On Sunday, May 4th, the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame will welcome the 2014 inductees into membership at their annual banquet at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW. The Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5:00 pm followed by the induction ceremony and dinner at 6:30 pm. The annual golf tournament will be held Saturday, May 3rd .
The GWSHOF was formed in 2005 in order to honor those who have brought recognition to the Wilmington area and themselves, by their excellence in the sports world. Past inductees include Leon Brogden, Roman Gabriel, Wayne Jackson, Sonny Jurgensen and Meadowlark Lemon (2006 Class); Bill Brooks, Jap Davis, Tommy Green, Althea Gibson and Jack Holley (2007 Class); Buck Hardee, Clyde Simmons, Cathy Johnston Forbes, Hoss Ellington and Wray Carlton (2008 Class); E. A. “Spike” Corbin, Chester McGlockton, George Rountree III, Brian M. Rowsom, and Helen Grey Smith (2009 Class), Ben Bourgeois, Terry Holland, Joe Miller and Sherriedale Morgan (posthumously) (2010 Class), Sheila Boles, Bill Dooley, David Esposito and Wilver Dornel Stargell “Pops” (posthumously) (2011 Class), Dr. James Dineen, M.D., Isaac B. (Ike) Grainger (posthumously), Christopher Trot Nixon and Lendward (Lenny) Simpson (2012 Class). Last year’s class of 2013 included Kenny Gattison, Thell Overman (Posthumously), Martin “Glenn” Sasser and Maggie Will.
The 2014 slate of honorees is as follows:
RICKY JAMES BENTON
Early in his life Ricky Benton developed a passion for auto racing and continues to be very involved in the racing community. He owns RBR Enterprises and built a modest race shop in Cerro Gordo, NC, which has fielded cars in the NASCAR and Late Model Stock series. His cars have competed in and won the regional and track championship in 1998, the USAR ProCup Series, winning the series championship in 2002 and having his driver win Rookie of the Year in 2004 and 2008. He has also placed cars in the NASCAR Nationwide series and currently runs the RBR/BTS #92 race truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has experienced many notable finishes during his career.
Not only has Ricky developed and maintained his own race team, he has been supportive of others as they have sought to participate in or be involved in the sport. Ricky frequently puts the Black’s Tire name on other’s race cars or racing ventures along with donations of equipment or pulling money out of his pocket to help others.
Ricky is a member of the Cerro Gordo Baptist Church. He was one of the founders of the Cerro Gordo Dixie Youth Organization where he still maintains an active role, is a past member of the West Columbus High School Advisory Board, a longtime member of the West Columbus High School Athletic Booster Club, a member of the Chadbourn Masonic Lodge, the Wilmington Scottish Rite Lodge and a member of the BB&T local advisory board. He is very active in supporting any activity involving area youth. Ricky has been nominated for the prestigious Modern Tire Dealer “Tire Dealer of the Year” Award. In March 2013 Ricky and Dianne were honored by Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina with the establishment of the Ricky and Dianne Benton “Community Hitching Post” on the premises of the Homes farm and exhibition center for their gifts of support and love for the Homes children.
Ricky began working with Black’s Tire in 1981. As he worked with Black’s Tire, some of his duties involved expanding the business into multiple locations. Later an agreement was reached that Ricky and Dianne would purchase the business and continued operating the business under the Black’s Tire name because of their respect for the Black family.
Ricky and Dianne (Batten) married during his junior year in high school and are the parents of 3 sons Ricky II, Ryan and Jeremy. Very much into “family” Ricky and Dianne enjoy their parents, sons, three daughters-in-law, and are very involved with their grandchildren.
BOB BOYD (POSTHUMOUSLY)
Bob Boyd graduated from John T. Hoggard High School in 1973, the University of Maryland in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science: Business Management degree and the Real Estate Institute Incorporated in Charleston, SC in 1985.
Bob said “I started playing golf at 12 years of age. While in High School I played on the golf team all three years and was Captain my senior year. Upon graduation, I received a full four year scholarship to the University of Maryland where I lettered all four years as well as being Captain of the golf team my senior year. I have been playing competitively and improving my game since that time.”
