Swift, Nida, Leonard to enter NET Sports Hall

from staff reports

   The Northeast Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will conduct its annual induction ceremony June 18, 2004 at the Best Western in Johnson City.
   The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner, followed by an induction ceremony. The featured speaker for the evening will be Jason Witten, tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and a native of Elizabethton.
   Those individuals to be inducted include Harley "Skeeter" Swift, Al Nida and Robert K. Leonard. Additionally, the NETS Hall of Fame will recognize male and female scholar athletes of the year including Chase Flannery of Dobyns-Bennet High School, Kortney Goulds of Happy Valley and Amanda Frazier of Sullivan North.
   HOF INDUCTEES
   Lawrence "Al" Nida
   Nida is best known throughout East Tennessee for his coaching accomplishments while at King College.
   Overall Coach Nida has 39 years of coaching expirience, 12 at the high school level before coming to King. While at King, Nida had a record of 420-200 and a winning percentage of .667.
   He coached two men's conference championship teams and won several women's titles. His 1991 women's team was the National Runner-Up, while winning the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship for three straight years (1988, 89, 90).
   He has held several administrative positions and is the winningest coach in the history of King College. He is now retired and lives in Summerville, South Carolina with his wife Ruth.
   Robert Leonard
   Then coach Jackie Murdock stated: "I believe Robert Leonard will be the best guard we have ever had at Wake Forest."
   Leonard was described as a good outside shooter, a terrific driver who glides through the air and a fine rebounder. In 1965, Robert averaged 23.9 points-per-game to lead Wake Forrest and was the team captain in 1966.
   He played with five NBA teams following graduation and was almost drafted by the Dallas Cowboys despite having never played organized football.
   In high school he was East Tennessee's top college prospect out of Dobyns-Bennett. He was All-State in basketball and also starred in baseball and track.
   He is now a successful attorney and is head of his own law firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is an avid supporter of Wake Forest Sports and is a well respected member of the Winston-Salem community.
   Harley "Skeeter" Swift
   As a member of the George Washington High School class of 1965, Skeeter became legendary in the Alexandria, Virginia sports folklore.
   He was slected to the All-State team and in 1999 was selected to Alexandria's All-Time All-Star team which was composed of athletes from all sports.
   He was an All-American quarterback in high school and was recruited by Maryland and Indiana. However, Swift was considered a top recruit when he entered ETSU in 1965 and quickly lived up to his billing.
   He led ETSU to the NCAA Tournament in 1969, beating Florida State in the first round. Swift was a three time All-Ohio Valley Conference performer and averaged 21.7 points per game in the 1968-69 season.
   His number "54" has been retired at ETSU.
   The Milwaukee Bucsk selected Swift as their number three draft choice, but he jumped to the New Orleans Buccaneers of the American Basketball Association. Swift spent five years with New Orleans, Memphis, Pittsburgh and San Antonio.
   He spent time as a successful high school coach in Elizabethton, Rogersville and Oak Hill Academy. At Oak Hill, his team won the national private school championship.
   He now resides in Kingsport.
   SCHOLAR ATHLETES
   Chase Flanary
   Chase excelled in football at Dobyns-Bennett and was selected to the East-West All Star football team. He was the leading rusher for the Indians with 1,300 yards in 2003.
   He carries a 3.6 grade point average and ranked 74th in aa class of 410 students. He has been selected as a Tennessee Titans scholar and is active in many clubs and groups.
   Amanda Frazier
   Frazier excelled in both the classroom and on the field for Sullivan North. She ranked sixth in a class of 169 with a 3.868 GPA. She is a member of many various clubs in school.
   Athletically, she was a first team Volleyball All-Stater and was the Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Player of the year.
   She also participated in basketball and track and was named a scholar athlete in each of her four years at North.
   Kortney Goulds
   Goulds graduated with high accolades including a 3.75 GPA, which ranked 20th in a class of 121. She completed several advanced courses and has served in several clubs.
   She was All-State twice in cross country and was one of the best softball players in the region, earning all-conference, all-district and all-Northeast Tennessee honors. She was also a four year starter on the Lady Warriors basketball team, where she was selected the team's co-MVP in 2003.
   Kortney has been described as a "true Warrior on the field" and has been known for her level of desire and determination.
   Tickets for the event are available by contacting the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club at 423-543-2946.