Corey Brewer – Glenn Glover – Roger Perry – Betty Wiseman
Corey is a 2004 graduate of PHS where he starred in 3 sports: football, track, and most notably basketball. During his senior year Corey averaged 29.4 points and 12 rebounds per game. He was named to the McDonald’s All-American first team and the Parade All-American team. He was also Class AA Mr. Basketball, 1st Team All-State, and was named the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the year. Corey helped lead the Panthers to the semifinals of the state tournament in 2003 and a sectional “Sweet 16” trip in 2004. In Football Corey was a member of the 2000 undefeated state championship team and in track he won the state title in the A-AA high jump in 2002.
Upon graduating from high school Corey attended the University of Florida on a basketball scholarship. While in Gainesville, Corey started 3-years for the Gators and helped lead them to back-to-back NCAA National titles in 2006 & 2007. The first team to do so in 15 years. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament in 2007.
After college Corey was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the NBA draft, the #7 pick overall in 2007. He has spent the last 8 years in the NBA on several teams including the Timberwolves, New York, Denver, and Dallas where he helped the Mavericks win the NBA World Title in 2011. Currently Corey is with the Houston Rockets.
Glenn Glover played football for the Panthers over 60 years ago. But his legendary career remains one that is still talked about in Portland. Glenn is a 1953 graduate of Sumner County High School where he played football for 6 years and basketball for 2. During his time at Sumner County High School Glenn made All Mid-State 2 years and was named captain in 1951 and 1953. As part of the “Touchdown Twins” alongside Bobby Neal, Glover drove the opposing teams’ defense crazy with his exploits on the gridiron.
According to long time Panther supporters, fans would come from the midstate and southern Kentucky area to watch Glover play. Glenn made the high school football team as a seventh grader in 1947 and became a starter the following season. From 1948 through 1952, the Panthers won 35 games out of 49 including a pair of victories over rival Gallatin.
Sumner County High School made their first ever postseason appearance in the 1951 Crimson Bowl in Winchester against Tullahoma and came home a 27-14 winner. In that game, Glover ran for 202 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
For the season, Glover averaged over 200 yards in four games and complied 1,664 yards on the ground. The 1952 team finished with a 9-0-1 record. In a 37-7 win over Lafayette, Glen ran for five touchdowns and threw for another and had four games with at least three touchdowns. In a tough game with Murfreesboro, Glen had 382 yards and crossed the goal line four times.
Glover finished his career with over 6500 total yards and over 90 touchdowns.
After high school, Glover played at Tennessee Tech on two different occasions and also played football for the 9th Division Artillery team while in the Army and the squad played throughout Europe
Coach Perry is a 1974 graduate of Westmoreland High School and a 1978 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Coach Perry came to Portland High School in 1990 and was the Head Football Coach of the Panthers from 1990-2005. During that time the Portland High School football team won the 2000 Class 3A State Championship with an unblemished record of 15-0. They also finished as State Runners-Up in 1999 and 1994. Under Coach Perry’s tutelage the Panthers were named District and Regional Champions in 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1994, & 1990. Also during that time Coach Perry received numerous coaching accolades such as the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the year 5 times, the TSSAA Coach of the Year and the Nike Coach of the Year in 2000 as well as the National Federation of High Schools Coach of the Year award in 2001.
Prior to becoming the head football coach at Portland Coach Perry was the head softball coach at Westmoreland from 1981-1989 where his teams won 6 district titles, 5 regional championships, state runners-up in 1982 & 1985, and were state champions in 1981. He also served as assistant football coach from 1979-1983 and was the head coach of the Eagles from 1984-1989.
Currently Coach Perry is the director of football operations at Mt. Juliet High School and was the head football coach at Mt. Juliet from 2006-2012. Coach Perry has an astonishing 74% winning percentage over his career as head football coach between the 3 schools with a record of 266 – 93.
Betty is a 1961 graduate of Sumner County High School which is now known as Portland High School. Betty was on the girls’ basketball team which was the only female sport at Sumner County High School at the time. She is a 5-year letter award winner and received the girls’ athletic award for 4 years. She was named captain of the team for 2 seasons and made the all-tournament team 2 years. She also led the mid-state in scoring where she averaged 30 points per game.
After high school Betty attended Belmont University where she graduated in 1965 and then attended George Peabody College for Teachers where she graduated in 1966. Her post-master’s degree came from Atlanta University in 1967. Betty returned to Belmont in 1968 where she started the women’s basketball program which was one of the first women’s college basketball programs in Tennessee and the South. To say she was a pioneer in the women’s college game is an understatement. During her tenure at Belmont she received numerous accolades including: Coach of the Year in 1977 & 1981 for women’s’ basketball and in 1980 for women’s’ tennis. Her team’s participated in 6 NWIT tournaments and won the 1981 VSAC Championship.
Betty was inducted into the Belmont University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and she was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. She was also the recipient of the Josten-Barenson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s College Basketball Association in 1999 and was named a “Living Legend” in Women’s Sports in Tennessee in 2003. Also in 2003 she was honored by Belmont University when the Athletic Office Complex at the Curb Event center in Nashville was named in her honor as the “Striplin-Wiseman Athletic Office Complex”. This is just a sampling of the many awards and accolades that have been bestowed upon Betty.