RHSSHOF Re-Names Basketball Classic for Lavaughn Robertson
Recently, the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame board of directors voted to re-name their annual basketball tournament in memory of long-time supporter and founder Lavaughn Robertson. Beginning with this year's event, set for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, the tournament will be known as the RHSSHOF Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Basketball Classic.
A native of Rector, Robert “Lavaughn” Robertson was a standout athlete for Rector High School. He was instrumental in the forming of the hall of fame and was later inducted as a member. He passed away in early November at the age of 75.
Playing for the Blackcats in 1958 through his graduation in 1960, Robertson left his name all over the RHS record books. He set a school record for a total of 789 career rebounds. His 321 rebounds in 1959 and rebounding average of 9.0 that season ranked as the third highest totals during that era. His 1,209 total points ranked as the fourth best, as did his 1960 average of 18.5 points per game. In addition, he made 212 field goals in 1960, which was the third highest total.
Later, he was a four-year starter at Arkansas College (Lyon College) where he set a school record with 2,138 points in a career. He also set school records with 818 field goals in a career, career free throw percentage of 86.1 and a season free throw percentage of 89.9, which was the second highest in the NAIA in 1963. He tied the school's record with 18 free throws in a single game. Robertson was inducted into the Lyon College Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Later in life Robertson served as the head basketball coach at Lyon College. He was also the director for Special Olympics in the state of Arkansas for a time.
In more recent years, Robertson was one of the main architects of the RHSSHOF, first presenting the idea and laying out the groundwork with another former player, Gary McClure. The plan was finalized in June of 2008, as several alumni gathered for a meeting to establish guidelines for the creation of the organization.
He was the first president of the Hall of Fame, and is credited with the creation of both their golf event and HOF Basketball Classic given his name. In 2012 he was responsible for establishing and seeking funding for the Robertson Family Scholarship (RSF).
The games will be played Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, at RHS. The first day's games will begin at 1 p.m. with Piggott and Holcomb in senior girls play, followed by Piggott and Cooter in senior boys action. Around 4 p.m. Rector and Maynard's junior girls will meet, followed by the Rector and Maynard junior boys. At 6:30 p.m. Rector and Maynard's senior girls will play, followed by Rector and Maynard's senior boys in the nightcap.
On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the first game will tip-off at 4 p.m. with Rector and Piggott's junior girls meeting, followed by the Cougar and Mohawk junior boys at 5:15. The Rector Lady Cougars and Holcomb Lady Hornets will meet in senior girls action at 6:30 followed by the Rector Cougars and the Cooter Wildcats in the late game at 8.
The 2017 Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the final game on Tuesday evening.