Knoxville — The upstairs ballroom of the Lake Red Rock Cultural Center was full this afternoon, as a special luncheon was held in honor of the 2013 inductees into the Knoxville HIgh School Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year's inductees included Tracy (Flowers) Curren, Mike Conway and the undefeated 1975 football team. Emcee Joe Cunningham opened the luncheon by introducing Activities Director, and previous Hall of Fame inductee Randy Wilson. Wilson shared information with the crowd, regarding the school's plan to return to the South Central Conference in the fall of 2014 and the procedure for getting into the high school tonight for the induction ceremony.
The first inductee introduced was Conway, class of 1991. Conway earned several accolades in many sports during his KHS career, but his induction comes as a baseball player.
Conway said Knoxville baseball is in his blood. He has many fond memories of his time as a Panther baseball player and even shared a story about the time his coach, Joel Johnson, hit a post after a double-header loss to Albia. The crowd had a good laugh at that one, though Conway's speech was filled with sincere appreciation for his hometown, the sport of baseball and the field.
"Whenever I come back, I like to drive by and see it," Conway said. "It's something I'm very proud of."
Curren was the second inductee introduced. A member of the class of 1997, she was also a three-sport athlete, excelling in all three. As a track star, for which she is inducted, she earned a gold medal at the Drake Relays and was a class 2A high jump champion.
Curren gave much credit to her parents, as well as her coaches and teachers, for making her the person she is today. She shared her faith in God and credited Him for blessing her with athleticism. Her speech included references to those times in her youth, in which she was kept on the right path by the entire community, all of whom seemed to look out for her...and would report any of her wrongdoings to her parents.