Kentucky Mr. Basketballs Jim McDaniels and Randy Embry, football/track standout Randy Wyatt, and track and field champion Maxine Graham are among 12 people selected for induction into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
The 25th induction class will be recognized at the annual Hall of Fame golf outing at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington on June 22. The induction ceremony will be April 28, 2012, at the Lexington Convention Center. The Hall of Fame will then total 403 members.
Libby Burr: A cheer coach for 28 years, her squads won 12 district championships and two region titles and were five-time winners of the K-Pep Award. She was honored as the 1992 National Cheer Coach of the Year.
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Tim Cahill: A nationally recognized swim coach, Cahill's teams at Model from 1979 until his death in 2010 included 20 regional championships, 40 individual state champions and nine high school All-Americans.
Randy Embry: Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1961, Embry went on to play at the University of Kentucky. Later, he coached Daviess County to the 1971 state baseball championship and won eight regional titles as basketball coach at Owensboro.
Maxine Graham: As a 10-time state champion in the high jump, long jump, 440-yard relay and 880-yard medley relay at Fleming County in the 1970s, Graham set several records. Her state record in the long jump (20 feet, 4 inches set in 1975) still stands today.
Joe Hood: Hood coached the 1979 Butler team to the Class 4A state football title and later enjoyed success at Warren Central, leading the Dragons to Class 4A state title game appearances in 1989 and 1990.
Kim LaBelle: LaBelle was instrumental in getting girls' soccer its start in Kentucky. As a freshman and sophomore, LaBelle played on the boys' team at Eastern. Her junior and senior years, with a girls' team to represent, LaBelle earned All-America honors in 1993 and was named the state's first Miss Soccer in 1994.
Jim McDaniels: Allen County's McDaniels is one of only four players in state history with more than 3,000 points and 2,000 rebounds. In 1967, the 7-foot-1 center averaged 38 points and 25 rebounds and was named Mr. Basketball. He went on to star at Western Kentucky.
Marvin Moore: One of the state's most decorated basketball referees for more than two decades, Moore enjoyed a career that included 18 regional finals assignments, five state tournaments and four state finals.
Jim Perrin: A coach of six sports and an administrator during his 34-year career, Perrin was one of Kentucky's softball pioneers at Christian County, leading the Lady Colonels to four state championships and four runner-up finishes.
Alvin Ratliff: Ratliff enjoyed a record-setting basketball career at Meade Memorial in the early 1960s and went on to play for UK. He later won more than 400 games as a coach.
James Tucker: A legendary basketball player in the Kentucky High School Athletic League, Tucker was a standout at Paris Western High School in the late 1940s. He went on to become an All-American at Duquesne University.
Randy Wyatt: Wyatt was a 15-time state track and field champion at Paducah Tilghman and never lost an event that he entered at the state competition. He was also an All-State football player who went on to play at the University of Kentucky.
Herald-Leader Staff Report