sports Hall of Honor includes track and field’s “Jackie Robinson,” a genuine Texas track and field/football legend from the 1930s-1940s and a woman named “Shorty” who couldn’t be stopped once she got a basketba l in her hands.
Eural Davis was the first African-American track and field athlete to travel with an integrated team. He came within an eyelash, and three talented teammates, of making the 1948 U. S. Olympic team.
T. A. Weems set shot put and discus records that stood for decades, throwing a discus one pound heavier than the one in use for the past half-century, then had a promising football career cut short by World War II.
Louise Barnes Ohnesorge led Rockdale’s girls basketball team to a second-place state finish in 1936 and capped off her career with an 86-point performance in her final game.
Eural Davis - 1940 AHS graduate
Rockdale native Eural Norman Davis Sr. was indeed the “Jackie Robinson of track.
In 1947, the year in which Jackie Robinson integrated professional baseball, Davis became the first African-American track athlete to travel with an integrated team.
While on that travelling team, Davis appeared at the Nebraska Relays, at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
The next year Davis won the long jump at meets hosted by the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin and broke meet records at six colleges and universities. He was third in the long jump at the U. S. nationals. In almost any other country in the world Davis would have been an Olympian in 1948 but the Olympic medals that year were actually decided in the U. S. tryouts.
Davis made it to the long jump finals (top six) at the 1948 U. S. Olympic trials but didn’t make the team.
Two of three jumpers who finished ahead of Davis at the U. S. trials-Willie Steele and Herbert Douglas-went on to win the gold and bronze medals in the Olympics, held in London.
Davis was born in Rockdale, the 17th child of William “Ditt” and Arabella Davis, and played all sports at Aycock High School, from which he graduated in 1940.
He particularly excelled in track, participating in the 100, 220, high jump and long jump and anchored the Tiger 440, 880 and mile relays.
Davis went on to Prairie View A&M University. He was inducted into Prairie View A&M’s sports hall of fame in 1989.
He went on to a long career in teaching and coaching, beginning at Aycock High School in 1951.
For 25 years he was executive director of the Wichita Falls East Branch YMCA, specializing in athletics.
He died July 26, 2004, in Wichita Falls
T. A. Weems - 1939 RHS graduate
T. A. Weems. When you say that name in Rockdale-nobody ever called him by either of his first two names (Thomas and Allen)-it’s like saying Staubach or Mantle or Campbell or Jordan.
He won the shot put and the discus for Rockdale in the 1939 state track meet, where schools of all sizes competed in the same classification, and he did it the way Secretariat used to win horse races, like he was the only one running.
Weems’ 1939 state meet shot put (53-1) would have won the shot at the 2007 Rockdale Relays by one foot, 3 inches.
His discus toss (133-0) would have been second at those 2007 Rockdale Relays.
Oh, and the discus Weems threw in 1939 was one pound heavier than the one they’ve been using for high school competition since the 1950s!
Weems was a superstar decades before the word was even coined. At one point in the spring of 1939 he held 11 school and meet records, some of which would last well into the 1960s At San Antonio Breckenridge, the school had to move the fence at the shot arena when they found T.A. was coming to throw. It was 50 feet from the ring. Good thing, too. Weems came to San Antonio and threw 52-1.
Then there was football where Weems’ fate was changed the way a lot of Americans’ destinies were changed in the 1940s. A 6-3, 185 pound fullback, and
superb punter, Weems led RHS to what grid successes the Tigers had in the late 1930s, once scoring all 14 points in a 14-0 upset of Cameron.
Weems routinely punted 50 and 60 yards. He went on to Rice and immediately led the Owl freshmen to a 9-2 upset victory over Texas. The game turned on a safety which came after a Weems punt sailed out of bounds on the Longhorn 2.
His sophomore year was stunning. Weems led the Southwest Conference in punting and was its third leading ball carrier. A much touted matchup between
Weems and UT’s Jack Crain was all Rice as the Owls won 13-0.
But T. A. Weems had played his last down of college football. He transferred to Tulsa-Rice wouldn’t allow married players to participate-but Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. T. A . Weems enlisted in the Army Air Corps.
He returned to Rockdale after the war and served as mentor
to many generations of athletes, helping to establish a summer track program for g irls and assisting three Tiger throwers in their successful quests to win state discus titles, his son Ted in 1972, Stan Blinka in 1975 and Freddie Cates in 1997.
Louise Barnes Ohnesorge - 1937 RHS graduate
For someone whose nickname as “Shorty,” Louise Barnes stands as tall as a skyscraper in the annals of Rockdale High School girls basketball.
In her junior and senior years - 1935-36 and 1936-37 - she scored well over a thousand points, led her team to a second-place finish at the Class 2A AAU state tournament and then to a regional berth the next year.
Barnes set the single-game RHS scoring record with an 86-point performance in 1937. The Tigresses - that’s what they were called then - were 41-3 during those two seasons. One of those losses was in the 1936 state championship game and another was in the regional semifinals in 1937.
That 1935-36 team, led by Barnes, soon developed such a reputation in Central Texas that other schools, many much larger than Rockdale, simply refused to play them.
Barnes had a pair of 40-point games in the early going and Rockdale defeated Cameron 56-6.
Undefeated Rockdale won its regional tourney and headed to the state tournament in Plainview.
The girls were lodged in the jury room of the Hale County Courthouse.
The Tigresses defeated Shallowater and Muleshoe to reach the championship game before losing to Winnsboro, their only defeat of the season. That second-place finish, along with an identical finish by the 1972 Tigerettes in the UIL state tourney, remains the highest team finish in RHS girls sports history. Barnes scored 559 points that year, her junior season. The next year she picked up where she left off, leading RHS to the regional tourney, which was held in Rockdale.
She scored 103 points in that tournament. For some unknown reason Rockdale then played one more game, against Manor. Barnes poured in 86 points and the Tigresses won 104-4.
After 70 years, that’s still the RHS girls all-time one-game scoring record and it may still be 70 years from now.
It’s unknown how many points Barnes scored her senior year but it’s obvious she had more than enough to eclipse the 1,000 mark for her career. (She needed 441 as a senior to reach 1,000 and she got 279 in just 6 games, the regional tourney, Manor game and her two 40-point performances.)
She was named to the regional all-tourney team both years. It isn’t recorded if a state all-tourney team was selected in 1936.
T. A. Weems