23Bobby PossI was thrilled when the announcement of this year’s newest class of inductees to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame was announced last week.

Two good friends and deserving candidates, Bobby Poss and Bob Lewis, were named as honorees.

Poss is no stranger to Cumberland County. He won a pair of state titles in football at Seventy-First and then moved over to South View and won a third with the Tigers. He went on to win two more championships at Asheville Reynolds.
Lewis, like Poss, has multiple state titles at different schools. He won his first at East Bladen in 1973. But his real mark was made at Clinton, where he brought home four championships. He also won an NCISAA title at Harrells Christian Academy.

I’ve heard some people wonder aloud why Poss and Lewis weren’t in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame already.
As a former member of the Hall of Fame selection committee, I can give you an excellent reason. For many years, I was honored to be a member of that panel, stepping down from that role when I retired from daily newspaper work in 2016.
At the time I retired, neither Poss nor Lewis had been nomi-nated for consideration, and you must complete the nomination process for a candidate for the Hall of Fame to be considered.

The form for nominating someone is available on the NCHSAA web page, NCHSAA.org. Go to the home page and scroll down to special programs. There is a link there for the Hall of Fame that will take you to the form.
Walters helps investigate student-athlete death

The unbelievable story coming out of the University of Maryland regarding the tragic death of one of their football players was told graphically in a press conference last week, where school officials accepted complete responsibility for the death of one of their football players during an off-season conditioning session.
Now a Fayetteville native, Dr. Rod Walters is at the center of the investigation that will look into what went wrong at Maryland and how to try and repair the damage going forward.

For those who don’t know Walters, he was a student athletic trainer at Terry Sanford High School during the Len Maness years in the late 1970s. He graduated Appalachian State in 1980 and went on to be the athletic trainer at Lenoir-Rhyne, Appalachian State and the University of South Carolina.

He has gained national prominence for his work as an athletic trainer and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Walters’ report on the Maryland situation is scheduled to be released Sept. 15.
Photo: Bobby Poss

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