Monticello High School basketball standout Don Frye has been included in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014. This will mark the 27th class to be inducted and will bring the total number of individuals honored to 423.
The official announcement regarding the inductees for 2014 was made on June 2. Formal induction ceremonies will be April 27, 2014 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Frye was a member of the Class of 1960 at Monticello High School and was a member of the state runner-up team that season. Frye scored 1,751 points for the Trojans during his high school career and led them to three trips to the Sweet 16.
Frye received a basketball scholarship to the University of Colorado. He later transferred to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
During an interview with The Outlook in 2010, Frye talked about his playing days at Monticello High School and that special state tournament in 1960.
With a third straight state tournament appearance, Frye said he “knew we were headed for something special. And we just about made it.”
Frye got sick, as the Trojans arrived at the state tournament, and many feel that his performance was hampered because of illness. He down played it.
“I had a fever, but I felt good enough to play,” he said. “It didn’t knock me out of playing.”
The Trojans met Louisville Flaget in the finals of the state tournament played before a large crowd in Freedom Hall in Louisville. Flaget defeated Monticello by a final of 65-56 to earn the state title. Frye led his team in scoring with 24 points.
“It was just two good teams going at it,” Frye recalled. “We played pretty good. They just outplayed us.”
He also shared memories of the team’s return home to Monticello the following day, when a large crowd met them.
“That was one of the proudest moments I have ever experienced,” said Frye. “We had no idea how many people were going to come out and meet us when we got home…There was a lot of people there.”
Other inductees selected for the 2014 Hall of Fame class included: former UK football players Sonny Collins of Madisonville, Derek Homer of Ft. Knox, Fred Bishop of Pineville, and Russell Miracle of Bell County; former U of L quarterback Jeff Brohm; sports writer Mike Field of the Lexington Herald-Leader; swimmer Carolina Burckle of Sacred Heart; basketball player Ukari Figgs from Scott County; official Barbara Ann Isaac; and three-sport star Brook Marnitz of Paul Laurence Dunbar.