High Schools

Battery Creek ready to induct first hall of fame class

Ceremony will be at halftime of Oct. 11 football game

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comOctober 2, 2013 

Battery Creek High School

Erica Brown's schedule this month is planned almost to the minute.

In the final stretch of a run at Spartanburg City Council, Brown and her campaign manager have filled much of her free time fighting for the District 6 seat. And so the former Battery Creek High School basketball standout might have to do some shuffling to make it to the Lowcountry on Oct. 11 for her induction into the school's first athletics hall of fame class.

Her situation mirrors some of the other six inductees -- football standouts Greg Jones and James Saxon, former girls basketball players Sarah Hayes and DeCole Shoemate, wrestling standout Felix Richardson and track star Marwin Kline. Professional obligations might keep them from the halftime ceremony during the Dolphins' football game against Woodland.

But athletics director John Drafts might not mind too much. He said the members of the inaugural class represented Battery Creek well into their professional careers.

Brown scored more than 1,500 points during her four years with the Dolphins and helped them win the 1996 Class 3-A girls state title her senior year. At Wofford, she missed nine months after tearing two ligaments in her knee as a freshman. She now works as a consultant to Hospice Compassus in addition to volunteer work and her political aspirations.

Brown said her best experience from Battery Creek was starting as a freshman and building to the state championship her senior year.

"We were always one step closer," she said. "The senior experience for me was the icing on the cake."

Joining Brown as Battery Creek's first inductees are:

  • James Saxon -- Former Dolphins football star played eight years in the NFL and is now in his 14th season as a running backs coach in the league. He has coached the likes of Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and now, with the Minnesota Vikings, is coaching Adrian Peterson.

  • On Battery Creek, Saxon said "It was a lot of fun. I had a chance to spend a year in high school with my older brother. It was fun to be there with him. I had a chance to make a lot of friends, obviously meet and work with a lot of teachers and coaches there. It was pretty much the building block for the foundation of the rest of my life."

  • Marwin Kline -- Dolphins' track standout won state titles in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash his senior year in 1991 before running track at Tennessee. The 40-year-old lives in Texas, where he runs a sports training facility that caters to everyone from youth athletes up to NFL players.

  • Kline said he wants to return to the Beaufort area with some other former athletes to conduct a clinic and help identify future stars.

    "I really truly believe Beaufort has a lot of talent," he said. "It's just undiscovered."

  • Sarah Hayes -- 2002 valedictorian was an all-state basketball and softball player. Attended Brown, where she was an all-Ivy League guard.

  • DeCole Shoemate -- Battery Creek girls basketball standout played at Florida International and Anderson College, where she was an all-conference selection and helped Anderson to its first NCAA victory. Now an assistant women's basketball coach at Lander.

  • Felix Richardson -- Three-time state champion wrestler, state track champion and football standout. Earned honorable mention all-American honors from USA Wrestling magazine.

  • Greg Jones -- Former Dolphins football standout is in his 10th season as an NFL fullback, now with the Houston Texans. Jones held a youth football camp at Battery Creek in 2012. Launched the Lead Block Foundation to spearhead youth charitable initiatives.

  • Battery Creek Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

    What: Battery Creek High School will induct its first hall of fame class

    When: Oct. 11, during halftime of the Dolphins' football game against Woodland

    Where: Dolphin Stadium

    Details: Members of the first class will include former football standouts Greg Jones and James Saxon; basketball players Sarah Hayes, Erica Brown and DeCole Shoemate; wrestler Felix Richardson and track standout Marwin Kline.

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