MCHS Wall of Fame grows


By Andrew Wigger - awigger@newberryobserver.com



The 2017 Mid-Carolina High School Wall of Fame inductees.


Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

The Mid-Carolina Wall of Fame now has 57 Mid-Carolina High School graduates represented.


Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina High School Wall of Fame increased its ranks when 17 former student athletes were inducted on Tuesday night.

To make it onto the Wall of Fame, Mid-Carolina graduates must be a graduate of Mid-Carolina High School, have graduated from college and have earned at least one varsity letter at their respective school or institution. If student was drafted to a professional team from high school or signed as a free agent, he or she automatically qualifies for the Wall of Fame.

“Four years ago, we had an opportunity to play in the first round playoff game at Cheraw High School. Coach (Louie) Alexander, myself and Ray Cooper travelled to Cheraw, and I saw pictures of their college athletes on the wall of their lobby. I thought how neat is this, I said we have got to do this,” said Vice Principal Zeb Reid. “I talked to Coach Suber, he was assistant superintendent of fields and grounds at the time, he gave his blessing. Coach Alexander and Mr. Cooper were on board. The Booster Club was all about making it happen.”

Now that the Wall of Fame is a reality, Reid said both he and Alexander try to communicate with student athletes to get their photos on the Wall.

“Every student who walks through these doors, you are the very first face they see,” Reid said to the inductees. “A lot of these kids come to my office and say they want to be on that board. You are an inspiration to a lot of our student athletes at Mid-Carolina High School.”

Superintendent Jim Suber congratulated this year’s inductees, saying they are an integral part of the athletic community at Mid-Carolina, and that they were some of the finest student athletes the school has had.

“Always remember where you came from, give back to those who gave to you. We have a very supportive administration here, and a very supportive coaching staff,” he said. “I have been with this school district going on 38 years. You are truly supported at Mid-Carolina High School.”

Jack Owens, president of the Mid-Carolina High School Booster Club, said all of the inductees should be proud, and that their photos will help to encourage, motivate and challenge current student athletes at Mid-Carolina and those who will follow.

2017 Inductees

• Erik Barber: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2006 and played football at Newberry College.

• Jason Black: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1993 and played baseball at Newberry College.

• Quincy Boyd: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1990, played baseball for Charleston Southern and signed as a free agent with the LA Dodgers and N.Y. Mets.

• Justin Hawkins: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2014 and played baseball at USC-Sumter.

• Cale Homesley: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2005 and played football at Newberry College.

• Jared Homesley: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2010 and played football at Newberry College.

• Austin Howe: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2013 and played tennis at Spartanburg-Methodist College plus ran track and field there.

• Danielle Lester: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2009 and cheered for Clemson University.

• Clyde Livingston III: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1991, played baseball at Newberry College and was drafted in Round 43 of the MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Luke Meetze: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2004 and played football at Newberry College.

• Kelly Morris: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2006 and cheered for Newberry College.

• Hu Mills: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1991 and played baseball at Newberry College.

• Kendrelle Neal: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2010 and ran track and field at North Greenville University.

• Jon Paul: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2003 and played baseball at USC Aiken.

• Brian Riddle: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1998 and played soccer at Newberry College.

• Sandy Ruff: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1973 and played women’s basketball at Clemson University.

• KeKe Wadsworth: Graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 2006 and played baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College and Newberry College.

Jared Homesley said it is truly an honor to be on the wall. Other 2017 inductees echoed his statement.

“It’s pretty exciting because it is great to come back and see all of the other guys that worked hard, played high school sports and went on to the next level and played college sports,” said Brian Riddle. “Good to see some of the guys and see our faces on the wall, and I hope we are an inspiration to kids as they walk through the halls.”

“It is an honor, I think it is a great thing to do. Like Coach Reid said, the young kids can look up and say, ‘I know her,’” said Sandy Ruff, who was on the first women’s basketball team at Clemson. “It makes me feel good too.”

The 2017 Mid-Carolina High School Wall of Fame inductees.
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The Mid-Carolina Wall of Fame now has 57 Mid-Carolina High School graduates represented.
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