The Weatherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame will host an induction ceremony on Saturday to welcome three new players and one team to the group.
The ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. in the Jerry Durant Auditorium at Weatherford High School, preceded by a morning brunch at 9 a.m.
Following are the inductees and the reason they were selected:
• Tommy Hudspeth
Tommy Hudspeth was a two-sport Kangaroo at WHS. He played football and basketball and was selected second team All-District as quarterback in 1950. He continued on to play football and graduated in 1951.
His college days included John Tarleton Jr. College (Associate Degree in 1953), University of Texas (BBA-1956), North Texas State University (M.Ed 1964). Hudspeth is the first to say that "any accomplishments I had in sports came after my college days in the coaching profession rather than on the playing field."
His record for 28 years of coaching certainly proves this statement. In those 28, years he coached in Weatherford, McKinney, Longview, Sherman and Mesquite before moving into administration.
In 1999, Hudspeth retired as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Sherman with a total of 43 years in education. In 20 years as a head football coach, he recorded 139 wins, 59 losses and seven ties. He had four undefeated regular seasons, and one state finalist in McKinney (1966). He coached the Texas High School All-Star Game in 1977 and the Oklahoma Oil Bowl Game in 1978. He served on the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors for six years and served as President in 1977.
In 1985, Hudspeth was elected to the THSCA Hall of Honor. In 2011, he received the "Legends Award" from the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas.
Hudspeth married Rena Kelly, RN (1952), a WHS cheerleader, and they have two daughters, Nikki Hudspeth Hermanson and Kelly Hudspeth Smith. Tommy and Rena now reside in Sherman.
Classmates spoke highly of hudspeth, saying he is a man of “superb character and one of the finest gentlemen you will ever meet.” In 2007, Tommy was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from WHS.
• Weldon "Lefty" Parks
Weldon “Lefty” Parks was a three-year letterman in football. He was the starting quarterback all three years, except for his first game and he entered that game and played the last three quarters. He started every game after that.
Lefty had 26 touchdowns passes and passed for 3,000 yards in three seasons. The Roos were the fourth highest scoring team in the state during his senior year, averaging 30 points a game. Lefty was named to the All District team and was MVP at WHS and served as captain his senior year. He also lettered in basketball in 1951 and lettered in track in 1952. As a senior, he served as Student Body President.
After high school, Lefty attended University of Tulsa in 1954-55 on full football scholarship. He alternated as first team quarterback and then attended University of Texas in 1955-58 and University of Texas Dental Br. Houston in 1958-62 and graduated with a D.D.S. Degree.
Lefty resides in Lewisville with his wife, Carla, and has been a dentist there for several years. He has three daughters - Lisa, Carissa and Anjanette. He served on the School Board for nine years and was also a Scoutmaster. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association and also the Texas Longhorn Foundation. He is now semi-retired and enjoys woodworking as a hobby.
• Jaime Kimsey Sipes
Jaime Kimsey Sipes was a three-sport letterwoman for the Lady Roos.
She played volleyball for four years, three of those on the varsity. In volleyball, she received many honors including Team MVP, Defensive and Offensive player of the Year, District Honorable Mention and First Team All District.
Sipes played basketball for four years also. She earned JV MVP her sophomore year and played on the varsity her junior and senior year, earning District Honorable Mention, All Parker County and Second Team All District.
In her softball career at WHS, she earned Second Team All District. She played for three and a half years and was also a Texas Scholar her senior year.
After graduating, Sipes attended Tarleton State University on a volleyball scholarship. She graduated from Tarleton in 2001 with a bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Biology.
About a year after graduating, Sipes married her husband, Gary. She then began working for Capstone Management and worked her way up to Senior Compliance Officer with the company. From Capstone, she went to work for AIMCO, doing basically the same work, but traveling much more. Currently, she is working for Lighthouse Fellowship as Ministry Support Staff. She has been there for two years and “loves her work.” She works with other staff members in setting up the worship services and special programs.
Jaime is still active in sports and plays volleyball weekly. Besides volleyball, she runs in 5Ks, a few 10 and 15Ks and one half marathon. She is currently training for the Cowtown half marathon in March.
Jaime and Gary have two children, Aiden and Aubrey, and they reside in Fort Worth.
• Cross Country Team
In 1981, the WHS baseball team was the first UIL team to bring home a medal from state competition. Seventeen years later, the Weatherford Girls Cross Country team became one of the most successful teams in WHS history by bringing home a silver medal from the state cross country meet held in Round Rock.
The eight girls making up this team were Nicole Sharp, Jenifer Fergason, Amanda Weare, Rami Weaver, Aleshia Claunch, Tara Broadus, Kayla Linehan and Kristi Rhodes. The team was coached by Kindal Rector and assistant coach Phil King.
This “remarkable” story has to start by saying 1998 was only the third year of this program. This team showed great promise from the beginning of the season and placed second at the Greenhill six-mile relay, first at the Marcus I Invitational, first at the Grapedash, third at the Tarleton State University Invitational, third at The Marcus II Invitational and first at the Lewisville Invitational.
Expecting great things going into district and regionals, the District 8-4A Meet was held at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells. The Lady Roos took first place. Sharp was first, Linehan was fourth, Fergason was fifth, Weare was seventh, Claunch was 10th and Broadus was 12th. This team was on their way to Regionals.
The Regional Meet was held on Nov. 7 in Lubbock. Again, Sharp finished first, Weare ninth and Fergason 11th. The team scored enough points to earn a trip to the State Meet.
The State Meet was held on Nov. 14 at Round Rock. It was a cold, rainy day but the weather was not a factor to these girls. The powerhouse team to watch was Highland Park, the class of the meet. The Lady Roos strategy was to run as a team and stay up with Sharp. They did so as she finished 14th, the freshman Weaver finished 29th, junior Weare finished 32nd, senior Fergason finished 33rd and freshman Linehan finished 34th. Senior Broadus and sophomore Rhodes finished 78th and 79th, respectively.
Rector stated after the meet that “everyone went out and gave it their all." The team had finished ninth the year before and so this was a “great accomplishment” for the team.
Rector started the cross country program and in the second year she took both boys and girls to the state meet. Now in the third, this was repeated with the girls bringing home the silver medal and the boys finishing ninth.
Rector was also a cross country runner, holding the 800 meters record at Angelo State for 12 years. Rector was named Coach of the Year in 1997 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
After her senior year, Sharp signed with Southeastern Oklahoma University to compete in cross country.