Nick Florence was one of the most prolific passers in the history of the Garland ISD. As a senior at South Garland High School, Florence was named the 2007 District 10-5A MVP and selected to the 2007 Dallas Morning News’ all-area first team. He passed for more than 8,000 yards in his three-year career and established 10 district records, including most passing yards (8,001), total offense yards (9,131) and total-offense touchdowns (87). As a senior, he set GISD single-season records for passing yards (3,047), total-offense yards (3,495), touchdown passes (30) and total-offense touchdowns (39).
Tomi Garrison was an All-American pitcher who helped lead the Garland Lady Owls softball program through its most successful period in history. Beginning as a freshman in 2005, Garrison made her presence felt compiling a 22-1 record, a 0.37 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 133 innings—the lone loss coming in the state championship game. That year, she was named Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year, and a four-time Dallas Morning News Player of the Week. As a sophomore, Garrison went on a three-year tear that culminated in her teams winning back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007.
Chris Sims’ accomplishments as kicker for the 1999 5A State Champion Garland Owls football team have earned his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. Sims’ strong leg and solid kicking helped guide Garland through a very successful period in the late 1990s. During his 1999 senior season, Sims was key in three playoff wins. His three field goals versus Lufkin helped advance the Owls to the next round of playoffs with a 26-20 victory. Then, against a highly favored South Grand Prairie team at Texas Stadium, Sims kicked a 38-yard field goal in the pouring rain to tie the game 38-38 and take the game to overtime.
John Walker began playing competitive tennis at age 8 in Oklahoma City. From an early age he demonstrated command of the game, ranking No. 3 in the state by the Oklahoma District Tennis Association in Boys’ 10-and-under singles. At the age of 12, Walker moved to Garland and didn’t miss a beat while competing in Texas Junior Tournaments, qualifying for the National Clay Court Championships, the National Indoor Championships, and the Boys Junior National Championships. Walker was also recognized by the Texas Tennis Association with a No. 1 ranking in boys doubles and a No. 7 ranking in boys singles.