The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame inducts its 2014 class during a banquet Monday, May 12 at the Hickory Highland Recreation Center, the Hall of Fame’s new permanent home.
The 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet features keynote speaker Daniel Willis, Virginia Military Institute associate men’s basketball coach, and former Lenoir-Rhyne University basketball All-American and Hickory High state football champion.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 each. They are available at each high school in Catawba County, at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Highland Recreation Center and the Hickory Crawdad offices at L.P. Frans Stadium. Discount tickets are available for table reservations by contacting the Chamber, 828-328-6111.
The lives and accomplishments of four new Hall of Fame inductees will be saluted during the special ceremony set for 6 p.m. The 2014 class highlights Catawba County’s rich basketball and baseball heritage as the Hall inducts Lenoir-Rhyne University men’s basketball coach John Lentz, stand-out Bandys athlete and coach Beth Laney Queen, former MLB player Jeff Barkley and player, coach, mentor and purveyor of sporting goods Odell Moose.
Student Athletes of the Year from each Catawba County high school will also be recognized during the banquet.
Guests are invited to come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet with Hall of Fame inductees beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Highland Recreation Center. The banquet begins at 6 p.m.
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.