Scotty Johnson Named to RHSSHOF

Thursday, August 10, 2017
RHSSHOF inductee Scotty Johnson
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Scotty Johnson, Rector High School class of 1977, has been named to the RHS Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2017. He'll be inducted along with his former teammate, Charlie Bateman, Rector High School class of 1978; David Shelton, RHS class of 1982 and the 1964 RHS basketball team. The induction ceremony will be held immediately following the noon luncheon, set for Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Rector High School gym. In earning the distinction, Johnson was a standout for RHS on both the basketball court and baseball diamond.

In a write-up from the Commercial Appeal the writer noted—Scott(y) Johnson is Rector's center (6-foot) and averages 20 points a game. His coach, Kelly Scobey, was quoted as saying “Johnson's 22-point average and 66-percent from the field clearly shows he's a scorer.”

The statistics bear witness, as taken from the sports pages of the Clay County Democrat. To maintain the 20-plus point average he had some outstanding games, which included scoring 14 against Cave City; 18 against Corning and 23 against the Hoxie Mustangs. He had a 31 point game against Greenway, scored 12 against Walnut Ridge and dropped 25 on the Oak Grove Lions. He followed that up with contests against Piggott which saw him scoring 33 and 23 points, and he backed that up with another 27 against Corning in their second contest.

Later, he scored 20 against Walnut Ridge; 30 against the Highland Rebels; 14 in a game with Salem; 25 against Marmaduke; and 23 in a contest with Bald Knob.

He was also in double figures in games against Westside (27), CRA (12), Hoxie (12), Marmaduke (20), Cave City (11), Highland (22) and Batesville (20).

Johnson was a letterman for the basketball squad three years, earning the distinction in 1975, 1976 and 1977. During the 1974-75 season he was named to the All-County team; as a junior he was All-District and was named to the Arkansas College Tournament All-Tourney team. He was also an All-District selection for RHS as a senior during the 1976-77 campaign.

His junior and senior seasons were his most productive, as he scored 567 and 620 points respectively those two years.

As a junior he shot 55-percent from the floor and 75-percent from the free throw line. As a senior he shot 52-percent from the floor, and 68 percent from the charity stripe.

On the baseball diamond he was equally impressive, batting .410 as a junior and .300 his senior season.

Playing with another RSSHOF inductee, Charlie Bateman, the Rector squad proved to be a force to be reckoned with—as published accounts of the day would point out. For Johnson, his play on both the hardwood and diamond drew attention.

“Charlie and Scotty are six-footers, but they play like 6-4 or 6-5,” it was said of the duo.

“Scotty Johnson and Charlie Bateman, the only two six-footers among the starting five, lead the squad in scoring and rebounding, respectively.”

“Scotty Johnson is clinging to the hopes of an undefeated season. Johnson leads the Cats in scoring and field goal percentage.”

“Johnson leads a balanced attack with a 20-point average.”

Of his play for the baseball squad it was noted...

“Scotty Johnson doubled, then came around to score on a double-steal.”

“Scotty Johnson made it 5-1 with a single, swiped second, headed for third as the throw sailed into center field and raced home with the sixth run.”

“Johnson led the hitting with 2-3”

“Scotty Johnson slapped a two-out single into right field in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving home Donald Barker with the winning run as Rector knocked off Mt. View 7-6 in the District II high school baseball tournament.”

“But again a perfect throw, this time Scotty Johnson nailed the runner at third.”

Johnson led the way with 3-5.”

“Scotty Johnson did a little bit of everything Monday night. His two outstanding defensive plays in the third inning kept Greene County Tech off the scoreboard, and his two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the winning margin.”

“Rector's Randy Rogers and Scotty Johnson went to work on Pine Bluff from both sides of the plate and, as a result, the Blackcats prolonged their stay at the high school state baseball tournament at the University of Arkansas. Johhson went four-for-four with two runs batted in...”

Those wanting more information about the annual Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame luncheon may contact Owen B. Moseley at 870 935-4039.

In addition, the annual RHSSHOF golf event will be held Friday, Sept. 1, at the Kennett Country Club. Those wanting more information on this event may call Michele Haley at 870 240-5064 or Michael Lindsey at 870 240-3257.

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