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Dee Henry

Dee Henry was an Amarillo native and graduate of West Texas State University. He is known for his career as a coach and teacher. At one time he was the head coach of Canadian High School. Additionally, he taught for 6 years in Amarillo at Stephen F. Austin Jr. High. He was a very popular summer baseball coach. He was stricken by cancer which caused one of his legs to be amputated. At the end of his life, he was the YMCA baseball coach. Despite his battle with cancer, he continued to coach the team from his bed even though he was too ill to make it to the field. His parents and students presented him with a 14 inch television for entertainment and $348 in cash during his bed ridden days. He died in 1960 at age 39. 

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dee Henry memorial award winners

The Dee Henry Memorial Award goes to an athlete who overcomes adversity with class, heart, and determination during the year.

1961
Dwayne Tidwell
Amarillo High Football

1962
Dale Sexton
Clarendon

1963
Jerry McCuistion
Miami

1964
David Cook
Canadian

1965
Phil Weatherbee
Amarillo

1966
Sammy Gast
Amarillo

1967
George Surles
Phillips

1968
Dee Griffin Jr.
Tascosa Wrestling

1969
Edith Green
Amarillo Bowler

1970
Brian Hall
Dalhart Football

1971
Mike Mady
Amarillo Bowler

1972
Mark Love
Tascosa Baseball

1973
Larry Wright
Wellington Football

1974
Donald Burgin
Groom Football

1975
Mark Mendenhall
Guymon Football

1976
Tam McGee
Darrouzett

1977
James Thomas
Wellington

1978
David Trotter
Hale Center

1979
Leonard Duncan
Stratford and Texas Tech

1980
Clay Douglass
Pampa Swimmer

1981
Scott Tankersley
Caprock

1982
Craig Cartrite
Sunray

1983
Terri Henry Kaiser
Wayland Baptist

1984
Brent Hallmark
Lockney

1985
Donnie Gatlin
Amarillo High Wrestling

1986
Jennifer Bowman
Amarillo Softball

1987
Charlie Tiggs
Dalhart Track

1988
Patty Durkin
Amarillo Track

1989
Deanna Shelton
Sanford-Fritch and Wayland Baptist Basketball

1990
Blue Field
Friona Football

1991
Shelly Redelsperger
Perryton Track

1992
Ross Davis
Amarillo

1993
Kristen Paris
Amarillo High Basketball

1994
Larry Dippel
Amarillo High Football Coach

1995
Scott Williams
Perryton and Southwestern Oklahoma State

1996
Kayla Garrison
San Jacinto Christian Academy Basketball

1997
Marissa Steinhilper
Alamo Catholic Volleyball, Basketball, and Cheerleading

1998
Tandi Morton
Pampa Volleyball, Track and Field, and Cheerleading

1999
Kara Townsen
Bentley, Spearman, and West Texas A&M Basketball

2000
Grant Henly
Dalhart Pole Vault

2001
Shane Feagan
Amarillo High

2002
Ashley Ellis
Caprock Tennis

2003
Leslie Weston
Canyon Softball

2004
Tanner Scott
Kress

2005
Erin Charest
Hereford

2006
Charly Martin
West Texas A&M Football

2007
Robert Lyons
Palo Duro

2008
Melissa Harper
West Texas A&M Volleyball

2009
Sage Black
Nazareth

2010
Hayden Morris
Wellington

2011
Karlie Scott
Amarillo High Volleyball

2012
Jeremy Campbell
Perryton

2013
Kenbriel Hearn
Memphis Football

2014
Jason Conway
Tascosa Baseball

2015
Cameron Wolf
Spearman Track and Field

2016
Bret Barnard
Stratford High

2017
Canyon High and Canyon Community

2018
Chism Henderson
McLean High

2019
Ryan Quaid
West Texas A&M University

2021
Norma Solomon
Bushland High

2022
Camryn Armes
Gruver High

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