Lucas Anderson: Class of 2008 (baseball)
A star on the mound and at the plate, Anderson’s teams made three consecutive state tournament appearances and he was a starting pitcher in all of them.
During his career, Anderson was twice all-conference and all-region, and achieved all-state status in 2008.
Anderson was named to the Johnson City Press Super 22 team multiple years as a hitter and as a pitcher. Lucas was picked for the Tennessee Jr. Sunbelt Team in 2007. In his senior year, he was named as the SHHS Male Athlete of the Year.
As a sophomore, he went 8-1 with a 2.20 earned run average. One of those wins came in an elimination game at the state tournament against Murfreesboro Riverdale, the top-ranked team in the state.
After a stellar high school career, Anderson pitched four years at Austin Peay, where he earned multiple academic honors, including being named Austin Peay Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Governors played in two NCAA Division I region tournaments during his time there.
After graduating from Austin Peay, Lucas went to Vanderbilt Law School and graduated in the top five of his class. He served as a Judicial Clerk on the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals for Judge Julia Gibbons. He is now a practicing attorney with Robinson, Bradshaw, and Hinson in Charlotte, NC.
Jeff Bedard (contributor)
Bedard has been affiliated with Science Hill athletics for more than a decade, joining an elite list of community leaders who have committed to supporting ’Topper football.
His daughter, Taylor, was a member of Science Hill’s dance team and recently graduated from USC. His son, Justin, played quarterback on the football team and was part of the championship-winning basketball team. He is currently playing football as a linebacker at Cornell University.
Bedard’s youngest son, Jake, is currently an eighth-grader at Liberty Bell — where he plays basketball and football.
CEO of Crown Laboratories, Bedard was a vital part of the construction of the new athletic fieldhouse. His pledge of $100,000 for naming rights helped secure that the project would become a reality.
In the fall of 2015, the Blue Lizard Center of Excellence opened to serve the Hilltopper football players, other athletes and students of Science Hill. On most days, the facility has more than 300 students using the weight room.
Ty Cody: Class of 2004 (wrestling)
Cody won a starting role on the Science Hill wrestling team as an eighth grader and made the Region 1 finals at the end of the season. He would go on to win 212 matches, at the time the most in school history. From grades 8-11, Cody was a four-time region medalist and a two-time region champion. He was widely considered as a top wrestler in his weight class.
During his senior year, it took 23 matches before Cody even gave up a point, and that was a penalty point for locking hands. He only lost one match the entire season, and would go on to win the state tournament that year.
During the state tournament, all of his win were lopsided. The closest match he had was a 12-5 decision in the semifinal round. He won the finals match 12-2, giving him a much deserved state championship.
Throughout his career, Cody was a devastating pinner. As a matter of fact, Coach Jeff Price describes him as one of the best pinners he has ever coached.
Chris Cole: Class of 1988 (contributor/manager)
Cole has been a part of Science Hill athletics for over 30 years, helping with both the football and basketball teams with anything the coaches or players needed. He has even been known to help with traffic when school dismisses.
Called the most loyal person involved with the basketball program by former coach George Pitts, Cole is recognized for his dedicated service to Science Hill athletics.
Tim Colvin (contributor)
A huge supporter of the Hilltopper football program, he has worked with both the high school program and the Junior ’Toppers.
In 2007, Tim helped organize the Grid Iron Club and he was the club’s president for a decade. During his tenure as president, the club raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, which have been used to provide pre-game meals, buy equipment and meet the various needs of a large high school program.
In the words of head coach Stacey Carter, “Our team would not be where it is today without Tim’s leadership and support.”
Tim, along with some other community leaders, helped form the “Take it to the Top” committee in 2010 to raise funds and work with city leaders to construct a state-of-the-art fieldhouse.
In August 2015, the Blue Lizard Center of Excellence was opened with multiple dressing rooms, storage, laundry and a coaches office. The center also boasts the premier high school weight room in the area.
Colvin’s two sons, Jacob and Zack, have been starters on the offensive line, which has paved the way for some of the most prolific scoring offenses in school history.
