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Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced

(by Don Meador, Allen County Schools, August 20, 2019) 

  A pair of multi-sport student-athletes who excelled in college, a baseball player who was part of a national championship team, a talented three-sport athlete that played professional baseball, and a high-scoring basketball star will be inducted into the Allen County-Scottsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Shelby Harper, Emma Napier Mahaney, Derrick Harwood, Jeff Rippy, and Garrett Stone will join the AC-SH Hall of Fame in induction ceremonies on September 13.

   Shelby Harper graduated from AC-S in 2009 after a stellar five-year athletic career. The 5’4” guard finished high school with 1,627 points---currently sixth on the all-time scorer’s list. Harper is second all-time in assists (442) and steals (411). She holds the single-season record for steals (146). Her career-best 38 points in a game ranks fifth best all-time. Harper averaged 19.2 points per game as a senior, helping guide the Lady Patriots to a 21-10 record and into the Region 4 tournament for the first time in eight seasons. Harper also played softball and ran track her senior season. On the field, Harper helped AC-S to a Region 4 championship while on the track, Harper was a member of the 4x100 relay team that was third and the 4x200 relay team that placed fourth in Class 2A state championships. 

   After turning down the opportunity to play college ball on scholarship at several smaller NCAA or NAIA colleges, Harper elected to walk-on at the University of Louisville. In her first season for the Lady Cards, Harper worked her way up the depth chart and into the Louisville starting line-up. Harper started 17 games, averaged 3.8 points per game, and dished out 61 assists. Harper earned a scholarship and would play in 92 additional games while at  Louisville. In her 2013 senior season, the Lady Cards posted a 29-9 record and finished the season as the NCAA National Runner-Up.

   Emma Napier, a 2009 graduate, was a teammate of Harper’s with the Lady Patriot basketball program but the softball field would be where Napier excelled. Napier was named All-District and All-Region multiple times during her high school career.  She was a member of the Class 2A All-State teams her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons including her selection as the Class 2A Co-Player of the Year in 2009. Napier’s 2009 Patriot Fast Pitch team won the Region 4 championship and placed fourth in the KHSAA state tournament. Napier batted .400 and led the team in hits and runs scored. In her five-year AC-S softball career, Napier was part of a program that won 161 games, captured five district titles, and won a pair of regional titles (2005 and 2009).

   Napier attended Campbellsville University where she was a four-year starter---with the exception of a time as a sophomore when an injury kept her on the bench. As a junior in 2012, Napier started 59 games, batted .374 with 74 hits, 50 runs scored, had 40 RBIs, and ended the season with a .566 slugging percentage. Napier was a First Team All-Conference member, an Academic All-Conference Team member and named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team. As a senior, Napier led the Tigers in hitting with a .460 batting average. She also led the team with 84 base hits, 65 runs scored, 18 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs and 22 stolen bases. Napier was selected as the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year as well as the NCCAA Mid-East Region Co-Player of the Year and helped the Tigers to a 43-17 record and their first MSC regular-season title since 2009. She was also named to National Christian College Athletic Association All-America team in 2013 and was an NAIA Second Team All-American selection. Napier helped Campbellsville to a fourth-place finish at the NCCAA Tournament.  

   Derrick Harwood graduated from AC-S in 2006 after rewriting the baseball record book during a six-year varsity career. Harwood closed his high school career as the all-time leader in eight categories---including career hits (163), doubles (50), RBIs (104) and batting average (.443). As a junior and senior, Harwood helped AC-S win back-to-back Region 4 baseball championships. Harwood was a member of the 2005 Kentucky Junior All-Stars.

   Harwood signed to play college ball with Western Kentucky University. He would later transfer to Calhoun Community College before spending the last two seasons of his college career at Cumberland University. In 2010, Harwood was a member of the Cumberland squad that posted a 58-9 record and won the NAIA National Championship. Harwood later served as an assistant coach at Cumberland, head coach at Warren Central High School, and as an assistant at Clarendon College.

   Jeff Rippy participated in basketball, baseball, football, and track and field as a student at AC-SH prior to graduation in 1982. Rippy was a starter on the 1981 basketball team that finished 27-3 and won the Region 4 title. His senior season, Rippy helped lead the basketball team to a District 15 championship along with a 20-9 record. He finished his AC-S career just shy of 1,000 career points. Rippy was also a key contributor as the 1982 Patriot baseball team won the Region 4 title and advanced to semi-state play. In addition to baseball in the spring of 1982, Rippy placed second in high jump in the Class 2A state track and field championships.

   Following graduation, Rippy attended Trevecca Nazarene College and played basketball and baseball. He later transferred to Western Kentucky University and walked on the baseball team as a red-shirt. Finding that he missed basketball, Rippy transferred to Berea College and was able to play basketball and baseball---helping Berea basketball reach the national tournament. The following summer, Rippy was signed to play in the New York Yankee minor league organization.  After playing minor league baseball for three years, Rippy completed his undergraduate work. He would later teach and coach for seven years at Trousdale County (TN). While there, Rippy coached both girls and boys basketball for two years before settling in as the boys coach for five years. In the early 2000’s, Rippy moved to Monroe County High School where he served as assistant coach before moving up to serve as coach of the Falcons for two years. In 2010, Rippy began a stint as assistant girls basketball coach at AC-SH with the highlight of his career coming in 2015 as the Lady Patriots finished as the girls state basketball runner-up. Rippy currently serves as associate head coach with the Patriot basketball team. 

   Garrett Stone helped the Patriot basketball team return to prominence during his five-year high school career (2002-2007). As a solid scorer and rebounder, Stone helped AC-S to District 15 titles in 2005, 2006, and 2007 with the 2005 team reaching the Region 4 semifinals. The Patriots went 87-33 during Stone’s high school years. As a senior in 2007, Stone averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Stone---a numerous All-District and All-Region selection--finished his playing days at AC-S with 1,256 points, currently fourth on the all-time scoring list for AC-S basketball. Stone also played golf with the Patriot golf program for three years.  

   Stone signed to play basketball at Shawnee Community College and later transferred to Brescia for a season. After stepping aside from playing the sport, Stone entered teaching and coaching. As an assistant at Bowling Green, Stone has been a part of five Region 4 championship teams, two state runner-up teams, and the Purples’ 2017 state championship team. Currently, Stone is the coach of the Bowling Green Junior High basketball team. 

   The 2019 Hall of Fame class will be introduced and inducted at the AC-S/Glasgow football game on September 13. A reception will take place for the honorees pregame with the induction ceremony to be held at halftime. 

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