2016

The 2016 Rockdale Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony was held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Rockdale High School.

The 2016 Hall of Honor Inductees:
Crystal Anderson '02
Jeff Easterwood '03
Jessica Gaines '05
Stryker Sulak '04

Crystal Anderson '02

Crystal Anderson literally left her footprints all over the Rockdale track program. At the time of her induction, she was one of only two Lady Tigers to make four trips to the state track meet. She earned the appearances in three different events (400-meter dash, long jump, 1,600-meter relay) and earned a bronze medal in her specialty-the 400-meter dash-in her senior season. Amazingly, Anderson (RHS 2002) still held school records in 2016 in four events-triple jump, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and as a part of the 1,600-meter relay team. All this, after recovering from a broken leg she suffered during basketball her senior year. Anderson was named the top female athlete her senior year and was also a first-team all-district choice in basketball. Anderson continued to shine in college at Sam Houston State where she was a two-time All-Southland Conference pick. She was a four-year letter winner with the Bearkats.

Anderson, Crystal

Jeff Easterwood '03

Prowling the baseline with a return that was likened to a cannon shot, Jeff Easterwood is arguably the best tennis player Rockdale High School has ever produced. At the time of his induction, Easterwood (RHS 2003) was the only boys tennis player to earn four trips to the state tennis tournament, attending from 2000 to 2003. A strong, aggressive baseliner, with powerful topspin groundstrokes, Easterwood picked up two silver medals at state and played in the finals as a freshman. Easterwood engaged in epic battles with the Lehman family in all four state appearances, with brothers Wes and Roy of Vernon. Easterwood dominated area tennis and was district champion for four straight years (2000-2003) and regional champion twice (2000 and 2003). In the classroom, Easterwood was RHS class valedictorian with a 4.40 grade point average and attended Texas A&M.

Easterwood, Jeff

Jessica Gaines '05

Possessing a unique court sense and ferocious drive to be the best, Jessica Gaines is the most decorated girls basketball player in RHS history. 'What can you say about Jessica Gaines? The girl came to play,' said her coach, fellow Hall of Honor member Janet Havelka. The 5-foot-10 Gaines was named first-team Class 3A All-State twice and was the second leading scorer in RHS history at the time of her graduation (2005). She set a modern single season school scoring record (662 points in 2005) and finished with 1,214 points and 659 rebounds as a Lady Tiger. In her senior season, she averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals per game with a career-high of 35 points in a playoff game. She was a three-time district MVP. She was also a first-team, all-district selection in volleyball. Gaines went on to play at Stephen F. Austin and was a four-year letterman and three-time member of the Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and earned a Master's degree. She left as one of the top three-point shooters in Lumberjacks history. Gaines continued her love of basketball as a professional and at the time of her induction was the head coach at Class 6A Pasadena Memorial.

Gaines, Jessica

Stryker Sulak '04

A high energy player, with a fearless demeanor, Stryker Sulak had opposing ball carriers cautiously growing eyes in the back of their heads. Sulak (RHS 2004) was a sixth round draft choice by the Oakland Raiders in 2009 after a stellar career at Missouri. A pass rushing specialist, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, was named to All-Big 12 freshman team and was a large part of the resurgence of the Tigers' football program In his four years in Columbus, Missouri set school records for victories and bowl appearances. He also played in the East-West Shrine All-Star game and led the nation in forced fumbles his senior year. At Rockdale, Sulak was a first-team, Class 3A All-State pick. He was also first-team All-Brazos Valley and all-district. He recorded 200 tackles in his varsity career and also returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown. He also participated in baseball, basketball and was a regional qualifier in the high jump.

Sulak, Stryker

Hall of Honor 2016 Program

Crystal Anderson
Crystal Anderson, Teresa Tindle (HoH '15), Jeff Easterwood, Jessica Gaines

Hall of Honor 2016

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