2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

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The following are the 2008 inductees:

Danny Broome (Lockhart, 1955-59) was a three-sport athlete. He was a five-year starter on the baseball team; leading scorer, rebounder and all-conference on the basketball team; and played football. He played baseball and basketball at Spartanburg Junior College and Wofford.

Tommy Broome (Lockhart, 1960-65) was a three-sport athlete. Coaches said he was one of the most versatile athletes. He was a two-year starter on football, playing both ways. He was a four-year starter on the basketball team and baseball team, earning all-conference honors in baseball.

Dean Crocker (Lockhart, 1947-50) was a four-year starter on the baseball team. He was known for his power hitting and hit more than .400 his senior season. He played baseball four years at Clemson and was on the Tigers' first ACC championship team.

Jim Crocker (Lockhart, 1949-53) was a two-sport letterman. He was a four-year starter on the baseball team. He batted more than .400 and committed no errors during his senior year. He was a captain and all-conference on the basketball team.

Johnny Mullis (Lockhart, 1965-70) was a four-sport letterman. He was he leading scorer and rebounder on the basketball team. He was a five-year starter on the football, basketball and track teams. He anchored the championship mile relay team as an 8th-grader. He was all-conference three years.

Johnny Lee Robbins (Lockhart, 1975-78) was a four-sport athlete. He was on the baseball team that won back-to-back state championships. He was a three-year starter on the football team and a four-year starter on both the basketball and baseball teams. He was drafted by the Dodgers and played minor league ball for five years.

Eddie Harris (Union, 1964-68) played baseball and basketball. He was co-captain for both teams his senior year. He was voted best defensive player for basketball. He played at USC Union. He is now State Command Sargent Major for the South Carolina National Guard.

Donald Cohen (Union, 1965-68) played football and baseball. He was catcher, pitcher and outfielder - considered one of the most versatile players for his error. He led the team in hitting in 1967.

Linda Ray Owens (Sims-Union, 1966-72) was the first black athlete to play at Union and the first black homecoming queen. She started as a freshman on the basketball team and helped lead it to upperstate in 1968.

Phillip Middlebrooks (Union, 1966-68) played baseball, was all-conference and co-captain. He went on to play at Clemson.

Ronnie Jenkins (Jonesville, 1970-2007) coached 37 years at Jonesville. He coached basketball, football and baseball, and was athletic director for 23 years. He was part of the 1990 state championship football staff.

Cleve Brannon (Jonesville, 1986-90) rushed for more than 1,800 yards as a senior and led the 1990 football team to the state championship. He had 218 yards rushing in the title game. He was all-state in baseball and a five-year starter.

Lawerence Laval (Jonesville, 1960-64) was a four-year starter on the football and basketball teams. He rushed for 386 yards in a game against Landrum.

Laura Weston Benson (Union, 1981-86) led the tennis team to four straight final four finishes. She was the first Union All-American in tennis.

John Gettys (Union, 1955-58) played football and was MVP his senior year. He was a co-captain in the Shrine Bowl, playing the entire game on both offense and defense. He played for Presbyterian and Furman, where he was selected All-Southern Conference.

Luke Boyd Hart (Kelly-Pinckney, 1940s) played basketball four-years and was team-captain three years. He was part of the 1947 state championship team and was an all-state performer.

Russell Hart (Kelly-Pinckney, 1940s) played basketball four years and was part of the 1947 state championship team. He went on to play college basketball at Newberry. Hart played football at Union his senior year.


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