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Boone Athletic Hall of Fame to become reality

It’s been a long time coming for the first induction class of the Daniel Boone High School Athletic Hall of Fame, but on Thursday their time will finally come.
Nineteen former coaches, athletes and administrators will be honored during a ceremony at the high school on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. A reception will start the night in the Commons Area at the high school followed by the formal inductions at 7 p.m.
It’s something that is long overdue, according to organizer and inductee Rick Wagner.
“We wanted to make sure that our former players and coaches got recognized, and a hall of fame is the best way to do that,” Wagner said. “We are really looking forward to getting it done.”
Wagner, who will be inducted for his time as an athlete (1975-1978) and softball coach (2003-2014), says it will be an honor just to stand in front of a group of coaches and players that he has admired for so long.
“To be honest with you, it’s going to be pretty intimidating when you look out there in the audience and you see Bobby Snyder, Ken Green and Clarence Mabe, George Moody, Karl F. Winkle and some of those other coaches that were here back in the ‘70s.
“The people that we are putting in there are well deserving of it, for sure.”
For many, it won’t be their first induction into a hall of fame, as former boys basketball coach Bobby Snyder has been inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame, along with others, but the former coach says that this will be the most special.
“I feel so, so honored,” Snyder said. “It’s a big honor to be inducted and go be able to enjoy this with so many people.”
Snyder accumulated 835 wins during his 34 years as boys basketball coach. He led the Blazers to their first and only Arby’s Classic win in 1984, the second year of the tournament, when they defeated Pulaski, Virginia, to win the crown.
He is just one of the many coaches that helped lay the foundation for the Daniel Boone sports programs that will be inducted into the school’s new athletic hall of fame. Joining him will be Mabe (baseball and girls basketball 1972-1986), Green (football 1972-2001), Mary Ann Bacon Nelson (cheerleading 1971-1998), Winkle (cross country, track and football 1971-1991), Larry Barr (softball 1981-2002), Dave Togerson (baseball and football 1975-2000), Moody (track and cross country 1976-2006), Dorothy Rose (volleyball 1971-1988), Bill Wager (softball 2003-2014), Jerry Jenkins (baseball, girls basketball and football 1989-present), Charles Herman Tester (administrator 1984-2001), Lloyd White (athletic director 1975-1995), Nathan Hale (administrator 1971-1980) and Stan Kinnett (wrestling 1973-1981, 1985-2003).
It will be a great honor for Moody, who mentioned how much fun it will be.
“I’m humbled to go in on the first class,” he said. “I think that it is a great idea, especially with all of the other coaches and administrators that are being honored. I guess that we were the early starters of the school and coaching, and maybe we laid some cornerstones. But of everyone in it, I might be the weak link. But I am very humbled.”
Moody, along with Winkle and current cross country coach Len Jeffers have brought the only state championships to the Trailblazers, with cross country titles by all three. Winkle was the first coach to bring home a title in 1981, Moody won his in 1998 and Jeffers in 2014.
Last year, the school established a softball hall of fame and its members are Toney Bailey Jenkins (1987-1990), Leah White Looney (2003-2006), Lynna McInturff Bingham (2002-2005) and Becki Jones Feathers (1987-1990).
For more information about the event call Daniel Boone High School at 477-1600.