A number of area athletes and coaches will see themselves added to an elite group in November.
A committee has made its decision as to who will be added to the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor. The new names for the monument at Fisher River Park will be unveiled at a ceremony on Nov. 7.
Hall of fame inductees include players, coaches and administrators who have made outstanding achievements in the field of athletics. The class of 2015 hall of fame inductees are as follows:
• William A. Hawks graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1950 and went on to play baseball and football for the University of North Carolina. Hawks, who was the 1950 F. Rees player of the year, played on Mount Airy’s 1948 state championship football team.
• Faye Danley Hudson is a 1958 graduate of Copeland High School, where she defied her 5-foot-4 height and became a force on the basketball court. She was on the Surry County All-Star team and once scored 65 points in a single game.
• Tony Martin is the head baseball coach at North Surry High School. Though he played baseball, basketball and football, Martin took his baseball skills to the next level at East Tennessee State University. There Martin was twice named to the first team All-Southern Conference team.
• Tyler Sanborn is an Elkin High School graduate who went on to play basketball at Guilford College and Surry Community College. Standing 6’11” tall, Sanborn was a division III player of the year and drew looks from the Los Angeles Lakers.
• Brent Steelman was the head boys varsity basketball coach at Elkin High School from 1974 through 2002. There Steelman’s teams won eight conference championships, and Steelman was named to the state’s all-star coaching staff twice.
• Linda Steelman led the Lady Elks volleyball team to four state championship finals appearances, winning one in 1996. In addition to her 26 years as volleyball coach at Elkin High School, Steelman was the Elks head ladies basketball coach for 15 years.
The 2015 Ring of Honor inductees are as follows:
• The 1933 Dobson High School boys basketball team finished second in the state to Jonesboro in 1933. Dobson High went on to win Class B state championships in 1934 and 1935.
• Roy Allen Vernon has been an assistant baseball coach at Surry Community College since 1996. He was also heavily involved in Surry Little League, where he coached a championship team from 1984 through 1989.
The names of this years inductees will be added to the Hall of Fame monument at Fisher River Park in Dobson. The unveiling will take place at 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 with an induction ceremony at Surry Community College to follow at 4 p.m.
Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.