The Hopkinsville High School Hall of Fame class of 2023 consists of some of the most outstanding and accomplished athletes in the school’s history. These remarkable individuals have significantly impacted their respective sports at Hopkinsville High School and beyond. Their exceptional achievements and dedication to their athletic careers place them among the most elite athletes attending Hopkinsville High School. The class of 2023 is a testament to the rich legacy of Hopkinsville High School and a source of inspiration for current and future generations of athletes. The Hoptown Press thanks Blake Leach, the Athletic Director of Hopkinsville High School, for bringing these Hall of Famers together and allowing their staff to participate in the festivities on an unforgettable night at Hoptown High.
The 1965 and 1966 Hopkinsville High School State Championship Football Teams
These two teams were back-to-back Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Champions, with the 1966 team adding 13 victories to the 14 wins of the 1965 team. This extraordinary accomplishment resulted in an undefeated 27-0 record across two seasons and a national ranking of fourth. The induction of these teams into the Hall of Fame is a testament to their exceptional performance and lasting impact on the Hopkinsville High School community. It recognizes these teams’ dedication, hard work, and success and honors their enduring legacy.
1965 Hall of Famers in attendance – Pete Moore, Richard Graham, George Seay, Gert Rohall, Kenny Lee, Randal Grace, Steve Holt, and Bob Blakey
1966 Hall of Famers in attendance – Dale Polley, Ben Fletcher, Joe McCollum, Mike Lewis, and Howard Myers
1985 Hopkinsville High School State Championship Basketball Team
The 1985 Hopkinsville High School basketball team has been inducted into the Hopkinsville High School Hall of Fame in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Led by Coach Darryl Hallmark, the team secured a memorable victory against Clay County, winning the state final by a single point with a score of 65 to 64. This remarkable achievement cemented their place in the history of Hopkinsville High School, and their induction into the Hall of Fame is a testament to their dedication, teamwork, and skill. The recognition of the 1985 basketball team honors the legacy of this remarkable group of athletes and celebrates the enduring impact they had on the Hopkinsville High School community.
Hall of Fame Inductees in attendance – Wendell Quarles, Jeff Quarles, Kenny Quarles, David Brown, Lamont Ware, Kenny Smith, Mike Peachers, Sean Waddell, Jimbo Binkley, John Calvert, and Head Coach Darryl Hallmark.
During 1968-1970, David Means was a multi-sport athlete at Hopkinsville High School, excelling in football and basketball. He notably helped our first Tigers basketball team reach the state tournament. After high school, Means continued to shine as a defensive lineman at Southeast Missouri, earning three All-Conference selections and recording an impressive 18 sacks during the 1972 season alone. He received the prestigious Vogelsang Award for Most Valuable Lineman and played a pivotal role in Southeast’s MIAA Conference title win in 1973. After being drafted in the 12th round by the Buffalo Bills, Means played nine games with the team in 1974 before spending half a season with the Calvary Stampedes in the Canadian Football League.
Keith Tandy was an accomplished multi-sport athlete at Hopkinsville High School, lettering four times in football and basketball and twice in track and field. During his time at Hopkinsville, Tandy earned All-District honors twice and received All-State Honorable Mention on the basketball court. He was also named All-WKC in 1972 and was selected for the First Team All-State for football under the guidance of Head Coach Fleming Thorton.
Tandy went on to play football at Western Kentucky University, where he played as a defensive end and earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in both 1975 and 1976. In 1976, due to his athleticism and ability, Tandy was moved to play linebacker for WKU. After college, he continued his football career by playing professionally in the American Football Association with the Kentucky Trackers from 1979 to 1980. Tandy’s outstanding performance and versatility across multiple sports continue to be celebrated and honored by the Hopkinsville High School community.
Steven D. Bailey
Steve Bailey, son of Mary and Odell Bailey Sr., is the fifth of eight siblings. Steve’s passion for baseball started at six when he began playing in the Pee-Wee League at Ruff Park. He became a four-year starter on the Varsity Baseball team at Hopkinsville High School, having played for the Junior Varsity team while attending Hopkinsville Middle School in 1981 and 1982. During his time on the team, Steve was recognized with an MVP Award in his junior year and held the highest batting average for several years.
