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Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 2016 class Thursday

Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, right, stiff-arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Shelton Quarles while advancing the ball during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Tampa, Fla.
Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, right, stiff-arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Shelton Quarles while advancing the ball during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. AP

Seven new entrants will be honored Thursday night at the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s annual inductees banquet in Louisville.

Shaun Alexander, Darel Carrier, Scott Davenport, Kyra Elzy, Philip Haywood and Joel Utley will be added to the Hall along with the Lakeside Swim Club.

A reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza hotel, to be followed by a dinner at 7:15 and the induction program at 8. Paul Rogers is emcee for the event. All proceeds benefit Kosair Charities.

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, celebrating its 53rd anniversary, honors athletes and sports figures who were born in or who played their respective sport in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee will receive a bronze plaque that will hang inside Louisville’s Freedom Hall.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2016:

Shaun Alexander: Kentucky’s 1994 Mr. Football from Boone County High School went on to an All-America career at Alabama and was named the NFL’s MVP in 2005 with the Seattle Seahawks. The running back’s nickname is Mr. Touchdown because he is the only person to score 110 TDs in high school, 50 in college and 112 in the NFL.

Darel Carrier: The Bowling Green native scored 3,148 points in high school. He was an All-American at Western Kentucky University and a three-time All-Star in the American Basketball Association.

Scott Davenport: The Bellarmine University men’s basketball coach is the only head coach to win both KHSAA and NCAA championships. Davenport won the boys’ title at Ballard in 1988 and the NCAA Division II crown at Bellarmine in 2011.

Kyra Elzy: A two-time high school All-American at Oldham County, Elzy went on to play for a pair of national championship teams at the University of Tennessee.

Philip Haywood: The head football coach at Belfry High School. After 41 seasons, he is the winningest coach in Kentucky history with a record of 403-129.

Joel Utley: Play-by-play broadcaster for Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball since 1961. Utley broadcast all eight NCAA Division II title games won by KWC.

Lakeside Swim Club: Located in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, was founded in 1924. Lakeside began its first swim team in 1928 and has provided a rich history and tradition of high level competitive swimming, boasting 10 Olympians (1940-2012)..

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