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Former athletes inducted into SFA Athletic Hall of Fame

Tuesday, October 28, 2008  
Posted by: Rhonda Crim-Tumelson
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Former athletes inducted into SFA Athletic Hall of Fame

Former Lumberjacks Chuck Rawlinson of Lavon, Winston Harrison of Los Angeles, Calif., and the late Ronnie Hawthorne of Andrews will be honored as this year’s inductees into the Stephen F. Austin State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will occur between the third and fourth quarters of the Oct. 25 SFA vs. Texas State University at San Marcos football game scheduled for 2 p.m. The weekend also serves as the university’s annual Homecoming celebration.

A native of Mesquite, Rawlinson graduated from SFA in 1993 and is a Life Member of the SFA Alumni Association. He started and lettered three years (1988 to 1990) as the Lumberjacks’ place kicker and played on the 1989 team that finished second in the Division 1-AA playoffs. He was named All-Conference First Team in 1988 and Honorable Mention in 1990.

Rawlinson continues to hold 15 SFA kicking and scoring records—most points scored in a game (18), season (111) and career (300); most extra points attempted in a season (71) and career (132); most extra points made in a season (69) and career (129); most field goals attempted in a game (5), season (22) and career (82); most field goals made in a game (5), season (22) and career (57); most consecutive field goals (10); and longest field goal (58 yards in 1991). He also kicked eight of the 10 longest field goals in SFA history.

In 1995, Rawlinson and his family endowed the Carla Rawlinson Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship honoring his mother. He was inducted into the SFA Jacks of Honor in 2003.

A 1983 SFA graduate, Harrison played basketball for the Lumberjacks from 1979 to 1982 and lettered three years. He attended Blinn Junior College before suiting up for the Lumberjacks. Harrison held several basketball records at SFA including the most assists with 354, a mark that held from 1982 to 1995. Harrison held the No. 2 spot on the all-time assist leader list until Marcus Clark broke that record in 2006.

Harrison was a member of the squad that claimed the 1982 Lone Star Conference Championship title after posting as 24-6 season. He was a member of the team that participated in the NAIA Tournament Championship in Kansas City. Also in 1982, Harrison earned first-team All-Conference honors and received the Robert H. Shelton Memorial Award as defensive player of the year.

Harrison currently teaches physical education for the Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School at UCLA.

Hawthorne transferred to SFA from the University of Texas at Austin and lettered four years for the Lumberjacks football team from 1965 to 1969. He earned All-Lone Star Conference honors in 1968 and 1969, and was a member of the 1969 team that led the nation in scoring with 38.2 points per game and in total offense by averaging 502 yards per game.

In 1968, Hawthorne was the ‘Jacks’ leading receiver when he caught 47 passes as a tight end. He was the second leading receiver with 51 passes in 1969. He received his bachelor’s degree in health sciences in 1972 Hawthorne enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970 and served during the Vietnam War. He died in March 1980 during a test flight after his plane experienced mechanical problems and the canopy failed to release. Hawthorne was one of the original Jacks of Honor inductees in 1983.



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