Reynolds High School will induct eight new members into its athletic Hall of Fame tonight in a ceremony at halftime of its boys basketball game versus Davie County at Bryson Gym.
The eight new members are Charles Bailey, Stan Bastian, Edwin S. “Bubba” Brockwell, Jr., Richard Garfield “Tinnie” Chappele, Tom English, Nell Pollard Johnson, David Morris and Brad Ramsey.
Reynolds opened in 1923.
“This is the third year in a row that we’ve purposely gone to do a big class,” Fisher said. “The year that we did Stuart Scott (2015), and Zack (Bacon) and (Don) Flow, we purposely tried to keep it small so that nobody we would feel that they were overshadowed...
“Since that has happened we’ve really tried to go with bigger classes so that everybody can really feel like they’ve gotten their own due. I think what we’ve got this year is a good group.”
Bailey graduated in 1969 and played football for the Demons. He played collegiately at N.C. Central, and he later joined the staff at Winston-Salem State (1975-80). He left to join the NFL Scouting Combine before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers (1989-99) in senior positions in both college and pro scouting. He became Assistant General Manager and Vice President with the New Orleans Saints (1999-2002), and later the pro personnel director with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-08). Following that, he became a senior associate with the Cleveland Browns.
Bastian (1966) was a state champion in wrestling in the 145-pound weight class and wrestled at East Carolina. After he graduated he became a teacher and wrestling coach in Rocky Mount.
“It’s a really good mix,” Fisher said. “It covers probably 50-plus years of the school. And we’ve covered a bunch of different sports, so I think we’ve got a little bit for everybody.”
Fisher is proud that many schools want to follow the design of the Reynolds Athletic Hall of Fame.
“We take pride in that, and at the same time, we’re very open with it because I’ve had a number of schools that have reached out and said, hey, ‘Can you send us the information on how you do your Hall of Fame? We want to start one.’
“So it just shows that we’re kind of like the flagship one in the area and it’s been so well for so many years that people want to copy it. And that’s OK.”
Brockwell (1962) played football and baseball for the Demons. He played both football and baseball at Virginia Tech. After suffering injuries, he transferred to Guilford College and graduated in 1968 after playing both sports. He joined the 2006 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame.
Chappele (1953) was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Reynolds. He played on the 1952 NCHSAA Class 3-A state championship football team. He received a scholarship at Pfeiffer in both baseball and tennis. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army until 1963. He was inducted into the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
English (1965) played football and baseball for Reynolds. He was a high school All-America, All-State and Shrine Bowl selection in football, and was the quarterback on the 1964 state championship team. He moved to Charlotte and died in 2015.
Pollard Johnson (1999) played on the girls tennis and girls basketball teams. She played tennis all four years, served as co-captain and was named All-Central Piedmont 4-A from 1996-1998. She is an obstetrician/gynecologist in Winston-Salem.
Morris (1976) played basketball at Reynolds and went to school at Wake Forest. He also went to Wake Forest Law School and received his master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary. He also taught at Reynolds and was the boys varsity basketball coach from 1985-88.
Ramsey (2005) was a three-time All-America Youth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, scoring 31 goals in his senior season. He also ran track in his senior year. He played soccer at Duke.
Reagan swimmers dominate conference meet
The Reagan boys and girls swimmers swept the Central Piedmont 4-A swimming and diving championships last Saturday at Winston-Salem State.
The Reagan boys finished with 435 points, defeating Reynolds by 76 points. The girls, who have never lost a conference championship in either Class 3-A or 4-A finished with 468 points, defeating West Forsyth, which had 297.
“It was a great feeling,” Coach Ryan Michel of Reagan said. “We were confident on the girls side, but the boys came out and raced inspired. They were really motivated to beat Reynolds. So we were really excited.”
The NCHSAA Class 4-A Central Regional is next Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
“I looked at the times coming in for Greensboro, and that made me feel pretty confident,” Michel said. “The only wild card is some of the new teams in our region. They moved some of the Raleigh(area) teams into the Central, like (Cary) Green Hope and (Raleigh) Cardinal Gibbons. I haven’t seen any results for them, but the girls are excited to try to defend their title. And the boys are hoping for a top-three finish.”
Atkins, Bishop McGuinness swim teams shine in pool
The Atkins boys swimming and diving team easily won the Western Piedmont Athletic 2-A swimming and diving championship on Monday at Winston-Salem State.
The Camels finished with 277 to defeat North Surry by 102 points.
“They did awesome. I was really proud of them,” Coach Caroline Smith of Atkins said. “The kids did really great. I was very proud of them.”
The Camels are led by Dylan Fore and Desmond Boney.
“I’ve always kind of had faith in my boys and knew that they had worked hard, and they had put in the effort they needed in order to succeed,” Smith said. “But they far exceeded my expectations.”
The West Stokes girls won the meet with 246 points, beating Surry Central by 62 points.
The NCHSAA Class 2-A/1-A Western Regional is next Saturday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
In the Northwest 1-A meet in Pilot Mountain last weekend, the Bishop McGuinness boys and the East Surry girls won the team championships.
Davie County wrestling primed for conference tournament
The Davie County wrestling has had a very successful season, and it hopes to continue that on Saturday in the Central Piedmont 4-A wrestling championship in Mocksville.
The War Eagles, coached by Buddy Lowery, were 32-3 and 3-0 in the Central Piedmont 4-A conference as of Thursday night.
However, they wrestled Reagan on Thursday night and will wrestle East Forsyth tonight.
The NCHSAA Class 4-A state dual-team tournament will start on Tuesday.
But Davie County might be without heavyweight Andy Flores, who is out with an appendicitis.
“We’re fairly solid,” Lowery said. “I might not have my heavyweight for Tuesday night (the first night of the dual-team). And I might not have him back the rest of the year because he had appendicitis...
“He’s got to go to the doctor next Wednesday, so we’re going to try get it changed.”
With two dual-team matches, the individual conference tournament, and the dual-team state tournament coming on Tuesday, there’s still plenty to accomplish for the War Eagles.
“I’m so banged up myself and go straight up the line and see what we can do,” Lowery said. “We’re going to put them out there, shake them up and see what happens.”
Mount Tabor appoints
Brendle as boys tennis coach
Mount Tabor has hired Rich Brendle to be the next boys tennis coach, replacing John Covington, Principal Ed Weiss said.
Covington, according to Weiss, left because of his full-time job.
Brendle teaches social studies at Mount Tabor, and he’s also an assistant football coach and JV girls basketball coach.
“Rich has agreed to kind of help us,” Weiss said. “He’s been approved he’s taking the boys program starting this spring.”