Highland inducts second Hall of Fame class
By ROB HAMILTON
Highland inducted their second Athletic Hall of Fame class Saturday afternoon.
A total of 11 Scots were named to the Hall this year — one contributor to the programs, three athletes from the pre-consolidation Chesterville, Marengo and Sparta schools and seven former Highland athletes.
The contributor named to Highland’s Hall of Fame was coach Jerry Bower, who coached at the junior high level for 35 years (35 for basketball, 17 for football and 10 for track). He also coached high school junior varsity football for 11 years.
Ken Throckmorton, a 1928 Sparta graduate, played basketball for that school and then, after graduating college, returned as a coach and teacher. In his first year as Sparta’s head coach, he became the first coach in Morrow County high school basketball history to go undefeated. He also coached at both Chesterville and Marengo during his career.
Chesterville’s Lynn Gilt (1952) had arguably the greatest game in the history of Morrow County football in 1951. While playing on Chesterville’s six-man team, he scored 50 points in a contest with Caledonia; mustering six touchdowns and seven two-point conversions. He scored 112 points that year to lead the county. He also played basketball and baseball in high school.
Don Givens (1962) played four years of basketball under coach Marvin Curry — at Sparta AND Marengo. He spent his first two years at Sparta and moved to Marengo after Sparta lost its state charter. He averaged 13.9 points per game as a Sparta sophomore before getting 15.6 and 18 points per game as a junior and senior, respectively, at Marengo. During his senior season, the Wildcats won both the Morrow County League and the Knox-Morrow League.
Highland grad Don Davidson (1968) became his school’s first-ever all-league and all-state performer in football. As a senior, he scored 16 touchdowns and 112 points — a Highland single-season scoring record that lasted until 1985. He also earned all-league and all-district honors as a catcher in baseball.
Larry Squires (1977) earned a total of seven letters between baseball, football and basketball. He reportedly was the first Highland athlete to earn first-team all-league honors in the three sports in the same year. As a senior, he earned recognition from the league, district and state as a football defensive end; from the league and district while averaging 15 points a game in basketball and pitched 25 straight scoreless innings in baseball as a senior pitcher/infielder.
Belinda Cremeans Pinkerton (1983) was the first female Highland runner to win the same two events in the Mid-Ohio Conference meet for four straight years, as she claimed the 800 and 1600 consistently throughout her high school career. She also earned all-state recognition in cross country as a sophomore.
Jim Gray (1986) is regarded as Highland’s first real threat as a throwing quarterback. As a junior, he led the team to their first league championship. He followed that up by throwing for over 1000 yards for the second straight season as a senior to lead the team to a 9–1 record (currently tied for the best regular-season record in school history); which helped him get named the AP Central District Back of the Year. He also earned league and district recognition in basketball.
Shelley Squires Hornsby (1988) reportedly was the school’s first 12-letter winner, as she earned four each in volleyball, basketball and softball. She also earned all-district recognition in all three sports and spent five years as the head coach for the Highland softball team — the sport she says was her best in high school.
Lori Hilton Mack (1992) played volleyball, basketball and track. She also went on to be a four-year volleyball letterwinner at Bowling Green State University. In high school, she earned honorable mention state recognition in that sport. She also qualified for the state meet in the high jump as a freshman and made multiple regional appearances in track. She also earned all-state recognition in basketball her senior year after averaging 15.8 points per game.
Amanda Knapp (1994) left Highland as the school’s all-time scoring leader in basketball (a mark that stood until 2010). She finished her career with 1027 points and was first-team all-state as a senior when she averaged 19.7 points for the 19–4 Scots. She also was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and softball.