2011 Inductees

Gaines Baty

Gaines Baty has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as a running back and linebacker at South Garland High School and as a defensive end at Texas Tech University. As a sophomore and junior football player, he was a starting linebacker. In 1968 as a senior at South Garland High School, he was honored as All-State honorable Mention, All-Metro Dallas honorable mention, and All-District, District 7, 4-A. He was also team co-captain twice and most valuable player for the Colonels, as well as the district most valuable offensive player.

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Kiff Hardin

Kiff Hardin has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as the head football coach and athletic director at Rowlett High School. Before he came to Rowlett High School in the year 2000, Hardin’s football team at Gatesville won a state championship. Since arriving in Garland, Hardin’s Rowlett teams have amassed over 100 wins. In the past 10 years, his teams have achieved a 63% victory record against other Garland Independent School District schools. His football program has over 200 students involved on five teams...

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Kim Rothfus

Kim Rothfus has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments as an athlete, as a girls’ sports coach, and as Health and Physical Education District Coordinator for the Garland Independent School District. Kim played tennis for North Garland High School and was active in the Garland Girls Softball Association. In her senior year she was selected most outstanding girl athlete and was elected Homecoming Queen. She lettered in tennis 3 years. She played for Baylor University from 1974 to 1977. In her sophomore year, she received an athletic scholarship.

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McCurey (Joe) Walls

McCurey “Joe” Walls has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as the quarterback for the first Carver High School football team in 1955 and as a Carver sprinter in 1956. Prior to beginning play for the Carver Tigers in 1955, Walls lettered as a defensive end for the Dallas Booker T. Washington football team. Playing for Carver’s first football team, Walls was their only experienced player. As such, during their first season, few other players shared his offensive duties, which meant he took the brunt of the opponent’s defense.

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