The Bracken County Polar Bears — how can you not love that school nickname — will induct its first Hall of Fame class on Saturday night.
Since this is historic, here is information on the first inductees into the Bracken County Hall of Fame.
Jack Brooks was born on January 11th, 1936. He played basketball for four seasons from 1951-1954, and is the 4th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,599 points. He scored 634 points his senior year putting him at 10th all-time for Most Points a Season, and led his team in scoring in 1952 and 1954. Jack went on to win three District Championships in 1952, 1953, and 1954, and Regional Runner-Up in 1952 and 1953. Jack played in the 1954 Kentucky East-West All-Star Game. (Add Individual Honors). Brooks went on to play basketball for one season at Eastern Kentucky University.
In honor of his achievements, Jack Brooks was inducted into the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Warren Harding Cooper was born on October 8th, 1920. He played four seasons from 1937-1940, and is currently the 7th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,314 points. He scored a career high 33 points in the first game of his sophomore year. He was Brooksville’s leading scorer for three seasons, and led his team to District and Regional Championships in 1939 and 1940. Warren, with the help of his brothers Earl and Marvin, led the Polar Bears to the Kentucky High School Basketball State Championship in 1939, and a school record 30 wins. He was selected to First Team All-State in 1939, and was selected to the State All-Tournament team in 1939 and 1940.
He was recruited by Morehead State Teachers College, where he played four seasons from 1942-1945 under Len Miller, where the Eagles were a combined 40-16. During Cooper’s three years of playing basketball at Morehead State, he led the state of Kentucky in scoring, averaging 21.5 points. He finished as the second leading scorer in Morehead State history, and was named an All-American. He also led the Eagles to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1943. While playing against Louisville in 1944, he scored 39 points, which was a KIAC record up to that time.
Cooper married his wife Lake Cornett in 1945 and began his coaching career shortly after. He coached Dilce Combs of Perry County to the State Tournament in 1954. He became the coach of Morehead High School in 1956 and coached the Vikings for 14 seasons. Rowan County Senior High School named their new gym “Warren H. Cooper Gymnasium” in his honor. He also spent 34 years as an educator.
Mr. Warren Cooper passed away on December 13th, 2010. As a result of Mr. Cooper’s distinguished career, he was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He was inducted into the 10th Region Hall of Fame, Morehead State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, with his #25 retired, the Sweet Sixteen Official Hall of Fame in 1985, Dawahare’s Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1990, named to the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Honor in 2007, the Rowan County Senior High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010, the North Eastern Kentucky Basketball Officiating Association Hall of Fame in 2017, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Albert Cummins was born on June 23rd, 1926. He played basketball for four seasons from 1941-1944, scoring 793 points. He played for the 1944 Brooksville Polar Bears that were undefeated at 22-0 in the regular season, and ranked the #1 team in Kentucky. Brooksville finished their season at 27-1 when they were upset in second round of the State Tournament. Albert won two District Championships in 1943 and 1944, and a Region Championship in 1944. He was named to the State All-Tournament team in 1944. He also played baseball for Brooksville, and was their ace pitcher and middle-infielder, where he won a Region Championship and State Runner-Up title in 1944.
Cummins, and the entire 1944 starting five was offered a Scholarship to Kentucky by Adolph Rupp. Albert, however, was drafted and served in the Navy in 1945 and 1946, where he played for the Treasure Island basketball team in San Francisco. He returned to Kentucky to play basketball in the 1947 and 1948 seasons, where he played in 38 games and scored 52 points, winning two SEC Championships. Kentucky would go on to be NIT Runner-Up in 1947. He also lettered in baseball in 1947, but decided to transfer after that, leaving the Kentucky team that would win the 1948 and 1949 NCAA Championship. He transferred to Michigan State to play baseball, but was ruled ineligible his junior year in 1948. So, in 1949 and 1950, he played 2nd base for Michigan State, lettering both years. He led his team with a .367 batting average in 1950 with 43 hits, and was named a 2nd team All-American.
Cummins went on to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league team in Allentown, PA for two seasons in 1951 and 1952.
