2019 Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor Inductees

The Surry County Parks and Recreation Department and the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame Committee would like to announce the inductees for the 2019 class of the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor.

2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

  • Mr. Ernie Beamer
  • Mr. Lonnie W. Bledsoe
  • Mr. Chadwick Casstevens
  • Mr. Tony Duncan
  • Mr. James Thomas Hayes
  • Ms. Kelley Karns

2019 RING OF HONOR INDUCTEES:

  • Ms. Catrina C. Alexander
  • Ms. Linda Fowler Davis

The Unveiling of the Monument Ceremony will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at Fisher River Park in Dobson, NC. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at Surry Community College in the auditorium. A reception will follow the induction ceremony.

Below are some highlights about each inductee:
Ernie Beamer
• Scholarship Player at Duke
• 1938 State Championship Football Team
• Played in 1942 Rose Bowl
• Played in the 1944 Shriner East-West All Star Game.
• Declined a spot to play on New York Giants

Lonnie Bledsoe
• Served as athletic director and head coach for girls and boys basketball teams at Copeland High from 1954-1960.
o Boys record: 142-48
o Girls record: 154-28
• Served as athletic director, assistant principal and head coach of Girls and Boys Basketball teams at Surry Central High School from 1961-1962.
o Boys record: 22-6
o Girls record: 25-1
• At MAHS, he served as principal from 1973-1981.
• Strong advocate for scholastic sports.
• Was instrumental in reviving girls’ basketball after several years of non-existence and served as chairman of committee that reinstated girls’ basketball in the northwest 3A conference.

Chadwick Casstevens
• Basketball
o Surry Central - All Conference 2001, 2002
o All –State 2002
o 2002 NC State Player of the Year 1A Mr. Basketball
o 2002 Conference Player of the Year
o Held Surry Central’s all-time leading scoring record (1,258 points in 2 years)
o Single season record holder at Surry Central; 795 points, averaged 30.1 ppg
o Single game record holder in points (48)
o Winston Salem Journal All-Northwest Team 2002
o Surry Central Athlete of the year in 2002
o 2004 member of one of Pfeiffer University’s best teams
o Conference and Regional Champions at Pfeiffer
o National Ranking #2 in Division II
o Lost to Kennesaw State in Elite 8

Tony Duncan
• Tony has been employed with Elkin High School for 29 years; 19 of those years, he served as the school’s athletic director.
• He has served as an assistant football coach for each of his 29 years and was part of state championship teams in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
• Despite never playing tennis, Tony has coached men’s tennis for eight years at Elkin, wining a dual team state championship in 2013 and coaching six individual state championships.
• He has been named conference coach of the year seven times, compiling an impressive 123-14 record.
• He has coached baseball and basketball, also, in addition to his school duties.
• Tony served as an official in the Blue Ridge Soccer Officials Association, as well as North State Football Officials Association.
• Tony was awarded the Charlie Adam’s Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
• The Charlie Adam’s Distinguished Service Awards are given per region to a person with at least 10 years of experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone “above and beyond” the call of duty at both the local and state level.
• Tony served on the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame Committee for 13 years.
• Tony is well deserving to be a member of the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame.

James Hayes
• Tennis Coach Mount Airy High School
• Coached four State Singles Championship players - Tennis
• 10 Straight Conference Titles - Tennis
• 97-3 record in Conference Play - Tennis
• 271-62 overall record - Tennis
• Named coach of the year 10 times in 15 seasons
• He coached Girls Basketball 2000-2003, recording an 89-21 record as JV basketball coach
• He won three Coach of the Year awards and three straight conference championships in Basketball
• Conference champions in Basketball

Kelley Karns
• Basketball: East Surry Lady Cardinals All-Time leading scorer, playing from 1998-2001, scoring 1,813 points.
• All time leading rebounder at East Surry, with 1,107 boards.
• In 2000, she set the single game scoring record with 51 points.
• In 1999, 2000 and 2001, she was Conference Player of the Year.
• In 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, she was All-Conference.
• In 2000 and 2001, she was chosen on the All-Northwest Team.
• In 2001, she was voted MVP of the State 1A Finals.
• Also in 2001, she was named NC All-State and played in the East-West All-Star game.
• Won the state championship in basketball in 2001.
• In 2001, they retired her Jersey #34.
• Her career record at East Surry was 43-4 in conference games and 94-21 overall.
• She went on to play NCAA Division II in college with a full scholarship and a successful college career.
• Outside of basketball, Kelly was on the 1999 Fastpitch Softball State Championship Team.
• Played four years of varsity softball.
• Played varsity volleyball her freshman and sophomore years, ran track her senior year and was named the MVP of the Surry County Track Meet.

Catrina C. Alexander
• Director of Surry County Parks and Recreation for many years.
• Main player in development of Fisher River Park in Dobson.
• Responsible for almost $500,000 worth of grants for the development of Fisher River Park.
• Director of Reeves Community Center/Mount Airy Parks and Recreation for about 12 years.
• As director of Mount Airy Parks and Recreation, her leadership has touched the lives of countless children and adults in Surry County.
• Her efforts in this department have led to many state and national awards.
• Mount Airy Parks and Recreation is recognized as one of the leading departments in the state.
• Spearheaded the Granite City Greenway system project in Mount Airy, raising upwards of $1,000,000 for this project.
• She has made a definite impact on sports for the citizens of Surry County.

Linda Fowler Davis
• 40 years of involvement in athletics in Surry County.
• Retired teacher.
• Church-related affiliations.
• Involvement and leadership in 10 different sports-related organizations in Surry County, including:

  • Surry Community College Knights Athletic Club and Board of Directors
  • Founder of the SCC annual Bingo event; raised estimated $100,000 for SCC athletics
  • Dobson Youth Recreation Foundation
  • Dobson Yankees Little League baseball team
  • Surry Central High School Athletic Booster Club
  • Salem Baptist Church Senior Coordinator
  • Surry County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
  • Surry County Sports Hall of Fame Committee
  • Yadkin Valley Senior Games Committee

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