Eight individuals and a state championship team will be included into the Tyler ISD Athletic Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s football game at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

The ceremony for the fourth TISD Hall of Fame class will take place at 7:10 p.m. prior to the John Tyler at Robert E. Lee football game on Earl Campbell Field.

Greg Priest, TISD athletic director, said this “includes a standout group of athletes and coaches, along with a state championship team that has represented the Rose City’s school district through the years.

Each of these eight inductees and team has made a lasting impact on Tyler ISD athletics and the city of Tyler, Priest said.

The 2016 Class includes:

Matt Flynn, Robert E. Lee High School – football;

Dr. Theodore Henderson, Emmett Scott High School – football, basketball and baseball;

Wanda Sowell Hendrix, Tyler High School – golf;

Alfred “Al” Humphrey, John Tyler High School – football;

Larry Jones, Robert E. Lee High School – basketball coach;

Carl Love, John Tyler High School – basketball coach;

Juli Murphy Collins, Robert E. Lee High School – soccer;

William “Travis” Wallace, Emmett Scott High School – basketball and baseball;

Robert E. Lee’s 1959 UIL Class 3A golf state champions – TC Hamilton, Steve Nourse, Jerry Parker and Ronnie Rhone.

Inductees were selected based on their high school achievements, post high school accomplishments and other contributing factors, Priest said.

The Hall of Famers will also be recognized again at halftime.

A reception for the Hall of Fame inductees, family and their invited friends is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the north end zone.

To be considered for the Athletic Hall of Fame, an athlete or contributor must be nominated.

To nominate someone for the 2017 class, visit tylerisd.org and click on “Athletics” for a nomination form. Athletes, coaches and contributors must have graduated or no longer be a part of the school district for at least five years before being considered. Tyler High, Emmett Scott, JT and REL graduates are eligible.



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