Eight players will enter the Greenwood High School Hall of Fame tonight, including Pro Bowler and current Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman.
Norman, who graduated from Greenwood in 2007, played football at Coastal Carolina before being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Norman played football, basketball, baseball and ran track for the Eagles. Nnorman won a state championship in football during his senior year at Greenwood.
Armanti Edwards, who graduated in 2006 and will also be inducted tonight, played with Norman and still holds a plethora of Greenwood football records, including the most yards rushing by a quarterback in a season with 1,257.
Edwards played at Appalachian State and led the Mountaineers to national championships in 2006 and 2007. He quarterbacked Appalachian State to a 34-32 win against then-ranked No. 5 Michigan in 2007.
Edwards set 64 records while at Appalachian State. He is currently a wide receiver with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.
Edwards moved to quarterback his junior year at Greenwood to replace an injured Zearrick Matthews, who will also be inducted into the school’s hall of fame.
Matthews led the Eagles in rushing at the quarterback position in 2002 and ‘03. He was the first Greenwood player to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 passing yards in a season, and despite missing his senior year accounted for 37 touchdowns in his career.
After Greenwood, Matthews played football at Marshall, which he said was an easy transition because of the way then-head coach Shell Dula ran practices.
“Coming out of Greenwood High, it taught me so much going into college because it was basically the same thing. All credit given to Coach Dula, because he coached us as if we were a college program,” Matthews said. “He was raising us for the next level.”
Larry Rice, who also played for Dula and will be inducted into Greenwood’s hall of fame, heaped praise on Dula and the former Greenwood coaching staff.
“Coach Dula showed everybody respect. He wanted respect and gave you respect, so in turn you had to give respect to Coach Dula,” Rice said. “My high school coaches were top-notch. They could have easily coached at the next level.”
Rice won state championships in 1999 and 2000 and was an anchor on Coastal Carolina’s offensive line in 2003 during the Chanticleers’ inaugural season.
Rice said playing at Williams-Brice Stadium in 1999 for the state championship is one of his favorite memories of his time at Greenwood.
Bill Corley graduated from Greenwood in 1955 and played football for legendary coach J.W. Babb.
“He was a tough taskmaster,” Corley said of Babb. “One thing he believed in was conditioning and that won them a lot of ball games. It was quite an experience. I appreciate it and I learned a heck of a lot.”
Corley also played basketball and ran track for the Eagles. After Greenwood, he competed in track and basketball at the University of South Carolina. Corley transferred to play football at Newberry College, where played center for two years.
Thomas Stoddard Jr was a standout tennis player at Greenwood, where he was ranked No. 1 in the state for four consecutive years. He was the South Carolina Player of the Year for tennis in 2004 after a spotless 23-0 record.
After Greenwood, Stoddard Jr was a mainstay on the University of South Carolina’s men’s tennis team for five seasons.
Stoddard Jr said he’s been hoping to land in the Greenwood Hall of Fame since he was a young kid.
“It’s an honor to be inducted into the hall of fame,” Stoddard Jr said. “I know that my late grandfather was the one who told me about it, and ever since he told me about it that was one of the goals I had since I was a little kid.”
Macie Richardson-Yarbough graduated from Greenwood in 1983 and will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame while her son, Dre Yarbough, quarterbacks the Eagles against T.L. Hanna.
Richardson-Yarbough played basketball, softball and volleyball at Greenwood and hit a record 10 home runs as a senior. She led the basketball team in rebounds for three years and nearly averaged a double-double during her senior season.
Richardson-Yarbough still holds the highest single-season batting average in Lander softball history with a .523 mark in 1987.
Billy Symmes will be inducted posthumously after a storied career at Greenwood and at The Citadel.
Symmes, who graduated from Greenwood in 1931, played baseball and football before lettering in four sports at The Citadel. Symmes was inducted into The Citadel’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and lettered in baseball, basketball, boxing and football.
After graduating, Symmes won the heavyweight boxing championship while at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in World War II and the Korean War, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 1953.
Kellar Lawrence will accept the honor on his great-uncle’s behalf.