Amherst County Sports Hall of Fame inducts class of 2017
MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. (WSET) - The Amherst County Sports Hall of Fame inducted their class of 2017 Saturday night at the Madison Heights Community Center.
The class features 9 individual inductees, as well as a team inductee, from a variety of sports. Now in its 6th year of honoring the county's best athletes, several inductees said their time as an athlete in Amherst County prepared them for life. Among them, baseball player Randy Faulconer, saying "Spent a lot of time on the baseball field, working hard, it carries over into the working world, and the mature world, being a father. Considering they have so many great athletes and educators to pull from in this county, to be part of a select few is quite an honor."
Basketball standout David Smith: "We were just a great group that just enjoyed playing together. Our practices were some of the best. WE pushed each other in a lot of ways to get better. We didn't just succeed as players on the floor. We were good students, good model athletes for the community."
Amherst Co. High School and VMI basketball player Michael Herndon directly credits those in Amherst County for his success. "I was a kid - gangly kid, tall and nothing but arms and legs. Probably couldn't chew gum and walk at the same time." recalls Herndon. "But through the youth program, and up through junior high and high school, got a little better. Was able to get a scholarship to VMI, and played division one basketball. I think it's a hall of fame community, with hall of fame teachers, educators, and coaches."
The Amherst County Sports Hall of Fame / Class of 2017
Maurice Davis (Basketball)
Randy Faulconer (Baseball)
Earl LaJesse Foster (Amherst Co. HS XC and Track Coach, 1970-1985)
David Goff (Baseball/Wrestling/Football)
Kelly Gouldthorpe-Poe (Soccer/Volleyball (ACHS), Softball (ACHS/Roanoke Coll.) )
Michael Herndon (Basketball - ACHS/VMI)
Suzanne Maddox-Crist (Softball - ACHS, Roanoke College)
Maggie McDearmon (Volleyball - ACHS/Randolph-Macon)
Donald Wilkerson (Football Player/Coach, ACHS)
ACHS 1979-80 Boys Basketball Team