Three outstanding high school athletes and a longtime supporter of the athletics program at Allen County-Scottsville High School have been selected for induction into the AC-SH Athletic Hall of Fame. Former Allen County basketball players Keith Gerald and Ken Rigdon, AC-S football player Ricky McPeak, and the late Dr. John Hall will become the newest Hall of Fame members on August 25.
Keith Gerald is a 1954 graduate of Allen County High School. Gerald was a pivotal member of a pair of regional basketball championship teams. As a junior, Gerald helped lead Allen County to the program’s first regional crown. After helping the Patriots to a 27-6 record in 1953, Gerald averaged 14.6 points per game as a senior as Allen County posted a 29-3 record and returned to the state tournament. Gerald was selected All-Region in in 1953 and 54, All-District in 1954, and was an All-State Honorable Mention player in 1954. Gerald attended David Lipscomb briefly prior to going into the printing business. He retired after 42 years, the majority of the time with Gerald Printing Service in Scottsville.
Ken Rigdon graduated from Allen County in 1965. Rigdon was part of a program that won three consecutive Region 5 titles (1962, 1963, and 1964). As a sophomore starter in 1963, Rigdon scored 335 points and followed up with a 486-point junior season in 1964. Rigdon helped the 1964 team reach the semifinals of the state tournament---the best-ever finish by a boys basketball team from Allen County. Rigdon scored 59 points in three state tournament games, including a pair of 21-point efforts in the first and second rounds. As a senior, Rigdon averaged 20.2 points per game, leading Allen County to a 24-5 record. Over the final three years of high school, Rigdon scored 1,386 points. His high school recognitions included All-District and All-Region in 1964, First Team All-Southern Kentucky, First Team All-Area, and Third Team All-State in 1965. Rigdon attended Austin Peay State University for a short time before entering the work force. Following a 20-year career with the Kentucky State Police, Rigdon served in law enforcement and government in Shepherdsville. After serving as Judge Executive in Bullitt County, Rigdon retired in 2007.
Ricky McPeak graduated from AC-S in 1995, after accumulating 3,252 yards during an outstanding four-year career. The speedy tailback rushed for 507 yards on 96 carries as a sophomore, an average of 5.3 yards per carry. As a junior, McPeak averaged 4.9 yards per carry and rushed for over 900 yards. In his senior campaign, McPeak recorded 1,719 yards, 28 touchdowns, averaged 6.9 yards per carry, and 143.3 yards per game. In addition, McPeak caught 10 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, recorded over 200 yards in return yards, and was in on 33 tackles defensively. His outstanding season helped the Patriots post a 9-3 record, reach the second round of the Class 2A playoffs, and finish the year ranked ninth in the state in Class 2A. McPeak was part of a program that went 17-6 in his final two seasons. McPeak’s career rushing yardage ranks third all-time.
John Hall moved to Allen County in the early 1960s to begin his medical career and raise five children. As his kids became involved in the athletic programs at Allen County-Scottsville High School, Hall and his wife, Dell, became constant faces at AC-SH academic and athletic events. Dr. Hall offered his medical services to the sports programs, providing physicals each year and nearby should a medical need arise. After his children graduated high school and started their own careers, Dr. Hall continued to support AC-S athletics---until the days when grandchildren began to play for the Patriots and Lady Patriots. In 2010, Dr. Hall’s journey with AC-S athletics led to the state championship 4-A football game. That December night, Dr. Hall watched a grandson from AC-S play against a grandson from Boyle County. In 2011, Dr. Hall watched his son Michael, a three-sport athlete for AC-S and a standout college football player at Centre College, inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame. Dr. Hall passed away in 2015 at the age of 80.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Induction activities will be held on Friday, August 25, at Patriot Stadium. A reception meet-and-greet will be held for the inductees at 6 p.m. on the north end of the football field. At halftime of the AC-S/Barren County game, the inductees will be introduced in official introduction ceremonies.