June 3, 2003
Ankerson one of seven to enter SAC Hall of FameROCK HILL – Former Catawba women's soccer player, Allison Ankerson, is one of seven to be inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Ankerson becomes the sixth person from Catawba College to enter the league Hall of Fame, joining Dr. Robert Knott, Sam Moir, Harvey Stratton, Dick Williams and Keith Henry. The Class of 2002-03 consists of Ankerson, a former SAC Player of the Year in women’s soccer; Vernon Buck, a former quarterback at Wingate University, who once held the NCAA DII record for total offense; Todd Collins, a former Carson-Newman College football standout, spent nine years in the NFL; Darren Hayes, a former baseball Player of the Year from Wingate, led the SAC in home runs and RBIs; Cedric Mansell, a captain of the 1994 SAC championship basketball team from Mars Hill; Clyde Miller, a former baseball coach at Gardner-Webb and Newberry; and Jimmy Skipper, a record-setting quarterback at Newberry College. They will be inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame as part of the South Atlantic Conference Annual Meeting at in Asheville, N.C., on Tuesday, June 3. The banquet will be at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort with a reception at 6 p.m. and inductions and dinner at 7 p.m. Ankerson was a four-year starter in women’s soccer at Catawba from 1991-94. In her 69 games, she scored 10 goals and added 11 assists, but her main contribution was on the defensive side. From her sweeper position, she helped Catawba post 30 shutouts over her career. She was a four-time All-Conference selection, the women’s soccer Player of the Year in 1994 and earned the Lomax Award from Catawba in 1995 as Catawba’s top senior female athlete. She now coaches and teaches in Norfolk, Va. Schools. Buck played for the Wingate Bulldogs from 1990-95, and graduated as the NCAA Division II leader in total offense with 11,227 yards. He currently ranks second in SAC history in total offense and third in career passing yards. Collins played his freshman season at Georgia, then transferred to Carson-Newman and had an outstanding career. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1992 and helped lead them to the Super Bowl in 1997. He was traded to the St. Louis Rams, where he helped them to a Super Bowl victory in 2000. He retiring from the NFL after nine seasons and 621 career tackles. Hayes was a four-time All-SAC baseball player at Wingate, and the SAC Player of the Year in 1995. During his career, Wingate achieved its first-ever number one ranking. His 24 home runs and 90 RBIs during the 1995 season are conference records. Mansell is one of the most decorated athletes in Mars Hill College history. As a captain of the 1994 SAC championship team, he led the Lions to a national ranking and an NCAA Tournament bid. He ranks third in career blocks and career field-goal percentage in SAC history. Miller spent 22 years coaching baseball at Newberry and Gardner-Webb, compiling a 835-699 career coaching record. During his time at Newberry, Miller also served as athletic director and was actively involved in the transformation of the conference from football only to a comprehensive sports conference. He was named baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Gardner-Webb in 1989. In 2000, Gardner-Webb’s last year in the conference, Miller guided his team to a runner-up finish in the tournament and received a bid to the NCAA South Region. The Bulldogs went undefeated in the region tournament and advanced to the Division II World Series. Miller retired as baseball coach at Gardner-Webb in 2002, but still serves as an assistant athletic director. Skipper earned a starting spot at quarterback at Newberry as a freshman in 1982. During the ensuing four years, he rewrote the Newberry record book. He is Newberry’s career leader in total offense, passing yards, passing attempts, completions, touchdowns, single game passing yards and single game total offense. His career passing yards rank him 11th in SAC history. He was All-Conference for three years and selected District Six Offensive Player of the Year in 1984 and ’85. He guided the Indians to a 7-3-1 record in 1984, including an upset win over Furman and a number two national ranking. #####
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Volleyball vs. UNC Pembroke 11 a.m.
Volleyball @ Francis Marion 3 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Converse 11 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Emmanuel 5 p.m.
Soccer (W) vs. SAINT ANSELM 5 p.m.
Soccer (M) vs. BARTON 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. West Texas A&M 11 a.m.
Volleyball @ Tampa 7 p.m.
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