By Mark Carpenter
For the fourth time, North Adams High School has inducted a new class into its Athletic Hall of Fame. This yea;rs induction ceremonies were held on Feb. 11 and the three newest inductees include long-time girls coach Jack Marshall, former volleyball standout Jill Brown-Lahmers, and the “face” of North Adams sports, the man at the scorer’s table, Ernie Butts.
Coach Jack Marshall was the head coach of the North Adams “Devilish Darlings” girls basketball team for 17 years. Coach Marshall compiled an overall record of 236 wins and 109 losses, including an incredible 136-47 Southern Hills League record. Coach Marshall’s teams won three Southern Hills League titles, in 1978, 1979 and 1986. They also won two sectional titles in 1984 and 1988 and that 1988 team also went on to win a District title.
Jill Brown-Lahmers was a 2002 graduate of North Adams High School and a volleyball standout. She was the Varsity Setter for three years and became the first member of the 1,000 point club in North Adams Volleyball history with 1,070 assists. She was named to the All-Southern Hills League Team each of those three years and in her junior year was named Second team All-Southeast District. In her senior year, Jill earned First team All-Southeast District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio recognition.
Look at the scorer’s table at nearly any North Adams basketball game and you are almost certain to see the night’s final inductee. “Mr. North Adams” is what many would call him. Ernie Butts has been a major part of North Adams Athletics for the last quarter of a century. A 1964 graduate of Seaman High School, Ernie has been the basketball score book keeper at various levels at North Adams for over 25 years. Ernie has also served the area through officiating, with over 40 years as a baseball umpire and 18 years as a volleyball official. Ernie volunteers countless hours to help make North Adams Athletics what they are today.
The People’s Defender expresses our sincere congratulations to all of the newest inductees into the North Adams Athletic hall of Fame.