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Hall of Fame recipients honored

Kim Henson | Harlan Enterprise

Harlan Countians honored Saturday at The Arena in Corbin for their selection to the inaugural 13th Region Basketball Hall of Fame included Harlan Daily Enterprise sports editor John Henson, coaches Mike Jones and John D. Wilson and longtime scorekeeper Luther Blanton. Players honored included Phil Cox, Charles Thomas, Nick Sanford and Wah Wah Jones.

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A player honored from Harlan as a member of the 13th Region Basketball Hall of Fame was former Harlan star Wah Wah Jones, who led the Dragons to the 1944 state title before going on to a legendary career at the University of Kentucky in both football and basketball. Those on hand to accept the award in Jones’ honor included his daughter, Ira Lynn Dawson, of Louisville, and a nephew, John Jones, of Harlan.

John Henson | Harlan Enterprise

Former Harlan star Tiffany Hamm (left), now the coach of the Lady Dragons, and former Cumberland coach John Bond were the Harlan County representatives on the inaugural 13th Region Hall of Fame class announced Monday at The Arena in Corbin. Debbie Hoskins Green was selected as a player for her all-state career at Harlan, but she was unable to participate in the ceremony since she was coaching Harlan County in last night’s regional finals. Former Cumberland star Lori Kluck was also selected, along with former Harlan coach E.R. Doc Gray.

John Henson | Harlan Enterprise

Members of E.R. Gray’s family accepted the award in his honor for being selected to the 13th Region Hall of Fame. Gray led Harlan to regional titles in 1998 and 1998 near the end of a long career at Rosenwald and Harlan high schools. Family members included Dorothy Prather, Leeza Prather, E.R. Gray Jr., Dorothy Gray, Kennedy Gray and Louis Gray.