TriCounty Community Guide 50 Greatest Sports Figures in the Tri-County - Page 16

Dennis Creekmore Creekmore Creekmore, a 1976 graduate of Whitley County High School, is the most decorated single athlete in Whitley County High School History. He dominated track meets in the mid- 1970s, rarely if ever losing. His high school running career was capped off by duel state championships in 1976. He was the 1976 Boys Class 2A State track champion in the mile run with a 2A state record of 4:19.03. His state record will never be broken because the race was converted to the 1600 meter run in 1979. He also took home the 1976 Boys 2A State championship in the two-mile run with a time of 9:36.03, which is the third fastest 2A time in state history. He earned a scholarship and ran with distinction at Eastern Kentucky University. Nick Denes Denes Denes graduated college from the University of Illinois and began his high school coaching career at Corbin High School. He led the Redhound basketball program to a state championship in 1936. He coached Louisville Male’s track team to a state championship in 1942 and a football state championship in 1951. Later during his coaching career, he was the head football coach and head baseball coach at Western Kentucky University. He compiled a 57-39-7 record during his stay (1957-67) as the Hilltoppers’ football coach. 16 | 50 GREATEST SPORTS FIGURES