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Jim Carty was a four-year letterman, 1972-75, on Georgetown College's football team. The 1976 graduate was co-captain his senior year.
He led the team with 85 tackles and was second that season in interceptions. He was three-time NAIA District 24 Player of the Week in 1974. His junior and senior year he was named to the NAIA District 24 All-Star teams.
In 1975, he was named one of the best college football players in America and considered a late-round draft pick by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Carty also played baseball at Georgetown and was a four-year letterman for that team as well.
Kent Garrett, a 1985 GC graduate, played football during his days as a Tiger. In 1984 he was named All-Heartland Conference and NCAA AFCA Second Team All-American. He was a transfer from Anderson College. Despite having to sit out a season, Garrett made the choice to follow Donley and then assistant coach Bill Cronin to Georgetown. He became a staple on the defense that is the foundation for the Tigers' passion on that side of the ball today. In his first year of eligibility he was named captain, a role he held for his final two seasons. The team went from 2-9 in Donley's first season to 7-3 with the help of Garrett and several other transfers from Anderson.
"He was such a formidable player and figure for us in his two seasons," said Cronin. "He took charge as one of our defensive lineman and demanded a certain excellence from all his teammates."
Kent and his wife Sylvia have four children, Kendra, Keama, Keyonda and Keri. He served as Ohio Secretary of State for 11 years before taking his current position as technical resource manager and project manager for IBM.
Jessica Leonard graduated from Georgetown after helping to re-write an already powerful record book for the Tiger volleyball team. She was a four-year starter for legendary and Hall of Fame coach Donna Hawkins. She was three-time MSC All-Conference and two-time NAIA All-Region. Her senior year she was named to the NAIA All-American Third Team and First-Team All-Tournament at NAIA Nationals. Leonard still leads the Tigers in kills per season with 767. She is also third in that category with 715 her junior year. She had three seasons of average kills per game that still rank in the Top 10—4.76 (third), 4.55 (fifth) and 4.41 (ninth). She is also on the top of the list for total attacks in a season with 1,797. For her career, she is tied for ninth in games played (560), tied for second in kills (2,265), and third in attacks (5,216).
Elizabeth Brown McHale graduated in 2003 Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown College, while playing four years for the women's soccer team. McHale helped to build a foundation for a team that is now consistently vying for the top spot in the MSC and challenging nationally ranked opponents. In 2002, she became the first Tiger women's soccer player to earn NAIA All-American status. She was named to the honorable mention team and since GC has had three others. She was four-time MSC All-Conference and 2002 NAIA All-Region. She was an NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2002 and a three-time MSC All-Academic honoree.
John Owen helped to guide Georgetown College's men's basketball team to victory 70 percent of the time while he was at Georgetown. As a transfer, he only had two and a half years of eligibility, but is 21st all-time in the scoring category. When he graduated, he was fifth all-time in points with 1,463. He led the team in scoring for two seasons and averaged 10 rebounds. He was KIAC Most Valuable Player, KIAC First Team All-Conference, NABC District 3 All-American, NAIA District 24 First Team and Kentucky College All-Star. Owen was the team captain his senior year and received the L.R. Cooke Award for Character, Scholarship, Citizenship and Athletic Skill.
Following graduation, his passion for basketball continued. He played AAU basketball and coached four boys teams to the National AAU finals. Owen also served as chaplain for the Southeast Missouri State University Basketball team for 20 years.
Outside the arenas, Owen received his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has severed over 40 years as pastor of churches in Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky. He was also member of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees in the 1990s. He is currently the pastor of First Baptist Church in Winchester, where he has served since 2000. He has four children, Nathan, Jason, Mary Beth and Grace. He and his wife Renna reside in Clark County.
"As a transfer, my first assessment of John was that he was probably not tough enough to play college basketball," said legendary and Hall of Fame Coach Bob Davis. "However, I could not have been more wrong. John went on to be one of our leaders and captains and is still remembered as one of the best left-handed shooters in Georgetown's history."
Bob Tripure, a 1962 graduate of Georgetown College, is being honored as our distinguished alumni this year. He has been one of the most successful coaches in Kentucky High School history. From 1964-99 he served as assistant and head coach for Henry Clay High School and Lexington Catholic. As head coach of the Blue Devils' baseball team, he guided the program to 582 wins, 10 district championships, four region titles and a 1973 State Championship. In 1998, he was inducted into the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He was equally successful on the hardwood, and most notably he guided two different schools to state championships. As head girls' basketball coach at Henry Clay, he helped the Blue Devils to 251 wins with just 44 losses in nine years. HCHS won eight district titles, seven consecutive region titles and a the state title in 1990. He retired in 1993, but returned to coach the girls' basketball team at Lexington Catholic. He was 133-28 in five years with the Lady Knights and in 1999 won his second state title.
