Highland names new Hall of Fame class
By ROB HAMILTON and JIM WHARTON
Highland will induct the 2013 class into their Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 12, 2013.
The class includes Ken Throckmorton (Sparta/Marengo, 1928), Lynn Gilt (Chesterville, 1952), Don Givens (Sparta/Marengo, 1962) and Jerry Bower (coach/contributor).
Highland inductees are Don Davidson (1968), Larry Squires (1977), Belinda Cremeans Pinkerton (1983), Jim Gray (1986), Shelley Squires Hornsby (1988), Lori Hilton Mack (1992) and Amanda Knapp (1994).
This is the second class to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, which came to be this past January to commemorate the 50th year of the school’s existance. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize both Highland athletes, as well as those who attended the Chesterville, Marengo and Sparta schools before they consolidated to form Highland.
The Hall of Fame inductees were announced on Monday, Oct. 29, with a number of those people on hand to speak about being named to the Hall’s second class.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Larry Squires. “I think it’s a good thing overall. I wasn’t shocked, but I’m still happy about it.”
He added that there’s a sense of community with the Hall of Fame, noting that he had a high school teammate get inducted last year and one of his coaches (Bower) will be going in with him.
Hornsby agreed, noting, “It’s (being inducted) nice when I still have kids going here. It’s definitely an honor.”
Bower, who coached multiple sports at the junior high level for decades, was extremely pleased to be named.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “I enjoyed being with the younger kids to teach them fundamentals and discipline.”
Hall of Fame Day on Jan. 12, 2013 will get underway with a social hour from 1–2 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. The dinner will begin at 2 p.m. with the induction program beginning at roughly 2:45. Each inductee will have five minutes for an acceptance speech.
After the inductions are completed, the class will gather in Heritage Hall outside the gymnasium for the unveiling of the Hall of Fame Wall with the 11 new members inducted. A photo session will follow.
Highland will be meeting Buckeye Valley in a boys’ basketball tripleheader that evening. The freshman game will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the JV game starts at 6 p.m. The Hall of Fame class will be introduced to the basketball fans between the JV and varsity games.
Another part of Hall of Fame Day is the silent auction. Baseball, basketball and football memorabilia has been secured from the likes of Dusty Baker, Clark Kellogg, Jim Leyland, Lou Holtz, Jay Burson, Gene Tenace, Len Dawson, Bevo Francis, Galen Cisco and many other notable former athletes — all with Ohio ties. The silent auction begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 6:30.