Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Berkeley Stags Hall of Fame nominating committee has announced the Class of 2013.
The nine-member class – the school’s second – will be inducted on Sept. 30 before the Summerville football game.
“Given the tradition and rivalry between Berkeley and Summerville and everything that is Coach John McKissick, I can think of no better way to welcome the second Berkeley High School Athletics Hall of Fame class than against Summerville,” said Berkeley Athletic Director Jeff Cruce.
The class spans six decades of Berkeley sports.
The BHS Athletics Hall of Fame Class for 2013 are: Albert “Snookey” Boyt Jr., Mike Brown, Ben Fleming Sr., Rodney Mack, Allen Watson, John Rivers, Marsha Williams, Rusty Williams and Rufus Wofford Sr.
“These are all deserving Berkeley Stags legends,” Cruce said. “We have a very deserving class in this year’s inductees. All of these inductees could have been with the first class.”
Cruce added that a school rich in tradition and history like Berkeley has a long line of stellar athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers deserving of induction into the Hall of Fame.
“All the great ones will get in eventually,” he said.
Cruce also announced that the date for the second annual Berkeley Athletics Hall of Fame Golf Tournament has been set for April 24 at Berkeley Country Club.
Snookey Boyt is a member of the Class of 1950, a three-sport star and 1949 MVP of the Stags football team in 1949. As quarterback, Boyt led Berkeley to a 10-1 record and a district championship in 1949. Boyt also starred in basketball and baseball for the Stags.
Mike Brown is a member of the Class of 1967 and amassed a total of 11 sports letters covering four varsity sports including football, basketball, track and baseball. Brown played on the Berkeley Lower State Championship football teams in 1965 and 1966 and was named to both the Shrine Bowl and North/South All-Star games.
Ben Fleming Sr. is a member of the Class of 1958 and lettered in four varsity sports including football, basketball, track and baseball. Fleming was MVP of the 1958 North/South All-Star game and was a member of the half-mile relay team that set the South Carolina state record in 1957.
Rodney Mack is a member of the Class of 1985 and played in the 1984 North/South All-Star Game. He was named the Post and Courier’s Athlete of the Year in ’84-’85, and played basketball collegiately at South Carolina State.
John Rivers is a member of the Class of 1988 and was a multi-sport star while attending Berkeley. Rivers played in the 1987 Shrine Bowl, and helped lead the Stags to the Lower State championship in football in 1986 and in 1987 led the Stags to the Lower State title game in basketball.
Rivers played both basketball and football at Virginia Tech.
Allen Watson is the first member of the Berkeley Training School to be inducted, coaching multiple sports, moving to Berkeley High School when the training school closed and continued to coach multiple sports until his retirement.
Marsha Williams is a member of the Class of 1989 and was a basketball star while at BHS. Williams went on to play basketball for University of South Carolina where she was a 1,000 point scorer for her collegiate career. Williams was named South Carolina’s Female Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1991.
Rusty Williams is a member of the Class of 1995 and helped lead the Stags to an undefeated 1994 football State Championship. Williams was named the South Carolina Sports Report’s Football Player of the Year in 1994 and played collegiately at Auburn.
Rufus Wofford, Sr. coached varsity football at Berkeley from 1940 to 1953 and coached JV football from 1954 until 1958 after Coach Gerald Moody arrived. Wofford also coached boys and girls basketball while at Berkeley.
Wofford was also the principal at Berkeley Elementary from 1945 until 1964, Moncks Corner Area Superintendent from 1965 until 1968, and Assistant County Superintendent from 1969 until his death in 1974.