Scott County Sports Hall of Fame announces 12 inductees for 2019

The Scott County Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate five years of having recognized former athletes and coaches who excelled in their sports with its induction of the 2019 class members.

This year, 12 honorees will take their place in the Hall of Fame, bringing the total membership to 67 all the way back to the first class which was inducted in 2015. The 2019 induction ceremony will start at 5:00 p.m. on April 27 at the Livingston Performing Arts Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. Tickets are $10 per person and will become available on April 1 at locations in Forest, Lake, and Morton.

Frank Edmonson, president of the Hall of Fame and chairman of the selection committee, noted the importance of this year’s class that will receive recognition for their contributions to their sports and communities.

“We are really excited about this year’s class because it marks our fifth year since we started this incredible journey,” Edmondson said. “This is an important milestone and we are thankful to everyone, businesses and individuals, for their support. We could not have started and continued without the help of our sponsors. This is all about our honorees and the contributions they made during their athletic careers.”

The 2019 class members, including two posthumously, will be inducted:

Roy Pinkston, Forest; Watt Whatley, Forest; Freddie Bagley, Forest; Rowana Pope, Forest; (late) Sammy Holifield, Lake; Colton Mitchell, Lake; Bill Ingersoll, Lake; Dewey Holmes, Lake; (late) Ken Gordon Sr., Morton; David Livingston Jr., Morton; Chad Harrison, Scott Central; and Pam Green Hampton, Sebastopol.

All members of the Hall of Fame have plaques on display at the recreation and sports pavilion and complex at Gaddis Park in Forest.

The Forest ticket locations include the Bank of Forest, Community Bank, and Cox Chevron. Tickets are also available at the Bank of Morton and Priority 1 Bank in Morton and Scott County Broadcasting Network on Highway 80 in Lake.

Edmondson said the Hall of Fame is designed to recognize the inductees and their accomplishments.

“This is a means for the inductees to be honored for their hard work and success that made them eligible and worthy of this recognition,” Edmondson said. “The selection of each class is not an easy task as there are many worthy individuals who are qualified. We appreciate the continued submissions that have given us eligible nominees to consider.”

The public is welcome to submit nominations. Once a nominee is submitted and declared eligible, he or she remains in the pool for consideration for future classes.

“We strongly encourage everyone who thinks they know someone who should be in the Hall of Fame to fill out a nomination form whether they think their person has been nominated or not,” Edmondson said.

More information is available at the website: www.scottcountysportshalloffame.org.