Hillsboro High set to induct inaugural class to Sports Hall of Fame

Monday, September 26, 2011 at 11:05pm

One of the most inspirational coaches ever to roam the sidelines at Hillsboro High was the energetic Jacquelyn (Jackie) Turner.

The long-time girls basketball coach will be one of 10 members of the school’s initial Sports Hall of Fame class to be inducted at a luncheon Saturday at the school. Her inclusion will come posthumously.

Turner was an all-city player her senior year (1948). After she graduated from Vanderbilt, she became Hillsboro’s coach and held the post for almost 30 years beginning in the 1950s. During that time, 20-win seasons being the norm.

“Each of the forwards had to shoot 100 foul shots every day at the end of practice,” former Burros star Ann Hutcheson (Price), an All-Nashville in 1968, said. “That was probably one reason we won so many games — we rarely missed a foul shot in a game. At that point in my life, I honestly could make 95 out of 100. Every time I see someone miss a critical shot in the game, I think of what Coach Turner made us do every day.

“Coach Turner was the consummate coach and role model for young women. She taught that it was not necessary to shout to make a point. Her quiet but direct voice was all she needed to get our complete attention and motivate us to do our best.”

The daughter of long-time New York Yankees pitching coach Jim Turner, Jackie spent many of her vacation days at Yankees spring training in Florida.

Other inductees include:

• Hale Harris, basketball coach in the 1950s, principal in the 1960s.

• Ed Hessey (posthumous), the first coach of all sports and the man for whom the school’s gymnasium is named.

• Billy Mac Jones (posthumous), basketball coach in the 1950s.

• Don McIlhenney, class of 1952, an all-city halfback who later played for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.

• Marynell Meadors, class of 1961, girls basketball star.

• Henry Nance (posthumous), football coach in the 1950s and 1960s.

• Ed Newton (posthumous), ‘Voice of the Burros’ football team, 1991-2004.

• Steve Thompson (posthumous), class of 1956, football star.

• Katherine Weis (posthumous), girls basketball coach, 1940s and 1950s.

Members of the 1957 NIL champion football team, which went 10-0 then tied Springfield in the Clinic Bowl game following the season, also will be recognized.

The class will be honored at Friday’s football game against Independence.

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement (class of 1962) will deliver opening remarks at Saturday’s ceremony, which follows an 11 a.m. reception and an 11:30 a.m. luncheon in the cafeteria.

To attend, RSVP to Suzanne Thomas at 298-8400, ext. 2006, or by email to suzanne.thomas@mnps.org by Wednesday.