|On Friday, October 16, Greyhound fans gathered for the
annual Black and Gold games. The evening began with the Junior Girls,
followed by the Junior Boys, Senior Girls, and Senior Boys. Players and
fans alike were excited and eager to begin. This evening was more
special than usual because Coach Bill McCurley was to be honored for his
dedication to the Sloan-Hendrix athletic program by having the athletic
complex named for him.
Student council members decorated the gym in preparation for the evening’s festivities. A guestbook was available for fans to sign and a display was set up that highlighted some of Coach McCurley’s accomplishments.
Following the Senior Girls’ game, a ceremony was presented to make the dedication official. Jerry Clements, pastor of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and former player for Coach McCurley, served as master of ceremonies. He welcomed fans and praised Coach McCurley’s presence on and off the court. Former coaches and players were invited by Mr. Clements to step onto the floor in honor of the occasion. Speakers included Preston Clark, Tim Hawkins, and Rick Rorex all former players for Coach McCurley. Each shared stories of important games and a feeling of camaraderie that went with playing for Coach McCurley. Also speaking was Rick Tate, Sloan-Hendrix Elementary Principal, who shared a list of athletic accomplishments that was quite lengthy and impressive. The official declaration was read by school board member Preston Clark and a plaque was presented to Coach McCurley. Approaching the podium, it was obvious that Coach McCurley was quite overcome with emotion. He thanked the crowd and all who had made the dedication possible.
Citizen’s Bank supplied the refreshments for the games.