Spotlight shines on London athletes

April 20, 2017 by  

Now, the inaugural class of athletes at South Laurel High School near London is about to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school, and the student athletes who helped the school achieve highly, a committee decided last year to introduce the South Laurel Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Banquet is scheduled to take place during the same weekend as the CARDSPY’s, the school’s athletic awards ceremony.

Ryan Nolan, the school’s athletic director, told the Sentinel-Echo that the committee, made up of anonymous members, had a huge task in deciding who should be inducted in the hall of fame’s first class.

Nolan told the paper

“We felt that it was very important for our current and future athletes to know about the ones who paved the way for them, and we felt there was a need to remember these great athletes of the past.”

Schools often use banners to recognize the achievements of their sports teams, hanging the banners in gyms to celebrate championship years or talented athletes. Creating a hall of fame provides schools with just one more way to celebrate students’ hard work.

The committee ended up choosing one team and 13 individual athletes for the first class. Among those to be inducted tomorrow, April 21, will be Walt Allen (a former Mr. Basketball), and Sara Hawkins (a former Miss Softball). The team chosen was the 2004-2005 boys’ basketball team, which took home the state championship title.