Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 15, 2012

Eleven inducted into Jet Football Hall of Fame

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County High School inducted 11 more into its football Hall of Fame Saturday during halftime of the Blue and Gold spring game on Holder Field. The spring game ended in a 12-12 tie.

The inductees were Ben Whitson, Hollis Bolin, Andy Bass, Jack Chadwell, D.L. King, Randy Coleman, Cliff VanDorn (deceased), Elbert Farley, Scott VanWinkle, Dan VanWinkle and Rodney French.

Whitson was a member of the Jet football team from 1998-2000, when he was the starting quarterback all three seasons. He was selected all Region 3-5A. He led the '98 team to the state playoffs, losing to eventual state champion Murfreesboro Oakland. He played collegiately at Tusculum College.

Bolin attended CCHS from 1963-'67 and was a tackle from '63-'66.

Bollin played college football at Tennessee Tech from 1967-'70. After graduating from Tech in 1971, his first coaching stint was as an assistant at Moore County in Lynchburg, and was head coach from 1972-'73. He joined the coaching staff at Cass High School in Cartersville, GA in 1975, but returned to CCHS in 1976 as an assistant coach until 1982.

He was CCHS head coach from 1982-'86 and was an assistant until 1991, moving into the administration until he retired in 2004.

Bass played football from 1986-'88 and was selected All-District his senior year. He played defensive end and tight end, and then played for the Tennessee Volunteers as a tight end, where he was a member of the 1990 SEC championship team.

He currently resides in Knoxville and is sales manager for Reeder Chevrolet.

Chadwell was on the first Jets football team in 1962, which was rated as one of the top teams in the state. He was quarterback and outside linebacker under former Coach L.A. Fox. He and his wife, Connie, have three children and seven grandchildren, and he is president of Highland Federal Savings and Loan Association. He serves as minister of the Eastland Church of Christ and is a member of the Crossville Noon Rotary Club.

King played football from 2001-'04 at CCHS, where he was starting quarterback in 2003 and 2004. He was chosen All-District in 2004.

He attended Maryville College and is currently enrolled at UT, pursuing of his teaching certificate with eyes on becoming at high school coach.

Coleman played from 1980-'82 and was a member of the '82 team which defeated Chattanooga Baylor in the first round of the playoffs and lost to Lincoln County in the Class AAA playoffs. He was a high school power lifting national champion at 160 pounds and was honorable mention All-Tri-State in 1982. He played college football  at Georgia Southern University.

VanDorn, deceased, also played from 1980-'82, earning All-Tri-State honors  (1982) and was All-District (1981 and 1982). He was  a teenage national powerlifting champion in the 180 weight class and has the distinction  of being the only CCHS player in the school's 50-year history to be selected AP and UPI All-State two years in a row. He also played football at Georgia Southern University.

Farley  was a three-year starter from 1980-'82 and quarterbacked the '82 team in the Class AAA playoffs against Chattanooga Baylor and Lincoln County. He was honorable mention All-Tri-State in 1982. He played college football at UT-Chattanooga and is currently an assistant coach at Stone Memorial High School.

Scott VanWinkle was a three-year starter in  football from 1986-'88 and played quarterback, halfback, free safety and punt returner. VanWinkle was a three-sport letterman and graduated with honors. His most memorable experience  was catching the winning touchdown pass to defeat then ranked #2 Cleveland during the '88 season. He played football for Tennessee Tech as a defensive back.

Dan VanWinkle was a player (1964-'66), assistant coach (1972-'75) and head coach (1976-'82) at CCHS. His 1982 team defeated Chattanooga Baylor and lost to Lincoln County in the Class 3AAA playoffs. He served as athletic director at CCHS for 12 years.

Thirteen of his players are or will be inducted into the CCHS Football Hall of Fame.

French played football from 1977-'79, when he played quarterback, safety, punt returner and kick returner. He was captain his senior season. He played collegiated for Carson-Newman (1980-'81) and the University of Tennessee (1981-'82).


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