Five former athletes will be inducted into the Stephenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame at the Yellow Jackets home game Oct. 12 at Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium.
This year’s inductees include Robert “Boots” Elliott, Gary Golden, Mandy (McGee) O’Neal Justin Monk and Sheridan Stokes.
The Stephenville Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1991 and this year’s group will bring the total number of inductee to 111.
The new inductees will be honored during halftime of the China Spring football game and at an 11:30 AM luncheon that day at City Limits.
The luncheon is open to the public and tickets are available at Stephenville High School. An unveiling of the new plaques will be held at Stephenville High School at 2:30 PM
Here is a look at the accomplishments for this year’s inductees:
Robert (“Boots”) Elliott
Stephenville sports fans know and love Elliott as “the voice of the Yellow Jackets and Honeybees” from his journalism career with local radio station KSTV.
Elliott was on SHS varsity teams in four sports — football, basketball, track and golf. As a senior, he was voted honorable mention all-district in football, second-team all-district in basketball and qualified for the regional tournament in golf.
When he returned to Stephenville in 1991 with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, Elliott began his career at the radio station, where he is now the owner. At Southwestern University, Elliott earned his bachelor’s degree in art and was a four-year member of the golf team.
Elliott was selected for the Hall of Fame, in part, for “his love of sports, his commitment to broadcasting excellence and his unique style that have been instrumental in elevating Stephenville athletics to statewide prominence.”
Elliott and his wife, Misty, live in Stephenville and have two daughters.
Golden was a sports standout at SHS from 1960 to 1964. In 1963 Golden was an honorable mention all-state quarterback playing for the Yellow Jackets, and got multiple scholarship offers. Golden went on to be a three-year football starter at Texas Tech University in football and set records there in track and field.
He was drafted and signed by the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL in 1968 and finished his athletic career playing semi-pro football for the West Texas Roughnecks in 1969.
In high school, Golden was a three-year varsity letterman in football and a team captain his senior year. He was chosen to play in the Oil Bowl game, which matches star football players from Texas against Oklahoma standouts.
He was also a three-year letterman at SHS in basketball and track, and a member of the mile relay team that won district, and qualified for the state meet.
At Tech, Golden lettered in track in 1967 and 1968. His top highlight for the Red Raiders in track was being on the 440-yard relay team that posted the nation’s second-fastest time and is still the best time ever for Tech. His personal bests individually were the time of 9.6 seconds in the 100-yard sprint and 20.7 seconds in the 220.
He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Tech in 1969. He is retired from AT&T, living with his wife, Rhonda, in Oklahoma City. They have five children and 11 grandchildren.
McGee was a standout for SHS in track and field, cross country and basketball at SHS from 1997-2001, and earned a four-year track scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington.
She was a district track champion in the 800-meter run in 1998 and 1999, and high-point individual at the district meet.
McGee was a state track qualifier in the 1,600-meter relay team and individually in the 300-meter hurdles. She placed fifth in the state meet in the hurdles in 2000.
With McGee on the cross country team, the SHS Honeybees won four straight district titles and she was a four-year regional qualifier and qualified for the state meet in 1999.
In basketball, McGee earned first-team all-district and all-area in 2000 and was first-team all-district in 2001.
At UT-Arlington, McGee competed in 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, and the heptathlon. She was on the UTA Athletic Advisory Committee and a four-year scholar athlete. McGee earned a Juris Doctor degree at Texas A&M University.
She now practices law in Stephenville as a partner in the firm McGee & Brooks Law, PC. McGee is married to her high school sweetheart, Toby, and they have four children.
As a starting linebacker on Stephenville’s back-to-back state football championships in 1998-1999, Monk was known for his intensity. His senior season, he led the Yellow Jackets in tackles and totaled more than 450 stops during his three years on the varsity.
In track and field, Monk earned two varsity letters. As a member of the school’s mile relay team, he helped set an SHS record.
As a senior in 2001, Monk became Stephenville’s first-ever state champion in powerlifting and set school standards in bench press (325 pounds), squat (550) and deadlift (550), for a record total of 1,425 pounds. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the boys team powerlifting state title that year.
Monk was intending to play football at Hardin-Simmons University but instead enlisted in the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. He served in the infantry and was a squad leader during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2005. He was involved in Operation Whalers, a sequel mission to a compromised SEAL team operation in which Marcus Luttrell was the Lone Survivor. Monk was honorably discharged in 2007, ranked as a sergeant.
Monk returned to Stephenville to earn his bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University in kinesiology and nursing. He is a registered nurse in the Hamilton Healthcare System. Monk resides in Hico with his wife, Monica, and four children.
Stokes was first-team all-district, all-regional and regional tournament MVP along with being first-team all-state in basketball for the SHS Honeybees in 2013.
In track, she was a four-year regional finalist and holds all-time SHS girls records in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
As a volleyball player, Stokes was first-team all-district, district setter MVP and was a member of the teams that won district and area championships.
In cheerleading, Stokes earned all-America recognition at SHS.
Stokes attended Baylor University, where she competed for two years as a heptathlete and was on the Big 12 Academic All-Conference track and field team. She also served as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Brazil as a missionary.
She lives in Austin, where she is involved in an accelerated nursing program. Sheridan is on track for a doctor of nurse anesthesia degree.