UPIKE greats to be inducted this weekend

On Saturday, the University of Pikeville will induct four deserving alumni and one team into it’s athletics hall of fame in a ceremony on campus.

The event will take place on the seventh floor of the HPE Building. Beginning at noon, Will Boyd (golf), Reggie Gravely (men’s basketball), Brandy Hensley (women’s bowling) and Teon Knox (men’s basketball) will be honored for their accomplishments as student-athletes.

Also, the 2013-14 men’s basketball team will be enshrined as the newest club to join the hall of fame.

In addition to the noon ceremony, the inductees will be honored at the football game on Saturday nightas the Bears host Union College in their first AAC game. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the W.C. Hambley Athletics Complex.

Here’s a look at this year’s inductees:

Will Boyd: During his time as a Bear, Will Boyd was a three-time all-Mid-South Conference player who held or established 14 school records for the men’s golf program. He held career records in wins, rounds played, counting scores, birdies and eagles.

He also established single-season marks in scoring average, national ranking, wins, par-or-better rounds, birdies and eagles, low round and low round vs. par.

In his time as a Bear he was a part of seven team wins and is one of only two Bears to ever win a Mid-South Conference showcase tournament. He was also the only player to be named to the MSC’s first team in golf.

Reggie Gravely: One of the legendary players during an historically significant time in Pikeville College basketball, Reggie Gravely left the school in seventh place on the all-time scoring list with 1,572 points. He did this while sharing the court with other Bears in the hall of fame like Todd May, who graduated as the atop the all-time scoring list, and Donnie Jones, who averaged more than 14 assists per game as a senior.

Gravely’s scoring total has him 11th on the scoring leaderboard at the time of his induction.

He was a first-team all-conference selection in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference in 1988, and was also first-team All-NAIA District 32 that season. After graduation, he has had a distinguished career for East Kentucky Beverage based in Pikeville.

Brandy Hensley: A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Brandy Hensley had a tremendous career as a Bear both individually and as a member of the team, helping her squad to the 2011-12 NAIA championship and a runner-up finish in the 2013 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

Brandy was an NAIA All-America in 2011-12, and, in 2013 was first-team All-Mid-South Conference, which was the first season the MSC honored bowling with those awards. She had 11 Top-5 finishes in her career, and as a senior, had a scoring average of 192.509.

After graduation she joined the ranks of the Ron Damron coaching tree, following in his footsteps as a college head coach. She has been the head coach at Union College where was named 2018 Mid-South Conference Men’s Coach of the Year, and an assistant coach at the University of the Cumberlands.

Teon Knox: Teon came to Pikeville from his home in Maryland and quickly made an impact across campus, the community and on the basketball floor.

He was a part of the school’s first team to go to the NAIA national tournament in consecutive seasons, reaching Kansas City in both 2003 and 2004. As a senior, he was named a second-team All-America and first-team all-Mid-South Conference after averaging 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He also shot 47.7 percent from the floor that season while being named the league’s player of the week three different times.

As a junior, he was named honorable-mention all-conference as well. After his time as a Bear concluded, he played professional basketball overseas, and, at the time of his induction, was coaching the Columbia Terps AAU 17-and-under team.

2013-14 men’s basketball: This team set school records with 31 wins and only 3 losses in a historically significant season. Five Bears were named all-Mid-South Conference and four were chosen as NAIA All-Americas for a team that finished its season with an average margin of victory of 19.0 points per game.

The Bears charged through the MSC with a 17-1 record, setting a league mark for conference wins in a season, and then rolled through the tournament, punctuating the season with a 96-71 win over Georgetown in the finals.

Kelly Wells was named coach of the year and Bruce Reed (who averaged 18.2 points, 6.1 rebounds) the player of the year. He was joined on the all-conference team by Chris Cantino (13.5 points, 10.1 rebounds), Elisha Justice (9.5 points, 3.6 assists), Keala King (15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Josh Whitaker (11.3 points, 3.6 assists).

Reed, Cantino, Justice and King were all named NAIA to the All-American team.