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County Sports Hall of Fame announces Three 2023 inductees
Courtesy: Morganton News Herald
Gary Leonhardt retired as the director of the city of Morganton’ Parks and Recreation
Department after a 48-year career. He helped establish the Burke County
Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Morganton Aggies semi-pro baseball
franchise. He was instrumental in completing the Catawba Greenway from
the Catawba River Soccer Complex through Catawba Meadows Park, phases 1
and 2 of the Catawba River Soccer Complex, the Morganton Aquatic Center,
Catawba Meadows Park and the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival.
Jimmy Powell was drafted in the eighth round of the 1974 NBA Draft after
playing for Middle Tennessee State University. He returned to Morganton
and was a teacher, coach and mentor. Powell was hired in 2007 by the
city of Morganton on a part-time basis as an umpire and building and
field supervisor. The time and effort he put forth in his teaching,
coaching and officiating is recognized as making a difference in the
community. He resides in Morganton and continues to give back to the
community as a referee of many sports.
Wayne Owens (1902-1973) will be inducted posthumously. He was the director of sports and
youth Activities at the Valdese Community Center for almost 20 years. He
coached the Valdese Little League baseball teams, the women’s softball
teams and the adult men’s basketball team. Owens formed after-school
sports leagues and won the 1958 State Biddy Basketball Tournament in
Gastonia. He lost his left arm at a young age, but never let that stop
him from playing or coaching sports. The gymnasium at the Valdese
Community Center is currently being renovated and the new basketball
court will be named Wayne Owens Court.
There will only be 140 seats available,
so those who wish to attend should secure their spot soon. No tickets
will be sold the night of the event.For more information, call the Collett Street Recreation Center at 828-438-5350
County Sports Hall of Fame announces Three 2021 inductees
William “Bill” Allman Served
in the US Army, was selected to the 2nd US Army. All-Star Softball team
and played in the All Army National Tournament. He was also 1999 Morganton Man
of the Year
Karri Gardin - Basketball: At Virginia Tech, Karri led her Hokies to four
consecutive NCAA appearances. The North Carolina native played during the heart
of the women’s basketball program’s golden era. The Hokies played at least one
NCAA Tournament game in all four years of her career from 2002-06.
Karri still holds or shares six of Tech’s
single-game records and two single-season records
Eddie C Bridges - A
Legendary Hunting and Fishing Conservationist
Eddie was appointed to
the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, where he created the NC Lifetime
hunting and fishing license. The Endowment has raised 165 million 5/2021 In 1989, Eddie created the NC Wildlife
This year’s induction
banquet will be held November 18, 6:00 p.m., at The Morganton Community House.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the Collett Street Recreation Center,
Seating will be limited.
Former sports editor at The News Herald, Durward Buck, will be the
newest inductee into the Burke County Sports Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made late last week by the Men’s Club of
Morganton and the Morganton Parks and Recreation Department, co-sponsors of the
local Hall of Fame.
According to a press release, Buck “is remembered most for his
dedication and complete coverage of youth and high school sports in Burke
County” during his time at The News Herald from 1963-77.
This year’s induction banquet will be held April 24 at 6:30 p.m.
at CoMMA. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Collett Street
Recreation Center, at Sain’s Barber Shop and at CoMMA starting March 9. Seating
will be limited.
County Sports Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees
Earl Causby and Johnny Jacumin selected as 2013
inductees into the prestigious Burke County Sports Hall of Fame.
The selection of the newest members of the Hall of Fame was
announced today by the Men’s Club of Morganton and the Morganton Parks and
Recreation Department, co-sponsors of the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was
established in 1993 to honor Burke County Sports greats who have achieved state
or nation recognition.
Earl Causby - American
Legion Baseball leader and supporter for over 30 years. He is known for his leadership and support
for American Legion Baseball throughout the State of North Carolina. Inducted
into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 for his outstanding
Johnny Jacumin – The third Post-Humus induction into the
Sports Hall of Fame. Noted Women’s Head Basketball Coach at Wingate
University. Compiled 591 wins with 218
losses in a 27 year career. His teams
were consistently District and Divisional Champions. Appearing in 21 national
tournaments advancing to the sweet sixteen and the elite eight twice and
appearing once in the final four. He is a member of the Wingate University Hall
of Fame and the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Jimmy passed away June
The new inductees will join Billy Joe Patton
(inducted 1993), Doug Cline (inducted 1994), Ralph “Jug”
Wilson (inducted 1995), Joe Cheves (inducted 1999), Melvin
Ruggles (inducted 2001), Marsha Crump (inducted 2002),
Horton (inducted 2003), Perk Reinhardt (inducted
2003), Bill Cline (inducted 2004), The Morganton Little League
All-Stars (inducted 2004), Roy Waters (inducted 2007),
Jaynes (inducted 2008), Terry
Rogers (inducted 2008), Leon
Johnson (inducted 2010), Clinton Foust (inducted 2010), W.A. Hord (inducted in 2011), Charlie Crowe (inducted in 2011) and Joe Brown (inducted in 2012).
The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held at the
Morganton Community House on Friday, November 22 at 6:30 pm with a reception
and Ceremonies beginning at 7:00.
Tickets will be on sale at the Collett Street Recreation Center and
Burke County Sports Hall of Fame
PO Box 3448
Morganton, N.C. 28680
Phone – 828-439-1866