LEXINGTON – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced today in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 11 members in this year's class will be the 27th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. The Class of 2014 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Lexington Convention Center. The induction of the 11-member Class of 2014 will bring the total number of individuals honored to 423.
Fred Bishop (Pineville, 1973) – A three-sport standout at Pineville High School, Bishop was a four-time All-SEKC selection in basketball, a three-time All-State honoree in football, and a regional track champion in multiple events.
Jeff Brohm (Trinity Louisville, 1989) – A three-sport athlete, Brohm excelled in baseball, basketball and football at Trinity (Louisville). Brohm was a First Team All-District and All-Region selection in baseball, and an All-District Tournament honoree in basketball, as well as the team's most valuable player his senior year.
Caroline Burckle (Sacred Heart, 2004) – One of the most decorated high school swimmers in Kentucky High School history, Burckle won a total of 15 event championships in swimming at Sacred Heart and still holds the state record in the 500 Freestyle. Burckle won eight individual state championships for the Valkyries, winning the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle all four years of her prep career (2001-04), to go along with seven state relay titles.
Sonny Collins (Madisonville-North Hopkins, 1972) – A four-time First Team All-State, three-time All-America, and four-time All-Big 8 honoree, Collins accumulated 6,200 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns for Madisonville-North Hopkins from 1968-71. Collins led the Maroons to back-to-back Class 2A state runner-up finishes his junior and senior seasons, and thrived on the track as well, winning the 100-yard Dash at the 1970 Class 2A State meet with a time of 10.0 seconds, while placing third in the 220-yard Dash.
Mike Fields (Contributor) – Fields has dedicated the last 38 years to covering high school sports in Kentucky, the last 33 of which have been spent at the Lexington Herald-Leader. A committed journalist, Fields recognizes the accomplishments of young men and women on and off the field. He's dedicated his career to giving recognition to the Youth of the Commonwealth, spending countless hours at sporting events across Kentucky.
Ukari Figgs (Scott County, 1995) – One of the best girls' basketball players to come out of Kentucky, Figgs' decorated career includes a KHSAA State Championship, an NCAA National Championship, and a WNBA Championship. Figgs was named Kentucky's Miss Basketball as a senior in 1995 after leading Scott County to a state championship. A three-time All-District and All-Region selection, and a two-time All-State honoree, Figgs averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game as a senior. In the championship game of the 1995 KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16®, Figgs delivered a 14-point, 11-assist double-double to lead Scott County to a 68-45 victory over Pulaski County. She totaled 33 assists during the 1995 state tournament, a mark which is second all-time in KHSAA history.
Don Frye (Monticello, 1960) – Frye scored 1,751 points during a standout prep career, helping lead Monticello to three trips to the KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16® and a 105-28 overall record. A three-time All-District and All-Region selection, Frye was ranked the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky by the Courier-Journal and was listed as one of the Top 30 players in America by Scholastic Magazine in 1960. The 6-4 forward earned All-State Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore, before receiving 2nd and 1st Team honors the following two seasons by averaging 20 points per game. Frye made 65 field goals and scored 160 points over Monticello's three Sweet 16® appearances, numbers which rank 11th and 15th all-time in KHSAA state tournament history. Monticello was the state runner-up at the 1960 state tournament, falling 65-56 to Flaget in the state championship game at Freedom Hall. Frye scored a game-high 24 points against Flaget in the championship game and was named to the 1960 All-Tournament Team.
Derek Homer, Jr. (Fort Knox, 1997) – One of the most productive running backs in Kentucky high school football history, Homer ran for a then state-record 8,224 yards and totaled 112 touchdowns (3rd all-time) at Fort Knox from 1993-96. Named Kentucky's Mr. Football in 1996, Homer also received the Frank Camp and Roy Kidd awards after compiling 3,003 yards (7th all-time) and 43 total touchdowns (41 rushing) for the Eagles as a senior. Homer helped lead Fort Knox to a Class 2A runner-up finish in 1996, as the Eagles fell to Breathitt County, 25-21, in the state championship game. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Homer scored 680 points in his career (5th all-time) and rushed for 110 touchdowns (2nd all-time), including a career-best seven TDs against Taylor County in 1996.
Barbara Ann Isaac (Official) – A pioneer in girls' officiating in the 1970's, Isaac was instrumental in leading the charge for equality for women in all facets of athletics. A star high school basketball player in her own right, Isaac helped lead Roanoke Catholic to the 1952 Virginia State Basketball Championship before embarking on a career in officiating. Isaac became a KHSAA official in 1970 and began to have an impact on social change by helping to put important legislation in action from the ACLU of Kentucky in regards to Title IX and the KHSAA. In 1974, new state legislation required girls high school basketball teams in all schools which sponsored a boys basketball team.
Brooke Marnitz (Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2003) – A versatile athlete, Marnitz was a standout performer in three sports at Paul Laurence Dunbar, while also lettering two years in soccer, highlighted by her efforts on the softball diamond where she was named Kentucky's Miss Softball in 2003. Marnitz played softball and golf for six years each, and basketball for five seasons at Dunbar. She was twice named Regional Player of the Year in softball (2002-03), received All-Region and All-City honors in basketball her junior and senior years, and led the Lady Bulldogs' golf team to a state championship in 2001 and a runner-up finish in 2003, while earning All-Region honors. She ended her softball career as the state's all-time leader in career hits (301) and triples (33), while ranking third with 193 RBI. Marnitz still ranks in the state's all-time top-15 in career hits, runs scored (225), triples, home runs (21), RBI, and batting average (.499). As a senior, Marnitz posted a .622 batting average, going 61-of-98 at the plate, helping her win the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Marnitz played four seasons at the University of Kentucky (2004-07) where she hit .320 with 102 runs scored for her career, and ranks third all-time in UK history with 31 home runs and a .575 slugging percentage.
Russell Miracle (Bell County, 1961) – A multi-talented athlete at Bell County, Miracle was a two-time member of the All-State football team, led the Bobcats to a 13th Region basketball title, and was a leader on the track team. Miracle had never seen a football upon entering high school, but that didn't stop him from earning All-State honors in 1960 and 1961. He started every football game from his freshman season on, playing halfback and defensive back for Bell County. As a junior, he led the state in scoring up until the last two games of the season. As a senior, he was selected to play in the Kentucky East/West All-Star game. He was recruited by Tennessee and Alabama, but chose to play football at the University of Kentucky. A three-year starter on the Bell County varsity basketball team, Miracle helped lead the Bobcats to a 13th Region Championship in 1960 and a berth in the KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16®. Bell County advanced to the second round as he scored 21 points in a win over Harrodsburg, and Miracle went on to earn All-State honors.– KHSAA –