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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Your job is to select some of the greatest athletes in the history of Blacksburg High School.
Where would you begin?
That question will be answered soon as Blacksburg Principal Brian Kitts said Tuesday that the school will establish a permanent sports hall of fame with a four-member inaugural class in October.
Kitts said nominations for the 2013 class will be taken through April and that an eight-member committee hopes to make its selections in May.
There will be several criteria for eligibility, Kitts said.
All candidates must be 10 years past their date of graduation. Each athlete must have made "a significant contribution" to his respective sport with a minimum of two years as a letter-winner.
Other factors such as personal character and success in professional life also will be taken into consideration, Kitts said.
The school plans to induct four former athletes each year. Kitts said the school is finalizing a relationship with the Blacksburg Sports Club to have a joint luncheon honoring the inductees and their families.
Kitts said the idea for beginning a sports hall of fame has been percolating since last fall. The Blacksburg principal said the school modeled its approach after examples set by several other Timesland schools.
Radford, Lord Botetourt, Patrick Henry and William Fleming are among local schools that have a sports hall of fame.
Kitts said a permanent display area will be constructed in the hallway outside the gymnasium of the new Blacksburg High School that is set to open this fall.
Blacksburg is seeking nominations from alumni and community members.
Kitts said he and Blacksburg athletic director Chris Stewart will serve on the selection committee, adding that the identity of the other members will not be made public. Kitts said at least one current male coach and one current female coach, a booster club member and several alumni would make up the remainder of the eight-member group, with one of the alumni serving as chairman.
Wythe Co. sports hall adds two new members
Former Rural Retreat High School athlete Butch Brewer and former George Wythe athlete and ex-Fort Chiswell coach Jimmy Goff have been named to the Wythe County Sports Hall of Fame.
Brewer will join his daughter, former Rural Retreat star Amanda Brewer Lord, as a hall member during an official induction ceremony this fall.
Brewer was an all-state selection in both football and basketball before he was selected in the baseball draft by the Houston Colt .45s.
Goff played baseball and basketball at Appalachian State after his career at George Wythe. He led Fort Chiswell to a Group A runner-up finish in boys basketball as the Pioneers' head coach, later becoming an assistant men's coach at High Point University.
Boys soccer teams playing benefit game
Northside will host Cave Spring in a boys soccer game Thursday that will serve to raise funds for medical expenses for the family of 7-month-old Stone Anderson.
Stone was diagnosed with an intestinal problem and underwent surgery in November two months after he was born, Northside coach Ryan Schilling said.
A second surgery was performed Jan. 30, but Stone showed no improvement and was sent to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Northside and Cave Spring are holding a raffle for several items during the JV and varsity games, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The drawing will be held at halftime of the varsity game.
Rowsey, Fitzgerald, Banks on West team
Rockbridge County's Andrew Rowsey, Patrick Henry's Marcus Banks and Parry McCluer's Charlie Fitzgerald have been named to the West squad for the VHSCA East-West All-Star game.
E.C. Glass center Karl Overstreet and Abingdon's Mack Owens also were named to the 12-man squad.
The rest of the West team includes Andy Arnold and Luke Ervin of Gate City, Jimmy Marshall of Douglas Freeman, J.R. Washington of Stonewall Jackson-Manassas, Hyrum Weiler of Spotswood and Joe Wilson of Mountain View.
Rowsey, who finished his career as the No. 2 scorer in VHSL history, has signed with UNC-Asheville.
Patrick Henry coach Jack Esworthy said Banks plans to accept a scholarship offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore if the 5-foot-5 guard qualifies for academic eligibility.
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