Former standouts enter high school Hall

Former standouts enter high school Hall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Decades apart in their athletic heydays, a pair of former Belmont athletes will together enter the Lebanon (Tenn.) High School Sports Hall of Fame next month.

Barbara (Stone) Hallums and Clay Hannah have been chosen for induction into the LHS Hall of Fame. Stone played basketball back when the school was known as Belmont College. More recently, Hannah ran cross country and track for Belmont University.

Hallums played for the then Belmont Rebelettes from 1975-79. During her time with Belmont College, she appeared in 69 games while averaging 4.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. She shot 37.3 percent from the field while going 15-for-36 at the charity stripe.

Hallums helped lead the team to a 57-43 record during her career while making back-to-back appearances in the WNIT her first two seasons.

Prior to her time at Belmont, Hallums was a member of the 1975 TSSAA state runner-up Lebanon Devilettes. She was also voted all-district, all-region, all-midstate and named to the all-state tournament team at the conclusion of her senior year.

The Lebanon native later returned to LHS as a coach and math teacher. Hallums served as the Devilettes head coach for eight seasons (1995-2003), taking the team to the regional tournament three times. She's currently in her second year as assistant principal at LHS.

Hannah ran for the Bruins from 2006-2011, enjoying his greatest successes on the cross country course. He was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman on the Year in 2006 after finishing seventh at the conference championship meet and helping Belmont to a fifth consecutive A-Sun title. Two years later he posted his best conference finish by placing fourth at the A-Sun Championships with an 8-kilometer personal-best 24:52.14.

The runner also had a trio of top-10 conference finishes during his Belmont track career. Hannah was eighth in the indoor 3,000 meters in 2008, 10th in the outdoor 800 in 2010 and seventh in 2011 in the 3,000 outdoor steeplechase.

Hannah left LHS as the most decorated runner in school history. He finished fourth, third and second at the state cross country meet his final three years and was a five-time state medalist in track. He was named all-midstate four times and MidState Runner of the Year twice by the Tennessean and the Mid-State Cross Country Association.

Eleven years after graduating from LHS, Hannah still holds school records in the 800, 1,600, 3,200, 3 mile and 5K.

Lebanon's Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Jan. 30 at the Campbell Brandon Gymnasium. Hallums's son, Dr. Scott Hallums, is another member of the induction class of five.