Grayson County resident, Mike Pharris, was recently honored by Centre College by being inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Pharris attended Centre and starred on the basketball court from 1971-74 after being a standout player at Leitchfield High School.
While at Centre, Pharris was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1971, 72, and 74. In 1972 he helped lead the Colonels to their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference championship and was named to the All-Conference Team. The team also won the conference title his senior year.
Pharris finished his career at Centre with 1,440 points, which still has him seventh among all-time scorers in the school’s history. His 769 rebounds puts him fifth among all rebounders. For his career, Pharris averaged 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
While at Centre Pharris was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was repeatedly recognized as a “Little Phi” All American for small colleges.
After graduation from Centre, Pharris completed his Master’s Degree at Western Kentucky University, then became involved in the Pharris Farm operations as well as the manufacturing operations of Phar Shar Manufacturing Co. He is currently a district dealer for the Beck Seed. Co.
The son of Osco and Doris Pharris, he married the former Rose Clemons in 1979. The couple have three children, Daniel, who is currently the girl’s basketball coach at Grayson County High School, Kristin Dixon and Chelsea, who recently graduated from Campbellsville University after playing basketball there for four years. They also have two grandchildren, Wyatt and Kinsley Dixon.