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Fayetteville EE Smith alumni unveil Sports Hall of Fame inductees

EE Smith High School has been at the center of a citywide debate over the school’s relocation. However, Golden Bull’s pride was on full display as graduates celebrated their annual alumni weekend.

The class of 2004 celebrated its 20-year reunion. Two of those graduates, Sabrina Gregory (basketball, volleyball, track and field) and Lakeisha Shanelle-Williams (volleyball, basketball, track and field and cross country), along with other Smith sports highlights such as Kenneth Haywood (basketball, baseball) and Anquell McCollum (basketball) were honored at the third annual EE Smith Alumni Sports Hall of Fame banquet, held Sunday at the Crown Expo Center.

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Gregory, Haywood, McCollum and the following individuals are the 2024 class of EE Smith Alumni Sports Hall of Fame inductees:

-The 1967 state championship football team

-The 1968 state co-championship football team

-William “Billy” Bristow (soccer)

-Chris Corders (baseball and basketball)

-Juan Maurice Corders (football)

-Edgar Farmer Jr. (football)

-Vandelia Wood McAdoo (basketball)

-James O. McLinnaham (football, track and field)

-Terence Murchison Sr. (basketball)

-Waddell “Junior” Smith (football, track and field)

-Bernard Timmons (football, basketball, track and field)

-Richard Williams (soccer)

-Tillman Newkirk (meritorious service)

Each inductee received their gold jacket reminiscent of the NFL Hall of Fame jackets and representative of 1800 Seabrook Road. In addition to inducting members into the Hall of Fame, the HOF committee awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Smith senior Charity Stroud.

The Sports Hall of Fame’s first class was inducted in 2023, and previous inductees have included Robert Brickley, LaTanya “Dee” Hardy and Demarcus “Tank” Tyler. For more information about the EE Smith High Alumni Sports Hall of Fame inductees, log on to www.eesmithsports.com. Kudos to all inductees and every activist who becomes active. Peace.

Rakeem “Keem” Jones is a community attorney and father of three from the Shaw Road/Bonnie Doone neighborhood of Fayetteville. He can be reached at [email protected].

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