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Three athletes will be added to SSHS Hall of Fame

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Three former Sulphur Springs athletes who carved out their places in school history with outstanding play will be inducted into the SSHS Hall of Fame next week.

 

The three new inductees – Mindy Boss Pickelmann (Class of 1997), Mike McCaffrey (Class of 1988) and Murl Furney (Class of 1942) – will be formally introduced at Gerald Prim Stadium next Friday shortly before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff between the Wildcats and Texas High. A reception to honor the new inductees is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. in the high school conference center. The reception is open to the public. The three inductees share one thing in common – they were considere d the best at what they did. Pickelmann set SSHS records in softball for pitching wins and strikeouts and was named All-State; McCaffrey won the individual state golf championship; and Furney was an All-State wingback who led the Wildcats to the state football quarterfinals.
Mindy Boss 
Pickelmann
Class of 1997
A 1997 graduate of SSHS, Mindy Boss left as the all-time winningest softball pitcher in school history as her name became synonymous with pitching excellence.
A four-year letterman, she set a school record with 52 victories in 66 decisions, including 12 shutouts. She threw one perfect game and also struck out a school record 17 in another.  She had a career ERA of 1.50, including a low of 0.88 as a junior when she went 20-4 on the mound.
Pickelmann was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and was First Team All-District all four years. She was Second Team All-State as a sophomore and First Team All-State as a junior. She also was an All-District player in basketball and volleyball and was named the Forrest Gregg MVP and won the basketball and softball MVP awards.
She received a scholarship to Northwood University, where she was named All-Conference, Academic All-Conference and Outstanding Academic Athlete. She won the NAIA Softball All-American Scholar Athlete award. As a senior, she was named the Outstanding Academic Athlete and was the school’s salutatorian as she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2001. She received her master’s of business administration degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2005.
Mike McCaffrey
Class of 1988
A 1988 graduate of SSHS, McCaffrey made his mark on the golf course, winning an individual state championship as a junior and placing third at state as a senior.
In high school, McCaffrey won the regional and state titles in 1997 and was third at state in 1988. He was named All-District, All-Region and All-State. He was a two-time regional champ, district champion and school MVP and was a four-year letterman
He had similar success in college and on the professional circuit. After his successful high school career, McCaffrey accepted a full scholarship to SMU, where he played for two years before transferring to the University of North Texas. In college, he won three tournaments, placed second four times and was third three times.
He also played in Nationals as an individual, was a two-time All-American and was one of only eight collegiate players selected to participate in the Japan/USA matches in Fukishima, Japan, where he won all three of his matches.
McCaffrey turned professional in 1993, playing in more than 15 Nationwide Tour events and on the Adams Golf Pro Series and Hooters Professional Golf Tours the last two years. He won six professional tournaments and had 10 other top three finishes.
He and his wife, Melissa, currently live in League City. McCaffrey worked in Human Resources  for eight years between golf stints then as finance director in the automotive industry for seven years.
Murl Furney
Class of 1942
A 1942 graduate of SSHS, Furney is the only football player in school history to be First Team All-District all four years of his high school career.
Dallas Morning News sports writer Bill McClanahan called Furney the “most underrated player in the state” in 1941 as Furney was denied the same All-State honor he garnered in 1939 when the Wildcats went to the state quarterfinals.
As a freshman wingback in 1938, Furney was the only First Team All-District player for SSHS. He also played defensive end. He then went on to repeat as First Team the next three years. He was also team captain his sophomore through senior seasons.
Furney received a scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he cracked the starting lineup as a freshman, when the Golden Hurricane won the Missouri Valley Conference championship and played in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
In 1943, he entered the Navy and was discharged with the rank of seaman first class three years later. He then enrolled at East Texas State in 1946, where he resumed his football career and earned the distinction of being named All-Conference.
After college, Furney  went into coaching, including 11 years at Brazosport High School.
He passed away in 1981. He was survived by his wife, the former Alma Jeane Vititow, a son, Steven Reed Furney and a daughter, Jena Rae Furney.
 

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