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The Athens Review
Six new members have been selected to become the 2013 class for the Cardinal Hall of Fame at Trinity Valley Community College.
“This class is a great representation of the storied tradition of our athletic teams,” said Benny Rogers, sports information officer and chairman of the hall of fame selection committee. “Each of them made significant contributions to the success our athletic program has enjoyed through the years.
“It will be an honor to have them back on campus and recognize them for their contributions.”
The hall of fame’s sixth induction class is scheduled to be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. Tickets for the induction luncheon are $10 and will be available at the door at the Student Union Building ballroom.
Inductees this year are:
Though two decades have passed since his death at the age of 61 in 1993, Andress’ influence is still being felt. During his 11-year tenure as head football coach, he was instrumental in starting Parents Day (now Family Day), Meet The Cardinals and Scout Day. All three are still held each year.
As the longest-tenured head football coach in the college’s history, Andress led the Cardinals to four conference championships and three bowl appearances. In his second season in 1983, he led the Cardinals to their first bowl appearance in 13 years. His 52 wins are second only to legendary and hall of famer Bob Baccarini, who won 55.
He was no stranger to the college when he became head football coach. The Athens High School graduate played two seasons at the college in 1948 and ’49.
Andress was affectionately referred to as “Big A.”
If there’s one thing Barkus knew a lot about in her time as a Lady Cardinal, it was how to win. In her two years as the floor leader, she helped record 62 wins in 66 games, including an unbeaten regular season in 2003.
As a sophomore that season, she averaged 20.6 points per game and was named the State Farm/WBCA Junior College Player of the Year. She was also named the Region XIV Most Valuable Player and was a Kodak first-team All-America selection. She was twice named all-conference and all-region.
She led the Lady Cardinals to a pair of conference championships and a regional title in 2002 as a freshman. The Lady Cardinals finished seventh at the national tournament.
After leaving the college, she played two seasons at Louisiana Tech, where she averaged 8.8 points per game as a junior and 12.8 as a senior. In two years, she had 178 assists, 93 steals, 78 three-pointers and scored in double figures 14 games. She was named all-conference as a senior.
She played professionally in Iceland in 2005, averaging 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.7 steals and earning a selection to the All-Star game.
When it came to running the football, no one was better than Booe. He posted numbers in his two years as a Cardinal that are still being chased.
In his two years at the college, he amassed a school-record 2,821 yards , which is second on the all-time conference list. He also rushed for a school-record 281 yards in a game as a freshman.
His sophomore season, the two-time All-American helped the Cardinals to a 12-0 record and the college’s second national championship. The Cardinals won two conference championships during Booe’s career and posted an 18-4 record. He was the conference’s top rusher both seasons. He also scored 22 career touchdowns.
The record setting didn’t stop once he moved on. At Northeastern State University, he established a single-game game national record with 342 yards (the previous record was held by Barry Sanders). He also established a NSU record for career touchdowns with 37. He rushed for 3,068 yards in two years, making him second on the all-time NSU list.
Before Ortega arrived at the college after a standout career at Tyler Lee High School, no Lady Cardinal team had ever climbed to a lofty status in the national rankings. Midway through her sophomore season in 1987, the Lady Cardinals climbed to No. 2.
She averaged 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds that season, earning all-region and all-conference honors. In her two seasons, the Lady Cardinals won 47 games.
Ortega continued her playing career at Northwestern State University, where she helped guide the Lady Demons to 38 wins and a NCAA Tournament berth during her two seasons. She finished her career as the college’s 10th all-time leading free throw shooter.
Moving into the coaching ranks, she enjoyed two successful tenures as an assistant coach (15 seasons) at the University of North Texas and UNC-Charlotte. At UNT, she helped the Mean Green to three conference championships and two appearances in the WNIT. In a four-year stretch, UNT won 77 games, representing the most successful period in the college’s history. UNC-Charlotte made three WNIT appearances in her four seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2011.
She is currently the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at the University of Texas.
Coming out of Nacogdoches High School, some considered Stegall too small to play at another level. He proved them wrong.
In his two years as a Cardinal, he anchored the offensive line and helped pave the way for a perfect 12-0 season and a first-ever national championship. The Cardinals were a combined 20-1-2 in those two seasons and recorded a pair of bowl game victories. The Cardinals averaged 34.4 points in his 23-game career and were No. 4 nationally in total offense in 1994.
He was named second-team All-America as sophomore, also earning first-team all-conference honors. Stegall was also voted a team captain.
Stegall went on to play two seasons at TCU, where he graded out at 90 percent as a junior. He was named a pre-season All-American at the start of the 1996 season.
He signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts after his collegiate playing days.
A graduate of Brownsboro High School, Williams made his hometown proud during his time at the college – and beyond.
As a freshman, he played multiple positions and a key role in helping the Cardinals to a conference championship and bowl game appearance in Coffeyville, Kan. He was named first time all-conference at two positions and was an honorable mention All-America selection and first-team academic All-America honoree.
He went on to play two record-setting seasons at University of Central Arkansas. At UCA, his honors included first-team All-America, first-team academic All-America, first-team all-conference and conference Most Valuable Player.
At quarterback, Williams accounted for 28 touchdowns as a senior, rushing for 16 and passing for 12. His 16 rushing touchdowns in 1988 rank fifth on the UCA all-time touchdown list for a season. He rushed for four touchdowns in a game, which still ranks third on the UCA list for touchdowns in a single game.
He currently has a law practice in Athens.