DRAFFENVILLE – Fall sports are well under way already, but Hall of Fame Week, capped by the Friday night football season opener, will serve as a kick-off time for Marshall County.
“It’s a truly exciting time for us because we get the have the hall of fame induction ceremony on Thursday,” MCHS athletic director Jeff Stokes said.
It’s also exciting, Stokes said, because this week is the first of several points on the fall sports schedule in which the primary event will be much more than just another game.
He went on to list the Patriot Bowl, a double-header evening of football; a revival of the Pumpkin Bowl tradition versus Graves County; the homecoming game, this year against Class A powerhouse and reigning state champion Mayfield; plus the Lady Marshal Invitational soccer tourament and the MC Invitational cross-country meet.
In addition, Stokes said, groups from two area churches will present a weekly “Friday Night Lights” program in conjunction with home football games, featuring inflatables and other activities for young people and a hot dogs-and-hamburgers dinner for them.
All that is yet to come, but Hall of Fame Week is upon the county already.
Its highlight will be the induction of the newest members of the three-year old MCHS Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. They are:
* The 1984 Marshall County state champion girls basketball team.
* The 1969 North Marshall Jets baseball team.
* Contributor Bill Morgan.
* Basketball coach James Ernest Fiser.
* Baseball player Leonas “Ty” Goheen.
* Football player Jim Piercefield.
* Basketball player Dan Hall.
* Baseball player Scott Chambers.
* Soccer player Marshall Ray.
* Basketball player Dan Langhi.
The newest members of the Hall have been profiled over the past weeks by the Trib.
Activities leading up to the football game will begin Thursday at 11 with a luncheon, followed by an 11:45 golf tournament at Kentucky Dam Villlage State Park.
“It will be a good chance to go out and get to meet some of these inductees and their families,” Stokes said.
Later that evening, a dinner will be held in the school cafeteria beginning at 5:30. Admission is $15 per person.
“Members of all our sports programs are gonna be involved this year in the dinner and silent auction,” Stokes said.
Activities will move to the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center for the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
“That leads us into our football game Friday night 26th against McLean County,” Stokes said. “We’re making that Alumni Night. Any former MCHS football player that wants to come back, we’re going to introduce them that night.”
That continues a tradition begun last year.
“It will be good to see the young kids, but also get to bring the old kids back,” Stokes said. “Dan Hudson put that together last year. We had close to 60-70 football members that had played here before.”
There will also be a flag football game during halftime.
The new inductees will be recognized during the game, Stokes said.
Other dates for Marshall County sports fans to mark:
Sept. 9, the Patriot Bowl, featuring Calloway County versus Webster County at 6 p.m., followed by the Marshals versus Ballard Memorial.
Sept. 2-3 -- Lady Marshal Classic soccer tournament.
Sept. 23 -- Homecoming. Marshall County versus Mayfield.
Oct. 1 -- MC Invitational cross country meet.
Oct. 28 -- Pumpkin Bowl. Marshall County versus Graves County.
Watch for details to come on these upcoming events.