Manchester Named to Rector HOF
Jason Manchester excelled during his time at Clay County Central. A 1993 CCC graduate, Manchester was a standout on the basketball court and the baseball diamond. For these skills, Manchester has been selected as an inductee into the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Manchester made an impact in Cougar basketball immediately, starting his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore in 1991, he had his highest scoring average with 24 points per game. The more teams focused on Manchester, the more creative he became on the floor, maintaining an average 19 points per contest as a junior. Manchester scored 23 points per game as a senior, tallying over 2,000 points in his three years of varsity hoops. Manchester was named All-District in all three years of high school. He was voted All-Region as a junior. He was recognized among the Best Under the Sun as a sophomore, junior and senior, as well.
Manchester netted a career-best 42 points in a tough 80-79 overtime loss to Marmaduke. Other games of note include a 36 point outing against Brookland, 35 points against CRA and 28 points in a victory over rival Piggott.
"Jason is a cornerstone to the Cougar basketball program," former CCC coach Scott Bowlin said of Manchester. "He is not only a great player, but a fine person and a fine example to youngsters."
Manchester was a four year starter for the CCC baseball team, part of the group which captured the only varsity state championship in the school's history in 1992. At center field, Manchester was named All-District in 1992 and 1993. He also received All-Region honors in 1992.
An integral part of the 1992 state championship team, Manchester had a batting average of .462. He drove in 37 RBIs and homered twice during the season.
Manchester accepted a scholarship to Williams Baptist College in 1993. He was a four year starter for the WBC basketball team, averaging 15 points per game during his four years. As a junior for WBC, Manchester averaged 14.7 points per game. He added 82 assists while shooting 46 percent from three-point range. Manchester led WBC with 15.8 points per night as a senior. He notched 22 steals and made 88 percent of his free throw attempts.
Manchester remains active in the northeast Arkansas sports scene, coaching at Valley View High School. He is the head coach of the boys' basketball program, leading teams to three district championships and one conference crown. Manchester also serves as head coach of the boys' tennis program, which has won two state championships and finished second in two state tournaments.
Manchester will join fellow 2013 inductees Bobby Tracer, Roma Nell Sanders, Kelly Scobey and Matt Mills in a special ceremony beginning with a noon luncheon Saturday at the RHS gymnasium.