The Grundy County High School Sports Hall of Fame welcomed the 2014-15 class into the record books August 16 as it hosted its first annual induction banquet at Grundy County High School. The nine-member class was honored along with the 2013-2014 group. Last season’s class plaques to be hung in the school hall were unveiled while the newest troop was presented their personal induction awards.
Those inducted Saturday included John A. Anderson, Kenneth Fults, Barbara Meeks, Gayle Meeks, Judy Meeks, Kaye Meeks, Sheila Meeks, Chris Pickett and the 1963 football team. Among acceptance speeches, great food and kind words shared about those honored, guest speaker and 2008 USA Olympic boxing manager Joe Smith entertained the crowd with a very witty and thoughtful address. He also weighed in on the mission of the hall of fame.
“This hall of fame is an amazing thing,” Smith said. “It is a great tool for supporting the past, present and future student-athletes of Grundy County. If you’re not involved or helping support an association like this, shame on you.”
Lamar Meeks, Ray Winton and Joyce Pickett accepted plaques on behalf of the late Gayle Meeks, Anderson, and Pickett, respectfully. Fults, the Meeks sisters, and members of the ‘63 football team were on hand to accept their awards.
“I am honored to be inducted into the hall,” Fults said. “I went on to play football at Tennessee Tech after high school, but if it weren’t for football I don’t think I would have pursued a college degree. The support I received from my coaches at Grundy County High School is what pushed me to attend college.”
The plaques belonging to the 2013-2014 classes included Jerry Bryant, Hollie Brown, Ricky Richards, Hugh Gerald Hill, Horace Moore, Mary Ellen Patton, Tannis Overturf, Frank Clay, Joe Malone, and the 1998 women’s basketball team. Those plaques will be hung in the hallway outside the GCHS cafeteria beside the 1998 women’s basketball state championship trophy case.
The evening’s emcee and chairman of the hall of fame board David Lowrie alongside Grundy County High School principal Jamie Ruehling presented each inductee with their awards while also announcing some minor changes to come to the hall of fame board.
“We are looking into adding some new members to the board,” Lowrie said. “There are a few on the board as of now who have too much on their plate and are looking to pass the torch to someone who has more time to dedicate to the hall.”
Upon being inducted into the hall of fame, each living member now receives one vote on all future hall of fame ballots. Each team entered is credited with one vote as a whole. Those votes – along with the votes submitted by the members of the hall of fame board – will decide the 2015-2016 class to be voted on next spring.
For more information on the hall, its members and more photos from Saturday banquet, visit its Facebook page, “Grundy Co. High School Sports Hall of Fame.”