Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Berkeley High School Athletics Hall of Fame officially introduced its 2013 class of inductees at its second annual golf tournament on April 25 at the Berkeley Country Club.
Nine inductees were announced by BHS Athletic Director Jeff Cruce in January and introduced prior to the tournament’s shotgun tee off.
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.
Many of this year’s inductees, or family members representing inductees attended this year’s tournament.
“It’s great to see all the support given by Berkeley High School for this Hall of Fame. I’m sure Big Rufus would have been proud to be here,” said Rufus Wofford Jr., son of inductee Rufus Wofford.
“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.”
More than 20 teams participated in the best-ball tournament and Cruce called the gathering of Berkeley’s past legends an honor and a thrill.
“It’s a great chance to bring together the rich past of Berkeley Stags’ athletics and honor some very deserving athletes,” Cruce said. “This tournament is what funds everything with the Hall of Fame and it is the first opportunity for the new class to be formally introduced.”
Members of the 2012 inaugural Hall of Fame class were represented by Watson Mims, Ryan Stewart and Mike Dingle.
“It’s a great day to get out and have a little fun and be a part of this great Stags tradition,” Mims said.
Also playing in the tournament was former U.S. Congressman Henry Brown.
“It’s nice to get out and see everybody again,” said Brown, a member of the Stags football team from 1950 to 1953.
Cruce also announced the awarding of a scholarship to a Berkeley Stags student athlete to begin with the 2014 Hall of Fame Class. The scholarship will be funded by proceeds generated from each class induction and will be awarded to a graduating senior student athlete.
“This is a very exciting time for Berkeley athletics,” Cruce said. “Any time you can reach the past and let the present see what the past did for them … this is all it’s all about.”