The Blount County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet was a gala evening filled with a virtual “who’s who” in the Blount County sports world. A packed banquet hall at the Airport Hilton was the setting for the induction of the 2009 honorees. Family, friends and former teammates gathered as Maryville Alcoa Blount County Sports and Recreation executive director Joe Huff and master of ceremonies Randy Lambert welcomed the new class into the Hall of Fame.
A video highlighted each inductee’s accomplishments, complete with vintage photographs and chronicles of the feats that led each to be added to the Hall of Fame. Inductees were presented with awards and thanked those who added their advice, mentoring and talents to the athletes accomplishments.
The 2009 class included Archie Anderson, Ken Chambers, Annie Baird-Frick, Dennis Godfrey, Jimmy Harris, Earl McMahan, Johnny Morgan, Bill Padgett, Larry Satterfield and Ron Waters. Also inducted this year was Earl Anderson, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Earl Anderson brought laughs to the crowd as he unrolled a long sheet of paper from the podium, telling the audience that it contained his “speech.” The Hall of Fame board made a $1,000 donation to Area 15 Special Olympics, which was accepted by Earl Anderson and Cookie Crowson of Parks and Recreation.
Also honored at the Oct. 26 banquet were some special teams of the past. The 1941 Everett High School football team, the 1942-43 Friendsville High School basketball team and the 1946 Maryville High School football team were recognized for their seasons.
The evening was a night for remembrances, sharing history with family and friends and getting reacquainted with former teammates and coaches.
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