The Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 51st, 52nd and 53rd members on Saturday, Feb. 2, during Homecoming festivities.
Melissa (Missy) Bottoms Harper ’98, Dr. Dexter Allan Dickey ’85 and the 1981-82 women’s basketball team were welcomed into the Hall of Fame by Director of Athletics Jeff Bain and Director of Alumni Affairs Edna Luna.
Harper, a 1994 graduate of Giles County High School in Pulaski, was a member of the women’s basketball team at Martin and became the second female to score more than 1,000 points in her four-year career. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Homecoming attendant and a member of the honor society. She has been teaching and coaching in Giles County since 2006 and has been head coach of the Giles County High School Lady Bobcats since 2009.
Dickey was a 1982 graduate of Florida High School in Tallahassee, Fla., where he was an All-State basketball player. He played for two years at Martin when it was a junior college, being named Most Valuable Player after averaging 25 points per game and being selected All-Conference, All-Western and All-Region. He was also a member of the tennis team. He works as a district manager for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Md., and has been an adjunct professor over the past 10 years.
Five members of the 1981-82 women’s basketball team were present, along with team’s coach, George Ogilvie, for the induction. Mattie Harney Bledsoe of Elkton, Tenn., spoke on behalf of her teammates: Angie Buttrum, Venice Powell, Angie Datuin and Ann Sherrill. Other members of the team that posted a 22-3 record and were ranked first in the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association and fifth in the nation among all junior colleges, were Sharon Braden Garrett, Cozietta Evans, Mary Susan Moore, Margaret Nelson, Teresa Officer Milton, Lynn Smith, Mary Thomison Crenshaw, Mae Francis White, the late Jenny Terry and the late Dottie Kelso, who was inducted into the Martin Methodist Sports Hall of Fame as an individual member of the team in 1997.
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