Scobey Named to Rector High Sports HOF

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Kelly Scobey

Longtime coach and administrator Kelly Scobey will join the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2013. Scobey worked at Rector and Clay County Central for 35 years, becoming a lasting part in the lives of generations of students.

Scobey, a 1964 Greene County Tech graduate, joined the Rector faculty in 1968, serving as an assistant basketball coach under Jess Bucy. The following year, Scobey took over the junior high boys' basketball program, beginning what would become a very successful era.

Rector won the Junior Clay County Tournament in 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974 under Scobey. The 1971 team won the District 2A championship, while the 1970 squad finished second in District 2A. The 1970 team reached the state semifinals and returned to the quarterfinals one year later.

In 1976, after serving as assistant head coach to Sam Case the previous year, Scobey took over the senior high program.

In his first year as head coach, the 1977 Blackcats became one of the most successful teams Rector teams of all time. The squad shot out to a 27-0 record, the longest winning streak in the program's history, and ultimately reached the state semifinals. Rector spent much of the season as the number one ranked team in Arkansas. The 'Cats finished the 1976-1977 season with an impressive overall record of 29-3.

Scobey was recognized as the 2AA-North District Coach of the Year in 1978.

The 1980 Blackcats finished second in the district. Scobey was selected to the Arkansas High School All-Star Game coaching staff.

Scobey also served as head baseball coach from 1968 to 1980. The Blackcats finished as district champions in 1975 and 1976. The 1975 team reached the semifinals of the state tournament with an overall record of 16-2. The 1976 squad beat a tough Pine Bluff squad 11-1 in the state tourney, again reaching the semifinals, this time with a record of 15-4, which included a 14-game winning streak.

As assistant baseball coach in 1992, he was part of a team which won the only RHS/CCC varsity state championship.

Scobey served as elementary principal from 1980 through 1993. He became superintendent in 1993, serving in that capacity until 2003.

Scobey will join fellow 2013 inductees Jason Manchester, Bobby Tracer, Roma Nell Sanders and Matt Mills in a special ceremony beginning with a noon luncheon on Aug. 31 at the RHS gymnasium.

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