Stephenville High School names its newest inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Special to BENEATH THE SURFACE NEWS
Stephenville High School will induct seven former student-athletes into the Athletic Hall of Fame this week.
Billy Grissom, Fran Metzger, Lauren Harris, Rob Lilly, Sarah Allen Hartshorn, Tyler Floyd and Tyler Jones are among the honorees.
The festivities will begin with a lunch that is open to the public beginning at noon on Friday, Oct. 15, at City Limits.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 each.
The plaques will be unveiled at SHS at 2 p.m. on Friday and the inductees will be recognized during halftime of the game that night.
The Stephenville High School Hall of Fame, which is co-sponsored by the Stephenville Lions Club and Stephenville ISD, has 120 athletes and coaches who have previously been inducted since it was created in 1991.
Track - Cross Country - Basketball
Sarah excelled on Varsity for the Basketball and Track teams all 4 years of high school. She was also on the Varsity Cross Country team for 3 years of her high school career. Sarah’s awarded most outstanding in running events her freshman year and won 3rd in the district in the 400 meters being awarded Varsity Co-MVP in track her sophomore year. In her junior year, Sarah won 1st in the district mile relay and the 4 x 200 meter relay.
Sarah’s team was Regional Finalist in the mile relay her Junior and Senior year winning 5th at state meet in this relay her junior year. Her senior year, her mile relay team won 6th at the state meet. Sarah was on the regional semifinalist team in 1997 & 1998.
In 1999, she helped lead the Honeybees to an Area Finalist birth. Sarah was awarded 1st team all-region, 1st team all-district, 1st team all Big Country by Abilene Reporter News.
Football - Basketball - Baseball
Billy successfully participated in sports at SHS all throughout high school. He played football, basketball and track his freshman year. As a sophomore, Billy played as Varsity linebacker in football, Varsity Baseball and JV Basketball.
He made the Varsity team for all three sports his junior year lettering for a second time in football and baseball and the first time in basketball. He was quarterback for the football team and captain on the baseball team.
He was named honorable mention, All-District in football and basketball with an All-District honors in baseball. Billy became captain in baseball and basketball his senior year continuing as quarterback in football. He was named All-District in all three sports and awarded an All-Area honor in football.
Football - Baseball - Basketball
Tyler attended SHS from 2009-2012 where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. Tyler received all-district honors in football as an outside linebacker in 2010 and 2011.
However, his real passion could be found on the baseball diamond. He received all-state recognition as a catcher in 2011 and won the district Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 and 2012. After high school, Tyler went on to play at Texas Tech University where he competed in 2 NCAA College World Series (2014 and 2016).
Tyler was awarded the Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2016.
Cross Country - Basketball
Lauren competed in Cross Country and Basketball for the Stephenville Honeybees. Lauren was the Cross Country district Runner-Up in 1997 and 1998. Lauren was also a Cross Country member of Four District Championship Teams from 1996 to 1999 and Regional Qualifier from 1996 to 1999. Lauren was a Regional Runner-Up & part of the State Qualifying Cross Country Team in 1999.
During her Track & Field career, she was awarded Track & Field Academic All-District in 1997 to 2000. Lauren was a district runner up in the 3200m in 1997, district champion in 1998, and Regional Qualifier in this event in 1997 to 2000. Lauren was a 2 year letterman for basketball receiving Honorable Mention and Academic All-District in 1999. In 2000, she received Academic All-District & All-Region, 1st team All-District, 1st Team All-Region, and 2nd Team All-State.
Lauren was also part of the Texas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game selection.
Tyler Casey-Wayne Jones
2010 – 2013
Tyler was a Quarterback for the Stephenville Varsity Football Team from 2010 to 2012. In his senior year, Tyler was awarded Offensive MVP of District 7-3A, Offensive MVP by Big Country Super Team, 3A Offensive Player of the Year by coach, P.O.Y by Lonestar Gridiron, 3A Co-Offensive P.O.Y by Texas Sportswriter, 3A Offensive MVP by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, 1st Team quarterback by Padilla Poll, 3A Built Ford Tough Player of the Year, and 3A Division 1 State Championship Game Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Tyler had 2,017 yards total offense in 2012 which was the second most in the entire state, including every classification. In 2012 Tyler and the Stephenville Yellow Jackets were State Champions. At the state game, Tyler threw five touchdowns and ran for four touchdowns.
1995 – 1999
Football – Powerlifting – Track
Rob Lilly competed in Football, Powerlifting and Track for the Stephenville Yellow Jackets. He was a key member of an offensive line that helped the football team set the national record for yards in a season at 8,641 in route to Stephenville’s 1998 State Championship.
As a junior, Rob made 2nd team All-District and qualified for the state tournament in powerlifting. As a senior, things got rolling as he was a 1st team All-District, 1st team All-State, 1st team Fort-Worth Star Telegram Super Team and 1st Team Abilene Reporter All Big Country Super Team selection.
He was also chosen as a Sonic High School Extra Scholar- Athlete of the Week and named Academic All-District, 1st team Academic All-State and was a member of the National Honor Society. During his powerlifting career at SHS his sophomore and junior year, he placed 2nd at Regionals in his junior year and was a 1998 State Qualifier.
1995 – 2018
Frances Metzger was a Volleyball Coach for the Stephenville Honeybees from August 1995-May 2018 with a record of 557 wins and 336 losses.
Mrs. Metzger played volleyball from 1973 to 1977 at Tarleton State University. She has served on the TGCA Board of Directors and coached the all-Star Teams & TGCA teams in 2004. Coach Metzger taught and coached for 40 years overall, implementing the volleyball programs in DeLeon, Granbury and Stephenville with a career total of 666 wins and 408 losses over all.
She led her Stephenville High School teams to the playoffs 20 out of 23 years, had 11 Regional appearances, and went to the Regional Finals in 2002.
In 2003 Coach Metzger and her Stephenville Honeybees were State Champions.