Rector High Sports HOF Induction Set

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paul Wiley Frets, Joe Perry Pruett, the late L.B. "Bucket" Moseley and the 1966 Blackcat basketball team make up the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame 2015 induction class, joining a group of others whose lasting contributions at Rector, Greenway and Clay County Central schools are still felt to this day.

The induction will take place at a dessert reception at the RHS gymnasium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. The RHSSHOF annual meeting will take place directly following the induction. Details regarding the reception can be obtained by contacting Owen Moseley at (870) 935-4039.

Frets, a 1953 graduate of RHS, dominated Rector athletics, lettering in basketball and being key to Rector's baseball and track programs during his years at RHS. After high school he played baseball at Arkansas State University and led the Rector Cardinals to a state semi-pro baseball championship. Frets also signed with Kansas City Athletics baseball club and played on the Class C farm team. Frets went on to become an accomplished artist and professor at Radford University in Virginia.

Pruett, a 1959 RHS graduate, lettered in both basketball and baseball during his high school years, but is best known for tournament play on the court. As a part of the Blackcat team, Pruett maintained a high point average through multiple district tournament wins and close state championship losses. During his years on the Blackcat team the team became known for their close call wins. Several games were within seconds of ending when the Cats' team took control and overcame their opponents. Pruett received basketball and music scholarships after graduation. He attended Arkansas State University where he earned a degree in business. He later worked for the successful Gillette and Unilever companies.

Moseley, a graduate of RHS' class of 1935, was quarterback of the Rector football team in 1932. He was an "outstanding basketball player" according to CCTD archives. He was awarded a basketball sweater in 1934, and awarded best all-around and best athlete his senior year of 1935. However, Moseley's greatest achievements were his endeavors to help his community off the court and field. He spent much of his life working tirelessly as a community pharmacist. He also acted as president of the Rector school board, a city council member, and contributed to the athletics department by acting as score and clock keeper for 12 years.

The 1966 Blackcat basketball team was made up of senior starters Phil Clayton # 32, Dennis Cate #40, Ricky Gatewood #44, Ted Glaub #54 and Allan Pruett #34. The first string of subs was senior Tom Pruett #42, and juniors Radius Baker #24, Carroll Clayton #20, Johnny Mack #30 and Odell Rogers #50. Team managers were Sam Cossey, Ronnie Stahl and Jesse Stafford. Head coach was Jess Bucy and assistant coach was Robert Rudi.

This team won the junior high state championship in 1963, and state tournament semifinalist from 1964 to 1966. Several players were honored with different awards. Allan Pruett was named MVP of the state championship tournament in 1963. In 1966, he was named Al-Mid South, Top 10 All-American by Royal Crown Cola Co., and was featured in Coach and Athlete magazine. Alan Williams was named All-State in 1963, and in 1966 Dennis Cate was also.

The RHSSHOF not only honors those of days gone by, but also strives to support today's generation of RHS students with 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 years' past.

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  • Very good article. On behalf of RHSSHOF, THANK YOU to CCTD for the writeups regarding the 2015 inductees and the golf event. Owen B. Moseley, Secretary & Treasurer of RHSSHOF

    -- Posted by obm59 on Thu, Sep 3, 2015, at 1:32 PM
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