In addition to his baseball achievements, Steve wrestled on the Hopkinsville High School Junior Varsity team in the 7th and 8th grades. As a Varsity team member, he was selected as Team Captain in his junior and senior years. Steve’s impressive record of 37-1 in 1985 and 39-0 in 1986 contributed to the team’s Kentucky State Championship victories in both years. He also earned an individual Kentucky State Championship in the 167 weight class in 1986. Steve takes pride in being part of the Hopkinsville High School Class of 1986, which he considers the best-graduating class.
Edwin White, an accomplished golfer, was a four-year letterman and team captain of the Hopkinsville High School golf team in his senior year of 1966. He continued his golf career at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lettered all four years and served as team captain in his junior and senior years. In 1970, Edwin achieved great success in college by finishing in the top ten in three tournaments, winning the Tennessee Intercollegiate, placing 11th at the NCAA, and earning a spot on the All-American Team.
Since college, Edwin has continued to excel in golf, winning 21 individual tournaments, six two-man team tournaments, and ten four-man team tournaments, including three state championships. Additionally, he has been an active member of the Kentucky Golf Association’s Board of Directors for 45 years, serving as President twice and once as President of the KGA-PGA.
In 2011, Edwin became the boys’ and girls’ golf coach at Hopkinsville High School, leading both teams to great success. The Boys’ team finished as regional runner-up twice and won the regional championship in 2014. The girls’ team also won their region in 2015 under his guidance. Edwin’s achievements as a golfer and coach continue to inspire and motivate the Hopkinsville High School community.
As an eighth-grader, Jeff Tull tried out for the high school swim team, and his natural talent led him to place second in the state championship that year. He continued to dominate the competition, earning first place in the state championship for the next four years and contributing to the Hopkinsville 1969 State Championship team.
After high school, Jeff pursued diving for the University of Florida and graduated from the graphic design program in 1973. During this time, he met his wife, and together they ran a visual design studio in Louisville for 45 years. Jeff recently retired and spends his free time painting and enjoying his four grandchildren.
Jeff credits his success in swimming to Coach Jerry Alleyen, who provided relentless encouragement and support, and the parents who drove the team to Austin Peay State University every week before the Hopkinsville School Pool was built. Jeff’s swimming achievements and subsequent success as a graphic designer are a testament to his hard work, dedication, and natural talent.
Renikka Toliver Owen
Renikka Toliver Owen was a distinguished multi-sport athlete at Hopkinsville High School from 1998 to 2002, earning a remarkable 13 letters. She lettered three times in cross-country, four times in soccer, and six times in softball. While playing for the Tigers, Renikka contributed significantly to the team’s success, helping them win a district championship in 2001, leading the team in batting average and stolen bases.
Renikka’s success in softball continued at Western Kentucky University, where she started as a walk-on and eventually earned a full scholarship. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Renikka was inducted into the Kentucky Prep Softball Hall of Fame in 2014. She also served as a Christian County High School Softball coaching staff member.
Renikka is the daughter of Tara Toliver, the wife of William Owen, and the proud mother of Daijah and Jordan Owen. Renikka’s outstanding performance and dedication to multiple sports inspire the Hopkinsville High School community.
Kelly Vooris Turner
Caly Vooris Turner was an integral part of the Hopkinsville Lady Tiger Softball team from 1998-2003, starting as the pitcher in her 3rd-grade season. In 2001, Turner played a pivotal role in leading the Lady Tigers to their first fast-pitch district championship title. During her senior year, she was named HHS Softball MVP, recording 23-9, 336 strikeouts, and an impressive season ERA of 0.61. Turner still holds school records at HHS for the most career strikeouts (802), lowest season ERA (0.61), and lowest career ERA (1.02).
