Trigg County High School has announced their third Athletic Hall of Fame class. Athletes, coaches, and contributors to athletic programs at TCHS were considered for induction to the hall of fame, based on criteria that includes, but is not limited to, athletic accomplishments (both in high school and college), contributions to the athletic program, community impact, and citizenship.
The latest Hall of Fame class will be honored at Trigg County's February 8 game with Caldwell County. A banquet will be held at the school cafeteria Saturday February 9 to officially induct the third Hall of Fame class. The banquet doors will open at 4pm. The dinner will begin at 5pm. The ceremony will begin at 6pm. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at the Trigg County High School office or at the door.
The third Trigg County Hall of Fame class consists of:
Ladonna Diggs -- Diggs is a 1975 Trigg County High School graduate and was a key member of Trigg County’s first two state champion track teams. Diggs was a member of the 440-yard relay team that won three straight Class 1A state titles in 1972-74.
She was also a member of the 880-yard relay teams that won state titles in 1972 and 1974. A five-time champion, Diggs helped Trigg County win Class 1A state track and field championships in 1972 and 1974 and a runner-up finish in 1973.
In addition to running on the track team, Diggs was also a cheerleader for TCHS. After school, Diggs remained involved in Trigg County sports and is a fixture at many Trigg County sporting events where she can still cartwheel like she did in high school.
Ladonna also is very active in her church and community activities.
Allen “Buddy” Perry -- Perry was a long-time coach and athletic director at Trigg County High for over two decades. Perry came to Trigg County from Dyersburg, Tennessee and was an assistant football coach on Trigg County’s back-to-back Class 1A state championship teams in 1971 and 1972, helping coach the offensive and defensive lines. Perry is credited with helping coach and mentor All-State lineman David Sadler, who later went on to play football for Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama.
He also coached the Trigg County baseball team. Perry served as head wrestling coach for two seasons and was an assistant track and field coach in the mid-1970s, helping fill coaching voids where the school needed him.
Perry was the Trigg County High School golf coach from 1979-93 and had several state qualifiers, including girls’ region champion Jaime Towler. Coach Perry also served two terms as athletic director from 1984-89 and from 1991-94. He did this while teaching a full schedule during the day and working out of an office in the back of his classroom no bigger than a closet.
He said during his time as AD he pushed for grade checks of the student-athletes. “Academics were just as important as athletics to me,” he said.
Following his retirement, Coach Perry stayed involved in Trigg County athletics by running the clock for Trigg County basketball games for over a decade. “I hope somewhere I helped some of these young kids become better citizens and influenced them in the right way. Winning is important, but character is more important,” Perry said.
The 1962-63 Basketball Team -- This team accomplished many firsts worthy of induction into the Trigg County athletic Hall of Fame. The team was the first to play their home games in Wildcat Gym, which was built following the school fire of 1960 that destroyed the high school and gym. In the two seasons that followed, Trigg County was a respectable 25-25 while playing all of their games on the road.
The 1962-63 team was also one of the first integrated teams at Trigg County. The Wildcats were coached by Duke Burnett and assisted by Tommy Cunningham. Trigg was coming off a 13-12 season and lost three of their top five scorers from the previous season. The Wildcats opened with nine straight home games, winning them all. Trigg ran out to a 14-0 record, which still stands as the best start to a season in school history.
Trigg’s first loss came to Calloway County 41-40. Their only other regular season loss came to Clarksville, Tennessee 48-46.
The Wildcats nearly saw their season come to an end in the first round of the 7th District Tournament on their home floor. Buddy Sivills hit a late shot to send their game with Hopkinsville Attucks to overtime. Billy Joe Armstrong hit two free throws with six seconds left to give Trigg County a 59-58 win in double-overtime. The Wildcats went on to beat Dawson Springs and Christian County to claim the school’s first district title since 1947. Sivills was named the MVP of the district tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Armstrong.
However, a key component of the Wildcats that season was 6-1 senior James Boyd, who was known for his defensive prowess. In the district tournament, Boyd held Attucks’ leading scorer, Lynn Shaw, to just seven points. Against Dawson Springs in the semifinals, Boyd limited Winky Menser to just five points. In the district title game, Trigg County beat Christian County for the first time 55-53, with Boyd helping hold Tommy Porter to just nine points. Porter went on to play basketball at University of Kentucky.
Because their gym was the new jewel of the Second Region, Trigg County played host to the Second Region Tournament for the first time. In the opener, the Wildcats hammered Livingston Central 74-48 for the school’s first region tourney win. Their season came to an end in the semifinals with a 52-33 loss to eventual region champion Princeton Dotson.
The 62-63 Wildcats finished the season with a record 23-3, including a 20-3 record on their home floor. The .884 winning percentage is still a school record as is the 14-game winning streak and the 20 home floor wins.
Senior guard Billy Joe Armstrong led the Wildcats in scoring at 15.7 points a game, followed by 6-6 junior John Graham who scored 12.9 points. Senior Carl Ray Francis averaged 11.3 points a game, and sophomore Buddy Sivills scored 11.1 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds a game. James Boyd, the defensive stopper, averaged 7.6 points a game.
Other members of the team were William Banister, Sam Kirby, Randy Allen, Dale Henderson, Kenny Rogers, David Banister, Henry Gude, William Bridges, John Ladd, and Jerry Burnam. Team managers were C. Ray Hall, who also contributed many of the game reports to The Cadiz Record, Richard Nesbitt, and Carl Ray Cunningham.
An athlete must be out of high school for 10 years to be considered for induction, while coaches must be retired for five years.
Past TCHS Hall of Fame Inductees
Chappel Allen (contributor)
Duke Burnett (boys basketball coach)
David Butts (baseball)
Selby Grubbs (football)
Joe Jaggers (football coach)
Sam Love (track, cross country)
David Radford (football, basketball)
Gary Siegmund (coach, trainer)
Buddy Sivills (basketball)
Ginger Wallace (basketball, cross country)
Al Baker (Football, Track)
Joe Graham (Football, Basketball)
Millard Griffin (Contributor)
Karen Johnson (basketball)
Paul Perdue (Coach)
Eddie Radford (Football, Basketball)
George Radford (Coach)
Jim Wallace (Coach)
David Sadler (Football)
Willie Wilson (Contributor)