I was taken completely by surprise when I discovered that the Abilene area has a Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Museum. Yes, a real, honest-to-goodness Hall of Fame museum. We've all heard those names of Texas high school athletes who go to college and some who go on into pro sports.

When Bryson Shake, who works for the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Museum, reached out to try and bring attention to these local athletes, I said "We have a local hall of fame and it's a non-profit organization - why haven't I had them on the radio yet?"

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This is exactly what our community needs - a place to let the brightest stars shine. These young athletes, coaches, and other community leaders from around Taylor County need to be celebrated.

Furthermore, on the Big Country Hall of Fame's website, graduating high school seniors can learn how to earn a scholarship and how to attend college. You'll also learn about student-athletes like Karen Scott Gilbreth who helped the Cooper Cougars to three consecutive 5A-Team tennis state championships.

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How about Trey Richey, the only person to win the six-man football state championship as both a player and a coach? He was the star running back and safety at Jayton High School, where the Jaybirds were undefeated and won back-to-back state six-man football championships.

Or check out Trey Todd who won back-to-back individual Class 3A State Championships in golf at Wylie High School in 2001 and 2002. Or David Tollison who was perhaps the best all-around player on Cooper's 1987 State Championship baseball team.

These are but a few of the stories you'll get to hear and relive at the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Museum (inside the Mall of Abilene).

To learn more about this fantastic museum, click here to check out their website.

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Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

Gallery Credit: Peter Richman

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