Jefferson, Neely, Clayton, Dockins, Birdwhistell inducted into Cougar Hall of Fame
By Jim Turner


Posted on February 8, 2015 4:55 PM



The nine charter members of the newly formed Cougar Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame were inducted before a huge crowd at Logan County High School Friday between games of the Clash of the Cats, both of which were won by LCHS.

A story about the night and descriptions of the accomplishments of four of the inductees can be read on The Logan Journal at http://www.theloganjournal.com/Stories.aspx?Article=features286.

The qualifications of the other five members follow:

Joseph J. Jefferson

LCHS Class of 1999

First-Team All-State in Football

MVP of Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game

Holds Cougar Career and Season Records in Rushing

4-Year Starter for WKU; Holds Punt Return Record

Played in Senior Bowl and Blue & Grey Game

Highest Draft Choice in WKU History (3rd Round)

Starter for Indianapolis Colts as 4-Year NFL Player

 

Joseph was the leader of the first Cougar team to beat Russellville in football. He rushed for 1,405 yards in a season and 3,800 yards in his career but played defense at WKU and in the NFL. An honorable mention All-American in college, he holds the Topper record for averaging 13.5 yards per punt return and for the longest punt return in Western history at 95 yards. He was the fastest defensive back at the 2002 NFL Combine, running a 4.37 40-yard dash. He was Player of the Game for Colts’ wins over the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.

Presenting Joseph’s plaque was his son, Joseph Jefferson II.

 

Katherine Neely Murrie

LCHS Class of 1999

State High School Golf Champion

All-State Golfer 3 Seasons

National NAIA Golf Champion, NAIA All-American

Holds 5 Records at Lipscomb University

Former Club Professional at Belle Meade

And Golf Club of Tennessee

Katherine won the Kentucky Invitational Tournament as a junior and three other tournaments besides state as a Lady Cougar. She holds Lipscomb records for career tournaments won and the lowest totals for 18, 36 and 54 holes. She graduated summa cum laude from Lipscomb and earned her masters degree from Belmont and is now a banker in Nashville.

Presenting Katherine’s plaque was her husband, Jason Murrie.

 

 

Terry Jawan Clayton

LCHS Class of 2003

Played in Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game

Football Jersey Retired by LCHS

Played Football for UK for 4 Years

National Rudy Award Winner, the First Ever

Nominated for Orange Bowl Courage Award

Iron Cat Weightlifting at UK 3 Years

Outstanding Student in Kinesiolgy at UK

An All-SKY player at LCHS, Terry was honorable mention All-State. At UK he received the Outstanding Student Award and the Health Promotion Exercise Award. He is now on the Cougar football coaching staff.

Presenting Terry’s plaque was Lee Proctor, the first Cougar football player to earn an NCAA scholarship and the man who has spent more years involved in LCHS football than anyone else.

 

Lee Dockins

LCHS Class of 2006

Football and Basketball Cheerleader 4 Years

Homecoming Court 4 years, 1st and 2nd Runner-Up

8 Medals (5 Gold) in Special Olympics World Games

Performed Gymnastics in China, Greece and Switzerland

Chosen for 2015 World Games in Los Angeles

Winner of Over 130 Gold Medals in Kentucky Summer Games

Cheersport National Champion Cheerleader 2 Years

Lee earned the Gold Medal in All-Around competition in the World Games, signifying that she is the world’s most outstanding Special Olympics Gymnast. She was Special Olympics Athlete of the Year in 2007. She is a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Kentucky.

Presenting Lee’s plaque was her former fellow cheerleader and one of her coaches at Logan County Gymnastics, Becky Silvey Young.

 

Bob Birdwhistell

Coach and Athletic Director

Coached Lewisburg High Basketball 14 Seasons

Reached District Finals 7 Seasons, Champion Twice

Coached Lewisburg Baseball 10 Seasons

Reached District Finals 7 Seasons, 5 Championships

First Athletic Director at Logan County High School

LCHS Principal Five Years

Spent 40 Years Working in Logan County Schools

A graduate of Franklin-Simpson High school where he was Mr. Basketball, Bob was the central figure at LCHS from its foundation in 1982 until his retirement 10 years later. He later served as assistant principal at Chandlers Elementary School. As athletic director, he was responsible for creating the first football, golf, tennis, and cross country teams to the Logan County School System. He really is Mr. Cougar.

Presenting Bob’s plaque was his first assistant coach and later principal at Lewisburg, Joe Milam.

See descriptions and photos of the four other Hall of Fame members in an article on The Logan Journal at http://www.theloganjournal.com/Stories.aspx?Article=features286




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