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Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 2016 class

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in News, Local News, Sports

Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 2016 class

The annual Florence Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet was held on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Florence Civic Center. Seven athletes were inducted as the Class of 2016 Sylvia Hatchell, Women’s Basketball Coach at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was the guest speaker. She is a former head women’s coach at FMU.

The 2016 Class includes the late Bobby “Ray” Bridgeman Jr., Matthew Olen Cross, David Earl Hanna, Glenda Dale Jones Heald, Robert Razick, Bobby Shaw, and Allyson Nell Sprott.

Ray Bridgeman

Bridgeman graduated in 1977 from West Florence High and from FMU in 1985 with a degree in general studies. He holds West Florence Basketball career records for total shots (222), foul shots made (77.9%) and assists (172). He is second in West Florence history of points scored (898). He made All City, All Conference Region VAAAA and All State as a junior and senior.

Bridgeman wa selected by S.C. Sportswriters Association to play in S. C. Athletic Coaches Association All Star Game as a senior. He was selected by Scouting Service of St. Petersburg, Fla., as one of the 24 best seniors in South Carolina. He won the Lynch Award for Most Outstanding Athlete his senior year. His basketball jersey was retired at West Florence High. Bridgeman played at Newberry as a freshman and transferred to Francis Marion.

Matthew Olen Cross

Cross graduated from West Florence High in 1997 and Coastal Carolina in 2001 with a degree in health science He was a five-year letter winner in track at West Florence High. He was All Conference 10 times in track (400m, 1600m, 3200m) and seven times a Conference Champion in track. Five times he was All State in track. He was a Cross Country six-year letter winner and the only 7th grader to earn a letter.

He was two times West Florence Cross Country team MVP; five time Cross Country All Conference; two time All State in Cross Country and 4A Cross Country State runner up. Cross was a 1993 Junior Olympic All American. He was awarded a full scholarship to Coastal Carolina University. He ran the initial leg in Columbia to carry the game ball for the 1996 Shrine Bowl football game as one of the top 40 state cross country runners. Today, he is the track coach at Leesville Road High School.

David Earl Hanna

Hanna graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1971 and earned a degree in real estate from Florence-Darlington Technical College. He served as head softball coach and assistant athletic director at Coker College for 23 years. His softball coaching record at Coker College is 760-310-1. Hanna’s teams have won the Carolina Virginia Athletic Conference Championship and the tournament title 14 times.

He was named Conference “Coach of the Year” six times, He was named District “Coach of the Year” in 1993 and 1994. He ranks 20th among NCAA Division II Coaches in all time winning percentage (minimum of 10 years coaching). He ranks 24th in winning percentage among all time coaches at all NCAA Division I, II and III levels. His 1998 softball team was inducted into Coker College Hall of Fame. Hanna coached 26 Academic All Americans and five NCAA Athletic All Americans.

Dale Jones Heald

Heald graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1974 and from Francis Marion University in 1979. She was All Conference in basketball as a junior and senior. She started playing tennis on the high school team as a 7th grader. In 1969, she played #6 on the high school team and won the State Championship #6 flight singles and 3rd flight doubles. In 1970, she played #4 and won the State Championship #4 flight singles.

In 1971, played #2 and was a finalist in the State Championships ­– her only singles loss in six years of high school tennis competition. In 1972-74 she played #1 and won the State Championship 1st flight all three years and won the #1 flight doubles as a senior. She received a tennis scholarship to Sullins College in Bristol, Va. and then at Francis Marion University where she played #1 singles and doubles. She was MVP at FMU in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978 and All State in 1977. She served as the tennis pro and tennis operation manager from 1988-2013 at the MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, N.C.

Robert Razick

Razick graduated from Wilson High School in 2008 and from the University of South Carolina in 2012 with a B. S. degree in psychology. He will graduate in 2016 from the Medical University of South Carolina. At Wilson, he played tennis, and track and field and was MVP as a freshmen and junior, 2005 and 2007. He won the Coaches Award for tennis as a sophomore in 2006, He was captain of the tennis team as a senior in 2008 and awarded the team’s “Most Promising Award” in track. He was the Track Region “Athlete of the Year.”

As a senior he was the region champion in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and 4 x 800m. In 2010 as a freshmen at USC, he was the “Rookie of the Year” for indoor track. In 2011 as a sophomore, he was awarded the “Most Improved Award” for outdoor track. In 2012 as a junior, he was awarded the Track Team “SEC Competitor Award.” In 2013 as a senior, he was awarded the Track Team “Milestone Award” for indoor track. As a senior, he set the USC school record in the 3000m at 8:16.00. He was awarded the “Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award” for all USC athletes and was runner up for the “Male Athlete of the Year” at USC.

Bobby Shaw

Shaw graduated from West Florence High School in 1974 and from Lander College in Greenwood in 1979 with a BS degree in physical education and recreation. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1991 with a masters of science in exercise physiology. He played basketball at West Florence High School and was the MVP of the Junior Varsity and named All Conference as a sophomore. He led the Junior Varsity team in scoring and rebounding his sophomore year.

As a senior, he led the team in scoring and was the team MVP, All Conference, All City, All State. Shaw played basketball at FMU as a sophomore and at Lander as a junior and senior. At Francis Marion, he was the team MVP and led the team in scoring. As a junior at Lander, he was the team’s “Defensive Player of the Year” and led the team in assists.

As a senior at Lander, he set the record for most assists in a season (229) and most assists in a single game (20). He holds the Lander record for career assist average per game at 7.9. Shaw was the team Co-Captain and Co-MVP as a senior and he was First Team All District. He was invited to play and voted MVP of the International Basketball Tournament in Holland in 1981. Shaw was the creator of “Lose a Ton,” a community health and fitness event and winner of NOVA 7, a national award for community health and fitness.

Allyson Nell Sprott

Sprott graduated in 1979 from Lawrence Manning Academy in Manning and from Columbia College in 1983 with a degree in physical education. She was head softball coach at South Florence High School, 1990-2003. She was region 4A Champion eight times, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2000. Sprott’s teams were 4A State Softball Champion three times – 1995, 1997 and 1999.

She holds a 1999 State Softball Champion record of 35-0. The team ranked third nationally in 1999. Her career softball coaching record is 345-89. She was 1997 SCACA Coach of the Year, 1998 South All Star Head Coach and 1993 South All Star Assistant Coach. She was 1999 South Region National “Coach of the Year.” Fifteen of her players received college scholarships.

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