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WEHS adds to Athletic Hall of Fame

The school's first district- and regional-champion basketball team was inducted into the Warren East High School Athletic Hall of Fame Feb. 11, along with three individual inductees who have made great contributions to athletics at the school.

The 1971-72 WEHS boys' basketball team started a string of successful seasons for the Raiders. That team won District 14 and Region 4 championships, earning a trip to the State Tournament and finishing with a 29-3 record. Team members were Marcus Britt, George Allen, Larry Rone, Brad Nethery, Joe Zillmer, Richard Vernon, Johnny Britt, Terry Potter, James Britt, Charles Fishback, Roland Carver, Ronnie Ausbrooks, Jerry Britt, Donnie Watt, Ronnie Watt, Marshall Smith, and Darrell Carter. The head coach was Dallas Embry, and the assistant coach was Jim Ross.

The individual inductees all have impressive credentials. They are:

- Danella McClure, a track and cross country star who was 800-meter run state champion in 2001, 2002, and 2003. A two-time state runner-up in cross country, McClure also participated on relay teams that won regional and state championships.

- Amy Appling Ground, a softball standout who was the first WEHS softball player to earn a college scholarship. Playing from 1984 through 1986, Appling Ground had a career batting average of .447 and earned all-district and all-region honors. She played at Cumberland University in Tennessee, earning Academic All-America honors. Appling Ground has spent 23 years on the staff at North Warren Elementary and is now the school's principal.

- Ken Skea, a career educator who has been a WEHS Raider since 1972. He has been a coach, teacher, and administrator at the school and has helped with track, football, and basketball over the years. Since retiring from the position of assistant principal at WEHS, Skea has continued to be active at the school. He now works in a credit-recovery and at-risk intervention role.

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