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Class of 2017

Billy Wagner, native of Tannersville, VA, played baseball for Ferrum College from 1991-93. He earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-America first-team honors. He closed his 3-year Ferrum career with a 17-3 record and still to this day, holds the NCAA Div. III single-season record for strike-outs per innings. Wagner was selected in the first round of the […]

Gerald Henderson, native of Richmond, VA (Huguenot High School) and Virginia Commonwealth University graduate where he averaged 15 points per game during the 1975 – 1978 seasons,earning him All-State honors. He posted the third highest field goal total in VCU history with 682 career baskets, ranks second in school history in steals per game with […]

Ray Hendrick, native of Richmond, VA, was known as “Mr. Modified” during his 36-year career in motorsports. He passed away at the age of 61 in 1990. During his career, he collected more than 700 victories in modified racing, NASCAR Winston Cup Series and late model sportsman series. Ray Hendrick was the first inductee into […]

Jess Kersey, native of Newport News, VA, devoted 36 years as a basketball official in the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. His officiating career started with the ABA where he worked for 5 years and refereed the 1975 ABA All-Star game plus many Playoff games. His 31 year NBA career includes 2,200 […]

Al Pearce, native of Rocky Mount, NC, graduated from Presbyterian College in 1965 and taught high school in Jacksonville, FL while awaiting a call from the Army. He had two postings at Fort Eustis and did a 13-month tour in Viet Nam (1967-68). He was hired by The Times-Herald (now the Daily Press) in June […]

Debbie Ryan has resided for over 35 years in Charlottesville where she was the head coach for the University of Virginia women’s basketball team. Her career covers all but four years of the program’s existence and also includes her role as assistant coach in the program for two years before becoming head coach. Ryan’s teams […]

Antonio Freeman, native of Baltimore, MD, attended Baltimore Polytechnic High School, named the Baltimore Sun’s offensive player of the year and was recruited by Virginia Tech where he red-shirted as a freshman in 1990. Into his collegiate career he set numerous records, many of which still stand, and as a senior, led the Big East […]