The Alexander County Public Education Foundation and the Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame have announced the Sixth Hall of Fame Class of inductees. The Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be inducted on Monday, November 20, at 6:00 pm at Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville. Tickets will be $30 per person, which will include dinner along with the induction ceremony.
The Class of 2017
REBIA HEFNER BOLICK
Bolick is a life-long resident of Alexander County and was one of the most prolific high school women’s basketball players in North Carolina during her career at Taylorsville High School in the 1950’s. When her high school career finished, Reba was listed as ninth overall on the North Carolina High School scoring list with 2,888 points from 1956-1959.
LAURA THOMAS LAWS
A 1977 graduate of Alexander Central High School, Laura Thomas Laws was a standout athlete in softball, basketball, and golf during her high school career. Following graduation from ACHS she played golf at Wake Forest University.
JIM “EASY” POOLE
Poole is recognized as the first Major League Baseball player to hail from Alexander County. Poole began his professional baseball career at the age of 19, in 1914, with his minor league debut. He played professional baseball, either in the Minors or Majors, until retiring as a player at the age of 51, in 1946. Following his playing days, Poole went on to serve as a Minor League Baseball Manager until 1961.
ALEXANDER “AY” YODER
A 1993 graduate of Alexander Central High School, Alexander “AY” Yoder was a three-sport high school star for the Cougars from 1990-1993. He was voted the NW Conference Baseball Player of the Year in 1993 and led the Cougars to the State Championship Series against Wilmington New Hanover. Yoder pitched for UNC following his graduation from ACHS.
Coach Dale Yount coached in more than 1,000 sporting events during his middle school and high school coaching career. Yount is still today he winningest men’s basketball coach at Alexander Central High School. He was an assistant coach for ACHS Head Football Coach Glenn Wilson for 23 seasons.
SPECIAL TEAM RECOGNITION
For the first time in the six-year history of the Alexander County Sports Hall of Fame, the selection committee is recognizing a team with a “Special Team Recognition.” The 1942 Stony Point High School Baseball Team captured the North Carolina Class C Championship.
ABOUT THE NOMINATION PROCESS
Once a person is nominated, his or her nomination remains permanent and will receive selection consideration each year by the selection committee.