Blount County will honor the 2018 class of its Athletics Hall of Fame at its annual banquet Monday night.

The Daily Times is noting two of the nominees each day leading up to the induction.

Previous biographies:

SARAH LUPTAK

The Blount County Sports Hall of Fame is recognizing Sarah Luptak as the 2018 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.

Sarah has been involved in Area 15 Special Olympics since the age of eight and has participated each year in the track & field and bowling events since beginning her passion for competing and enjoying sports.

She has won several gold medals over the years while also recognizing the accomplishments of all competitors and always offering support and compassion.

She has participated in Eagleton Challenger League baseball as a second baseman and also plays basketball each year in the “Upward,” now “Break-Through,” basketball league at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church on Sundays during the winter months.

Luptak’s greatest traits are her kindness and outgoing personality, personifying the Special Olympics oath and goals for all who participate in Area 15 Special Olympics.

MICAH MARSH

Micah Marsh began his career in basketball at Alcoa High School, being part of the teams in the early 1990s that had plenty of success.

In 1992, the Tornadoes finished as state runners-up and in 1993 they made it to the state semifinals.

By the time Marsh graduated, Alcoa was ranked as the 17th-best team in the nation.

He had a lot to do with that success, earning All-State honors in 1993 and 1994 as well as being named a two-time Blount County Player of the Year.

Marsh continued his playing excellence at Arkansas State University, where he graduated as the program’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made and in the top 10 in points, steals, assists and free-throw percentage.

He was named to the Sun Belt All-Conference first team in 1998 and the All-Sun Belt academic team seven out of the eight semesters he attended.

He was also the recipient of the Terry Gwin Award for best overall male athlete, leading to his induction into the Arkansas State University Hall of Honor in 2007.

In 2000, he became the assistant men’s basketball coach at ASU before moving to Alcoa High School where he was the head boys’ basketball coach from 2002 to 2011.

At Alcoa, he recorded 167 wins and 116 losses, led the team to one Final Four, two Elite Eights and four Sweet Sixteens.

He rceived the 2004 East Tennessee Coach of the Year award.

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