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1981 Marshall County Lady Marshals

1981 Marshall County Lady Marshals

The 1981 Lady Marshals, in Howard Beth’s first season as coach, compiled a
31-4 record, winning the regional tournament for the first time in school history,
and advancing to the finals of the Sweet Sixteen where they fell to Pulaski
County. The Lady Marshals defeated Louisville Mercy, Elizabethtown, and
Clark County in the schools' first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance.

Beth's assistant coach was Diane Woolfolk, and team members included
Mitzi Birdsong, Kelly Chambers, Kim Crowell, Alicia Hall, Gaye Heikkinen,
Karen Hensley, Lisa Jarrett, Tina Payne, Glenys Riley, Shelly Rogers, Julie
Schaper, Laura Seay, Mary Lee Snow, Shawna Smith, Belinda Talbert and
Secret Watkins.


1982 Marshall County Lady Marshals

1982 Marshall County Lady Marshals

The 1982 Lady Marshals completed a 33-3 season with the first team State Championship in school history. The Lady Marshals defeated Allen Central in the first round by a 61-42 score, defeated Boone County 59-58 in the quarterfinals, and defeated Todd County Central 65-44 in the semifinals before stopping Louisville Mercy 48-44 in the championship game.

Coached by Howard Beth and assisted by Diane Woolfolk, team members included Penny Barrett, Mitzi Birdsong, Kelly Chambers, Leslie Cothran, Kim Crowell, Peggy Cummings, Staci Dick, Gaye Heikkinen, Lisa Jarrett, Daphne Lassiter, Deadra Lassiter, Carol Parker, Tina Payne, Laura Seay, Shawna Smith, Jamie White and Maggie Yopp. Managers, Carol Thornton and Kim Hensley; Statisticians, Alicia Hall, Karen Hensley, and Shelly Rogers.


~ Players ~
Edward Holley

Edward Holley

Holley grew up near Benton, and attended Clarks High School around 1917 or 1918. Holley progressed in the baseball world as a pitcher, and was known for his curve ball. He played for semi-pro and minor league teams in Louisville; Madisonville; Memphis; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Reading, West Virginia; Kansas City; and Buffalo, breaking into the major leagues in 1928 with the Chicago Cubs. After a return to the minor leagues, he returned to the majors in 1932 with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he stayed until he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. Injuries then forced his retirement, and Holley’s career ended with a record of 25 wins and 40 losses. Holley died in 1986.


Glen D.

Glen D. "Pete" "Red" Culp

Culp was the leading scorer for the Sharpe Green Devils in the 1938 State Basketball Tournament, scoring 54 points in the tournament, with 17 of them coming in the championship game against Maysville. He was a unanimous choice for the All- Kentucky Team that season. Culp went on to play at Murray State University, and in 1941, led the team to the finals of the National Intercollegiate Tournament in Kansas City, where they were narrowly defeated by San Diego State. Culp was an Honorable Mention Chuck Taylor All-American. He served in the 95th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, and starred on their basketball team. Upon his return from the military, Culp coached for two seasons at Sedalia High School.


Adrienne Diamond Travis

Adrienne Diamond Travis

Adrienne Diamond, MCHS Class of 1983, was Marshall County High School’s first Track and Field State Champion, winning four individual championships in the 400 meter dash between 1980 and 1983, and also winning the 200 meter state championship twice. Diamond still holds the State Class AAA 400 meter record with a time of 55.50 seconds. She was an Indoor Track and Field All-American at Indiana University in 1985, 1986, and 1987. At one time, she held the record for the fastest time in the world in the 600 meter dash. Diamond holds the Marshall County High School record in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 400 meter dash.


Carol Parker Hensley

Carol Parker Hensley

Parker was Kentucky’s Miss Basketball in 1984, leading the Lady Marshals to their undefeated state championship season. She also played on the 1982 state championship team, and in three seasons, gathered numerous honors and awards. She was the Region 1 Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984, made the All- State Tournament Team in 1983 and 1984, MVP of the 1984 State Tournament, First Team Louisville Invitational Tournament Team in 1984, National High School Girls Basketball All-American in 1984, and led the Lady Marshals in rebounding in 1983 and 1984. She scored 1,564 points during her career at MCHS. Parker went on to play at Paducah Community College, where she continued her success, making the KJCAA All-Conference Team in 1985, and the Great Rivers Athletic Conference All- Conference Team in 1986. She was the PCC Most Valuable Player in 1986.


