Basketball stars of years past will be honored when the Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame induct two individuals and one team during the 2013 Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Melissa (Missy) Bottoms Harper ’98 of Pulaski and Dr. Dexter Allan Dickey ’85 of Crawford, Fla., will join the 1981-82 women’s basketball team as the 51st, 52nd and 53rd inductees since the Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1996.
The induction luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. in the Upperman Room on the second floor of Martin Hall. Cost is $20 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 931-363-9882.
Missy Harper, who earned her business degree from MMC, was the second women’s player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career. She has been a teacher and coach at Giles County High School since 2006, and is in her third season as head coach of the girls’ basketball team.
Dexter Dickey earned All-Conference, All-Western Division and All-Region honors in basketball following the 1984-85 season, and was also nominated for All-America. He was selected a team captain and earned Most Valuable Player honors for the season, leading Martin Methodist in scoring (25 points per game) and assists. He also played varsity tennis. After a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, he went on to earn social science, political science and public administration degrees from Florida State University, where he earned a doctorate in public administration. He has served as an adjunct professor in the Division of History and Social Science at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College.
The 1981-82 women’s basketball team posted a 22-3 record under head coach George Ogilvie, finishing the season as conference champions. The team was ranked first in the region of the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association and fifth nationally. During the season, the team traveled to New Zealand, where it played nine games. Leading the team was the late Dottie Kelso, who was individually inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. Other members of the honored team are: Mattie Harney Bledsoe of Nashville; Sharon Braden of Elkton, Tenn.; Angela Buttrum of Nashville; Mary Crenshaw Thomison of Lewisburg, Tenn.; Angelena Datuin Shelton of Rogersville, Ala.; Cozietta Evans of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Regina McGill of Palm Harbor, Fla.; Teresa Milton Officer of Sparta, Tenn.; Vernice Powell of Elizabethton, Tenn.; Carol Ann Sherrill of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Mae Francis White of Alamo, Tenn.; and the late Jennifer Warner Terry of Fort Hood, Texas. Managers were Lynn Smith, Mary Susan Moore and Margaret Nelson.
Following the luncheon, the inductees will be introduced at halftime of the RedHawk women’s basketball game against TranSouth Conference opponent Blue Mountain College, which begins at 2 p.m. in the Curry Christian Life Center on campus.
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