Since June, the LaRue County Hall of Fame Class has been meeting to establish the LCHS Athletic Hall of Fame. They have been taking nominations for the inaugural Class of 2019. Seven players, two coaches, and one contributor attained the two-thirds vote by the committee. For nearly sixty years, two-thousand student-athletes, coaches and contributors have provided this community with some great memories and outstanding accomplishments. The Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce their inaugural Hall of Fame Class, and will officially be recognized and introduced on Friday, January 25 at LCHS:
More detailed information will be available on January 25, 2019
CORKY COX (Coach) Basketball Coach/Administrator 1958-1986 Cortland “Corky” Cox was the first official basketball coach of LaRue County High School. He is a 1950 graduate of UL where he played basketball for the Cardinals, and was later inducted into the UL Hall of Fame in 1984. He would spend thirty-one years in education as a coach, teacher, Federal Coordinator and high school principal before retiring in 1986.
Head Boys Basketball coach Paul Childress, “Coach Cox set the standard for success in the LaRue County Boys’ Basketball Program. His record alone, speaks for itself, but many years of coaching, teaching, and administrative work has led to his legacy at LCHS. Coach Cox has contributed so much to not only boys’ basketball, but also to the LaRue County High School and the LaRue County community. His contributions and success will long be remembered and his entrance into the inaugural LCHS Athletic Hall of Fame will help solidify this legacy.”
TERRY SANDIDGE (Contributor) Player/Coach/Administrator/Photography 1958-PRESENT If you had to choose one person who has attended more sporting events in the history of LaRue County athletics the name Terry Sandidge would have to be at the top of the list. Sandidge has proven a sincere passion and love for LaRue County Athletics ever since the doors opened at LaRue County High School in 1958.
Sandidge has been a sports photographer for the last thirty-five years covering four decades. He has taken sports action photos at all LCHS sporting events since 1981. He has done team photos, individual photos since 1983.
Sandidge was a two-year football letterman; member of the first LCHS football team, played TE, DB, and kicker; 2-year baseball letterman; all conference pitcher in 1960. He would go to Campbellsville College and play baseball for four years. After senior year, he was asked by the Washington Senators to come to Spring Training as a Pitcher. He would turn the invite down to start his career in education where he would serve as a PE Teacher, administrator and coach before retiring in 1993.
DANNY ROCK (player) Football/Basketball/Track 1963-1967 Danny Rock will long be considered one of the best offensive and defensive lineman to ever play the game. His punishing and aggressive style will long be remembered by his teammates and former opponents. An exceptional football player, Rock was awarded a full football scholarship by the University of Cincinnati Bearcats and started as a defensive end. All-State football in 1965 and 1966; all conference in ’64, ’65 and ’66. He made 23 tackles in one game in 1966 and held that record for fifteen years (1966-1981). He would have 20+ tackles in multiple games throughout his career. Rock also was a 4-year letterman in track, and played two years as a basketball player for Coach Cox. However, Coach Cox would encourage Rock to stick to football after his star player got a bloody nose when tried to run over him while taking a charge.
Rock has been a LaRue County attorney for the last seventeen years, and has been a long-time contributor and supporter of LaRue County Athletics.
JACK MITCHELL (coach) Track-Cross Country-Football coach 1964-1994 The Eldorado, Illinois native came to LCHS in 1964 where he began his teaching and coaching career. He would coach football for seven years before coaching track and eventually start the cross country programs in 1966 and 1967 respectively. Coach Mitchell coached track and cross country for nearly twenty five years, and since his retirement in 1994 has continued to volunteer and encourage the track and cross country programs. His influence on the two programs and the numerous athletes that have participated will forever be remembered. Over his tenure as head coach, Mitchell accumulated fifteen region championship and region runners-up, along with two sectional championships, and several coach of the year awards along the way.
JOHN EMBREE (player) Football/Basketball/Track 1966-1970 Embree is considered one of the most gifted athletes ever to participate at LCHS. He excelled on the football field, basketball court, and track who possessed incredible jumping ability. He was always a force to be reckoned with and was clearly the best athlete on the field and court. Mitchell considers Embree one of the best athletes he ever coached. He was a conference and regional champion in four track events: triple jump, high jump, long jump and hurdles. Embree was a state champion in the long and triple jump in 1970. Embree would attend WKU on a football scholarship in the fall of 1971.
