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Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its 15th class Saturday. The evening celebrated accomplishments of individual achievements in men's basketball, football, track and field, baseball tennis and volleyball as well as the phenomenal season of the 1981-82 men's basketball team.
Entering as player inductees were Barry Bowman (men's basketball); Janie Howard Edkins (women's basketball and tennis); Steve Leach (football and baseball); Bryan McKenzie (football); Gene McWilliams (track and field); and Lindsey Thieneman Kayser (volleyball). Roy Bowling was inducted as the distinguished alumni for his stellar high school coaching career.
Bowman played for Georgetown College under Happy Osborne, helping the Tigers to its only national tournament crown. He was MVP and captain the two seasons in Orange & Black as well as NAIA All-American and All Mid-South Conference. He scored 1,121 points, 38th on the all-time scoring list. Bowman left Georgetown to play overseas and once his days as a professional were over returned for his diploma.
Edkins made her mark as a two-sport athlete early at Georgetown, but eventually picked to focus on tennis. She was the first Tiger female to advance to the national singles tournament, winning the District 32 singles title. She was four-time MVP. She earned NAIA and KIAC Scholar Athlete honors and was the KIAC champion. Even though her time was short in basketball, she has two marks that still stand. She dished out 17 assists in a single game, which is still the highest for any Tiger, male or female. Edkins also shot 53.5 percent one season, 18th best overall.
Steve Leach was a native Scott Countian that starred in both football and baseball at Georgetown High School. He was recruited and offered a scholarship in 1961 by University of Kentucky to play baseball, however, the Lexington school was going to limit him to just the one sport. Leach was also getting an offer from hometown Georgetown College for football, and the Tigers agreed he could play baseball as well. He decided to go with that option and helped the football team to a 14-16-1 record, while leading the team in scoring from his sophomore to senior season.
He played third base for the baseball team and lettered all four years in both sports at GC.
McKenzie was a dominate force on the defensive unit for Georgetown College. He was an NAIA All-American, All-District 32, MSC All-Conference Second Team, MSC All-Conference First Team, MSC Academic All-Conference and two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete honoree during his four seasons.
He finished his career with 164 unassisted tackles (11th all-time); 73 tackles for loss (3rd all-time); 410 yards of tackle for loss (2nd all-time); 49 sacks, (1st all-time); and 306 yards from sacks (2nd all-time). Following his time in Orange & Black, he signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons before a shoulder injury derailed his professional career.
McWilliams is one of the standouts from the past track and field program at Georgetown College. He set many records in his four years, running and competing in field events for the Tigers. He ran the high and low hurdles as well as several different relays, while competing in the broad jump event. His last three years at Georgetown, he did not lose a race or event inside the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. His favorite memory was defeating Paul Warfield, Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, in the broad jump in the UK Relays.
McWilliams was also extremely busy over his summer months, traveling to various competitions in Detroit, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. He won the broad jump and high hurdles in the Kentucky and Indiana State AAU meets.
Kayser was a setter for Georgetown College and helped esteemed coach Donna Hawkins' teams to a 133-28 record in her four years as a Tiger. GC made three straight NAIA Elite Eight appearances in Kayser's final three seasons.
She finished her career with 6,809 assists (2nd most all-time). She had 1,838 assists alone in 1999, which is sixth all-time for a season. Her average of 13.45 assists/game is still the most at Georgetown. She also posted 12.50 apg, fifth best for a season. Kayser was NAIA All-American all four years, honorable mention three times and second team in 1999. She earned NAIA Mid-South Region Player of the Year and MSC Player of the Year in 1999 as well.
Bowling is a 1959 graduate of Georgetown College with a bachelor of arts major in physical education. He played baseball for the Tigers, but made his real mark as a coach for baseball, softball, girls' basketball and boys' basketball at the Kentucky High School level.
His greatest success was as Laurel County High School's girls' basketball coach from 1974-89. The team went 413-62 with 12 district titles, eight region titles and four state titles (three consecutive). His overall record in coaching girls' basketball is 569-176. He was four-time Kentucky All-Stars coach, winning seven of the eight games in that series. He was District 3 National Coach of the Year in 1980, 1984 and 1989 and Kentucky Coach of the Year in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
Along with being in the GC Athletic Hall of Fame, Bowling is in the Laurel county Hall of Fame, the Dawahare's KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2003. His three consecutive state titles and 74 consecutive wins are still Kentucky state records.
He has coached boys' basketball to 138-86 record, baseball 286-99 and softball 91-13, running his total record as coach to 1,084-374.
The 1982 men's basketball squad was the team inductee this year, posting a 26-3 mark and winning the conference tournament title. Unfortunately, violations by other athletic teams had Georgetown on probation and this team could not compete in that year's national tournament. Team members were: Mike Simon, Rick Elrod, William Jacobs, Mike George, Steve Sheeran, David Schlosser, Will Fitzpatrick, Craig Smith, Junie Redden, Tommy Young, Kip Conley, Phil Pike and Jeff Arrington. The head coach was Jim Reid, who was assisted by Happy Osborne, Ray Patterson and Billy Sergent.
