Lumberjack elite;Teammates inducted into Wall of Honor

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Joining Josh Stifle (camo coat) for his induction into the Lumberjack Wall of Honor are his parents, Jeff and Donya Stifle, brothers Cody and Jake Stifle, his Nana and other family members.
Photos by Richard Nelson

Three more names were added Friday to the Diboll Lumberjacks Wall of Honor – Josh Stifle, Jonathan Terrell and Jeff Vanover.

Stifle graduated from Diboll High School in 1997 and was a multi-talented athlete in football, power lifting and baseball.

In Stifle’s junior, he led the Lumberjacks in tackles and was named to the First Team All-District as an offensive lineman and linebacker. He also earned All-District honors at third base, leading the team in on-base percentage (.526), homeruns, hits and RBIs.

During his senior season, Stifle kicked the first field goal in the new Lumberjack Stadium. He also earned First Team All-District and All Deep East Texas honors as a linebacker. He was the DHS All Sports Banquet Defensive Player of the Year. In baseball, Stifle earned First Team All District honors again, leading the team in batting with a .361 average, and he also led the pitching staff with a 7-3 record.

He also was part of the World Geography Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and DARE.

Stifle now lives in Teague, where he owns and operates Stifle Tax Service.

Jonathan Terrell graduated from Diboll High School in 1999. He was a multi-talented athlete in football and track.

Terrell is one of the best and most accurate kickers in Lumberjack history, establishing records that still stand today. He holds the record for most extra points in a season and the longest field goal in Diboll history. He was First Team All-District and Outstanding Special Teams Player in 1997 and 1998.

Terrell also was a top-ranked tennis player, three-time district champion, two-time regional champion and advanced to the state finals two years in a row.

Terrell played football and tennis at Henderson State.

While in high school he was a senior class officer and on the UIL debate team. He is now a civic leader, and businessman. He is involved in youth activities and is active with the DHS Alumni Assoc.

Jeff Vanover graduated from Diboll High School in 1999 and comes from a very strong athletic/educational family that has been strong school supporters. He was an outstanding student-athlete and a fierce competitor. Vanover was a tireless worker who would spend the time preparing himself to be a champion.

He was part of championship football, power lifting and track teams. In football he was an all-district and all-state performer two years in a row. He represented Diboll in the Texas High School Coaches Assoc. All-Star football game his senior year.

Vanover went on to compete for four years on the Rice University football team and was an All-Western Athletic Conference at linebacker.

He is an investment banker for a large firm in Houston.

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Joining Jeff Vanover (in sport coat) for his induction into the Lumberjack Wall of Honor are his wife Lisa Vanover and other family members.

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Joining Jonathan Terrell (holding baby) for his induction into the Lumberjack Wall of Honor are his wife Jennifer, daughter Jacey and other family members.