1998 Inductees

Rick Clopton

Rick Clopton capped four seasons, 1973-1976, as the starting centerfielder for the Baylor University baseball team by being selected for the All-southwest Conference first team in 1976. He was the leading Baylor hitter all four years, batting .320, 1973; .330, 1974; .310, 1975, and .330, 1976, and led the Bears in number of hits and runs scored all four years. In 1975, Clopton was selected for the College All-Stars who represented the United States in the Pan-American Games held in Mexico City, winning the silver medal in the competition. As a senior at Garland High School in 1972, he led the Owl baseball team to the District 8-4A championship, posting a .637 batting average and leading the team in all hitting statistics.

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Gene Mayes

Gene Mayes was acclaimed the outstanding lineman on the 1963 and 1964 Garland High School Class 4A state football champions, and subsequently earned three letter awards at Texas Christian University. In 1963, the Owls in their first season under Coach Chuck Curtis won 13 games, including a playoff finals victory over Corpus Christi Miller, 17 to 0, for the state championship. Mayes as a junior offensive guard and defensive linebacker was selected first team All-District 7-4A at both positions. In 1964, Garland won nine regular season games and lost only once to again reach the state playoffs.

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Bobby Norvell

Bobby Norvell was an outstanding runner for the 1957 bi-district champion Garland Owl football team and the 1958 Owl team, the first Garland team to play in the highest U.I.L. classification. Subsequently, Norvell attended Baylor University and, as a junior in 1961, earned a letter award on the Baylor team which defeated Utah State in the Gotham Bowl in New York City, 24 to 9. He earned a second letter the following season as a senior. At Garland High School, Norvell received his first letter as a sophomore, joining the varsity team for the playoffs, which culminated in the Owls winning the 1956 Class 3A state football championship.

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James Rust

James Rust was widely recognized as the "lonesome end" in an offensive formation effectively used by the 1960 Garland High School football team, which won the District 7-4A championship -- the first district title for the Owls in Class 4A (now Class 5A after being re-numbered). Subsequently, Rust earned three letter awards at Baylor University in 1962, 1963, and 1964. As a senior in 1964, he was captain of the Bears, who finished third in the Southwest Conference race. In 1963, the Baylor team had an outstanding season as it finished second to the national champion Texas Longhorns in Southwest Conference competition with six wins and one loss.

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