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By Earl Vaughan Jr. 

Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame announces Class of 2021

Even a global pandemic couldn’t keep the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame from adding to its membership in 2021. Unfortunately, it won’t be until 2022 that the organization will be able to honor the new class of inductees.

“We have another wonderful class, including two more legends,’’ said club president Greg Parks. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are having to postpone the banquet until further notice. Congratulations to them all, for they are well-deserving. The sports club will announce when the banquet will be held.’’

 

The new inductees include Sheila Boles, Jack McGinley, Blair Sutton Craig, Raymond McDougal and Alex Gaines, with McDougal and McGinley being chosen in the recently added Legends category.

 

Sheila Boles

Boles was a star athlete at Seventy-First High School who attended college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

As a Seahawk, Boles was on the school’s first women’s basketball team, became the school’s first female scholarship athlete and was the team’s first most valuable player.

In 1989 she became the head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Wilmington’s Hoggard High School where she won multiple conference titles and had the school’s gym named in her honor.

This year, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear.

Alex Gaines

 

Gaines was a soccer star at Seventy-First High School. He’s best remembered as a Falcon, however, for kicking the only field goal in the 1986 state 4-A championship game with West Charlotte, lifting his team to a 3-0 win at Loyd E. Auman Athletic Field. In soccer, he led the conference in scoring in 1986 with 55 goals.

Gaines went on to play soccer and track at UNC-Pembroke. He was all-conference four times and all-district three times in soccer. He set school records for most goals and points in a career. He was team Most Valuable Player in 1989 and 1990.

In track he was all-conference and all district twice in the javelin and helped the Braves to two conference and district titles.

He spent 20 years in the Air Force and earned a Bronze Star for actions in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003. He was inducted into the UNC-Pembroke Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Blair Sutton Craig

Gaines was a soccer star at Seventy-First High School. He’s best remembered as a Falcon, however, for kicking the only field goal in the 1986 state 4-A championship game with West Charlotte, lifting his team to a 3-0 win at Loyd E. Auman Athletic Field. In soccer, he led the conference in scoring in 1986 with 55 goals.

Gaines went on to play soccer, basketball, baseball and track at UNC-Pembroke. He was all-conference four times and all-district three times in soccer. He set school records for most goals and points in a career. He was team Most Valuable Player in 1989 and 1990.

In track he was all-conference and all district twice in the javelin and helped the Braves to two conference and district titles.

He spent 20 years in the Air Force and earned a Bronze Star for actions in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003. He was inducted into the UNC-Pembroke Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. 

 

Raymond McDougal

McDougal was both a successful football and golf coach for the Broncos, working in a variety of roles for the school for 44 years.

He only had losing records in three of his first 10 seasons as football coach. He had back-to-back 7-3 records in 1975 and 1976. Three times he was named NAIA District 26 Coach of the Year and was the CIAA Coach of the Year in 1975. He had 17 all-conference players and nine NAIA District 26 All-Americans. 

But it was in golf where McDougal made his greatest mark. His teams won 15 CIAA titles and six PGA National Minority/Division II championships.

His team’s second-place finish in the 2009 NCAA regional earned the Broncos a berth in the NCAA tournament, making it the first historically black college or university to compete in the NCAA finals in 35 years. 

In 2018, McDougal was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame. 

 

Jack McGinley

McGinley was a standout high school athlete in Haddonfield, New Jersey, who went on to Wake Forest University to play baseball.

As a member of the Deacon team, he played an integral role in leading Wake Forest to the 1955 NCAA baseball championship. 

Jack McGinley from the 1955 National Championship team, far right.

McGinley was only 3-2 during the regular season, but everything came together for him in the postseason.

He won two games in the regional playoffs and another three games in the College World Series for a 5-0 record. 

His final earned run average was 2.52 in 90.3 innings pitched.

McGinley eventually moved to Fayetteville where he was involved in high school coaching and later got into school administration.

For many years, he served as principal of Reid Ross High School.

 

      • The Patriot Athletic Conferencehas announced its 2020-21 All-Conference basketball teams.

