Former Tarps to enter Hall

Travis Sanders, a former Port Isabel Tarpon football player is shown with his kids. Sanders has been elected to the RGV Sports Hall of Fame. (Courtesy photo)


Special to the PRESS

Two former Port Isabel High athletes have been elect­ed to the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Travis Sanders and Donald Guillot will be formerly inducted into the Hall this Saturday in Brownsville.

Travis Sanders was a run­ning back in the Tarpon football program in the late 1970’s. In 1978 he became the first Valley back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season (10 games), and his total of 2,496 yards gained on the ground led the state, all class­es included. Also in 1978 he set Valley records for rushing yards in a game, 359, and ca­reer, 5,516. His streak of 22 consecutive 100-yard games remains the Valley record.

Donald Guillot was a four-sport athlete for the Tarpons. He was an All-State quarter­back and safety in football and his great speed carried him to the regional track meet four years in a row. In his senior season of 1981 Guil­lot intercepted 17 passes and Port Isabel made it to the state semi-finals in the playoffs. In 1987, as an outfielder for the Broncs of UT Pan-Ameri­can, he set the NCAA record, which still stands, of 107 sto­len bases. Guillot still holds UTPA records for hits, runs, and games played.

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