Baseball, basketball, football, softball, track and wrestling standouts are among those set to be inducted into the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame Aug. 18, the Hall of Fame has announced.
The 2018 class includes Sue Carlton Whitley, John Logan, Jeff Lee, Phillip White, Tony McConnell and the Mt. Holly Hawks baseball teams from the mid-1960s. In addition, Henry Massey will receive the Community Spirit Award.
Sue Carlton Whitley
A member of the first basketball team at East Gaston High, Whitley was a two-time most valuable player and female athlete of the year. After beginning her career at Stanley High, she was the Lady Warriors’ first 1,000-point scorer. Whitley also starred in softball and track, then played basketball, softball and field hockey at UNC-Greensboro. She now teaches and coaches in Rock Hill, S.C.
Logan was a standout wrestler, football player and track and field athlete at East Gaston. Logan won conference championships in wrestling and the shot put and was a regional star in football. Logan later starred at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, where he was a three-time conference champion in the shot put and a defensive player of the year in football. Logan has worked for FedEx for 24 years.
Lee excelled on the gridiron at East Gaston and then in college at Furman, where he averaged 16.4 yards per catch and scored 10 touchdowns. Lee was a second-team honoree by the South Carolina Sports Media Association for two years. Lee became a Navy SEAL and has worked worldwide for the U.S. government.
White used his speed to star in baseball and football at Mount Holly High, where he was also student body president as a senior. White played wingback, defensive back and returned kicks in football and was a leadoff hitter, center fielder and base-stealing threat on the diamond. He later played for Post 144 and at Oral Roberts, then a two-year college. White now operates a counseling clinic in Oklahoma that specializes in serving prison parole officers.
McConnell also excelled in football and baseball at Mount Holly, and, like White, also graduated in 1966. He was a starting defensive end on the Hawks’ state championship team before breaking his leg in the first game. He became a tri-captain, along with White and Larry Hartsell, then joined forces with fellow pitcher Dewayne Moore to form “the M&M boys.” McConnell and Moore led the Hawks baseball team to a 20-0 conference record in 1965 and 966. McConnell threw a no-hitter against Erwin High in the 1965 playoffs, then pitched for Post 144 and Oral Roberts. McConnell served as station manager at McGuire Nuclear Station during his career working for Duke Energy.
Mt. Holly Hawks baseball teams
The Mt. Holly Hawks baseball teams of 1964-67 won four conference championships, 40 of 50 games and four in the state playoffs. Some of the contributors from those teams include: McConnell, Moore, White, Hartsell, Buddy Guin, Ken Jones, Bruce Bolick, Jimmy Cook, Bill Neely, Steve Hansel, Mike Shelby, Jimmy Blackman, Dean Auten, Steve McCotter, Eddie Womack, Mike Manes and Eddie Wilson.
Massey, a co-owner of Massey Hardware and the Massey Company for many years, served on the Mount Holly School Board prior to consolidation in the 1970s and has served on the Mt. Holly Recreation Committee for more than three decades. He was instrumental in raising funds for the East Gaston High School football stadium, the relighting of Costner Field and the current greenways plan, among other contributions.