By LARRY VAUGHT
Some of the biggest names ever to play in the 12th Region will be inducted into the 12th Region Girls Hall of Fame and will be recognized March 4 at halftime of the regional title game at Pulaski county High School in Somerset.
Four former Laurel County players — Stacy Reed Sheppard, Sharon Garland, Lisa Collins and Kelly Smith — headline the list. Collins and Garland were both on three state championship teams. Collins was 1980 Miss Basketball and Garland is already in the KHSAA Hall of Fame. Sheppard, who played at UK, was on two state championship teams and Smith on one.
Casey County’s Debbie Miller also played at Kentucky and scored 2,413 points in her prep career.
Mercer County’s Courtney Watts Grey and Chelsea Goodman Stamper, who were both on the first Mercer team to reach the state tourney, will also be honored. Grey played at St. Louis and Stamper played at Centre College. Danville’s Brooke Dunn, who had over 1,200 career points, is on the list along with Rochelle Henderson, the all-time leading scorer at Somerset who played at Dayton.
Rockcastle County’s Sara Hammond, who played at Louisville, was a McDonald’s All-American, Miss Basketball and state champion in 2011. Other players being honored are Pulaski County’s Stacy Action, Rockcastle’s Jackie Alexander and South Laurel’s Lauren Wombles. Acton was on the 1981 state championship team, Alexander on the 2010 state tourney semifinal team and Wombles on the 2005 and 2008 regional championship teams.
Coaches being honored are Roy Bowling, four state champs at Laurel County; Walter Hulett, state championship at Laurel County; Rex Fredricks, Laurel assistant on five state champion teams; Chrysti Noble, state champ at Rockcastle County; Chris Souder, state champion at Mercer County; Larry Hurt, state champion at Pulaski County; Morris Stewart, Boyle County; John Kolasa, Lincoln County; Randy Salyers, Casey County; Judie Mason, Danville and Somerset; and Bob Tucker, Somerset.
Mason guided Somerset to the All A state title at Somerset and Danville to its first regional title. Salyers got Casey to the 2009 Final Four and Kolasa and Stewart both won regional titles.
Contributors going into the Hall of Fame include sportswriter Denis House of the Sentinel-Echo, Mercer County stat keeper and clock operator John Brock, official Mike Black of Laurel County and corporate contributor Ted Cook of Laurel County.
Mercer County’s 2018 state championship team will also be inducted — other state champion teams from the 12th Region were honored last year.