      For the boys, Terry Sanford’s Karl Molnar was honored as Coach of the Year, while Westover’s D’Marco Dunn was named Player of the Year.

      The first team included Davis Molnar and Kaylon Keys of Terry Sanford, Isaiah Washington of Pine Forest, Mikey Campbell of Westover and R.J. McDonald of Cape Fear.

      The second team included Massuan Bryant-Moore of Cape Fear, Jarod Brown and Cedavion Wimbley of South View, Darius Jewell of Westover, Marviere Smith of Douglas Byrd and Damien Robinson of Overhills.

      The following were honorable mention: Ari Fulton and Joshua Graham of Gray’s Creek, Anthony Geddie and Carlos Craig of Terry Sanford, Justin Burden of Cape Fear and Jordan Jones of Pine Forest. 

      On the girls’ team, Kayla Pless of Pine Forest was Coach of the Year and Miya Giles-Jones of Terry Sanford was Player of the Year. 

      The first team included E.E. Smith’s Jordan Everett and Skylar White, Montasia Jones of Pine Forest, Amiah Savage of Terry Sanford and Jada Angel of Cape Fear.

      The second team was DaNaira Williams of South View, Ke’Onna Bryant and Tamia Morris of Terry Sanford, Valerie Veauthier of Pine Forest, Maaika Dones of Overhills and Morgan Brady of Gray’s Creek.

      The following were honorable mention: Keashiana Murphy, Dai’Ja Robinson and Jada Priebe of E.E. Smith, Grace Blake and Kyia Starling of Cape Fear, Zahara Gerald of Terry Sanford, Elizabeth Mitchell of Overhills, Jaden Ford and R’mani Robinson of Westover, Clarissa Warren of South View and Chloe Wilson of Pine Forest. 

      • The Sandhills Athletic Conference announced its boys and girls all-conference teams, and a handful of Cumberland County athletes were chosen.

      In boys’ basketball, first-team selections included Jack Britt’s Demetri Patterson and E.J. McArthur, along with Seventy-First’s Jared Davis.

      For the girls, Jack Britt’s Nattlie McArthur was named Coach of the Year, while Nyla Cooper of Britt earned Player of the Year honors.

      First-team selections included Cooper, Amber Nealy, Ashara Hayes and Nariyah Nixon of Britt and Ayanna Williams and Neveah Colon of Seventy-First.

       

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Methodist University baseball coach Tom Austin, left, recently reached another milestone in his stellar career with the Monarchs. Methodist’s 4-2 win over Hampden-Sydney earned Austin his 1,200th career victory. He leads active NCAA Division III baseball coaches in career wins and is seventh all-time among all Division III coaches in wins. Since being hired at Methodist in 1980, Austin has had only one losing season while posting 20 seasons with more than 30 wins.

LAST WEEK’S SCORES

 

Feb. 25

Football

Cleveland 39, South View 29

 

Feb. 26

Football

Terry Sanford 20, Westover 6

Jack Britt 14, Seventy-First 0

Overhills 13, Cape Fear 0

 

March 1

Boys’ soccer

Scotland 7, Seventy-First 1

Jack Britt 5, Purnell Swett 0

Pine Forest 2, Gray’s Creek 1

Boys’ lacrosse

Cape Fear 17, Union Pines 4

Baseball

Northwood Temple 13, Berean Baptist 4

Girls’ soccer

Northwood Temple 2, Berean Baptist 0

 

March 2

Girls’ lacrosse

Terry Sanford 17, Pinecrest 11

Boys’ lacrosse

Jack Britt 13, Terry Sanford 1

Baseball

Fayetteville Academy 11, Northwood Temple 1

 

March 3

Boys’ soccer

South View 3, Cape Fear 2

Seventy-First 2, Purnell Swett 1

Jack Britt 3, Hoke County 0

Pine Forest 2, Gray’s Creek 2

Softball

Parrott Academy 12, Freedom Christian 2

 

March 4

Boys’ soccer

Pinecrest 10, Seventy-First 1

Baseball

Faith Christian 9, Fayetteville Academy 2

Greenfield 8, Freedom Christian 5

O’Neal 12, Village Christian 2