Ivey Rice Cunningham: Class of 2011 (volleyball)
A four-year starter for the volleyball program from 2008-11, Rice gained all-conference recognition in her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She led the ’Toppers to several weekend tournament championships, such as the Cyclone Invitational and the Mountain Empire tournament.
Rice continued her volleyball career at ETSU, playing for the Lady Bucs in 121 of 123 matches. She became a member of the 1,000 kills club in the fall of 2014.
Also while at ETSU, Rice played in 457 sets that rank her 10th among active NCAA Division I players at the time. Rice helped lead the Lady Bucs to the Atlantic Sun Championship in 2012 and their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
She currently ranks fifth on the all-time list at ETSU for games played (487). She currently lives in Nashville, where she works as a biomedical technician at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital.
Brian Falkner: Class of 1996 (diving)
Falkner won the 1-meter diving state championship in 1996, and earned NISCA All-American Honors. He dominated diving in East Tennessee for two years and was state runner-up his junior year.
While at Science Hill, he also excelled in the field of music. He was a member of the marching band, playing the snare drum, and was in the percussion section of the concert band.
After graduating with honors, he attended the University of Tennessee and later transferred to Colorado State University for the pre-med program. He went on to attend medical school at Western University in California.
Upon completion of medical school, Brian completed a residency program at LSU in Baton Rouge, where he met his wife, Kirsten. After a stint working in Florida, he is now back in Louisiana, working as an ER Doctor on the emergency department of Touro Infirmary.
Kenneth Gilley: Class of 1952 (basketball, baseball)
Kenneth Gilley played basketball for Hilltopper Hall of Fame coach Sidney Smallwood from 1949-1952.
During his senior season of 1952, Gilley was the leading scorer on the Hilltoppers team that finished 21-8 with the District 2 Championship and a runner-up finish in the Region 1 tournament. It was the school’s first-ever appearance in the basketball state playoffs.
For his efforts, Gilley became the first Hilltopper player to be named to the all-state team.
After graduating from Science Hill, Gilley went on to play for Clemson. He later transferred to ETSU and played for legendary coach Madison Brooks.
Gilley later served in the Air Force, where he had an honorable and distinguished career of 20-plus years.
Alexander Greer: Class of 2007 (tennis)
Part of that dynamic duo, Greer was a four-year letterman, all-conference four years and all-state in 2007. Alexander and teammate Jay Wilkinson were the first doubles team in school history to win both the team title and doubles title in the same year.
After graduating from Science Hill, Greer went on to play tennis at UNC Asheville. Since graduating from college, he co-founded the charitable organization Give Fifty One to combat child homelessness.
Greer is currently the Welcome and Involvement Minister at First Christian Church in Johnson City.
Will Little: Class of 2002 (baseball, basketball)
Will Little, a current Major LeagueBaseball umpire, played basketball and baseball at Science Hill.
In his senior year, the basketball team finished state runner-up and the baseball team won conference, district, and region titles.
After high school, he played baseball four years for Milligan College — where he experienced both team and individual success.
Soon after graduating from Milligan, Little began a career as a professional baseball umpire. After working his way through the minor-league ranks, he was assigned to the major leagues in 2015 — becoming one of only 76 big league umpires.
Since Will was born in 1984, there have been only 65 other MLB umpires; since 1956, there have been just 128.
Here are some interesting facts concerning Will’s career. He worked the 2016 AL Wild Card Playoff, the 2017 World Baseball Classic semifinal and the 2017 NL Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.
Some of the people he has ejected: Don Mattingly, Max Scherzer, Buck Showalter, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Andrew McCutchen. Will has also worked games in which fellow inductee Daniel Norris has pitched.
Matthew McGahey: Class of 2004 (baseball)
A powerful left-handed batter, McGahey hit 29 home runs and drove in over 80 runs. He also batted well over .400 for his career.
Also a force on the mound, he finished 8-1 with a 1.14 ERA and 96 strikeouts his senior year. He was the District 1 player of the year, a member of the TBCA all-state team and the Johnson City Press Super 22 Player of the Year.