Bob’s goal was always to pursue a successful career as a Golf Professional. In his words, “I believe to be a dedicated student to the game of Golf and the total management of golf operations. To continually give the members and guests the utmost in individual attention as well as quality service. To participate in the entire club operations so that all activities can be organized, publicized and coordinated properly. To always create an atmosphere that will enhance the enjoyment of the game. To display through my own personal playing and teaching, the characteristics and spirit of good golf and to always conduct myself in a manner that is expected of a good golf professional and to never lower the high standards one must follow.”
Bob began his golf career in 1977 as an Assistant Golf Professional and continued until 1980 when he became a Head Golf Pro. From 1983 through 1986 Bob was a PGA Tour Professional then returning to the role of Head Golf Pro, Director of Golf, Executive Manager, and Teaching Professional. He was also a member of the European Senior Tour.
Bob had been a member of the National PGA Apprentice Program, the National Professional Golfers Association – Class Junior “A”. As well as a member of the National Professional Golfers Association – Class A Member, Carolinas PGA Section and Middle Atlantic PGA Section.
Some of his highlights include: Member Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame (inducted 2007), four time Carolinas PGA Section Champion, four time Carolinas Open Champion, five time South Carolina Open Champion, three time North Carolina Open Champion, Maryland Open Champion, Low County Open Champion, three time Michael Thomas Tradition Champion, two time South Carolina PGA Champion, Carolinas Match Play Champion, National Club Pro Champion, 8 time Carolinas PGA Section Play of the Year.
He also participated in 10 PGA Championships, five US Opens, three British Senior Opens and two Senior PGA Championships.
Bob is survived by his wife Pamela and their son Robert McLean Boyd III.
Alge Crumpler attended New Hanover High school and was a letterman in football and track and field. In football he started as a tight end and as a linebacker. As a senior he was an All-Midwest 4-A Conference selection. In track and field he was a three-time State Champion in the discus and won a State Championship in the shot put in 1996. He graduated from high school in 1996.
After graduating from high school, Crumpler attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Communications. During his last three seasons with the Tar Heels, Crumpler was named to the All-ACC first team. As a sophomore, he caught 24 passes for a total of 278 years, with four of those catches being touchdowns. In his junior season, he had 20 catches for 191 yards. His senior year concluded with him amassing 23 catches for 287 yards and one touchdown. He finished second in All-American voting
Crumpler was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He made the first start of his NFL career against the Carolina Panther on September 23, 2001. He finished his rookie season starting 12 of 16 games and totaling 25 receptions for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Crumpler earned his first Pro Bowl honor in 2003, starting all 16 games for the Falcons, catching 44 passes for 552 years, the most for a Falcons tight end since 1980. In 2004 and 2005 he was elected to the Pro Bowl. In 2006 he set a career high with eight touchdowns.
On March 2, 2008 Crumpler signed with the Tennessee Titans. During his stint with the Titans he was part of a blocking unit that aided Titans running back Chris Johnson in a 2,006 yard rushing season.
On March 24, 2010, He signed with the New England Patriots. In week six, the team name Crumpler an offensive captain. Crumpler finished the 2010 season with six receptions for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns. On July 29, 2011, the Patriots announced that Crumpler had been released.
He is married to wife Jenn and the have three daughters, Kendal, Ava and Campbell. He is the son of former East Carolina University play Carlester Crumpler and the younger brother of former Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings tight end Carlester Crumpler, Jr. Alge is named after his father’s favorite book, Flowers for Algernon.
Soccer and success became synonymous at UNC-Wilmington under the leadership of Calvin Lane, who built the program at UNCW into one of the most respected in the South. He served as head soccer coach for 15 seasons from 1971 – 1985 compiling a record of 129-94-19. Lane spent the first five seasons as member of NAIA and went 38-30-4. The final nine years were spent as NCAA Division 1 member and went 91-64-15. He had 10 winning seasons including five 10-win campaigns. He led the Seahawks to a 14-2 record and national ranking in 1980, the first national ranking for UNCW Division 1.
