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2016 Student-Athlete Achievement Awards

December 4, 2016

Student-Athlete Achievement Award Winners Announced
PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum held their 12th Annual Student-Athlete Achievement Awards Banquet on Sunday, December 4. The event honored some of the state’s great student-athletes nominated by their coaches and administrators at the high school level. Students who are well-rounded in the categories of athletic achievement, academic achievement and civic involvement are chosen as winners by the selection committee consisting of Hall of Fame Inductees and board members. Of the 16 finalists, four students were awarded Student-Athlete of the Year awards: Julia Estes, a senior at Rappahannock High School in Washington, Grace Clarke, a senior at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Timothy “Lee” Hamilton, a senior at Amherst County High School in Amherst, and Jacob Kaminer, a senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown.
Students from across Virginia in grades 9th through 12th were eligible. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductee Rob Ukrop was the motivational speaker and helped present the finalists with their awards. The winners will be honored with an exhibit in the museum’s rotating exhibit “Virginians in the Spotlight” during the months of January and February 2017. This event was made possible through funding of generous sponsors: Riesbeck Contracting, Roger Brown’s Restaurant and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s Education Foundation.
About the Winners:
Julia Estes
Senior at Rappahannock County High School in Washington, VA
GPA: 3.95
Favorite Subjects: Biology
Sports Played: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Track
Career Aspirations: Physical Therapist
  • All- District, All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State in Volleyball
  • Volleyball 1 A State Player of the Year and First Team All-State
  • Conference Champions, Regional Champions and 1A Sate Champions in Volleyball in 2016
  • Honors for 100 kills in Volleyball
  • VHSL All-State team in volleyball
  • Bull Run district player of the year in Volleyball
  • VSHSL State Outdoor Track & Field Championship Runner up (100M hurdles)
  • Regional Outdoor Track & Field Championship (100 & 300M hurdles)
  • Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship (100 & 300M hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, triple Jump)
  • District Outdoor Track & Field  Championship (Long jump, triple jump, 100 and 300 M hurdles)
  • VSHL State Championship (300 M hurdles)
  • District, Conference and Region recognition in basketball and Soccer
  • National Honor Society President and Secretary, Academic All-Conference
  • Service project – University of Virginia Leadership on the Lawn
  • Rappahannock County High School Mentor, Volunteer with Broad band Community Forum, 4H club, Taste of Rappahannock, Fauquier Hospital Junior Auxiliary, Girl Scout Camp Counselor, Volleyball Referee
Grace Clarke
Senior at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, VA
GPA: 4.57
Favorite Subjects: History
Sports Played: Girls Tennis
Career Aspirations: Business Orienter
  • Three consecutive 4A State Championships for tennis team (grades 9, 10, 11)
  • 4A Conference, Regional, State Championship for individual doubles tournament (grade 11)
  • 4A Regional Championship and State runner-up for individual doubles tournament (grade 10)
  • Junior Team Tennis USTA 18u National Team (4th in nation) (grade 11)
  • Gold Key Award for Scholastics Art and Writing Awards (10)
  • National Honor Society, Distinguished Honor Roll, National Art Honors Society
  • Student Council, French Club, Spirit Club
  • Tennis Instructor at Salisbury Country Club
  • Volunteer at Richmond Animal League
  • R.A.M.P.S. (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students)
  • Homework Helpers volunteer
  • Side Kick (freshman orientation help)
  • One week mission trip to Saint Paul, VA and One week mission trip to Tazewell, VA
Timothy “Lee” Hamilton
Senior at Amherst County High School in Amherst, VA
GPA: 4.29
Favorite Subjects: Math and Science
Sports Played: Football and wrestling
  • All-Conference 23 Center (sophomore and Junior)
  • All-Seminole District Center (junior)
  • Bill Dudley Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence
  • Central Virginia Titan Trophy Team (best players in Central VA)
  • Dirty Dozen (best offensive and defensive lineman in central VA)
  • Finalist for Commanding Officer Award
  • Wendy’s High School Heisman School Award Winner
  • Conference Placer and Regional Qualifier at 220 lbs in wrestling
  • Winner of the 2015 Amherst Invitational Wrestling Tournament at 285 lbs.
