Mary Ann Groves Nall
Mary Ann Groves Nall was one of the first inductees into the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor when it started back in 1998. A 1964 graduate, Mary Ann played varsity basketball and lettered all four years of high school. “Back then that was the only [high school] sport we [girls] played”, she said. Playing “post” or center as it is now known, she was named All-district first team all four years. Their team was quite successful and each year they made the play-offs. “Each time we never got past regionals, but the play-off times were always special,” Mary Ann said. Their coach was R.C. Dodd and Mary Ann had such fond memories of him. “He was such a wonderful person and he touched so many lives as a coach. I just admire him so much and all he did for our team and school. He was our mainstay.”
Upon graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth, in June and set up home in Wylie. Quite the athlete, Kenneth was also inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2009. They raised their family here in Wylie and have been an integral part of the community. Mary Ann and Kenneth had been married 42 years when he passed away in 2006. Their two daughters, Stacey Cobb (WHS ‘84) and Christi Keisler (WHS ’88) have given them four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with another one on the way in December. They keep her very busy. She has also been very active in her church, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, over the years teaching Sunday school and helping in different areas.
“We had so much fun back in those days. We had a wonderful time and I give so much credit to Coach R.C. Dodd for the example he was to us. Everyone loved him so much. He kept a lot kids on the straight and narrow!” Her exhort to Pirate athletes and students alike, “Respect your coaches and your teammates. Be proud of your school and do the best you can to represent it and your fellow students.”