Buckley is the son of former Refugio residents Kenny and Kyla Hogg Buckley. He is the grandson of the late Rev. Bob Hogg, former pastor at the First Baptist Church, Refugio, and his wife, the late Janie Hogg, former teacher at RISD. He is also the grandson of Damon and Wanda Smith of Refugio.
Buckley was chosen by the coaches to represent Region VI, which includes more than 20 counties in East Texas.
“We are very proud Clint has been nominated for this prestigious award,” said Phil Hicks, Tyler sports editor, as reported at ETFinalScore.com. “Clint always does an outstanding job and his coverage of Chapel Hill’s run to the state championship was especially compelling.”
The THSCA board of directors will vote in March and the winner will be announced during the THSCA convention in San Antonio in July.
“I am extremely grateful to represent the region for this extraordinary honor,” Buckley said. “I’m only as good as the people I get to work with and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the best coaches in the state during my time at the Tyler paper.”
Buckley provided the coverage of the Chapel Hill Bulldogs in their 2011 run to the state championship game. He also provided in-depth profiles of Chapel Hill student athletes and coaches during the season.
The award is named for Putt Powell, sportswriter in Amarillo, whose career spanned 60 years.