  • Virginia Talk Radio’s Student Athlete of the Month (September)
  • Central VA Governor’s School (math and science based Magnet school)
  • National Honor Society
  • Math Olympiad -placed in top 2% in the nation
  • Coached two youth sports
  • IRON community service group (library book moves, festivals and events)
  • Lynchburg Trust, Philanthropy based organization that allows students to travel to various charities to decide which would most benefit from a city grant
  • American Legion Boy’s State Program
  • Intern with Lynchburg City Government
Jacob Kaminer
Senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown, VA
GPA: 4.57
Favorite Subjects: Science and History
Sports Played: Cross Country, Swimming, Outdoor Track
Career Aspirations: Attend a 4 year university and then Graduate school for Sports Medicine of Physical Therapy
  • Cross Country State Team three straight years (9th, 10th, 11th)
  • Cross Country team captain
  • Cross Country All-Conference Team
  • Swimming State Team two straight years (10th, 11th)
  • Swim Team Coach’s Award
  • Track Team Regional Team (11th)
  • Math Honor Society
  • National Honor Society – Treasurer
  • National Beta Club
  • English National Honor Society
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Key Club Vice President – Seton Manor Nursing home volunteer
  • YMCA Smart Swim Program – volunteer coach for special needs children
  • Waters Edge Church Host and Greeter
  • Riverside Orthopedics and Sports Medicine – mentorship
  • Riverside Junior Volunteer Program – Physical Therapy Department
  • Dominion Physical Therapy – mentorship
  • Red Cross Certified Lifeguard
  • Junior Coach for Running Man Manta Rays
The 16 Finalists:
High School Girls Finalists:
Courtney Berry, Western Albermarle High School, Crozet
Alexis Clark, James Monroe High School, Fredericksburg
Grace Clarke*, Midlothian High School, Midlothian
Julia Estes*, Rappahannock High School, Washington
Kelly Hogan, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk
Alise LeGrand, Western Branch High School, Chesapeake
Hanna Oliver, Woodbridge Senior High School, Woodbridge
Sarah Whited, Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach
 High School Boys Finalists:
Andrew Abbott, Halifax County High School, South Boston
Sam Book, James W. Robinson High School, Fairfax
Timothy “Lee” Hamilton*, Amherst County High School, Amherst
Jacob Kaminer*, Tabb High School, Yorktown
Noah Hale Knapp, Bishop Sullivan Catholic School, Virginia Beach
Todd Liebig, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake
Aidan Murphy, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach
Zachary Wusk, Tabb High School, Yorktown                            
*Denotes Winner*

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2017 Hall of Fame Weekend Events

.Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017
Class of 2017 will be honored in Portsmouth on April 29, 2017
PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2017 on Wednesday, as chosen by the statewide Honors Court committee.
The Class of 2017 features:
  • Beth Anders, a former field hockey coach who spent 30 years at Old Dominion University and led them to 28 NCAA tournament appearances.
  • Dre Bly, a three-time All-American football player at the University of North Carolina, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
  • Jack Bogaczyk, a writer who spent 28 years in the sports media business in Roanoke.
  • Bimbo Coles, a former Virginia Tech basketball standout who enjoyed a 14-year NBA career.
  • Kim Hamilton Anthony, a former gymnast on the U.S. National Team, who was a six-time All-America selection at UCLA.
  • Claudio Reyna, a three-time All-American soccer player at the University of Virginia and captain of the U.S. National Team.
  • C.J. Woollum, a former Director of Athletics at Christopher Newport University and basketball coach who transformed CNU into a Division III powerhouse.
