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2018 Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2018 Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

May 3rd, 2018

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Several multi-sport athletes, another member of Henderson County’s 2000 state championship baseball and a cornerstone of youth sports in the community are among the 2018 inductees into the Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame.

Also included in this year’s class is the 2000-01 Henderson County High School cheerleaders, the first cheerleading squad to be honored by the Hall of Fame.

The individual inductees are:

D.D. Harrison: A football and track standout, the 1984 Henderson County High graduate was the team captain, most valuable player, leading rushing and winner of the Sam Ball Award as a senior. Harrison still holds the school record for longest run and longest touchdown run from scrimmage at 97 yards set in 1983 against Union County. Harrison went on to Morehead State University where he twice led the team in rushing and was named the most valuable back both years. He led the 1986 team, which finished 7-4, in touchdowns scored, rushing yardage and receptions. He was the MVP and team captain in 1987 and again was the team’s leading rusher. After college, Harrison returned home where he has coached at the high school and middle school levels in the Henderson County system.

Lyndsay Howard Koonce: A two-sport athlete at Henderson County High School, Howard went on to a stellar career at Lindsey Wilson College. The 2000 HCHS graduate put up big numbers in both softball and basketball for the Lady Colonels. At the end of her softball career, Howard held school records in five categories including career records for RBIs and doubles. She still ranks second in both of those categories. She was also a member of the school’s first regional championship team in 1997. A three-year starter in basketball, Howard ended her playing career as the Lady Colonels sixth all-time leading scorer and third in rebounding. Howard went on to be a four-year starter in basketball at Lindsey Wilson where she played in two NAIA national tournaments and set the school record for most games started. She is fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,210 points and second in career 3-point goals.

Josh King: A four-year starter in centerfield for the Henderson County baseball team, King was the leadoff hitter for the 2000 state championship team. During his senior season in 2000, King had a .357 batting average with one home run, 21 runs batted in, 22 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. The state champion Colonels finished with a 33-7 record that season. To stress King’s value to the team, four of those losses came with him out of the lineup with a knee injury. Perhaps the most remarkable stat of King’s career is that he started for four years in center field without committing an error. After high school, King played two seasons at Wabash Valley College in Illinois where he was an all-conference pick both seasons and a preseason All-American as a sophomore. King is the fourth member of the state championship team to be selected for the Hall of Fame.

Katie Overton: Another two-sport athlete, Overton made her greatest impact in soccer where she finished her career in 2005 as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Her total of 68 goals is currently third on the career scoring list. Overton set a school record with 19 multi-goal games. A first-team all-state player as a junior, Overton was also a member of the varsity basketball team at HCHS. After high school, Overton played soccer at Brescia University where she ended her career fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Harley Heath Sr.: The honorary inductee into the Henderson Sports Hall of Fame, Heath was devoted to youth sports in Henderson County throughout his life. He was a coach and commissioner of the Henderson PeeWee League, which was the predecessor to the PCMA. The PMCA’s complex was named in his honor in 2007. Heath was instrumental in the creation and development of the Henderson Youth Football League as well as the Henderson Girls Softball League.

2001 Henderson County High School Cheerleaders: The group of 16 cheerleaders was the competition squad that won two state championships in one season, claiming the KAPOS Girls Varsity 2 ½-minute routine state championship and the KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 state championship.

The 2018 inductees will be honored at halftime of the home-opening Henderson County football game on Aug. 17 as the Colonels host Reitz. The Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies will be Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

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