In honor of his achievements, Albert Cummins was inducted to the 10th Region Hall of Fame in 2018, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Amy Flaugher was born on January 27th, 1960. She played basketball four seasons from 1975-1978, and is the 3rd leading scorer in Lady Bear history with 1,471 points. She scored a career high 44 points in 1978. She averaged 16.9 points, 21.4 points, and 21.5 points a season putting her at 9th, 4th, and 3rd all time in Season Average. She scored 559 points her senior season in 1978, putting her at 4th for Most Points a Season. Amy won two District Championships in 1976 and 1978, and was Regional Runner-Up in 1976. She was named All-District and All-Region teams 1975-1978, and All-State teams in 1977 and 1978. She also played in the 1978 Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game, and the 1978 East-West Kentucky All-Star Game.
Flaugher went on to play basketball at Northern Kentucky University. She played four seasons from 1979-1982, scoring 791 points, and dished out 466 assists putting her at 3rd in the NKU record book for assists, and the most assists in a season with 168. She also ranks number one in Career Free Throw Percentage shooting 81.9%, and most Consecutive Free Throws a Game, making 13 straight. She helped NKU win 20 games three times. As a pitcher for the slow-pitch softball team, Flaugher posted a 22-2 regular season record as a sophomore.
After college, began playing Semi-Pro softball. She had a lifetime .450 batting average, and was the pitcher for three Class A Championship teams during her career for well-known women’s teams in Greater Cincinnati, Sorrento’s Pizza and Empress Chili. Amy had a lifetime 469-70 pitching record, with a world tournament record of 23-3. She was a part of two USSSA World Championships and retired in 1988.
In honor of her achievements, Amy Flaugher was inducted into the 10th Region Hall of Fame, David Lee Holt NKU Hall of Fame in 2005, Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame in 2016, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
David Hamilton was born on June 19th, 1944. He played basketball for three seasons from 1960-1962, scoring 857 points. (Add Individual Honors). He won two District Championships in 1960 and 1961.
Hamilton went on to coach Girls Basketball in its first season in 1975, going 10-6. He later coached Boys Basketball for 11 seasons from 1970-1980 with a record of 159-145, winning five District Championships in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1979. He is the 2nd winningest coach in Bracken County Basketball history. He began the basketball homecoming tradition in the mid-70’s, and taught at Bracken County Schools for 35 years. Hamilton was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel during the 1973 Basketball banquet.
In honor of his achievements, David Hamilton was inducted into the 10th Region Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Ashley Hause was born on December 2nd, 1976. He played basketball for four seasons from 1992-1995, scoring 1,134 points. He scored a career high 44 points his senior year, which is tied for 3rd All-Time in Highest Points a Game. Ashley was named to All-District and All-Region teams, and was selected play in the 38th District All-Star Game. In baseball, Ashley was named a Mizuno High School All-American, and a candidate for 1995 Mr. Baseball. Ashley led his teams to four District Championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Hause had a career batting average of .458, with 168 hits, 98 walks, 38 homeruns, 139 RBI’s, and 105 stolen bases on 107 attempts. As a pitcher, he had a career record of 23-6, and an ERA under 2.00. Hause went on to play baseball for Eastern Kentucky University.
In honor of his achievements, Ashley Hause was inducted into the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
DAVID ‘PETE’ HAUSE
David “Pete” Hause was born on September 20th, 1944. He played basketball for four seasons from 1959-1962, and is the 3rd leading scorer in Polar Bear History with 1,618 points. He scored a career high 41 points, putting him at 6th all-time for Most Points a Game. His senior year, he scored 636 points, averaging 21.9 points per game, putting him 9th for Most Points a Season and 10th for Highest Average in a Season. (Add Individual Honors). Pete led his team to two District Championships in 1960 and 1961.
Hause later went on to coach baseball at Bracken County. He coached 5 seasons from 1991-1995 with a record of 100-43, winning 70% of the games he coached, making him the winningest coach in Bracken County Baseball history. Pete also had a school record 23 wins in 1994, and won four District Championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994.
In honor of his achievements, David “Pete” Hause was inducted to the 10th Region Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Eddie Hopkins was born on _______. He played basketball for four seasons from 1973-1976, and is the 2nd leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,650 points. Eddie won two district championships in 1974 and 1975. (add individual honors). Hopkins went on to play basketball at Alice Lloyd College.
