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Eastern inducts six into its Athletic Hall of Fame


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The Eastern Alamance Athletic Hall of Fame will add six inductees this weekend.
The class is comprised of Angie Bartis (Class of 1978); Robbie Harris (Class of 1976); Amy Jones (Class of 2003); Holt McPherson (Class of 2001); B.J. Chockley and her late husband, George Chockley (Class of 1969).

The induction comes at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the school’s auditorium. Admission is free. Inductees will be introduced in a pregame ceremony at Friday night’s homecoming football game vs. Cedar Ridge.

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Bartis excelled in track and field and football. He held the school’s record in the shot put for nearly 30 years. He received all-star status in football and he remained connected to that sport for decades. He was a football official in the Atlantic Coast Conference from 1993-2018. He has taken a support role for Eastern’s athletics programs for years. He helped form the Mebane Hall of Fame.

Harris competed in several sports at Eastern before a coaching career. He was on Fred Brady’s football staff with the Eagles before stops at Ragsdale and Eastern Guilford, where he was the head coach. He returned to Eastern Alamance as an assistant coach in 2001 before retiring in 2014.

Jones was a multi-sport standout, competing in volleyball, basketball and softball. As a softball pitcher, she was a three-time Player of the Year in the conference. She received a similar distinction as a senior in basketball. She helped the Eagles to the 2001 Class 2-A state final in basketball.

McPherson was a track and field standout and regional champion and went on to compete for Appalachian State and Georgia Tech. He specialized in hurdles and jumps.

B.J. Chockley and George Chockley have long been associated with Eastern athletics.
B.J. Chockley became physical therapy director at Alamance County Hospital in 1978 and soon after was connected to Eastern athletics.

She has been addressing care for Eastern football athletes for 45 years. She has worked with five head coaches. Her background includes time as a soccer and basketball player. She was a basketball player at the University of North Carolina.

George Chockley served in the Navy. He later helped with the Eastern football and wrestling teams, while also taking photographs at athletics events. He died in 2014 at age 63.

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