The Weatherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee will conduct its 9th-annual induction ceremony on Saturday. The ceremony will take place in the Jerry Durant Auditorium at Weatherford High School. There will be a light brunch starting at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:45. Four individual athletes and one team will be inducted for the HoF Class of 2012.
One of the individual inductees will be Mark “Scooter” Hicks, one of the top running backs in the state during the 1973 and 1974 football seasons. Hicks gained more than 2,000 yards in 10 games his junior year, and topped 1,000 yards his senior year in just five games, before a leg injury ended his season. He scored 25 touchdowns in the 15 games.
In 1973, the junior back was named All-District and was considered the district’s premier back. In 1974, he was selected All-District again, despite his shortened season. Hicks was also named to the 1973 All-State team, and All-State Honorable Mention in 1974.
Gordon Wood, famed coach of the Brownwood Lions said of Hicks, “We can’t stop #11, we can only hope to keep him under 300 yards.”
In track and field, the Weatherford athlete was also an outstanding pole vaulter. In 1973, he was a regional qualifier and a state qualifier his senior year. In 1974, he was named “Trackster of the Year” for WHS. He held the pole vault record from the seventh grade through the high school level.
In addition to his athletic awards, Hicks received several other honors while at WHS, including Young Texan of the Month, elected class vice-president, and was named to the Top Ten Who’s Who of the Senior Class.
After leaving WHS, the graduate attended McMurray College on a track scholarship, later transferring to Weatherford Junior College with a music scholarship, and attending WJC from 1975 to 1977.
After college, Hicks used his musical talents playing in various bands while also writing music. He returned to Weatherford College in 1987 to 1989, eventually graduating from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology.
Mark served as Service Coordinator for the Pecan Valley MHMR Center from 1992-1998, working with adult and youth clients. He also worked with the ACT team, dealing with the most severe mentally ill clientele in the community as a certified Mental Health Professional.
Returning to his musical background, Hicks currently owns a recording studio. Trent Studios is located in Sweetwater. He is married to Leann and they have two children, Trent, 12, and Marlee, 9.