League City Mayor Pat Hallisey gathered with City staff, supporters of the Clear Creek High School basketball program, and community members on Saturday, April 24 to rename the basketball courts at League Park after the Lenox brothers—Bennie, Curley, and Scooter—and their nephews Jimmie Dale and Ronnie.
After honing their skills on the courts at League Park, all five of the boys went on to play basketball at Clear Creek High School and began a basketball legacy for the school under the direction of George B. Carlisle, who guided the Wildcats to 11 state tournaments in 13 years, including a 1963 state championship.
Lenox family members, including Scooter and Ronnie Lenox, attended the ceremony and shared stories of their time playing on the courts at League Park and at Clear Creek High School. Also, in attendance was longtime League City resident Dr. Lynn Davis who spearheaded the effort to rename the courts in honor of his friends and former teammates.
“League City has always had a huge basketball community and the Lenox family was instrumental in creating that,” said Davis. “I wanted to do something to honor my friends and their contributions to this city.”
Bennie Lenox went on to play at Texas A&M and led the Southwest Conference in scoring his junior and senior years, and he held the single-game SWC scoring record of 53 points. He was drafted into the NBA by the Baltimore Bullets. Curly went on to play for Texas A&M and Southwest Texas State. When Jimmie Dale was a junior and Curly was a senior, the Wildcats won the state championship in 1963, with Jimmie Dale scoring 28 points in the championship game. Brother Ronnie was also a contributor to the basketball legacy, but he also excelled in football and earned a scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University. Scooter was the last to emerge from the Lenox bloodline and went on play three years at the University of Texas. During his senior year, the Longhorns beat the University of Houston in the NCAA tournament.