MT. VERNON —
A total of nine inductees took their place in the Mt. Vernon Township High School Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night at Changnon Gymnasium.
The list consisted of Randy Odle (Friend of MVTHS), Mike Bevis (athlete), Tim Holloway (athlete), Gary Jones (athlete), Eddie King (athlete), Steve Lively (athlete), Susie Woodward Maynard (athlete), the 1988-89 boys track team and the 1980-81 boys basketball team.
One by one each inductee was introduced with a video montage highlighting there career. Master of Ceremonies Rob Wielt read off notable accomplishments for each of the athletes and asked them to step forward, receive their plaque and address the audience. Eddie King was unable to attend, but Hall of Famer Max Hooper accepted the honor on his behalf and spoke to the crowd. He highlighted the humility and respect of the new class. King was a member of back-to-back state champion Rams basketball teams in 1949 and 1950. The 1950 squad never lost a game.
Randy Odle opened the speaking portion of the evening. He was inducted in the Friend category. Odle hasn't missed a boys basketball game since 1966, which was his freshman year of high school.
“It's been enjoyable and a good time.
The basketball season also coincides with his marriage anniversary.
“I don't know how many anniversaries I've missed because of basketball games,” Odle said.
Mike Bevis joked about being wary about the quality of his speech and the impact it might have on his Hall of Fame status. Bevis was one of a select few boys basketball players to start as a freshman. He finished his career as a top 20 career scorer for the Rams.
“I asked (MVTHS Athletic Director Doug Creel) no matter how bad the speech is you cannot revoke my induction, is that right?,” Bevis said. “He said that's never happened so that's a relief to me.”