CHS ATHLETIC BANQUET: Gonzalez, Bolton earn R.E. Malone Award for 2019
Katelyn Bolton and Juan Gonzalez were named the winners of the Center High School R. E. Malone Award, the school's highest athletic award, at the school's annual athletic banquet on Thursday, May 16.
Mayor David Chadwick offered background on Malone, who he had as his high school principal his freshman year of high school prior to Malone's death when Chadwick was a sophomore.
“Some of the characteristics of Mr. Malone, and he was Mister Malone, Mister Malone, there was never a question that he was Mr. Malone,” Chadwick said. “He was there to educate us and give us the opportunity to learn.”
During Malone's coaching career in 1939-1940 he had athletes that went on to play their sport at the professional level.
“If you asked Mr. Malone if that was an accomplishment for him, something for him to put on his resume, he would say 'no, I gave three boys the opportunity to discover themselves,'” he said.
“I gave them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, they had the power, I encouraged their desire,” Chadwick said Malone would have said.
Malone served as president of the chamber of commerce, loved hunting and fishing and was considered “a man's man,” Chadwick said.
“He was the kind of guy you wanted to know as a Roughrider, because he was a Roughrider inside and out and upside down,” he said. “The award comes with responsibility, a lot of responsibility because it's the R.E. Malone Award, a person of character, a person of dignity, a person of pride, a person of determination, a person of goals and a person of achievement.”
The award is more than a plaque, it comes with accepting Malone's positive attributes, Chadwick said.
“Mr. Malone left such a legacy, one that most of us cannot fulfill,” he said. “But it should not keep us from trying to fulfill those goals. He was truly a character that was a Roughrider.”
Chadwick said the R.E. Malone Award is the most prestigious honor given out in Center.
Center ISD Athletic Director Scott Ponder said Malone came to Center to coach in 1935 with his teams winning championships in football. Malone served his country in World War II but came home to Center to coach after the war.
In 1946 he coached football and baseball at Center High School.
“He was known as a man of great character and integrity,” Ponder said. “He challenged his students to do more than they thought they were capable of doing.”
He encouraged people to think and dream big, he said. In 1950 Malone retired from coaching and became high school principal and served in that capacity until his death in 1961 when he was 48, Ponder said.
“He shaped the lives of many young people and was a revered citizen of this community,” Ponder said. The R.E. Malone Award was created in 1963.
Among other awards and honors presented at the banquet:
• Academic Athletic Award — Girl with highest GPA — Valerie Ramirez
• Tennis Girls Co-MVP honors went to Keelan Williams and Caroline Scull
• Tennis Boys Co-MVP honors went tp Juan Gonzalez, Keeton Watlington and Mauricio Rojas- Solis; each advanced to the state UIL Tennis Tournament
• Cross Country Boys MVP — Alex Huerta
• Cross Country Girls MVP — Jesica Alvarado
• Volleyball Team MVP — Katelyn Bolton;
• Volleyball, Defensive Co-MVPs — Jakayla Parks and Skylar Causey
• Volleyball — Offensive MVP — Alex Patton
• Girls Basketball Team MVP — Ja'Kayla Parks
• Girls Basketball Co-Defensive MVPs — Malaisaha Cartwright & Keyodrick Gardner
• Girls Basketball Offensive MVP — Jakayla Weathered
• Girls Basketball Heart Award — Beyonce
• Boys Basketball Offensive MVP — Zacc Smith
• Boys Basketball Defensive MVP — Chris Jackson
• Boys Basketball Team MVP — Jayden Hicks
• Girls Powerlifting MVP — Kailan Randle
• Boys Powerlifting MVP — Dekylin Hoyt
• Girls Soccer Offensive MVP — Isabel Rios
• Girls Soccer Defensive MVP — Rosalinda Rojas
ª Girls Soccer Team MVP — Jessica Gonzalez
• Boys Soccer Team MVP — Alex Huerta
• Boys Soccer Offensive MVP — Alan Espino
• Boys Soccer Defensive MPV — Oscar Rojas
• Girls Softball Offensive MVP — Katelyn Bolton
• Girls Softball Team MVP — MaKaiya Hubbard
• Girls Softball Defensive MVP — Olivia Johnson
• Girls Track Runner MVP — Malaisaha Cartwright
• Girls Track Field MVP — Ja'Kayla Parks
• Girls Track Team MVP — Ja'Kayla Parks
• Boys Track MVP and Track Running MVP — Jesus Gonzalez
• Boys Track Field MVP — Keomandre Horace
• Boys Track Team MVP — Jesus Gonzalez
• Baseball Team MVP — Jake Hanson
• Baseball Offensive MVP — Colton Crawford
• Baseball Defensive MVP — Zacc Smith
• Football Defensive MVP — Logan Holloway
• Football Offensive MVP — Jayden Hicks
• Football Overall Team MVP — Marquez Hall
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