TONY SMITH (player) Football/Track/Basketball 1972-1976 Tony “Eightball” Smith was a three-sport standout for the Hawks in the early to mid-70s. He was a first team All-District, All-Area and All-State in Football and Track. He holds several track records specifically in the 400 yard event along with the mile relay. Former Head football coach John Sullivan said, “Tony was a joy to coach. His thirst for knowledge of football made him a great student of the game. He always gave 100 percent, a positive role model for his peers, and a first-class individual.”
Smith would play football at Eastern Kentucky University, and would transfer to Murray State to run track (200, 400, 1600 meter relay) for three years. He would help his team win the OVC Championship in 1980. After college, Tony joined the US Army where he served our country for twenty-three years.
SCOTT BOLEY (player) Basketball 1984-1988
Boley is the Hawks most prolific scorer and shooter holding several records including the most career points scored with 2129 points;-most points single season with 848; most field goals single season with 338; highest scoring average in one season with 25.7; -highest career field goal % with 60.9; most career field goals with 870; and most career free throws with 371. He was selected as first team all-state 1987 and 1988, McDonald’s All American nominee 1988, KY All Stars 1988, USA AAU all-stars vs. Russia Jr Olympic team in 1988. He helped lead the Hawks to two Region championships in 1987 and 1988. Boley would extend his playing career at Western KY University where he played for four years. I had the pleasure of growing up with Boley and always was impressed with the time and effort he put into being the best basketball player possible. His hard work certainly paid off. Today, Boley has a thriving dental business in LaRue County and is a valuable contributor to the community.
JAMES FRANKLIN (player) Football/Basketball/Baseball 1989-1993 Perhaps one of the, if not the most gifted athletes and fiercest competitors ever to wear the Hawk football, basketball and baseball uniform. Former Football and Wrestling Coach Gary Canter puts it like this, “While the Nike world may have had their star athlete in Bo Jackson, LaRue County had its version in James “Bo” Franklin. When I think of the top athletes that I have had the pleasure of coaching, James certainly comes to the top of the list. While I coached “Bo” in football, he also excelled in basketball and baseball.” Kelly Sandidge was an assistant football and basketball coach for James. “James was an exceptional athlete that combined power, speed, and athleticism. As a running back, James averaged 8 yards per carry and over 22 yards per catch for his career. He also scored 53 career touchdowns. In basketball, James was an undersized forward but because of his strength and speed he still scored over 1100 points in his career. In baseball, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves after his senior year. James is probably one of the most elite athletes ever to come through LaRue Co High School.”
KC GOODIN (player) Football/Basketball/Baseball/Track 1991-1995 One of the very few four-sport athletes who could and would change the outcome of the game with his skills and his leadership abilities. Former coach Rodney Armes says, “Watching his work ethic and leadership skills is what really stood out to me. Not only was he a great athlete but he was a tremendous competitor. He competed every day in practice and made his teammates better. KC had the ability to take over any game at any time.”
Goodin is the only LCHS football player to pass for over 2000 yards while rushing for over 1000 yards. He ranks fifth on the Hawks Basketball all-time scoring list with 1330 points. He had 229 assists in the ’94-’95 and still holds the record for most points in a game with 50, and most assists in a game with 14. Goodin would attend Georgetown College where he became a standout basketball player. He is now a high school basketball coach at Butler High School in Louisville.
JORDAN NEWTON (player) Football/Baseball 1999-2003 Jordan Newton was blessed with great athleticism and a good combination of strength and speed, however he worked extremely hard to stay in shape and develop as an athlete. He ranks fourth all-time in rushing with 3140 yards and scoring 44 touchdowns over his four year football career. He also ranks high in numerous baseball statistical categories, and is arguably one of the best catchers in the history of LCHS baseball.
Former Head Baseball Coach Eric Hughes recalls Newton’s impact on the game, “Jordan was a player that could change a game in many ways. As a catcher his presence usually prevented teams from even attempting to steal bases. At the plate he brought power that could put runs on the board quickly. He also possessed speed that helped him in all phases of the game. Jordan had many great moments during his baseball career at LaRue County. The one that will always stand out for me was his home run at Whitaker Bank Ballpark that put the 2003 team into the Final Four of the state tournament. It was a 13th inning blast over the scoreboard in left field.”