Nettle Creek Hall welcomes new athletes

Nettle Creek Hall welcomes new athletes

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Nettle Creek Hall welcomes new athletes

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The Nettle Creek Schools Athletic Hall of Fame will grow next month.

Three individuals and one team will be inducted on Feb. 16, with a Hall of Fame banquet at Willie and Reds. The inductees also will be honored during halftime of Hagerstown’s home basketball game that same day with Knightstown.

The 2013 inductees are Mark House, Mike Woods and Heather (Bryn) Garrett, and the 1959 sectional boys basketball championship team.

“I think it gives it a celebration day,” Hagerstown athletic director Gerry Keesling said of the banquet.

Keesling said this was the fourth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The inaugural Nettle Creek class was inducted in 2010.

“We have a huge hill to climb in getting deserving athletes into the Hall of Fame,” Keesling said. “There is a slew of great athletes out there.”

House graduated from Hagerstown in 1986 and was standout in football and wrestling who went on to wrestle for the U.S. Naval Academy.

Woods graduated from Hagerstown in 1985 and was a football and wrestling standout. Woods owns all-time school records as a running back at Taylor University, and is also a member of that school’s athletic hall of fame.

Garrett also graduated in 1985 and lettered in basketball, volleyball and track. She went on to play basketball at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Members of the 1959 basketball team include David Kutter, Rex Reed, Gerald Sharp, Steve Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Jerry Davis, Windall Dale, Bill Powell, Roger Manifold, Jerry Basford, Jerry Hays, Larry Jester and coach Dick Hunter.

“Those are really quality athletes,” Keesling said.

The Nettle Creek Hall of Fame includes athletes from Greens Fork, Economy and Hagerstown.

“You don’t want to forget the past,” Keesling said. “I’m a strong believer that you can’t forget about those who went before us. They blazed the trail when the schools came together.”

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