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Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five
For the first time in nearly two decades and just the fourth time ever the Screven County Athletic Hall of Fame will induct five new members in ceremonies that will culminate at halftime of the SCHS-East Laurens Region 3AA Friday football game.
The inductees for 2015 are former head football coach Mark Daniel; Christie Kemp (c/o 2005); Bill Parker (c/o 1997); Dusty Reddick (c/o 2004); and former head tennis coach Jim Sheppard (c/o 1976).
Along with the five being honored Oct. 9, so will the SCHS golf teams from 1966 and 1970.
Easily the most successful football coach in the history of Gamecock football, Daniel led the Roosters to three consecutive region titles in 2000-2002 with the third culminating with the school’s first and only state football title. Head coach from 1999-2005, Daniel recorded a 59-24 record. His seven-year win total is surpassed only by Hall of Famer Sandy Hershey’s 12-year record of 68-51-4. Daniel’s winning percentage of 71.1 percent is surpassed only by current coach Ron Duncan’s four-year record of 30-11, a 73.1 percent winning percentage. No coach other than Duncan has won more than one region championship.
A graduate of Dougherty High School in Albany, Daniel played high school football for the late Luther Welsh there before going on to a four-year career at Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn. After a stint in the Navy, Daniel was an assistant football coach at Dougherty, Riverview Academy, Coffee County High School, and Camden County. In 1994, he became head coach at Fitzgerald and promptly won the Region 1AA title in 1994. After the 1995 season, Daniel was reunited with Welsh at Screven County where Daniel served as either the head wrestling coach or a head track coach until taking over as head football coach.
Since leaving SCHS following the 2005 season, Daniel has been an assistant coach at Thomson and Greene County, as well as head coach at Wayne County. He currently serves as the head coach of Schley County. In 12 previous seasons as a head coach, his record is 77-56.
Kemp is just the ninth woman from among the 80 inductees into the Hall. The salutatorian of the SCHS Class of 2005 was a four-year starter in both softball and tennis.
Among her numerous honors in addition to four academic letters and being president of the National Honor Society, Kemp was selected as a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee, a First Team Sports Quest All-American, a National semifinalist for Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY), a Finalist-Georgia High School Female Athlete of the Year (Georgia Women’s Intersport Network-GA-WIN), a Scholar Athlete by Channel 6 WJBF in Augusta, and was the Statesboro Herald Featured Athlete of the Year for 2005.
Part of the first fast-pitch middle school team in 2000, Kemp was the pitcher for the first fast-pitch softball team at SCHS in 2001. In 2002, she pitched the SCHS Lady Gamecocks to their first-ever state tournament win when, as a No. 4 seed, SCHS upset No. 1-seed Harlem in Savannah. That team went on to finish in the top 16 in the state. That season Kemp led the Coastal Empire in strikeouts (131) and innings pitched (151.2). In 2003, she was voted First Team All-Region 2AAA.
In tennis, Kemp still holds both the single season (27) and career (78) records for doubles wins. She also shares, with Whitney Waters, the record for most wins in a season by a doubles team (24). Four times Kemp was voted All Coastal Empire. Over the four years, the Lady Gamecocks advanced to the Final Four each year, reaching the state championship match in 2004. She and Waters are the only Lady Gamecocks to win matches in two different state semifinal matches.
After receiving a BS in Chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2009, Kemp was employed at the UGA Parrot Crop Engineering Lab in plant genetics research and then served as the chemistry lab coordinator at Georgia Southern University. She currently is an AP chemistry teacher and assistant softball coach at Johnson County High School in Wrightsville, Ga., being responsible for the pitchers. The Lady Trojans finished third in the state in Class A in 2014.
A letter winner in football, baseball and wrestling and later a starting outfielder at Augusta State University, Parker was an honor graduate from SCHS in 1997. Among his more noteworthy academic accomplishments was making a perfect 800 on the verbal portion of the SAT.
Though he would eventually play baseball at the collegiate level, Parker certainly left his mark on the SCHS football program as a three-year starter at linebacker. As a sophomore,
Parker started on the 1994 Region 2AA champion and state runner-up Gamecocks of Chuck
Conley, recording 61 tackles with two interceptions. For Luther Welsh’s 1996 Gamecocks who advanced to the second round the Class AA state playoffs, Parker was third on the team in tackles with 98. The team’s leading tackler that year was local Hall of Famer Edward Roberts. Parker was named Associated Press First Team All-State at linebacker following that 1996 season.