The 46th Annual Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Renaissance Portsmouth- Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth, VA as the headline event of Hall of Fame weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or
visit www.vshfm.com.
More on the Class of 2017:
Beth Anders started her coaching career at Old Dominion University in 1980 after being a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey teams. The team won the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics and Anders finished with the most goals scored in Olympic competition. At Old Dominion, Anders mentored the field hockey team for 30 years and led her teams to 28 appearances in the NCAA tournament. Under her tutelage, the Lady Monarchs have achieved more honors than any other field hockey program in NCAA history. Among the most prestigious, Anders and her teams brought the NCAA Championship trophy back to Norfolk an unprecedented nine times. In addition, the Lady Monarchs won the CAA regular season crown 15 times and the CAA Tournament 14 times since joining the league in 1991 while making 17 appearances in the NCAA Championship Round. Anders also captured 12 CAA Coach of the Year awards. Upon retirement, Anders was the nation’s winningest coach in NCAA history with a 561-136-7 record. Anders also coached the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team on three occasions; the team qualified for the 1994 World Cup, where they would capture the bronze medal. Anders is a member of the United States Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame and the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.
Dre Bly, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, graduated from Western Branch High School, where he was an all-state high school football player before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As a redshirt freshman, Bly led the nation with 11 interceptions, receiving All-American honors. Bly is one of only five players in NCAA history to be selected an All-American in his freshman season. The following season, Bly was selected as one of three finalists for the NCAA Defensive Player of the Year award. Bly ended his NCAA career with 20 interceptions, and was a three-time All-American. Bly was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Bly played for the Rams for four seasons, earning a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXXIV, before signing with the Detroit Lions as a free agent. 2003 was a banner year for Bly, when he intercepted six passes and scored two defensive touchdowns, earning first team All-Pro and was a Pro Bowl Selection. Bly was the 2003 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association/Pro Football Writers Association's Media-Friendly "Good Guy" Award. The Good Guy Award is given yearly to the Detroit Lions player who shows consideration to, and cooperation with the media at all times during the course of the season. Dre Bly was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2007, where he had a total of 98 Tackles and 7 Interceptions. Bly also played for the San Francisco 49ers and played a second stint with the Detroit Lions, to finish his career. Over his 11-year NFL career, Bly finished with 43 interceptions, 420 tackles, seven defensive touchdowns and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Bly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jack Bogaczyk spent 28 years in the sports media business in Roanoke, nearly 27 of those in the newspaper business, first at The World-News and then The Roanoke Times after the merger of the two daily papers. At the Roanoke newspaper, Bogaczyk was a beat reporter, general assignment reporter, senior writer and lead columnist. He also wrote the newspaper's Sports TV/Radio column for 19 years- one of the first in the nation to do that on a weekly basis. Bogaczyk won 13 national writing awards and 35 state honors in his daily newspaper career that started in 1966 while he was in high school.
While in Roanoke, Bogaczyk's  work focused mostly on major college athletics, and he was the beat reporter covering Virginia Military Institute and then Virginia Tech in a period from 1979-88. His award-winning, 35-part series on Hokies athletics in 1985 contributed to administrative and culture changes in the Tech program. That same year, he won the Virginia Horse Council's media award for a series on the equine business in the Commonwealth. In his career, Bogaczyk covered the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the Super Bowl, the World Series, multiple Daytona 500s, 11 NCAA Final Fours, 28 NCAA basketball tournaments and 15 different college bowl games (31 total). The conference basketball tournaments he has covered include the ACC, Big East, Metro, Colonial, Southern, Atlantic 10, Big South, ODAC and WVIAC.
