Nelson, Smith-Knight to be inducted in state hall of fame

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Eddie and Mary Helen Nelson were recognized by the Blackcat basketball team during special ceremonies last February.

  Bay City High School Basketball Coach Eddie Nelson and Blackcat and University of Texas standout Annette Smith-Knight will be honored with other basketball legends this Saturday.
   Nelson and Smith-Knight will be inducted in the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches clinic in San Antonio at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20. 
   Nelson won 16 district championships, 13 bi-district championships, 12 area championships, five regional championships, five state tournament appearances, two state final appearances and the 1985 4A State Championship,   
   Nelson won 745 games during a 36-year career at Bay City.
   He grew up in Mineral Wells and went to play college basketball at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville and at Howard Payne at Brownwood.
   He coached a year at Howard Payne before coming to Bay City and taking over a Blackcat squad that had won five district titles in 57 years.
   He is an apostle of hard work in achieving his goals and those of his players.
   He is well-remembered by his former players.
   After Coach Nathan Janak’s Blackcat basketball team honored Nelson last February, several of his former players wanted a photo with him in the foyer of the BCHS gym.
   He still often attends Blackcat games, studying the players today and noting their strengths and weaknesses.
   Nelson is a religious man.
   He believe in asking God for three things daily: to please the Lord, to do his will and for prosperity from God.
   Nelson and his wife Mary Helen still live in the house where they raised their daughter Marcy.
   Nelson is now a trustee of the Bay City Independent School District and sees all of Bay City schools in that prism as a school board member.      
 

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