RSHSHOF Induction Ceremony Saturday
The induction for the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame class of 2018, will be held Saturday as part of the annual Labor Day Holiday Weekend. This year three former Rector, and Clay County Central, standouts will be honored for their performances as athletes.
Chosen for induction this year are Jim Speer, a member of the Rector High School class of 1974 and former Blackcat; Jimmy Greenway, a standout athlete from the Clay County Central class of 1992; 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, as 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 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.
In the March 26, 2008, issue of the Clay County Democrat, the late Ryan Rogers eloquently summed up the career of Hannah when he reported, “in her senior year, Parsley was one of the most dominant players this area has ever seen in girl’s basketball.”
Hannah racked-up the accolades, and points, as a Lady Cougar on the hardwood for RHS. During her high school career she scored 1,302 points, averaging just over 15 points a game.
As a sophomore in 2005-2006, she scored 173 points in 20 games, averaging over eight and one-half points a game. She was 23 of 55 from the field, and 31 for 100 from beyond the arc, as she carried about a 35-percent overall field goal average. She also completed 34 of 54 free throws for a 63 percent average.
As a junior, she was named All-Conference, All Region and All-NEA Tournament team. She was also chosen as Best Under the Sun. Along the way she contributed 437 points to the Lady Cougar 34 game campaign, averaging just under 13 points per game.
Rudi was once again All-Conference, All-NEA and Best Under the Sun as a senior, and added an All-State selection to her credit. During the year she scored 629 points over the course of a 32 game season, averaging 21.6 points per game. She was 147 for 235 from the floor for a 63 percent average, and 83 for 210 from three-point range for an outstanding 40-percent average, while posting an overall field goal average of 50-percent. She added 94 rebounds, averaging nearly three per game, and an additional 69 assists for a 2.16 average per game.
She also turned in several dominate performances, scoring 40 points against Maynard; 39 against Earle; 33 against Piggott, 31 in a game with Tuckerman and 30 in a game with Bay.
Hannah took her game to the next level at Freed-Hardeman University, where she passed the century mark in scoring and was an All-Conference selection as a senior. She scored a career-high 31 games in a contest her freshman season, and still ranks seventh all-time for career three-pointers made by a Lady Lion.
Jim Speer started playing basketball in the pee wee league, and finished his basketball career playing for Harding College—now known as Harding University. During his senior year at RHS he was selected among the Top 10 Class A players in the state by the Arkansas Democrat.
Growing up in Greenway, Jim played for Tiger Coach Ted Box—who was inducted into the RHSSHOF as a coach in 2011. “Jim was just developing as a player his sophomore year and became a good player his junior year and would have been one of the best players in our district his senior year, but transferred to Rector that year,” he said of him. “He averaged 10.6 points per game his sophomore year. I know he was one of our leading scorers and rebounders his junior year. He averaged somewhere around 17 to 20 points per game. He was either the leading rebounder or second leading rebounder on our team that year. When I went to Greenway in 1971 the program was very weak. We made a lot of improvement by that second year and Jim was a big part of that.”
Between his junior and senior years, Jim moved to Rector where he continued his basketball career. The following represents a small part of his accomplishments on the court during his senior year at RHS—he was named to the Arkansas College All Tournament Team, NEA All-Tournament team and was All-District. He scored 528 points that season, averaging 14.3 points per game and a 54.7 percent field goal average. He also pulled down 387 rebounds, or about 10.5 per game, and handed out 66 assists. He was also a rock-solid 73 percent from the free-throw line.
During his senior campaign he had a 29 point game against Marmaduke, scored 26 against Nettleton and 24 points in games with both Manila and Highland. He also had 20 point games against Marked Tree, Corning and Nettleton and was in double digits in contests with Augusta, Trumann, Westside, Osceola, Walnut Ridge and Holly Grove.
Taking his game, and education, to the next level he earned a letter at Harding in his first year of playing as a sophomore.
Later in life he also served as a long time member of the Rector School Board.
In keeping with tradition, the induction ceremony will be part of the annual RHSSHOF luncheon, being held at 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.
Information concerning the induction ceremony may be obtained by contacting Owen B. Moseley at 870 935-4039.