The inaugural class of the Clear Creek ISD 2016 Athletic Hall of Honor was inducted and celebrated during a special ceremony on September 23 at CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium. From the balcony of the stadium fieldhouse, the new inductees were also introduced to fans of Clear Creek High School and Clear Spring High School before the kickoff of the first district game of the season. Click here for the photo gallery and pre-game video presentation.
The Athletic Hall of Honor was formed this year to recognize the efforts and contributions of former CCISD student athletes, coaches and teams who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and the Clear Creek Independent School District. Nominations this year were only sought for candidates active or enrolled from 1948 to 1972 and whose athletic career was linked to the former Webster High School or Clear Creek High School. The names of the following individuals and teams will forever be etched on the home side concourse of the stadium and the second floor of the Fieldhouse.
Student Athlete Honorees:
- Jodie Witte – Represented Webster High School in 1954 with exceptional athleticism lettering in basketball, baseball and football. She went on to become a beloved teacher, coach, principal and superintendent.
- Connie Davis - Her basketball skills at Clear Creek High School in 1959 earned her All District, All State Tournament Team and All State U.I.L. distinctions. Davis went on to be elected the Mayor of Liberty Hill, Texas.
- Bennie Lenox (posthumously) – The late Bennie Lenox played basketball and baseball for Clear Creek High School in 1960. Lenox was a 2-time all-state player for the Wildcats before moving on to Texas A&M. From 1960 to 1964 he scored 1,344 points to currently rank 12th on the Aggie’s all-time scoring list.
- Robbie Harper Hanson – Selected as a member of the South All-Stars Basketball team, she launched her basketball and volleyball career at Clear Creek High School around 1964 and was a four-year starter at Sam Houston State College.
- Joe McKinney – He was All-District in football, the team leader on the 1965 State Runner-Up basketball team and played baseball for the Clear Creek Wildcats as well. A graduate from Harvard and the Wharton School of Business for his MBA, McKinney is a successful banker in San Antonio.
- Joe Adams – Some might say Joe Adams was the captain of the greatest Clear Creek High School football team of all time in 1965. Adams made the All-State Football Team and was the most decorated lineman to play football at Clear Creek High School. Selected First Team All-District for both offense and defense, Adams played for the University of Texas under a football scholarship.
- Johnny Valentino – The 1965 Clear Creek High School athlete was a triple threat in basketball, football and track. Valentino was a starter on the 1964 runner-up team at the State Basketball Tournament, the captain of the 1965 Clear Creek football team and lettered in track for springs and relays.
- Sandra Elder (posthumously) – Elder, a Clear Creek High School U.I.L. State Champ in track in 1967 also excelled in volleyball, basketball and was an accomplished barrel racer on the rodeo circuit.
- Phyllis Hobart Winn – She was the leader of the 1968 UIL State Champions in AAA volleyball at Clear Creek High School. The talent runs in the family as all three of Hobart’s granddaughters currently play volleyball.
- Joe “Scooter” Lenox – A basketball and baseball powerhouse, Lenox averaged 21.3 points in a game and was First Team All-State in 1968 for Clear Creek High School. He was also the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game MVP that same year. Lenox went to the University of Texas where he starred for four years in basketball.
- Buddy Carlisle – Buddy earned his place in the Hall of Honor as a basketball phenome and the all-time leader in assists for Clear Creek High School. Carlisle signed with Baylor University on a basketball scholarship in 1970 and played for the Bears for three years. He was also a student assistant coach in 1974 and 1975.
- Coach George B. Carlisle; Clear Creek High School, Webster High School, 1949 – 1962 (posthumously) - Known as the patriarch of Clear Creek High School men’s basketball, his list of many accomplishments and contributions include coaching the Clear Creek basketball team to nine consecutive district titles.
- Coach Virginia Butler; Clear Creek High School, 1955 – 1993 (posthumously) – Butler was easily the matriarch of Clear Creek women’s basketball as she was the woman actually responsible for sparking the girls’ athletic programs in CCISD.
- 1963 Clear Creek High School Boys Basketball; U.I.L. State Champions, Coach Henry Bauerschlag, Asst. Coach Les Talley
- 1968 Clear Creek High School Girls Volleyball; U.I.L. State Champions, Coach Jill Harrington
The CCISD Athletic Hall of Honor, which operates as a 501(c) 3 and under an independent Board of Directors, gratefully acknowledges Lewis Jewelers and the Luis Garcia family for their generous sponsorship of the Athletic Hall of Honor tribute walls to be displayed in Challenger Columbia Stadium as well as the induction ceremony and reception.