Judges Athletic Association inducts 9 into HOF

Posted: October 27, 2012

From Star staff reports

WINCHESTER — The Judges Athletic Association inducted five new members into the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame and four new members from Douglas High School into the Edwin Barksdale Wing of the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame on Friday.

All new inductees will be recognized during halftime of Handley’s home football game against Millbrook today.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1980 by the Judges Athletic Association and is named for the legendary coach and administrator, Hunter J. Maddex. With the class of 2012, the Hall of Fame has 246 members: 215 student-athletes, 13 coaches, and 18 contributors.

The 2012 induction class includes:

Robert A. Patton, Class of 1924 — Baseball

Patton was a pitcher and outfielder for Handley from 1921-1924. During his career, Handley compiled a record of 45-102. While at Handley he went 24-4. Patton had a lifetime batting average of .350.

From 1922-1924, Patton was the ace pitcher on the baseball team which won the CVAL Championship all three years.

Patton later played Minor League Baseball in the Washington Senators’ (Nationals) farm system. Following his professional baseball career, he returned to Winchester and devoted himself to coaching in the Winchester Little League baseball program. Patton died in 1989.

John W. “Jack” Duvall, Class of 1947 — Contributor

Duvall is a former educator and administrator for Winchester Public Schools. Jack was a permanent fixture as he sold tickets for all home Handley varsity basketball games. He filmed home games and was a statistician for the football team. He also served as timer/judge for Handley track meets for over 13 years.

He was also a handyman for athletic projects requiring his skills as an Industrial Arts teacher, such as building benches and lockers for the athletic teams at Handley.

Upon his arrival at Handley in 1962, he immediately began coaching Jr. High (Pee Wee) football. During his entire six-year tenure as head coach, his teams were undefeated. He retired as Assistant to the Superintendent from Winchester Public Schools in 1986. Jack and his wife Polly still reside in Winchester.

Jerry A. Headley, Class of 1956 — Contributor

Major Headley served with distinction as a member of the JAA, having served as either a chairman or committee member on all its various committees. He is a past president of the JAA, serving in that role from 1965-66. He was a recipient of the Eddie Manuel Distinguished Service Award for his countless hours of service to the JAA.

Headley helped to plan and author the 50-Year History of the JAA that was published in 2007, and he continues to serve as a Senior Board member.

Headley is a retired Major in the United States Army, earning numerous distinguished military, foreign, and service medals and awards, including five Silver Stars, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, three Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Staff Badge.

He continues to be a devoted supporter of the United States military as well as John Handley athletics.

Ronald F. Miller, Class of 1963 — Football

Miller was an outstanding offensive lineman. He was considered by Coach Eddie Siebert as the best pulling guard he had ever coached. Miller had good size, was quick and worked as hard as anyone on the team.

Miller also played on the defensive line and was instrumental in helping the 1961 team to a record of 8-1-1 and the district championship. This team is considered one of the best Handley teams of all-time. The 1961 Handley defense only allowed their opponents 68 points during the regular season.

David Partlow, Class of 1974 — Football, Track

Partlow was an outstanding two-sport athlete lettering in football and track. Partlow was a three-year starter on the football team during a time when Handley was in the AAA Division.

Partlow was first team All-Area, first team All-District, first team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State defensive tackle (AAA division) his junior year. He was co-captain and voted most athletic his senior year. He received the JAA outstanding Defensive Lineman award in 1974.

John Morgan, Class of 1986 — Basketball

Morgan was an outstanding basketball player and three-year starter from 1982-1985. He scored a total of 986 points during his career at Handley and ranks in the top 10 in nearly every category in which records were kept from 1967-1995.

To date, he is the last Handley player to average 20 points per game during a season. Morgan’s total points scored in a single season (479) are second only to Hall of Famer Mike Ice’s single season total (499).

Morgan also ranks fourth in blocked shots, sixth in career defensive rebounds (259), and as an inside player, he had a very impressive 87 steals, ranking him 14th in that category.

Morgan was an All-District selection both his junior and senior years, and he was selected first team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State his senior year. Morgan was named first team All-Area his junior and senior years. He was named The Winchester Star Player of the Year his senior year.

Beverly B. Christian — Football, Basketball

Christian was the starting center for the Douglas High School football team for four seasons. He helped lead Douglas to the Tri-State Conference Championship in 1949 and 1951.

On offense, Beverly never made an error in snapping the ball and was an outstanding blocker both along the line and downfield.

Beverly also played on the basketball team and was a good outside shooter and aggressive rebounder.

After leaving Douglas, Beverly joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division.

John R. Carter, Class of 1958 — Football, Basketball

Carter was an outstanding athlete for Douglas from 1954-55 through 1956-57, excelling in football and basketball.

In football, Carter started out as an offensive end but switched to quarterback for the 1956 and 1957 seasons. The 1954 Douglas team finished 7-1 and won the Tri-State League Championship.

Carter’s Douglas basketball teams were district champions in 1956, 1957, and 1958, as well as regional champions in 1957.

In 1955, Carter set the Douglas single-game scoring record when he scored 46 points against Ramer High School (W.Va.). He led the Bulldogs in scoring all three years he played. In his career he averaged 17 points per game.

James E. Walker, Class of 1959 — Football, Basketball

Walker was a standout player on the basketball teams (1956-57, 1957-58 and 1958-59) at Douglas High School. He played guard on defense and was considered an excellent rebounder and defensive player, but on offense he took it up a notch as he often went to the corner and was a leading passer on the fast break.

Walker was among the top scorers for the Douglas Bulldogs for the years of 1956-57 (126 points or 11.4 ppg), 1957-58 (182 points or 12.1 ppg) and 1958-59 (219 points or 13.6 ppg). He was selected for the Tri-State Conference All-Tournament Team in 1957 and was named to the second team of the District III All-Tournament Teams in both 1957 and 1958. Walker died in 2003.

Clifford L. Mason, Class of 1960 — Football, Basketball

Mason was an outstanding contributor to the success of the Douglas High School basketball teams during the period of 1955 to 1959. Douglas compiled records of 14-7 in 1956-57, 18-2 in 1957-58, and 16-3 in 1958-59.

Mason was the second leading scorer for the years 1956-57 (177 points) and 1958-59 (233 points) and maintained the No. 3 slot in scoring for the Bulldogs during the 1957-58 season (173 points). His play earned him a spot on the District III All-Tournament Team for 1957 and 1958.