Jimmy Greenway Named to RHSSHOF

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Jimmy Greenway

Former Cougar standout athlete Jimmy Greenway, Clay County Central class of 1992, has been named to the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2018. Greenway will be inducted at the annual RHSSHOF luncheon on Sept 1. The other inductees this year include former Blackcat Jim Speer, of the RHS class of 1974, and Hannah Parsley-Rudi, a Rector Lady Cougar from the class of 2008.

Jimmy Greenway was an outstanding baseball and basketball player during his days at CCC, and was especially good at baseball. His senior year was his best, and during the campaign he was a key part of the school's first-ever championship team.

The accolades included being selected as the state tournament MVP, and Greenway was a member of the only RHS or CCC team to ever win a senior high state championship.

Greenway was the winning pitcher in two of the three state tourney games, including an opening 4 to 3 win over the defending state champion team from Smackover—which had been ranked number one in the state for most of the year. In that contest, Greenway allowed only three hits while striking out seven. He also had two hits and drove in a run.

In the semi-final win over Bergman he had two hits and three RBI. Greenway was also the winning pitcher in the state championship game with Hackett, and also had a pair of hits and drove in two runs to help his own cause.

In state tournament play, Greenway was 6 for 11 for a .546 batting average, and drove in six runs. His efforts helped the Cougars amass a record of 21-7, as they won their final eight games of the season to earn the title.

For his efforts, Greenway was chosen as MVP, All-District, All-Regional and All-State. He was also the MVP of the district tournament after pitching a complete game victory, and smacking a grand slam homerun, in the win over Bay.

Coach Richard Huggins noted Greenway's best game of the season came in a 9-3 regional semi-final win over Marked Tree, the number two team in the state at the time. Against the Indians, Greenway threw a three-hitter and contributed three hits of his own. The Cougars later took the regional title with a 24-5 pounding of McCrory, as Greenway went 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Greenway also had an outstanding junior year as a member of the baseball Cougars, earning All-District honors and leading the team with a .492 average—earning him the award for most outstanding hitter on the team. He also pitched a two-hitter in the district semi-final win over Salem, and contributed a pair of hits at the plate.

The previous year, as a sophomore he pitched a one-hitter against Piggott to earn a 4-0 win. In addition, he was also the leading hitter for the team. So, it's no surprise that Greenway was also the best hitter on the Cougar squad as a freshman, as he led the team with a .385 average.

Greenway also enjoyed success on the hardwood, and had an equally impressive career playing basketball for CCC. As a sophomore he led the team in assists. He followed that up as a junior by leading the team in taking defensive charges, and scored 34 points in three games in the NEA tournament. He also had a standout game against Stanford, scoring 26 points for the Cougars.

His senior campaign was his best, as he was selected All-Conference, All-Regional and to the All NEA Tournament team. His efforts also helped lead the team to the first regional tournament appearance in seven years. The squad also won the Clay County Tournament championship, with Greenway scoring 21 against Piggott in the semi-finals and 17 in the title game against Corning.

Greenway was recognized by being named the outstanding defensive player and he also led the team in rebounds.

Greenway, Speer and Rudi will be inducted during the traditional ceremony at the RHSSHOF luncheon, set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, in the Rector High School gym.

During the special gathering, each of the inductees will be presented with a plaque, immediately following the luncheon. During basketball season a special ceremony will be held in which the plaques are deposited in the trophy cases in the RHS gym.

In addition to the luncheon and ceremony, the annul golf tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 31, at the Kennett Country Club. Details on the golf tournament may be obtained by contacting Michele Haley at 870 240-5064 or Michael Lindsey at 870 240-3257. Meanwhile, information concerning the induction ceremony may be obtained by contacting Owen B. Moseley at 870 935-4039.

The golf tournament, and induction luncheon, are held each year as fundraisers for RHSSHOF, with the monies generated directed toward assisting all of the programs associated with Rector High School.

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