Following the 1982 season, GC has posted an 865-179 record with one national title championship, a record 20 straight NAIA tournament appearances and 30 overall.
Elrod was the last Georgetown player to be drafted professionally. He averaged 20.5 points per game that year.
Of course, no athletic department can run without the generosity, support and dedication of volunteers and fans. Every year at the hall of fame banquet, GC takes a moment to recognize and honor five special individuals.
The Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award goes to an individual who mirrors the generosity and care of former Tiger Rick Crawford. Crawford's continuous donations of time, talents, and financial resources to his alma mater helped many teams and focused on the care of the student-athlete.
This year's recipient changed the look and feel for Georgetown College's soccer programs. In the early part of this decade Billie Wade came to then Tiger coach Jim Tussey with the idea of constructing a building that would have locker rooms - one for the men and one for the women as well as one for the referees - bathrooms, concession stand and a storage room in front of the field where the teams played. Along with the building would be an area to honor soccer alumni, including Ryan Clark who had battled a rare form of cancer for several years before losing his battle. Current GC coach Leah Castleman, who was a player during the time this structure was added, said it gave the teams more of a sense of pride. Billie is never one to do things for recognition and it was all about making sure the soccer programs had every advantage to grow.
Coach Jim Reid understood the tradition at Georgetown College as a player and a coach. Integrity was high priority for Coach Reid and his success on- and off-the-court was undeniable. His family - Nancy Reid Brown, Shannon Reid Shepherd, Jack Reid and Dr. John Reid - continues to give tirelessly to the Georgetown College athletic department and this scholarship is for a student-athlete on the golf team. The 2012 recipient of the Jim Reid Scholarship is Dylan Underwood, from Crestwood, KY. As a sophomore, Underwood was captain for coach Flash Williams and one of his best golfers.
"Dylan was a solid golfer for me all season this year," Flash said. "He is a hardworking young man and a very deserving recipient of the Jim Reid Scholarship."
Milton "Shorty" Price was ever-present in the Georgetown College athletic department. His lifetime of service benefited numerous student-athletes and this award in his honor is for someone who does the same. This year's recipient is Peggy Glowatz.
Peggy has been a dedicated member of Tiger Nation for many years, supporting numerous Tiger athletes in their competition endeavors. She is a friendly face in the crowd at every home women's basketball game and football games. She even travels with the teams when she can.
Her passion for Georgetown has touched many young athletes' lives, and she is right at home ringing a cow bell or chanting for the Tigers to win another game.
Peggy's devotion to Georgetown athletics is a true mirror of what Milton "Shorty" Price modeled.
Over the years, Georgetown College has had numerous coaches who have etched their way into the history books as well as the hearts of the Tiger nation. Donna Hawkins certainly fits that category. Not only was she a three-sport athlete during her days at GC, she returned to coach volleyball and softball, building the former into a traditional powerhouse existent still to this day.
She exemplifies the true significance of coaching as demonstrated in the graduation of every senior volleyball player in her 25 years on the sidelines. Former Tiger women's soccer player and current head coach, Leah Crews Castleman has steadily guided the program to new heights in each of her four seasons. Each year the team has improved in the conference standings and each of the past three years it has advanced to the finals of the conference tournament to play perennial power Lindsey Wilson College. She has a career record of 44-32-5.
Her passion for her team and for all athletes at Georgetown, though, has extended into her taking on the role of Champion of Character director. She encourages her team to be deeply involved in community service, and her team consistently does outreach through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or visits at children's hospitals.
The women's soccer program has also been very successful in the classroom as well the past several seasons. Numerous athletes have been recognized at the conference and national level for academic success.
The Brad Davis Award for Game Administration recognizes someone who helps make the games at Georgetown College go smoothly and efficiently. Often times game managers go unnoticed, which means they are doing their job well. Davis first learned about sports operations at Georgetown College, watching his father, Bob Davis, coach the men's basketball team. He also attended Georgetown and eventually went on to work for the Southeastern Conference as an associate commissioner.
Mark Farrow has been on the sidelines, helping countless Georgetown College men's and women's basketball teams and sports information directors, for 13 years. His dedication to keeping the book started as he fulfilled a cry for help. Flash Williams, another volunteer helping running the table for basketball games and a former Brad Davis honoree, was looking for someone to help him work a weekend tournament. Mark's wife Judy and Flash's wife Carroll were friends and co-workers. Carroll asked if Mark had experience in keeping the book or working the clock. Judy asked and Mark said he could. Now more than a decade later, he is a staple on the sidelines of crew workers for the Tigers.
Even through a battle with cancer and a diagnosis of remission, Mark has been someone, current SID Jenny Elder and her predecessor Resa Browning, on which could be counted. He and Judy drive in from their home in Lexington, even on those icy and snowy evenings, to ensure the book is covered and points, fouls and timeouts are accurate.
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