Evening of honor

Hall of Fame induction looks at county's greatest

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Ten of Blount County’s best athletes from past and present were officially inducted into the Blount County Hall of Fame on Oct. 30 at a moving ceremony at the Airport Hilton.

The 10 swells the ranks of those in the Hall of Fame, which inducted its first class in 1997, to 138. The new members and/or their representatives talked of the honor and privilege they felt in being chosen for the Hall of Fame.

Approximately 400 were in attendance at the banquet, which is an annual event. Hall of Fame nominees are announced in April and inducted each fall. Nominees are accepted from the public and forms are available at Blount County Parks and Rec.
Entering the Hall this year were:

The 2006 honorees are:

  • Rick Anderson - A five-sport star at Maryville High in the 1970s who is now the golf pro at Atlanta Athletic Club, site of the 93rd PGA Championship in 2011. Anderson lettered in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. As a sophomore, he started on Maryville’s 1970 state championship team and was starting quarterback in 1971-72. He was a starting point guard on Maryville’s 1971-72 basketball teams and played shortstop in baseball. He was the No. 1 player on Maryville’s 1973 region championship golf team.
  • Kenneth Byrd Jr. - East Tennessee coach of the year in 1986 when he took Greenback High to the girls state finals. Byrd played four years of football and basketball at Friendsville High and was All-County in basketball. Played basketball two years at Cleveland State. Head girls’ basketball coach at two Georgia high schools. Assistant women’s basketball coach at Kentucky two years. Overall 18-year high school record of 288-145. Coached five state tournament teams.
  • Steve Dockery - Lettered in football, baseball and track at Maryville College and was an Associated Press Little America defensive back in 1967. Elected to Maryville College Wall of Fame in 1992. Lettered in football, baseball, track and wrestling at Everett High and was captain of Everett’s 1962 football team. All-County in football. Two-year starting shortstop at Hiwassee College. Coached at Greenback, Everett and Maryville junior high and middle schools. Had four unbeaten football teams.
  • Lee Hannah - Basketball star at Everett High and Maryville College in the 1930s. Played semi-pro basketball. Inducted into Maryville College Wall of Fame in 1984. Hannah scored 1,044 points during his career as a Scot. First Maryville player to score 1,000 points. Four-year basketball starter at MC. An avid golfer, Hannah had three holes-in-one. Enjoyed bowling, fishing and hunting. The 1935 Everett team, which he captained, had a 13-0 conference record.
  • Paul Harrison - Football, basketball and baseball star at Lanier High. Signed with the New York Giants and pitched for Knoxville Smokies, Springfield (Ohio), and Gastonia (N.C.) in 1951-52 before entering the U.S. Army. Played for the 2nd Army (Fort Lee, Va.) which won the service championship. After the army, Harrison played for the Giants’ team in Sioux City. A rotator cuff injury and subsequent surgery ended his pitching career, but he continued to play softball in the Blount County slow-pitch leagues.
  • Don Moore Sr. - Football, basketball and baseball star at Everett High in the 1940s. All-County in football and baseball. Football, baseball and wrestling star at Maryville College in the 1950s. In his junior year of college, Moore was invited to the Baltimore Colts camp and was offered a contract with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League, but declined both to remain in school and get his degree. Moore was baseball captain at Maryville College. Finished second in the 191-pound class in the Southeastern Conference wrestling tournament. He was a long-time football and baseball coach at Friendsville High. He is a former school administrator and county school board chairman.
  • Cleve Nichols - Star basketball player at Porter High (1954-59) and Tennessee Tech (1959-63). Lettered four years in basketball and three each in football and baseball at Porter. Basketball captain and All-County. Averaged 27 points per game his senior year. Scored school record 43 points against Friendsville. Named to All-Time Porter basketball team. Batted .444 in baseball his senior year. Four-year basketball letterman at Tennessee Tech. Played in the 1963 NCAA tournament against Loyola (Ill.), which won the national title. Coached high school basketball in Cookeville, Lake City and Clinton 11 seasons. Principal in Anderson County system. Recipient of TSSAA’s sportsmanship and administrator of the year awards in 2001.
  • Viola Powell Kauthen - All-State basketball player at Walland High in 1962 and 1963. All-County and All-Region in 1961-63. Powell averaged 33.3 points per game her senior season. Her career scoring total was 3,390 points. Powell helped Walland reach the state championship game in 1962. She was the top scorer in the 1963 state tournament with 96 points in four games.
  • Clifford Ross - Had a 600-132 record as high school and junior high basketball coach for 31 years, including three at Hale High in Maryville. Took seven teams to state tournaments (two prior to integration) and won the 1977 state title at Austin-East High. He was the 1977 Tennessee coach of the year and a finalist for national coach of the year. Coached six seasons at Knoxville College, where he was a 1947 graduate. Member of McDonald’s high school All-America selection committee in 1979. Died in 2005 at age 83.
  • Faye Rogers Stafford - All-State guard in the era when teams played a half-court game with three forwards playing offense and three guards on defense. Stafford never scored a point in high school but set the state tournament rebounding record in 1959 with 52 boards in four games, including 13 in the championship win over Smithville. Captain of Porter’s 1959 state championship team. Stafford’s sisters, Doris Rogers and Marie Rogers McMahan, and her husband, Pete Stafford, are members of the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame.

Also recognized at the banquet was the 1970 Maryville High School Football team, who were state champions that year, and Ryan Rahe, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.

The evening began with a conference phone call from University of Florida basketball star and Maryville High School graduate Lee Humphrey congratulating the honorees on their special night. Bob Gilbert served as Master of Ceremonies and Lynn Sexton, president of the Blount County Hall of Fame, gave the welcome and introductions. Jim Campbell and Sexton did the official induction of the new members. A video presentation, prepared by Steve Samples of ProMedia, Steve White of Multi-Media Solutions with assistance from Dillon Davis of Murlin’s Music World, introduced each inductee.

Corporate sponsors for the evening were Blount Memorial Hospital, ProMedia, Blount County Parks and Rec Commission and Multi-Media Solutions.

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