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Area men receive sports honors


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Former Turrentine Middle School teacher and coach Ron Davis and longtime Eastern Alamance football coach and athletic director John Kirby were selected for induction into the George Whitfield Hall of Fame earlier this month in Goldsboro.

Davis retired from teaching in the fall of 2019 from Turrentine, where he spent about four decades. A 1979 Elon College graduate, Davis did his student teaching at Turrentine – and pretty much never left.

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Davis was a coach of various sports, athletics director and physical education teacher for almost 40 years at Turrentine.

He still tends to the gate on the visitor’s side for Williams football games at Burlington Memorial Stadium and, more recently, drives a school bus for the Alamance-Burlington School System.

Whitfield, a longtime coach of high school and American Legion baseball teams, held his 50th annual free baseball clinic in conjunction with recognizing his Hall of Fame honorees.

Numerous sports-related people with strong Alamance County ties have been inducted in Whitfield’s Hall of Fame.

Among those in recent years are Billy Best, Tommy Cole, Rich McGeorge, Lindsey Page, Brandon Spoon, Jimmy Teague, Henry Trevathan Jr. and Curtis Walker.

Story feted by Shrine Bowl
Former Southern Alamance and Williams football coach Sam Story was honored recently as an inductee into the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hall of Fame.

His selection was based, in part, on his role in connection with the annual showcase game for parts of seven decades.

Story played in the 1961 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. In 1996, he was an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl. In 2007, he was the North Carolina head coach in the Shrine Bowl.

More recently, he has assisted with game operations for the event, which has been contested in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Story has also been inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

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