PrepZone: Lee County Public Schools create athletic conference Hall of Fame

The list of great student-athletes that have roamed the halls, playing fields and gymnasiums of Lee County’s public schools is long and distinguished. So, too, is the list of District staff members who made significant contributions to our schools and athletic departments. For years, the idea of creating something to these individuals for their efforts had been batted around.

Well, last year the decision was finally agreed upon – the 13 high school athletic directors agreed that a Lee County Athletic Conference Hall of Fame be established. But it was also agreed that it wouldn’t only apply to student-athletes; it would also include those District staff members who made outstanding contributions to their school and students.

“It’s important, as educators and business leaders, to highlight the positives and successes of participants and graduates of Lee County Public Schools,” said Herman Williams, the County Athletic Director. “The Lee County Athletic Conference Hall of Fame is one way to do this. It’s important to remember the accomplishments that our staff members and our graduates have achieved and shine the spotlight on those who deserve acknowledgement.”

So, this coming August, the District will induct 36 athletes and supports as the inaugural class. Being the first class, each high school selected one inductee for every 10 years the school has been open. Schools were left to decide, based on certain criteria, who they would select to represent them. Future classes will be chosen by a selection committee, which will elect five athletes and two supporters each year.

The cost to attend is $150 per ticket, or you can purchase a table for eight (8) for $1,000. Proceeds will go to help defray the cost of the event as well as help the Lee County Athletic Conference.

This year’s inductees (the Inaugural Class) are:

Cape Coral High

Bill Beatty

· First Athletic & Activities Director at Cape Coral High

· Developed all programs and one of five committee members that signed a $250,000 bank note to build the football stadium

· Designed the official school logos for Cypress Lake High School, Cape Coral High School, North Fort Myers High School, East Lee County High School, Mariner Middle School, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts and the logo for the Lee County Athletic Conference.

Curtis Kitchen

· Class of 1982

· Basketball

· Played for University of South Florida

First USF player to play in the NBA

· NBA - Played for the Seattle Supersonics

Colleen Healy

· Class of 2004

· Swimming

· Two-time State Champion in 100 butterfly and State Runner Up in 100 backstroke

· Rotary Scholar Athlete of the Year (2004)

· Swam for University of Florida

Three-time NCAA All American

Cypress Lake High

Johnie Church

· Football and Basketball

· Two-time All-State Football

· Played football at the University of Florida

· NCAA All-American

· NFL: Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Jenny Schuller

· Class of 1988

· Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

· Rotary Scholar Athlete of the Year

· Played volleyball at Penn State University

Charles Griffin

· Basketball

· Two-time News-Press Player of the Year

Donnie Ellis

· Football

· News-Press All Area Player of the Year

· Played at the University of Miami

Dunbar High

Robert Green

· First student from Allen University to participate in the Penn Relays.

· Tied the World Record for the 100 yard dash at that time (9.3 seconds.)

· Invited to the 1952 Olympic Trials

· Drafted and played for NFL’s Cleveland Browns (making him the first player from Fort Myers to play in the NFL)

· Worked 35 years at Dillard High as a teacher, coach, administrator and Athletic Director

Melvin Smallwood Morgan

· 1954 graduate serving as Class President and being selected as Class Salutatorian.

· Set the then school record of 63 points in a basketball game

· Member of cheerleading squad and softball team

· First black woman to be elected to the Lee County Commission

· Leader in establishment of Dunbar Heritage Scholarship

Clarence “Chuck” Mims

· 1951 graduate

· Star varsity football player

· Recruited by and played for Florida A&M University

Walt Wesley

Baseball, Basketball

1965-66 All American at University of Kansas

Two time, all Big Eight scoring champion

NBA first round draft choice of the Cincinnati Royals (1966)

Cleveland Cavaliers (single game 50 pts.)

