The 20th iteration of the Blue & Gold Banquet celebrating the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 in the Terry Center on campus. In addition to the induction of four Jesuit giants of the past, the evening will also honor longtime Jesuit supporter and Hall-of-Famer Bill Murphy ’63 as the 2018 recipient of the Gold Ranger Award. Tickets are ON SALE NOW.
Jesuit’s most decorated golf star of the 1990s, John Phil Kidwell ’98 rode an impressive high school resume to an even more spectacular college career at University of Oklahoma that included All-American accolades and a Big 12 Championship record that still stands more than 15 years after it was set. In the opening round of the 2002 Big 12 Championships, Kidwell made six birdies in a bogey-free round to card a single-round championship record score of 64. Although he finished as runner-up in the race for medalist honors, his three-day total of 203 set a new Oklahoma school record for lowest score in a single competition and his score on the first day of the Championships still stands as the best round ever recorded by a Big 12 golfer in conference play. After graduation, Kidwell competed on various mini tours throughout the Southwest. He also qualified and competed in the Web.com Tour, which serves as the developmental track for the PGA Tour, and he competed in two PGA Tour qualifying events.
Competing during the period when Jesuit Dallas athletics was transitioning from the TCIL, John Wall ’03 authored an emphatic testimonial to the question of whether the Rangers could matchup with the large public schools in the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Wall racked up 3,168 rushing yards while averaging a staggering 9.75 yards per carry in a dominating career. He scored 37 touchdowns, and was twice named all-state as well as the team’s offensive MVP. After his senior season, he was selected First Team All-Area and cited as one of the area’s most coveted recruits by Dallas Morning News. Wall accepted a scholarship to Rice University, where he became the Owls’ starting fullback.
Stats and honors don’t reveal the totality of Dicko Bufkin’s ’95 indelible impact, both as a standout player for Jesuit Dallas and as a trailblazer for the entire sport of lacrosse in North Texas, as he emerged as the program’s first true star. Behind an infectious personality and an undeniable passion, the Jesuit program grew from 23 to 75 students in his first two years. A three-time all-state selection, Bufkin became the first Texan to be invited to the prestigious Top 205 camp in Baltimore, he established and still holds Jesuit’s single-season scoring record of 60 goals. Bufkin’s impact at Colorado College was just as dramatic. He set the program’s rookie scoring record as a freshman and still stands as the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer and owner of the program’s single-season scoring record. Bufkin totaled a single-game school record nine goals against Regis University in his greatest single scoring display – another record that 20 years later has yet to be eclipsed.
Few distance runners in Jesuit lore can replicate the legacy carved out by Jose Libano ’92. A four-year letterman and team captain in cross country and track, Libano’s record-setting high school career led to a Big East championship in college and a successful stint on the professional circuit. Libano’s preeminent achievement was his blistering performance at the 1992 Texas Relays where he set a school record in the 3200m. The record stood for 14 years, and was notable in that it was faster than the winning time at any of the UIL state meets that year. A four-year member of the perennial national power Providence Friars, Libano was part of the College’s record-setting 1600-meter relay team while he helped steer the Friars to victory at the 1995 Big East Cross Country Championships. Continuing to run with New Balance Coastal TC, his post-collegiate career was highlighted by his qualification to the 1997 USATF National Cross Country Championships.