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Richard T. Shea

A hero, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is a man of extraordinary courage, one who performs great deeds.  Dick Shea was a hero in every sense of the imagination. Portsmouth-born, Churchland High and Virginia Tech educated, and West Point trained, Dick…

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C. Alphonso Smith

Alphonso Smith won the Boys National Singles and Doubles Tennis Titles in 1924, accomplishing the feat without losing a single set.  In 1982, Smith and partner Eddie Jacobs won the 45-and-over National Senior Doubles Championship, repeating their 1927 National Junior…

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Leroy Keyes

Leroy Keyes was a graduate of Carver High School in Newport News where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. Following his successful high school football career, he received offers from both the Army and Notre Dame…

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Lee McLaughlin

McLaughlin was an all-around athlete at John Marshall High School in Richmond, where he was an all-state selection, winning a football scholarship to Virginia for his outstanding play. McLaughlin gained fame at University of Virginia for his outstanding play as…

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Henry “Hank” Foiles

Hank Foiles was born in Richmond in 1929.  He moved with his family in 1933 to Norfolk where he entered Granby High School in 1944, starring in football, baseball, basketball and track. He earned 3 letters in football, 4 letters…

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James “Jimmie” Bryan

Born in Staunton, Virginia in 1916, Bryan received his B.S. degree from Ohio University and his Master’s from Lynchburg College.  For 25 years, Bryan served as Athletic Director at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg and coached basketball at the…

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