Sunday, February 24, 2013
The group held its annual induction ceremony for the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame, recognizing Dr. Charlie Williams, Frank Staley, the late Charles Overstreet and the high school's 1949 baseball team as primary honorees, along with Ray Walters, a former mayor.
Walters, known to some for his leadership role in helping create what is now known as Riverview Park, won the Lou Brissie Award, named in honor of the longtime North Augusta resident who was described as also having been a gifted player in football, baseball and basketball, as shown in his roles in all three sports while a student at the University of North Carolina.
Williams, Staley and Overstreet were all standouts in football at the high school and all went on to play for the University of South Carolina. Overstreet's background also included three state championships in the shot put while at the high school, while Williams also pursued baseball and basketball, including one year as a Gamecock baseball player and three in basketball.
The Jackets' baseball team, which had Billy Humphries as its spokesman Saturday evening, brought the school its first state title in baseball, with a victory over Cheraw. Pitcher Donald Metz got the "W" in the decisive game.
The evening's other honorees, recognized for exceptional performances during the past year, were Eric Collins, Parker Collins, Jackson Cooper, Nicole Fuller, Colt Gross, Doug Hixon, Ben Lown, Trey Morgan, Devonte Pressley, Kelsey Williams and Amari Young.
Audio recordings of the event are available from John Felak, the commission's chairman, at 215-6056.