Class of 2020
The VCHS Athletic Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce our 2020 Induction Class. Our 2020 inductees represent a variety of sports across four decades at Vinton County.
Coach Debra West (1977-1995)
Coach West helped establish female athletics at VCHS as a Physical Education teacher and coach for our volleyball, basketball, track, and softball programs. Her greatest 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.
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 one the best, 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 points list at VCHS and 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.
Kristin Collins-Emmert (2006)
Kristin Collins-Emmert accumulated 13 varsity letters in her high school career in Cross Country, Golf, Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball. As evidenced by her letters in 5 sports, she ranks as one of the top all-around athletes to wear the Viking maroon. Her versatility in basketball allowed her to start as both a point guard and a post player at different points in her career while helping the Vikings win a sectional championship and earning All-TVC and All-District honors. Her most dramatic impact as a Viking was on the softball diamond as an elite catcher and dangerous hitter for the Vikings. She led the Vikings to TVC Championships in 2003 and 2006, earning All TVC and All-District in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Collins-Emmert earned TVC Defensive MVP in 2005, and the Offensive MVP in 2006 while being the only Viking to be named All Ohio twice in softball.