The coach who guided the Kennard Tigers to their third state basketball championship in 1973 is being honored by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Former KHS coach Carl Owens, who racked up 809 wins during his 37-year career, has been elected to the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
After winning state at Kennard, Owens arrived in Harlingen in 1978 and quickly led the Cardinal basketball team to a place among the Rio Grande Valley's elites. His first squad won 29 games and seven other Owens-led Harlingen teams recorded seasons of at least 28 wins. Owens, whose best season was 33 wins in 1993, was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Hall of Fame in 2001 for his years at Harlingen.
Eight legendary coaches and standout players comprise the 2016 Texas High School Basketball Hal of Fame.
In addition to Owens, the honorees include Judy Beasley, Andre Boutte, Roy Garcia, Lonnie Gaylor, Cathy Self-Morgan, Wayne Tipton and Skip Townsend.
An induction banquet will be held May 21, 2016 in San Antonio during the annual TABC Clinic.
"These men and women exemplify the best that Texas Basketball has to offer both on and off the court. Their legacy will be long remembered for years to come," said TABC Director Rick Sherley.