Borger athletes and coaches honored during PSHOF Ceremony
Despite the snow storm which swept through the Panhandle, friends and family gathered at Amarillo College on Sunday afternoon to honor local athletes and coaches for their accomplishments in 2011 and the three new inductees into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame (PSHOF).Longtime Borger coach E.J. “Jeep” Webb was one of the three new inductees into the PSHOF for the impact he made during his coaching career in the Texas Panhandle.Webb is a 1949 graduate of Tulia, who attended West Texas State University in Canyon. After graduating from college, Webb went into coaching serving as an assistant to Gene Mayfield at Littlefield and in his first stop at Borger.Before returning to Borger in 1966, Webb spent time at Pampa and Canyon where he served as athletic director, football coach, and started the Lady Eagles Girl’s Basketball program. During the years from 1966-1997, Webb held several positions in the Borger athletic department coaching football, girls basketball, boys and girls track and boys and girls cross country. Since his retirement, Webb has continued to be involved with Borger ISD where he works as a bus driver and can be seen helping out track meets and working in the press box during football seasonIn 2011, he was inducted into the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame.Borger High School Tennis Coach Jeff Pinkerton was named PSHOF Tennis Coach of the Year. Pinkerton has served as the Head Tennis Coach for the past seven years and has seen the program come a long way during that time. Pinkerton said, “When I came, there was not enough students to complete a full Varsity team. My goal was to get students engaged in a sport and my primary goal was to reach out to kids that did not make it in other sports. So I set out to get kids involved myself along with finding an assistant coach in Susan DeLoe that shared my philosophy in teaching kids the game of tennis.”Pinkerton went on to say in order to become better tennis coaches and get the Borger program revived, he and DeLoe went for training at the United States Tennis Association in Dallas, received donations of old tennis rackets, and started to work with any kid who showed interest in playing the sport.There is no question that Pinkerton and DeLoe have put in a lot of hard work to develop one of the better 3A tennis programs in West Texas, but the coach is quick to credit his students for their role in building the program, saying, “We built the foundation for the program, and provided the heart and guidance. But the ‘soul’ of the program came from some of the outstanding kids that came out to play.”In 2011, Pinkerton led the Borger Tennis team to a District 1-3A title.Also honored in Sunday’s ceremony were the 2011 3A Mixed Doubles State Champions Abbie and Josh Madden as the 2011 Tennis Players of the Year. The brother and sister duo won Borger’s first ever state title in tennis. Josh Madden is currently a student at Oklahoma State University, while Abbie Madden is a senior at Borger High School.2011 Borger High School graduate J’Cee Pool was named as the winner of a Special Achievement Award. Pool was the 3A State Champion in the Discus, her first year competing in the event, and took second place at state in the shot put.Pool is now a student at Texas Tech University where she is a member of the Lady Red Raider Track team.