Pike, Stout and McClain pegged for N.E.T. Hall

By Matt Hill

   JOHNSON CITY -- The Northeast Tennessee Hall of Fame Dinner will be held in Johnson City at the Holiday Inn on June 21, but it will feel like being in Carter County.
   All three of the new members being inducted have Carter County ties. Dr. Billy Pike, Dr. B. Harold Stout and Billy Joe McClain will all be going into the Hall of Fame next Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
   John "Boodle" Clark from Tennessee High School and Brittani Head of Daniel Boone High School will both be honored as male and female Scholar Athletes of the Year.
   The guest speaker of the event will be the voice of the Vols himself, Bob Kessling.
   Tickets for the event are $25.00 per person, and can be purchased by calling Dr. Danny Smith at (423) 543-0073 or "Pappy" Crowe at (423) 543-2946.
   Here is a look at this year's inductees and Scholar Athlete winners.
   *Dr. Billy Pike, Tennis
   Pike, an Elizabethton resident, has been a standout on the tennis court ever since he was a teenager. He was a state high school finalist at University High in the 1960's before going on to star at East Tennessee State University.
   Pike continued to shine as an adult, winning 25 state singles, doubles and team titles in three states. Pike has won 12 Southern singles, doubles and team titles, and has two national titles.
   Pike has been ranked No. 1 in the south in doubles in Men's 35's, 40's, 45's and 50's with Bob Helton as his playing partner. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the South in Men's 50's singles.
   This is not the first major honor Pike has received, as he is a member of the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame and the East Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame.
   Dr. Pike is married to the former Cora Sue Ensor, and they have two children that are following in their father's footsteps.
   Pike's son, Brandon, was a TSSAA state finalist in 1999 at Elizabethton, and is currently a standout tennis player at Virginia Intermont College. Pike's daughter, Amanda, teamed up with Liz Dove to make it to the state tournament in doubles, and helped lead the Lady Cyclones to the state as a team in 2002 as a freshman.
   Dr. Pike is an optometrist in Johnson City. He is the former president of the Johnson City Lions Club, and the former President of the Johnson City Ties for the Blind.
   *Dr. B. Harold Stout, Baseball
   When you think of baseball coaches in Northeast Tennessee, you think of B. Harold Stout.
   Stout has a 72 percent overall winning percentage, and he did that mostly at the collegiate level.
   Stout was also a standout baseball player. He was All-Conference all four years at Elizabethton High School, and that earned him a baseball scholarship to East Tennessee State University.
   At ETSU, Stout was All-Conference all four years and an honorable mention All-American once. Dr. Stout went on to play professionally in Nova Scotia after being drafted in the big leagues.
   Stout became the head coach at Milligan college in 1959, and remained there until 1984. Stout coached at ETSU from 1984 through 1989, and won his 500th career game there on March 8, 1986 against VMI.
   *Billy Joe McClain, Baseball
   McClain, a Carter County resident, was one of the best overall athletes to ever come out of Northeast Tennessee. McClain played football and won the state Javelin competition at Science Hill High School in 1951, but his love was baseball.
   McClain was All-Big Seven for three seasons at Science Hill. He then went on to the University of Tennessee, and led the SEC in hitting his freshman year.
   McClain played in the minor leagues for six years before being drafted in 1960 by the Washington Senators. He played two seasons for the Senators, and was the team's "Rookie of the Year" in 1961.
   McClain was selected to the East Tennessee Professional Baseball Players Hall of Fame in 1990.
   McClain's son, Joe McClain, played baseball at Happy Valley High School and Milligan College before going on to play professionally in the Chicago Cubs organization.
   *John Terrance "Boodle" Clark, Scholar-Athlete
   Clark had a year to remember this season, as he was voted both Northeast Tennessee's Football and baseball Player-of-the-Year.
   Clark was the Big Eight Conference's leader in touchdowns this season on the football field. On the baseball diamond, he hit an outstanding .538.
   In the classroom, Clark has a 3.7 G.P.A. He has been chosen to the Tennessee High School Academic Honor Roll all four years.
   Clark will attend East Tennessee State University on a baseball scholarship.
   Brittani Head, scholar-athlete
   Head is ranked No. 1 in her class academically, and is rumored to be continuing her education at Harvard University this fall.
   Head has received certificates of academic excellence in six subjects.
   Head also excelled in athletics. She was the District 1-AAA Tournament MVP in basketball, and also shined in volleyball.