Named as honorary member of West Point Alumni Association

Executive Director of Police Athletic League

Thomas Watkins

· Class of 1969

· Football, Baseball, Track

· Played for Florida Memorial College

· Signed as free agent with MLB Cincinnati Reds

Fort Myers High

Coach Sam Sirianni:

· Head Football Coach 1969-2002

· Head Golf Coach

· Athletic Director

Terry Jo Myers

· Class of 1980

· Golf

· Won 3 LPGA Events

Jammi German

· Class of 1993

· Football/Track

· All-American for the University of Miami

· Drafted in the Third Round by NFL’s Atlanta Falcons (1998)

Eric Riley

· Class of 1980

· Track/Football

· All-American

Luiza Ramos

· Class of 1991

· Volleyball

· All-American

Derek Weatherford

· Class of 1990

· Swimming

· Three-Time State Champion

Joe Renfroe

· Class of 1941

· Football

Matt Markowski

· Class of 2001

· Wrestling

· Three-Time State Champion

Pat Putnam

· Class of 1972

· Baseball

· Played eight years in Major League Baseball

Lamar Payne

· Class of 1957

· Football/Baseball

Mariner High

Greg Spires

· Class of 1993

· Football and Track & Field

· Played football at Florida State University

· NFL – New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Super Bowl Champion with the Buccaneers

Earnest Graham

· Class of 1998

· Football, Basketball, Baseball

· FHSAA 6A Player of the Year

· Gatorade All American

· Basketball - Four District Championships, Three Elite 8’s and State Runner Up 1995-96

· Played Football for the University of Florida

· NFL – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Estero High

Anthony Henry

· Class of 1996

· Football

· Played for University of South Florida

First USF football player inducted into the USF Football Hall of Fame

· NFL – drafted by the Cleveland Browns, played for Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

Catherine Cartwright (now Tumbleson)

· Class of 2001

· Golf

· Two- time State Champion

· United States Women’s Amateur Public Links Champion

· LPGA Professional

Futures Tour Champion

2006 Australian Women’s Open Runner-Up

North Fort Myers High

Bobbie Dewey

· PE Teacher 1969-1988

· Athletic & Activities Director 1988-1998

· First Female Athletic Director in Lee County

· Second Female Athletic Director in the State of Florida

· Instrumental in bringing female athletics to Varsity status

Nicknamed Mrs. Red Knight

Deion Sanders

· Class of 1985

· Football, baseball, basketball

· Played football, baseball and ran track at Florida State University

· Jim Thorpe Award winner

· Elected to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame

· Elected to the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame

· Played for NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys

Eight-Time NFL Pro Bowler

Two-time Super Bowl Champion

· NFL all-time leader with 19 defensive and return touchdowns

· MLB – Atlanta Braves

Played in 1992 World Series with Atlanta Braves

· Only player in history to play in both the Super Bowl and World Series

· First player in history to hit a MLB home run and score an NFL touchdown in the same week

· 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Chad Senior

· Class of 1993

· Swimming, Cross Country, Track

· Rotary Scholar Athlete of the Year

· Swam at George Washington University

· Two-time Olympian

6th at the 2000 Olympic Games

13th at the 2004 Olympic Games

· Three-time World Champion

· Four-time World Cup Medalist

· 2004 Pan AM Games Silver Medalist

Mike Greenwell

· Class of 1982

· Baseball

· MLB – Boston Red Sox

· Two-time All Star Selection

· Silver Slugger Award

· Three-time Boston Red Sox MVP

Jevon Kearse

· Class of 1995

· Football

· High school All American

· Played at the University of Florida

· NFL – Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles

· Named Defensive Rookie of the Year

· Three-time Pro Bowl Selection

Riverdale High

Roni Hipp

· Class of 1986

· Volleyball, Softball, Basketball

· News-Press Athlete of the Year

· Played Volleyball at University of Florida

· S.E. Louisiana Volleyball Coach

· Coach with the most wins in S.E. Louisiana Volleyball History

· Current Riverdale High School Volleyball Coach

Sammy Edwards

· Class of 1982

· Football, Basketball, Baseball

· All-State Football

· All-State Basketball

· All-State Baseball

· News-Press Athlete of the Year

Donna Williams

· Class of 1983

· Track & Field (Six-time State Champion)

· Track & Field at Florida State University

Two-time National Discus Champion

Two-time All American

Karl Engel

· Principal, Riverdale High School (1978 – 1987)

· Superintendent, School District of Lee County (1987 – 1990)

· Principal, Cypress Lake High School (1990 – 1995)

· FHSAA Representative (14 years)

· Football Coach, Riverdale High School

· Played football at Clemson University

Lehigh Senior High

Robyn Anglickis

· Swimming

· Five-time State Champion

· Swam at the University of Miami

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