The Tyler Morning Telegraph’s Brandon Ogden has been named the Texas Girls Coaches Sports Writer of the Year, the TGCA announced.
Ogden, along with the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees, will be honored on Monday at the Arlington Hilton Hotel.
Ogden, who has covered sports in the East Texas for the last 20 years in Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Longview and now Tyler, was named the Division I Sports Writer of the Year for his coverage of girls athletics.
The Stephen F. Austin State University graduate and his wife, Elizabeth, have a 1-year-old son, Nolan.
A reception is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with the annual TGCA Summer Clinic at the Arlington Convention Center/Sheraton Hotel in Arlington. Tickets are $40.
Cole McNanna, of the Sealy News, is the Division II honoree.
The Hall of Fame inductees are:
Susan Brewer — She has been head volleyball coach in Bellville for four decades. Coach Brewer has led her beloved Brahmanettes in 1,403 volleyball matches, with her team has surpassing the 1,000-win mark. Her teams have won or shared 32 district championships, competed in 20 regional championship matches, advanced to the state tournament 15 times, while winning nine state championships. Her teams finished second twice and were semifinalists twice. Bellville made eight consecutive state tournament appearances from 1990-1997, winning six state titles in that span including three consecutive state championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
Guyla Smith — Coach Smith began her coaching career at West ISD coaching volleyball, basketball and track and field while teaching Social Studies. In 1991, Coach Smith was asked to start a softball program at West ISD. Her teams have earned 12 district championships, made six trips to the state tournament while earning three runner-up finishes, and a state championship in 2016. Her teams have hit the 20-win mark 19 times and she has 657 wins with 209 losses.
Beverly Humphrey — Coach Humphrey has been with the Lancaster Independent School District for 30 years, currently holding the position of Chief of Athletics, Public Relations, and head girls track coach. She has 27 consecutive district championships, and has captured 11 UIL Track & Field State team championships. In 2008 her team set the record for the UIL state championship 4x400 relay with a time of 3 minutes and 40.41 seconds, which still stands. Under her coaching, Lancaster has 13 UIL state championships in the 4x400 relay, nine titles in the 4x200 relay and seven in the 4x100 relay.
Also, Maria Kennedy, El Paso ISD Director of Athletics, will receive the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award.
On Tuesday, the Class 1A through 4A All-Stars games are scheduled — Red/Blue Softball (7 p.m., Workman Softball Complex); Red/Blue Volleyball (7 p.m., Arlington High School); Red/Blue Basketball (7 p.m., Arlington Martin High School); Track/Cross Country Recognition (8 p.m., Arlington Martin High School) and Cheer Performance (8 p.m. Arlington Martin High School).
On Wednesday, the Class 5A through 7A All-Stars games are scheduled — Red/Blue Softball (7 p.m., Workman Softball Complex); Red/Blue Volleyball (7 p.m., Arlington High School); Red/Blue Basketball (7 p.m., Arlington Martin High School); Track/Cross Country Recognition (8 p.m., Arlington Martin High School) and Cheer Performance (8 p.m. Arlington Martin High School).
Admission is $5 with children under 5 free. Programs are $10.