Greenwood High School athletics will induct nine former athletes into its Hall of Fame, including state Sen. Floyd Nicholson, who was inducted earlier this year into the Greenwood County Business Hall of Fame.
Beau Hollingsworth, Charles B. Mauldin III, Bubba Self, Susan Scott Thompson, LaVern Thrailkill, Edgar “Andre” Elam, Asia Delaney and Robert Lee Hamrick will also enter the Eagles’ Hall of Fame.
The nine inductees will be honored in a ceremony at halftime of tonight’s Greenwood football game against Woodmont.
Nicholson, a 1967 graduate of Brewer High School, was known in his high school days for his prowess on the football field and track. He played offensive and defensive line on the gridiron and ran the 400-meter dash and threw discus in track. Nicholson played football at South Carolina State.
Nicholson later coached and taught at Greenwood High School. He was an assistant on Greenwood’s 1976 state championship football team.
Nicholson was elected in 1994 as Greenwood’s first black mayor after working as a member of the County Council for 11 years. In 2008, Nicholson was elected as the first black senator for District 10 in South Carolina, a position he occupies today.
Charles B. Mauldin III,
boys soccer, class of 1994Mauldin, who still holds Greenwood’s career record for goals and assists, was named one of South Carolina’s top 50 high school soccer players three times. He was named All-Region three times for Greenwood and played in the North-South all-star game his senior year.
Mauldin was a four-year starter on Lander’s men’s soccer team. He was named All-Conference in 1994 as a freshman. In 1999, the Index-Journal named him one of the top 100 Lakelands sports figures of the 20th century.
Beau Hollingsworth, football, boys tennis, class of 1991Hollingsworth was a three-time letterman in football and five-time letterman in tennis. He started at quarterback for Greenwood and had a 24-2 record.
On Greenwood’s football team, Hollingsworth won the Greenwood Touchdown Club’s Player of the Year award and was named the Hardee’s Player of the Year. He played college football at Furman.
In tennis, Hollingsworth was the team MVP and All-Region on Greenwood’s state champion team in 1991.
Bubba Self, boys soccer, class of 1992Self scored 22 goals while leading Greenwood to a region championship and the Upper State final in 1992. He was named All-State twice.
Self played soccer at Furman and was a four-year letterman with the Paladins. Self won four Southern Conference titles at Furman. He finished his Furman career with 22 goals and 14 assists. He is 10th on Furman’s all-time scoring list.
Susan Scott Thompson,
girls hoops coach, class of 1979Thompson coached girls basketball for 30 years at Greenwood; she was the team’s head coach for 16 years. Thompson had a 299-109 record and won eight region championships with 14 playoff berths.
Thompson was named Region Coach of the Year six times and was named South Carolina Basketball Officials District Coach of the Year twice. She also had a 100% graduation rate for her players during her time at Greenwood.
LaVern Thrailkill, football, track, class of 1970Thrailkill was a two-year letterman in football and track at Greenwood. He was the starting center on Greenwood’s 1968 state championship football team and served as a co-captain for the 1969 team.
Thrailkill played in the Shrine Bowl and North-South all-star games in 1969. He signed a football scholarship at Clemson after high school.
Edgar “Andre” Elam, football, track, class of 1984Elam was a three-year letterman for Greenwood’s football team. He was named All-Region and All-Area in 1984. On the track team, Elam led Greenwood to three consecutive region championships.
Elam was a track team captain in 1983 and 1984 and led the team in points. He continued his education at Saint Leo University. After college, Elam served 26 years in the Navy.
Asia Delaney, track, volleyball, class of 2009Delaney was Greenwood’s girls track MVP for five consecutive years. She earned All-Region honors four times.
Delaney ran track at the University of South Carolina on a full scholarship. She participated in the NCAA national championship in the 200-meter dash and was named an All-American as a member of the Gamecocks’ 4x100 relay team.
Robert Lee Hamrick, football, track, baseball, class of 1962Hamrick, a 1962 graduate of Brewer High School, was known on the football team as an outstanding fullback and punishing tackler.
Hamrick was awarded a full scholarship at South Carolina State after high school. His college football career was interrupted by his service in the Army. Hamrick had offers to play in the Canadian Football League.
After serving in the Army, Hamrick resumed his education at Wofford College.