A second class of legends entered the Clear Creek Independent School District Athletic Hall of Honor in October.
The Athletic Hall of Honor was formed in 2016 to recognize the efforts and contributions of former district student athletes, coaches and teams who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and the district. The 2017 nominations 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.
Former district teacher, principal and board member, Ralph Parr, emceed the special evening welcoming the sports legends back to their alma mater with a surprise performance by the Clear Creek High School Chamber Singers, under the direction of James Park. The choir treated the Wildcat alums to the still-familiar school song and a rendition of America the Beautiful. Hall of Honor Board Chairman Lynn Davis (via video stream) and former Director of Athletics Bill Daws also welcomed the Wildcats back home.
“Clear Creek High School was a magical place in the 1960s with thousands of students and our astronaut families,” Parr said. “It was the only high school back then — now there are five comprehensive high schools in Clear Creek ISD.”
Parr also encouraged the elite alums to tour the renovated and expanded Clear Creek High School.
Parr then began the sprint down memory lane to the first 16 years of Clear Creek High School, 1956-1972, by welcoming up the athletes or their representative, one by one, who dominated that era and who were formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor Oct. 6.
Coach Max Blansit came to Clear Creek High School in 1960 teaching social studies and coaching football, track and field. He started the cross-country program at Clear Creek in 1962 where he coached until 1974 leading Wildcats runners and track and field to multiple district, regional and state championships. After 36 years in the teaching profession, Blansit retired in 1989. He remained in the League City area serving on numerous organizations and boards. Blansit’s widow, Frankie Blansit, accepted the award on his behalf at the ceremony.
Student Athlete Honorees
A 1960 graduate of Clear Creek High School, Kathleen Trcka Taylor traveled to Austin four times in three years to compete in a state championship. Once as a participant with the Clear Creek High School regional champs girls basketball team and the three years following as an ace doubles tennis player. In addition to winning the coveted state championship trophy for doubles tennis her senior year, she excelled academically and was also voted Most Athletic and Best All Around by her class. She still enjoys living in this area and supporting the Wildcats.
Bill Doty, a three-year starter, dominated the basketball court taking the Wildcats to two state tournaments. During his tenure at Creek, he also ran for the Sprint Relay team. After graduating in 1962, he went on to play for Rice University on a four-year athletic scholarship.
Dedicated to keeping Creek’s winning tradition alive, Dwayne “Curley” Lenox, a three-year starter, did his part in helping lead the charge to Clear Creek High School’s 1963 State Basketball Championship. Lenox was Second Team All-District, 1963’s District Player of the Year, First Team All-State, and the Texas High School Coaches Association All Star, to name a few of his accolades. Lenox went on to Texas A&M where he was voted All Southwest Conference Freshman. After transferring to Southwest Texas State, he became a three-year starter, 1968’s Team Captain, leading scorer, and voted Third Team All Lone Star Conference.
Rosemary Fleener Durham played basketball and volleyball at Clear Creek High School before graduating in 1964. Durham was voted the team MVP by her volleyball peers. In basketball, her honors include All District her junior and senior years as well as All-State while playing for the 1964 Class AA state runner-up.
Paul Hackett was a triple threat at Clear Creek High School. He played basketball, baseball and football before graduating in 1966 and going on to attend Southwest Texas State where he played basketball. While at Creek, Hackett not only was a leader on the court but the mound as well. Voted First Team All-District his junior and senior year, he dueled Nolan Ryan and the Alvin Yellowjackets for a Clear Creek victory.
Terry Mathis, a 1967 graduate of Clear Creek High School was the first baseball player in the district to play in college and then be drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies at the age of 18. While at Creek, he also played basketball, serving as team captain his senior year. That same year, Mathis made first team All-District while the team placed third in the State Basketball Championship.
Clear Creek High School’s prestigious Most Valuable Player football award was renamed for Steve Stewart. Stewart was an All-District and Third Team All-State linebacker and served as captain. Upon his graduation in 1968, he attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship playing for Coach Darrell Royal. After receiving his degree from Sam Houston State, Stewart returned to this area where he coached at Clear Lake, LaPorte, Friendswood and Dickinson before entering private business. He died in 1984. Steve’s brother, Jim Stewart, and his mother, Doris Stewart, accepted the honor on his behalf.
Another triple threat for Clear Creek High School, Larry Kelly lettered in football, basketball and track before graduating in 1967. He was voted All-District Most Valuable Back his senior year. He was also a National Merit Scholar and attended Texas A&M University on an athletic scholarship where he played for two years under Coach Gene Stallings.
The 1968 track season for Clear Creek High School was touted as the best due in large part to the contributions made by Mike McClendon, his teammates and Coach Max Blansit. McClendon placed first in the state meet in Austin that same year. Upon graduation, he attended Oregon State University on a full track scholarship.
Richard Huhn is another star basketball player hailing from Clear Creek High School. A 1968 graduate, he was a two time All-State first team candidate, fourth leading all-time scorer with an accumulation of 1681 points over three years, and selected District 12 AAA’s Most Valuable Player.
Jody Medford racked up numerous honors and accolades during his football career at Creek and beyond. Medford was a three-year varsity starter, making All-District First Team for both Offense and Defense. Attending Rice University on a four-year football scholarship, he set the school record for sacks in a season and tackles for loss. In 1976, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers. In 1977, he played for the New Orleans Saints before moving on to the Calgary Stampeders where he was voted MVP.