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Hall of Fame class includes several county stars

Several former Harlan County are among the inductees this year for the 13th Region Basketball Hall of Fame class to be honored during the 13th Region Tournament. The girls Hall of Fame class will be honored before the championship game on Saturday with the boys Hall of Fame class honored on Monday.

Michael Jones

The state’s all-time assists leader with 1,352, Jones scored 1,990 points in three years at Harlan and earned all-state honors as a senior before signing with Cumberland College. He led Harlan to a regional title in 1993 and an All “A” Classic state title in 1994. He led Harlan County High School to its first regional title as a coach in 2017 and has led the Bears to five district championships in six years.

Todd Cox

Cox scored 1,427 points in three years at Harlan and played on regional championship teams in 1994 and 1995. He was an all-state selection as a senior and a member of the Kentucky All-Star team in the two-game series against Indiana. He went on to play on an NAIA national championship team at Georgetown College under Harlan County native Happy Osborne.

Greg Coldiron

The school’s first member of the Kentucky All-Stars in 1978, Coldiron was also an all-state selection who went on to play collegiately at Morehead. He scored 1,241 points as a three-year starter who led the Trojans to three straight 52nd District titles and a regional runner-up finish in 1976.

Lewis Morris

Kentucky’s Associated Press athlete of the year in 1985, Morris led the Redskins to district titles in 1984 and 1985 and a regional runner-up finish to eventual state runner up Clay County in 1985. He was a standout pitcher and first baseman on Cumberland’s state final four baseball team in 1985.

Krissy Hatfield Delaney

Delaney ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list at Harlan High School with 1,710 points and helped lead the Lady Dragons to 13th Region titles in 1998 and 1999 and four straight 52nd District championships. She went on to play college basketball at Lander University in South Carolina.

Kim Adams Allison

A star for Harlan in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Allison went on to play for four years at Transylvania University. She was an assistant coach on Harlan’s regional championship in 1987 and served as head coach in the 1990s.

Debbie Green

One year after being inducted as a player for her career at Harlan, Green was selected to the Hall of Fame as a coach. She led HCHS to three straight 52nd District titles and four straight trip to the 13th Region finals, including the program’s first trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2018.

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2019-20 13th Region Boys Hall of Fame Class

Players

Ben Madon (Bell County)

Mitchell Madden (Jackson County)

Michael Jones (Harlan)

Todd Cox (Harlan)

James David Strange (Pineville)

Greg Coldiron (Cawood)

Lewis Morris (Cumberland)

Walt Allen (South Laurel)

Jerry Bird (Corbin)

Rick Jones (Corbin)

Gary Gregory (Clay County)

Glen “Skimp” Campbell (Clay County)

Johnny “Birdie” Clawson (Whitley County)

Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (Oneida Baptist)

Coaches

Bruce Morris (Jackson County)

Harold Cole (Knox Central)

Gerald Foley (Corbin)

Larry Gritton Sr. (Oneida Baptist)

Larry Tom Davis (Middlesboro)

Steve Wright (South Laurel)

J. Spyder Thurman (Clay County)

Contributors

Marie Rader (Jackson County)

Nick Greiwe (Corbin)

Forcht Bank (Knox Central)

Bingham Tire (Knox Central)

Tim Bargo (First Priority/North Laurel/Regional Supporter)

JoAnne Gregory (Clay County)

2019-2020 13th Region Girls Hall of Fame Class

Players

Kim Adams Allison (Harlan)

Hope Peace Akins (Whitley Co.)

Krissy Hatfield Delaney (Harlan)

Kara Erslan (Barbourville)

Jayme Gilbert (Clay Co.)

Lauren Hale (Middlesboro)

Whitney Jackson (Clay Co.)

Carla Kersey (Williamsburg)

Maci Morris (Bell Co.)

Corean Wells Rougeux (Corbin)

Chelsey Smith (Pineville)

Kourtney Tyra (Jackson Co.)

Lauren Wombles (South Laurel)

Coaches

Roy Bowling (North Laurel)

Debbie Green (Harlan Co., Middlesboro)

Richard Jones (Lynn Camp)

Ray Martin (Williamsburg)

Jennifer Parsons (Corbin)

Larry Sizemore (Clay County)

Konnie Snyder (South Laurel)

Contributors

Joe Burchell (Clay Co.)

Rick Campbell (Williamsburg)

Les Dixon (Journalist)

Jimmy Durham (North Laurel)

Paula Goodin (Pineville)