Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees
Banquet set April 7 at Medina Elementary School
By Steve Short
Sports standouts from Medina High School lead the class of 2017 inductees just announced for the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame.
Medina will host the 21st annual Hall of Fame banquet April 7 at 6:30 at Medina Elementary School.
Eight individuals and one team will be inducted. As the host, Medina will have three inductees – an athlete, team and contributor.
The banquet with catered meal is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and available at Chambers of Commerce and high schools. Advance tickets are advised to assure you receive a meal.
The banquet will also recognize top male and female student-athletes from county high schools. For more info contact Chairman Ken White (731-414-9584).
Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees:
CHARLES PARRETT – A standout forward for Medina High School from 1944 until 1947, Parrett was described in newspaper articles as a sharpshooter and was often the high scorer for the team. Medina won the Gibson Co. Tournament and the Fifth District in 1946 and 1947. The 1947 team also won the Second Divisional Tournament.
CARY THOMAS TODD – Called “Mr. Medina” because of his civic contributions as mayor, business owner and resident, Todd supervised construction of the high school building and was the ticket-taker at Medina basketball games 38 years. Students dedicated the 1954 Hornet yearbook to Todd, calling him “our helpful, devoted friend who has rendered every service possible to uphold the spirit of Medina High” with his untiring efforts and understanding ways.”
MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM 1949-50 – The Lady Hornets won both the Gibson Co. and District 2 Tournaments in 1949 and 1950 and were fourth in the 1950 Region 7 Tourney. The team was powered by two families, the Pirtles and the Parrishes, with Irene Broadway also starting. Team members were Helen Pirtle, Doris Pirtle, Norma Pirtle, Jean Parrish, Robbie Parrish, Achele Parrish, Irene Broadway, Rachel Stavely, Patricia Sellers, Angie Watt, Nancy Scott, Rachel Sparks; Delores Cotton, manager; and Harold Holmes, coach.
B.O. “BO” BOOTH – Served 39 years in the Gibson Co. school system, including 35 years in administration and 21 years as athletic director. Principal at Gibson Co. High School from its opening in 1980 until his retirement in 2007. Directed many basketball tournaments. GCHS gym named in his honor (2008). Inducted into TSSAA Hall of Fame (2016).
RICKY JACKSON – 1973 Trenton Peabody grad, Jackson was an outstanding three-sport athlete, excelling in basketball. A 4-yr. lettermen in the sport, Jackson led the ‘73 Tide to a 30-3 season and state runner-up finish. Earning the nickname, “Tricky Ricky” because of his ball handling skills, Jackson was called “the best ball-handler in the state” by PHS Coach Steve Speed. He averaged 10 points and seven assists per game his senior season. Jackson signed a scholarship to play basketball and baseball at Dyersburg State Community College.
DANIELLE PAGE OCHS – Consummate team player-defender, Ochs led Bradford teams that never lost a home game, 7th – 12th grade, going 128-7 during high school. Her Lady Red Devils played in 4 state tournaments, winning 2 state titles and a runner-up. A guard-wing, Ochs averaged 14 ppg, shooting over 50% FG and better than 80% FT. Scored over 1,000 pts. All State Tournament and Hon. Mention All State, she holds the state tournament individual record for most steals in a single game (8). 3-yr. starter at UT Martin, she finished her career in UTM’s all-time Top 10 in assists, 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted.
CHANTEL POSTON – 5-10, high jumping center, Poston is Milan’s all-time girls scoring leader (5-on-5 era) with 2,013 pts. Class AA Miss Basketball finalist, averaged 15.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg over 4 years, leading Milan to its first state tournament in 27 years and state runner-up. Four-time Milan MVP and All District, two-time All State, All Region, All West Tenn., West Tenn. Player of the Year, All State Tournament, McDonald’s All American nominee, West Tenn. Golden Circle All-Star team, Nashville Tennessean Dream Team comprised of state’s top 5 players in all classes. AAU All-American. Played 4 seasons at Purdue (401 pts., 298 rebs.), her team winning two Big 10 titles. Called a “difference maker” in the 2012 championship, Poston came off the bench to have a double-double, 11 pts., 10 rebs., career-high 5 blocks and game clinching free throws.
KOYA WEBB – 1999 Humboldt grad, Webb was a track star and basketball standout, winning the 1997 state A-AA high jump at 5 ft. 4 inches. A collegiate track star at Wichita State, she won Missouri Valley Conference championships in the Heptathlon (2002, ’04), and high jump (2004). She was All Missouri Valley Conference Indoor (2001, ’04) and All MVC Outdoor four years (2000, 01, 02, 04). Webb is now a celebrity Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Instructor in Los Angeles who has worked with celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, India Aire, Ashley Judd and many other singers, actors, models, corporations and organizations that are passionate about healthy living. She is a source influencer and editorial contributor who’s appeared on NBC, CBS, CNN and the Steve Harvey Show and had her holistic health and detox tips featured in Oxygen, Essence, LA Yoga, Max Sport & Fitness, and Muscle & Performance among others.