Two student-athletes, a basketball coach, a supporter and three Panther basketball teams comprise the newest inductees for the Midlothian ISD Athletics Hall of Honor.
The announcement came during at the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening at the L.A. Mills Administration Complex. Bill Burdett, MISD Athletics Hall of Honor president, presented the seven inductees to the board of trustees during the recognition portion of the meeting.
The first athlete recognized was girls basketball player Janet Gaston, who competed in multiple sports from 1972-75, but was most recognized for her basketball ability, according to Burdett.
An all-district player throughout high school, Burdett explained that she finished her basketball career at Southern Methodist University, where she averaged 16-points-per game and received All-Southwest Conference honors for the Mustangs.
“Janet was widely considered to be one of Midlothian’s best all-around athletes,” Burdett said.
The second athlete announced was former Midlothian High boy's tennis player Adam Carlyle.
With a record of 24-10 in his freshman year, Carlyle went on to place in district every year throughout his high school career. He was ranked one of the top-50 players in the state his sophomore year, while in his junior year he was recognized as one of the top-20.
In his senior year, he was was the regional champion and finished with an overall 30-5 record. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to Cameron University before he transferred to Baylor to complete his tennis career.
Recognized for his ability in coaching girls' basketball and cross country, coach Rick Penson started his coaching career in 1979 at Wilmington High School before finding his way to Midlothian High School.
Under Penson's leadership, Burdett said the cross country teams were regional and state qualifiers from 2002-06, and his girls' basketball team won more than 500 games throughout his career.
“Coach Penson will be remembered as one of the finest, most versatile coaches in Midlothian history,” Burdett remarked.
Also recognized was longtime supporter Cal Daves, who served as president for the Panther Football Booster Club for eight years, even after his children completed their eligibility. He continued to help operate and organize concessions for the district as a volunteer and was honored for always putting the kids first.
The final recipients are the 1967-69 Midlothian Panthers basketball teams, which were primarily comprised of the same players, coaches and support staff.
Considered to be among the best basketball teams the district has produced, Burdett noted the Panthers compiled an overall 25-5 district record over that three-year span. Their overall records were 29-4 in 1967, 22-8 in 1968 and 25-8 in 1969.
Burdett said they were widely discussed as one of the best basketball teams in Texas in 1969.
“When considered in total, it was a run of greatness for the Panthers basketball program under the late coach Earl Dieterich," Burdett said. "And quite possibly may have been unmatched in Midlothian basketball history."
The inductees will be honored Friday, weather permitting, after the first quarter of the Midlothian Panthers homecoming football game at the Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium.
The recipients will be inducted into the Hall of Honor at the banquet from 5:30-9 p.m. Jan. 26 at Heritage High School. Tickets can be purchased at www.midlothianhoh.com/tickets/ for $35, each.
David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX