The GCHS Sports Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce the Class of 2018
Hazel Meeks Duncan
A 1958 GCHS graduate, Duncan played four years for Coach Roy Ferguson, and was captain for the last three years. During this time she had a combined total of over 1200 points. This achievement ranked highest in the record books for many years.
Duncan and her teammates led the Yellow Jackets to three Tennessee Valley Conference Tournaments and three Sequatchie Valley Conference Tournaments, proving to be a powerhouse among the schools in the two conferences.
Duncan won several trophies for outstanding player, sportsmanship, and most points scored, and she graciously donated these trophies to GCHS.
For all her hard work, Duncan was awarded a full scholarship to play basketball for Nashville Business College
Coach Tom Melton is one of the most successful baseball coaches in Grundy County history. He led the Yellow Jackets to the state tournament in 2004 and holds a region title, two region runner ups, three district championships, and 2 district runner ups in his 10 years at the helm of the Grundy baseball team. He was an assistant coach for the team for seven years.
Melton was also active with other teams and served for the football team for two years, the softball team for three years, and an assistant basketball coach for three years.
He received recognition for his outstanding coaching by being named District Coach of the Year, Region Coach of the Year, and Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Coach of the Year.
Melton taught auto mechanics for 22 years at GCHS and in 2002 the GCHS students dedicated the yearbook to him.
Coaching on the youth level, Melton was the head basketball coach at Tracy City Elementary for three years and spent time coaching for the South Grundy Bulldogs organization.
Tom is a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and has been married to his wife Janie for 46 years and are the parents of Joy, Stacey and Bryan.
Kasey Woodlee was part of the most successful Lady Yellow Jacket basketball team in history. As a senior, Kasey and her teammates won the 1998 TSSAA Class AA State Championship notching the first state title in Grundy County High School history in any sport.
Kasey led in many ways on and off the court. She racked up 1,259 career points and made the All-District team and All-District Tournament team all four years she played. She was also the District Player of the Year her junior and senior years and the district tournament MVP those years as well. She made the All-Region second team all four years and the All Region tournament team for two years. Kasey was an All-State Honorable Mention all four years on the team and was voted Best Sportsmanship of her senior class. Kasey served as class secretary all four years as well and graduated from GCHS in 1998 in the top 10 percent of her class.
After a successful college basketball career, Woodlee returned home to teach and coach. She has served as girls’ basketball coach and principal at Swiss Memorial School, head coach of the Lady Yellow Jackets and is now the current head coach of the Sequatchie County Lady Indians.
Kasey is also the mother to a very active 9 year old named Jaleal.
Isabel “Sister” Meeks Langely, attended Grundy County High School from 1936-1942. After only two years of playing (1936 and 1937), Isabel had to sadly leave school for a few years to help with family matters at home, but she eventually came back to graduate in 1942. Because of age requirements, her basketball playing career had ended and she then began managing the team she loved so much, until graduation.
Before she went to Grundy County High School, she didn’t have a basketball in her hands but only few times. When she started high school in the 9th grade she began to practice and learn the rules of the game. During her 2 years playing at Grundy County High, she averaged 26 points a game. The game of women’s basketball has changed dramatically since that time. There were no community teams as there are now. It was 6 on 6 teams with 3 offensive and defensive players and they were not allow to cross the center line. Isabel played offense and could only dribble once, before they were required to pass or shoot the ball. More often than not, she would shoot from anywhere. It was said she would make more than 50 percent of her shots. There was no 3 point line or her average would be much higher. Horace Moore would comment when discussing sports at Grundy, “the best athlete (male or female) to come out of Grundy County was Isabel Meeks.”
In her senior year, she was selected Homecoming Queen. It was during that time in high school that she met the love of her life, a 4 year letterman in football, Hiram Langley. They were married on July 4th 1942 and were married for 61 years.
Later in life, during her mid-30s to late-40s, she played on women’s fast pitch teams in Chattanooga, TN, always making the All-City Team as selected by the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press. In one of the games, she scored 10 runs and drove in 10 more runs with 2 grand slams and several multiple base hits.
After a highly successful career in real estate, recognized both nationally and locally for her business and philanthropy efforts, Sister left a proud family and masses of friends here when she passed away in 2003.
In the mid 1940’s when Charles “Jib” Henley began playing football, there were no lights on the field so all the football games were played during daylight hours on Friday afternoons. It was not until his sophomore season that Grundy got lights for their field. Jib remembers the first under the lights games being crowded with much excitement in the air.
Jib didn’t start playing football until his freshman year when he and some of his friends decided to try out for the team. Harry Gilmer, University of Alabama quarterback, just happened to be in town for a visit. Harry showed Jib how to hold and throw a football. Jib listened and practiced what he was taught and became his team’s quarterback. He was later voted honorable mention for quarterback in Tennessee.
Henley also played basketball as a guard for GCHS. He stated that the round ball wasn’t his finest sport but remembers a short hot streak of foul shots.
Henley graduated high school and went to the University of the South before joining the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Crisis.
After serving, Jib wanted to complete his education so he enrolled in TPI which is now Tennessee Tech University where he met his wife, Missy who shared his love of athletics. They married in 1953 and lived in Roane County, TN. There, he began working at Oak Ridge for Union Carbide, a company he retired from after 30 years. During that time, they had two daughters, Kim and Kelly. Kelly had two sons, Spencer and Nick. He and Missy continued their love for sports, following Harriman High School sports and University of Tennessee football.
Jib started playing golf in 1959 and fell in love with the game. When he was unable to find someone to repair his clubs, he learned to repair them himself. After retirement, he made repairing clubs a full time business and opened Henley Golf, a facility in Kingston to repair golf clubs, sell component parts and to offer a practice facility for golfers.
He worked hard to help the young athletes in the area any way he could and made practices free for young golfers on the local golf teams. He also helped Roane State Community College start a golf team in its early years.
Athletics were a major part of his life. His years at GCHS helped develop his character and provided him with many fine, lifetime friends.
Jib and his family are greatly honored by his induction in the Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Ted Ladd was an outstanding baseball coach at Grundy County High School from 1985 to 1997 and from 2008 to 2012. In his career as head baseball coach at GCHS, Ladd amassed 394 wins with only 189 losses, eight district titles and six region titles. He led the Yellow Jackets to the final eight six times, and two final fours.
Ladd also spent time coaching at other schools. At Marion County High School, he served as head baseball and golf coach and as an assistant football coach for the Warriors. At St. Andrews-Sewanee he was an assistant coach for both baseball and football.
Ladd was recognized for his superb coaching by receiving District Coach of the Year three times and Region Coach of the Year twice.
During his coaching career, he had the pleasure of coaching with his father and older son as well as coaching both of his sons.
Coach Ladd spent 12 years coaching the Dixie Boys summer league team and led them to 3 state championships in 12 years.
During his teaching career, he taught history, civics, and English. Ladd also served as the Athletic Director and principal at Grundy County High School during his 17 years.
Ted and his wife Felicia have been married for 31 years and have 3 children, Derek, Whitney, and Alex and three grandchildren, Jaxon, Jaden, and Gavin.