The Class of 2008 for the Guiford County Sports Hall of Fame was announced today at New Bridge Bank Park. Don Moore and Jim Modlin from GREENSBOROSports.com were there and I also talked to Larry Dunlap of the Sports Reports Radio Network and got his take which was very positive and upbeat in regards to the new Class of 2008 annuncements.
Don will have some video of the event coming up later and Jim sent over this release which was available at the event and here’s a thumbnail sketch of the new upcoming inductees.
CLASS of 2008:
Dr. Herbert â€œHerbâ€ T. Appenzeller– In his nearly 40 years at Guilford College, Dr. Herbert T. Appenzellerâ€™s work as a professor and athletic administrator produced scholars, athletes and community leaders in various fields. He came to Guilford College in 1956 following years as a coach, teacher and Athletic Director at Rolesville and Wakelon High Schools and Chowan College.
Lynne Agee– UNCG head coach Lynne Agee is widely respected throughout the nation as one of the premier coaches on the womenâ€™s college basketball scene. Agee embarked on her 27th season with the Spartans in 2007-08. Agee has built quite a resume as she has not only won 69 percent of her games, but was also the first womenâ€™s basketball coach to lead a school to the NCAA Tournament in all three divisions.
Jeff Lynn Bostic is a former American football offensive lineman who played for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League. A 1980 graduate of Clemson University, Bostic was named All-ACC in 1979 as an offensive lineman for the Tigers. He played professionally for the Washington Redskins from 1980-93, helping them win Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI and becoming the only Clemson player to play for three Super Bowl Championship teams. Bostic was one of “The Hogs,” the Redskins’ famed offensive line which also included guards Russ Grimm and Mark May, tackles Joe Jacoby and George Starke, and a few other new additions over the years.
Joe Earl Bostic, Jr. is a former American football offensive lineman, primarily guard, who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a third round pick in the 1979 draft and in his first year was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team. A 1979 graduate of Clemson University, Bostic was part of the era that put Clemson back on the college football map, helping them to three bowl appearances. He was the cornerstone of the offensive line and was a two-time All-American in 1977 and ’78.
Dick Kemp– Kemp was the leading rusher for Lenoir Rhyne two of the four years he was there. His freshman year the Bears played Texas A&I for the NAIA championship and lost. The next year the Bears beat Hombolt, Calif., for the championship. Lenoir Rhyne lost three games and tied one in the four years Kemp played there. He won state championships coaching at Elizabeth City, tied for a state title at Ragsdale and won a state championship at Ragsdale. He was an assistant football coach at N.C. State in 1975 and 1976, and then an assistant at Duke in 1977. He was also a head football coach at High Point Central, Southwest Guilford and Glenn.
Daniel â€œDannyâ€ Ricardo Manning– Danny Manning was a member of the 1983 Page High School Team that went 26-0 and was ranked #2 in the country by USA Today. The Pirates were the NCHSAA 4-A State Champions. Considered one of the greatest players in University of Kansas and college basketball history, Manning left KU as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder after leading the Jayhawks to the 1986 Final Four and the 1988 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Championship.
Bodie McDowell– Bodie McDowell, a native of Greenwood, SC, was outdoors editor of the Greensboro News & Record for nearly three decades, retiring in 1992. During his tenure at the News & Record, McDowell was widely acclaimed as one of the nationâ€™s leading outdoors writers. The Outdoors Writers Association of America named a major scholarship in his honor that now has an endowment of more than $400,000. Following his retirement from the News & Record, he served as public information officer for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for eight years and a remained a consultant for six more years.
Ken Rush– During an era from 1955 through the early 1970s, High Pointâ€™s Ken Rush won more than 400 races and several point championships at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, the old Greensboro Fairgrounds track and at the speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. His list of victories includes winning the first races ever held at Talladega, Michigan and Dover. At the brand new Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, on Saturday before the first Winston Cup race, NASCARâ€™s Grand Touring cars staged a 200-mile event. Rush, driving a yellow Camaro, owned by High Pointâ€™s Johnny Wheeler, won the race by nearly a lap.
Floyd Lemuel (Pep) Young-born Aug. 19, 1907 in Jamestown (Guilford County) and raised in the baseball-playing environment typical of his time, had a distinguished, 10-year career in the major leagues (eight of them with the Pittsburgh Pirates) that would have lasted longer except for an injury. He excelled in an area that is not always recognized as readily as the world of power hitters and fast-ball pitchers. He was a fielding gem who, for at least one or two seasons in the late 1930s, was regarded as perhaps the best second baseman in the major leagues. Certainly, one of the very best.