The latest King George High School Sports Hall of Fame class will include the first person from the county to receive a professional sports contract.
Max Garland, a 1946 King George graduate, was a baseball star who later signed with the New York Yankees.
Garland pitched two no-hitters at King George and he once struck out 24 batters in a game. He later umpired more than 2,000 softball contests in the Fredericksburg area and was inducted into the American Softball Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
The remainder of the class of 2018 includes seven other individuals and the 1964 boys basketball team that won district and regional championships and finished third in the state.
Dwight Norris graduated from King George in 1999. He won four state track and field state championships as a hurdler and went on to James Madison University.
Dianne Morie Portner, a 1970 graduate, starred in basketball, field hockey and softball. Portner went on to play basketball at Virginia Tech and later returned to King George to coach softball, leading the Foxes to the 1987 Battlefield District title.
Joe Haag (1967) was an all-state center for the King George football team and earned a scholarship to Notre Dame.
Lashay Rose (2001) was a three-time all-district basketball player. She earned district and regional player of the year honors, and went on to play for Towson University.
Brian Treakle (1999) was a four-time all-district baseball performer and he was a three-time all-region finisher in cross country and track and field.
Richard “Chick” Deloach (1962) was a state champion pole vaulter and co-captain for the football team.
Jim Moyer was a long-time cross country and track and field coach. He started the school’s indoor track and field program and helped lead the indoor and outdoor teams to 10 district championships and one state runner-up.
The induction ceremony will take place Oct. 11 at King George High. The inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the Oct. 12 home football game against Chancellor.
The Hall of Fame Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place at Lee’s Hill Golf Club in Spotsylvania County on Oct. 15. Entry forms are available at kinggeorgehalloffame.com or at Lee’s Hill.
SARRATT GETS OFFER
Colonial Forge senior football standout Josh Sarratt recently picked up a scholarship offer from Fordham. The Rams are the seventh Division I school to extend a scholarship offer to Sarratt, who also holds offers from North Carolina and Navy, among others.
Sarratt, a safety, wide receiver and kick returner, was the Region 6B defensive player of the year last season, a first-team Class 6 all-state selection at defensive back and The Free Lance-Star All-Area player of the year.
WACK SELECTS DAVIDSON
James Monroe field hockey standout Caroline Wack has committed to Division I Davidson (N.C.) College. Wack was a second-team All-Area selection last season. She was a defensive stalwart for the Yellow Jackets last season as they captured the Class 3 state championship.
NEFF PICKS CONCORD
Mountain View sophomore baseball standout Andrew Neff has committed to Division II Concord (W.Va.) University.
Neff’s older brother, Nathan, is a rising junior with Concord. Nathan Neff started all 49 games at third base for Concord last season and batted .283 with three doubles and 16 RBIs.