On Sunday, May 3rd, the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame will welcome the 2015 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 2nd.
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) and Kenny Gattison, Thell Overman (Posthumously), Martin “Glenn” Sasser and Maggie Will (2013 Class). Last year’s class of 2014 included Ricky James Benton, Bob Boyd (Posthumously), Alge Crumpler and Calvin Lane.
The 2015 slate of honorees is as follows:
Chuck Carree, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was situated in an area encompassing Asheville, Charlotte and Atlanta. In that region Chuck developed an everlasting love for sports and was trained for his profession by a succession of gurus. That list of gurus contains Spartanburg Herald-Journal staffers Les Timms, sports editor and eventual managing editor; sports editor Luther Gaillard; writer Gene Granger and others. Similarly, sportscaster Warner Fusselle taught Chuck professionalism, dedication and the benefit of hard work.
Chuck graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College with a liberal arts degree and gained a wealth of experience as a writer for the student newspaper. He was also a scorekeeper and statistician for the basketball and baseball programs. Chuck then transferred to South Carolina in fall 1975 where he majored in journalism and worked for the student paper – The Gamecock.
Carree’s career as a sports writer spanned coverage of every imaginable sport. His initial story was a high school wrestling match in 1978. During the ensuing years, he covered sports ranging from recreation, youth, high school and college athletics, including ACC and UNCW. He was also a college basketball correspondent for The Sporting News and did the 2007 CAA Baseball Preview for Baseball America. At the conclusion of his career, he developed a special appreciation for soccer while covering the Wilmington Hammerheads. He also covered two of Wilmington’s minor league base teams: the Waves and the Port City Roosters.
Carree was raised by a single mother, Flossie Carree, and had two older brothers, Arthur and Mickey, who have all passed away. Chuck is married to Paige Owens and he has two stepchildren, Mario and Maria Elena Juarez. He is an avid pet lover and currently has 3 pets…a dog and 2 cats.
Chuck’s infectious smile and charisma have served him well during his 35 years as a sports writer for the Wilmington Star News. His captivating personality helped cultivate numerous sources and contributed to a myriad of stories.
Mel Gibson was born in Cordova North Carolina and attended Rockingham High School where he was actively involved in sports. Mel participated in football, basketball and track. He was team captain, MVP, All-Country, All-Conference and All-State. He was selected and started for North Carolina in the annual High School Shrine Bowl; selected and started for East Team in annual East – West High School.
He was undefeated in the 100 yard dash, high jump and long jump during his senior year. He went on to sign a full basketball grant-in-aid to Western Carolina, receiving his B.S. and M.A.
During college at Western Carolina, he was a starter on the basketball team all 4 years, averaging 20.7 points in his final two seasons, leading the team to a 49-19 record and runner-up in the National NAIA Tournament in Kansas City. He ranked second in all-time career points (2020 points); ranked second in all-time career field goals made (836) and ranked sixth in all time free thro percentages (.752)
Mel’s college career included numerous awards and accolades…..first team All-Carolinas Conference, both junior and senior year, Greensboro Daily News All-State College and University Team, first team NAIA All-American Basketball Team, USA Pan American Basketball Team, USA Baseball Team starter in Sao Paulo, Brazil and second round draft pick for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Gibson has the highest NBA overall draft pick in WCU history. He signed on with the Lakers in 1964 and played during the ’63 – ’64 season splitting his time between the Lakes and the Wilmington, DE team in the Eastern Professional Basketball League.
Mel’s coaching career spanned over 2 decades from teaching and coaching at the high school level in Charlotte, Charleston and lastly at as Head Coach at UNC-Wilmington. He also served as assistant coach on a USA Select Team which won the Seoul Invitational Basketball Tournament in Seoul, South Korea and the Jones Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gibson is listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, President of Physical Education Club, Western North Carolina and voted one of the top ten basketball players in WCU history. He was inducted in the Western Carolina and UNC-Wilmington Halls of Fame. His basketball number was retired at Western Carolina in 2006…only three have ever been retired.
He won 9 Gold Medals and 9 Silver Medals in his age group in the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals in Raleigh over the last eight years involving: running long jump, standing long jump and basketball shooting. He won Gold in the last three consecutive years in the running long jump.
