MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A few years ago, Riverdale High School formed a Girls Basketball Hall of Fame that inducts new members every two years.
The idea was to install players, managers, coaches and contributors who have supported the school and represented Riverdale with honor, good sportsmanship and dignity.
Why other teams and schools have not done this is unknown. There is a football hall of fame at both Oakland and Riverdale, but I don’t know of any others.
At any rate, in previous years, Riverdale has put coach Buddy Pate in its Hall of Fame, along with Barbara Knox, Betty West, Loletta Wade, Courtney Erickson, Cindy Jennings and Rhonda Malone.
Jennings was the MVP of the 1979 State Tournament. The school also retired Malone’s uniform and number. She is the leading scorer in 6-on 6-girls basketball at RHS.
This year’s reunion and Hall of Fame ceremony is set for Saturday, Jan. 18, at approximately 7:15 p.m. after the girls game against Oakland. The boy’s game will follow.
Riverdale Assistant Principal Judy Sides will conduct the festivities. All former players, coaches and managers are invited to attend. There will be snacks in the upstairs gym at 5 p.m. and the game vs. longtime rival Oakland will begin at 6 p.m.
I’m a little embarrassed but also greatly honored to be one of the people being honored this year as a contributor. I’m really delighted to report that the ceremony will induct some great friends and four players that I helped coach and a golf and teaching friend of mine.
The former players are Patty Thompson (class of 76), an All Mid-State guard, Kelley Ervin (class of 1978) and Melanie Davenport (class of 1979). Kelley was the point guard and steals leader on Riverdale’s first district champion and was All Mid-State as well. Davenport was an outstanding guard on the 1979 State runner up team. Krystal Horton was all everything and played at Central Middle, RHS and MTSU and was a star for all three.
Also being inducted this year is former coach Keith Short, who won 133 games at Riverdale and had 431 wins in his career.
Also going into the Hall in 2014 are: Bernice Brown, who was all Mid–State and third-team All State; Tammie Crown, who was the RHS leading scorer when she graduated, also a district champion and went to Radford University in Virginia, LaKale Malone, who is a member of the 1,000-point club, All Mid-State and All-State. She played at Indiana.
In addition, Riverdale will present a plaque to the 1979, 31–1 state runner-up team and coaches Pate and Shelia Long. The plaque will remain in the Riverdale trophy case.