LEXINGTON — Pineville’s Fred Bishop and Bell County’s Russell Miracle are two of the newest inductees into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame. Those two were among the 11 inductees honored at the 2014 induction ceremony on Sunday at the Lexington Convetion Center.
Fred Bishop graduated from Pineville in 1973. A three-sport standout at PHS, Bishop was a four-time All-SEKC selection in basketball, a three-time All-State honoree in football, and a regional track champion in multiple events.
On the hardwood, he averaged a double-double all four years of his high school career, including personal bests of 26 points and 18 rebounds per game as a sophomore. A star on the gridiron as well, Bishop was an offensive end and a defensive back for Pineville, earning SEKC Player of the Year honors as a junior. He caught 35 passes for 543 yards as a senior, while averaging 30.6 yards on kick returns and 15.7 yards on punt returns, with six interceptions.
Following his high school career, Bishop attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship and graduated in 1977. With his playing days behind him, Bishop stayed involved in high school athletics as an assistant football coach at Bowling Green HS, helping the Purples to several district titles, three state runner-up finishes (1994, 2005 and 2006), and one state championship (1995).
Russell Miracle graduated from Bell County in 1961. A multi-talented athlete at BCHS, Miracle was a two-time member of the All-State football team, led the Bobcats to a 13th Region basketball title, and was a leader on the track team.
Miracle had never seen a football upon entering high school, but that didn’t stop him from earning All-State honors in 1960 and 1961. He started every football game from his freshman season on, playing halfback and defensive back for the Bobcats. As a junior, he led the state in scoring up until the last two games of the season. As a senior, he was selected to play in the Kentucky East/West All-Star game. He was recruited by Tennessee and Alabama, but chose to play football at the University of Kentucky.
A three-year starter on the Bell County varsity basketball team, Miracle helped lead the Bobcats to a 13th Region Championship in 1960 and a berth in the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16. Bell County advanced to the second round as he scored 21 points in a win over Harrodsburg, and Miracle went on to earn All-State honors.
A four-year letterman in track, Miracle competed in the 100, 200 and 440 yard dashes, as well as the mile relay. As a senior, he served as the acting coach when Bell County went to the regional meet at Barbourville and helped several runners qualify for state, including himself. Miracle got involved in coaching the area’s youth when his playing days were over, and served as the analyst for Bell County football broadcasts on WRIL from 1985-2006.
Other inductees in the Class of 2014 incude: Trinity quarterback Jeff Brohm, Sacred Heart swimmer Caroline Burkle, Madisonville-North Hopkins running back Sonny Collins, journalist Mike Fields, Scott County basketball player Ukari Figgs, Monticello basketball player Don Frye, Fort Knox running back Derek Homer Jr., official Barbara Ann Isaac, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar multi-sport standout Brooke Marnitz.