Bimbo Coles was born in Covington, Virginia and grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia. At Greenbrier East High School, Coles played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He made the high school All-American team as a free safety. Coles was also a great baseball player, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies after his senior year of high school in 1986. Coles was recruited heavily to play football in college, but he later announced he wanted to play basketball in college. Coles signed with Virginia Tech and played under Virginia Sports Hall of Fame coaches Charlie Moir and Frankie Allen for his four years. Coles would finish his collegiate career as the leading all-time scorer in school and Metro Conference history and also set an all-time scoring mark for Division I players in the state of Virginia. He scored a total of 2,484 points during his four seasons and became the first player in Metro Conference history to lead the league in scoring three consecutive years. Coles burst on the national scene by become the university’s first student-athlete to play in the Olympics when he made the United States Olympic team in 1988. He played a leading role at point guard for that team which won the bronze medal in Seoul, Korea. Coles was a second-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 1990 NBA draft, but was immediately traded to the Miami Heat. Over his 14-year NBA career, Coles would also play for the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. Overall, Coles played in 852 games, scored 6,628 points, and had 3,318 assists. Coles was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Kim Hamilton Anthony, a native of Richmond, Virginia was the first African-American to receive a full athletic award to attend the University of California at Los Angeles for gymnastics. At UCLA, Anthony earned All-America honors six times and was the first female gymnast to win three consecutive NCAA individual floor titles. At the NCAA Regional level, Hamilton won seven individual titles, which is tied for the most-ever at UCLA. Hamilton won Pac-10 Championships on uneven bars and floor exercise in 1988 and 1989. Hamilton Anthony was the first to win three consecutive Floor exercise titles. Prior to her career at UCLA, Hamilton Anthony was a member of the US National Team from 1984-1986, an All-Around Gold Medalist at the 1984 South African Cup, and a Gold Medalist in Floor Exercise at the 1984 Coca-Cola Invitational in London, England. Hamilton became the second gymnast inducted into UCLA’s Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the All-Century Pac 12 Women’s Gymnastics Team.
Claudio Reyna, Claudio Reyna was born in Livingston, New Jersey, where he learned the game of soccer from his father. Reyna graduated from St. Benedict's Preparatory School in 1991. During Reyna's three years with the team, St Benedict's went undefeated (65–0), while Reyna was named as the only two-time Parade Magazine's national high school Player of the Year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Reyna earned a scholarship from the University of Virginia. With the Cavaliers, he would go on to win the NCAA championship each of his three seasons, while earning first team All-American honors. Reyna was awarded the Hermann Trophy in 1993, given to the United States’ top soccer player and was named the 1992 and 1993 Soccer America Player of the Year.
Reyna joined the professional ranks in 1994 with German Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen after playing in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He would have a 13-year professional career in Europe. Reyna played for the Bundesliga’s Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg from 1995-99, Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League from 1998-2002, followed by Sunderland and Manchester City of the Premier League from 2001-07. In 1999-2000, Reyna helped lead Rangers to its 11th Scottish Premier League title in 12 years. Reyna made his way back to the States in 2007, joining Major league Soccer’s New York Red Bulls for their 2007 and 2008 seasons, announcing his retirement on July 16, 2008. Reyna played for the United States National Team for 13 straight years from 1994-2006, earning 112 caps and 94 starts. Reyna also scored eight goals, and his 19 career assists rank third all-time. Reyna was a member of four FIFA World Cup teams and was captain of the 2006 team. Reyna was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.
C.J. Woollum, a native of Alexandria, was a powerful figure who built a legacy at Christopher Newport University that could be topped by no other. Woollum transformed Christopher Newport’s small area college into a Division III powerhouse. As the leader of the men’s basketball team for 26 seasons, C.J. Woollum established a standard of excellence and a winning tradition rivaled by very few. His contributions to the sport and accomplishments on the court were numerous and well documented – 502 wins; 17 NCAA tournament appearances and 13 conference titles. Woollum served as Director of Athletics for 26 years at CNU and oversaw the facilities boom that included the Freeman Center, a Division III masterpiece, where the basketball court bears his name. Under his realm, the athletic department won 15 straight President’s Cups, awarded to the USA South’s top overall athletic program. Woollum was inducted into the CNU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

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