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Beeville Sports Hall of Fame to induct four
by Bruce Harper
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Jerry Brantley
Jerry Brantley
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Christian “Buzzy” Loeffler
Christian “Buzzy” Loeffler
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Ralph A. “Tony” Ferguson
Ralph A. “Tony” Ferguson
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Travis Tindol
Travis Tindol
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BEEVILLE – The Beeville Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members into its ranks this week. The four will be introduced at Friday’s varsity football game during the halftime break.

The four are Jerry Brantley, Buzzy Loeffler, Ralph A. “Tony” Ferguson and Travis Tindol. Two enter the Hall as players at A.C. Jones and beyond, Loeffler and Brantley, while Ferguson enters as a Lady Trojan basketball head coach, and Tindol enters as a football official. All are worthy of the enshrinement.

Jerry Brantley

Jerry Brantley graduated with the A.C. Jones class of 1979. He lettered in three sports as a Trojan, football, basketball and baseball. He was selected as an all-district standout in all thee sports while at A.C. Jones. During his senior season in football, he was selected as the All-South Texas punter for the area honor squad.

In college, Brantley played for four years at Southwest Texas State under coach Jim Wacker. The Bobcats won three Lone Star Conference titles during his stint in San Marcos and two national championships (1981, 1982). In Brantley’s senior season, he was named to the All Lone Star Conference team as an offensive tackle.

After college, Brantley turned to coaching football, basketball and golf. Brantley was successful in all three coaching endeavors. He was a basketball head coach for 18 years with an overall record of 314-141 with eight district championships. He was named Coach of the Year in his district four times and was named the Region Coach of the Year in the 2010-2011 season at Katy High School. In basketball, Brantley has coached for a total of 29 years and has compiled more than 500 wins in his career on the hard court.

In football, Brantley has coached at Sealy High School as the defensive coordinator and as an assistant at Tuloso-Midway, East Bernard High School and Katy Taylor High School over the last 24 years.

His golf coach resume includes head girls’ golf coach for seven years with six district championships, with four state championship appearances to go along with seven regional tournament appearances for his squads. He was the head coach of a state champion squad at the 3A level.

Brantley has been married to Susan Murphy Brantley for 29 years. They have four children and one grandchild. Son Justin was an All-American punter for Texas A&M a few years back.

Christian “Buzzy” Loeffler

Buzzy Loeffler was really into baseball. He was a four-year varsity letterman and maintained a .385 batting average while playing for the Trojans. Buzzy was a member of the class of 1975. He also lettered two years on the Trojan basketball team.

Loeffler played junior college baseball at Wharton Community College for two years under full scholarship and then went to Lamar University for his junior and senior years. He played well enough to catch the eye of the professional scouts and was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft, the 72nd pick overall, by the Montreal Expos. He played in Canada and New York in his professional career.

The scout that named Loeffler as a potential pro was the same scout that signed a pretty good fastballer – Nolan Ryan.

Buzzy has been married for 30 years and has raised four children. He has three grandchildren, and one more is expected shortly.

Travis Tindol

Travis Tindol enters the Beeville Hall of Fame for his years of service as an official of high school sports.

Tindol officiated both baseball and football and was a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO). He served as president of the Beeville chapters in both baseball and football. Tindol retired recently as a Division I Referee, which is the highest level in Texas High School football.

Tindol was a fixture in the postseason, having officiated 12 playoff games over the years. Some of the ‘big” games included a 2012 Class 5A regional semifinal contest between Cibolo Steele and Edinburg North at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville. Another Class 5A Division II contest in 2011 pitted Pasadena Memorial and Port Arthur Memorial at the Galena Park ISD Stadium. Another highlight was the 2005 Class 2A Div. II quarterfinal game between Blanco and Lexington, which was played at Pflugerville ISD Stadium.

In baseball, Tindol was behind the plate at high school games from 1975 through 200. He retired as a Division I baseball umpire in 2000. He umpired 10 playoff games in those years and volunteered his services at all levels of Little League play, including the All-Star contests.

His long and enduring service to his community and to sports in and around Beeville makes him a Hall of Fame inductee.

Ralph A. “Tony” Ferguson

Coach Ferguson is one of the most successful girls’ basketball coaches in Lady Trojan history.

He also was an assistant football coach throughout his career and was a head coach of the boys’ basketball program over his 30 years of coaching. He led Somerset to a district championship in 1997-98 with a 27-4 record. He was named the District Coach of the Year and also the San Antonio and Greater Area Coach of the year for that stellar year with the Bulldogs.

In 1998, he took over the reins of the Lady Trojans and guided them to back-to-back district championships. His team’s record in ’98-99 was 24-9 with an unblemished district record of 10-0. That team reached the area finals. The very next year, Ferguson took the Lady Trojans to another district title with a 9-1 mark and again reached the area finals.

The next three school years, coach Ferguson took his charges to the playoffs each year, winning 20 or more games in two of the three season. As a head basketball coach, Ferguson has amassed more than 300 wins in his career.

Since leaving A.C. Jones, Ferguson has made stops at Skidmore-Tynan, Falfurrias, Lazbuddie, Odem and Pettus, all with successful runs under his tutelage. His career also includes a few years as a head golf coach. His teams won seven district championships on the links.

Coach Ferguson has also been an assistant coach in track and baseball in his tenure. He has served on numerous committees at the state level for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Coach Ferguson’s philosophy has served him well over the many years of service to the Texas youth.

“Be a positive role model, establish a positive atmosphere, teach good decision making skills, help students and athletes establish short and long term goals.”
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