The most recent inductees to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor include a former football star and former track & field standout league officials announced on Wednesday.
Karl Douglas of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Joshua K. Owusu of Angelo State University compose the 2009 class of inductees for the LSC Hall of Honor, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have brought pride and honor to the conference through their contributions as an athlete or who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the betterment of the conference as a coach or administrator.
The inductees were chosen by a panel of athletic administrators throughout the league.
"The LSC Hall of Honor truly gained a couple of former greats with the announcement of this year's class," said Stan Wagnon, LSC commissioner. "Karl Douglas was among the most outstanding football players during an era when Lone Star Conference was widely accepted as home to the best small college football in the country, and Mr. Owusu's accomplishments in track and field remain among the very best performances even to this day. These men provided great examples of athletic achievement while competing in the LSC, and we're pleased to announce their addition to the Hall of Honor."
Each of the inductees will receive the LSC's signature Hall of Honor award, a 15-inch custom-sculpted eagle figurine mounted on a cherrywood base. The awards for Douglas and Owusu are to be presented this fall with ceremonies at each recipient's institution.
Here's a closer look at each of the 2009 inductees to the LSC Hall of Honor:
Karl Douglas, Football, Texas A&M-Kingsville: Douglas was one of the most successful quarterbacks to ever compete on a college team. The NAIA All-America first team quarterback led the Javelinas to a pair of NAIA national championships (1969, 1970) and four LSC titles. The team posted a 41-4 record during his career and he finished with 5,027 yards passing, which is still the school record.
He led the Javelinas in passing for four consecutive years and was the team's leading scorer in 1969. Douglas has been named to the Javelina all-time football team and was an All-America and All-LSC honoree and was named the most valuable back in the 1969 and 1970 NAIA national championship games. He was selected to play in the 1971 College All-Star football game.
When Douglas was inducted into the Javelina Hall of Fame in 1979, he held the LSC career records for most passes completed (351) and had school records for most passing yards in a game (321), most passes completed in a season (120), most passes attempted in a season (206), most passes completed and attempted in a career, most yards passing in a career (5,027), most touchdown passes in a career (43) and best passing average per game in a career (135.8).
Douglas has been a member of the speakers committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 18 years and is currently managing vice president of a family business.
He attended Houston Worthing High School and still resides in Houston
Joshua K. Owusu, Track & Field, Angelo State: Owusu was a nine-time All-American and became Angelo State's first track and field Olympian after his career from 1971-74.
A native of Ghana, Owusu represented his home country in the 1972 Munich games finishing fourth in the long jump. Four years later, he was among the favorites in the long jump in the Montreal games but was unable to compete due to a last-minute boycott by the African nations.
During his Ram career, he collected six national titles while ASU was a member of the NAIA. He was a three-time NAIA outdoor national champion in the triple jump (1971, 1973-74) and earned three more outdoor national titles in the long jump (1971-72, 1974). In addition, he was a two-time NAIA indoor national champion in the long jump (1972-73). Owusu was a three-time recipient of the Oscar Staha Award (1971-72, 1974) as the top male field performer at the Lone Star Conference meet.
To this day Owusu holds the ASU records for both the triple jump (54'1.75") and long jump (26'10.75"). Upon the conclusion of his career, he held the top six all-time performances in both events.
Zimmerle named All-Brazoria County MVP
In four seasons as a Danbury Panther, Scott Zimmerle was as consistent as a player could be on the baseball diamond.
Suiting up for his final season, Zimmerle was magical as he helped lead Danbury to the Class 2A state title. After pitching for the win against Ponder, 8-2, in the state semifinal and earning the save against Holliday, 6-5, in the state championship game, Zimmerle garnered the tournament’s most valuable player award.
Zimmerle’s numbers were outstanding. He posted a 17-0 record on the mound with an 0.74 ERA. He threw 85 innings and had 157 strikeouts.At the plate, he batted .426 with 55 scored runs, cranking 11 home runs and totaled 19 steals on the bases.“Still, after all this time, it really hasn’t sunk in that we did what we did,” Zimmerle said. “It is kind of surreal to be driving by the baseball field and see that sign that says Danbury Panthers 2009 state champions.
“I actually signed with Texas A&M — Kingsville,” Zimmerle said. “I chose it because it is a good school with an engineering program, which I want to study. But I wanted to go somewhere that I could get a good education and play ball right away. There were other schools like Texas A&M at College Station and Texas State, but in the long run (Kingsville was) a better fit.”