RHSSHOF Tournament Set
Earlier this year, 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, the tournament will be known as the RHSSHOF Lavaughn Robertson Memorial Basketball Classic.
A local native, and standout athlete for RHS, Robertson was instrumental in forming the hall of fame and was later inducted as a member. He passed away last month at the age of 75, but left his mark throughout the Rector High record books.
This year's tournament 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. Inducted Labor Day weekend 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.
The tournament is one of the primary fundraisers for the organization, which funnels thousands of dollars each year back into the Rector School District in support of its students and programs.