Large class inducted into Science Hill Athletics Hall of Fame – Johnson City Press (subscription)

Below is a list with each inductee’s senior year of high school and a brief biography.

Nina Baker-Musich (1994)

An all-conference soccer player, Baker helped lead the Lady Hilltoppers to two regional finals. As a member of the track team, she was the anchor on the state champion 3,200-meter relay team that set a state record. She helped the Berry College soccer team twice qualify for the national championship tournament. She has coached local club teams the last decade, and for the last two years, has served as an assistant for the Science Hill boys team.

Tracy Watson-Barr (1995)

A multi-sport athlete in cross country, track, soccer and swimming, she was part of Science Hill’s first girls state championship cross country team in 1994. She finished fourth individually at the state meet. She won three state track championships as a member of 3,200-meter relay teams. She ran at Georgia where she was all-conference in cross country her senior season.

Emily Campbell Boles (1997)

Another track and cross-country standout, Campbell won back-to-back state championships as part of the 3,200-meter relay team. She was also a part of the 1994 state championship cross- country team, finishing 10th individually with a time of 19:00 flat. Later, she was an all-conference runner for ETSU, finishing eighth in the Southern Conference individually her freshman season.

Amber Ledbetter Burke (1997)

A multi-sport athlete in soccer, softball, swimming and track, she was a goalkeeper for the soccer program that reached four consecutive region finals. After all-state recognition at Science Hill, she excelled at ETSU — where in 1999 she set a program record in saves and ranked top-10 nationally.

Gary Carter (1978)

Considered one of the best athletes in school history, Carter excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He scored 1,625 points on the basketball court and was an all-state player his senior year for coach Elvin Little.

He chose to play college basketball for Tennessee over pro baseball offers. He scored 1,199 points for the Vols and was drafted by the NBA’s San Diego Clippers in 1981. He played three seasons in the Continental Basketball League. He currently is an assistant coach for Providence Academy.

David Chupa (Contributor)

A 1972 graduate of Milligan College, Chupa began his career as a teacher at Keystone Elementary. He served 20 years in the Johnson City Schools central office before becoming associate principal in 1998. Three years later, he was named principal. Back at central office, he oversaw the construction of Kermit Tipton Stadium.

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Mike Davenport (1994)

Davenport was a four-time all-conference golfer and the team’s MVP each of those seasons. He finished second individually at the 1992 state tournament, losing the championship in a playoff. He lettered four years at Wofford College before spending 16 years as a pro at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. He became the head pro at Blackthorn Club in 2017.

Harry Gibson (1961)

A three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, Gibson was co-captain and all-conference in football his senior year. He went on to a distinguished military career, a Lt. Colonel in the Army National Guard and awarded the Bronze Star.

Gibson has served as JC school board chairman, a Little League coach for 15 years and the local district administrator. He’s also served on the JC Boys and Girls Club and on the JC Parks and Rec Hall of Fame Board.

Allie Scalf Greer (2009)

One of the most decorated cross country and track athletes, Scalf earned numerous all-conference, all-region and all-state awards. She was a six-time state champion, leading the Lady ’Toppers to team championships in track and cross country in 2009.

She earned back-to-back state championships as part of 4×800 relay teams in 2008-09 and won the 3,200-meter race in 2009. She went to Vanderbilt University, earning all-SEC freshman honors.

Haley Hensley (2011)

A member of Science Hill girls basketball teams that qualified for three straight state tournaments, Hensley scored 1,000 points for her career. A three-time, all-Big 7 Conference player, she hit over 95 shots from 3-point range her junior and senior seasons.

Jimmy Humston (2003)

Humston was a leader on Science Hill’s first-ever state championship golf team in 2002, two years after he was region medalist and the Hilltoppers finished state runner-up. He played collegiately for Austin Peay and later completed a degree in turf management at Tennessee. He serves as superintendent at Sand Valley in Wisconsin.

