Some of them are widely known as recent stars while others are further back in the memories of sports fans, but the second class of the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame is set for induction in April.

The names of the 2016 inaugural class were released to the public as the selection committee now focuses on the planning of the induction ceremony.
The event is set for April 23 at the Livingston Performing Arts Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Tickets to the event will be $10 per person and are now available.
Members of last year’s inaugural class are expected to attend this year’s event in support of the new members.
Frank Edmonson, president of the selection committee said the induction will be an opportunity for the former athletes, coaches and related inductees to be celebrated for their contributions.
“We are proud and blessed for the opportunity to continue our work since the creation of the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. We appreciate the great response last year with the induction of our first class and we are looking forward to presenting this year’s class,” Edmondson said.
This year’s class will include the first at-large inductee which was elected by members of the Hall of Fame. This membership includes former inductees and persons interested in supporting the organization through paying dues to join. Each year, this group gets to select one inductee from a list of three provided by the Hall of Fame committee.
Edmondson said the Hall of Fame strives to give due recognition to the inductees’ accomplishments.
“It is a means for the inductees to be honored and recognized for their hard work and success that made them eligible and worthy of this recognition,” Edmondson said. “Just like the first class, the selection of this year’s class was not an easy task as there are so many worthy individuals who are qualified.”
The following class will be inducted, grouped by their associated school:

Forest: Annie B. Currie, Larry Leo Johnson, Carla Lowry (deceased), Durward Smith (deceased) and Michael “Chuck” Wade.

Lake: Randy Martin.

Morton: Maurice L. Bowie, Curtis Reed Davis, Julie C. Latham and Melvin T. Roland.

Scott Central: Burney Kirkland (deceased).

Edmondson said the first class last year was much larger than this year’s 11 members and future classes.
“We felt the need to more inclusive in the first class but from this point on, each class will have five to 10 members plus the at-large member,” Edmondson said. “We still have a very long nominee pool to select future classes from.”
While the 2016 class is finalized, the public is welcome to submit nominations for future classes. Edmondson said the success of the Hall of Fame to be as inclusive as possible depends in a great measure on the public’s input.
“We strongly encourage everyone who thinks they know someone who should be in the Hall of Fame to fill out a nomination form whether they think their person has been nominated or not,” Edmondson said.

April 22, 2017

February 1, 2017

Scott County Sports Hall of Fame launches new web site

Former athletes and coaches who excelled in their sports will be recognized in April as the third class of the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame .

The names of the 2017 inaugural class were released to the public as the selection committee now focuses on the planning of the induction ceremony.
The event is set for April 22 at the Livingston Performing Arts Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Tickets to the event will be $10 per person and will become available on March 1.
Members of last year’s inaugural class are expected to attend this year’s event in support of the new members.
Frank Edmonson, president of the selection committee said the induction will be an opportunity for the former athletes, coaches and related inductees to be celebrated for their contributions.
“We are proud and excited for the opportunity to continue our work as we honor a rich legacy in sports within Scott County history. We appreciate the great response last year with the induction of our second class and our inaugural class in 2015. We are looking forward to presenting this year’s class,” Edmondson said.
Edmondson said the Hall of Fame strives to give due recognition to the inductees’ accomplishments.
“It is a means for the inductees to be honored and recognized for their hard work and success that made them eligible and worthy of this recognition,” Edmondson said. “Just like the first class, the selection of this year’s class was not an easy task as there are so many worthy individuals who are qualified.”

The following class will be inducted, grouped by their associated school:

Forest: Larry Ingle, Gary Risher, Tony Hughes and Perry Qualls (deceased).

Lake: Marvin Morgan (deceased).

Morton: Reggie Robertson, John Rogers (deceased) and Carl Harris (deceased).

Scott Central: Mickey Bounds.

Edmondson said the first class was much larger than last year’s 11 members and future classes.
“We felt the need to more inclusive in the first class but from this point on, each class will have five to 10 members plus an at-large member,” Edmondson said. “We still have a very long nominee pool to select future classes from.”

