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Madison County






Sports Hall of Fame

Honoring Our Glorious Past

Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Nine Individuals, Two Teams into 2023 Class of Honorees

Nine individuals and two special teams were enshrinement into the 2023 Class of the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame duringa sold out crowd of 292 people at the May 20  induction dinner in the EKU Perkins Building.

With the induction of the 2023 Class, the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame that is on display at the Madison County Public Library on West Main Street, now includes 19 individuals and six teams.


This second class includes (listed in alphabetical order): Beverly (Acker) Lense (high school and college swimming & diving athlete), Robert Brooks (high school and college basketball player), Shirley Kearns (high school coach and administrator) Monty Joe Lovell (high school football coach), Edwin Luxon (high school, college and amateur golfer), Sandy Martin (college tennis, track and field, golf coach), Russell “Buddy” Roberts (high school basketball coach and administrator), Talbott Todd (high school and college football player), Roland Wierwille (college basketball coach and athletic director).


The two teams that were inducted are the 1969-70 Madison High School basketball team that won the powerful 11th Region championship and lost to Louisville Male 70-69 in the Kentucky High School State Tournament championship game, and the 1982 Madison Central baseball team that finished undefeated with a 40-0 record, won the Kentucky High School State Championship, and was selected the mythical national champions by USA Today.

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Preserving Special Achievements

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Sports have played a key role in Madison County's history. Sports have brought communities together throughout the county, encouraged friendly competition, brought regional and state recognition to special teams, individual athletes, and coaches. For more than a century, sports have given the citizens of Madison County a sense of pride..

To recognize and honor that history, a group of sports-minded citizens has come together to organize a Board of Directors for  the purpose of establishing a Madison County Sports Hall of Fame. 

The Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors will enshrine individuals who have excelled as athletes, built outstanding coaching careers, served in valuable administrative and community sports leadership or volunteer roles, been instrumental as members of the sports media or SID professions in keeping the community informed of sports achievements, and recognize special teams that have achieved significant honors and milestones.

The Board of Directors is inviting the Madison County

community to get involved in the Hall of Fame selection process by submitting their nominations of deserving candidates.  Just simply review the selection criteria by clicking on the button above and then complete and return the nomination form. Directions on how to submit nominations are included on the form.

Visit Our Nomination Form

And Submit Names

For Future Induction



How You Can Be A Supporter of The
Madison County Sports Hall of Fame

The Madison County Sports Hall of Fame is made possible through the generous financial support of our sponsors and the purchase of tickets for the annual induction ceremony held each spring.

The Board of Directors invites all sports enthusiasts who currently live in Madison County or are a native o this great community to join our growing list o sponsors by visiting on Sponsors Page, filling out the sponsorship form and returning it in the mail. 

We offer three levels of membership and each comes with a list of benefits that include tickets to the annual induction ceremony, listing in the banquet program and listing on this website.

The membership levels are as follows:

  • MVP Level ($500 and up) a table of 8 seats for the banquet

  • All-Star Level ($-250-$499) four seats for the banquet

  • Fan Level ($100-$249) two seats for the banquet

Contact Us

Donna Lovell, secretary


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