Moreover, McGahey was rated No. 65 on Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, and No. 71 for Perfect Game’s top 100.
He was a key member of the 2002 team that won conference, district and region titles. He also led the ’Toppers to conference titles in 2003 and 2004.
After a stellar high school career, Matthew signed to play baseball at Virginia Tech. After two season with the Hokies, he transferred to ETSU to finish his college career. In 2007, he was an Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic honoree.
Currently the assistant athletic director for external operations at ETSU, he is responsible for all athletic department revenue generation. He is scheduled to graduate in May with a doctorate degree from ETSU’s Global Sport Leadership program.
Lexie Burley Middaugh: Class of 2010 (track)
Burley graduated from Science Hill in 2010 as one of the most accomplished female track athletes in school history.
During her time at Science Hill, she was a four-year letter winner, all-conference four years and all-state in 2010. Burley was also a vital member of the 2009 girls state championship team.
She still holds school, conference and sectional records for the triple jump. In 2010, Burley was the long jump and triple jump conference champion, the triple jump sectional champion and state runner-up in the triple jump. She was named the Johnson City Press most outstanding girls track athlete.
Burley later starred at ETSU, where she was named All-Atlantic Sun Conference four times, was an eight-time Atlantic Sun Conference medalist and a five-time Atlantic Sun Conference track and field academic team member.
She was named 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, was a three-time Atlantic Sun athlete of the week, a three-time ETSU women’s track academic MVP, and a two-time ETSU women’s track athletic MVP.
After graduating in May 2017 with a masters in sports science and coaching, she is currently the head coach of a local gymnastics team.
Brian Miller: Class of 1999 (football, basketball, baseball)
One of the most accomplished three-sport athletes in school history, Miller was the starting quarterback on the football team for the 1997 and ’98 seasons. He threw for 4,520 yards and 47 touchdowns, and his 2,430 passing yards during his senior season was then a school record.
He was all-conference, all-state and a member of the Johnson City Press Elite 11 team.
In basketball, Miller scored 890 career points, earned all-conference, all-district and all-region his junior and senior seasons and made the Arby’s Classic all-tournament team his senior year. The Hilltoppers compiled a 128-19 record during his career, winning four conference, three district and four region titles — and reached four straight state tournaments.
Miller was also alll-conference and all-region in baseball his final two seasons and starred on the 1998 state championship team with a .405 batting average and 12 home runs.
Upon graduation, he played football for three years at Central Florida. After multiple shoulder surgeries, he came home and played on the Milligan College baseball team in 2004. Reunited with high school coach Bernie Young, he hit .375 with 11 home runs — this while being a teammate of fellow Hall of Fame inductee Will Little.
Miller currently lives in Knoxville and is a National Sale Manager for Barnhart.
Kendall Murphy: Class of 1977 (wrestling and track)
From 1975-77, Kendall Murphy wrestled in the 98-pound and 105-pound weight classes for some of Hall of Fame coach Tony Farrace’s best teams.
Kendall was district and region champion in ’76 and ’77, and sectional champion in ’77. Over the course of his career, he won seven individual tournaments and was voted the most outstanding wrestler at the Science Hill Invitational. He was named an All-American his senior year.
Murphy also ran track for Hall of Fame coaches Bob “Snake” Evans and Ray Judy. During senior year, Kendall was named as the inaugural winner of the coach Paul Christman Memorial Award.
After high school, Murphy earned a degree in Kinesiotherapy and Physical Education from ETSU. This degree prompted him to pursue a career in body building and personal fitness. He was runner-up in the 1982 Tennessee Body Building Championship. In 1984, he finished as the overall champion in the Westchester, New York Body Building Classic. Furthermore, he was also the lightweight 1989 Gulf State Classic champion.
Currently the owner of K.C.’s Personal Touch Fitness and Wellness, Murphy has worked for 34 years at the Dallas VA Medical Center. There he works in the areas of substance abuse, fitness therapy, weight management, spine mobilization and Phase II cardiac rehab.
Victoria Nguyen Myers: Class of 2010 (girls wrestling)
Victoria Nguyen Meyers was a key member of the inaugural girls’ wrestling team at Science Hill in 2007.
