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VanHoose, Conley set to enter Ky. high school hall of fame

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- J.R. VanHoose, a former Marshall University basketball player, and Ashland native Larry Conley are in the Centennial Induction Class of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Inductions are July 20 during a ceremony at the State Theatre in Elizabethtown, Ky.

VanHoose was a star player for the Paintsville Tigers and Conley for the Ashland Tomcats. VanHoose played for Marshall from 1998 to 2002 and is in the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame. He's also a Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame member.


Joe Fulks

Kuttawa High School, 1940

Fulks helped modernize the game's style of play with his skill and finesse. His refinement of the one-handed shot into a jump shot gave him legendary status. He played at Kuttawa his senior year, when he led the Lions to the Sweet 16. He later became a star at Murray State and in the NBA, where he scored 63 points in a game.

Howard Crittenden

Cuba High School, 1952

Crittenden was a crowd-pleaser at the 1951 and '52 state tournaments. Named All-Tournament and All-State in both seasons, he helped Cuba win the state title in 1952. He went on to play at Murray State.

Linville Puckett

Clark County High School, 1952

Puckett was the last of seven brothers who played for Clark County. He led Clark County to the 1951 state championship. He was a three-time All-State honoree. Puckett played on the 1954 University of Kentucky team which finished 24-0.

Johnny Cox

Hazard High School, 1955

Cox led Hazard to the 1955 state championship. Cox was All-State and Mr. Basketball in 1955, earning a scholarship to Kentucky. He was a member of the "Fiddlin' Five" national championship team.

Billy Ray Lickert

Lexington Lafayette, 1957

Lickert led Lafayette to the state championship in 1957. He was named All-State in 1956 and '57 and was named Mr. Basketball in '57. He played with Cox at UK.

Larry Conley

Ashland High School, 1962

Conley helped Ashland win the 1961 state championship and a runner-up finish in '62. He was All-State in 1961 and '62 and played at Kentucky on the 1966 national championship team.

Alfred "Butch" Beard

Breckinridge County, 1965

Beard led the Fighting Bearcats to consecutive state title games in 1964 and '65, helping the team win it all in '65. He was named Mr. Basketball in 1965. He played at the University of Louisville and was a successful NBA player and coach.

Mike Casey

Shelby County, 1966

Casey was a high school All-American in 1966, when he led the Rockets to the state title and was named Mr. Basketball. He went on to star at Kentucky.

Donna Murphy

Newport, 1976

Murphy was the Most Valuable Player of the 1975 state tournament. She was the first winner of Miss Basketball in 1976. She played at Morehead State.

Sharon Garland

Laurel County, 1979

Garland helped Laurel County win three state championships. No other player in girls state tournament history ever won three state championships and led their team in scoring all three games. She played at Western Kentucky.

Allan Houston

Louisville Ballard, 1989

Houston, who went on to play for the New York Knicks, led Ballard to the 1989 state title and was that season's Mr. Basketball. He played at the University of Tennessee.

Jaime Walz-Richey

Fort Thomas Highlands, 1996

Walz-Richey was named Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions and Kentucky's Miss Basketball in 1996. She holds the state scoring record (4,948 points) and played at Western Kentucky.

J.R. VanHoose

Paintsville, 1998

VanHoose was one of only a handful of players to record over 3,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 500 blocks during his prep career. He led Paintsville to the state title in 1996 and a runner-up finish in '98.

Coach William Kean

Louisville Central, 1922-58

Kean's teams won 856 games and lost just 83. Kean won five state championships in the Kentucky Basketball League and four national titles in the National Negro High School Tournament.

Coach Letcher Norton

Clark County/Trapp High School


After starting his career at Trapp High, Norton led Clark County to eight regional titles, a state title in 1951 and a runner-up finish in 1960. He won 575 games.

Coach Bobby Watson

Owensboro, 1957-80

Watson was an All-State guard at Owensboro and returned to lead his alma mater to 14 regional championships and two state titles (1972, 1980). He had 537 career wins.

Coach Howard Beth

Marshall County, 1980-2010

Marshall County won 11 consecutive region titles under Beth, who led his team to three state finals appearances. He captured two state titles in 1982 and 1984. His 794 wins are the most for any girls' coach in the history of Kentucky high school basketball.



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