Five new inductees headed into UPIKE Athletic Hall of Fame


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PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville Athletic Hall of Fame is set to grow by five members on Sunday as the 2016 class will be inducted at 4 p.m. on Sunday as part of this year’s Athletics Awards Banquet at the UPIKE Gym.

This year’s class includes five individuals who were selected by the school’s hall of fame committee.

Included in the 2016 class are two football players, offensive lineman Brad Allen and kicker Kyle Chilton, baseball pitcher Jordan Compton, bowler Jennifer Wright King and volleyball player Hilary McKenzie.

Sunday’s ceremony will also honor the multitude of conference and national academic and athletic awards accumulated by UPIKE student-athletes during the 2015-16 season.

Allen came to Pikeville College after a celebrated career at Breathitt County High School, where he was a three-time all-state selection and was named the 2002 Regional Player of the Year by the KHSAA.

As a Bear, Allen was a four-year starter on the offensive line. After three years of playing guard, he moved to center as a senior and not only inherited the most demanding position on the offensive front, but along with it called the blocking schemes for his line mates. In addition, as a sophomore he was a starter on the 2005 team, the first to qualify for the NAIA playoffs.

Since graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 2008, Allen has been a very successful football coach. He was an assistant on the 2014 state championship team at Belfry High School, and is the all-time leader in coaching victories at East Ridge High School, where he has been named District Coach of the Year.

Chilton enters the University of Pikeville Athletics Hall of Fame after a football playing career that included two All-American honors and multiple conference awards.

As a kicker and punter for the Bears from 2006 to 2009, Chilton was named an NAIA All-American in 2008 and 2009, was a four-time All Mid-South Conference East Division performer and was named MSC Special Teams Player of the Week eight times.

At the time of his induction to the hall of fame in 2016, Chilton held Pikeville career records for most field goals made (37), most extra points made (88) and most punting yards (5,351).

The records continued for single-season marks, including most field goals made with 14 in 2006.

One of Chilton’s most impressive accomplishments was his school-record 61-yard field goal at West Virginia Tech in 2006. The first-half kick was held by 2014 hall of fame inductee Justin Lamb and sailed until hitting the crossbar and sliding across for three points. Chilton went 4-for-4 in the game and was named the NAIA National Player of the Week.

Compton enters the University of Pikeville Athletics Hall of Fame after one of the best pitching careers in baseball history at the school.

In 2008, Compton’s ERA ranked third in the NAIA and first in the Mid-South Conference at 1.34. Compton allowed just eight earned runs the entire season and also led the conference in strikeouts, tallying 10.2 per game. Compton also led the MSC in ERA in 2007 at 2.25 and in strikeouts with 71.

Compton earned All-MSC Honorable Mention honors in 2007 and 2008.

A native of Bee, Va., Compton attended Haysi High School and was drafted in the 36th round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft by the Baltimore Orioles before opting to continue his career collegiately. He spent two seasons at the junior-college level before transferring to Pikeville.

Following his playing career, Compton spent time as an assistant coach with the Pikeville College baseball and women’s basketball teams before taking over as the head baseball coach at East Ridge High School in 2013. Compton stayed at East Ridge for three seasons before taking over at Shelby Valley High School in 2016.

It’s difficult to imagine someone having a more decorated career than Wright King, who not only helped the Bears to their second USBC Intercollegiate Team Championship, but also followed it up with the Intercollegiate Singles Championship one month later.

Wright King helped the Bears to the ITC championship on April 19, 2008 with a 2-0 win over Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. One month later, she defeated Kristen Nielson 3-1 in the finals to claim the ISC crown in Milwaukee, Wis.

Jennifer was the 2010 USBC Player of the Year, becoming only the second Pikeville player to achieve that honor, and was a two-time first-team All-American as selected by the USBC.

Also a member of the Hall of Fame as part of the 2008 team which was inducted in 2014, Jennifer’s career average of 202.072 is presently third in the storied history of Bears’ bowling. Her differential – the difference between her score and the average score of the field in a given tournament – of 35.130 is presently the best of all-time.

McKenzie finished her playing career as one of the most decorated volleyball student-athletes in University of Pikeville history, earning her spot in the 2016 Hall of Fame.

As a junior in 2004, McKenzie led the MSC in blocks per game at 2.0, helping the Bears lead the conference in blocks as a team at 4.7 per game. For her efforts, she was a Second Team All-MSC selection in 2004, followed by a First Team All-MSC selection as a senior in 2005.

In her three seasons at Pikeville, McKenzie helped the Bears rack up 40 wins, including a 20-7 record in 2003 to finish third in the MSC standings. At the conclusion of her four-year career, McKenzie was first in Pikeville history in blocks with 748 and block assists with 320.

A native of Lucasville, Ohio, McKenzie has worked as an educator since graduating in 2006, most recently in the Fayette County Public School system.

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