The San Saba High School Alumni Association (SSHSAA), as part of its ongoing effort to honor former students, will present its sixth Spring Sports Alumni Award at the Spring Sports Banquet to an alumni athlete who excelled in a spring sport. The SSHSAA is pleased to give this award this year to two outstanding individuals, Charles Williams and Larry Don Bourke. The Spring Sports Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 17
Charles Williams graduated from San Saba High School in 1961. He competed in the state tennis tournament in 1959, 1960, and 1961, winning the 1961 state title with his doubles partner Larry Don Bourke. Charlie went on to play college football and tennis at Cisco Junior College, where he advanced in tennis to the National Junior College tournament in Chicago. Texas Tech was Charlie’s next educational stop and he was a member of the Red Raider tennis team in 1964 and 1965. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tech and his Master’s degree in education from Sul Ross University.
Charlie taught and coached football, track and baseball at Lubbock High School, Sweetwater High School and at Beeville High School before becoming an assistant principal at Beeville. He later moved to Burnet, Texas where he served as an elementary principal for 21 years. After 30 years of service to public education, he retired in 2004. He is married to his wife Dodie, has two married daughters who are teachers and coaches, and is the proud grandpa of three wonderful grandchildren.
Larry Don Bourke was born and raised in San Saba. His love of tennis seemed almost innate and he looks back fondly on his playing days with his doubles partner Charles Williams. After high school, Larry Don entered the Marine Corps and shortly thereafter married his wife Carole. They have been married 49 years and are the parents of three children and the grandparents to seven grandchildren. Larry Don graduated from San Jacinto College and went on to the University of Houston where he majored in business administration. He has been a sole proprietor for all but 7 years of his civilian career, which has stretched over 46 years.
In Larry Don’s own words, "I still love tennis and I have taught many of the kids who have gone to state since 1982. I hope to still be playing tennis as long as I can. I was fortunate to grow up in a great place with very talented athletes like Charlie Williams and Richard Barker. Charlie and Richard were great athletes and the best people you could ever meet."