Athletes, coach and fan inducted into PHS Eagle Hall of Honor
Five new inductees were honored and each were presented with a plaque representing their fine athleticism and their support for Eagle Athletics during the halftime performance of the Cuero game, Friday, September 23.
The Hall of Honor is sponsored by the Pleasanton Express with special support of the Pleasanton Athletic Booster Club. The selection committee consisted of Dana Greebon, Steve Turner, Maggie Rodriguez, Eric Smith and David Wickersham.
Danny Matocha Coach - 1970-72
Coach Matocha’s three year stint as baseball coach at Pleasanton was simply sparkling. In his three seasons, he won three straight zone championships and two district titles. His teams also won 20 or more games in each of the three years.
He came to Pleasanton in 1970 and District 14-3A was split into East and West Zones. The Eagles played in the East and in 1970, Matocha’s first, the team went 22-8 overall. They won the Zone Championship and defeated West Oso, the West winner, for the district title. Pleasanton lost to Lockhart in a best two out of three Bi-District series.
The following year, Matocha again fielded a talented team and went on to win the East Zone, then defeated Kerrville Tivy for the district title.
Disappointment surfaced again in the bi-district series when the Taylor Ducks took the series from Pleasanton, 3-2, 10-2. The Eagles finished an impressive 22-4 that season.
In 1972, in his third season it looked like he had had his best Eagle baseball team ever, as it won its first 18 games before tasting defeat. They went on to win the East Zone in 14-3A, but were upset in the district title by the Kerrville Tivy Antlers. The Eagles finished 21-4.
His first job was at LaSalle High School in San Antonio where he won three straight baseball state championships.
Later he took over the head coaching job at South San High School from the legendary Cliff “Gus” Gustafson and took the Bobcats to the final four at the state tournament.
He won a fourth state title in 1977 when he guided the Uvalde Coyotes all the way to the state championship in Austin.
Before going into coaching, he was famous as an outstanding player. He won a full scholarship to play baseball at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and was a four year starter and team captain. He made all-conference as a senior third baseman and in 1996 was inducted into the St. Mary’s University Hall of Fame.
Nominated by: Hope Garza
Steve Turner – Fan
The Turner Family moved to the area in 1976. Steve was hired as the Varsity Baseball Coach in 1976 and coached under “Ferdie” Burket for two years. Coach Turner moved away for 1 year and returned to coach varsity baseball again in 1980. Coach Turner spent the next two years coaching under Hank Kotzur. He coached both varsity football and varsity baseball. With family growing, Steve decided to change paths and was hired as the Assistant Principal at the Pleasanton Jr. High under Mr. Norman Porter. He spent the next two years at the Jr. High, but after spending 15 years in the school business, he needed a change.
In 1985, he went to work for Farm Bureau Insurance where he is currently employed. Steve has continued to keep the statistics for the Pleasanton Eagle Football team, reporting to the Pleasanton Express, the San Antonio Express . He, along with Vernon Milam, was the voice of the Eagles, broadcasting the Friday night football games on our local KBOP for 10-years.
Steve has not only coached for Pleasanton ISD, he has coached many teams outside of school for his children as well. When his boys were playing little league, he was instrumental in teaching fundamentals to them. He did not coach their teams, but was a member of the Little League board, helping to keep it moving forward. When the kids moved into Jr. High, there were many basketball lessons in the driveway, teaching shooting techniques, blocking out, and defense. While his children were in high school, he spent several summers in the gyms in San Antonio coaching Summer League Basketball teams, both boys and girls. Steve is still an avid golfer, teaching all the grandchildren how to improve their swing. He enjoys playing pitch with all of them as well. He was nominated by his family.
Dudley Dee Royal -Athlete 1935-1939
Dudley Dee Royal was very active in the Pleasanton atlhletic program and lettered all four years. He attended High School from Sept. 1935 to May 1939 and was enthusiastically and successully involved in football, tennis and track. Although records are hard to come by for that time, Dudley would occasionally talk about his sports career. He excelled at track and represented Pleasanton at the state track meets when there were no school divisions such as 2A or 5A.
After graduation from Pleasanton, he went to Southwest Texas State where he received a track scholarship. He set several records there and one stills stands today. He would tell this story with a twinkle in his eye... that particular race is not run anymore because the distance of the race changed from yards to meters.
World War II interrupted his track career. Dudley served his country flying P-40s in the states and P-51s in the war. He flew 96 missions for almost 300 hours.
He was an active supporter of the Pleasanton Little League and the football program while his son Michael played.
Dudley passed away on June 27 of this year.
His son, Mike Royal and stepdaughter Sharon Woolsey Dornak nominated him.
Erin Krampetz Boyd- Athlete, PHS Grad of 2000
Erin Krampetz lettered four years in volleyball and softball. She was on the All District team for three years in volleyball, All District team for four years in softball and All District Academic Team for four years in both sports. She was a charter member of the Eaglette Iron Maidens Powerlifting Team and lettered three years. She was a three time Texas State Champion and won the Texas Outstanding Lifter award two years.
Her senior class were a unique group of athletes achieving a record number of victories, playoffs and individual accolades. Erin’s athletic accomplishments included the Fox TV Scholar Athlete of the Week, Area FCA Athlete of the Year and the KSAT TV Scholar Athlete. She was an active member of the Class of 2000, participating as an officer in numerous clubs, debating with the Varsity Debate Team for three years, named Miss PHS by her peers and graduating with Honors as the Class of 2000 Salutatorian.
She graduated from PHS in 2000 as Salutatorian and attended Stanford University at Palo Alto, California where she received her BA with Honors in International Relations with a minor in Spanish. She also continued with a Masters in International Comparative Education. While at Stanford, she competed as a rower on the Division I Crew Team and competed at National Finals.
While still at Stanford and continuing after graduation, Erin worked with different foundations in South America to raise awareness, forge partnerships and develop plans to create sustainable innovative educational programs for rural indigenous children.
She currently works with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. She married James Boyd in 2007 and both spend time traveling with their professions. They make their home in Washington, D.C. Both stay physically active and have their certifications in Cross Fit and Kettle Bell, enjoy going for a run together and working out at the gym.
She was nominated by her parents Don and Becky Krampetz.
Frank Montemayor- Athlete, PHS Grad of 1983
Many Pleasanton High School football fans will tell you that the first really outstanding running back for the Eagles was Frank “Frankie” Montemayor who came along to carry the ball in 1982.
What made Montemayor so special is that he played on a team coached by Paul Jette that was not exactly very strong and played in a very competitive district.
His specialty was carrying the ball straight ahead and meeting opposition head on. He was the team’s main weapon and many teams concentrated their effort to stopping Montemayor. At 170 pounds he was not all that big but had a lot of straight-ahead power that made would-be tacklers pay dearly.
The team, which finished 6-4, did not make the playoffs. In Montemayor’s first eight games, he rushed for 1,050 yards to break the school record of 1,005 set by Alan Flores in 1977.
In the 10 games he played in 1982, Montemayor was held to less than 100 yards in two games. He gained 86 against Carrizo Springs which was state ranked and had 92 yards against another ranked team, the Medina Valley Panthers.
He finished the season with 1,435 yards and at the end, he was paid tribute by public announcer Gary Wallace for having set a new school rushing record.
He was nominated by Maggie Rodriguez.