The 1941 Hardin Eagles basketball team leads the sixth class of inductees into the Marshall County Athletic Foundation’s Hall of Fame.
The inductees, announced last week, will be enshrined Aug. 28 in a ceremony at Marshall County High School.
Also named to the hall were former MCHS baseball coach Don Bock and athletes Danny Naughton, Bobby Sanders, Kent McIntyre, Ed Jones and Fields McGregor.
Terry Lee Davis was named for his contributions to Marshall County athletics.
The Hardin team went into the state tournament after completing an undefeated regular season in 1940-41, but illness struck two of its key players, Lewis Thompson and Billy Irvan, and the Eagles were defeated in the semifinals by eventual state champion Inez 29-28.
The Eagles still won the consolation game to claim third place, defeating Henry Clay 32-31.
Team members included 6-5 center John Padgett, plus Ray Jones, John Elkins, James Crosby, J.B. Crisp, Tom Padgett, Gerald Trimble and Tom Trimble. The coach was Karl Johnston.
n Bock was head coach of the Marshals baseball team for 19 years, finishing his career with the 2009 season. He previously served as assistant coach for 14 years.
His 2008 team compiled a 27-5 record and won the District 4 championship. That was one of seven district titles Bock’s teams won, along two Region 1 titles.
n Davis, who moved to Marshall County in 1964, helped launch the North Marshall High School football program in 1966 and was instrumental in establishing the Marshall County Quarterback Club, which he served as president for 17 years.
Later, he helped establish youth basketball and soccer leagues in the north end of the county.
n Naughton, who graduated in 1983, was a baseball standout who also played football and basketball during his career at MCHS. In his senior season, he hit .455 with 32 runs batted in and 12 home runs.
He went on to play for Murray State and signed with the New York Mets. He played four years in the Mets’ minor league system.
Sanders and McIntyre both were chosen for the achievements in football. Sanders graduated in 1999 and McIntyre in 1988.
n Sanders played on the Marshals team that won the Class 4A District 1 championship, with a school record 11 victories including 10 wins in a row. He started on offense, defense and special teams.
He went on to play for Murray State, starting at linebacker on the team that defeated Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo and his Eastern Illinois team to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
n McIntyre was an all-state offensive lineman for the Marshals who, coincidentally, went on to play in college at Eastern Illinois. During his high school career and in college, he was named to a number of all-state and all-America teams.
He was named to the Kentucky All Star Prep Team and Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game defensive lines.
Jones and McGregor were named for their basketball careers.
n Jones was a standout at Benton High School. In his senior season, in the 1956 First Region tournament, Jones and the Indians upset undefeated Heath in the semifinal, only to fall to Mayfield in the championship game.
Jones, an honorable mention all-state pick, went on to play for Tennessee-Martin, where he earned honorable mention on the NAIA All America team in 1960. He rose to the top of the school’s career scoring list and was named to the UTM hall of fame in 1985.
Jones returned to Benton High School where he coached basketball, and after retirement became a fixture at the officials’ table, keeping the scorebook for the Marshals.
n McGregor was a star player on the 1944 Brewers Redmen basketball team which advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament before being eliminated by Dayton.
He was an All-Purchase selection in the first year of that list of outstanding athletes in far western Kentucky and was named to the Courier-Journal’s first team All State list.
McGregor turned down a scholarship offer from Western Kentucky University coach Ed Diddle to go into the military after graduation.