Under the guidance of coach John Renner, it has since grown into arguably the top girls’ wrestling program in the state of Tennessee. During the first 10 years of the program, the Lady ’Toppers have won six team titles and finished second twice as girls wrestling became a fully-sanctioned TSSAA sport in 2013.
While at Science Hill, Nguyen was a key factor in two team titles and captured individual state titles in 2009 and 2010. She was voted Best Match at the 2009 state tournament and most outstanding wrestler at the 2010 state tournament. S
Nguyen was named the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year for Science Hill. After graduating from Science Hill, she went on to wrestle at King University, where she was a two-time All-American with sixth- and seventh-place finishes at the National Tournament.
She placed fifth at the U.S. Open in 2013, and placed seventh at the University Nationals.
Currently an assistant coach for the Science Hill wrestling program, she just started her career as a nurse at Niswonger’s Children’s Hospital, working in the pediatric ICU. In addition, she is a personal trainer at Lifestyles Fitness Center.
Daniel Norris: Class of 2011 (baseball, football, basketball)
Science Hill baseball experienced one of the best runs in program history when the Detroit Tigers pitcher played there.
From 2008-11, the Hilltoppers won 123 games, four conference titles, four region titles and qualified for two state tournaments. Norris had a 33-3 record on the mound with a 2.11 earned run average and 460 strikeouts in 239 innings pitched. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Tennessee his senior season.
At the plate, he had a .420 batting average with 191 hits, 41 doubles, 24 home runs and 150 RBIs.
Norris played quarterback and defensive back for the football team. He was also part of the 2009 state-qualifying basketball team. He pitched an early-season game at D-B, then drove to Murfreesboro to meet the basketball team for the state tournament.
In baseball, he was all-conference and all-region four years, all-state three years and a two-time All-American. He was named the TBCA Todd Helton Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year, Aflac All American Jackie Robinson Player of the Year and Baseball America Pitching Prospect of the Year.
Norris was drafted in the second round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He made his big league debut on Sept. 5, 2014 and struck out David Ortiz. Fittingly, Daniel hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat when he became the first American League pitcher to hit a home run at Wrigley Field.
Mike Rader: Class of 1998 (football, basketball, baseball)
Rader was a member of two state championship teams while at Science Hill, the 1995 boys’ basketball team and the 1998 baseball team, but was most accomplished on the football field.
Rader was one of the top wide receivers in the state. He was named to the Johnson City Press Elite 11 team and also landed on the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state team his senior season.
After a solid collegiate career at ETSU, Rader entered the coaching profession. Working his way up through the ranks as a strength coach, equipment manager, recruiting coordinator, wide-receivers coach and offensive coordinator, at four different institutions, he was named head football coach at Maryville College in 2012.
While at Maryville, he named as the USA South Coach of the Year in 2013 and led his teams to two conference championships. In 2015, Mike returned to his alma mater to be a part of the resurrection of the ETSU football program. He currently serves as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Chris Smith: Class of 2009 (tennis, basketball)
A talented, two-sport athlete at Science Hill from 2005-2009, Smith excelled in both basketball and tennis.
In tennis, he played on three consecutive state championship teams and four conference title winners. In 2009, the tennis team did something that had not been done in school history — winning the team title, doubles title, and an individual championship for Smith.
Smith won numerous Big 7 individual titles and region championships while playing the No. 1 spot for the Toppers.
Also an all-conference performer in basketball, he is a member of the prestigious 1,000-point scorers club. During his time playing basketball, the ’Toppers won three conference championships, one district title, two region championships and made an appearance at the 2009 state tournament.
Smith went on to play tennis collegiately at Chattanooga and was captain of the team his senior year. He was also on the academic honor roll from 2011-13.
Smith is currently in his third year of school at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.
Coach Louise Stallworth (volleyball coach)
Long before Stallworth came to Science Hill, she started the volleyball program at Morristown West and won two district and conference titles.
Stallworth coached at ETSU from 1981-1988, leading the Bucs to the Southern Conference championship in 1987 — when she was voted Southern Conference Coach of the Year.
