RHSSHOF Induction Held for 2017
The Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame welcomed the class of 2017 in the annual ceremony held Saturday, Sept. 2.
Inducted during the festivities were Charlie Bateman, a member of the Rector High School class of 1978, Scotty Johnson, a member of the Rector High School class of 1977 and the late David Shelton, of the Rector High School class of 1982. Also honored were the members of the 1964 Rector High School basketball team along with the coaches, managers and cheerleaders.
This marks the 10th anniversary of the first class named to the hall, and including this year a total of 32 individuals and five teams have been inducted.
The induction followed the annual luncheon, held on the floor of the RHS gymnasium. Following the invocation by Jess Bucy, RHSSHOF president Ted Glaud offered the welcome and opening remarks with well over 100 in attendance.
Glaub also introduced guests, recognized past lettermen, hall of fame members, former head coaches and other special guests in attendance.
Afterward, he introduced RHS athletic director Nate Hendrson, who had the honor of introducing the current Cougar coaches in attendance.
Michael Lindsey next addressed the crowd on the 10th annual RHSSHOF Golf Tournament, held the previous Friday at the Kennett Country Club. He offered thanks to those who have supported the event, and gave an update on this year's effort. (a complete story on the event may be found elsewhere in this edition)
Michele Haley also addressed the gathering, reviewing the scholarship effort and handing out checks to several of the recipients. This year's Hall of Fame scholarships were presented to Sarah Beth Isom and Cody Ails; the Allan K. Pruett Scholarship went to Matison Dean; the Robertson family scholarship to Dominique Coln and book scholarships were awarded to Avery Bucy, Emma Hobbs, Isom, Dean and Coln.
In 2008 a total of $500 in scholarships were awarded to two graduates, and in the years since a total of $35,350 has been distributed to 57 students. This year the RHSSHOF has also purchased new chairs for the gym, and pink pom poms for the cheerleaders for breast cancer awareness month.
Following the review of scholarships the induction ceremony began.
Former Coach Kelly Scoby was next on the agenda, as he was afforded the honor of introducing for induction Charle Bateman. A multi-year standout for the Blackcats, as a junior Bateman was a big part of a 27 game winning streak as Rector finished at 29-3 on the season. As a senior he led the team in scoring, rebounds and assists and helped the team advance to the quarterfinals of the state tourney. Named All District both years, his senior campaign also earned him All State honors.
Scobey then had the honor of introducing for induction another of his former players, Scotty Johnson.
Johnson was a standout for RHS on both the hardwood and the diamond, averaging over 20 points a game for the Blackcat basketball squad and batting .410 as a junior and .300 as a senior for the baseball team.
As a hoops standout he was a three year letterman, earning a raft of postseason accolades in the process and shooting an impressive 66 percent from the field.
Those on hand next heard from Alan Shelton, as he had the honor of introducing for induction his late brother, David Neal Shelton. On hand to accept the honor were David's daughters, Brittany Hemphill and Lindsey Shelton.
David Neal Shelton was a standout for RHS in several sports, but shined the brightest on the baseball diamond. After a standout career for the Blackcats he enjoyed a successful American Legion career and signed a four year scholarship to play ball at A-State. Although his career was cut short by an ankle injury, he enjoyed limited success as a freshman in only a dozen games. He returned for his sophomore campaign, playing in 29 games for the Indians and hitting .262 in the process.
When his playing days ended he became an active youth coach in Rector, and after his death in 2001 following a lengthy and gallant battle with cancer, a field at the Jeremy McDaniel Memorial Sports Complex was dedicated in his honor.
Former coach Jess Bucy next had the honor of introducing for induction the Rector Blackcat basketball team of 1964, along with the managers, coaches and cheerleaders.
Bucy noted, the 1964 Rector Blackcat basketball team is remembered as one of the best Rector teams of all time, finishing their campaign as the state semi-finalist, at 27-9. He added that although this was long before the three-point basket, during the regular season the Cats topped the 100 point mark at least two times. That season they were seeded number one in the NEA tournament, and posted a 72-47 win over the Brinkley Tigers—the eventual state champions in Class A.
After beating Perryville 52-50 in the opening round of the state tournament, Rector lost starting center, Lee Roy Brewer due to an injury. The Cats then faced Mountain Home in the quarterfinals. Coach Bucy started junior Garvin Gatewood in Brewer’s place--and he responded with 15 points in the 64-59 win.
Accounts of the day noted defense was key to the win. The season for Rector ended with a loss to Waldo in the state semi-finals by a score of 53-70.
The 1964 basketball team included nine players who started at one time or another according to Coach Bucy: Lee Roy Brewer, Steve Bookout, Allen Williams, Bill Cossey (the team’s leading shooter and rebounder), Allan Pruett, Mike Gibson, Mark Crow, Garvin Gatewood and Bobby McKeel. In addition, the “B” team consisted of Johnny Frets, Ronnie Hardin, Tommy Pruett, Roger Fred, Marvin Gatewood, Teddy Glaub, Ricky Gatewood, Jimmy Wagster, Phil Clayton, and Dennis Cate. Team managers were Lynn Wimberley and Mike Linam. Head coach was Jess Bucy and assistant coach was Jim Fowler.
Serving as captain for the team, and accepting the recognition from Coach Bucy, was Mike Gibson.
Following the introductions, and photo opportunities, Glaub offered a word of thanks to all those who made the event possibile. He also offered a special word of thanks to Owen B. Moseley for his efforts in preparing for the annual ceremony.
Afterward, the board of directors remained on hand and gathered for a business meeting.