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SELLARS, PURYEAR & GUETHLEIN

Three more former Blue Devil standouts will be enshrined in the Lebanon High School Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies planned for Friday, Dec. 11. Inductees into the third class of the Hall of Fame include: Billy Sellars, LHS Class of 1966; Rubye Wood Guethlein, LHS Class of 1949 and Carl "Kip" Puryear, LHS Class of 1973.

Plans call for a reception to honor the inductees and their families to be held at 5 p.m. prior to the LHS basketball doubleheader with Hendersonville High, Friday, Dec. 11. The trio will be introduced between games of the doubleheader.

Perhaps no single name is more familiar to longtime Blue Devil football fans than Sellars. As a senior, quarterback Billy Sellars was named the Midstate Most Valuable Player by both the Nashville Banner and The Tennessean.

He was named first team all-state by the Associated Press and was a three-time All North Central Conference selection.

Sellars helped lead the Blue Devils of Coach Clifton Tribble to a No. 1-ranking in the state in 1965. LHS wound up the 1965 season 9-2 overall with a loss in the Clinic Bowl.

As a junior tailback in 1964, he led the state of Tennessee in scoring. He was voted Most Athletic at LHS as a junior and a senior, was a team captain — one of four Sellars brothers who would become captains at Lebanon High.

Sellars was also considered one of the top amateur boxers in the Southeastern United States. He was a five-time Southeastern Golden Gloves champion and a six-time Midstate Golden Gloves champ. Retired from Bridgestone, he and his wife are the parents of three sons; they have seven grandchildren.

Carl "Kip" Puryear was a true two-sport star at Lebanon High — playing basketball for Coach Hester Gibbs and baseball for Coach Brent Foster.

He was voted first team all-state and All-Midstate in both sports as a junior and senior; was voted All District in both sports for three seasons.

A skilled jump shooter, Puryear was nominated for McDonald’s All-America and helped the Blue Devils reach the TSSAA state tournament in 1972 — where he was voted to the All-State Tournament team as a junior -- scoring 35 and 28 points in two games. The 1972 LHS team finished the season 31-3.

In baseball, he racked up a career pitching record of 28-1 and was the Blue Devil batting champion his senior season in 1973 — splitting time at first base and on the pitching mound. He played college basketball at Middle Tennessee State University under Coach Jimmy Earle and was a member of two NCAA tournament teams.

Retired after 31 years as an educator, he served stints as principal at Lebanon High and as Superintendent of Wilson County Schools. He and his wife of 34 years Patty are the parents of two children.

Rubye Wood Guethlein, LHS Class of 1949, was a standout basketball player for former Coach Billy Beard. Mrs. Guethlein played varsity basketball for LHS 1945-1949 and was voted Team Captain as a senior and served as co-captain as a junior.

She was also voted Most Athletic Girl as a senior; was a two-time All-District selection; a two-time All-Region pick and a two-time All-Conference selection. She went on to play basketball at Lebanon’s Cumberland University where she was voted team captain.

A retired homemaker who still enjoys the game, Mrs. Guethlein is one of the all-time great contributors to Blue Devil athletics, having seen all five of her children earn athletic letters at LHS — four in girls basketball and one in baseball

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