1996 Inductees

Carl Brawley

Carl Brawley was twice named to the All-Lone Star Conference first team, as a 6'2", 260-pound tackle for the 1955 and 1956 Sul Ross State College Lobos. Co-captain of the 1956 Sul Ross team, Carl was the Williamson Rating System choice for All-American. Carl, after two years at the Alpine college, had been signed by the New York Giants of the NFL. Before he had reported to the professional team, he was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Del Rio in May, 1957. The burly lineman first gained fame as a 223-pound junior All-District tackle for the 1949 Garland H.S. Owls, who were named the District 12-A state playoff representative...

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Keith Darter

Keith Darter in 1990 was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Year and was selected for the All-America third team. The University of Houston baseball player was named the designated hitter on both the All-Southwest Conference first team and the Conference All-Tournament team. Keith was the conference batting leader for the full season, with 93 hits in 535 times at bat for a .396 average. The versatile player also starred as a pitcher, winning eight games and saving four. He was a leading contributor to the 44-23 Houston season which earned a top 25 national ranking. As a junior in 1989, Keith hit .337 and had seven wins as a pitcher...

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John Driver

John Driver lettered in 1963, as a member of the 1961-1963 Mustang varsity basketball squads at Southern Methodist University. Earlier he had been an outstanding player for three championship Garland H.S. teams in 1957-1959. John, as a senior at Garland High, was a 6'5" center and the Owls' leader in their first season of competition in Class 4A (the u.i.l. largest school classification). Garland won two games in a best-of three series with Denton for the District 7-4A championship and then defeated the Tyler Lions, 68 to 57, for the bi-district championship.

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Weldon Smith

Weldon L. Smith has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his years of outstanding service in community sports programs and the early years of high school girls track and field. Weldon became a Social Studies teacher at Garland Junior High School in 1957, remaining at that school for three years and then moving to Sam Houston Junior H.S. to teach Physical Education and Health. He worked with a small group of children he named the Tumbleweeds, on the trampoline, and at Sam Houston he had a group of students he called the Gym Gems.

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