Hall of Fame inductions, activities on tap

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After a tough loss to Fort Worth Paschal on Saturday, the Roos are looking forward to returning home to Kangaroo Stadium and celebrating a Homecoming win Friday.

Festivities begin Thursday with the parade from the Ninth Grade Center, down Main Street and back to Kangaroo Stadium for a community pep rally. On Friday, the Ex-Student Association Awards Luncheon takes place at the Doss Heritage & Culture Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The luncheon is free but a reservation is needed. To reserve seating, please email clagrone@weatherfordisd.com.

Friday night’s game against North Crowley is the end of Homecoming, however, as Weatherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductions take place Saturday morning. The ceremony will take place in the Jerry Durant Auditorium at 9 a.m. with a brunch followed by the program at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no admission fee.

The inductees are as follows:

Rodney Kelley was an offensive lineman for the Kangaroos of 1958-61. He was a three-year Letterman and two-year unanimous All-District and All-State Honorable Mention in 1959-60. His close friend and former Roo, Ed Smith, said "Rodney, as a sophomore, lettered and played a large role in the success of the team my senior year. To this date this team has one of the better records of WHS football teams." Rodney also participated in basketball and track and field events for the Roos and graduated graduated with honors.

After graduation from WHS, Rodney went to the University of Texas on scholarship. There, he was a letterman on the UT National Championship team of 1963. He played under the legendary Darrell Royal and his former High School coach, Russell Coffee. He has been a member of many professional organizations and he is closely associated with the T-Association, Chancellors Council and the Longhorn Foundation.

After graduation, Rodney worked for his wife’s family business which was in the metals distribution business. Ten years later, he went back to graduate school and earned a second bachelor’s degree and a master’s in Metallurgical Engineering.

Rodney and Liz met at UT in the Microbiology Lab and were married in 1964. They now work in Coldwell Banker United Realtors, Houston. Liz holds a BS in Medical Technology from UT and is the co-founder of the Houston Ronald McDonald House, one of the largest in the U.S. and still serves on the Board. Liz and Rodney have three children and nine grandchildren: Sean Kelley works in Healthcare with his brother in Austin, wife Zeneida and children, Elizabeth, Connor and Sarah; Dr. Patrick Kelley, a pediatric cranial, facial plastic surgeon at Dells Children Hospital in Austin, wife Julie and children Rhett, Maddie and Jacob; Dr. Shannon Hayes, a pediatrician in private practice in Houston, husband, Patrick Hayes and children, Tommy, Will and Katherine. All are graduates of UT .

Todd Mathison, a 1990 graduate, played football for the Kangaroos from 1986-90. During that time, he was an offensive lineman and in his senior year received many honors for his outstanding play. At the completion of his senior year he was named 1st team All-District, All-State, All-Metro and All-American. He was listed in the Top100 recruites and made the All-1990 Southwest Team.

After high school, he was given a full ride scholarship to Texas A&M, from 1990-95. He was a redshirt freshman and then played under Coach R.C. Slocum. During his playing years, A&M was a Top 5 team and went undefeated for three years in the South West Conference. In 1995 Todd graduated as a science major.

After graduation, Todd went to work for Priester Supply Company selling electrical material. He has been in the electrical distribution industry ever since. He currently works for the Irby Company in the packaging and services group.

Todd and his wife, Dawn, have spent most of their free time following their daughter, Taylor, in all of her athletic endeavors. Most of that time was when Taylor was a Lady Roo softball player and also on the select team, Batbusters Gold. Taylor is now in her sophomore year at Texas Tech, pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy. Now they spend time following a niece and nephew in all of their sports and cheerleading activities.

Steve Wester, a 1978 graduate, participated in track and baseball during his high school years. Track was his main sport and he was a three-year Regional Qualifier in high hurdles and high jump. In his senior year, he qualified for the high jump, 120-yard high hurdles and 100-yard dash at the district competition. He was high point man at the meet with 30 points. With a jump of 6-feet-5 inches, Steve placed second at regionals. In the state meet in Austin, Steve cleared 6-feet-10 inches, winning the State 3A high jump championship. He did not have a single miss through his winning jump.

Steve also excelled in baseball and during his playing time, he was a two-time 1st team All-District outfielder. Steve accepted a baseball scholarship to San Jacinto Junior College in Houston. After a full season, he transferred to Tarleton State University and ran four years of college track. After graduating from Tarleton with a degree in Education, he knew his love for sports was the direction he wanted to pursue. Steve’s first coaching experience was at Madison Middle School in Abilene. He coached there for three years met his wife, Lisa. Their coaching travels have included Mineral Wells, Graham and Wichita Falls. In his 28 years of coaching, he has coached football, baseball, softball and track.

Lisa and Steve have been married for 25 years and have three children and three grandchildren. In 2012, Steve retired from teaching and coaching and started a new career in the oil field, working for Texas Energy out of Wichita Falls.

The 1982-83 Blue Magic Basketball Team was the first team at any level to win a district championship in the 5A classification, which is the largest in Texas. This team of young men went through a 1-2 start in the tough district to win the next nine games in a row. Even after beating Denton twice in district, the Roos had to face them one more time in a district playoff for the district title. The Roos beat the Broncos by six points to advance to the playoffs. They lost in the bi-district round to the Paschal Panthers by six points. The Panthers went on to finish as the State Runner-up team in Austin. The Roos finished the season with a record of 27-10.

The members of the team were: head Coach Harold Scott; assistant coach Mel Maxfield; assistant coach Greg Wright; managers Robert Cotton, Luann Robinson and Kristie King; trainer John Robertson; sophomore Mark Cook; juniors George Thornton, Paul Lee, Tracy Holcomb and Barry Miller; seniors Dewayne Ballard, Bill Killough, Scotty George, Joe Randle, Kevin Smotherman, Joey Brown and Duane Warnack.

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