High jumper, tight end to be inducted Sports Hall of Fame
The 2017 edition of the Burleson ISD Sports Hall of Fame might not have be large but it is has plenty of talent.
The classes individual inductees include a member of national championship track and field team and a standout college player who earned an NFL tryout. The team being inducted made its way to the regional finals.
The induction luncheon is scheduled for noon Feb. 25, 2017 at the Burleson High School cafeteria.
“All of the inductees are highly-qualified,” Burleson Athletic Director Phil Anderson said. “We still have a lot of individuals and teams that are qualified but our two inductees shined not only in their honors at Burleson High School but also with their college qualifications.”
The first member of the induction class is high-jumper Wendy Ator. The 1986 Burleson graduate was a Class 5A All-State track performer her senior year, finishing sixth at the 1986 UIL Class 5A state track and field championships.
Ator attended Abilene Christian where she continued to high jump. In 1990, she was a member of the Wildcats NCAA Division II National Championship team. Then in 1991-92 Ator earned All-America honors in the high jump. In 2006, Ator was named to the Abilene Christian All-Century Team.
Former Burleson football and baseball player John LeRoy Hampton is other of the individuals who be induction. Hampton, a 1999 graduate, started at tight end for the Elks as sophomore and dominated for three seasons. He earned All-State honors as a senior along with All-District accolades during his senior and junior year. In baseball, he was an All-District player as a senior.
Hampton played at SMU where he became the leading all-time pass-catching tight end with 114 receptions for 1,485 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned team MVP honors at SMU from 2000-2002 and was an WAC All-Conference selection. In 2003, the Tennessee Titans signed Hampton as a free agent but he didn’t stick on the squad.
He went on to coach a year at Cisco Junior College then worked as a color analyst for SMU football broadcasts and currently works on Aledo football broadcasts.
Burleson’s 2011 baseball team is the lone squad being inducted. The Elks won their bi-district, area, regional quarterfinal and regional semifinal series before losing to eventual Class 4A state champion Wichita Falls Rider.
The Campbell Community Champions inductees are Les Todd and Dallas Owen.
Tickets for the induction luncheon are currently on sale at Citizens National Bank, First National Bank and Northstar Bank. The price is $25. Ticket sales end Feb. 13. There will be no tickets sold at the door.