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Four inducted into Lyon Hall of Fame
Four inducted into Lyon Hall of Fame

BATESVILLE, Ark. -- Former Arkansas College cager Freddie Avant, and baseball player's Elbert Lindsey and Patrick Kircher, have been chosen to be inducted into the 2011 Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame along with long time baseball coach Kirk Kelley. The ceremony to honor the four recipients will take place during a banquet on March 26 at 5:30 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 6:30, in Becknell Gym on the Lyon campus.

Also a part of the weekend's festivities is the first game of the baseball series against Mid-Con beginning at noon, and the 7th Annual Kilted Invitational Golf Scramble with a bagpipe start at 12:30 at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Friday.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 for adults and $10 for students, while children age 3 or younger are free. The tickets may be purchased by contacting Nell Tebbetts at (870) 307-7382 or at eleanore.tebbetts@lyon.edu.

Kelley will be inducted into the hall of fame for his service as the head baseball coach at Lyon (Arkansas College). During his 17 seasons, Kelley turned the Scots baseball program into perennial conference contender. He won 532 games during the span, taking the Scots to the NAIA Regional Championship game in 2002, as well as the TranSouth Athletic Conference tournament championship game in 2006. Under his leadership, he coach a first team all-american, three second team all-american's, five all-american honorable mention recipients, seven NAIA scholar athletes and a gold glove winner. Kelley is now the head coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, where he led the Eagles to the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game in 2010.

One of coach Kelley's catchers during his career was Patrick Kircher. Kircher played two seasons behind the plate for the Scots after transferring from West Ark Community College. He was apart of the 1997 team that finished 30-16, a school record in wins to that point. Kircher is currently holds the school records for single season batting average (.436), on-base percentage (.548), and slugging percentage (.849) all during the 1997 season. The standout was named to the first team All-North Section in 1996 and All-Section honorable mention in '97. Some of Kircher's post-Lyon athletic experience includes assistant coaching stints at UCO (1997-99), Arkansas-Little Rock (1999-01), Texas Christian (2001-02) and served as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds baseball club (2001-03). He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Lyon in '97, and went on to obtain a Master's in Science in Kinesiology from the University of Central Arkansas two years later.

The second former baseball player to be inducted is Lindsey. Lindsey is a 1976 graduate from then Arkansas College, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During his time as a student, Lindsey played for the intercollegiate baseball team. Lindsey has been a huge supporter of Scots athletics over the years, and is currently a member of the Lyon Booster Club. He has served on the American Legion Baseball Board since 2003, served on the Batesville Parks & Recreation board for 7 years, and a committee member for the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame. He has also been a part of youth athletics over the years in the community, including coaching in the Independence County Youth Athletic Association. Lindsey's son Will is currently a freshman member of the Scots baseball team.

Dr. Avant is a former Arkansas College basketball play that graduated with a degree in Social Work in 1980. He was known on the court as a versatile player on the court, averaging in double figures as a scoring over his career. Dr. Avant is currently has the fifth best season from the free throw line, converting 129 free throws in 1979. He was also the recipient of the Dick Winningham Award during his time. Following his graduation from Arkansas College, Dr. Avant went on to earn a Master's of Social Work from University of Missouri in 1982, then earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Jackson State. Currently, Dr. Avant is the Director of the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He also serves as the associate dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the director of Social Work Rural Research and Development Center at the university. Dr. Avant is highly distinguished in education and in the community, winning many awards. He currently serves on several committees' and boards for organizations, including being a member of the Lyon Advisory Council.