Lane coached the First-Team All-CAA performer Kevin Cox in 1984 and NAIA All-American – 1stteam Gene Borowski in 1975.
In addition to his responsibilities at the university, Lane has also devoted much of his time developing youth soccer programs in the Wilmington. He served as the director of the very successful Seahawk Soccer Camp on the UNCW campus. Lane was a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association and a voting member of the regional rating board of all coaches in the South.
In the spring of 1985, Calvin took over the golf program at UNCW. Prior to that time, the golf program had several part-time coaches. Calvin inherited a program with five players and only one good golfer. Needless to say the program was at a low point.
During the next few years, he started recruiting top-flight talent to the program, and upgraded the schedule to include several outstanding tournaments each season. In the next 13 years they won seven tournaments and tied for first in two others. In the 15th year as golf coach his teams finished in 27 tournaments. In five of seven years they were second in the CAA tournament. His later teams were ranked in the top 90 in the country.
Calvin was responsible for starting a solid program and elevating it to a respectful Division 1 program. He also secured wonderful practice facilities, a good tournament schedule and some free equipment. The current men’s and women’s programs are benefiting from the foundation that Calvin provided.
Calvin received the following awards: NAIA District 29, Coach of the Year 1974, City of Wilmington Soccer Field named in his honor 1990, Chancellor Award – UNCW 1981, Pioneer of Soccer Award – North Carolina Youth Soccer Association 2005, Winner of Wilmington Senior Golf Championship 2007, Inducted into UNCW Sports Hall of Fame 2008 and Winner of numerous Senior and Super Senior Golf Tournaments 1993-2007.
In addition to Lane’s many sports awards and accolades, he has shown to be a great community leader. His many other accomplishments are: President, New Hanover County Principal’s Association; President and Membership Chairman, New Hanover County Unit NCEA; President, Cape Fear Sportsman’s Club; Director, Wilmington Youth Soccer; Board of Directors, NC Sports Hall of Fame; Chairman, NC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet; National Soccer Coaches Regional Rating Board; Soccer Senior Bowl Selection Committee; District 29 Soccer Committee; Board of Directors, Cape Fear Country Club; Member of Wilmington Athletic Association.
Calvin and his wife Elizabeth reside in Wilmington.
WOODY DURHAM – EMCEE
Woody Lombardi Durham, known as “The Voice of the Tar Heels” was the longtime play-by-play radio announcer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football and basketball teams from 1971 to 2011. Many Tar Heel fans brought their radios to Kenan Stadium and the Dean Smith Center and fans watching television often turned down the sound so they could hear Durham’s radio call.
Durham grew up in Albemarle, North Carolina alongside Bob Harris, longtime announcer for UNC rival Duke. The two played on the same little league team, were both on the same 1957 high school football team and sang together in the school chorus and a double quartet.
Durham graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1963 with a Bachelors degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. He is a member of the Alpha Rho chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music. While an undergraduate at UNC Durham was the Sports Director of WUNC-TV for three years.
Durham began his career at WZKY, a small AM radio station in his hometown of Albemarle at age 16.
He worked briefly in Florence, SC at WBTW-TV then went to Greensboro, NC where he served for Sports Director for WFMV-TV. He then was Director of Sports and Sports Development for four years at WPTF-TV in Raleigh.
Durham was behind the microphone for 13 Final Fours, as well as four national championships (1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009). He also called 23 bowl games.
In 1981, Durham was named vice president and executive sports director at Tar Heel Sports Marketing.
Durham has been named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year twelve times, most recently in 2006.
Durham is married to his wife Jean and the have two children, Wes and Taylor. Durham’s eldest son Wes is the play-by-play radio voice of the Atlantic Coast Conference rival Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Falcons. His youngest son, Taylor, is a network affiliate manager for ISP Sports in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Durham announced his retirement on April 20, 2011 after 40 years as the voice of the Tar Heels. Jones Angell, his color analyst for six years, was named his successor.
On December 2, 2012, it was announced Durham would receive the first-ever Lombardi Excellence in College Broadcasting award.
For more information on the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame and ticket information for this year’s event, go to www.gwshof.com; email address email@example.com or call (910)795-1224