TRADITIONS RICHER THAN RICH: GHS honors former athletes

By Sam Terry
Managing Editor
Jobe Publishing, Inc.

While the halls of Glasgow High School aren’t as familiar as the ones they walked during their school years, ten outstanding alumni athletes found themselves honored in displays on the walls of the school. Upon further examination, they found that while the building is different, Scottie traditions haven’t changed as much as they’ve grown richer. On Sunday, April 22, they were enshrined in the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.

Nine of the ten inductees were present and each had heartfelt reflections on their years of wearing the Scottie blue and white. There were some tales told that might have been enhanced a bit, some memories shared that brought misty eyes, quite a few hearty laughs, and genuine expressions of appreciation delivered.

Now in its third year, the Hall of Fame has produced some unique connections illustrating the close-knit Glasgow Scottie community. Scott Travis quipped that he was pleased to finally be inducted into the elite group, noting that his father, Freddie Travis, and his wife, Lisa Witty Travis, were inducted in years past. Lois Holmes was inducted this year in recognition of her athletic achievements and only moments later, her niece Taryn Durham was also inducted. Retired Coach Mike Harris was this year’s coach inductee sharing the spotlight with some of his former athletes who were also being inducted.

At the end of the program, Coach Sam B. Royse reflected on the Scottie athletic tradition – one that reaches back a century to a time when the teams were the “Blue Warriors.” He recalled that the school and its athletes embody “tradition richer than rich, and spirit truer than true.”

2018 Inductees

Billy Hall Baxter – Class of 1951 – standout basketball player and golfer at GHS, a member of the KHSAA 19th District Basketball Championship Team, player in the NCAA Junior College Tournament while at student at Campbellsville College, a part of the Eastern Kentucky University basketball team that captured Ohio Valley Conference runner-up honor

Alonzo Webb – Class of 1966 – a standout baseball and basketball player for GHS who earned multiple All-District and All-Region basketball honors as well as an honorable mention on the Kentucky West All-Star team, played college basketball at Hiwassee Junior College, and was the leading player on the 8th Army basketball team.

Lois Holmes – Class of 1971 – a standout tennis player who earned KHSAA regional championship honors, a tennis and basketball player at Murray State University, and member of the U.S. Olympic Handball Team. In her career, she became a basketball official and officiated events including the KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen, NAIA National Tournament, and earned the Larry Lady National Officiating Award.

Billy Lindsey – Class of 1973 – a standout baseball and football player for GHS, earned the Courier-Journal All-State Honorable Mention for offense and defense, UPI 1st Team All-State, All-SKAS, All-SKY, East-West All-Star Team, earned a full scholarship to play football at Western Kentucky University, member of teams that won two OVC Championships and National Runner-up.

Scott Travis – Class of 1981 – a standout basketball and football player as well as a golfer at GHS where he was SKAC Golf Tournament Champion and KHSAA State Tournament Qualifier, named to the 1st Team All South Central Kentucky Football Team, 1st Team AP All-State Quarterback All Classes, 1st Team Class 2A All-State Quarterback, and Courier Journal Top College Quarterback Prospect, earned a football scholarship to Western Kentucky University where he was a 3-year letterman and 2-year Quarterback.

Matt Alexander – Class of 1989 – a standout baseball and football player for GHS, named to the All SKAC and All-District Team, received All-District and All-Region honors, earned a scholarship to play baseball at Lipscomb University where he was a 4-year starter as pitcher. He later served as Assistant Football Coach at GMS, Assistant Baseball Coach, GMS Head Baseball Coach, and Assistant Softball Coach for GHS.

Leticia Stockton – Class of 1997 – a standout basketball and track athlete at GHS, earned spots on multiple 15th District All-District Seasonal Teams and All-Tournament Team for basketball, a part of the 4th Region All-Seasonal and All-Tournament Teams, Class All “A” Tournament Team, was a standout sprinter recognized for All-District and All-Region teams for 100M and 4×100 Relay Team. She earned a basketball scholarship to Catawba College where she was team captain and helped her team achieve the South Atlantic Conference and Tournament Championships.

Tayrn Durham – Class of 2004 – a standout basketball player and golfer for GHS, named to 1st Team All-State and a member of 4 KHSAA State Golf Tournament Championship teams. She earned a scholarship to play golf for Middle Tennessee State University where she was named Lady Moc Classic Champion, Sunbelt Golfer of the Month, lowest medalist at the Sun Belt Championship and Conference Golfer of the Year. She was the first Blue Raider to qualify for the US Women’s Open, won the Pat Bradley Championship. Taryn was a contestant on Golf Channel’s “Big Break Sandals Resorts” reality show and won the 2011 Kentucky Women’s Open Championship.

Kent Bulle – Class of 2006 – a standout golfer, basketball and tennis player for GHS where he lettered 6 years, was part of the KHSAA runner-up team and made the All-Region Team, the KHSAA Regional Champion and earned the KHSAA State Golf Tournament Sportsmanship Award. He was named to the All-State Team and Class All “A” All-Academic Team, won the first Corbin District Sportsmanship Award, earned a scholarship to play golf at Middle Tennessee State University where he was a US Amateur Qualifier, and the Jaguar Intercollegiate Champion. As a professional golfer he was the Argentina Open and Kentucky Open Champion and qualified for both the following year. In 2017 he qualified for the British Open.

Coach Mike Harris – Glasgow High School coach for multiple sports including Girl’s Head Golf Coach for 22 years, Girl’s Head Basketball Coach for 13 years, Boy’s Assistant Coach for 14 year, Boy’s Head Golf Coach for 4 years, and Boy’s Head Basketball Coach for one year.

INDUCTEES into the Glasgow High School Athletic Hall of Fame gathered for a photo following a program in their honor on Sunday afternoon. From left to right: Billy Hall Baxter, Scott Travis, Matt Alexander, Alonzo Webb, Taryn Durham, Lois Holmes, Leticia Stockton, Billy Lindsey, and Mike Harris. Another honoree, Kent Bulle, was not present for the event. Barren County Progress photo.

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