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Eastern inducts 7 into high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Eastern Alamance High School added seven new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame during the weekend.

Keith Spake, Keith Brady, Dr. Deanna Jones, Steve Hobbs, Cliff Thomas, Tee Tee Walters and Makeshia Haith Foust comprised the induction class. They were introduced during halftime of the football game against Roxboro Person on Friday night and then formally inducted Saturday in the school’s auditorium.

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Spake, a 1989 graduate, was the first Eastern wrestler to win a state championship. He also was a pitcher and outfielder while earning all-conference honors in baseball.

Brady, a 1967 graduate, lettered in football, wrestling, and track and field. He was a member of the school’s first wrestling team. On the football field as a fullback, he opened holes for Hall of Fame running back Larry Raines.

Jones, a 1971 graduate, became a manager for the football team in 1968 under coach Fred Brady. For parts of more than 50 years, Jones has been on the sidelines offering medical support for Eastern athletes.

Hobbs, a 1976 graduate, was a four-year starter in baseball and three-year starter in football. He received a football scholarship for Appalachian State. He’s also in the Hibriten High School Hall of Fame.

Thomas, a 1968 graduate, received all-conference distinction in football, basketball and baseball. He was the Mid-State Conference’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.

Walters, a 2001 graduate, was the area’s top girls’ basketball player as a senior and a three-year conference all-star. She helped Eastern to the Class 2-A runner-up spot in 2001. She’s the Eagles’ career scoring leader with 1,369 points and also tops the program’s charts for assists (546) and steals (503).

Foust, a 1996 graduate, was a four-year starter in softball and a three-year starter in girls’ basketball. Her time in softball stretched from the slow-pitch era to fast pitch.

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