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October 31, 2012

Jumping Into the Hall of Fame

SHS Hall inducts Keith, Duff Lindsey, Smith, ‘01 boys soccer team

Somerset —  

The Somerset High School Hall of Fame inducted Dr. Willard Keith, Margaret Duff Lindsey, “Miz” Betty Smith, and the 2001 Boys’ Soccer team into its ranks in ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
The Hall of Fame, begun in 2005 to honor the achievements of outstanding Briar Jumpers in the past, features a show room overlooking the Somerset basketball court. Portraits and plaques adorn the wall in respect, admiration, and memory of those whose accomplishments have exceeded the ordinary and made them a part of history.
Each year, three candidates: two athletes and a coach or a “contributor” plus an entire team is inducted. The athletes must be out of school for more than 10 years. The contributors, supporters of the athletic community in a form deemed worthy by the committee, are the ones who make sports possible for all the athletes.
The three individuals are outstanding representatives of what is now known as the Briar Jumper Nation. Alphabetically, they are as follows:
Betty Duff (Lindsey) was a basketball player, track participant, and cheerleader for SHS in the early 1980’s. Graduating in 1984, she participated in what is known as “The Golden Era” of women’s sports at Somerset. She was a four-year starter on the basketball team, was named All-District all four years, and was instrumental in the winning of the CKC title for the Lady Jumpers in 1983. 
She was also the representative of the 12th Region in the Kentucky East-West basketball all star game. Incidentally, when there was a double header in basketball, she would wear one uniform---that of a basketball player---in one game, and another---that of a cheerleader---in the next. Duff attended Transylvania University, where she was a cheerleader and played basketball.
Dr. Willard Keith is a 1965 graduate of Somerset High School. He is probably the person most responsible for Somerset getting a track. In 1965, he broke three CKC records, and set the Somerset record for the 440 yard dash at 50.3 seconds. Keith went on to run track at the University of Kentucky, breaking school records in the 660 and 440 dash indoor and outdoor. He was President of the K-Club, UK’s athletic varsity lettermen fraternity, and participated at the Madison Square Garden indoor track meet, finishing third behind Steve Carson, the NCAA Champion, and Lee Evans, the Olympic Gold medalist.

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