Jim attended high school at Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Indiana. While there, he played football, basketball, baseball, golf and tennis. In his senior year he was awarded the Paul Cross Award for best basketball player.
He then received a full scholarship to Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC where he played four years of varsity basketball. During his senior year in college he played while also serving as assistant coach and Jr Varsity coach.
After graduating from college, Hebbe entered the U. S. Army and served in several coaching positions. He served as basketball and football coach and also ran a Post Recreation Department in Mannheim, Germany. After his Army stint, Hebbe came to Wilmington in 1957.
He says “his biggest pleasure in coaching is to see former players return to the community, making a living in any capacity, happy, and a part of the community. One of the nicest things now that I’m getting older is to see these kids being successful in life’s work. Hopefully, they have learned some of those lessons in basketball. ”
Hebbe’s first job was at Tileston Junior High. Later, he became coach at Roland Grise. He was named head coach at Hoggard High School in 1967, when the school opened.
Hebbe won four basketball titles and two football championships while at Roland Grice. While at Tileston, he coached the Demons to three basketball championships. His 1969-70 team finished runner-up in the 4A state tournament in Greensboro. The Vikings gained the final round of eight again 72 – 73.
Sports isn’t everything to Hebbe. He attempts to keep his life in order. And winner isn’t everything. “First of all God, then country, then family, the school (academics) and last sports to me,” said Hebbe. “I think this is pretty good. If I can teach a kid to be competitive in all phases of life, then that is my job. It doesn’t really matter whether you win or lose.”
JAMES E. MOORE, JR. (JIM)
James E. Moore, Jr. (Jim) was born in Wilmington, NC, on January 29, 1945.
At New Hanover High School, Moore was voted MVP in football, was co-captain, MVP, and First Team All-State in basketball, and was a leading hitter (batting average) in baseball. Moore and his NHHS teammates won the 4-A basketball state championship his junior and senior years and, in 2010, the staff of The Charlotte Observer named his senior team the sixth best high school basketball team ever in the state of North Carolina. In Eastern 4-A conference games his senior year, Moore made 76 out of 83 free throws for a 91% average. In baseball, his high school team won an unofficial 4-A state championship and, during his high school years, his American Legion baseball teams won two state championships.
Uncertain about which sport to choose for college, Jim entertained scholarship offers for all three sports until the spring of his senior year when he accepted a full scholarship offer to play basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels under their new coach, Dean Smith. At UNC he was a point guard and standout defensive player for the basketball team and, as a senior, was the recipient of the Foy Robeson Award as The Team’s Most Inspirational Player. In addition, he lettered in track in three events: the high jump, broad jump, and triple jump.
Moore graduated from UNC with a degree in Psychology in January, 1967, and, while waiting to enter Air Force Officer Training School, taught high school Biology and Physics. He then served in the Air Force from 1967 until 1971 as an Electronics Communication officer.
In 1971 he returned to Wilmington and joined the James E Moore Insurance Agency which he purchased in 1974. Since then the business has grown from 2 to 22 employees and Jim’s daughter, Adrienne, who joined the business in 2009, is now in the process of taking over the day to day operations.
At age 70, Jim is still playing basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf and supporting young athletes and athletics as a mentor, financial supporter and fan. He is on the Board of the Wilmington Family YMCA and the GWSHOF.
Jim lives at Wrightsville Beach with his wife, Nancy, who for the past 18 years, has shared his love of sports.
This year’s emcee will be DAVID GLENN….. some might call him the encyclopedia of ACC Sports but at ESPN radio they just call him Dave G. David serves as host of 99.9FM The Fan weekdays from Noon-3pm but also is Editor/Writer for the ACC Area Sports Journal and ACCsports.com.
Growing up in Philly, David was exposed to sports at an early age. “Philly is a sports town to its core,” says David. On David Glenn’s show, listeners are encouraged to share their opinions and speak out for or against other caller comments. He has an extensive sports devotion including the obvious (college basketball, college football, NHL, NFL, MLB) and not so obvious (wrestling, only with mud). He is one of the authorities on all things ACC.