Tripure retired for good in 1999 after coaching 55 different high school teams, none of which finished with a losing record and is the only coach to have won state titles at two different schools for boys' or girls'. In 2009, he was inducted into the Dawahare's KHSAA Hall of Fame and in 2011 into the Henry Clay High School Hall of Fame.
Coach Susan Johnson's 1988-89 team went 21-11 and launched Georgetown College women's basketball onto the national scene. The Tigers went to their first of what currently stands at 13 trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Georgetown won the NAIA District 32 championship, beating archrival Campbellsville University, 83-77.
"We trailed 16 at halftime," Johnson said. "We had already lost to them twice that year, but this group would not be denied. They rallied for the win and put us into the national tournament for the first-time ever."
At that time, the NAIA was all one division and the women's tournament was played at higher-seeds for first rounds. The Tigers loaded up the vans and traveled to Tri-State. Unfortunately while packing the team forgot uniforms and had to wear Tri-States road outfits.
Confusion aside it turned out to be a great game with Georgetown coming up just short of going to Hawaii in an 86-81 loss.
"This team really came together at the end and helped to put us on the national stage," Johnson said. "We had five seniors that year. Up to that point, they had never won a title, but really pulled together and made it happen."
Georgetown's record at the national tournament is 11-13, with three appearances in the quarterfinals and one in the Fab Four.
Team members are: Teresa Daniel, Tammy Castle, Kelli Edwards, Lora McCoy, Amy Andrew, Roxane Stephens, Amelia Rigdon, Rachel Vincent, Suzanne Pennington, Tonya Taylor, Meribeth Gaines and Esther Ray.
Jessica and Claudia are very recognizable but probably most know these two amazing ladies as Made From Scratch. This catering business that is located right in this very conference center has been intertwined with Georgetown College and its amazing banquets, meetings and celebrations for years. Jessica and Claudia go beyond that though, which is why they are being honored tonight. As athletics has held many receptions, banquets, pre-game meals, Thanksgiving meals and in-game meals, Made From Scratch has often given of their services time and again for at cost or better without a moment's thought on their own bottom line.
"I can't thank them enough for their help with the football press box," said SID Jenny Elder. "There are so many details that go into organizing and pulling off a home game and since I've been here the food for the workers has not been one of those concerns. I know I can call on Jessica and Claudia anytime. Not to mention how amazing the food is. I really appreciate all they do."
Coach Bryan Johnson has been on the softball sidelines for a decade as a volunteer. He helps as pitching coach and talent scout as well as with game strategy. He has been able to coach both his daughters through their years at Georgetown as well as many other young ladies who have become like daughters to him. This past spring Coach Thomas Thornton was able to take a moment between doubleheaders to thank Bryan for all he does for the school and softball program.
"He has been like a brother to me and has basically been here for all of the success we've had at Georgetown," Thornton said. "It has been an honor to work with him and it is amazing to know that he does this all out of his passion for the game, his friendship with me and his love for Georgetown. He is a perfect example of what this award was meant to honor, and I'm pleased to see his name added to the list of amazing recipients."
Thornton has amassed 331 wins in 13 seasons, putting Bryan at over 200 wins easily in 10 seasons.
Billy Perkins works in many capacities for Georgetown College and has for more than a decade. Billy can always be found in the press box of home football games, helping to take hand stats. In doing so he provides a fail-safe system for stats, assists in keeping the computer stats correct and tracking the entire game on paper. He is also a supporter for GC's top-ranked collegiate fishing team and drives the softball team on many road trips.
"Billy Perkins is a one of a kind individual," said Coach Bill Cronin. "His commitment to Georgetown Athletics and especially football has been immeasurable for twenty plus years. Even with his daughter attending an opposing institution, Billy will still bleed Orange & Black. It is awesome to see us recognize such a Great Tiger Fan."
"Billy has been a longtime friend," said Coach Thomas Thornton. "He has even served as a stand-in coach for our softball team. He loves the game of softball and does all he can to help develop the talent in the youth of this county. He also gives of his time to help drive us to our various destinations."
Robert N. Wilson has given to the college continuously since his graduation in 1962. Robert N. Wilson helped to provide the funding for baseball's currently playing field and has continued to donate to the team over the years. This past spring he joined the team on alumni weekend and even threw out the first pitch.
"He's been vital to our program and helping us do the things we need to do to stay successful," said GC Coach Micah Baumfeld. "He's is very deserving of this honor tonight."
Wilson is a Hall of Fame member as well, inducted in the 2003 class.