2017 class induction and reception rescheduled for Friday, January 19
CELINA-Saturday’s induction ceremonies and reception for the 2017 Class of the Clay County Sports Hall of Fame have been rescheduled for Friday, January 19, due to Cumberland County, KY cancelling this weekend’s ballgame because of illness.
Five new members will be enshrined during ceremonies next Friday here at halftime of the Clay County Lady Bulldogs home game with Gordonsville—which tips off at 6 p.m. and is followed by the Bulldogs matchup with the Panthers.
A meet-and-greet reception for this year’s class, their families, previous inductees, and others will be held prior to the game beginning at 4:30 p.m. The public is also encouraged to attend.
Like the first class, inducted in 2010, the class of 2017 includes a cross-section of older and younger members who excelled as players or coaches. A pair of new members were voted into the athlete division, along with one heritage member and two contributors.
Heritage members are people whose careers were largely based at least 50 years ago, while contributors are people who were involved in some capacity besides playing.
Over 100 previous hall of fame inductees were invited to cast their vote by electronic ballot to determine this year’s class, and their votes chose the five new members to be inducted this year.
The 2017 honorees are:
Tara Ashlock Anderson—who played basketball for Celina High School from 1995-1998, where she entered the elite 1,000-point scoring club and is remembered as one of the greatest rebounders in Lady Bulldog history. As a three-year starter, she scored 1,130 points and pulled down 760 rebounds.
Among three State Tournament appearances during her career, the Lady Dawgs played for a state title her junior year—where they brought home a silver ball, and they reached the final four her senior year. Among many honors, she received an All-Mid-State 2nd team, an All-State honorable mention, two All-Mid-State honorable mentions, and three All-Conference awards.
Michelle Chambers Proctor—who played basketball for Celina High School from 1995-1998 and at the next level for Sewanee’s University of the South. She was one of the best three-point shooters in school history, holding the record for the most career three-pointers with 188 when she graduated, and she also excelled at the collegiate level.
The Lady Dawgs advanced to the state tournament three of her four seasons, finishing runner-up one year and making the Final Four another. She scored just shy of 1,000 points in high school and over 1,200 in college—garnering numerous honors, highlighted by All-Conference awards at both levels and an All-American honorable mention at Sewanee, when she led her league in scoring.
Jerry Eads—a late coaching and administrative legend, who had a career spanning 40 years serving in multiple capacities in the Clay County School system. After playing sports in Celina, he coached peewee and junior high sports from 1967-1973, assisted legendary Celina High School coaches John Teeples and Thomas Watson, was assistant principal from 1974-1980 at Celina High School, was the CHS principal from 1981-1987, and served on the Clay County School Board later in his career.
Many of the greatest names in Celina sports had him as their first coach and he played an important role in the development of countless athletes. Besides coaching, he supported all sports in Clay County his entire administrative career and made decisions leading to an era of tremendous athletic success.
David Threet—who, after playing sports in Celina, had an epic coaching career continuously spanning the better part of three decades, which began when he became the peewee football coach in 1974 and continued for 28-straight years. During that time, he not only coached peewee football, but also peewee basketball (10+ years), junior high football, and high school football as a longtime assistant. He also served as the head coach at Celina High School from 1995 to 1997—where his team made the playoffs every year.
Upon retiring from coaching in 2001, he left behind a long legacy of caring, professional, and knowledgable leadership—where he touched the lives of countless young athletes and helped mold them into assets to the community.
Paul Martin Garrett—who was a star athlete playing all varsity sports at Celina High School from 1952-1956, but is most known for being a member of what many consider the best football teams in school history his junior and senior years—the Tobacco Bowl teams coached by the legendary John Teeples. He also played as a freshman for coach Charlie Hoard and as a sophomore for under coach Clifton Carter.
While playing both ways all four years of his football career, he was also a standout in both basketball and baseball. During his career he was honored with multiple awards—including All-Mid-State and team MVP in football, and All-District Tournament in basketball. He now joins many legendary players from the historic 1954-1955 CHS football teams in the Hall of Fame.