Hall of Fame candidates named

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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Before he was a superintendent, you could find Robbie Mason on the sideline. The Superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools, he coached basketball and softball for years in the district, working at Randolph-Henry High School. And this fall, he’ll be honored for his work. Mason is one of 10 inductees announced for this year’s Randolph-Henry Hall of Fame (HOF) class.

“I am extremely proud to be recognized by the HOF committee as a coach this year. Coaching student-athletes was one of the most rewarding endeavors in my educational career,” Mason said. “This recognition is more about my players than me, because I was blessed with hard working, smart, and talented student-athletes.”

Joining Mason in this year’s group is Terry Ray Adams from the Class of 1972. A multi-sport athlete, Terry competed in baseball, basketball and football. There’s also Landon Dunn from the Class of 1968, who played both baseball and football. There’s Ronnie Pugh from the Class of 1967, who ran track and played basketball; Earnest Lee from the Class of 1984, who played a combination of baseball, basketball and football. There’s Medina Trent from the Class of 1998, who played softball and volleyball; Grace-Kelly Powell Pyle from the Class of 2002, who also played both volleyball and softball. George Shorter from the Class of 1965 made the list. A multi-sport athlete, Shorter played baseball, football and basketball for the Statesmen. Also Kenny Redmond from the Class of 1967 will be honored. Redmond ran track and played baseball while at the school. And finally, Randolph-Henry will posthumously honor former coach Leo Garrett. Garrett coached baseball, basketball and football during his time at the school.

“Randolph-Henry Athletics has brought excellence and pride to our community for over 85 years,” said Erin Davis. She works as the principal at Randolph-Henry. “The Randolph-Henry Athletic Hall of Fame will continue to ignite our passion for sports, rekindle fond memories and honor our history.”

WHEN AND WHERE?

“Randolph-Henry High School has a proud tradition of athletic accomplishments,” Mason added. “This tradition goes back to the school’s creation 80-plus years ago. When you talk to many former high school student-athletes, stories always emerge about their experiences with their teammates and coaches.”

Mason said the Hall of Fame provides a forum for celebrating the accomplishments of players and coaches through all the decades of Randolph-Henry athletics.

“It is remarkable to listen to the stories and the passion for Randolph-Henry High School that the recipients possess,” Mason said.

And that’s the question. When will the ceremony take place? How can people listen? This will be held over a two-day period, on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7. Inductees will have a social time together at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 inside Bankston Field, prior to the football game against James River. All of this year’s Hall of Fame class will be recognized at halftime. Then the full induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Central Middle School Cafe with a catered lunch. Then everyone will relocate to the historic Randolph-Henry High Auditorium for the actual ceremony.

And now for the biggest question. Where can I buy tickets? They’re $20 each to see the induction ceremony, with sales ending on Aug. 27. To be clear, you must have a ticket to attend the ceremony, which you can buy at the Randolph-Henry High Main Office.