CLARKSVILLE - On September 26, 2019, Ken Catlett of Merifield Acres was inducted into the Manchester High School (Richmond, Va) Lancers Sports Hall of Fame. He was among five other athletes and an entire girls softball team to be inducted into the “hall” this year.
The presenter in his opening remarks about Ken, mentioned that Ken had played Little League baseball from the time he was about 7 or 8 years old and had been a boy scout. He received the three highest awards in scouting - Achievement - Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm. He is the youngest person to receive this reward in the Robert E. Lee Council; Religion/Citizen Citizenship - God and Country Award, and Leadership- Order of the Arrow.
As for sports he participated in three sports- football, basketball and baseball for five years each-eighth through twelfth year in school.
8th grade - 8th grade football - quarterback and safety.
8th grade basketball - starting guard
8th grade - baseball shortstop
9th grade - jayvee football
10-12 grades - varsity three years - starting QB, Safety and special teams.
Basketball - 9th grade - 1 year jayvee
10-12 - starting point guard (undefeated Central District Champions as senior in 1968) Team went 43-5 in district last 3 years.
Baseball -Starter all four years
- 3b - 9th grade
- SS - 10-12 grades
Lead batter or within three points all four years
Recognition and Awards
Senior Superlative: Voted -Most Athletic
Joe Ukrop Trophy - Most Outstanding Boy Athlete 10 Letters
3 basketball 4 baseball
Richmond Times Dispatch- Back of Week at least once each year
Post High School
Attended Hampden-Sydney on a basketball grant
Starting point guard freshman and sophomore years.
Named to Gardner-Webb All-Tournament team in sophomore season.
Catlett continued to play until an injury at the end of his sophomore year.
He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Norman and the couple had two children. Catlett worked for Dupont in Richmond and Taxes for 38 years before retiring to Virginia in 2010.