People, Places and Things – April 2024

Around 2000, Reagan Reed and his wife Marsha were teaching in the Houston area when they made the move to Terlingua, Texas teaching at Big Bend HS. After a few years a group of girls at the school expressed interest in starting a basketball team, and Reagan volunteered. At the time, Big Bend had no gym so their teams in those early years played on an outdoor court. A boys’ team was later formed and Coach Reed played a schedule made up of neighboring (relatively speaking for West Texas) school JV teams. As the school grew (42 in HS, 120 preK-12) new goals took shape. The dream was to raise money so they could build a gym and join a UIL district. After 15 years of fundraisers and seeking sponsors and donations, the goal was finally met. In 2022-23 the Roadrunners played their home games indoors for the first time and in 2023-24 they played in UIL district 9-1A. While Reagan Reed was improving the basketball program he was also pursuing his Masters Degree at Sul Ross University in Alpine, 80 miles away. Since achieving that goal, he is now the Superintendent and Principal at Big Bend HS, where he and both of the basketball coaches are TABC members. Shelsea Mendoza and Luis Loya coach the Roadrunners girls and boys respectively and both are Terlingua CISD graduates. Kudos to Terlingua where goals are met and life is good.

Thirty-six years ago, when Canyon ISD opened their second high school, Leslie Broadhurst was named the school’s head coach. It was a gutsy move since Coach Broadhurst had only one year of head coaching experience at class 2A Morton. Fast forward to 2024 and the Raiders made the state tournament for the second year in a row and still roaming the sidelines is Les Broadhurst. Since those early years in the 1980s the Raiders have been consistent winners on the court and Les has promoted Texas basketball including serving as TABC president in 1995-96. But, he has been more to the state, community and school than just a winner. On April 22, 2024, the Randall gym will be the Leslie Broadhurst Gymnasium as the district shows their appreciation for all he means to them. His daughter Brooke said it best, “My Dad has been a model of great integrity, character and passion in this building and it will forever hold the name of my hero, an ordinary man with extraordinary dedication who has created an un-deniable and admirable legacy that goes much deeper than a game”. Well said.