The following will be inducted into the Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame on August 5.
One of Grundy County’s most successful girls’ basketball teams was the 1981 Lady Yellow Jackets. The 1980-1981 team sported a record of 28-5, and won the district, region, and substate titles. The team advanced to the state tournament. Coached by Mike Gifford, this group compiled an overall record of 78-13 over three years and dominated area teams.
The 1981 group was made up of freshmen Lisa Winton, Lynn Ladd, Lynn Crownover, Lucy Westerfield, and Jackie Tucker; sophomore Robin Crabtree; juniors Kim Wiggins, Kyra Hill, and Rhonda McDaniel; and seniors Tannis Overturf, Betsy Oliver, and Renee Sherill.
Several members of the team saw success on the college courts as well. Overturf went on to be a standout at the University of Arizona and is an original member of the Grundy County High School Sports Hall of Fame. Lisa Winton played for UT Martin. Lynn Crownover suited up for Chattanooga State, and Lynn Ladd was a Lady Buck playing for Motlow State.
Crownover and Sherill also spent time in uniform serving our country.
Several members of the team will be on hand Saturday at the annual Hall of Fame induction banquet at GCHS.
The meet and greet for the banquet begins at 4:00 pm and dinner begins at 5:00 in the GCHS cafeteria.
Bob Stinnett attended Palmer Elementary School and Grundy County High School. He played football and basketball for four years at the high school, and he was captain of the basketball team his senior year.
Stinnett played halfback and linebacker for the football team for four years, and fullback on the 1954 team.
Head coach Horace Moore commented on Stinnett in the 1955 yearbook, stating, “Bob tallied 78 points, but several touchdowns were called back due to penalties. He averaged 9 yards per carry.”
Stinnett was class president in 1953 and 1954. He was a student council member each of his four years in high school. He was vice-president of FFA, the Science Club, and the Business Club.
In 1956, Stinnett joined the U.S. Navy. After serving, he was employed in in Ohio until 1967, when he returned to Tennessee. He worked in Sparta for Fleetguard Filter Company. He organized the UAW, and served as president and chairman for 15 years.
Stinnett has two children, Tammy and Terry, and has five grandchildren. He is a member of the Sewanee Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, and the Scottish Rite. He currently lives in Newburgh, Indiana.
The meet and greet for the banquet begins at 4 p.m., and dinner begins at 5 p.m., in the GCHS cafeteria.