K.H.S.A.A. SWEET SIXTEEN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Instituted in 1985, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sweet Sixteen Academic Scholarship Awards are designed to honor one or more participant(s) in the Boys’ and Girls’ State Tournaments who have excelled in the classroom and on the basketball floor.

The awards are in the form of financial assistance to be used at the Kentucky college or university of the recipient’s choice to help offset educational expenses. For 1988, the Dawahares stores provided the funds for two scholarships for participants in the boys tournament and one for a participant in the girls’ tournament while the Frankfort Organizing Committee provided an additional scholarship for a participant in the girls’ tournament.

1986 – Jeff Baldwin, Paintsville

1987 – Mike Minix Jr., PHS 4 year GPA 3.945


Career Hits – 201 Mike Minix Jr. (Paintsville) 1983-87

CAREER POINTS SCORED – (Min. 500) 618 points Mike Minix Sr. (Paintsville) 1956-60

SEASON POINTS SCORED – (Min. 250) 252 points Mike Minix Sr. (Paintsville) 1960

CAREER TOUCHDOWNS – (Min. 75) 103 TDs Mike Minix Sr. (Paintsville) 1956-60

SEASON TOUCHDOWNS – (Min. 40) 42 TDs Mike Minix Sr. (Paintsville) 1960

POINTS SCORED – GAME (MIN. 65) # Player (School) vs. Opponent, Date
30 Keith Adkins (Paintsville) vs. Pikeville, 1-22-88

POINTS SCORED – HALF # Player (School) vs. Opponent, Date
30 Keith Adkins (Paintsville) vs. Pikeville, 1-22-88

FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS (MIN. 35) # Player (School) vs. Opponent, Date
36 Todd Tackett (Paintsville) vs. Pike County Central, 2-17-98

BLOCKS – (MIN. 12) # Player (School) vs. Opponent, Date
15 BLOCKS J.R. VanHoose (Paintsville) vs. Sheldon Clark, 2-18-97

FIELD GOALS MADE (MIN. 350) # Player (School) Year
367 FG J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1998

FREE THROW ATTEMPTS (MIN. 300) # Player (School) Year (Md./Att.)
303 FTA J.R. Van Hoose (Paintsville) 1998

REBOUNDS (MIN. 500) # Player (School) Year
540 RB J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1998

BLOCKS (MIN. 120) # Player (School) Year
155 Bs J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1997
144 Bs J.R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1998

POINTS SCORED (MIN. 3,000) # Player (School) Years
3,095 PTs J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1994-98

FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS (MIN. 1,700) # Player (School) Years
1,952 J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1994-98

FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS (MIN. 35) # Player (School) vs. Opponent, Date
36 Todd Tackett (Paintsville) vs. Pike County Central, 2-17-98

FIELD GOALS MADE (MIN. 900) # Player (School) Years 1,195 J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1994-98 1
925 John Pelphrey (Paintsville) 1984-87

THREE POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS (MIN. 500) # Player (School) Years
557 3Pts Todd Tackett (Paintsville) 1994-98 551

FREE THROW ATTEMPTS (MIN. 750) # Player (School) vs. Opponent, Years (Md./Att.)
952 FTAs J.R. Van Hoose (Paintsville) 1994-98
835 FTAs John Pelphrey (Paintsville) 1984-87
771 FTAs Joey Couch (Paintsville) 1984-87

FREE THROWS MADE (MIN. 550) # Player (School) Years
701 J.R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1994-98
597 John Pelphrey (Paintsville) 1983-87

REBOUNDS (MIN. 1,100) # Player (School) Years
2,069 RBs J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1994-98
1,318 RBs John Pelphrey (Paintsville) 1984-87

ASSISTS (MIN. 600) # Player (School) Years
601 As Todd Tackett (Paintsville) 1994-98

BLOCKS (MIN. 200) # Player (School) Years
541 Bs J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville) 1994-98


Class of 1991 Myra Van Hoose Blackwelder, PHS Coach Walter J. Brugh,

Myra Van Hoose Blackwelder – “The name Myra Van Hoose, who was born and attended grade school in Paintsville, Ky, (niece of Mike Minix, Sr.), stands alone in the record books of Kentucky high school golf. Myra Van Hoose Blackwelder, now married, is the only golfer — male or female — to win four state high school championships. Myra did it for Lexington Lafayette High School in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. She also led Lafayette to the state team championship her junior and senior years. In the classroom, Myra was just as outstanding. She graduated with high distinction (3.7 grade-point-average) and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her classmates elected her vice president of the senior class and she won a D.A.R. Good Citizen Award. She went on to a distinguished career at the University of Kentucky and became a successful member of the women’s professional golf tour. Myra was 1980 LPGA Rookie of the Year.

PHS Coach Walter J. Brugh – “Walter Brugh was an outstanding athlete at Paintsville High, playing football, basketball and baseball — “the only sports we had”…He made the varsity football team while in the eighth grade…Paintsville won the Big Sandy Conference football championship during his four years in high school, and he was honored as All-Conference three years…His life’s work during 39 years at Paintsville has been coaching football, golf, baseball, track and assisting in basketball…But it is his success in coaching football that made him and his teams known across Kentucky…He is 22 victories shy of being the state’s winningest high school coach…His teams have won 250, lost 111 and have had 5 ties…His colleagues have honored him with many Coach-of-the-Year awards…His motto: “The strength of our country is shaping a young person’s character through sincere coaching and direction…Football teaches boys to become men, teaches self-confidence, discipline, good attitude, character, dedication, movability, strength, and

Class of 1992 Oran C. Teater
“Oran C. Teater – Oran Teater participated in football, track and basketball for Paintsville High in the late 1930s…After World War II, he returned to his alma mater and coached all sports…As an administrator, he reorganized the Big Sandy Conference to include all sports and was active in organizing girls’ sports…He served two terms on the KHSAA Board of Control and served one term as president of the Association…He retired in 1978 as superintendent of Paintsville schools.

Class of 1997 Micheal Minix, Sr.
“MIKE MINIX – A high school AII-American football player from Paintsville and Earned 20 varsity letters during his prep career. Minix enjoyed a great prep career, earning 20 varsity letters while playing baseball, basketball, track and football for Paintsville High School. He competed in state championships in baseball and track, but made a name for himself in football. A seventh-grade starter in baseball and eighth-grade participant in football minx scored three touchdowns in his eighth-grade year. His 252 points scored during the 1960 season and 618 career points led the nation at that time. An all-State selection for three seasons, Minix was named All-American in 1961 and earned MVP honors in the High School All-American game in the spring of 1961.

Class of 2002 Billy Ray Cassady: “In 1954 – Billy Ray Cassidy led Inez High to its second Kentucky State championship. He played on the University of Kentucky’s 1958 national championship, team, coached by Adolph Rupp. Cassady coached Paintsville High School Basketball in the early 1960’s and developed a winning team and played an outstanding schedule every year he coached, including Lexington Dunbar, Louisville Central, Ashland Tomcats and many others.

Class of 2009 John Pelphrey, KHSAA Bio not available

Class of 2011 J.R. VanHoose,Bio not available

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