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Meet the newest members of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame

On Sunday, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame held its induction ceremony for the following new members:

Jon Mark Beilue
Jon Mark Beilue

A three-sport athlete at Groom, Beilue was a two-way starter on the 1975 football team that advanced to the Class B state championship. Beilue went to work at the Amarillo Globe-News in 1981 after graduating from Texas Tech.

He started his career as a sportswriter, covering the city high schools in football and basketball, as well as area track. In 1986, he was promoted to assistant sports editor of a 12-person staff, and three years later, in 1989, he was named sports editor.

For the next 17 years, he directed coverage of local and regional sports for the Globe-News in the newspaper's longest tenure as sports editor. In 2006, he left sports to become a general columnist at the Globe-News, a position he held until his retirement in July 2018, to end 37 years with the newspaper.

Beilue received 16 statewide and national awards for writing in both sports and news. He was honored four times nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors in its writing contest, including second in both column and feature writing in 1995 in the Globe-News circulation division. A special section on the history of high school football in 1999 that he directed coverage on won a top 10 national award by APSE.

Beilue has been a member of the PSHOF selection committee since 1989. For the last 22 years, he has been the masters of ceremonies for the event.

Lance Lahnert
Lance Lahnert

Lahnert, a native of Colorado Springs, came to Texas as a sportswriter for the Canyon News in 1981. After one year, he was hired by the Amarillo Globe-News where he would spend the next 36 years. His tenure in the Globe-News sports department is the third-longest in the newspaper's history.

He spent his first 23 years as a sportswriter. In 2005, he added the duties of assistant sports editor, and then in 2006, would become sports editor for the next 12 years until his retirement in September 2018.

His first beat was covering girls volleyball. For the next three decades, he covered every local beat, from the multiple sports in high school athletics to West Texas A&M football and basketball to the independent minor league baseball Amarillo Dillas.

He also filled the sports pages with columns and features, and his "Thumbs Up" column in the last 10 years became a reading staple for readers of the sports pages. Lahnert covered nine Masters tournaments, a Final Four, and numerous Dallas Cowboys games that included an NFC championship game.

Lance was twice awarded the Putt Powell Award, given by the Texas High School Coaches Association for the state's high school sportswriter of the year.

After retirement, Lance has kept his five-days-a-week sports talk show on KGNC, as well as some sports reporting and consulting for KFDA-TV.

Bobby Dibler
Bobby Dibler

Dibler, went from standout basketball player at Amarillo High, Amarillo College, and Texas Western to one of the top college officials in the country.

As a 5'-11" guard at Amarillo High, he was named all-district in 1961. He averaged 15 points a game. He didn't go far to school, playing two years at Amarillo College. He led the badgers to the National Junior College tournament as a sophomore. He caught the attention of Texas Western coach, Don Haskins.

Dibler was the point guard and primarily a distributor of the ball and averaged 6.9 points. But, in the NCAA Midwest regional tournament, Haskins cut Dibler loose, and he was named all-tournament by averaging 21 points in three games as Texas Western finished 25-3.

After graduation, he started officiating high school games in El Paso in 1968, and his talent as a referee had him calling NCAA Division I games by 1973. For the next five years, he called both college and high school before going strictly with college from 1978 through 1993. He officiated in three Final Fours, and called two of the most memorable championship games - the 1982 final when Michael Jordan's late jumper lifted North Carolina over Georgetown, and one of the biggest upsets in championship history, Villanova's shocker over Georgetown in 1985.

Dibler worked more than 1,000 NCAA D1 games, and called NCAA tournament games for 14 consecutive years. He is still the coordinator for the Western Officials Consortium, which controls six D1 conferences in the West. He helps supervise and train about 170 officials for 65 schools. Dibler was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ona Lee Johnson
Ona Lee Johnson

Johnson spent much of her life on and around the tennis court as a player, organizer, ambassador, and volunteer. As Ona Lee Hedrick, she won the Class 2A state championship in singles while at Phillips High School. Because there was no real opportunities for women collegiately in athletics nearly 60 years ago, she went to Baylor where she dominated intramurals.

After marrying Gerald Johnson, an engineer in 1964, they lived in Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado. While in Wyoming, as an amateur, she was the states No. 2-ranked player.

She moved back to the Panhandle in Borger in 1984, and began playing and winning in women's leagues in Amarillo. She eventually supervised the senior leagues in Amarillo, and from there, directed all the adult leagues.

She was instrumental in the growth of the Amarillo Area Tennis Association. Under her watch, there was a peak of 2,000 playing in adult leagues.

Through the UTSA, she was instrumental in securing a $100,000 grant to promote tennis for 10-and-unders. Johnson became the AATA's first executive director while serving on several Texas and National committees in the UTSA. An umpire as well for five years, Johnson received the Texas Sectional Community Service Award in 2007, and in 2010, was the Texas Section's volunteer of the year.

Del Ray Mounts
Del Ray Mounts

Mounts was an all-state basketball player at Perryton, where he turned down a pair of small-college offers to walk on at Tech in 1959. When he arrived, he was one of 44 who were competing for spots on a 12-man team.

Only 5'-9 3/4", Mounts made a big impression, earning one of those coveted spots. By the time his career was finished, Mounts was a two-time All-Southwest Conference guard and was was Tech's second all-time leading scorer with 1,346 points.

By his sophomore year, the outsider sharpshooter averaged 18.9 points a game and more than earned a scholarship. Mounts led the Red Raiders to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 1961 and 1962, where they finished 15-8 and 18-6. He led the conference in scoring as a junior at 19.9 points a game and followed that at 16.9 as a senior.

Mounts was twice named to the "Small All-America" team by United Press International for those players under 5'-10". He was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2000, the Amarillo Globe-News named him one of the Panhandle's top 100 Sports Figures of the 20th Century.

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