Eight greats selected to Blount County Sports Hall of Fame

The Blount County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors has selected 8 inductees for the 2011 class. The induction banquet will be held at the Airport Hilton in October.

• Bob Dalton -- Dalton was a four-year starter for Walland High School football, scoring 102 points as full-back his senior year. He was All-County his junior and senior years and All-East Tennessee Valley Conference his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Dalton signed a football scholarship to University of Tennessee with George Cafego and played offensive guard and defensive tackle. He was hampered by a knee injury, but continued to play. The Knoxville newspaper indicated that Bob’s coaches referred to him as “Blood and Guts Dalton.”

Dalton later coached football in Apopka, Fla., and became head coach at Maury High School in Dandridge, where he coached and taught for three years. Dalton then went into the Baptist Ministry and currently serves as Associate Minister at Monte Vista Baptist Church.

• Doug Dalton -- Doug Dalton was a four-year starter on Walland High School Football team where he played offensive tackle and middle linebacker for the 1961 undefeated team. He was All-County his sophomore, junior and senior years. Following graduation, he went to New Mexico State University where he played football for the legendary Hall of Fame Coach Woody Woodson (creator of the Wing T offense). He started all four seasons playing linebacker and fullback and was captain of the 1967 team which led the nation in total offense.

As a fullback, Dalton was the nation’s 5th leading scorer at 84 points and was 6th in the nation in rushing yardage at 1123 yards. He was chosen as Most Valuable Player as well as NMSU Most Outstanding Senior Athlete 1967-68 season and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but placed on waivers. Dalton moved to Knoxville where is retired from 34 years as an Agricultural Extension Agent for the University of Tennessee.

• Mike Dalton -- Mike Dalton was All-County and All-East Tennessee Valley as a football player at Walland and was selected as Best Offensive Player in the Blount County Little Five Conference. He went on to play football, basketball and track at Maryville College where he earned a total of nine athletic letters. Dalton played on 1963 and 1964 football teams which had records of 8-1 and 7-1, respectively, and then served as an assistant coach at Maryville College from 1968-1973. He has coached Little League baseball from 1979-1987 and assisted in football at Maryville High from 1982-85. In 1988, he was MHS baseball coach. He became Director of Maryville City Schools and retired from that position in 2007.

• Jim Dunn -- Jim Dunn played two years of basketball while at Alcoa High School and made All-County his senior year, earning a scholarship to the University of Tennessee. Dunn started on the freshman team and helped the 1958-59 Vols to an undefeated season. His last second shot against Georgia Tech gave the Vols a one point victory.

The following year, Dunn transferred to Western Kentucky; playing three years as a starter for legendary Coach Ed Diddle. Dunn earned Ohio Valley All-Conference honors in 1961-62 and 1963-64 and became first Blount County Athlete to play in the NCAA Division Basketball Tournament. Although not selected in the NBA draft in 1963, he received try-out offer letters from the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons but declined both offers.

• Vicki White Hickman -- Vicki White Hickman played for Walland High School in state tournament in 1966, 1967 and 1969. She scored 3,246 points in four years and was selected to All-County, All-District and All-Region 1967, 1968 and 1969. Hickman was leading scorer in Blount County in 1968 and 1969 and was selected to play in the first East/West All-Star game in 1969. She was recruited by University of Tennessee and University of Iowa and by two professional teams: The Southern Belles and St. Louis Royals.

• Don Moore Jr. -- Don Moore, Jr., was athletics director at William Blount High School (1999-2007). He was a football, basketball and baseball star at Friendsville High (1971-74) and football star at Maryville College (1974). Moore was football All-Conference his junior and senior years at Friendsville and was All-County his senior year. In high school baseball, Moore batted .636 with an .840 slugging average as a senior and made All-County as a junior and senior. In 1974, Moore led in the NCAA Division III and set a Maryville College single-season punting record with a 42.8-yard average. His specialty was the “coffin corner” kick. In a 24-7 victory over Bridgewater, Moore punted out of bounds five times inside the 5-yard line, including three times inside the 1.

Moore coached middle school football 12 years and coached baseball and basketball at William Blount High.

• Leah Onks England -- Leah England was a William Blount basketball star from 1987 to 1991, making All-Blount County and All-District for three years and All-Region and All-East Tennessee for two years. She was honorable mention All-State for two years and was Blount County Player of the Year her junior and senior season, district Player of the Year her senior season. England set the single game and career scoring records at William Blount that have since been broken. Currently England is the second all-time leading scorer for William Blount. She played at Maryville College, 1991-94 and was team’s leading scorer and rebounder as a freshman. She received honorable mention as a Kodak All-American as a sophomore and Kodak All-American as a junior and senior. England broke the Maryville College scoring record previously held by Bill Padgett, and finished her career with 2,222 points and is currently the second leading scorer in Maryville College history. She later coached basketball and softball at William Blount. Two of her softball teams went to state and in ‘95 finished third in the state.

• Johnny Phipps -- Johnny Phipps is considered by some to be one of the best all-around athletes in Blount County history. Phipps starred in football, basketball, baseball and track at Alcoa High in 1950-54. The Tornadoes were undefeated his senior year. He played football at Lees-McRae College and Maryville College in the mid- to late-1950s and was elected to the Lees-McRae Sports Hall of Fame. Phipps played halfback, quarterback and safety in high school and college and was known to improvise his own plays in the huddle. His Alcoa football coach, Bill Bailey, said Phipps was “more like a coach on the field than any player I ever coached.” Phipps enjoyed golf and shot in the low-70s. With his brother Bob, Phipps owned a golf course in Cartersville, Ga. Upon his death, John’s remains were spread across the golf course he loved.

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