In honor of his achievements, Eddie Hopkins was inducted into the 10th Region Hall of Fame, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
MOLLY LINVILLE SCHULTZ
Molly Linville was born on July 3rd, 1974. She played basketball for four seasons from 1989-1992, and is 2nd in scoring Lady Bear history with 1,698 points. She scored a career high 42 points in 1992 which is 4th for Most Points a Game. She averaged 16.8 points a game her junior year, and 21.2 points a game her senior year putting her at 10th and 5th for Highest Average a Season. She also scored 537 points her junior year, and 593 points her senior year, putting her at 5th and 3rd all time for Most Points a Season. Molly won four district championships in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992. She won the 10th Region All ‘A’ Classic in 1991, winning Section 3 and placing 3rd place at state. From 1989-1992 the Lady Bears won 4 Regional Tournament Games, and had a combined record of 90-31, and tied for most wins a season with 26 in 1991. (add individual honors)
Linville went on to play basketball at Shawnee State University. She played for four seasons from 1993-1996, scoring 1,027 career points, and dished out 426 career assists. She earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 1996, and named an All-American. (add individual honors)
After graduating college with a degree in Education, Molly returned to Bracken County. She coached the Girls Basketball team for 3 seasons from 2006-2008. She has been a teacher at Bracken County for 15 years, and has served as Middle School Athletic Director and Assistant High School Athletic Director.
In honor of her achievements, Molly Linville Schultz was inducted into the 10th Region Hall of Fame, the Shawnee State Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Herbert Moford was born on August 6th, 1928. He played baseball for Bracken County and graduated in 1946. There were few baseball games at the time due to World War II, but Herb played for the 1944 Brookville team that won a District Championship, Region Championship, and State Runner-Up title.
Moford pitched in the Minor League for 17 years. He pitched in the Major League for a total of four seasons with the St Louis Cardinals (1955), Detroit Tigers (1958), Boston Red Sox (1959), and New York Mets (1962). For his Major League career, Moford threw 157 1/3 innings, had a career record of 5-13, with 78 strikeouts, 3 saves, and a 5.03 ERA. He pitched in the first game in Mets franchise history in 1962, and pitched in their first home game two days later at the Polo Grounds.
While not playing baseball, Moford was also a tobacco farmer and cattle rancher. Moford also turned to politics, becoming the campaign manager for former team mate Jim Bunning, who once ran for the Governor of Kentucky. Herb never lost his love for the game, and always helped out to coach youth baseball players in the area. He was known for always signing his contract every spring and never putting up a fight.
Herb Moford passed away on December, 3rd, 2005. In honor of his achievements, he was inducted into the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Jarvis Parsley was born on October 5th, 1909, in London, KY. He began his coaching career at Lily High School in Laurel County. He began coaching Brooksville in the 1941-1942 season, and coached for 26 seasons until 1967. As a coach, he was Region Runner-Up four times in 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953, won twelve District Championships, and two Region Championships in 1944 and 1955. He coached the 1944 Brooksville team that won 27 consecutive games and 1 loss, and the 1955 team that tied the school record of 30 wins a season. He compiled 456 wins with a 61.3% win percentage, and is the longest tenured, and winningest coach in Bracken County history. He coached the baseball teams to District Championships in 1944, 1951, and 1953, with a Region and State Runner-Up title in 1944. He served as principal for 30 years from 1944-1974.
Mr. Jarvis Parsley passed away on September 14th, 2004. In honor of his achievements, he was inducted to the 10th Region Hall of Fame, received the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Court of Honor award in 2010, and was the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
John Rice was born on March 23rd, 1949. He played basketball for three seasons form 1965-1967, and is the 5th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,378 points. He scored a career high 44 points, tying at 3rd all-time for Most Points a Game. He scored 845 points his senior year averaging 28.2 points per game, putting him at 1st all-time for Most Points a Season and Highest Season Average. He led the 10th Region in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19 rebounds a game. John was named 38th District MVP, and named to the 10th Region All-Tournament team, and All-State Honorable mention.
Rice went on to play basketball at East Tennessee State University. He played four seasons from 1969-1972, scoring 744 points, and averaging a career 10.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was named captain of the basketball team, was on the OVC All-Conference team, and was named an Outstanding College Athlete of America.