Baseball at SCHS saw Parker record a .426 average (29-68) in 1995 and a .356 average in 1997. He hit a then single season record of nine homers that year. Parker also lettered in wrestling one season.
At Augusta State, Parker was a four-year member of the Jaguars, playing right field and also serving as the DH. At one time, he was part of an all SCHS outfield as other local Hall of Famers Julius Foreman and Bryce Massey were also there. Parker also became the ASU representative at the NCAA national leadership conference.
Graduating with a degree in computer science in two years, Parker was an assistant football and baseball coach at Evans High School. He currently is employed by Boral Industries as a software developer and business analyst and lives in Graniteville, S.C.
The first member of the 2002 state championship team to be inducted is Reddick. A 2004 honor graduate, Reddick earned nine varsity letters in wrestling (4), football (3), and baseball (2). A First Team GACA All-State Defensive End in 2003, he also finished his wrestling career with 100 career wins, the seventh most ever at SCHS.
Among his numerous honors were the Golden Helmet Award; Donnie Oliver Christian Athlete Award; the Red Moncrief Scholar Athlete Award; the Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl Scholar Athlete Award; the Atlanta Touchdown Club Clint Castleberry Award; and being named to the South Region National High School Scholar Athlete by the College Hall of Fame. Reddick also was named the DAR Good Citizen while at SCHS. While at Georgia Southern, Reddick was a member of Southern Conference All-Academic Team (2005 and 2007), and was named GSU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year (2006).
Reddick was a starter at tight end for the 2001 football region champions; at defensive end for the 2002 state champions; and at defensive end and tight end for the 2003 region runners-up. He was twice named First Team All Region and was First Team GACA All- State in 2003. Heading to GSU after SCHS graduation, he was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles. For the 2004 Southern Conference champions, Reddick was the long snapper while lettering as a reserve linebacker in 2005. In both 2006 and 2007, Reddick started in the offensive backfield both as a fullback and an H-Back.
In his wrestling career at SCHS, Reddick finished fifth in area 1-AAA at 189 in 2001; was area champion at 189 in 2003 while claiming a sixth place state finish; and in 2004 he finished third in area 1-AAA as well as third in the state at 215. His 2004 statewide third place finish was the highest ever by a Gamecock to that point.
Graduating with a BS in civil engineering technology from GSU in 2008, Reddick currently is employed as a CB&I Field Engineer for Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. He also serves as a board member of the Eagle Football Alumni Association.
Though not the first modern tennis coach or even the first coach to win a region championship at SCHS, Sheppard set the modern precedent for the SCHS tennis program. The most consistently successful program in SCHS history, the tradition truly began when the GHSA made the switch to the current team tennis format in 1990. Sheppard took over the boys tennis program in 1988 and the team was Region 3AA runner-up the following year, the final year before the current format of play.
In 13 years as a head coach, eight with the boys and five with the girls, Sheppard’s team record was 176-49 with seven region championships. That broke down into 10 years with the boys and a 99-35 record with three region championships and four region runners-up. In both 1992 and 1993, the teams advanced to the state Final Four with the 17-2 1993 squad vying for the state championship. Five seasons at the helm of the girls brought a 77-14 record and four region titles to go with four Final Four appearances. He left coaching after the 1997 season.
Sheppard, who finished at SCHS in 1976, received degrees in both political science and German at Georgia Southern University and did graduate studies in political science at Emory. He completed an MED from GSU. In 31 years in the Screven County School System -- 28 of those years at SCHS, Sheppard was named STAR Teacher five times; the Screven County Teacher of the Year; and twice named the Georgia German Teacher of the Year.
While in the German Department at SCHS, Sheppard became president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Association for Teachers of German (AATG) for two terms and served one term on the AATG’s national executive board as the representative for the southeastern United States. He began the highly successful German American Partnership Program at SCHS.
In 1998, the last time five new members were inducted, the names were Hyland Black, Donnie Boyd, Van Davis, Gretchen Massey, and Dewall Waters.
The Screven County Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to recognize those individuals who have excelled athletically at the high school level in the public schools of Screven County. A special category of membership also was established whereby an individual who has been of special or essential assistance in furthering the athletic program in Screven County might also be inducted. An executive committee, made up of local members of the Hall, solicits nominations from the community, and then selects 10 finalists each year. The committee takes into account each finalist’s high school athletic accomplishments. In addition, both athletic and professional accomplishments after high school are considered. The 10 candidates are then voted on by each member of the Hall. All inductees must receive a certain percentage of the votes to be inducted, with no more than five new members inducted each year.