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April 27, 2006

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Inductees include Traci Hyman Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne; Boyce Green, Carson-Newman; Angela Harbour Mayfield, Catawba; Dr. Jerry McGee, Wingate; Jennifer Wiggins, Mars Hill

ROCK HILL – Four former highly-decorated student-athletes and one influential school president have been elected to The South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame, Commissioner Doug Echols announced today.

The Class of 2005-06 includes Traci Hyman Davis, a two-sport standout at Lenoir-Rhyne College; Boyce Green, a prolific running back at Carson-Newman College who went on to star in the National Football League; Angela Harbour Mayfield, Catawba College’s second all-time leading scorer and two-time Academic All-American; Dr. Jerry McGee, president at Wingate University; and Jennifer Wiggins, a four-time All-Conference cross country runner at Mars Hill College and the 1999 North Carolina NCAA Woman of the Year.

They will be inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame as part of the South Atlantic Conference Annual Meeting at in Asheville, N.C., on June 8. The banquet will be at the Crowne Plaza Resort with a reception at 6:15 p.m. and inductions and dinner at 7 p.m.

Traci Davis was a three-time All-Conference selection in softball, and was named the Softball Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete in 2000. She was also an All-Conference selection in basketball in 1998. Davis was named the South Atlantic Conference Female Athlete of the Year in 2000. She is Lenoir-Rhyne’s all-time leader in batting average (.423), runs scored (148) and stolen bases (131). She led the Bears to their first-ever SAC regular season and Food Lion Tournament titles in 2000.

Davis is a registered nurse at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga., and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She and her husband, Will, a former Lenoir-Rhyne baseball player, are expecting their first child in May.

Boyce Green led Carson-Newman in rushing in 1980 with 708 yards and is 10th all-time in career rushing yards at Carson-Newman with 2,451 yards and 23 touchdowns. He helped to lead Carson-Newman to its first SAC football championship in 1982.

Green was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 11th round of the 1983 NFL draft, and stepped in when former Heisman Trophy winner Charles White was injured. He rushed for 68

yards and a touchdown on his first handoff and was named the Cleveland Browns’ Rookie of the Year. He led the Browns in rushing two of his three years there. Green was traded to Kansas City, where he led the team in rushing and returned a kick 101 yards for the winning touchdown and propelled the Chiefs to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

Green is now a successful businessman in Hickory, N.C., serving as an agency field executive and district sales manager for State Farm Insurance. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Kids Voting of Catawba County; serves as the Budget and Building Committee Chairman at Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church; is a national speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes; on the Catawba Valley YMCA Board of Directors; and is a member of State Farm Insurance Company High Potential Group. He and his wife, Jerrylyn Hyman-Green, have three children.

Angela Mayfield ranks seventh in SAC women’s basketball history for career points with 1,753 and third in points in a season with 643. She is the second all-time leading scorer at Catawba and holds the school record for 3-point field goals in a game (7), season (72) and career (196). She was a three-time All-Conference selection and the Most Valuable Player of the 1993 Food Lion SAC Tournament. Mayfield was also a standout in the classroom, graduating with a 4.0 GPA with a degree in business administration. She was named the SAC Scholar Athlete for women’s basketball in 1993 and won the President’s Award, the league’s top academic honor. She was a GTE College Division Academic All-American in 1992 and 1993, as well as the GTE College Division Academic Player of the Year in 1993.

Mayfield stays active in basketball as a volunteer youth league coach in Mt. Airy, N.C. She is a member of Haymore Memorial Baptist Church and is employed with Cross Creek Apparel, LLC as a senior inventory analyst. Mayfield and her husband, Mark, have three children.

Dr. Jerry McGee has been president of Wingate University since 1992. Under his leadership, Wingate has been recognized as one of the best small liberal arts colleges in the South. In more than 30 years in higher education, he has been responsible for securing more than $150 million in gifts and grants for scholarships, endowment and campus development.

McGee has served on the NCAA President’s Council and as the National Chairman of the Football Issues Committee for Division II and has also been a member of the NCAA Sports Wagering Task Force. McGee has also been a college football official for more than 30 years and has officiated more than 330 games, including two national championship games.

In 2001 he completed his first book, The Sitting and Talking Place, which tells of his special relationship with his maternal grandfather. He also was a contributing writer to College Faith, a book in which Christian leaders and educators share faith stories from their student days.

McGee has two sons - Ryan, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, who is a television producer with Fox Sports in Charlotte, N.C.; and Sam, a graduate of Wake Forest University and Yale Law School, who is a practicing Attorney in Southport, North Carolina.

Jennifer Wiggins was a four-time first team All-Conference cross country runner at Mars Hill and was the catalyst for moving the Mars Hill cross country program from the middle of the pack in 1996 to SAC champions in 1997 and 1998. She was first team All-Region in 1996 in a field of 72 teams.

Wiggins excelled in the classroom. She was named Academic All-Region three times, the SAC Scholar Athlete for women’s cross country in 1998 and received the President’s Award in 1999. She received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and was named the 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year for North Carolina, the only female in SAC history to earn that honor.

Wiggins now lives in Knoxville, Tenn., where she is the director of annual giving for men’s athletics at the University of Tennessee. She continues to stay active in the community by serving as a volunteer cross country coach at Calvary Baptist Day School, prepares meals for Positively Living Men’s Group and is active with Redeemer Church in Knoxville.

The class of 2005-06 joins the 45 current members in the SAC Hall of Fame:

Class on 1999-2000: Dr. Fred Bentley, Mars Hill; Dr. Ronald Christopher, Wingate; W.C. Clary, supervisor of football officials; Cally Gault, Presbyterian; Fred Herren, Newberry; Dr. Paul Jolly, Gardner-Webb; Dr. Robert Knott, Catawba; Dr. Cordell Maddox, Carson-Newman; Sam Moir, Catawba; Dr. Keith Ochs, Lenoir-Rhyne; Dr. Kenneth Orr, Presbyterian; Albert Sloan, Carson-Newman; Harvey Stratton, Catawba; Dr. Bill Walker, Mars Hill; Dr. Alan White, Elon.

Class of 2000-01: Lamont Jones, Mars Hill; Keith Henry, Catawba; Terence Steward, Lenoir-Rhyne; Direne Thomas, Wingate; Dick Williams, Catawba.

Class of 2001-02: Charlie Coles, Newberry; Ann Hancock, Wingate; Bill Morningstar, Elon; Allen Morris, Presbyterian; Tom Parham, Elon; Susie Hopson Shelton, Mars Hill.

Class of 2002-03: Allison Ankerson Makovec, Catawba; Vernon Buck, Wingate; Darren Hayes, Wingate; Todd Collins, Carson-Newman; Cedric Mansell, Mars Hill; Clyde Miller, Newberry and Gardner-Webb; Jimmy Skipper, Newberry.

Class of 2003-04: Steve Campbell, Mars Hill; Leonard Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne; Kimberly Hampton, Presbyterian; Bret Jones, Presbyterian; Marvin Moore, Catawba; Shannon Myers, Lenoir-Rhyne; and Heather Randolph, Carson-Newman.

Class of 2004-05: Daniel Colangelo, Elon; Natalie Daniel, Lenoir-Rhyne; Elizabeth Roe Decker, Presbyterian; Pam Deanhardt Niles, Presbyterian; Selena Wilkes, Catawba.


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