BETSY LAYNE – The newest class was inducted into the Betsy Layne High School Hall of Fame on Friday night. Among those inducted into the BLHS Hall of Fame were former Floyd County Schools Superintendent Gene D. Davis, former All-State basketball honoree and Vanderbilt University player Ray Foster Clark and the 2010-11 Betsy Layne High School boys’ basketball team, which captured an All “A” Classic state championship.
Davis played for Betsy Layne from 1952-1955 before serving two years in the United States Army. He returned from military duty to graduate from Pikeville College and Eastern Kentucky University after which he served as a teacher and principal at Betsy Layne High School from 1963-1988. Davis served as superintendent from 1996-1997.
Clark played basketball for Betsy Layne from 1954 -1958, averaging 28 points per game in his final year. As a high school player, was selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game and chosen as a member of the All-State team during the 1957-58 season. Davis played at Vanderbilt from 1958-1961 and was a member of the Co-SEC Champions, along with Kentucky, in the 1960-61 season.
The 2010-11 Betsy Layne High School boys’ basketball team, under the direction of head coach William “Junior” Newsome and his staff of Randy Coleman, Bryan Dixon, Brandon Kidd, Troy Cole, and Gary Keathley, ranks as one of the top squads in school history. The players were Nathan Martin, Casey Adkins, Dylan Maldonado, Derek Tackett, Andrew Roberts, Tyler Recznik, Zach Tackett, Coby Harmon, Michael Henson, Tanner Martin, Garran Newsome, Braxton Tackett, Blake Spencer, Dylan Hamilton, Peyton Case and Dustin Rogers. All members of the 2010-11 boys’ basketball team were also inducted into the Betsy Layne High School Hall of Fame.
During the 2010-11 season, Betsy Layne compiled a record of 20-2 in the 15th Region, won the 58th District championship, claimed the 15th Region All “A” championship and captured the 2011 All “A” Classic state title.
Greg Moore is a contributing writer/photographer for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached via email at [email protected]