Daniel Elizondo, Sports Editor of The Pleasanton Express– Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Five individuals were inducted into the Hall of Honor for 2006 at the Pleasanton Athletic Banquet held on Monday, May 8 at Pleasanton High School.
This year’s inductee’s included former baseball coach Larry Czeszewski, former athletes Norman Porter junior, Kristi Pena Martinez and Richard Porter, and longtime Pleasanton fan Elvin Stinson.
Czeszewski coached the Pleasanton Eagles baseball team from 1987-90 and led the Eagles to four straight playoff appearances that marked the beginning of 19-straight playoff appearances for Eagle Baseball.
Coach “C” led the Eagles to two district championships and finished his 4-year ride with Pleasanton with an 81-21-1 record.
His 1988 Eagle Baseball team was ranked no. 2 in the state and the 1990 team was ranked no. 1 when entering the playoffs where the team reached the regional finals and finished with a 27-7-1 record. He was named Coach of the Year in 1990 and 2000 by the San Antonio Express-News for his success.
Czeszewski was an All-American catcher for Midwestern University and went on to catch for the New York Mets.
Now retired from high school coaching, he is currently coaching select baseball in the San Antonio area.
Kristi Pena Martinez is a 1995 graduate of Pleasanton High School and was a 4-year letterman for Eagle Track, competing in the shot put and discus. She also lettered 2-years in basketball and 2-years in softball.
Martinez earned three trips to regionals in track finishing second in the shot put her sophomore year, third in the discus and first in the shot put her junior year and second in the shot put her senior year.
Her basketball honors included All-District Honorable Mention her junior and senior years, and All-District Scholastic team her senior year.
In softball, she earned All-District First Team her junior year and was named to the Greater San Antonio team as honorable mention first baseman. She was named All-District Second Team her senior year as a first baseman.
Other honors included 1994 Who’s Who In High School Sports, PHS Outstanding Senior Girl Athlete, Basketball’s Most Dedicated Player, Softball’s Most Valuable Player, Most Dedicated Player and voted by the senior class as Most Athletic Girl.
Norman Porter junior is a 1976 graduate of Pleasanton High School. He played baseball, basketball, football and track.
He received the School Board award for Best All-Around Athlete and received the Spirit Award his senior year in basketball. Porter went on to play basketball at Abilene Christian University.
After college, he began coaching and soon became a head coach and athletic director.
He has since retired from coaching and is an elementary principal with Poth ISD.
Richard “Dick” Porter is a 1958 graduate of Pleasanton High School and was a 4-year letterman in baseball where he played pitcher and catcher.
He lettered three years in both football and basketball where he received Second Team All-District honors and was selected as All-Tournament player at the Charlotte Tournament.
Porter was invited to tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates but had to decline the offer. He can now be found cheering as an Eagle Fan.
Elvin Stinson, a longtime resident of Pleasanton, was nominated in the Hall of Honor for 2006 as a fan.
Stinson can be found at most Eagles sporting events wearing green and cheering on his Eagles.
Although his children have long since graduated, he still enjoys watching the Eagles play.