After several years of being on separate campuses, the Midlothian Independent School District Athletics Hall of Honor now has a unified home. It can be seen in the new athletic offices at Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium.
The facility upgrades at the stadium were part of the 2016 bond package for the district. The athletic department moved into their new offices in mid-November.
The Hall of Honor accolades had previously been displayed in trophy cases at Midlothian High School and Midlothian Heritage.
“It is important to understand the history of who has been involved in the athletic program in the past and to continue to try and embrace the small town family atmosphere that makes the Midlothian community so special,” said Kathryne Buckley-Tessem, Board Administrator for the MISD Athletics Hall of Honor
Alongside the athletic offices, a professional development room was built for school district use for training, meetings, etc. The Hall of Honor is featured inside this space with two trophy cases filled with pictures and memorabilia along the wall and an interactive TouchWall in the center. The TouchWall was purchased through a partnership with the Hall of Honor NonProfit Organization and Methodist Midlothian Medical Center.
The Hall of Honor introduced their first class in 2014 when former Director of Athletics Steve Keasler, wanted to have a way to honor those who had participated in athletics in exemplary fashion. It was his vision to honor those who have dedicated themselves and put the foundation together for the Midlothian ISD Athletic Program and as a way to give back to those who have worked so hard. To date, over 280 individual athletes, coaches, teams, and community supporters have been inducted into the Hall of Honor.
“It is always important to look back at the people who have laid the groundwork for success. Through our relationship with Director of Athletics Todd York we also have the opportunity to have Midlothian’s current student-athletes and coaches look up to and strive to be put into the Hall of Honor as they work everyday to accomplish their goals,” said Hall of Honor Board Chairman Matt McKay.
“The Midlothian ISD Athletics Hall of Honor Board is working diligently to honor those that have made a significant impact to our sports history and community,” McKay continued.
“Our sincere hope is that the Hall of Honor will be an inspiration to future generations of Midlothian ISD athletes and a place the Midlothian community shows its pride in athletic achievements, coaching leadership, and community support.”
This year’s inductees
The Class of 2022 inductees Include:
- Tori Benavidez (married name Tori Benavidez Riveras), softball, Midlothian: An all-state and all-district outfielder and pitcher. She helped the Lady Panthers win back-to-back district championships in 2008 and 2009 and earned All-State honors during her senior season.
- Vince Frawley, track and field, Midlothian: An elite pole vaulter for four years and vaulted his way to the 2009 Class 4A state championship.
- Nicole (Nikki) Posey (married name Nikki Posey Mounts), softball, Midlothian: A four-year varsity standout who earned all-district honors for four consecutive years, capping off with the district MVP during her senior season. She also garnered state and national attention by being named to the all-state team, Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and the United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award as a senior.
- John Prigg III, wrestling, Midlothian: John came to Midlothian High School his senior year from Arizona. John came in when MHS was in its second year of wrestling, and provided great leadership for a young Panther team. John was undefeated through the regular season, district champion and earned a trip to the regional tournament. John was ranked No. 1 in the state and regionals as he entered the championship match with a 49-0 record. He suffered a career ending injury during the regional championship match and was not able to wrestle at the state tournament.
- Glenn Hartson, boys basketball coach educator, Midlothian: Hartson coached the Midlothian High School boys basketball program for over a decade and helped lead them to multiple playoff appearances including their first postseason appearance in 20 years in 2001. He was a leader on and off the court and served the Midlothian School District in many capacities before his retirement.
- 2003 Midlothian girls cross country team: Under the leadership of head coach Rick Pinson the team made Midlothian history by being the first girls cross country team to qualify for the UIL Class 4A State Meet. Team Members included seniors Audree Johnson and Katie Maloney; juniors Kathryne Buckley and Julie Jordan; freshmen Catherine DeMent, Lauren Hankins, Mallory Walther and student assistants Abby McCulloch and Elizabeth Hensel. Buckley won the individual championship and every runner finished in the top 20 in District 15-4A while the team finished third to qualify for the Region II Meet.
At the Region II Meet, Buckley finished in second place in the individual competition and the team was third. Buckley was 13th at state. When all was said and done, the Lady Panthers bested district champion Cleburne and runner-up Hewitt Midway on the bigger stages.
- 2005 Midlothian girls soccer team: Under the direction of head coach Austin Guest they finished their season as District 11-4A champions and advanced to the regional finals.
Team members include Maddison Lowrance, Lacy Alexander, Jessica Kellett, Rachel Bevilacqua, Haley Moulton, Lauren Hankins, Kasey Willborn, Candace Autwell, Amber Middleton, Megan Muniz, Alyssa Jaisle, Ashley Holmes, Carly Roe, Lacee Jeanotte, Kelli Cooper, Brittany Layne, Alyssa James, Jami Payne, Melissa White, Jayna Fletcher, Kari Willborn, Emily Nutt, Samantha Mayfield, student trainer Britani Lindsay, managers Kendall Lynch and Cody Dunklin. Assistant coaches were Brent Stapleton and Jason Shackelford, with trainer Russell Wagner.
The banquet to honor the 2022 inductees is Saturday night at the Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Circle Dr., Midlothian. Doors open at 5 with dinner and program at 6.
Individual tickets are $45. Visit https://www.midlothianhoh.com/.