The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the new eight-member Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The group of eight was publically presented and introduced at a live-streaming press conference at the NCHSAA Headquarters in Chapel Hill Thursday morning.
This year’s class is comprised of: Coach James “Jim” Biggerstaff from Belmont, Coach Allen Brown from Thomasville, Coach Dave Elder from Hickory, Robert “Bob” McRae of Kings Mountain, Coach Donnie Simpson from Elizabeth City, Coach Dave Thomas from Goldsboro, Earl Vaughan, Jr. from Fayetteville and Coach Herb Sampsel from Statesville (posthumously).
“We are so excited to recognize these eight individuals who have made a tremendous impact, not only on their students and communities, but on the landscape of education-based athletics in North Carolina,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “This class represents many different areas of service over a vast number of years and the members are to be commended for their outstanding careers and involvement in the NCHSAA.”
The NCHSAA Hall of Fame was officially launched in 1987 when the Association inducted the original three-person class of Bob Jamieson, Leon Brogden and Dave Harris. This year’s eight-member class will bring the total number of inductees to 188 when the group is officially inducted at the annual NCHSAA Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Saturday, April 14th at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Ticket information will be available at a later date.
James “Jim” Biggerstaff
Belmont, NC – South Point H.S.
Jim Biggerstaff served as the Head Football Coach at South Point High School from 1969 to 1995. During his time with the Red Raiders, Biggerstaff’s teams won two State Championships, one in 1971 in the WNCHSAA (Western North Carolina High School Activities Association) when they tied Salisbury 14-14, and the other in 1979 in the NCHSAA when they defeated Ahoskie 34-13. His teams compiled a record of 143-74-7 during his tenure and he was named Coach of the Year by the NC Association of Sports Broadcasters in 1971. He was a Head Coach in the 1973 East/West All-Star game and the Head Coach for North Carolina’s team in the 1975 Shrine Bowl.
Thomasville, NC – Thomasville H.S.
Allen Brown has spent over 40 years coaching football, most of that time at Thomasville High School where he led the Bulldogs to seven NCHSAA State Championships. Coach Brown’s teams piled up 331 wins against just 100 losses and 2 ties with him as the Head Coach. He was named one of the NCHSAA’s “100 Coaches to Remember” during the NCHSAA’s Centennial Celebration in 2013. Incredibly, his 1995 Thomasville Bulldogs was the first to achieve a 16-0 mark in the history of High School Football in the state of North Carolina.
Hickory, NC – Hickory H.S.
Dave Elder taught and coached for over 35 years in five different high schools in the NCHSAA, most prominently at Hickory High School. While at Hickory High, Coach Elder was a football and women’s basketball coach, compiling a record of 418-129 in Women’s Basketball during his Hickory tenure. Those women’s hoops teams won three NCHSAA State Championships. Elder’s football career spanned five schools as a head coach with a record of 143-71-1. Elder’s Hickory team won the NCHSAA 3A Football State Championship in 1996, defeating Ragsdale 42-0.
Robert “Bob” McRae
Kings Mountain, NC – Former Superintendent, Cleveland County Schools
Bob McRae is a highly-awarded former Superintendent in a few school systems within North Carolina, most notably in Cleveland County Schools where he made great contributions to the NCHSAA. McRae was integral in the development of the NCHSAA’s Scholar Athlete program and served 10 years on the NCHSAA Board of Directors during his time. One of the most notable services McRae has provided to the NCHSAA is his time as chairman of the Realignment Committee, a capacity in which he served on three separate occasions. He was named the Region 6 Superintendent of the Year in 1988 and the NCHSAA’s State Award for Superintendent of the Year, presented each year at the Annual Meeting, is named in his honor.
Statesville, NC – Statesville H.S.
Herb Sampsel was one of the pioneers of women’s athletics in the western part of North Carolina. Sampsel served 34 years as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Statesville High School, posting a record of 580-102 during his tenure which ended during the early 1980’s. His teams at Statesville won 22 Regular Season Regional Championships and 13 Regional Tournament titles. He also coached the Varsity Baseball team for over 20 years. The gymnasium at Statesville High is named in his honor, as is the school’s Senior Female Athletic Award. Coach Sampsel is being inducted in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame posthumously, and will be represented by two of his sons in the presentation.
Elizabeth City, NC – Camden County H.S. & Currituck County H.S.
Donnie Simpson coached at both Camden County and Currituck County High Schools during his more than 40-year career in education-based athletics. He was Teacher of the Year in Camden County on two occasions and won the same award once in Currituck County. In 1993, Simpson was named the NCHSAA’s Region 1 Coach of the Year. That same year he served as a coach in the annual Shriners East/West All-Star Game. He is a founding member of the NC Football Coaches Association and has served on the North Carolina Coaches Association Board of Directors.
David “Dave” Thomas
Goldsboro, NC – C.B. Aycock H.S.
