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Former Pace track and field standout Montalvo headed to Hall of Fame

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018 10:05 pm

Sammy Montalvo made an important decision to make track his primary sport during his junior year at Pace in the late 1970s.

Montalvo believes the result of that decision is why he is being inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame today at the organization’s 31st annual banquet in Pharr.

Montalvo, 56, a Brownsville native and currently an assistant football coach at Brownsville Veterans Memorial, is one of 10 inductees at today’s Hall of Fame banquet at Pharr Events Center, formerly Boggus Ford Events Center.

The event begins with an informal reception for the inductees at 4 p.m. followed by a catered meal at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m. Banquet tickets are no longer available for purchase.

Listed with their hometowns or city of their accomplishments, besides Montalvo, the other inductees include Tony Villarreal III of Brownsville (football), Kim Edquist of Los Fresnos (basketball), Steve Alaniz of Edinburg (football), Roland Ingram of Harlingen (tennis), Phil Danaher of Calallen (football), Rose Marie Lefner White of Lyford (basketball) and Becky Dube Thomas of McAllen (basketball).

Also, to be inducted posthumously are Joe Mancha of McAllen (football) and John Tripson of Mission (football).

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