On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Alice Lloyd College took a break from the usual Appalachia Day festivities to celebrate the induction of five former athletes into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center on the College’s campus.
This year’s inductees were: Steve Miller of Magoffin Co., David Mollett of Mingo Co., WV, Tammy Oakes of Nashville, TN, John David Slone of Lexington, and Robert Wright of Ashcamp.
Steve Miller attended Alice Lloyd from 1987-1991 where he majored in education and served as a four-year member of the Eagles baseball team. He was the team’s closing pitcher his first two seasons, and was moved to starting pitcher his last two years. He demonstrated his mastery of the mound as he earned Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors. As a senior, he was chosen all-conference, and he also earned the Coaches Award that year as well. He was such a good athlete that he was used as a pinch runner in the games he did not pitch, and was one of the team leaders in stolen bases. Furthermore, he was named Academic All-American both his junior and senior years. He is considered one of the top closers and pitchers to ever wear the Eagles uniform.
He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Ann Miller, and his parents, Sammy and Sherry Miller.
Currently, Miller is employed by the Magoffin County Board of Education where he has served his community for the past twenty-three years as a teacher. He also serves as the literacy coach for all elementary schools in the county.
His plaque was presented by the president of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Joe A. Stepp, his former coach and current Dean of Students, Mr. Scott Cornett, and the Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.
David Mollett attended Alice Lloyd from 1981-1985 and received his degree in education. This gentlemen played basketball where he was a starter for several seasons. He was known for his rugged, hardnosed play on both ends.
His junior season was when his game began to soar as he led the club with over 9 rebounds per game, placing him at the top spot of the KIAC leaderboard. As a senior, he emerged as the league’s premier rebounder. Despite being just 6’4, he would consistently out-rebound taller men by using his incredible quickness and excellent timing to befuddle his opposition. At the end of his senior season, he finished not only at the top of the conference in rebounds per game, but earned a spot among the nation’s best with a staggering average of 11.1 rebounds per game. This single season mark has stood the test of time as no male athlete has surpassed that average over the last thirty years.
He was accompanied his wife, Judy, daughter, Heather Woods, son-in-law, Dustin Woods, daughter, Candice Setzer, son-in-law, John Setzer, grandson, Luke Setzer, sister-in-law, Sandy Mullins, and brother-in-law, Tim Mullins.
Currently, Mollett is employed by the Mingo County Board of Education where he has served his community for the past 28 years as a teacher at Kermit Elementary School.
His plaque was presented by his former coach and president of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Joe A. Stepp, his former teammate and current Dean of Students, Mr. Scott Cornett, and his former teammate and current Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.
Tammy Oakes attended Alice Lloyd from 1980-1982 just before the college became a four-year institution and received her associate’s degree in education. This lady played softball for two seasons, but left her mark as a starter on the Lady Eagles basketball squad. She was known for her play-making and leadership ability.
During her softball career, she was elected team captain both seasons and earned the Gold Glove Defensive Award. On the basketball court, however, is where she shone as she led the squad in assists. She was also among the leaders in steals and rebounds. She was selected to the KIAC All-Tournament team and received numerous awards in other tournaments as well. Her coach, Mr. Gary Gibson, said she was a true coach on the floor and was excellent at recognizing and making adjustments during ballgames. Additionally, she excelled in the classroom as she was a member of the Caney Creek Honor Society and was on the Dean’s List each semester. Furthermore, she received the Physical Education Award and graduated cum laude in 1982. It should come as no surprise that she later completed her degree and became the head women’s basketball coach at Alice Lloyd for two seasons. During that juncture, her teams compiled a 25-28 record and were known for their hard play.
Oakes was accompanied by her husband, Jim Oakes, and her sister and former ALC student, Tracey Parks. In addition, two of her best friends from her time at Alice Lloyd, Linda Squires and Kathy Belcher, were also present to share her honor.
Currently, Oakes resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she serves her community as a Special Education teacher at Sylvan Park Paideia Elementary School.
Her plaque was presented by the president of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Joe Stepp, the current women’s basketball coach, Mr. John Mills, and the Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.