In honor of his achievements, John Rice was inducted into the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Earl Welch was a bus driver and fan that came to almost every game for over 25 years In honor of his achievements, Earl Welch was inducted into the Germantown Softball Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Elsworth “Dutch” Wood graduated from Brooksville High School in 1941. He kept book and was a manager for the 1939 State Championship team. He took over the role of his father, and kept stats, scorebook, and clock for over 50 years.
Larry Wood played basketball for three seasons from 1953-1955, and is currently the 6th leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,355 points. He scored a career high 37 points a game against MMI his senior year. He is 9th in Highest Season Average with 22.3 points a game, and 2nd in Most Points a Season with 826 both in 1955. He played for three District Championship teams in 1953, 1954 and 1955, and led the Polar Bears to a Region Championship in 1955, tying the school record for most wins in a season with 30 wins. In baseball, he won a District Championship in 1953.
Wood went on to play basketball and baseball at Eastern Kentucky University. He played basketball three seasons from 1957-1959, scoring 1,020 points. He was a three-year letterman, received the ‘E’ Club Award, was a three-time Ohio Valley Conference All-Star, and was the WHAS-TV Kentuckiana Senior Basketball Award winner in 1959. He played baseball for four seasons, and finished eighth in the nation with a batting average of .430 in 1958, and was named co-captain in 1959.
After college, he served as basketball coach at Maysville High School winning two District and one Regional Championship. He also coached baseball from 1961-1966 winning one District title. He went on to teach and coach in the Hamilton City School District in Ohio. He served as the city-wide junior high school athletic coordinator from 1970-1989, and was the Hamilton High School athletic director from 1989-2001.
In honor of his achievements, he was inducted to the 10th Region Hall of Fame, Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Fame in 2006, Butler County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, Hamilton City School District Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
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Clyde Cooper was born on October 10th, 1924. He played basketball for four seasons from 1941-1944 scoring 523 points. He played for the 1944 Brooksville Polar Bears that were undefeated at 22-0 in the regular season, and ranked the #1 team in Kentucky. Brooksville finished their season at 27-1 when they were upset in second round of the State Tournament. Clyde won two District Championships in 1943 and 1944, and a Region Championship in 1944. He was named All-State Honorable Mention in 1944.
Cooper, and the entire 1944 starting five was offered a Scholarship to Kentucky by Adolph Rupp; he played for one semester. He played professional basketball for the Chicago Staggs Nashville Vols and Louisville. In 1950, he coached the YMCA team of Kankakee, Ill. to a national title. He was an assistant coach at Bracken and Campbell County, and was the head coach at Wolfe County. He is the only Bracken County basketball player to play on the professional level.
Clyde Cooper passed away on March 15th, 1995.
Dave Hampton was born on ________. He played basketball for three seasons from 1973-1975, and is the 21st leading scorer in Polar Bear history with 1,085 points. Dave won two District Championships in 1974 and 1975, leading the team in scoring. He was named All-District and All-Region teams his junior and senior year, and All-State Honorable Mention his senior year.
Hampton went on to play basketball at Newberry College in South Carolina, where they had a 32-0 regular season and went to the NAIA quarterfinals and finished 36-1. His senior year he transferred to Winthrop University in South Carolina, and was the very first player to sign, and was named team captain. That year his team went 25-10 which is the most any team had won in their first year of existence.
In honor of his achievements, Dave Hampton was inducted into the Winthrop Hall of Fame in 2018.
Charles H. Stapleton Jr. was born on June 1st, 1929. He played basketball for three seasons from 1945-1947, scoring 605 points. He led his team to three District Championships in 1945, 1946, and 1947, and a Regional Runner-Up in 1947. He hit a game winning shot to beat the eventual State Champions Maysville on the road 43-41 in double-overtime. Charles was selected to the All 10th Region Team, Courier-Journal All-State Honorable Mention, and selected to the Kentucky East-West All-Star Game in 1947. He received an offer to play at Western Kentucky University but declined. His grandson, Chris Stapleton, is the current coach at Fleming County.
Charles Stapleton Jr. passed away on January 15th, 2015.
Marvin Cooper was born on ___________. He played basketball three seasons from 1937-1939 scoring 523 points. He won a District, Region, and State Championship in 1939. Marvin was selected to the All State Tournament team, and named First Team All-State in 1939.
Marvin Cooper passed away on ____________.