RHSSHOF Class of 2018 Inducted
The Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame hosted induction ceremonies for the class of 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 1, as three new members were added. In the traditional ceremony at RHS, former standouts Jimmy Greenway, Hannah Parsley-Rudi and Jim Speer were inducted. This year marked the 11th luncheon and awards ceremony, and a good crowd of supporters, family and previous inductees were in attendance.
Prior to the luncheon, the invocation was given by Jess Bucy with RHSSHOF president Ted Glaub providing the welcome and opening remarks. He also had the honor of introducing a number of guests, along with current hall of fame members, former head coaches and other special guests in attendance.
Glaub then introduced Rector High School athletic director, and principal, Nate Henderson, who had the honor of recognizing the current coaching staff—many of whom were in attendance.
Michele Haley then provided the update on the 11th annual RHSSHOF golf tournament, which is held in memory of Dr. Owen Clopton.
She also introduced Michael Lindsey, who provided more details about the annual fundraiser held at the Kennett Country Club. “Before Michele became involved we were happy to raise $1,000, now we're disappointed if we don't get to $10,000,” he observed.
Haley also provided an update on the scholarship effort, and introduced a number of this year's recipients who were in attendance. This year $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Sydney Wofford, Hunter McNeely, Kirk Beshears and Caine Walker. Book scholarships were also presented to Kyler Parrish, Nicholas Mesa, Sam Simmons and Tabor Trail. On hand to accept their scholarship checks were Wofford, McNeely, Beshears, Mesa, Simmons and Trail.
Owen Moseley then had the honor of introducing the presenters, beginning with Coach Kelly Scobey who had the pleasure of introducing inductee Jimmy Greenway, class of 1992. Known as a top-performer on both the baseball diamond and basketball court, he was also a member of the school's only state championship team.
Moseley next introduced Coach Dale Neal, of Freed-Hardeman University, as he had the honor of introducing Hannah Parsley-Rudi. Neal coached Rudi during her college years, and noted she duplicated the feat of scoring 1,000 points in her collegiate career—as she had as a Lady Cougar during her high school days. She was an outstanding member of the basketball team, and a member of the class of 2008.
The next presenter was Sam Casey, who had the honor of introducing Jim Speer for induction. He spoke glowingly of the former Blackcat, and 1974 graduate of Rector High School, and his play on the basketball court both in high school and at Harding College.
Afterward, Moseley thanked the presenters for their attendance, noting two of them had to travel great distances to be a part of the ceremony.
Over the course of the first 10 years of the RHSSHOF, 35 individuals and five teams have been inducted. And, including this year, over $40,000 has been distributed to 62 graduates. In the past year the board has approved purchases in excess of $33,940 with funds earmarked for a variety of items and efforts.
Following the luncheon, and awards ceremony, the members of the RHSSHOF held a meeting. Afterward, the board of directors gathered and met as well.
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