A&F Newsletter

Winter 2006

 

Tiger 2007 Hall of Fame

Don Miller


Don Miller was an All-Region VI performer in basketball for ACJC in 1957-1958. Miller was a member of the 1956-57 Tiger basketball team that won the Western Conference, Region VI Tournament, and placed eighth at the national tournament. That 1956-57 squad was the last Tiger basketball team to qualify for the national tournament. The 1957-58 team won the Big Springs (Texas) Invitation Tournament at Howard County College, tied for first in the Western Conference, and placed third in the Region VI Tournament. The teams Miller was on at ACJC combined to go 52-14. As a sophomore, he was named an All-Region VI performer and was named to the All-Star team at the Big Springs Invitation Tournament.

He served as the acting principal at Turkey Creek Grade School in McPherson County from 1963-1967. He then returned to the game of basketball as he coached Inman High School from 1967-71.

In the fall of 1971 he began working for Hutchinson Public Schools in the Special Needs area. In 1974 the Hutchinson School District merged with the five other Reno County School Districts for all Special Education Services. This was known as the Reno County Education Cooperative #610, where Miller was employed as Transition Coordinator until he retired in June 2000. He also farmed 375 acres for 25 years.

 

Jill Stinson


Jill Stinson played volleyball, basketball and softball at Cowley from 1978-1980. At Cowley, Stinson was named a two-time All-Region VI volleyball selection. She was also named the volleyball team’s Most Valuable Player and team captain during the 1979-80 season. She helped lead the volleyball team to a Region VI championship and a record of 43-9-2 in 1978, and a record of 41-11-1 and a Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division championship in 1979.

In basketball, Stinson was a member of back-to-back Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division championship teams. During her two years, Cowley posted a record of 43 wins and only nine losses. Stinson also played two seasons for the Lady Tiger softball team and helped the 1979 squad post a record of 13-4.

She went on to play volleyball at the University of Kansas and was named the team captain in the 1981-82 season. She has been involved in coaching volleyball since graduating from the University of Kansas in 1982, and guided the Johnson County Community College volleyball team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2005. She was named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Coach of the Year in 1998 and was named the District K Coach of the Year in 2003.

Stinson also excelled as a player as she had great success playing in the United States Volleyball Association, which is now called USA Volleyball. Her team was the Heart of America Regional Champions 13 times in 14 years (1986-1999). She also was named a First-Team All-American in the USVBA/USA Volleyball Indoor Open National Championships six times, and was named the Most Valuable Player in 1997. In 1998, Stinson played professionally for the Kansas City Lightning of the National Volleyball Association.

 

Travis Hafner


Travis Hafner, an All-American baseball player at Cowley in 1997, has gone on to become one of the best Major League Baseball players in the game. Hafner helped lead the 1996 Tiger baseball team to the program’s first trip to the NJCAA College World Series and a record of 51-13. He followed up the success of his freshman season by leading the Tiger baseball team to the first of back-to-back national championships in 1997.

Hafner, who was named a Third-Team All-American, drove in a school-record 82 runs and helped Cowley to a record of 53-11 in 1997. He still holds the school-record for runs batted in in a season (82), runs batted in in a career (161), doubles in a season (21), and doubles in a career (36).

He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 31st round of the 1996 amateur draft and signed with the Rangers on June 2, 1997. After one season with the Rangers, Hafner was traded to the Cleveland Indians. In his first four seasons with the Indians, Hafner belted 117 home runs, and drove in 374 runs.

 

Raymond Judd


Raymond Judd had great success as a tennis coach at Arkansas City Junior College as he led the Tiger men’s tennis team to six conference championships in his seven years (1950-56) as head coach.

Judd began his career as an educator in Arkansas City in 1936 and coached a pair of high school athletes - Jack Mitchell and Gerald Nold - in 1942 to a state doubles championship. He coached three tennis programs - ACJC, Arkansas City High School and the Arkansas City Middle School - until 1956. In 1956, Judd became the junior high principal, a position he kept until 1972, when he retired.

Through the Salvation Army, he received the Harry Long Award and then the Home Town Hero Award sponsored by Home National Bank. He also served as the grand marshal during one of the Arkalalah parades. The Arkansas City Middle School tennis courts were named after Judd in April 2006.

 

LeRoy Call


LeRoy Call was a multi-sport standout and an All-American football player at Arkansas City Junior College in 1960-61. Call played football, basketball and ran track at ACJC. As quarterback for the Tiger football team he was an All-Conference selection as a freshman and named an All-American as a sophomore. He was also a two-year letterman in basketball and track, and was the team captain in all three sports during his sophomore season.

Call went on to earn a scholarship to play football at the University of Kansas, but a knee injury ended his playing career during his junior season.

Following his junior year, he transferred to Northeastern Oklahoma College, where he earned his degree.

After college, Call spent two years teaching and coaching basketball and baseball at Dooley (Okla.) High School. He also served as an assistant football coach at the school. Call then spent eight years teaching and coaching football, baseball, basketball and track at Copan (Okla.) High School. He also spent time working as a homebuilder and oil producer.