Three former PHS athletes were inducted into the Pleasanton High School Athletic Hall of Honor during the halftime show of the Eagles vs. Indians game on September 15, 2017.
Each received a plaque, sponsored by the Pleasanton Express, with the following inscription: “In appreciation of your athletic accomplishments while at Pleasanton High School and to the recognition and honor brought to our school and town because of your efforts both on and off the athletic playing field.”
Their letters of nomination follow.
Kenny Johnson – Class of 1975
The year was 1975 at Pleasanton High School There wasn’t any district championship that year, mainly because of the tough district opponents – Southwest, New Braunfels Canyon, Clemens, Cuero, Gonzales and East Central. But there was plenty of Eagle Pride because they had a winner and leader on their team. His name was Kenny Johnson.
Kenny was Mr. PHS, Class Favorite and Most Athletic his senior year. He received the U.B Ogden award for Outstanding Basketball Player and the Outstanding Back award. He was a 2-year letterman in football and was selected 1st team All-district as a junior and senior. He was a 3-year letterman in basketball, All District his junior and senior years along with All East Zone honors. He also lettered in track for 3 years. As a junior he qualified for Regional in high and intermediate hurdles. As a senior, he again qualified for Regional in both hurdles, as well as the high jump and mile relay team. That team, comprised of Kenny, Joe Vickers, Freddie Martinez and Rodney Pratka, held the school record at the time. 3:27.1.
He excelled at hard work and dedication and he displayed these qualities to the rest of the team at all times. Everyone looked up to him, even the coaches – Roger Schott, Henry Galindo, Ferdie Burket and Butch Tudyk. He still displays all of these characteristics in life as he did in High School.
After losing his son Josh, a high school senior in 1999 to Crohn’s Disease, he and his wife Twila, along with their daughters Kendra and Kayla, formed the Josh Johnson Scholarship Fund in order to assist students with college scholarships. They now live in Kenedy after his retirement from Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Co. in Robstown. He is now in the cattle business with his brothers.
Kenny was an Eagle athlete and sportsman the class of 1975 will never forget!
He was nominated by his classmate Jonathan Kelley.
Rhett Fields – Class of 1990
Rhett Fields did not grow up playing football – in fact he touched his first ball in the 8th grade when he moved to Pleasanton with his mother from Houston where he had always played soccer.
He was a member of one of the best football teams in the history of the school. He was a very fast running back and broke the school record for rushing in 1989 with 1389 yards rushing, 178 rushing attempts with and average 7.8 yards per carry. He made 17 touchdowns, 30 extra points, 4 field goals during the 1989 District Championship season.
He received the Class 4A state individual scoring title, the Greater San Antonio Scoring title, 2nd place in the State Class 4A rushing, and was first team for All District running back, Greater San Antonio Area running back Sub 5A and Southwest Area running back.
In baseball, Rhett was on the team that won district from 1988 through 1990. They were also Bi-district and area champions in 1990.
The team was also State Class 4A #1 ranked team in the regular season. In 1989 he received the Greater San Antonio Area outfielder award. The following accolades were honored in 1990 – 1st team All district centerfielder, All Greater San Antonio outfielder and 1st team All Southwest Texas area outfielder.
He was also a regional qualifier for the 200m and 4×100 relay in track. He participated in the long jump and 100m, too.
His leadership skills in high school included Class President and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes his senior year. He received the outstanding football athlete, FCA outstanding athlete and PHS Athlete of the Year as well as Mr. PHS all during his senior year.
He received a baseball scholarship to Schreiner College where he attended for two years and transferred to Southwest Texas State University graduating in 1995 with a BA in Environmental Science.
He is the sales director for Universal Forest Products and lives with his wife Sandy and two children Macey (16) and Walker (13). He is currently coaching league football and club baseball and was head umpire in New Braunfels before deciding to coach his son instead of umpiring.
He was nominated by his mother, Diana Fields Lawson.
Anthony Martinez – Class of 1992
The last inductee was a 4-year letterman in baseball under the coaching of Larry Czeszewski (Coach C) and a 3-year letterman in football – coached by Hank Kotzur.
A graduate of PHS in 1992, Anthony Martinez was a powerhouse – especially on the baseball mound. He held the strike-out record in 1992 with 125, had the most wins pitcher – 33 from 1990 through 1992 and his ERA was .43 in 1992.
In 1989 he was named All District Designated Hitter with the District championship under their belts.
In 1990, the team was Regional Semi-Finals champs and Anthony was named All District Pitcher and All Greater San Antonio Pitcher.
The team won district in 1991 and 1992 and he again was named All District Pitcher and All Greater San Antonio Pitcher.
In football, Anthony was a 3-year starter and co-captain his senior year. He was named All District Kicker and All Southwest Texas Kicker in 1991. In 1989 he was a member of the district championship team.
He now works as a project superintendent for an asphalt company in New Braunfels and has a daughter, Courtney.
Anthony was nominated by his sister-in-law, Jessica Martinez whose son is played for the Jourdanton Indians that evening.
A special thanks to Pleasanton High School Athletic Department and the Athletic Booster Club for their continued support.