WILLIAMSON – More than 120 persons attended the 2016 Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame (WHS HOF) induction ceremony at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse Thursday night.
After some socializing and the dinner, HOF President Cecil Hatfield welcomed the group who gathered to celebrate the maroon and white.
The first honorary inductee was the late Peirce Whitt. Whitt was the longtime Park Board Director for the City of Williamson. Hatfield read his contributions to the Fieldhouse and how he was one of those individuals who helped with building the WHS Athletic HOF room at the Fieldhouse. His plaque was accepted by his wife Kathe (Harvit) Whitt and presented by his good friend David Hurley.
From that point the rest of the WHS HOF inductees were introduced by individual board members. They included Chuckie Baker, Jason Chandler, Gaylen Cisco, Julius “Boo Boo” Hatcher, Timmy Hatcher, Zack Maynard, the late Gene Oliver and Stan Scalf. Each of the inductees gave a short speech and thanked the HOF committee for their selection to this elite group of WHS student athletes. They thanked their coaches, teachers, family and the fans who supported them during their careers at Williamson.
Each inductee will have their plaque placed on the “wall of fame” outside of the WHS Athletic HOF room at the Fieldhouse. They were each presented a nice acrylic trophy to take home.
Several other past inductees were in attendance. Local photographer Wes Wilson took photos during and after the event. He took a group photo of the new inductees, a joint photo of past members and the 2016 class and a board of director’s photo.
The 2016 induction ceremony was held prior to the all-class WHS reunion held this weekend.
Here is the list in alphabetical order with a short profile:
Clarence “Chuckie” Baker
Baker graduated in the WHS class of 1995. He was captain of the All-State first team his senior year. He was honorable mention in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He played in the annual North-South All-Star game in Charleston. He played on the national junior college basketball team at Sullivan Junior College.
Chandler was in the WHS class of 2002. He lettered for four years in both baseball and football. He was team captain in both sports his senior season. He was all-state honorable mention in baseball and football (special honorable mention as a senior). He was also on the Williamson Daily News All-Area teams in both sports in 2001 and 2002. He played in the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl game. He was the WOWK Student Athlete of the Week his senior year in football. He was also an Army Scholar Athlete Award recipient. He is currently a 2nd Lt. in the Army National Guard.
Cisco graduated in the WHS Class of 1987. He lettered in baseball for three seasons. He was named Mr. Baseball his senior season. He was an All-Area by the WDN. He pitched a no-hitter in 1987 versus Kermit. He has served on the Kenova Parks and Recreation from 1999 to 2007. He served as president of that organization in 2007. He was also president of the Kenova Buddy League from 2013-15. He is currently president and CEO of Cisco Properties, LLC.
Julius Alexander Hatcher III
Hatcher, affectionately known as “Boo Boo,” graduated with the WHS Class of 1981. He is fondly remembered for his famous tip-in that defeated Logan in the sectional tournament in 1980. He lettered in basketball from 1979 to 1981 and in football in his senior season of 1980. He was a member of some of the best Wolfpack basketball team of the early 1980s. The 1981 team was ranked nationally and was the top ranked team in W.Va. by UPI. The team was undefeated in the regular season. As the point guard he led that team with 147 assists and 105 steals. They finished as Class AAA runner-up that season. He was WDN All-Area in both football and basketball. He was award Player of the Game several times by WBTH radio. He also led the 1977-78 Cubpack team of WJHS to a county title. As head coach he led the Williamson Middle School girls’ team to a Mingo County championship in 2016. He is also athletic director for that school.
Tim Hatcher graduated with the WHS Class of 2005. He was a second team all-state selection in football and WDN All-Area selection his senior season. He was the defensive player of the year in basketball in 2005. He was state runner-up in the 100 meter dash in track and third place in the 200 meter race. He is currently on the staff of the ROTC program at W.Va. State University as a Military Science Instructor for the Yellow Jacket Battalion. An Army veteran, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-10, Operation New Dawn in 2011-12.
Maynard graduated with the class of 2005. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football. He was a first team all-state member in baseball in 2005 and 2005. He was the Mingo County MVP in baseball in 2005. He was also an All-Area selection by the WDN in 2004.
Arthur “Gene” Oliver
Oliver was a graduate of the WHS class of 1946. He was a letterman in both football and basketball in 1945 and 1946. He was on the All-Sectional team in 1946. In 1945 he scored the only touchdown of the game in a big win over rival Logan. He was class vice president in 1944 and 1945 and class president in 1946. He also was a standout on the WHS baseball teams in 1944, ‘45 and ’46. He was offered scholarships by Duke and Marshall. He played semi-pro baseball in the old Red Robin League. He signed a professional contract for the St. Louis Browns baseball organization. He was also a veteran of the Korean War and was a sergeant. He played Army baseball. After the Army he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Business and then a law degree. He was asked to play for UK, but was ruled ineligible because he had played professionally.
Scalf was a WHS graduate of the class of 1975. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football. He was a WDN All-Area selection in baseball in 1974 and 1975. He was honorable mention for the all-state football team in 1974. He was student body vice president in 1975 and an honor student at WHS. Scalf was awarded the Distinguished Military Student EKU Army ROTC award in college. He was a U.S. Army dentist from 1987 to 1991. He also served in Desert Storm and was given the Desert Shield Award and his highest rank in the military was Major. He has a private dental practice in Georgetown, Ky.
Whitt was a graduate of Matewan High School in 1963 and joined the Army in 1964. Whitt relocated to Williamson in 1976 assuming the position as Director of the Williamson Park Board. He oversaw operations for the Fieldhouse, three ball parks and the swimming pool. Whitt helped get the Fieldhouse on the National Register of Historic Buildings in 2011. He was a football official for 31 years. He was also a vital part of helping the WHS HOF locate in building that is its current home at the Fieldhouse. He helped oversee the old hospitality room renovations into a permanent home for the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)