Twenty will go into 12th Region Hall of Fame

March 09, 2004

LONDON - Twenty men who had a major impact on boys basketball in the 12th Region will be recognized this week in the inaugural class of the 12th Region Boys Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 10 players, five coaches and five contributors will be recognized Saturday at the12th Region Tournament championship at South Laurel.

Roscoe Denny, the former Danville coach and current South Laurel assistant, is president of the coaches' group.

"There were nominations by each school in the region," Denny said. "It was impossible to get all the deserving people in the first time. Many, many people should be in there and will be in future years."

The hall of fame covers the history of the 12th Region, including schools in the region that no longer exist, with the only stipulation being that player nominees must be out of high school for at least five years.

Denny said fans of 12th Region schools can also participate in the nomination process.


"If people want to nominate someone, they should present their information to their coach or another coach in the region and go from there," Denny said.

The list of honorees, which includes nine people with ties to area schools:

* Players - Jack Coleman Sr., Burgin; Leonard Coulter, Danville; Kenny Davis, Wayne County; David Hamilton, Kentucky School for the Deaf; Reggie Hanson, Pulaski County; Larry Hurt, Garrard County; Dennis Johnson, Harrodsburg; G.J. Smith, Hazel Green and Laurel County; Derek Springate, Boyle County; and Wade Upchurch, Monticello.

* Coaches - Dave Fraley, Pulaski County; Joe Harper, Monticello and Wayne County; Roger Meek, Lincoln County; Raymond Reed, Hazel Green and Laurel County; and Barry Welty, Harrodsburg.

* Contributors - Tom Hurt, Garrard County statistician; Gene Lowe, London sporting goods store owner; Ron McFarland, Wayne County team doctor; H.B. Tuggle, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.; and Jack Upchurch, former coaches association president.

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