From Staff Reports
Four former Sulphur Springs High School athletic greats will be inducted Friday into the Wildcat Hall of Honor.
Lester Henley (Class of 1974), Shelby Bruhn (Class of 1994), Casey Osborn (Class of 1999) and Franki Jimmerson Cooper (Class of 2001) will be honored in a reception at the Multi-Purpose Building and then in an on-field presentation before the Wildcats’ game against Mount Pleasant on Friday.
The reception is set for 5:15 p.m. Friday in the Multi-Purpose Building. Family, friends, classmates and Wildcat fans are invited to attend.
The honorees will then be given a plaque on the field at Gerald Prim Stadium in a pre-game ceremony beginning about 7:10 p.m.
The four honorees are:
Class of 1974
Lester Henley was a four-year starter at guard for the Wildcats, including being named All-District his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and named the district MVP as a senior. He led the district in scoring two years at 20 points per game and was an All-State candidate. After his high school career, Henley played basketball at Kilgore Junior College for two years and at Henderson State University.
He is currently married to Janice Henley, and they have three children, Derrick, Chaster and Arin. He is a deacon at East Caney Baptist Church, where he teaches Sunday school and is also a part of the MLK event held annually.
Class of 1994
Shelby Bruhn was not just a multi-sport athlete at SSHS in the early-90s, he was also decorated in each sport.
In football, he was named All-District quarterback, kicker and punter and was the team’s Co-MVP as a senior. He also set numerous school records for passing and scoring.
Bruhn was a three-year letterman in baseball, a two-time All-District second baseman and the team’s Co-MVP his senior season. In soccer, he was named All-District at forward as he led the team in goals and in assists. And once again, he was named Co-MVP his senior season.
After high school, Bruhn played a year of football at East Texas State University. He is now the senior vice president and chief lending officer of Providence Bank of Texas in Southlake. He and his wife, Katie, live in Colleyville, and are expecting their first child in January.
Class of 1999
Casey Osborn was one of the top soccer players to come through Sulphur Springs High School, and becomes just the second primary soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Honor.
Osborn was a four-year letterman and starter for the Wildcats.. He was an All-State and First Team All-Region selection his senior year and was named the team’s MVP. He was also the district Offensive MVP and was a two-year First Team All-District selection.
After high school, Osborn played at Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he was a four-year lettermen and starter. He was the UMHB Male Athlete of the Year in 2004 and was the team’s MVP in 2003. Additionally, he was an All-Conference player for three years.
Osborn is currently the head soccer coach at McKinney Boyd. He has a nine-year cumulative coaching record of 154 wins, 36 losses and 23 ties.
Casey is married to Kelly Osborn and they have three children, Hayden, 11; William, 8; and Weston, 1.
Franki Jimmerson Cooper
Class of 2001
Franki Jimmerson Cooper was a record-setting track and basketball athlete, and many of her records still stand.
She took third place in the state 400-meter dash as a senior and set the school record in that race. She also placed eighth in the state event as a sophomore.
She holds the school record in the 100-meter dash, the long jump and the 4x100-meter relay. She was a four-year regional qualifier and three-time district champion in the long jump and a three-time regional qualifier in the 100 and 400.
As a basketball player, Cooper set the school rebounding. She was the district Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, and Co-MVP as a senior when she led the district in scoring.
She was a four-time school MVP in track, was voted Most Athletic as a senior, won the Forrest Gregg award and was the team MVP in basketball as a senior.
After high school, she received a basketball scholarship to UT-El Paso.
Cooper currently lives in Mesquite and works with special needs children at a Rockwall elementary school. She is married to Cornelius Cooper and has two children: Zia and Franklin.
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