An early pair of standouts in McNairy Central will be two of the five inductees in this year's McNairy Central Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The class will be honored at a reception on Saturday, Aug. 26 in the McNairy Central commons beginning at 6 p.m. and will be the fifth class inducted into the HOF.
This year's inductees are Charlotte Avery Crayton, Bob Damron, former coach-athletic director Danny Day, Todd Suggs, and Jeff York.
Crayton was one of the best guards back in the 3-on-3 days in the 70s. She was first female African-American to play for the Lady Bobcats and also first female African-American to play at Ramer High. Crayton was named all-stater and played in the East-West All-Star to close out her high school career.
Damron was the first male standout basketball player and was first to reach the 1,000-Point Club by scoring 1,167 points. He and his late son Bob Damron, Jr. were the first father-and-son to join the elite club.
Coach Day did a little bit of everything in coaching at MC and is the longest tenured AD at 22 years. He was a teacher at MC for 33 of his 42 years in education. Day is most known for being the all-time leader in baseball wins (204) for MC and won three district titles.
Suggs, the youngest of this year's induction class, was a two-sport star known most for his play as a quarterback. He led the 'Cats to their first unbeaten regular season, was 26-4 as a starting QB in the regular season, and twice led team to state playoffs. He established a school record for most TD passes in one game with (4), and was all-district in baseball.
York, who will be inducted as a contributor, has been writing about McNairy Central sports since 1979. He has covered MC for the Independent-Appeal from 1979-1997, the Daily Corinthian from 1992-present, is a contributor to the Independent-Appeal, and writes for his Bobcats' Page on Facebook.