Dave Thomas served high schools and student-athletes over the span of a 40-plus-year career in education-based athletics, much of that time in Wayne County. Coach Thomas spent time as a teacher, a coach as well as an athletic director for 24 years before serving as the Wayne County System Athletic Director for 18 years. He was the winner of the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and has been inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. A former student-athlete at East Carolina himself, Thomas has been inducted in East Carolina University’s Hall of Fame as well as the Hall of Fame at C.B. Aycock High School.
Earl Vaughan, Jr.
Fayetteville, NC – Fayetteville Observer
Earl Vaughan, Jr. grew up in Fayetteville prior to attending UNC-Wilmington. Upon graduation from UNCW, Vaughan took a job at his hometown newspaper, The Fayetteville Observer, where he became the authority on prep sports in the Cumberland County and surrounding area. Vaughan served at the Observer for 44 years, during which time he was the Chairman of the NCHSAA’s Athlete of the Year Committee for over 30 years. He has twice been named a Distinguished Service Award Winner by the NCHSAA, once in 1995 and again in 2008. He was the first-ever two-time winner of the NCHSAA’s Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year Award. Vaughan has already been inducted as a member of the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame.
Tres Barrera doubled and singled twice as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Hickory Crawdads 6-3 on Wednesday.
Hayden Howard struck Alex Kowalczyk out with runners on first and second to end the game for his fifth save of the season.
Hagerstown got on the board first in the fourth inning when Aldrem Corredor scored on a wild pitch and Jake Noll scored on a groundout.
Trailing 6-1, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Kowalczyk and Anderson Tejeda hit RBI singles.
Hagerstown starter Weston Davis (4-4) picked up the win after allowing four hits over five scoreless innings. Opposing starter Reid Anderson (1-10) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing five runs and six hits over five innings.
West Caldwell: 2
East Burke: 3
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program starts its 2017 season where it finished the 2016 campaign — ranked fourth in the nation.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its 2017 preseason rankings, which feature the Red Hawks in the No. 4 spot in the poll — the highest-ever preseason ranking in program history.
“We’re really honored to be selected as fourth,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “We’ve got a lot of work to put in. This is a young group this year and a totally different group than we finished with last year when we finished fourth in the nation. I’m excited to get things started and see how they can come together for this season.”
Only three community colleges – Owens (Ohio), Lincoln Land (Ill.) and defending national champion Parkland (Ill.) – are ranked higher than CVCC in the Division II poll, which is voted upon by the NJCAA’s poll committee.
The Red Hawks return five players — sophomores Hailey Tatu, Leslie Leonard, Sabrina Pinard, Mallory Bailey and Ramsey Fulmer — from their 2016 team, which set a school record for wins (41) and recorded its highest-ever national finish.
The CVCC volleyball team kicks off its 2017 season with a pair of preseason scrimmages on Thursday at the Tarlton Complex against Bob Jones University (3:30 p.m.) and Montreat College (6:30 p.m.).
Hudson is using the scrimmages to finalize her starting lineup heading into the regular-season home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. against USC-Lancaster.
“We’ve got a couple of girls competing for positions,” Hudson said. “We’re going to be looking at stats really hard to see kind of where they fall, kind of look at how they are coming together as a team and how defensively and offensively they are working together on the court. It’s going to be good to finally get them out there, put it all together and have some competition. They are ready to play. They are done with practice. They are ready to see it come together. We are too as coaches to see the little things that we’ve been adding and different pieces to see it on the court against some teams tomorrow. It’ll be nice to see how it all comes together.”
The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2018 and 2019 conference football schedules on Wednesday.
For the first time beginning in 2018, a divisional structure will be in place as the league will have two divisions (East/West), which will consist of five teams each.
Appalachian will be grouped into the East Division with Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy.
Arkansas State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama and Texas State will make up the West.
The conference will still have an eight-game schedule while teams will play four home games and four road games. Teams will play every opponent within their respected division.
Winners from each division will meet in the conference title game that will be hosted by the team that boasts the highest ranking in the College Football Playoff (CFP) poll.
Leody Taveras hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, and Blaine Prescott homered and had four hits, driving in two as the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Hagerstown Suns 9-4 on Tuesday.
The home run by Taveras gave the Crawdads a 7-4 lead and capped a five-run inning for Hickory. Earlier in the inning, Hickory tied the game when Prescott hit an RBI single.
The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the sixth and eighth innings. Prescott scored on a home run in the sixth before coming home on a wild pitch in the eighth.
Hickory starter Reiver Sanmartin (3-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and 10 hits over six innings. Opposing starter Brigham Hill (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed seven runs and nine hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Blake Perkins singled three times, also stealing a base for the Suns.
The Crawdads are 31-20 on the second half of the season and have a three game lead over both Hagerstown and Greensboro in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League standings. Hickory hosts the Suns through Thursday, before going to Greensboro on Friday.
Alexander Central: 3
Bunker Hill: 3
East Burke: 3
West Lincoln: 0
R-S Central: 3
St. Stephens: 3
Mount Tabor: 0
Davie County: 7
Alexander Central: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1
East Burke: 1
St. Stephens: 9
West Wilkes: 0