Barry Goheen

Barry Goheen

Goheen was the 1984 and 1985 Purchase Player of the Year, as well as First-Team All-State in 1985. He led the 1984 Marshals to their first-ever appearance in the Kentucky Sweet Sixteen, and during his three seasons at Marshall County, set school scoring records for most points in a single game, most points in a season, and most points in a career. He was also a member of the 1985 Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Team, and was runnerup for Mr. Basketball. He later starred at Vanderbilt University, where he was First-Team All-SEC in 1989, Second-Team All-SEC in 1988, and Academic All-SEC from 1987 to 1989. He was known throughout the college basketball world for his game winning buzzer beaters, and was honored as an SEC legend at the 2008 SEC Tournament. He now is a partner at King & Spalding Law firm in Atlanta, and is President of the Atlanta Tip-Off Club, which honors the top college players and coaches in the nation with the prestigious Naismith Award.


Mary Taylor-Cowles

Mary Taylor-Cowles

Taylor was Kentucky’s Miss Basketball in 1987, scoring 1947 points during her career, which began as a freshman where she was a major contributor to the 1984 Lady Marshal undefeated state championship team. She was a Kentucky Gatorade All- American in 1987, and was inducted into the Kentucky Lions Club All-Star Hall of Fame in 1999, as well as the KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2000. She went on to play at Western Kentucky University from 1987-1991, and is a member of the 1000 point club. She served as an assistant coach for the Lady Toppers from 1995-97, associate head coach from 1997-2001, and is now entering her eighth season as head coach of the Lady Toppers, where she has been named Sun Belt Coach of the Year three times, leading her team to five Sun Belt East Division Championships between 2003-2008, winning the title outright in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008.


Dan Hall

Dan Hall

Dan Hall, a 1989 MCHS graduate, starred on three regional basketball championship teams from 1987-1989, with the 1989 team reaching the state semifinals. He is the ninth leading scorer in MCHS history with 1277 points and holds the individual record for most rebounds in a season with 371 and most rebounds in a game with 20. Hall played at Vanderbilt University from 1990-1994 and went on to play professionally in Spain. His 1993 Vanderbilt team won the SEC regular season title with a 14-2 conference record, won 28 games, and made it to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA tournament. He also played on the 1990 NIT championship team and the 1994 NIT runner-up team and received the Civitan Sportsmanship award in 1994.


~ Coaches ~
Howard Beth

Howard Beth

The most successful coach in Kentucky Girls’ Basketball history, Beth set the standard by which coaches are measured in his thirty years as coach of the Lady Marshals. His 84% winning percentage resulted in 23 District Championships, 19 Regional Championships, and two State Championships. The 1984 Lady Marshals remain the last undefeated state championship team in Kentucky history. He was inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame in 1994, and was named to the Kentucky High School Basketball Coaches Association Court of Honor. Beth also played at North Marshall High School and was a member of the 1965 Regional Championship team which was ranked number one in the state for much of the 1965 season.


~ Contributors ~
Jim Freeland

Jim Freeland

Freeland has been on the Marshall County sports scene since 1969, when he became general manager of WCBL radio. Under his leadership, WCBL’s commitment to Marshall County sports increased, and he has devoted numerous hours of airtime to promote high school athletics in Marshall County. He was the play by play announcer for the Marshall County football as well as for the Marshals and Lady Marshals basketball, including several state tournaments. He also did play by play for Murray State University broadcasting, was the network announcer for UT Martin football, and was the announcer for Bethel College. In 2005 he was awarded the Kentucky Mike Award by the Kentucky Association of Broadcasters. He purchased WCBL in 1998 and sister station WCCK in 2000, where Marshall County football, boys and girls basketball, and most boys and girls soccer games are broadcast.