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GOSHEN – Nancy Martin has had some thrilling moments in her life, but her induction into the Dawhares/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame April 12 may have beat them all.
“It was beyond anything that I had expected,” Martin said. “It was a very, very nice night.”
Martin, who had one of the most prolific athletic careers in Oldham County High School history, was nominated for the honor by North Oldham High School principal Lisa Jarrett and athletic director Tom Clemons. Martin is the head girls’ basketball coach at NOHS.
Martin was presented with her medal of honor and induction by three former coaches – Dave Weedman, the principal at Oldham County High School, Oldham County superintendent Paul Upchurch and retired teacher Larry Watkins who still serves as the coach of the OCHS track team.
“That just made the night even more special for me,” Martin said. “Those three had so much to do with any success that I had.”
Martin was joined at the induction at the Lexington Center by her husband, Billy, her parents and her brother along with Jarrett and Clemons, the three coaches and former superintendent Blake Haselton.
She was inducted along with some of the most famous names in state sports history including Ervin Stepp, a high scoring guard from Eastern Kentucky’s mountains who averaged 50 points a game in the 1970’s. Other members of the class included wrestling standout Joe Carr Jr., baseball standout Brad Wilkerson and gymnastics pioneer Gloria Compton.
Martin’s high school accomplishments are the equal of anyone in her class. A three-sport star in track, cross country and basketball, she is perhaps best known as the MVP of the Sweet 16 basketball tourney when she led OCHS to the state title in 1986 before going on to a collegiate career at Western Kentucky cut short by a knee injury.
Martin won her first state title in the seventh grade in the one-mile run at the KHSAA track championships. She followed that with the one-mile and two-mile titles as an eighth grader. In cross country she won the indiviudal title for Upchurch as an eighth grader and a freshman and was a part of three team state titles.
Martin and the other members of the class all gave a short talk via video that was filmed back in January.
“That was nice because I wasn’t so nervous and could really put some thought into what I wanted to say,” Martin said. “It was special because of the people who were there with me. It was just a really cool night.”
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