BATESVILLE, Ark. – The 34th Class of the Lyon College Athletics Hall of Fame has been selected, as three former Scots and an assistant coach will be inducted during the annual banquet, which has been set for the Patterson Dining Hall of the Edwards Commons on the Lyon campus on Saturday, November 19.
Former golfer Adriane Barnett Duke (’05), basketball athlete Clint Reed (’99), baseball player Jose Rivas (’06) and former assistant baseball coach Robbie Holmes will be inducted, bringing the total number of inductees in the Hall to 129.
There will be a reception beginning at 5:45 p.m., with the banquet getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, but banquet tickets are available for $20 for adults and $10 for children 12-and-under. To purchase tickets call Alexandrya Burroughs at (870) 307-7175.
Here is a look at the four inductees for the Class of 2016:
ADRIANE BARNETT DUKE (’05)
A four-year member of the Lyon women’s golf team, Adriane Barnett Duke has excelled on and off the course. As she worked to earn her Bachelor of Science degree – graduating Magna Cum Laude – from Lyon from 2001-05, Duke was a vital part of the golf program which recorded three TranSouth Athletic Conference championships.
Duke was a conference medalist each year, while earning NAIA All-American honors as a freshman and All-American Honorable Mention accolades as a senior. She advanced to the national tournament each of her four years, placing sixth as a freshman. The Scots were Region XI champs her junior year and she was a Region XI Tournament medalist as a senior.
In addition to still playing golf recreationally with family and friends, Duke has gone back to college at Arkansas State University, as she continues working on her Master of Science in Gifted, Talented and Creative Education as well as teaching in Jonesboro, Ark.
After playing in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Duramed Futures (developmental) Tour from 2006-08, she took a position as a math teacher at Annie Camp Junior High School in Jonesboro. She has received recognition for outstanding work there, being named Annie Camp Junior High Teacher of the Year in 2015, Jonesboro Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2016, while being an Arkansas Teacher of the Year regional finalist in the same year.
A member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Duke is also the Annie Camp Junior High cheerleading sponsor and a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma (Gamma Rho Chapter).
Adriane is married to Joe Duke. The couple has one child, Dayton. Adriane will be introduced at the banquet by Leslie Bragg Gitz (’05).
CLINT REED (’99)
A four-year (1995-99) member of the Lyon men’s basketball program and a captain for two seasons, Clint Reed was the first All-TranSouth Athletic Conference player, who still is ranked among the best in a number of statistical categories with the program.
Reed, who resides in Hot Springs, Ark., continues to be at the top of the Lyon men’s basketball career steal list, posting 163 in four years. He also ranks first in single-season steals, recording 109 in the 1998-99 season. He ranks third and fourth, respectively, in single-season free throw percentage, hitting 88.9% (98-of-108) in 1997-98 and 87.7% (107-of-122) in 1998-99.
He also ranks ninth all-time in Lyon history in career points, scoring 1,555 in his four-year career.
Reed was a member of Kevin Jenkins’ first team when he was hired as head coach. In his junior and senior seasons, Reed helped the squad to double-digit wins, posting an 18-11 record during the 1997-98 season and a 16-14 finish in 1998-99. The Scots recorded a 9-4 record in the TranSouth his senior season, the team’s second season in the league.
“Clint was a special player at Lyon during his career,” Jenkins said. “He was a leader both on and off the court. He was a good teammate and a joy to coach.
“The fans enjoyed watching him perform, whether it was him distributing the ball, scoring on drives to the basketball or his patented fall-away jumper. Clint’s play was well-respected across the conference by all coaches and players.”
Reed will be introduced at the banquet by Jamie Bridges.
JOSE RIVAS (’06)
Considered by his former head coach as “possibly the best player to ever play baseball at Lyon College,” Jose Rivas was a NAIA First-Team All-American in 2004 and an earned Second-Team All-American honors in 2005, playing for the Scots for two seasons. He still holds the Lyon longest hitting streak mark, boasting hits in 26 consecutive games in 2005.
Even ten years after his graduation, Rivas, who now resides in Ensenafa, Mexico, is at the top of the Lyon baseball record books in four categories. He leads the all-time two-year batting average list, with a .413 mark, while ranking second in career home runs, with 31.
Rivas holds three single-season marks for Lyon, tying for first in hits in a single season, posting 92 in 2004. He is first in runs batted in a single season, tallying 77 in 2004. He also ranks first in total bases, rolling up 160 in ’04. He also ranks 12th in career hits, posting 157.
He helped Lyon to its two best seasons in the program’s history, as the Scots posted a 43-20 (.667) record in 2004 and then finished 48-18 (.727) in 2005. The Scots’ two-year record with Rivas on the squad was 91-38 (.705).
Kelley had nothing but admiration when he spoke about his former hitter.
“I can honestly say that Jose is one of the best college hitters I’ve seen in my coaching career at any level,” Kelley stated. “He played college baseball over 10 years ago and I still have coaches and players talk about some of the home runs he hit. He’s a guy that people stopped what they were doing to watch him hit. It was special.”
Kelley stated that Rivas was a humble athlete.
“He was one of the most humble people that I have ever been around,” Kelley continued. “His teammates loved him and our opponents respected him. He put up great numbers and got pitched around.”
Rivas went on to play in the Mexican Baseball League after finishing his career at Lyon and now works with young people and stays associated with the sport of baseball.
He will be introduced at the banquet by Kelley.
ROBBIE HOLMES (Service)
Former Lyon College assistant baseball coach Robbie Holmes has been a huge part of the success of the Scots baseball program for the past 22 years, before retiring earlier this year. He was hired in 1994 by former coach Kirk Kelley a year after the baseball program was restarted. He helped the Scots to 20-win seasons 21 times, 30-win seasons 13 times and 40-win seasons on five occasions. During his tenure, the Scots had an overall record of 722-566 (.561).
Holmes has helped the Scots to three second-place finishes in the American Midwest Conference (2013, 2014, 2015), along with a third-place and three fourth-place finishes in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
“Robbie was a huge part of the success of our program,” said Kelley about the Cave City native. “He watched the program transform from scratch to a national power. He helped the program in every single facet, both on and off the field.”
Holmes was not only a top-notch assistant for Kelley, but a great friend as well.
“Robbie is a great friend,” said Kelley, who will be introducing Holmes at the banquet. “When you go to work every day and know that someone is always going to be there through the highs and lows, which brings a lot of peace to your job. Robbie has left his handprint on that program and it is a better because of him.”