RHS Sports Hall of Fame Induction Set

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paul Temerian, Rudy Pruett, Don Sinko and Les McKeel make up the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2014, joining a group of others whose lasting contributions at Rector, Greenway and Clay County Central High Schools are still felt to this day. The induction ceremony will be part of the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Rector High School gym, at which time representatives of the individual inductees will be presented with a plaque. The luncheon will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 30, with the induction ceremony immediately following the meal. Details regarding the luncheon may be obtained by contacting Owen B. Moseley at (870) 935-4039.

Pruett, a 1923 graduate of RHS, was a gifted basketball and baseball player who perhaps made even greater contributions as a manager and promoter of semi-pro athletics and special events in the area. Through his efforts, world-renowned teams such as the Harlem Globetrotters and The Redheads made their way to Rector, much to the entertainment of local crowds.

McKeel, a 1936 RHS grad, was a gifted athlete, whose talents in basketball and baseball saw him rise to great heights in college and semi-professional play. He was a standout guard for Kentucky Teacher's College, now Murray State, and shined against Major Leaguers with the Rector Cardinals semi-pro baseball team.

Sinko, a 1957 graduate of RHS, is considered by many to be one of the school's most underrated basketball players. Receiving a basketball scholarship to Arkansas College, known today as Lyon College, Sinko was a multiple time All-Conference selection and NAIA standout.

Paul Temerian helped revitalize the school's football program when he joined the staff of Clay County Central in 1985. Two of his teams, the 1987 and 1994 Cougars, hold the school record for the best regular season performance with records of 8-2. Many of the players he coached are active in the school's football program to this day, honoring the legacy of their former coach.

The Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame not only honors those of days gone by, but also strives to support today's students through numerous donations and scholarships. All members of the community are encouraged to offer their support to this organization which supports the future of RHS athletics while recognizing the outstanding achievements of the schools' past.

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