2017 Gilmer Sports Hall of Fame inductees celebrated
The Gilmer Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members at last Friday’s basketball games between Gilmer and Pickens.
This year’s inductees include Eddie Stegall (class of 1966), Bill Wright (1967), Susan McVey (1990), Greg Burrell (1993) and Bobby Teague (1994) for their athletic achievements, as well as support personnel Del Land (1981).
Stegall played football and basketball for two years and baseball for three. He was a team captain on the football team his senior season and named GHS Back of the Year. He finished second in points scored in Region 6-A behind teammate Larry Ellington, and ended his career with all-state honorable mentions as a junior and senior. He was class treasurer as a junior and G-Club president in 1965.
Wright was a four-year member of the football team and played center and linebacker for the Bobcats. He received an all-state honorable mention in 1966 and served as a team co-captain. He was also a member of the GHS baseball team for four seasons.
He was sophomore class treasurer, junior class president and four-year member of the G-Club.
Wright went on to serve Gilmer County schools as a 31-year educator.
Land provided media services to the community for 30-plus years as “The Voice of the Bobcats.” He was honored by ETC3 for professional achievement, and has inspired others as a church leader and mentor to the county’s youth. As a student at GHS, he played baseball for two years, starting as a freshman, and basketball for one.
McVey earned 11 varsity letters as a Lady Cat. She was a member of four varsity basketball teams and ended her career as the player with the most wins (81) in history of GHS, male or female. She is the only four-year letterman in school history with four state tournament appearances. She eclipsed 1,000 career points, and graduated as the program’s third all-time scorer (at the time).
During her junior season, the Cats won 22 games, the Region 8-2A north subregion and region championships and finished No. 9 in the final Class 2A rankings. As a senior, they won 20 games and the subregion.
Her basketball honors include being Gilmer’s Most Improved Player (1987-88), Best Offensive Player (1988-89), team captain and Player of the Year (1989-90). She earned an all-state honorable mention as a senior, and received a full basketball scholarship to North Georgia College.
McVey served as president of the Student Senate, was voted to the Ms. GHS Court and named Athlete of the Year as a senior. She was a varsity letter winner on the 1988 region and 1989 Class 2A state champion tennis teams, and a Golden Glove recipient on the GHS softball team.
As a respected real-estate agent, McVey is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame.
Burrell was a four-year football letterman and starter. He also lettered two years in basketball and three in track. His football honors included being named Gilmer’s Defensive Lineman of the Year for the 1990 and 1991 seasons, as well as defensive MVP in 1992. Additionally, he received the team’s Academic and Captain’s awards for the 1992 season.
He earned a spot on the AJC’s Class 2A all-state team as senior, and its “50 Most Recruited Players in Georgia” list. He received a scholarship to Furman University and lettered in 1996.
Burrell has served Gilmer as teacher, coach and administrator. He is an active member of his church and served on the Christian Learning Center’s Board of Directors.
Teague was a four-year member of the baseball and basketball teams, and played football for three seasons. As a basketball player, he was voted the team’s Player of the Year as a senior and also received the Senior Award. As a junior, he was named MVP. He was voted Offensive MVP on the gridiron in 1993 and received the Captain’s Award. As a baseball player, he was Offensive MVP in 1992 and 1993.
Teague has served Gilmer as a youth soccer, baseball, football and basketball coach.