MT. VERNON —
Tim Holloway was the third inductee to take the podium. Holloway, the school's baseball coach, finished his career in the top five in scoring for the Rams basketball team. He also excelled on the baseball diamond. He said watching the Rams basketball team of 1986-87 fueled his Mt. Vernon sports fire as a child.
Gary Jones was another former boys basketball player to join the Hall. Jones finished his career surpassing the 1,000 career point mark.
Track and field athlete Steve Lively had the rare distinction of being the second member of his family to take his place among the Mt. Vernon sports elite. He joined his brother Eddie, whose football team was named to the Hall of Fame. Steve said he looked up to Eddie as he was going up.
“I always wanted to be as fast as he was,” Steve said.
Susie Woodward Maynard joined the Hall this year. Her career highlights included scoring a record 50 points against Okawville. Her Lady Rams teams were 76-19 overall during her playing years.
“This is an incredible honor,” Maynard said.
The 1988-89 boys track team sent 13 athletes to the state finals. One of those, Donte Moore, emerged as a state champion. He claimed the title in the 800 meters. Bruce Payne was the head coach of the group. Sonny Ellis, Ron DeForest and Nick Whiteside served as assistants.
The 1980-81 boys basketball team finished with a 24-5 record. The squad took second place at the Centralia Holiday Tournament and advanced to the sectional final where Effingham ended the Rams season for a second straight year. Keith Law coached the team.