MT. VERNON — —
Seven individuals and a pair of teams highlight this year's Mt. Vernon Township High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
The individuals are: Mike Bevis (Class of 1973), Tim Holloway (1994), Gary Jones (1965), Eddie King (1950), Steve Lively (1975) and Susie (Woodward) Maynard (1981). Randy Odle (1969) is also being inducted in the Friend of MVTHS Athletic Department category.
The teams being inducted are: the 1980-81 boys basketball and the 1988-89 boys track. All of the inductees will be honored at a dinner Saturday, Feb. 22.
Mike Bevis (Class of 1973)
Bevis played four sports for the Rams and starred for the basketball and football squads.
He finished with 939 points over his Rams basketball career and was the first four-year starter for the Rams since Hall of Famer Coleman Carradine in 1957.
During his freshman season, he scored 174 points for a team that advanced to the Sweet 16, won the South Seven and finished 21-6.
For the football Rams, he started at quarterback his junior and senior seasons. His senior season the Rams finished the regular season 8-1-1.
Tim Holloway (Class of 1994)
Holloway played baseball and basketball for Mt. Vernon before attending SIU Edwardsville where he played both sports on an athletic scholarship. He is also the current Rams baseball coach.
“I grew up always wanting to play for the Rams, and I was fortunate to have a lot of people help me,” Holloway said.
Holloway finished his Rams basketball career as the fifth leading scorer (1,355 points). He was a three-year starter for the Rams and during that time Mt. Vernon won three regional, one sectional and a South Seven Conference title.
Gary Jones (Class of 1965)
Jones finished his Rams basketball career with 1,237 points and is the seventh all time scorer in the school's history.
Jones piled up 535 points during his senior year for the Rams and was named to the South Seven Conference first team. He was also named to the prestigious Centralia Holiday Tournament first team.
He accepted a basketball scholarship to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he played two years before finishing his career at Nicholls State University for his final two seasons.
Eddie King (Class of 1950)
King was a starter for Hall of Fame basketball squads that won back-to-back state championships in 1949 and 1950. The Rams lost just three games during the two seasons.
King played college basketball for Bradley University along with Mt. Vernon teammate and Hall of Famer John Riley. King's senior season Bradley lost in the NCAA championship game.
In 2011, King was honored by MVTHS with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Steve Lively (Class of 1975)
Lively holds several Rams track and field records
He was nicknamed “The Flea” because of his sprinting abilities. He was a four-year letter winner in track and field along with a two-year letter winner in varsity football.
Lively still holds the school record in the 100 and 440 meters. His senior season, he was South Seven Conference champion in the 100, 220 and 440 meters.
His Rams teams won four consecutive conference championships from 1972-75.
Randy Odle (Class of 1969)
Since Odle's freshman year in 1966, he has attended every Mt. Vernon basketball game, home and away.
He has spent the past 34 years as a volunteer keeping the time clock at all home football games for freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams.
“There's a lot of names on (the Hall of Fame), and it's an honor to be associated with them,” Odle said.
In April, Odle was also inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as a friend of basketball.
Susie (Woodward) Maynard (Class of 1981)
Maynard starred for the basketball and softball Lady Rams.
She also competed for the inaugural girls cross country team.
She racked up 1,369 career points for the basketball team without a three-point line. She set the single game school record for points with 50 her sophomore year.
As a sophomore, she was on the first Lady Rams team to win a sectional. Her teams lost just 19 times in four seasons.
She played three years of softball, starting at second base as a junior and senior. She hit close to .500 her senior year.
1980-81 boys basketball
Keith Law coached the team, and the Rams finished the year 24-5.
Mt. Vernon placed second that season at the Centralia Holiday Tournament.
Members of the team included: Hall of Famer David Hodge, twins Mike and Scott Piper, Steve Fleming, Jeff Shaw, Ben Doggan, Terry Howard, Anthony Tomas, Jerome White, Dan Doillet, Curtis Martin, Byron Weld and Chris Disroe.
Fleming led the team in scoring with 416 points. Mike Piper tallied 357, and Jeff Shaw added 305.
The Rams season ended with a one-point loss to Effingham in the sectional final.
1988-89 boys track and field
Bruce Payne coached the Rams team that won the South Seven Conference meet and won the sectional championship.
Thirteen members of the team qualified for the state tournament in seven events. Those athletes were: Kendall Mays, Rashaun McGee, Truman Tucker, Jason James, Roy Nesbitt, Gary Hammerski, Mike Young, Donte Moore, Kenny Riley, Kerry Riley, Kevin Parker, Maurice Jones and Hall of Famer Jamar Sanders.
Hall of Famer Donte Moore was state champion in the 800 meters. Hall of Famer Jason James was also a member of the team and was the state high jump champion the previous season.