The Carthage High School Athletic Hall of Honor — which was founded in 2012 — welcomed five new members this past Friday.

Five former Carthage athletes and one current announcer were given the prestigious honor at the Carthage High School Auditorium.

The inductees were Kip Harkrider, Randy Hudson, Kit Kyle Martin, Linus Pellum and Larry Allen.

Allen was the first to be enshrined, as he was presented by Jerry Hanszen. Allen is currently the lead Carthage football and baseball broadcaster. Allen has been broadcasting Bulldogs football for 33 seasons and 26 seasons for Bulldog baseball.

Harkrider was second and was presented by Scott Lee. Harkrider played in 117-straight games during his time at Carthage, where he had a .401 batting average.

Harkrider parlayed his success at Carthage to the University of Texas, where he was drafted in the fifth round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harkrider was also a member of the 1996 USA Olympic team that won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Randy Hudson was third and was enshrined by 2013 Hall of Honor inductee John Booty.

Hudson was on offensive lineman while at Carthage and also played at North Texas University.

Hudson is the organizer for the Bulldog Tailgate Party, where former members of the Dallas Cowboys, amongst others, that take part and spend time signing autographs and pictures with Carthage Bulldog football fans prior to a game.

Martin was fourth to be enshrined and was presented by her father, Dr. Wayne Kyle.

Martin, who graduated from Carthage in 1988, was a walk-on at North Texas and graduated in three years. Martin was an assistant coach at Arkansas, but she has left her mark coaching in the high school ranks.

In 2019, Martin was named the High School National Coach of the Year by the WBCA coaching at Mansfield.

Pellum was the final honoree and was presented by Jeffrey Willie.

Pellum played football during his time Carthage was proud to show that he’s old school by writing his acceptance speech on a piece of paper.

This was the first Hall of Honor ceremony since 2019, since there was no ceremony in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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