Bastrop High School honors former athlete community helped raise

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BASTROP, Tex. (KBTX) - Former athletes at Bastrop High School, including one with a pretty incredible story, were honored Saturday morning

83-year-old Don Alana of Granbury was inducted into the Bastrop High School Sports Hall of Fame.

He played football and several other sports and led his team to a regional championship before graduating in 1953.

He and his younger brother were raised by the community after he says his parents left them in high school.

Alana says the pair lived in a shack with no windows and a dirt floor. He credits Bastrop residents who provided food, money and other items to help them make it.

Alana went on to play football at Blinn Junior College and became an educator and coach in several schools across the state before he retired.

"Well Bastrop to me is very special. I mean I'm talking about 64 years ago I was here and with no parents and we just, we made it on our own you know, so the people of Bastrop helped us very, very much," said Alana, Bastrop High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.

In all, seven former athletes were honored for the homecoming weekend.