John David Slone attended ALC from 1994-1997. He was a vital three-year member of the Eagles basketball team as a power forward. He was known for his scoring ability and athleticism.
His accomplishments on the court were numerous. He shot over 40% from the three-point line during his final two seasons. He led the team in rounding his junior year and was among the team leaders throughout his time. Offensively, he averaged 16 points a game as a junior and 20 as a senior. During his sophomore and junior years, he was a major contributor and played on two national tournament teams that compiled an outstanding 52-18 record. As a senior, he ranked second in both scoring and rebounding and was among the conference leaders in both categories as well. Furthermore, he was chosen TVAC All-Conference as well as being voted Co-MVP. When he finished his athletic career, he had compiled 1064 points and nearly 600 rebounds. These totals place him among the schools elite. Academically, he finished his work at Alice Lloyd, received the Caney Cottage Scholarship, and achieved his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Slone was joined by his wife, Cassie, and his daughters, Kennedy and Tori.
Currently, he is employed by world-renowned international design-build construction firm Gray Construction of Lexington, KY, where serves as the company’s project manager. He has also competed on the Ironman Circuit for the past three years, and is currently in training for the 140-mile Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon. Additionally, he and his wife have founded The Foster Care Council, which is a charity that supports local foster children in Fayette County, Kentucky.
His plaque was presented by his former coach and president of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Joe A. Stepp, his former coach, Dr. Jim Stepp, former coach, Mr. John Mills, and by the Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.
Robert Wright attended Alice Lloyd from 1985-1990. This gentlemen played baseball, but left his mark on the Eagles tennis squad where he was known for his all-around excellent game.
During his baseball career, he was a starting pitcher for three seasons. He was elected Honorable Mention All-Conference, and received the Coaches Award his final season.
On the tennis court, however, is where he stood out. During his years in the royal blue and white, he excelled, winning a staggering fifteen individual tennis tournaments. He is widely considered the finest tennis player in school history.
Academically, Wright was a regular on the Dean’s List and graduated with a degree in education. He became a teacher in Perry County and served in this capacity for over 25 years until his recent retirement. Currently, he resides in the Ashcamp community of Pike County.
His plaque was presented by the president of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Joe A. Stepp, his former coach and current Dean of Students, Mr. Scott Cornett, and the Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.]]>
The Lady Eagles Volleyball team hosted Brescia University at home on October 20, 2014 in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness match. The Lady Eagles dedicated the game to the memory of Thelmarie Thornsberry, longtime registrar at Alice Lloyd College, who lost her battle with cancer over the summer, and to all others who have been affected by the terrible disease.
The Lady Eagles lost the match in 3 sets, with the scores of 13-25, 16-25, and 17-25. Savannah Sizemore led the Lady Eagles with 7 kills while Katie McFarland had 9 digs.]]>
The ALC Men’s Golf Team held their first Scramble Fundraiser at Stonecrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg, Ky on Monday, October 20th. The ALC Men’s golf team won the event shooting 60 (-12). They raised enough funds to purchase 2 rangefinders for the team.
The team would like to thank Bob’s BBQ, Stonecrest Golf Course and the Hindman Settlement School for their support.]]>
Justice had a “fairy-tale” high school basketball career, averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.9 steals per game during his senior year. His efforts helped make the Shelby Valley Wildcats the 2010 KHSAA State Basketball Champions and completed the season 32-4, ranking them 90th in the nation. For his achievements, Justice was named MVP of the state tournament, Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, and became the 2010 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year.
Justice began his college basketball career at the University of Louisville, where he proudly played for Coach Rick Pitino. As a two year member of the Cardinals, Justice was a solid contributor as a point guard, earning himself the nickname “the Bullet”. During his sophomore year, Justice saw Louisville win the Big East Tournament and play in the Final Four, held in the Superdome in New Orleans where the Cardinals played the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
After his second year, Justice transferred to the University of Pikeville in order to be close to home. Justice completed his last two years of eligibility at UPike, where he led the team in assists and steals.
Justice says, “I have been involved in the game my entire life, and I have been fortunate to have learned under some great coaches. I want the opportunity to help these young men grow and improve just like I was given the chance by others.”
