Three to enter Hall of Fame
A pair of Sevier County standouts who went on to play in college and a pioneer of high school golf in the county will be honored Tuesday at The Smokies.
Jack Armstrong, a 1960 Sevier County graduate who started at tackle at what is now Middle Tennessee State University; Jaclyn Kile, who went from Sevier County to Tennessee Tech on a basketball scholarship; and Bob Barker, who started the golf program at Sevier County, will be welcomed into the Sevier County Hall of Fame.
The inductions are just part of the annual awards ceremony put on by the Sevier County High School Foundation. Current student athletes will also be recognized for their accomplishments this year and 13 scholarships will be announced. Former Tennessee football player Inky Johnson will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at Sevier County High School and the public is welcome.
Armstrong moved to Sevierville in 1953, eventually playing tackle for the high school and anchoring a line on defense that held its opponents scoreless in the last seven games. Armstrong would move on to what was then known as Middle Tennessee State College, lettering four years as the starting tackle. He was selected as an All-Ohio Valley Conference player and was named an All-Area College Football player by the Nashville Banner.
Armstrong was captain at MTSC his senior year and played in the Tangerine Bowl and Grantland Rice Bowl. After graduation he moved to Titusville, Fla., coaching football and teaching math for 18 years. He was voted Teacher of the Year in 1974.
Armstrong worked for McDonnell Douglas on the Tomahawk missile project and also served as the Brevard County Tax Collector. Now retired, Armstrong and his wife, Maggie, have a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.
Barker was a football letterman for four years with the Smoky Bears and a co-captain of the basketball team. He averaged 14 points per game on the court and made 97 of 100 foul shots. He also captained the baseball team.
After graduating from East Tennessee State University, Barker returned to Sevierville to start the golf team at the high school, eventually having a hand in starting the other programs across the county. Both his granddaughter, Brittany, and grandson, Chase, became All-State players.
Barker was also an accomplished golfer himself, going unbeaten at Gatlinburg Country Club with Hulet Chaney. He won tournaments there five times and was twice a runner-up. He also won eight tournaments with fellow Hall of Fame member, Bill “Chief” Robertson in a member-guest tourney at Rolling Hills Golf Club. He also holds titles in the Dominican Republican tournament with Tom Kaman and at Willow Creek Golf Club with Mitch Barnhart. He was second in the Oldsmobile Scramble at Disney World against thousands of teams.
Kile, a 1983 SCHS graduate, heads to the Hall on Tuesday a representative of generational change in women’s basketball. She played the six-person version of the sport in middle school before excelling in the more recognizable, five-player format as a high schooler. She also swam and ran track for the Bearettes. Kile would eventually be named All-District her junior and senior years on the court.
She eventually went to Tennessee Tech on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1987. The teacher at Northview Academy is still hoping to add to her list of athletic accomplishments. She’s training for the Senior Olympics in swimming.