Runner, baseball player to be inducted into Hall of Fame
The induction class for the 2018 Burleson ISD Sports Hall of Fame is small but distinguished.
Joining the Hall of Fame will be cross country and track star Katie Hoaldridge, baseball and football standout Brian Myrow and the 1929 boys basketball team. The induction banquet will be March 3 at noon at Burleson High School.
“It’s a high-quality class because they are both professional athletes,” Burleson ISD Athletic Director Phil Anderson said. “That’s what we look for, the highest quality people. These people were fantastic in high school, great in college and have done things at the professional level which is rare in this community.”
Hoaldridge, a 2009 Burleson grad, 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 a 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.
Myrow, a 1996 Burleson grad, 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.
The 1929 Burleson boys basketball team will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The team coached by J.W. Norwood 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.
The Campbell Community Champions inductees are Les Sells and Ray Lynn West.
Tickets for the induction luncheon are currently on sale at Citizens National Bank, First National Bank, and Independent Bank. The price is $25. There will be no tickets sold at the door.