Cain, Walston to be inducted into Old Timers HOF

Posted 4/14/18

Greg Cain and Ken Walston will be among the inductees in the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department’s Old Timers Hall of Fame this year.

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Cain, Walston to be inducted into Old Timers HOF

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Greg Cain and Ken Walston will be among the inductees in the Cleveland Parks and Recreation Department’s Old Timers Hall of Fame this year.

Previously announced inductees are Leon Brown, Dennis Carroll, Paul Davis, Scott Kyle, Steve McAmis and Harvey Tillery.

Individuals who have had a positive impact on local sports programs, either as a coach or player, are honored in the Hall of Fame.

The inductees are recognized at a banquet, which will be held May 4, at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. This is the 42nd year for the banquet.

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $25 each, must be purchased by May 1 and can be picked up at the city Parks and Rec office at 160 2nd St NE.

Ten individuals are being inducted this year and will be showcased in the Banner over the coming weeks.

Greg Cain

Cain came to Cleveland in 1968 with an opportunity to play for the Lee Vikings.

He is grateful that, along with his father, his grandmother raised him since he was six weeks of age. He has two daughters, Aimee Cain and Mandee Keith; three grandchildren, Alexandria Cain, Grace Cain, and Matthew Keith; and one great-grandchild, Mason Cain.

Cain played some basketball in high school, but it was at Lee under Coach Dale Hughes, “that a cocky punk teen from Ohio turned into a man,” he said.

He played basketball from 1968-1972. He had 1,210 career points, which made him17th on the all-time scoring list, and 568 career assists, third on the all-tie list. He led the Vikings to four straight SCAS titles and a pair of third-place finishes in the NCAA Tournament. Although he was known an outstanding point guard, he scored more than 30 points four times during his career. He was inducted into the Lee College Hall of Fame and in November 2013, he was inducted into the Lee University Hall of Fame.

After his time at Lee, Cain pursued a career as a teacher. He had 45 plus years with the Bradley County Schools System when he retired. After retirement, he worked as a substitute for the Cleveland Schools System.

Never one to enjoy downtown, Cain is teaching today in a 24/7 residential facility.

He is active in sports, including church and city league basketball and softball. You can often see him running through the streets with his running group.

Ken Walston

Growing up in Crisfield, Md., Walston was born into a family many would consider a team. Four brothers, five sisters, his mom and dad, as well as a slew of aunts, uncles and cousins surrounded him.

He learned how to operate in a setting that required discipline, imagination and determination — groundwork for an outstanding athlete and coach.

Walston was passionate about sports, especially basketball, at an early age.

While in high school, Walston was the middleman of the full court press, which was the team’s main offense. He led the team in steals and assists. They won the state championship his junior year and the team was ranked No. 1 in the state his senior year.

IN 1965, Walston came to Lee College, where he met Coach Dale Hughes.

“Lee College was a great opportunity for me. Coach Hughes accepted me as a player. Since he was used to the full-court press and fast-break offense, his coaching and style was familiar to me. It was exciting to get to be a part of the Lee sports family. …. I played with some of the greatest teammates including Boog Sherlin, Dizzy Ford, Bob Varner, Kenny Phillips, Greg Cain, Mike Linley, Gary Trenum, Robert Ayers, Dave Montgomery, Dave McClain, Hugh Watson, Al Barnett, Pete Cecil, Ralph Osborne, and Gene Isom,” he said.

As the team’s point guard, Walston led the team in steal and assists all four years. The team was the national champion his junior year and third his senior. His senior year, he was awarded All Tournament Player.

Walston explained, “My wife (Sheila Roddy) and I were resident directors. At that time Lee College only offered intramural sports for women. Girls would often come to us expressing a desire to have a girl’s team yet I had already identified the need and had begun working on it. We started on a club basis our first year and then the next year we officially began a varsity team. This was a humble beginning, as we had no funds appropriated for this new team. The girls would be wearing the men’s’ team hand-me-downs yet were just excited to have the opportunity to be playing. They would even have to drive their own vehicles to away basketball games.”

He was also the college’s intramural director.

In 1982, Walston switched professions and began working as for U.P.S., where he retired after 33 years of service.

During those years, he coached sports teams for the YMCA and the Boys Club. He also coached and played for the men’s basketball and softball church leagues.

While his daughter (Adrienne) didn't play sports, he was given the opportunity to coach many different sports and teams that his three sons (David, Rod and Adam) participated in the community as they grew up in Cleveland. He also served Westmore Church of God many years by organizing community youth basketball games and any other sports related competitions.
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