Coach Stallworth brought her talents to Science Hill in 2003 as a physical education teacher and volleyball coach. During her first stint as Science Hill’s coach (2003-2008), she led the Hilltoppers to two conference championships, two district championships, a pair of region crowns and one sectional title.
Additionally, she coached the first Science Hill volleyball team to play in the state tournament.
Stallworth stepped away from coaching for a couple of years due to family health issues, but came back to Science Hill for a second stint (2011-13). She boasts a 517-186 career coaching record.
Sammy “Dee Dee” Stuart: Class of 1968 (basketball, football)
Stuart was in the final freshman class at Johnson City’s Langston High School. He first came to Science Hill in the fall of 1965 as a sophomore and his impact was immediately felt in both football and basketball.
Stuart helped lead Hall of Fame Coach Elvin Little’s 1967 and 1968 basketball teams to back-to-back state tournament appearances. The ’Toppers finished third in the state in ’67 and runner-up in ’68.
During the state runner-up season of ’68, Stuart was named to the all-state team. In the opening game of the state tournament that year, Stuart poured in 31 points to lead the ’Toppers to a victory over Memphis Carver.
In football, Stuart was a wide receiver and place kicker. In 1967, he scored eight touchdowns and kicked 23 extra points. When he graduated from Science Hill, he was one of the leaders in scoring average with 6.4 points per game.
Upon graduation, Stuart played both football and basketball at Bluefield College, earning all-conference honors as a four-year letterman in both sports. He handled the kicking duties for the football team and was a steady double-figure scorer for his basketball career. He played on some of Bluefield’s most successful basketball teams of the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.
Stuart was elected into Bluefield Colleges’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 and his son, Tre, was a starting offensive lineman on this year’s football team.
Mr. Thomas Wade (contributor)
Wade worked in the Johnson City School system for 34 years and after that he served as gym supervisor at Carver Recreation Center for 25 years. He also served our country in the U.S. Army and was a prisoner of war in the Korean War.
Wade was a co-founder of the Melvin Stevens Scholarship Fund, which has benefited several male and female student-athletes from Science Hill.
A big supporter of Hilltopper basketball, Carver Rec provided a training ground for several Hilltopper players. In recognition of his dedication to the community, he was inducted to the Johnson City Park and Rec Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jay Wilkinson: Class of 2007 (tennis)
Wilkinson made the all-conference team all four years from 2003-07 and made all-state in 2007. Jay helped lead the 2007 ’Topper tennis team to a 15-1 record, including a state-championship victory over Murfreesboro Siegel.
Additionally, Wilkinson and teammate Alexander Greer captured the Class AAA doubles title that same year, becoming the first pair in school history to win team and doubles titles in the same year.
During 2006 and 2007, Wilkinson and Greer went undefeated in doubles play in the conference and region. During these years, the ’Toppers dominated local tennis, sweeping conference, district, and region titles.
They finished the ’07 season with a record of 20-1 that included winning the top doubles division of the prestigious Charlotte Country Day Invitational.
Wilkinson went on to attend Austin Peay on an academic, music and tennis scholarship. In 2011, he received the Austin Peay outstanding undergraduate music award. He is currently a professional singer of the production cast of Norwegian Cruise Lines and performing on the Norwegian Dawn.
Pete Zannis (tennis coach)
Zannis, who died in 2015, led the Hilltoppers to five Class AAA team state championships — including a sweep of boys’ and girls’ titles in 2009.
A star player at ETSU, he won the Intercollegiate singles and doubles titles. He continued to play competitively after college, winning the Southern Hard Court Championships in 1981.
Zannis was head tennis professional at the Johnson City Country Club for 38 years, where he developed one of the state’s and South’s premier junior tennis programs. Zannis started his tenure at Science Hill in 2000 and had a great run for 14 years, producing three doubles team titles and an individual championship.
Inducted into the ETSU Hall of Fame in 1996, he received numerous conference coach of the year awards. In 2008, he won the Tennessee State coach of the year award and also received national recognition.