Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LSC selects 2013 Hall of Honor inductees

The 2013 inductees to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor include two former football standouts and a previous sports information director, league officials announced on Tuesday.

      James Dearth of Tarleton State, Garner Roberts of Abilene Christian, and Clayton Weishuhn of Angelo State make up the 2013 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.

      "This year's class is very deserving and seems to represent the contrasting ways people have been associated with our league over the years. You have a guy like James, who accomplished a whole lot in a very brief period of time, and then a guy like Garner, who really has made lifelong contributions to the conference. And, of course, Clayton's experience of achieving individual success while also helping his team to accomplish national prominence is to be celebrated. These three truly speak to the tradition of our conference and are joining their rightful place among other Lone Star Conference greats," said LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon.

      Each of the inductees will receive the LSC's signature Hall of Honor award, a 15-inch custom-sculpted eagle figurine mounted on a cherry wood base. The awards for Dearth, Roberts and Weishuhn are to be presented this fall.



      Here is a closer look at each of the 2013 inductees to the LSC Hall of Honor:

      James Dearth, Tarleton State, Football: Dearth, who is TSU's first LSC Hall of Honor inductee, was a two-time second team All-American in football and an All-American in the shot put.  Drafted in 1996 in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns, he is a 12-year veteran of the NFL as a deep snapper.

      Dearth played for the Texans from 1996-98, tallying 77 catches for 992 yards and nine TDs in three seasons. He actually started at quarterback in TSU's opening game in 1996 before moving to tight end, where he twice was named first team All-LSC South Division and second team NCAA Division II All-America.

      The Scurry, Texas, native was named the 1998 LSC South Offensive Lineman of the Year as he finished his senior season with 19 catches for 333 yards in the final four games. He also earned All-America honors in the shot put in 1998 while competing for Tarleton's track and field team.  Dearth was inducted into the TSU Hall of Fame in 2012.

      Garner Roberts, Abilene Christian, Sports Information Director:  Roberts served ACU as its Sports Information Director for 25 years from 1973-98, watching the Wildcats win 41 national championships and 89 Lone Star Conference titles, and then worked at the university in various marketing roles until 2004. He also served as the LSC media relations director from 1984-95, while still performing his duties at ACU.

      Roberts was inducted into the ACU Sports Hall of Fame in October 1999 as the 11th recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. A 1970 ACU graduate, he has worked at athletics events all over the globe, including track and field opening and closing ceremonies at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 1987, Roberts received CoSIDA's Warren Berg Award and is a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame.

      Clayton Weishuhn, Angelo State, Football:  Weishuhn was a three-time first team All-LSC selection during his career from 1978-81 and one of the top defensive players to wear an ASU uniform. He played during the most successful era in Ram football as ASU posted a 39-8-1 record during his four years with the program.

      Weishuhn was a part of Ram teams that made three-straight postseason appearances, the only such streak in school history. As a freshman, he was a member of the ASU football team that won the 1978 NAIA national championship, going 14-0, the program's only undefeated season.  Weishuhn ended his playing career as the Rams' all-time leading tackler with 523 stops, a record that he still holds to this day.

      After earning second team All-American honors as a junior, he was a consensus first team All-American pick after his senior season in 1981 after setting the school record with 173 tackles.  Weishuhn earned first team All-LSC acclaim after each of his three final seasons (1979-81) and was a two-time selection for the J.V. Sikes Award (1980-81) given to the outstanding lineman in the LSC.  He is one of nine former ASU players to go on to a playing career in the NFL as he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 1982 draft.


LSC Hall of Honor Listed by School

Abilene Christian (8):
    Wally Bullington, Abilene Christian, Football/Coach/Administrator (1999)
    Jennifer Clarkson, Abilene Christian, Basketball (2002)
    Wes Kittley, Abilene Christian, Track & Field/Coach (2006)
    Delloreen Ennis-London, Abilene Christian, Track & Field (2012)
    Wilbert Montgomery, Abilene Christian, Football (1996)
    Billy Olson, Abilene Christian, Track (1997)
    Garner Roberts, Abilene Christian, Sports Information Director (2013)
    Claudia Schleyer, Abilene Christian, Basketball (1998)

Angelo State (10):
    Amy Bippert-Bohensky, Angelo State, Track & Field (2010)
    Kyle Freeman, Angelo State, Football/Track (2003)
    Phil George, Angelo State, Coach (1996)
    Pierce Holt, Angelo State, Football (2000)
    Ed Messbarger, Angelo State, Basketball/Coach (2006)
    Shirley Morton, Angelo State, Administrator (1997)
    David Noble, Angelo State, Coach (2004)
    Joshua K. Owusu, Angelo State, Track & Field (2009)
    Lloyd Vincent, Angelo State, Administrator (1999)
    Clayton Weishuhn, Angelo State, Football (2013)

Central Oklahoma (1):
    John "Skip" Wagnon, Central Oklahoma, Administrator/Coach (2004)

Eastern New Mexico (2):
    B.B. Lees, Eastern New Mexico, Coach/Administrator (1998)
    Jennifer Goble Poyer, Eastern New Mexico, Volleyball/Basketball (2011)

Lone Star Conference (1):
    Fred Jacoby, Lone Star Conference, Commissioner (2007)

Southeastern Oklahoma (1):
    Dr. Don "Doc" Parham, Coach/Admin., Southeastern Oklahoma (2007)

Tarleton State (1):
    James Dearth, Tarleton State, Football (2013)

Texas A&M-Commerce (11):
    Autry Beamon, Texas A&M-Commerce, Football (2012)
    Delmer Brown, Texas A&M-Commerce, Coach/Trainer (2000)
    Dr. Bill Crabtree, Coach, Texas A&M-Commerce (2007)
    Ernest Hawkins ,Texas A&M-Commerce, Coach (2004)
    Jesse Hawthorne, Texas A&M-Commerce, Administrator (1996)
    Lewis Ingraham "L.I." Smith, Texas A&M-Commerce, Administrator (2005)
    Arthur James, Texas A&M-Commerce, Football (2008)
    Harvey Martin, Texas A&M-Commerce, Football (2010)
    Sam McCord, Texas A&M-Commerce, Football (2006)
    Dwight White, Texas A&M-Commerce, Football (2011)
    Wade Wilson, Texas A&M-Commerce, Football (2003)

Texas A&M-Kingsville (11):
    Johnny Bailey, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (2000)
    Sid Blanks, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (2002)
    Karl Douglas, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (2009)
    Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field (2011)
    Darrell Green, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (1998)
    Ron Harms, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Coach/Administrator (2003)
    Fred Nuesch, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Administrator (2005)
    John Randle, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (2008)
    Richard Ritchie, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (1999)
    Gil Steinke, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Coach (1996)
    Gene Upshaw, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football (1997)

Texas Woman's (1):
    Jo Kuhn, Texas Woman's, Administrator (2002)

West Texas A&M (2):
    Sarah Butler Carthel, West Texas A&M, Volleyball (2008)
    Julie Myatt O'Dell, West Texas A&M, Volleyball (2005)


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