By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
This Saturday, Princeton fans will honor two former athletes, a retired coach and the late Everette Bailey by celebrating their induction into the Princeton High School Hall of Fame.
In addition to Bailey, this year’s induction class includes former basketball player James (Allen) Graham, football player Adam Hughes and coach Jack H. Pack.
Plans call for the inductees and their guests to gather Friday for a pregame program at the school that includes recognition of their accomplishments and a DVD presentation that looks back at past members of the hall.
The public will greet the three living inductees at halftime of the Princeton-Capital varsity boys basketball game on the Ralph Ball Court at the school. Tipoff for that game should be approximately 7:30 p.m.
At halftime, “Inductees will be recognized and presented a certificate acknowledging their induction,” according to hall of fame chairman Opie McKinney.
Bailey, being honored as a longtime supporter of Princeton athletics, died unexpectedly in January of last year.
A 1965 graduate of Princeton High School, he began the school’s soccer program and coached the boys team to more than 200 wins and to a spot in the state tournament’s Final Four. He was an assistant coach for the girls soccer team for four years, and launched the schools’ soccer boosters club.
He was also well known as the public address announcer for Princeton’s home basketball games for many years, and he assisted with fundraising for the school’s sports programs as well. Along with his wife Carol, he awarded The Distinguished Service Award by the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association.
He was active with the the Princeton City Football League, Mercer County Soccer League and Greater Princeton Little League program, helping to establish its current location at Gardner.
In the community, he was also active on city boards and in his church, 4-H, the Jaycees and the West Virginia Junior Miss program, among others.
Graham played basketball for the Tigers from 1995-98, earning first-team honors on the Class AAA all-state team and the All Coalfield Conference team in his senior year.
He graduated in the top 15 percent of his class, played basketball at Bluefield State College from 1998-2000, then graduated from the Marshall University School of Medicine in 2006.
He did a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology from the University of Virginia, received American board certification in diagnostic radiology, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society.
Hughes is the only football player from Princeton Senior High School to achieve first-team all-state honors at two different positions, according to information provided by the hall of fame. He was named first team Class AAA tight end in 2001 and defensive end in 2003.
He also made first team All Coalfield Conference and was honored as a player of the week through the Pam Hawkins Foundation and also by the publication “Wally’s and Wimpy’s.”
As a West Virginia Mountaineer, Hughes has an outstanding career as long snapper on the field goal unit. He started in that role in two bowl games for WVU.
Pack was head coach of football at Princeton from 1972-82, posting a 57-43 record.
He also coached track and weightlifting at PSHS, coaching state track champions in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-800 races. He introduced power lifting at the school, and coached four state championship teams.
He had 15 winning seasons in 20 years as a head football coach, ending with an overall record of 125-73. Prior to arriving in Princeton, he ran the football programs at John Marshall, Buckhannon-Upshur, Mount Hope and Stafford high schools, and also coached at the Richmond Home for Boys.
While at Stafford, he was head coach of the school’s baseball team that went 23-1 and played for the state championship. At Mount Hope in 1965 and at Buckhannon-Upshur in 1969, he coached football teams to state championship games. His 1966 track team was co-state champion, sharing the honor with Park Central High School in Bluefield.
The hall of fame selects inductees via a subcommittee. Nominations are usually taken until the conclusion of the annual meeting of the hall organization in the late spring.
—Contact Tom Bone