Lexington, KY

#1 Feb 12, 2013
Now that Deming has become Robertson County, who do you think are the best basketball players both boys and girls all time at Deming? By decade?
Old Guy

Duluth, GA

#2 Feb 13, 2013
Back in the day. The day being the mid to late 1950's. The late Scotty Graves was the best "natural athleat" Deming had. I do not doubt he could have played college basketball or baseball, if given the chance. Joburn Montgomery,and Brenton Henson were not bad either. The smartest were Waren Massey and Tony Overby. The funnest were Shortie Buckhanan and Bee Boy Harber.
And since Deming did not have a girl team, the prettest cheerleaders were Nancy Hughes, Karen Cline, Sandy Balengall, Dora Martin, Angie Duncan, Sizzie Jett, Rith Ann Jones, Suzzie & Janatta Harber, and the Hale girls Nancy, Susan, Jonnie & Peggy. Hell, they were all beautiful!
Herman Hale was not a bad coach either. Although he did not much care much for me. I was a lover not a player.(the word player did not mean what it does today. Today I would be a player) I had an eye for the ladies. Herman did not seem to believe this to be good for the smooth operation of Deming. Maybe also he also considered me a threat. He having four beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife. Or maybe I was just full of myself.
I'am not old, I've just been around a long time.
Devils Advocate

Evansville, IN

#3 Feb 13, 2013
To that list I would add Stevie Gifford, Keith Ellis, Daryl Ashcraft, Randy Massey, Victor Dryden and Ronnie Poe. Dryden walked on at UK under Joe Hall and played on their freshman and JV teams and had already made the varsity as a junior but tore an ACL, which ended his career. Gifford also played in college, I think at Morehead. They used to play a lot tougher schedule than the school does now : the Lexington teams and Clark and Scott Counties, etc., and during one stretch there they won 60 some games in three years.
As for cheerleaders, you'd have to add Patti Jo Hester and Shauna Henson.
Hale was a great coach. He played on the state and national championship team at Carr Creek, was All American at Eastern, and coached Brooksville to the state championship before they became Bracken County. He basically gave up his chance for coaching greatness to move to Mt. Olivet and marry his wife, who was from here and refused to move anywhere else. Hale was also a good principal until he developed that palsy which eventually forced him to retire.
Old Guy

Duluth, GA

#4 Feb 13, 2013
Devils, I was long gone from Mt. Olivet long before Pattie Jo was a cheerleader. But I agree she was/is a beautiful young lady. As was her older sister Judy Rae, who I knew very, very well.
I also never got to see any of the guys you mentioned play but would have liked to.
I also agree that Mr. Hale was a good principal, as well as teacher and leader.
Devils Advocate

Evansville, IN

#5 Feb 13, 2013
It has always frustrated me that Mt. Olivet has never kept a coach long enough to let him develop and maintain a consistent program. If you go back from now until 1960, you'll find the average coaching stay has been two years and only a few stayed as long as three. It has not been that the coaches have left on their own. Most of them loved the place and would still be here. It has been the board's insistence on running a revolving door. We've "not rehired" coaches who have gone on to take other schools to the State Tournament, to win Coach of the Year awards elsewhere and to make the Hall of Fame and become some of the all time winningest coaches in Kentucky. If we had been willing to keep one of those guys, there's no telling how drastically different our basketball history might have been.

Lexington, KY

#6 Apr 11, 2013
Wasn't Pete Burton a good player before his life spiraled?

Duluth, GA

#7 Apr 11, 2013
In response to Devils Advocate: Coach Larry Allison spent 14 yrs at the helm and coached baseball, boys and girls basketball. Joe Mitchell also was one of the better athletes to advance in baseball as he played in the minors of the Milwaukee Brewers club... Also remember Adrienne Graves went on to play college ball alond with several others I can't remember but those two names stick out more to me. Coach Allison really brought that program along way from where it used to be

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