Following graduation, Turner continued to make waves in softball at Campbellsville University, where she started as the pitcher in the Fall of 2003- In the spring of 2007. During her time at CU, Turner was named Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week 14 times, made it to the All-Academic Conference Team all four years, and was named to the Mid-South Conference 1st Team all four years. The conference coaches recognized Turner’s talents and selected her as Pitcher of the Year in her Junior and Senior years. She also led her team to Conference Championship Titles in her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Kelly still holds records at Campbellsville for the lowest career ERA (0.96) and most career strikeouts (673).
In 2014, Kelly was inducted into the Kentucky Prep Softball Hall of Fame, a testament to her exceptional performance and dedication to softball. Kelly is the daughter of Jim & Kathy Vooris, wife of JT, and proud mother of Ella and Westin Turner. Her outstanding achievements in softball continue to inspire and motivate the Hopkinsville High School community.
Lexie Bozell Kenady
Lexie Bozell Kenady, a 2013 graduate of Hopkinsville High School, is a distinguished athlete and record-holder in girls’ soccer. She was the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for girls’ soccer and was also the first player to be named Region Player of the Year.
Lexie holds impressive records for Hopkinsville High girls’ soccer, with 163 goals and #18 all-time with the KHSAA. She also has a record with 87 assists and is #6 all-time with the KHSAA. During her sophomore year of high school, she was offered a soccer scholarship to attend Murray State University. However, after graduation, Lexie declined the scholarship to pursue a degree in Nursing, which she completed at Murray State University in 2017.
Since then, Lexie has married her college sweetheart, Nathan Kenady, and welcomed a baby girl, Elliott Rose, in 2020. Lexie’s passion for soccer continues as she is starting to coach her daughter Ellie as she begins her first soccer season this spring.
Lexie is grateful to her teammates, coaches, and parents for always being her biggest fans. She is also thankful to everyone who nominated her for the Hall of Fame, and she remains an inspiration to the Hopkinsville High School community.
Christy Soldo, an outstanding athlete and co-Valedictorian of her graduating class at Hopkinsville High School, was a member of the Lady Tiger Varsity basketball team from 2007 to 2012, starting in eighth grade.
During her senior year, Christy helped lead the Lady Tigers to their first Second Region championship in basketball history and a subsequent trip to the State Tournament. For her exceptional teamwork, Christy received the Patty Jo Hedges “Ultimate Teammate Award” from the Association of Kentucky Basketball Coaches.
Christy earned numerous basketball awards at Hopkinsville, including Second Region, Player of the Year. She also excelled in soccer, track, and softball and was honored with the Second Region female athlete of the year by the Association of Athletic Directors. She was a part of the 2012 Kentucky All-Star Team that won twice against the Indiana All-Stars.
Christy holds the basketball scoring record at Hopkinsville High School with over 1900 points. After receiving a Presidential academic scholarship, she attended Murray State University and played for the Lady Racer basketball team during her freshman year. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology and a Master’s degree in Wetland Ecology from Murray State University. Christy is a biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in Okeechobee, Florida.
Christy would like to express her gratitude to all her teammates, coaches, and teachers who helped her throughout her career as a Hopkinsville Tiger. She remains an inspiration to the Hopkinsville High School community.
Justin Hageman, a 2010 graduate of Hopkinsville High School, was an exceptional athlete who lettered in basketball, baseball, and golf, earning 12 letters.
He made a remarkable impact on the varsity baseball team, starting in 8th grade and helping the team to win its first regional championship in 25 years, ultimately making its first state appearance. During his six-year career with the Tigers, he maintained a batting average of .491 and a school record of a 0.38 earned run average.
Justin was drafted by the Kansas City Royals during his senior year but opted to attend Western Kentucky University instead. He was an All-American for two years and held the record for the most wins and strikeouts as a freshman. He was named pitcher of the year twice, player of the year in the Sun Belt Conference in 2011, and a pitcher of the week eight times during his college career.
Justin’s dedication and hard work have earned him a place in the Hopkinsville High School community and continue to inspire future generations of athletes.
