Nearly 50 years after he was a high school hurdler leading the L.C. Anderson Yellowjackets to their first appearance at the Texas Relays, Charles Crenshaw will be recognized for that achievement.
At a ceremony Saturday in Fort Worth, Crenshaw will be inducted into the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Joining Crenshaw in the hall of fame posthumously will be his older brother Orsby, a Yellowjackets football star who died in 1990.
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Hall of fame group
This weekend in Fort Worth, five athletes who attended high school in the Austin area will be inducted into the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. The honorees:
Howard O. Aldridge: A football inductee, Aldridge played on the 1959 L.C. Anderson High team that won a district title. He graduated from the school in 1961.
Charles Crenshaw: A football and track standout at Anderson High, Crenshaw was one of the school’s first athletes to compete in the Texas Relays.
Orsby Crenshaw: The older brother of Charles Crenshaw was a standout football player at Anderson High. He scored 20 TDs during the 1961 season when the Yellowjackets won the PVIL Class 4A title.
Ben Dukes: During his senior year at Anderson High, Dukes earned all-state honors in basketball and was the Yellowjackets’ captain.
Oscar Fresch: A three-sport athlete at the Manor Colored High School, Fresch will be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Fame for his basketball accomplishments.
Three other men from the Austin area – Dr. Freddie Dixon, Dr. James Hill and Choquette Hamilton – will receive lifetime achievement awards during the induction ceremony.
— Danny Davis