Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Sprayberry Athletic Hall of Fame night at historic Jim Frazier Stadium. We will be inducting 7 members of the Sprayberry family tonight for their achievements and contributions to Sprayberry Athletics. These individuals were selected over the course of a year, and met various criteria including athletic prowess on the school, local, state, and national level; post secondary athletic success, contributions to the Sprayberry community, and other outstanding accomplishments. All of the inductees will be escorted to the field by current Sprayberry student-athletes. And now, we would like to introduce you to Sprayberry’s 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:
1. Coach Ken Harris – Coach Harris coached girls’ basketball at Sprayberry High School for 20 years from 1865-1984. He compiled a career record of 232-183 including Cobb County championships in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, and 1981. Coach Harris brought the Lady Jackets to the State Final Four in 1970 and 1981 and won the school’s first and only basketball state championship in 1971. Coach Harris holds the distinction of being the winningest basketball coach in Sprayberry’s 50 year history. Coach Harris’ teaching career at Sprayberry spanned 36 years which included coaching golf for 21 years. Thank you Ken Harris!
2. Coach Ken Howell – Coach Howell coached girls’ soccer at Sprayberry from 1978-2004. Coach Howell started the girls’ soccer program at Sprayberry and led them to great success during his tenure at Sprayberry. He finished his career with 209 victories including the school’s first and only soccer state championship in 1996. Coach Howell is the winningest soccer coach in Sprayberry history. His teaching career spanned over 30 years at Sprayberry teaching English and included time as Department Head and head of Sprayberry’s National Honor Society. Thank you Ken Howell!
3. Stacy Hunt – Stacy Hunt was a player of distinction on the Sprayberry girls’ soccer team, and she earned recognition as one of the nation’s top players from 1993-1996. During her time at Sprayberry she earned top national honors in the soccer world including being named to the distinguished Parade All-American Team; receiving Umbro NSCAA All America Honors; being named the Gatorade Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, and claiming 3 state championships with the prestigious Tophat Soccer Club. In 1996, Stacy was a member of Sprayberry’s State Championship Team, the school’s first and only state title in soccer. Stacy went on to receive a full athletic scholarship at the University of Georgia. She was part of the 2000 team that made it to the SEC Championship game for the first time, and Stacy scored the winning goal to send her team on to the final game. Stacy was a superlative student at Sprayberry and a member of the Sprayberry Basketball program as well. Thank you Stacy Hunt!
4. Angel Kalinov – Angel Kalinov played men’s soccer at Sprayberry High School from 2002-2004. While at Sprayberry High School Angel was the leading goal scorer for Cobb County in 2004, and had a record scoring game against Campbell High School with 6 goals in that game. As a senior, Angel was the captain of the team and was selected for the All-County team while helping the team qualify for the state playoffs. Angel also played in the Georgia All Star game his senior year. He went on to play for four years at Clayton State University on an Athletic and Academic scholarship. During his time at Clayton State he won the Peach Belt Conference 3 times and won the conference tournament 2 times. The team was in the sweet 16 NCAA national playoffs 2 times, and Angel was captain of the team his senior year and also Peach Belt All Conference Honorable Mention. Thank you Angel Kalinov!
5. Janet Kearns – Janet Kearns was a member of the Fastpitch Softball team at SHS from 1998 to 2001, andduring her career she set every pitching record at Sprayberry High School. She was a 4 year starter for Varsity and led her team to a State Championships in 2000 and 2001, winning the State Title in 2001. Janet finished her career at Sprayberry with an 80-27 record including 701 career strikeouts and a stunning 0.90 career ERA. She pitched 7 perfect games and 10 no-hitters and was a member of the All-County Team for 4 years and the All-State Team for 3 years. Janet was named the Georgia Pitcher of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the #9 High School Player in America as a senior at Sprayberry. Janet received a scholarship to play at Kennesaw State where she finished with a career record of 65-14. She is the all-time saves leader at KSU, and the #2 all-time leader in appearances with 136. Janet holds a KSU career average of 1.50, and made the all-conference team 3 years and the all-region team two years while making the NCAA Division II College World Series twice, earning Runner Up in 2005. Janet would like to thank the late David Gautney for his support in her induction. Thank you Janet Kearns!
6. Rachael Sheats – Rachael played for Sprayberry girls’ basketball from 1999-2003. Rachael was a four year starter on the girls’ varsity team and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player 3 times. Rachael earned many honors at Sprayberry including making the All-County team twice and being a member of the 2003 All-Region and All-State Teams. Rachael was also named the Metro Atlanta Prep Player of the Year along with being named one of the top 50 players coming out of High School. Rachael finished her career at Sprayberry with 1598 point and averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as a senior. Rachael received a scholarship to play basketball at Division I University of South Florida, and became a four year starter. Rachael helped lead USF to four consecutive post season tournaments, making the NCAAs once. She was named the USF Defensive Player of the Year twice, and she finished her career as the fourth all time in steals and sixth in field goal percentage. Rachael was named as a 2007 Big East Scholar Athlete. Thank you Rachael Sheats!
7. Zachary Stukes – Zachary was a member of the Sprayberry Football Program from 1999-2002. Zachary played on the defensive line and was named team captain and won the coaches’ award in 2002. As a senior, he was named to the All-County Team, and was named to both the Football Silver and Gold Anniversary teams at Sprayberry. Zachary earned an athletic scholarship to Division I Wake Forest University and was a four year starter on the Demon Deacon Defensive Line. Zachary was a member of the 2006 Wake Forest team that beat Georgia Tech to win the school’s first ACC Championship and earn its first BCS Bowl bid in school history, and that same year he led the Defensive Line in tackles. Zachary finished his career at with 105 tackles and a win over Connecticut in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Thank you Zachary Stukes!