Scott Peck, a 1980 Hopkinsville HS graduate, was widely recognized for his exceptional baseball skills while playing under Coach Satterfield. He was named the MVP of the Hopkinsville Baseball Team and, according to former players and coaches, remains the best baseball player to have come out of Hopkinsville to date. Scott was a 5-tool player, possessing the ability to run, hit for average, hit for power, throw with strength, and play defense at any position.
After completing high school, Scott received a scholarship to Murray State University. He was awarded OVC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference, Racer Baseball MVP, and Murray State Male Freshman Athlete of the Year. With an average of over .400, Scott was an outstanding player. Later, he served as Head and Assistant Coach at Hopkinsville and UHA, where he continued to share his love and knowledge of baseball, contributing to the development of many high school baseball players in Hopkinsville.
Coach Gary Satterfield
Coach Gary Satterfield dedicated his life to teaching and coaching at Hopkinsville High School and Hopkinsville Middle School, starting in 1971. He coached football, baseball, and girls’ and boys’ basketball until 1999, coaching over 1000 games. His legacy as a coach was recognized when he was inducted into the Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and became a lifetime member of the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. He was named the 2nd End Region Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 1998 and led multiple district and region baseball championship teams. He led the basketball teams to two semi-state appearances in 1976 and 1986.
Russ Guffey was a standout athlete at HHS, earning four-year letterman and Academic All-State honors. He was an All-District and All-Region representative and captained the Tigers’ first-ever District championships. After high school, he played soccer for Centre College and became a four-year varsity letterman. After graduation, Russ returned to his alma mater and served as the Head Coach of the Boy’s Soccer team, leading them to four consecutive Region championships. Russ was also a football kicker, setting several records, including breaking the school and state records for extra points in a season with 58. His accomplishments earned him All-Kentucky New Era and All-Western Kentucky Conference honors.
Derek Smith, a Hopkinsville High School (HHS) graduate from 1998, has a strong passion for soccer. During his time at HHS, Smith played varsity soccer for three years and was recognized with various accolades, including All-District, All-Region, and Best Defender and Most Valuable Player awards during his junior and senior years. In 1997, he led the team to a record 18 wins, which was the most in Tiger history.
After HHS, Smith attended Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) and played on the HCC basketball team. He also served as the Junior Varsity head coach for HHS. Later, he transferred to Union College (KY), where he played soccer for three years and graduated with a BS degree in Accounting. While at Union College, he was instrumental in leading his team to become a top-five team in the country for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). As a defender, Smith had 11 goals and five assists, and he received numerous awards, such as 1st Team All-Conference (2000-02), 1st Team All-Region (2001-02), and NAIA All-American (2001-02). Additionally, he was recognized as the Best Defender (2000-01) and Most Valuable Player (2001-02) for his team.
During the summers of his college years, Smith was invited to play in the United Soccer Leagues (USL-2) from 2001 to 2003 for the West Michigan Edge and Cocoa Beach Expos.
After college, Smith became an assistant varsity coach at HHS and signed his first professional contract in 2003. He played professionally for several teams until 2009, including the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer), Minnesota Thunder (now Minnesota United MLS), and Cincinnati Kings (USL-1, now FC Cincinnati MLS). Throughout his professional career, he recorded seven goals and two assists, earning several awards, including 1st Team All-League (2004, 2005) with the Cincinnati Kings and a US defender of the year finalist in 2005. He also played alongside notable players such as David Beckham, Zinho, Freddy Edu, Landon Donovan, and Tony Sanneh.
Today, Smith resides in Florence, KY, and focuses on developing today’s youth in soccer. He co-owns the “School of Ginga” in Cincinnati, which provides soccer training and plays in a supportive environment for children. Additionally, Smith was a board member involved in renovating parks in Cincinnati into street soccer courts. Every June, Smith hosts an annual “Derek Smith Soccer Camp” in Hopkinsville. He is also a certified trainer and owner of Dynamic Performance Training. Smith credits his soccer success to his parents, Rodney and Diane Davis, Coach Bill Scheid, Matt Farinholt, and his HHS teammates.