Amanda Clark, Dean of the June Buchanan School, had high praise for the new coach. “The thing that impresses me the most about Mr. Justice, even more than his basketball expertise, is his high character. I am certain that he will be an excellent role model for our students both on and off the basketball court. I am confident that the young men and women at JBS will learn a lot from him, and I am so glad to welcome him and his wife Morgan into the JBS family.”
Justice is inheriting a young team, but the first year coach is eager for the challenge. “I can’t wait to get to work. I am going to push these young men to become the best that they can be. I can’t predict a record, but I know that we will be ready to give our all every day in both practices and games. I am confident that with hard work, we will develop into the best we can possibly be, and that is all I can ask.”
Justice is married to Morgan Varney of Belfry, KY. He is also the pastor of the Pilgrims Prayer Church in Dorton.]]>
“This tournament was our best tournament of the fall and our worst tournament of the fall,” stated golf coach Dr. Robert Hamilton. It was the best tournament of the fall because the team beat KIAC rival Asbury University in the first round. It was also their best tournament because they finished 13th of 15, and not last. ALC’s lowest player was 71st of 77 and 53 strokes ahead of the overall lowest player who finished the tournament. Tyler Hayes also had a breakthrough round, shooting a 77 in the first round to stand in 7th place in a very strong field. It was the team’s worst tournament in that they went 352/351 for a 703, their worst score of the year. “We can play much better. Our top player simply had a bad tournament,” said Coach Hamilton.
Results are posted here.]]>
The Alice Lloyd Lady Eagles volleyball team squared off with Pikeville and Johnson University on Saturday, October 4th. Both games took place at the University of Pikeville. Here is a recap of the two games.
ALC would battle the hosts in the first contest. ALC went down by the scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-12.
Macy Allen had 10 kills for the Lady Eagles while Katie McFarland recorded 8 digs.
ALC’s second opponent would be Johnson University. ALC played their foes hard but couldn’t quite come away with the victory, falling 29-27, 20-25, 25-22, 25-14 and 15-11.
Savannah Sizemore and Macy Allen had a tremendous game, leading the Lady Eagles with 12 kills each. Lakin Adams had a breakout game recording 4 kills out of 6 attempts and 2 major blocks. Allen also had 12 digs while McFarland would tally up 10 digs of her own.]]>
Sophomore Macy Allen once again led the team with 16 kills. Freshman Savannah Sizemore was close behind with 14. Sizemore also recorded 4 service aces and 1 solo block. Senior libero Katie McFarland stepped up for the Lady Eagles and recorded an outstanding 32 digs. McFarland’s near perfect passing helped sophomore setter Courtney Hodge record 30 assists. Junior Delaney Pritchard settled into her new role and recorded 13 digs. The Lady Eagles received support from senior Shayla Brinegar as she recorded 9 kills, 2 service aces, and 9 digs. Freshman Lakin Adams and junior Sarrah Huber followed with 5 and 4 kills respectively. Katie McFarland also recorded 2 kills.
The set scores were 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 13-25, and 15-9.
When asked about the seniors, Coach Wilson said “Katie McFarland and Shayla Brinegar are two people that come to mind when I think of leaders. Both of these young ladies have shown great leadership abilities on and off the court and will be greatly missed. They both are among the team leaders in several important statistical categories but their value to our team is more than the stats they accumulate. Katie and Shayla are so important to our school and volleyball team and they are certainly going to be missed. I have enjoyed coaching both Katie and Shayla and I know that they will be very successful in life with their future endeavors.”]]>
Sophomore volleyball starter Macy Allen has claimed her spot as the Female Athlete of the Week. In ALC’s 3 matches over the weekend, Allen recorded 38 kills, 16 digs, and 1 block. The Chesapeake, Ohio native is averaging 2.49 kills and 1.06 digs per match. Macy is having her best season yet, leading the team with 87 kills, compared to last season’s total of 60. Allen and the Lady Eagles are on track for a record breaking season. Allen’s sharp hitting has played a crucial role in the team’s recent success.]]>