Class of 2017

Robbye King Unger was an outstanding amateur golfer in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic circles.  For ten years she dominated women’s golf in a fashion unequaled in recent years. In 20 Virginia Women’s Amateur Championships, Unger won six times in 1963, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972.  In addition to her titles, she finished runner up […]

Abisha “Bosh” Pritchard was a Hopewell native, and one of the all-time great running backs in Virginia collegiate football history, but equally impressive are his credentials as one of the more colorful characters in any sport. The 1942 graduate of VMI lettered in track, baseball and basketball at one time or another and was the […]

Bobby Ross was named the 18th head coach of the Detroit Lions on January 13, 1997. After posting a regular season record of 47-33 (.588) in five years as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Ross assumed the title of Vice President, Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Lions. Ross has […]

Marshall Johnson held an extensive newspaper career working for the Lynchburg News and the Manassas Journal. In 1949, he joined the Richmond bureau of the Associated Press, holding a number of positions including sports editor until his retirement career. He was recognized as a walking encyclopedia of Virginia high school sports. The Virginia High School […]

Charles Karmosky was the long-time sports editor for the Newport News Daily Press. He became sports editor of the Daily Press in 1948 and directed the development of the paper’s outstanding sports section until his retirement in 1983. During that time, the paper was recognized for its strong coverage of local sports, especially on the […]

Bob Kilbourne was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, Virginia where he graduated from Big Stone Gap High School in 1937. Immediately upon graduation, he joined the United States Army at Ft. Myers, Virginia serving in 1937 and 1938. In the fall of 1938, he entered Hiwassee Junior College in Madisonville, Tennessee where he […]

Laurence Leonard was a longtime sports editor of the Richmond News Leader from 1947 to 1968.  During his tenure, the Richmond area watched local sports go beyond high school competition. Leonard began his promotion of local sports in North Carolina, where as reporter with the Greensboro Daily News, he proposed and helped established the Greater […]

Henry Hucles was most recognized as the head coach of the Virginia Union University Basketball “Dream Team” of 1939-1943, which won four Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships, however his athletic accomplishments span over 30 years.  Hucles attended Wayland Academy in Richmond in 1917 and later studied at Virginia Union and New York University, where he […]

Robert Lee ”Bob” Holland, of Virginia Beach, is the only surfer to win the coveted United States Surfing Championships on all three continental coasts.  He won his first U.S. Championship in Huntington Beach, California in 1967 in the senior men’s division and completed his competition career in 1993 in Oceanside, California by winning the U.S. […]

A scholar in English and Latin at the University of the South, Chauncey Durden was a sports editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch for approximately 40 years. In that time he became one of the most respected columnists in the nation. Durden’s editorial opinion exercised a strong influence in athletic programs throughout Virginia. He was honored […]

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