• Katie Hoalridge, left, and Brian Myrow were inducted Saturday into the Burleson ISD Sports Hall of Fame. The 1929 Burleson boys basketball team also entered the hall. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Hoaldridge, Myrow inducted into Hall

The individual’s inducted into the 2018 Burleson ISD Sports Hall of Fame both lavished praise on their parents for their helping them in their athletic endeavors.

Joining the Hall of Fame at Saturday’s induction ceremony where 1996 Burleson graduate Brian Myrow and 2009 Burleson graduate Katie Hoaldridge. Burleson 1929 boy’s basketball team was also inducted.

Burleson Athletic Director Phil Anderson said the 1929 basketball team selected the Elks as the school’s mascot.

The squad was coached by J.W. Norwood and chose Elks as the school mascot for the high school. Team members were Doyle Stalcup, Glen Carter, E.B. Burns, Kellis “Doc” Smith, Jimmy Bransom, Ray Green, C.C. Taylor, Pete Scott, Eddie London, Vernon Faires, Vernon Parham and Johhny McKee.

Brian Myrow, a standout baseball player at the high school, college and professional level, said that now as a parent he is starting to realize all the things his parents made for him during the athletic career.

“I want to thank my parents for all their sacrifices,” Myrow said.

Myrow moved to Burleson as a sophomore after attending Fort Worth Southwest.

“I was just getting in trouble and I was on the wrong path at Southwest,” Myrow said. “I really appreciate the city of Burleson and all that it stands for. That drive that a lot of kids have from living here.”

Myrow said that, “Burleson holds a special place in my heart because it helped me go a different direction than where I was headed.

“I want to say thank you to the city of Burleson,” Myrow said. “When they ask, I’m very proud to tell people where I’m from.”

Myrow was a three-year letterman in baseball and lettered two years in football. In baseball, Myrow was a first-team all-district performer for three years and earned all-area honors once.

He started his college career playing for Hill Junior College in 1997 where he hit .456 while helping the Rebels to the Junior College World Series. He earned Junior College All-America honors with the Rebels.

Myrow finished his college career at Louisiana Tech where he earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors, first-team American Baseball Coaches Association accolades and was a member of the All-South Central Regional Team.

After college, he played professionally from 1999 to 2013 for nine organizations. He had two stints with independent league Winnipeg Goldeyes and finished his career playing and then coaching for the Grand Prairie AirHogs. Myrow’s contract was purchased by the New York Yankees in 2001. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004. He made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on Sept. 6, 2005. Next, he played for the Lotte Giants of Korea Baseball Organization, then, he signed with the Boston Red Sox organization. In 2006, he joined the San Diego Padres organization. With the Padres he hit his first home run July 8, 2008, off the Florida Marlins’ Kensing Logan at Petco Park. He went on to play in the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations before returning to Winnipeg.

Hoaldridge said her parents were athletic but when she was young she didn’t quite grasp sports such as basketball and soccer.

“I was not very good at sports when I was younger,” Hoaldridge said. “I tried all these sports and ending up running around in the corner and not understand the rules of the sport.”

She thanked her father for early on telling her she could run with pain.

“So from that moment on every time a race got hard I thought of that,” Hoaldridge said. “And it still works today when anything I do is difficult.”

Hoaldridge thanks her mom for driving her to practices and meets and believing in her. She added that her mother taught her an important lesson one day when, as a seventh-grader she no longer wanted to go to 5 a.m. running practices with the Burleson cross country team.

“I told my mother I didn’t want to do it,” Hoaldridge said. “She said; ‘Well you can do that but you aren’t a quitter.’ She taught me that day what my character was and that I wasn’t a quitter,”really understanding the rules of sports. One thing that was constant was that I could kind of run.”

Hoaldridge also thanked her step-father, sister, and other family members for sporting her athletic endeavors.

Former Burleson coach Keith Gilbert, a fellow Hall of Fame member, was the one person Hoaldridge said she couldn’t accept the honor without acknowledging. Gilbert was her track coach as a freshman and made a suggestion that changed her athletic career path.

“He told me after practice one day ‘Katie I think you should try to run the 800 (meters), I think you could be good at it.’” Hoaldridge said. “My first race in the 800 went pretty well and that was my race from then on. Coach Gilbert showed me what my race was and showed me how to have the courage to try something new.”

Hoaldridge said you have to have the courage to try.

“Track and field taught me that uncomfortable is okay and pain is required for growth,” she said. “Much like running, life is a journey and you will get to the finish line eventually but until then just enjoy the process. Being a runner has taught me more and more about life.”

Hoaldridge was a regional qualifier in cross country in all four seasons with the Lady Elks but her top sport was track.

As a freshman, she won the district title in the 800 meters and was a regional qualifier in the 800 and 3,200 meters. She repeated that feat as a sophomore but took it a step farther qualifying for the state meet in the 800. She earned first-team all-state honors in the 800.

In her junior campaign, Hoaldridge won the district title in the 800 and finished second in the 1,600. She won the regional crown in the 800 and finished fourth at state in the 800. She also garnered first-team all-state accolades in the 800. That season,

Hoaldridge ran at both the Golden West and Nike National Championships. As a senior, she was a track regional qualifier.

Hoaldridge went on to win seven letters at the University of Texas at Austin while competing in the indoor and outdoor track as a distance runner.

She earned first-team Big 12 honors four times and finished second in the 800 at the 2014 Big 12 championships. She also was a three-time NCAA Regional qualifier, a two-time NCAA national qualifier and was an NCAA All-American selection once.

After college, she ran professionally for the NJNY Track Club where she competed in the 600 at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field National Championships. She also ran the 400 leg on the distance medley relay team that broke the world record.

The Campbell Community Champions inductees are Les Sells and Ray Lynn West.

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