An at-large inductee was elected by members of the Hall of Fame. This membership includes former inductees and persons interested in supporting the organization through paying dues to join. Each year, this group gets to select one inductee from a list of three provided by the Hall of Fame committee.

While the 2017 class is finalized, the public is welcome to submit nominations for future classes. Edmondson said the success of the Hall of Fame to be as inclusive as possible depends in a great measure on the public’s input.
“We strongly encourage everyone who thinks they know someone who should be in the Hall of Fame to fill out a nomination form whether they think their person has been nominated or not,” Edmondson said.

July 4, 2015

Scott County honored nine former athletes and coaches today as the third class of the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame was inducted.
The event was held April 22 at the Livingston Performing Arts Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. 
Members of last year’s inaugural class was among more than 150 people who attended this year’s event in support of the new members.
Frank Edmonson, president of the selection committee said the induction was  an opportunity for the former athletes, coaches and related inductees to be celebrated for their contributions.
“We are pleased with how well this year’s planning of our third induction class has proceeded. We have received tremendous support from the community as we honor a rich legacy in sports within Scott County history. We were proud to present this year’s class,” Edmondson said. "We had a great audience to attend in supporting this year's class."
The following class, including four posthumously, was inducted, grouped by their associated school:
Forest: Larry Ingle, Gary Risher, Tony Hughes and Perry Qualls (deceased).
Lake: Marvin Morgan (deceased).
Morton: Reggie Robertson, John Rogers (deceased) and Carl Harris (deceased).
Scott Central: Mickey Bounds.
This year’s guest speaker was Richard Williams, former men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, who has ties to Scott County.
Williams served as the college basketball head coach at Mississippi State from 1986 to 1998. He is the second most successful coach in school history with 191 victories (191–163). 
Under Williams’ leadership, the Bulldogs played in the 1990 National Invitational Tournament. In 1991, Miss. State won the Southeastern Conference championship, its first in 28 years, and made the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs returned to the National Invitational Tournament in 1994.
Williams’ 1995 MSU squad won the SEC West Division and reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. 
In 1996, Williams’ squad won the SEC West Division and the SEC Tournament and made the school’s only Final Four appearance. He received two SEC Coach of the Year awards.
Edmondson said the Hall of Fame strives to give due recognition to the inductees’ accomplishments.
“It is a means for the inductees to be honored and recognized for their hard work and success that made them eligible and worthy of this recognition,” Edmondson said. “Just like the first two classes, the selection of this year’s inductees was not an easy task as there are so many worthy individuals who are qualified.”
Edmondson said the first class was much larger than last year’s 11 members and this year's nine members.
“We felt the need to more inclusive in the first class but from this point on, each class will have five to 10 members plus an at-large member,” Edmondson said. “We still have a very long nominee pool to select future classes.”
An at-large inductee was elected by members of the Hall of Fame. This membership includes former inductees and persons interested in supporting the organization through paying dues to join. Each year, this group gets to select one inductee from a list of three provided by the Hall of Fame committee.
The public is welcome to submit nominations for future classes. Edmondson said the success of the Hall of Fame to be as inclusive as possible depends in a great measure on the public’s input.
“We strongly encourage everyone who thinks they know someone who should be in the Hall of Fame to fill out a nomination form whether they think their person has been nominated or not,” Edmondson said

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The Scott County Sports Hall of Fame took another step forward on Saturday, July 4, in launching its official Internet site to improve communication with the general public on its activities.


Until July 4, the Hall of Fame had primarily been using Facebook and Twitter to publicize its activities. While its presence on Facebook and Twitter will continue, an expanded platform was needed.


"We have seen a tremendous response to the Hall of Fame since we started and had our first class of inductees honored. We felt that more interaction with the public was needed on the Internet to get our message out," said Hall of Fame President Frank Edmondson. "We recognized that not everyone is on Facebook and Twitter and we were receiving inquiries on where people could find us in terms of our own site."


The site includes detailed information about the Hall of Fame, its members and inductees as well as how the general public can participate and keep up to date on the activities. 


"We encourage everyone to keep checking our site as it will be continuously updated as we grow," Edmondson said.