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Texas Tech to induct eight into the Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor

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Texas Tech will induct six former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame and two others into the Hall of Honor on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall.

Rodney Blackshear (Football, 1987-91), Chris Blocker (Men's Golf, 1959-61), Harold Denney (Men's Basketball, 1962-65), Pat Hartsfield (Football, 1954-57), Lisa Hilgers (Volleyball, 1995-98) and Kenny Vinyard (Football, 1966-68) will be inducted into the Hall of Honor while Larry Anderson and Larry Hays will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. The eight inductees will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to Texas Tech's football game against Oklahoma State on Sat., Nov. 2.

Tickets for the Hall of Honor induction event on Friday can be purchased for $50 while tables of eight are priced at $500. To purchase tickets or tables, please call (806) 742-1196 or email DTVC@ttu.edu.


Rodney Blackshear (Football 1987-91) Receiver:

First Team All-SWC (1990, 1991) … Team Most Valuable Player (1990) … E.J. Holub Double Tough Award (1991) … Blue-Gray Game participant (1991) … Japan Bowl participant (1991) … holds school records for longest pass reception (95 yards vs. Houston, 1991), most yards receiving in a single-game (251 yards, vs. Houston, 1991 – marked the second most in SWC history at the time), yards per reception in a single-season (22.1, 1990) and yards per reception in a career (20.4) … led the SWC and ranked ninth in the nation with a 25.9 yards per kickoff return average in 1990 … rank a kickoff back for a touchdown at Texas A&M in 1990 … single-season total of 973 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches in 1990 set school records along with 14 career touchdown receptions.

Chris Blocker (Men's Golf 1959-61):

A three-year letterwinner … as a sophomore was a member of the 1959 SWC championship team – Tech's first SWC championship … team received a No. 8 national ranking, the highest in school history at the time … played as team's No. 1 as a junior and senior while winning the individual SWC championship as a senior (1961) … one of only four Red Raiders in school history to win an individual SWC golf title.

Harold Denney (Men's Basketball 1962-65) Center:

First Team All-SWC in 1963-64 and 1964-65 … averaged 17.5 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game in 1963-64 and recorded 17.7 ppg. and 9.3 rpg. for SWC championship team in 1964-65 … averaged 12 ppg. as a sophomore in 1962-63.

Pat Hartsfield (Football 1954-57) End:

Started 37-of-41 games in career at end … led team in tackles during three consecutive seasons (1955-57) … ended career as the all-time career leader in receptions at Tech … co-captain of team as a senior (1957) … named honorable mention All-America after junior and senior seasons … in a letter written in January, 1958, head coach DeWitt Weaver described him as "One of the top four players we've ever had at Texas Tech." … Defensive Most Valuable Player of Blue-Gray Game following senior season … tutored peer athletes during his time as a student-athlete at Tech … *** Was not eligible for all-conference honors as a junior and senior due to TTU's transition from the Border Conference to the SWC. ***

Lisa Hilgers (Volleyball 1995-98) Setter:

Named to the Texas Tech All-Millennium team in 1999 … First Team All-Big 12 (1998) … Honorable Mention All-Big 12 (1997) … AVCA All-Region District 5 (1997-98) … was twice named Big 12 Player of the Week … led Big 12 in digs in 1997 … holds four of the top seven single-season assist totals in school history … holds the school record for career assists (5,811) – more than 1,000 assists in front of the next closest on the all-time list.

Kenny Vinyard (Football 1966-68) Kicker:

Three-year letterwinner and starter at kicker and punter for the Red Raiders … Sporting News All-American (1968) … First Team All-SWC (1968) … ended career at Tech as the school's career leader in field goals and second in extra-points … his punting average in 1966 and 1968 were the top two single-season marks in school history during his career.


Larry Anderson (Baseball Letterwinner)

Larry Anderson has served Texas Tech Athletics for many years in many different ways. He served as a player, coach, supporter and most importantly as the ongoing secretary/treasurer for the Letterwinners of Texas Tech. Larry played both football and baseball at Tech from 1961-66 and was a letterwinner in baseball. However, it is not his participation in athletics at Tech that places him name on the ballot as a Hall of Honor nominee, it is what he has done for Tech and the letterwinner's association. Larry has been the cement that held the letterwinners together as the organization moved from the Letterman's Association to the Letterwinners Association to the Double T Association and now to the Double T Varsity Club. He served for 11 years as secretary/treasurer. He has served tirelessly, faithfully and without pay. A few of the things that have been accomplished during his leadership are having the Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor selection placed under the Double T Association board. Under his leadership the awards were divided into two categories, one for famous athletes for the Hall of Fame and the other for ex-Texas Tech athletes who have distinguished themselves in other ways. He was instrumental in hiring an events coordinator to increase the number of events and reunions for Tech Athletics. As the treasurer, Larry has maintained the financial records and filed tax returns for the association.

Larry Hays (Head Baseball Coach 1987-2008)

His final record stands at 1,508 wins and 860 losses, fourth all-time in NCAA history…Hays' No. 27 jersey was retired by TTU on March 23, 2009…Led TTU Baseball to its only two regular-season conference championships (SWC in 1995 and Big 12 in 1997) and two tournament championships (SWC in 1996 and Big 12 in 1998)…Led Tech to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first-ever back in 1995 when the Red Raiders were sent to the Midwest Regional in Wichita, Kan…Of those nine NCAA appearances, three were held at Dan Law Field as Tech hosted NCAA Regionals in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

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