Joe Humston (1998)

During his four years,the Hilltoppers won four conference and district golf titles, two region titles and twice were state runner-ups. He was part of three Ohio Valley Conference championship teams at Austin Peay. He is currently the head pro at Diamond Creek Golf Club in North Carolina.

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Andrew Kenneson (2012)

A three-time All-State goalkeeper for the Science Hill soccer program, Kenneson led the Hilltoppers to back-to-back state tournament appearances his junior and senior seasons. He went on to letter four years at Davidson College, named team captain his senior year.

Drew Kerr (2009)

Kerr was part of three state championship tennis teams in 2007-09 for Hall of Fame coach Pete Zannis. He teamed with John Storie to win the state doubles championship. He was on the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference championship team at Austin Peay.

Molly Foster Khan (2013)

An accomplished runner, Foster was a member of the 2008 state championship cross country team as an eighth grader and a member of the 2009 state championship track team. She was a state runner-up individually in cross country. Foster finished state runner-up twice in the 3,200 and once as a member 4×800 relay team before running for Belmont.

Isaac Kinley (2009)

A member of the football and basketball teams for four years, Kinley played quarterback and returned kicks for the football team. He was an all-conference selection his senior season and named co-captain of the East-West all-star game. At Carson-Newman, he was part of the 2009 team that reached the national semifinals.

Rob Love (2002)

Love ranks sixth on the school’s list of all-time boys basketball scorers with 1,824 points. He was a three-time selection for the Arby’s Classic all-tournament team. With the Hilltoppers finishing state runner-up his senior year, Love was named District 1-AAA and Region 1-AAA MVP and the Johnson City Press All-Northeast Tennessee player of the year.

Michael Mansy (2010)

A two-time region champion in cross country, Mansy twice earned all-state honors. He was all-state an additional four times. He set school records in the 3,000 meters (8:28), the 5,000 meters (14:55) and the 3,200 (9:11.40). He went on to run collegiately at North Carolina State.

Ben McKinney (2009)

McKinney posted a 27-4 record with a 1.90 ERA as a starting pitcher for the baseball team. A three-time all-conference selection, he was part of back-to-back state tournament teams in 2007-08. Also an elite hitter, he batted .430 with over 100 RBIs and was named to a preseason All-American team by Under Armour and Louisville Slugger his senior year. He played collegiately at Georgia Tech.

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Bill Nuss (Contributor)

A Pennsylvania native who came to Tennessee to play football at Maryville College, Nuss spent the last 15 years of his career in the Johnson City Schools System. He coached football at Unicoi County from 1974-84 before moving to the administrative side. He came to Science Hill as assistant principal in 1998 and was a key contributor to the athletic program.

Kyle Owens (2009)

Owens reset the swimming record book, graduating with 15 of 16 possible individual team records. He was a five-time state champion and three-time state runner-up. His senior season, Owens set Tennessee records in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard backstroke. He set national public high school records in the 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter IM, named 13 times NISCA All-American.

He participated in the 2008 Olympic Trials and represented the United States in international competition as a member of the USA National Junior Team. He became a nine-time SEC champion.

Dustin Price (2001)

A letterman in baseball and golf, Price was all-conference in baseball his senior season. He went on to greater success at Milligan College, setting single-season and career home run records. He currently is a surgeon at Watauga Orthopedics, specializing in hip and knee replacement.

John Storie (2009)

Storie was a vital member of the Pete Zannis-coached tennis teams that won three straight state championships from 2007-09. He teamed with Drew Kerr to win the state doubles title in 2008 before both went on to play for Austin Peay. As a senior, Storie was team captain and led the Governors to its first Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA appearance in four decades.

Christopher “Buddy” Thomas (1973)

Thomas was a teacher in Johnson City schools for 38 years and served as boys cross country coach for 17 seasons. His teams won nine district and region championships and qualified for the state championship meet 14 times. His teams finished top five in the state eight times, including one runner-up finish.


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