The prestigious 40th Annual Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA) Hall of Honor/Hall of Fame Banquet held July 20 at the Marriott South Hotel in Houston was the place to be. The banquet was superfantastic with over 1,000 people in attendance and again, was a complete sell-out.
Some of those in attendance traveled from throughout the state of Texas and as far as California. Baytown female basketball inductee, Mrs. Viola Tubbs, 86, had relatives from California to witness and support her induction. Others were in attendance to support and witness the honoring of 13 individuals and induction of 61 other individuals who were recognized/inducted for outstanding sports accomplishments as former Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL) coaches, athletes and trainers. These are basically black coaches and athletes who coached or played sports in all-black high schools governed by the PVIL in the state of Texas before integration. Today all sports in Texas are governed by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).
Baytown was well represented with 151 individuals who purchased tickets through our Baytown Carver High School Recognition & Preservation Society to attend this banquet that honors former Prairie View Interscholastic League coaches, athletes, trainers and others.
At the beginning of this induction ceremony, Reverend Donald Dickson did the Invocation. The welcome was done by Mr. Lewis Ritcherson II, then the PVILCA Chairman, Mr. Robert Brown called me, the (PVILCA designated Coordinator for Baytown) to the stage to accept the PVILCA #1 Supporter Trophy for 2019. This marked the third time that Baytown has won this trophy since 2014, the year the PVILCA started recognizing the group with the largest number of attendees.
Early in the program, Brown acknowledged Baytown was in the house and was the largest group ever to attend a PVILCA Hall of Honor/Hall of Fame Banquet in its 40 years of existence. He asked the Baytown group to stand up for everyone to see. You should have seen the big smile and look on the face of Baytown City Councilman Charles Johnson, who was in attendance supporting the five Baytown inductees. This was his first time attending this event and he and his wife Latoya later expressed they were honored to be a part of this ceremony and thanked me for giving them the opportunity of being a part of this exceptional induction ceremony.
For the second time, the PVILCA featured a City of Baytown Mayor Letter of Congratulations in its souvenir program. This year Mayor Brandon Capetillo wrote the Letter of Congratulations featured in the program.
The PVILCA inducted a total of sixty-one individuals, five from Baytown. Coach Jessie Leonette Addison (basketball and track & field coach) was inducted as a PVIL Coach. She is the first Baytown Carver High School female coach to be inducted into the hall of honor. Viola Lewis-Tubbs was inducted as a female basketball athlete. She became the first former Baytown Carver High School female to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Fame in any sport. Leslie Jenkins, Jr. was
inducted as a PVIL-UIL “Bridging the Gap” Football Athlete. He became the first former Baytown Robert E. Lee High School two-sport athlete (football and track & field) to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Fame. Alfonzo “Buddy” Neal became the second Carver High School two-sport athlete (baseball and basketball) to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Fame, joining as a baseball athlete. Earlest Fontenot, Jr. became the third Carver High School three sport athlete (baseball, basketball and football) to be inducted as a baseball athlete.
This year the PVILCA inducted three coaches. It also inducted 24 football athletes, 13 basketball athletes, four baseball athletes, four tennis athletes, one track athlete and one trainer.
The PVILCA awarded three Meritorious Awards this year to City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernest B. Collins and Rickey Godfrey. Adam Coleman was the recipient of a media award. Coaches, Lloyd Banks, Ronnie Courtney, Duane Gregory, David Peavy, Damien Mobley and Brandon Thomas were recipients of PVILCA Coaches of the Year Awards. Kurtrick Allen and Ally Henson were recipients of $1000 PVILCA Academic Athlete of the Year Awards and Xavier Burke III was the recipient of the $1000 PVILCA Athlete of the Year Award.
The Baytown Carver High School Recognition & Preservation Society recently selected and nominated four more individuals for induction in 2020. Those individuals are Isaac “Fargo” Hart, Pastor Raphael D. Montgomery (Pastor of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church), Marshall Lane III and David C. Holland (City of Baytown Police Officer). The induction of these four Baytownians will give us a total of 50 individuals from Baytown inducted into either the PVILCA Hall of Honor as coaches or Hall of Fame as athletes or others.
The 2020 PVILCA Hall of Honor/Hall of Fame Banquet will be at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel in downtown San Antonio, July 18 starting at noon. The price for tickets will be $65.00.
Anyone interested in supporting any of the four induction candidates, contact J. Warren Singleton at 832-722-6383 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve and pay for your banquet tickets. Our Society believes in taking care of business early, so it is very important to reserve and pay for your tickets early, if you want to be seated with the Baytown group. All of the PVILCA Banquets have been complete sell-outs, so don’t miss out on getting tickets. We had many more individuals wanting tickets for the 2019 banquet, however none were available. If you want to be seated at the best tables up front, you have to reserve and pay for your seats or tables early.
J. Warren Singleton is a local historian and Baytown resident