Juneteenth festivities to be held in Wharton Saturday, June 15 will honor citizens throughout Wharton County, including Gregory Anderson of El Campo and the El Campo Ladybirds basketball team who had an exceptional 2018-19 season.
Anderson being honored for service to country, community
Gregory Anderson of El Campo is being honored as one of the Hometown Heroes for the James Simmons Jr. Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 15 on the square in downtown Wharton.
“First off, I would like to display an attitude of gratitude for you as a board to even consider me as a hometown hero,” Anderson wrote in a letter to members of the board.
Anderson is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in El Campo under the leadership of Broadrick Sanford Sr.
He and his wife Mellyann have five children, Amya, Isaiah, Jaliyah, Zayden and Noah Anderson.
“Once again I am extremely honored that you would choose a kid who grew up right here on the gravel streets of El Campo, Texas. I graduated from El Campo High School, representing the great class of 1998. After graduation I attempted to do what was normal, attended college, tried the work force, but at that moment I was not fulfilled.”
Anderson then decided to join the military.
“In June of 2000 I made the best decision of my life,” he said. “I joined the United States Army, where I learned some values in life that I still stand on today. After coming home from Iraq in 2005 I decided that my time in the military was up.
Anderson was honorably discharged in November 2005 and since then was employed as a contract worker for KBR and Fluor in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is currently employed with the U.S. Postal Service in El Campo and serves as an El Campo ISD board of trustee.
“Since August of 2012, when I returned home from working overseas I came back ready to work in my community in any capacity,” he said.
“Up to this point this is what God has allowed me to do. My determination, dedication and motivation is in our future, the youth. First, I give God, who is the head of my life, the praise, glory and honor.”
El Campo High basketball squad to be recognized for successful season
By JOSHUA REESE
The El Campo Ladybirds, who were the last team standing in District 25 in the playoffs, is being honored as one of the Hometown Heroes during Juneteenth festivities in Wharton on Saturday, June 15.
With their loss to Burnet in February, the District announced their All-District awards with the top honor going to the Ladybirds. They finished as undefeated District champions. They’re first and only loss of the year was in round three of the playoffs.
El Campo senior post Natalia Terrell was named District 25s Most Valuable Player.
In District play, Terrell averaged 17.4 points a game, 10.3 rebounds a game, both team-highs.
According to Coach Gabe Villarreal, Terrell “as a freshman was the Newcomer Of The Year, which kind of set a tone for her.”
Villarreal was named Coach of the Year by his peers.
Underneath Villarreal’s leadership, the Ladybirds became a State-ranked team, won 20 straight games and had their first 30 win season in at least 40 years.
The Ladybirds also had two first-team players, point guard Jacie Nichols and guard Mya Shorter, both sophomores.
Shorter was second on the team in points with 15.4 and she led the team in steals with 2.5 per game. Nichols came close to averaging a double-double in District but filled up the stat sheet scoring 8.6 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals a game.
Seniors, post Ca’Terra Wilkins and guard Aubree Matthews took home second-team honors. Wilkins had the third most rebounds on the team, pulling in 7.25 a game. Matthews only played in the Ladybirds final six games but had the third most assists on the team.
Rounding out the Ladybirds awards, seniors, guard Sarah Singleton and post Keiondra Ceasar were named honorable mentions. All five of the Ladybirds seniors were named to All-District teams.
Six of the Ladybirds 11 girl roster were Academic All-District honorees: Singleton, Matthews, Terrell, Caesar, Tia Hearse, Loralee Fitts, Mallory Morales (manager), Ayanna Cunningham (manager) and Kierra North (manager).