The Russell Athletic Hall of Fame will honor its fifth class on Saturday just hours before the Red Devils host Raceland in an 8 p.m. football game.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and last about an hour. The inductees will be recognized at the football game at Henry R. Evans Stadium as well.
This year’s inductees are Laura Patrick, Chinwe Okoro, Don Ratliff and Dr. Dan Watson.
Patrick, then known as Laura Caniff, played eight seasons of varsity golf. She won four region championships before graduating in 2004. Currently a King’s Daughters Medical Center employee, Patrick helped Russell earn state runner-up status in 2004. She was a top-five finisher at State three times before going to the University of North Carolina on a golf scholarship.
Okoro (2004-07) was a record-setting shot-put thrower. She swept both the shot put and discus at State in 2007. Also an All-Area basketball and volleyball player, Okoro ultimately picked up a scholarship to the University of Louisville. There, she set the school mark for both shot and discus. She represented Nigeria in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ratliff (1958-62) averaged 23.6 points per game as a senior. He set the school’s single-season assist record as a junior in 1960-61. Ratliff, also a standout on the baseball field, signed with Pikeville College for basketball.
Watson (1977-81) was a four-time state diving champion and a four-time All-State and All-American diver. Watson was the U.S. National Diving Champion in the 10-meter platform in 1982 at Harvard. He was a first alternate for the 1984 Olympics team. Currently a doctor in Charlotte, North Carolina, he is married to fellow diver Amy McGrath.
Tom Scott Memorial
The Lawrence County-Boyd County football game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6, at the Lions’ Tom Scott Field will be known as the Tom Scott Memorial Bowl.
Scott is Boyd County’s all-time winningest football coach. The Lions went 95-54-3 under his direction from 1962-74 and in 1991. Boyd County went 12-1-1 in 1973 — when it fell to Paducah Tilghman, 27-8, in the Class AA state finals — and 11-1 in ’74.
Scott played for Catlettsburg in the 1950s.
Scott died in August 2000 as a result of a massive heart attack.
“He was a great motivator,” said Terry Keelin in a 2000 article in The Daily Independent. “He treated his players well. He was demanding, but he made everybody want to play and want to play hard.”
Faulkner to Youngstown
Former Elliott County basketball star Ethan Faulkner continues to expand his resume as a coach.
Faulkner, a 2009 Elliott County graduate and a Northern Kentucky alumnus, joined Youngstown State’s men’s hoops staff. The school announced the addition on Aug. 12.
Jerrod Calhoun is Youngstown State’s head coach.
“Ethan Faulkner is a very tough guy and was an overachiever as a player,” Calhoun told ysusports.com. “He has a tremendous basketball mind and will really help us on the defensive side.”
Faulkner helped lead Elliott County to three consecutive 16th Region titles. At NKU, he appeared in 117 games, including 73 starts.
Faulkner’s coaching resume includes stops at NKU (2014-15), Mount Vernon Nazarene (2015-16) and the University of the Cumberlands (2016-19).
Paintsville announced its latest group of athletic Hall of Famers. The newest members are golfer Ale Walker, the 1996 cheerleaders, Landon Slone and Jason Kinner.
Slone played at the University of Kentucky and is currently Paintsville’s boys basketball coach. Walker was a standout for UK on the golf course. Kinner had strong baseball and football careers at Paintsville before coaching the Tigers on the gridiron.
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