Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

2020 & 2021 VCHS Hall of Fame Press Release

VCHS and the VCHS Hall of Fame committee will honor inductees from both the 2020 and 2021 classes prior to varsity basketball games this winter. 

The first group will be honored on Dec. 10, 2021, against Nelsonville. Included in this class are:


Class of 2020

Coach Debra West (1977-1996)

Coach West helped establish female athletics at VCHS as a Physical Education teacher and coach for our volleyball, basketball, track, and softball programs. She devoted 17 years of her career to Viking athletes, coaching 29 varsity teams. Coach West coached volleyball for nine seasons, highlighted by a TVC and Sectional Championship in 1984. However, her strongest impact came in softball where she compiled a career record of 176-113 from 1981-1992 and again from 1995-1996, guiding the Viking program to 4 sectional titles, 2 district championship appearances, and winning TVC titles in 1988 and 1990. West earned TVC Coach of the Year honors on three occasions as well. Coach West worked to instill discipline, respect, and pride in her athletes both on and off the field, traits that have led many of her players to careers in leadership positions in their respective fields. 


Class of 2020

Jay Palmer (1990)

Jay Palmer is considered one of the most prolific scorers in Viking basketball history. His size and versatility allowed him to score from nearly anywhere on the court. Palmer established himself as the Vikings’ first, and finest 3-point threats as he drained 98 for his career in the infancy of the line.  While leading the Vikings, Palmer earned All TVC and All-District as a junior and senior and fell just shy of becoming the school’s first 1,000 point scorer in 1990. For his career, only a single point kept him from topping the career list at VCHS, and his accomplishments no doubt set the bar for the long-range shooting that has since become synonymous with Vinton County basketball. Palmer continued his playing career at Mount Vernon University following graduation. 


Class of 2021

Susan Eberts (2003)

Susan was an immediate force from the second she set foot on the softball diamond. With unmatched grit and perseverance, she led the Vikings at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle throughout her 4-year career. A natural leader, fearless and uncompromising, she never shied away from competition or high expectations. She challenged herself, her teammates, and even coaches at times to do whatever it took to succeed. Susan took pride in being a Viking, even as a role player in basketball and volleyball she created strong bonds with her fellow players, approaching that role with the same tenacity as her responsibilities as the main Varsity softball pitcher.  As a senior softball player, Susan led the Vikings to a league championship and was voted TVC Player of the Year. She also earned All TVC each of her four years and was selected to the All-District team 3 times. Susan continued her softball playing career collegiately at Urbana University. Throughout her life she remained committed to supporting her alma mater even after moving out of the area. She organized alumni games and team reunions- proving a lasting impact and leadership to her school and her teammates. 

Current members that have been inducted into our Hall of Fame
Print and return to Vinton County High School prior to May 1st of the induction year.
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Hall of Fame Inductees

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