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Citizens Bank of Cumberland County

Last Updated: 3/5/2021 5:14 PM

Athletics Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Citizens Bank Cumberland County Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor the athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who excelled in their respective sports or coaching/support roles and who helped to bring honor, recognition, distinction and excellence to Cumberland County.

The inductees should demonstrate integrity, character, citizenship, leadership, and community involvement during high school career and beyond. All inductees selected to receive this honor will have a plaque in their honor displayed.

Hall of Fame nominees are accepted by the Hall of Fame Induction Committee. Criteria for induction to the Hall of Fame is based upon the candidates athletic excellence, coaching or exceptional contributions.


Nomination Form


2019-2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

John Allen

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • 4 year starter in High School Basketball
  • McDonalds All-American Basketball nominee 1990
  • All District Basketball 1988, 1989, 1990
  • All State Basketball 1990
  • East West High School Basketball All Stars 1989
  • 1000-point club High School Basketball
  • Regional Champion 300 meter hurdles and 110 high hurdles
  • 4 year EKU Basketball Player
  • Member of EKU Hall of Fame
  • Graduated as 2nd leading scorer in EKU history
  • Pro basketball league Finland


John Allen

Ernestine Carter Brewer

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • Career averages of 23.8 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game
  • Scored 2017 career points and had over 1,000 rebounds
  • All time single game scoring leader-65 points, currently tied for 4th all time in Kentucky
  • All time single game rebound leader-35 currently tied for 2nd most all time in Kentucky
  • All District 1977-1981
  • All Region 1981
  • All State 3rd Team 1981
  • 15th All Time leading scorer at Campbellsville University--1490 points
  • NAIA All American Second Team


Ernestine Carter

Craig Coe

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • All District Baseball 1990-91, 1991-92
  • State Runner-Up 100-meter dash jump
  • 3rd in State Long Jump 1991
  • State Runner-Up Long Jump 1992
  • 1000 points in Cumberland Co High School Basketball
  • 4 year All District Basketball
  • All Region 4 District Basketball 1990-91
  • 4 year member of Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball Team



Gene Norris

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • 1000 Point Club Basketball
  • All District Basketball 1972-73 and 1973-74
  • All BRVC Basketball Team 1972-73 and 1973-74
  • All State Honorable Mention Basketball 1972-73 and 1973-74
  • Set and broke individual men's scoring record during career
  • Averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds per game Junior year and 20 points and 14 rebound per game Senior year.
  • 1971 4th in State Long Jump
  • 1972 3rd in State 880 yard relay team
  • 1973 State Champion Long Jump, State Champion Triple Jump

Leon Smith

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • Played 5 years on Burkesville High School
  • Varsity team (125, 9)
  • All District Basketball Team 1953-54 and 1954-55
  • All Regional Basketball Team 1953-54 and 1954-55
  • Member of 1954-55 that had record of 30-1
  • Played on 1956 Kentucky/Ohio All Star Team
  • Played on 1956 Kentucky All Star team vs Lindsey Wilson College (1 player per each region)
  • 4 year starter in college, 2 years at Lindsey Wilson College and 2 years at Pfeiffer College
  • 34 rebounds in one game in 1957-58 at Lindsey Wilson College
  • All tournament team at Western Carolina College tournament in 1959-60 while playing for Pfeiffer College
  • 48 points and 48 rebounds in tournament
  • Fort Dix Army basketball team member 1960
  • 20 years + as the Kettle Elementary School Hawks basketball, football and track team coach

Larry McDonald

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • Played Varsity Basketball Burkesville High School 4 years
  • 2,079 career points in varsity basketball
  • Played on 1954-55 team which is considered the best team in Cumberland Co history.
  • At time of graduation, held county individual scoring record 42 points.
  • Kentucky All Star in KY/IN All Star game 1955
  • 3rd team All State 1955
  • College basketball 3 years Tennessee Tech
  • Cumberland Co High School Basketball Coach 11 years
  • Cumberland Co High School Athletic Director 10 years
Larry McDonald

Phillip Stover

  • Cumberland Co Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 2019-20
  • Started on Marrowbone Cardinal team of 1952-53 that lost by 3 points in Regional final game.
  • All District 1952-53
  • All Regional 1952-53
  • All District 1953-54
  • All State Honorable Mention-1954
  • Chosen for Kentucky High School East West All Star Game 1954
  • Received athletic scholarship to Tennessee Tech University
Phillip Stover

Martha Norris Memorial High School Basketball Team 1926-27

  • Only basketball team from Cumberland County to compete in the Kentucky High School State Tournament.
  • Lost only game in Quarter-Finals to eventual winner of the tournament (Millersburg Military Academy), who was subsequently disqualified for using ineligible players. Only seven players from Marrowbone participated in the regional and state tournament.
  • One of the best players was not allowed by parents to travel Louisville (Regionals) and to Lexington (State).
  • Credited with inventing the Fast Break basketball style of play.
  • Did not have a gymnasium, practiced on an outdoor court, and thus played all games on/in opponents home courts.
  • Team members--Irvin Huddleston, Samuel Alexander, Joe Turner, Frank Alexander, Paul Strange, James Davis, Mitch Thurman, and Irby Wilson