Limited seats remain available for the 24th annual banquet for the Rio
Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Holiday Inn at 3777 N. Expressway, Brownsville.
Banquet tickets are still available at $25. Reserved tables seating eight
guests cost $300. Tickets must be ordered in advance and will not be
sold at the door. Tickets can be obtained by calling any of the four following persons: McAllen area, Tom Weekley, 956/686-6354; Edinburg area, Tomas O’Cana, 956/821-5185; Harlingen area, Charlie Vaughan, 956/428-2636; and Brownsville area, Victor Bailey, 956/350-6566.
The inductees all have earned this honor after much consideration by
members of the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame board of directors.
The inductees are:
Bob Brumley, star Edinburg High School football player from the Early
Era who went on to excel at Rice University and Oklahoma University;
Bruce Bush, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo football, one of the winningest high
school football coaches of all time in South Texas;
Sammy Garza, outstanding quarterback for the Harlingen Cardinals,
University of Texas at El Paso Miners and the Canadian Football League;
Donald Guilllot, Port Isabel High School All-State Athlete and UT
Pan American baseball player, who holds the all time single-season base
-stealing record at UT Pan American and the National Collegiate Athletics
Travis Sanders, Port Isabel football player, Rio Grande Valley Top 50 Alltime Athlete, a record-setting running back for Port Isabel in the late 1970s;
Carlos Vela, outstanding quarterback from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo
Bears and record-setting miler in track during the early 1960s, who went on to be a highly successful track and field coach for 27 years;
Ronnie Zamora, Brownsville sports journalist and announcer, a fixture
in Valley sports journalism since the early 1970s, and a very well–known
An added bonus to the banquet will be the recognition of the 1961 AA
State Football Champions of Donna. Coach Earl Scott will be in attendance from that great team. The 50-year anniversary of their state championship will be celebrated.
This is the first banquet in Brownsville in five years. There were up to
360 people in attendance in both the 2005 and 2006 Brownsville banquets.