DRAFFENVILLE – The 1995 football Marshals and their coach, Jim Shelton, lead the list of inductees who will be enshrined in the Marshall County Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center on the Marshall County High School campus. A silent auction and reception will be held at 5:30 in the high school commons.
Also to be enshrined are Jeff Waters, WCBL’s “voice of the Marshals” since 1993, plus basketball players Jim Owens, Powell Smith and Shawna Smith and track and field standout Brian Palmer.
Inductees were announced in June. On July 20, Shelton died at age 62 of heart failure. The 1995 team won the only region championship in football in the 39-year history of Marshall County football.
Shelton was the winningest coach in MCHS football history, with a 78-50 record. His 1998 team was 11-2 with a 10-game winning streak.
The 1995 team advanced to the state semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Louisville St. Xavier.
Waters, who has announced Marshals football and basketball games for the past two decades, is this year’s representative in the category of supporter of MCHS athletics. In addition to his work at Marshall County, he called Racer football and men’s basketball games from 1996 through 2004.
Owens was a four-year letterman at Brewers High School and was starting center on the 1946, ’47 and ’48 Redmen teams. He is the final member of the starting five of the 1948 team, which was Kentucky’s last undefeated boys state champion, to be enshrined in the MCHS hall.
Powell Smith played for Calvert City High School from 1943 through ’46, gaining All-Purchase recognition four years. He scored 53 points in one game and after high school played for Murray State.A two-sport standout, he was invited to spring training by baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals.
Shawna Smith played three years for the Lady Marshals basketball team and was a member of the 1982 state champion and 1981 state runner-up teams of coach Howard Beth. She went on to play at Murray State.
Palmer holds MCHS records in the 3200 relay and the 1600 meter and was part of the Marshals’ state champion 3200 relay team in 1996. He won silver medals in the 1600 in 1996 and with the 3200 relay team in 1994. He was a first-team all-state selection in cross country (1995) and track (1993, ’94 and ’96).
Activities get under way Thursday with a golf scramble at Kentucky Dam Village State Park golf course. A luncheon at 11 a.m. will precede the 11:30 shotgun start.