Paintsville basketball legend J.R. VanHoose and Green County multi-sports star and former coach Mike Deaton are among 13 people who have been selected for induction into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2011.
The group will be introduced at the annual Hall of Fame golf outing at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort on June 29. The induction ceremony will be April 16, 2011.
Leonard Carpenter — One of the most prolific scorers in Kentucky basketball history, Carpenter had 3,003 points at Salyersville High School. At the time of his graduation, Carpenter was the first player in state history to achieve the mark.
Kristie Combs — An outstanding basketball player for M.C. Napier, Combs finished her career with 2,792 points and 586 assists. She led the Lady Navajos to the 1994 state title, and was tournament MVP.
Gladys Coomes Thompson — A member of the 1927 girls state basketball champion West Louisville team, the Daviess County native never lost her love for basketball.
Tim Cooper — He finished his high school career at St. Xavier in 1970 with a 123-0 record and four consecutive individual state tennis championships. He was also an all-district, all-region and all-state performer in basketball.
Mike Deaton — An all-stater in basketball and football, Deaton was also a state champion hurdler at Green County. He earned 18 letters in high school, and was a scholastic All-American in football. He went on to become a successful high school basketball coach.
Earl V. Driskell Jr. — Driskell has enjoyed more than seven decades in athletics as a coach and official. In addition to coaching for 35 years at four different schools, Driskell continues in his seventh decade as an official.
Beth Wilkerson Hammond — A basketball star, Wilkerson led Paris to a state runner-up finish in 1977. She averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds for her career. She had 1,600 career points, was a Parade All-American, 1979 Miss Basketball and had a distinguished college career at Old Dominion.
Gary Kidwell — Kidwell served as basketball coach at Lewis County for 20 years, baseball coach for 12 and football coach for 10, as well as athletic director for nearly two decades. Kidwell also is a longtime baseball and softball umpire and served on the KHSAA Board of Control, and as Commissioner of the Eastern Kentucky Conference. Kidwell has been sports editor of the Lewis County Herald since 1975 and continues to host a weekly sports show on WKKS radio in Vanceburg.
Richard "Dick" Morse — His outstanding four-sport officiating career began in 1960 with baseball and basketball and continued to football, where Morse called 30 playoff games. In 1995, Morse was named the Kentucky Official of the Year and in 2002 was awarded Supervisor of the Year.
Felton Spencer — A standout at Louisville Eastern in the mid-1980s, Spencer led the Eagles to a pair of 7th Region titles and a spot on the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Team in 1986. He had a standout college career at the Louisville, followed by a lengthy NBA career.
Joey Stockton — A nine-time state track champ and Kentucky Mr. Football finalist, Stockton excelled at North Hardin. He was named Mr. Track in back-to-back years as well as Kentucky Male Athlete of the Year his senior year in 1993-1994.
J.R. VanHoose — A schoolboy legend at Paintsville, VanHoose led the Tigers to the 1996 state title and a runner-up finish in 1998. VanHoose finished his career with 3,095 points and 2,069 rebounds, one of only a handful of players to accomplish the feat. Among his individual honors were Parade All-American, USA and Gatorade Player of the Year, and 1998 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. VanHoose also had a standout career at Marshall University.
Larry Vaught — Sports editor of the Danville Advocate-Messenger for more than three decades, Vaught has spent his entire career promoting and recognizing high school student-athletes that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.