The 2009 class of the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame was inducted Friday night in Donna, an appropriate night, since many of those honored did their best work on Fridays in the Valley.
Pete Bazan-PSJA Baseball
A left-handed catcher who starred for the PSJA Bears until his graduation in 1977, Bazan excelled at Central Arizona and was drafted in the 6th round of the 1979 major league baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs. Pete Bazan played AAA ball with Iowa and Wichita, a teammate of future AL MVP Willie Hernandez before becoming an All-Star in the Mexican League. Over a decade in the pros, Bazan batted .309, In 1982 driving in 46 runs while with Salinas in the California League.
Tommy Cox-La Feria Football
Also a member of the class of '77, La Feria's Tommy Cox rushed for over a thousand yards each of his 4 years on the Lions varsity, ending his high school career as the Valley's all-time leading rusher, fifth in all of Texas class 2A. In Cox' senior season, he rushed for 1,946 yards and 22 touchdowns while leading La Fedria to their 1st playoff appearance in 40 years. Cox went on to play at the University of Texas, and in the 1978 Sun Bowl, later playing for coach Tommy Roberts with the San Antonio gunslingers of the USFL.
Sonny Detmer-Mission Football
Detmer became coach at Mission in 1989 and led the Eagles to their greatest decade of success, winning 68 of 100 games, many of those with son Koy at quarterback. Mission went 12-2 in 1990, advancing to the 5A state semifinals, then 11-1 the next season.
Tommy Roberts-Port Isabel & San Benito Football
In only 4 years as coach at Port Isabel, Roberts' Tarpons teams won an amazing 47 of 52 games, reaching the 3A state semifinals in 1981. Returning to the Valley in 1987, Roberts turned around a moribund San Benito program, taking the Greyhounds to their 1st playoff appearance in 40 years in 1990.
Hector Salinas-Pan American Baseball
An Elsa native, Salinas lettered at Pan American all 4 years with the Broncs, making All-American in 1967. But it was as a college coach that Salinas made his biggest impact, taking four Texas Southmost College teams to the playoffs while in Brownsville, then starting brand new baseball programs at both Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the '90s.
Reggie Tredaway-Pan American Baseball
He is perhaps the most recognizable name in Valley baseball, after a 30-year career that saw him lead the Broncs to the College World Series as a player, then spend over 2 decades at Pan American as a coach. The year the Broncs went to the CWS, Tredaway had 9 game-winning hits and a spectacular catch against Harvard. Reggie is the patriarch of the Valley's 1st Family of Baseball, coaching his son Chad at UTPA, then later coaching beside Chad while he managed the Edinburg Roadrunners.
Elbert "Lum" Wright-Edcouch-Elsa & Mission Football
A head coach with 361 career wins to his credit, Wright was an early part of the storied traditions at two Valley programs. From 1957-1959, Wright's Edcouch-Elsa teams won 23 of 30 games, going 10-1 while winning the district title in 1959. From there, Wright won two more league titles in 8 seasons at the reins of the Mission Eagles.