June 27, 2013
A football player from all the way back in 1940 and one as recently from the class of 2003 are just two of the eight newest members of the Williamson High School Hall of Fame.
The WHS HOF Committee recently released its 2013 inductees.
The late Robert “Bob” Pauley, who was an All-State football player in 1939 is the oldest to be inducted. He was the captain of his Wolfpack team that season. Pauley graduated in 1940. He was also a veteran of World War II.
Matt Lovern, a 2003 graduate, was an All-State football player his senior season. He was also a 3-time Williamson Daily News All-Area selection. He led his Wolfpack team in tackles his senior season. Lovern played four years of varsity football and helped lead the team to four straight playoff appearances. He was a team captain in the 2002 season. He had 14 career fumble recoveries. He also played basketball, tennis and baseball while at WHS. He graduated from Marshall University in 2008.
Ronnie Johnson, WHS class of 1978, was a three year letterman from 1976-78. He was a first team Daily News All-Area selection his senior season. He won the Tony Gentile 110% Award at WHS. He was also an assistant football coach at WHS from 1990 to 1995. Johnson also coached at WJHS.
Garland “Rabbit” Thompson, who graduated in 1976, was the captain of his football team at WHS his senior season. Thompson was an assistant basketball coach at WHS when the team won its last state title in 2001. Before that he helped coach three state Class A state championship teams at University Heights in Kentucky. More recently he led Tug Valley High School to back-to-back titles in West Virginia as the head coach of the Panthers.
Jeff Jackson, WHS class of 1976, played football and basketball for the Wolfpack while in high school. He won the Kentucky Sweet 16 state basketball championship as head coach in 1992. He also won four Class All A State championships in the Bluegrass State in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2002. He is a Ky. Region 12 member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The late Steve Maynard, WHS class of 1975, was also inducted. He played football and baseball for the Wolfpack. He was a Williamson Daily News All-Area selection for three seasons. Maynard was also an All-State baseball and football selection his senior seasons.
John Moses was known as “The Voice of the Wolfpack” back in the 1950s and 1960s when he broadcast games on the local radio station WBTH. He began his broadcasting career in 1956 and left that field in 1969. Moses was a sports broadcaster for all WHS sports and the local American Legion Post 49 games. He was also the scoreboard operator for WHS from 1969 to 1976. All four of his sons – Larry, Scott, Danny and Billy were WHS athletes. Moses actually graduated from a WHS rival, Logan High School.
Ralph Caudill, WHS class of 1969, was the captain of the Daily News All-Area baseball team in 1967-68. He was an All-State selection his senior season. Caudill, a pitcher, went on to play at Marshall University in 1970 and 1971. He also played American Legion baseball and was a former coach and director of the local Babe Ruth League. He graduated from Marshall in 1972 and has worked 40 years in newspaper and television.
The WHS Hall of Fame reception and inductions will be held the weekend of August 16 and 17 at the Williamson Community Center, which is located at the West End pool.
A ‘Meet the Pack Night’ will be held on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. The Saturday event will start with a social hour at 12 noon, followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 1 p.m.
The cost for the tickets will be $50 per person for Friday and Saturday. Some may not be able to attend Friday nights’ gathering. Thus the cost of the Saturday only induction dinner is $35. This year’s inductees will receive one free ticket.
If anyone has questions they can call Joyce Roddy at 606-237-1087 or Cecil Hatfield at 304-235-4001.
Contributions for the WHS Hall of Fame are also being accepted from past members and graduates.