Six new members to be inducted to GHS Hall of Fame
The Gloucester High School Athletic Department will induct its seventh Hall of Fame class tomorrow night. Inductees include Amy Rilee, Brenda Sue Jenkins Riley, Jim Coley, Dr. Hugh Bryan, Nina Carter and VaKara Forrest.
A reception for the honorees will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Duke Rock Cafe at GHS and induction ceremonies will take place during halftime of the home football game against Menchville. The reception is free and open to the public.
Rilee played varsity softball for four years, hitting over .300 and pitching. She was also the lone female competitor on the GHS cross country team for three years. As a harrier, Rilee was 10th in the district as a freshman, third as a sophomore and seventh as a junior. In regional meets, she was ninth her sophomore year and fourth as a junior. During an injury-plagued senior year, she was 11th in the district. She also received recognition from the Peninsula Sports Club and was named Most Athletic at GHS as a senior.
Riley was the first GHS female basketball player to score over 500 points. She held the record for most points in a year at 342 and finished her career at 663. She also scored a record high 44 points in one game. As a senior, Riley was voted Most Athletic, elected Homecoming Queen and served as class treasurer.
Coley was a fixture at GHS from 1959 to 1973, serving as head football, basketball and baseball coach for six of those years. For the next seven years, Coley served as athletic director and coached basketball, amassing 157 career wins. Of those victories, the most memorable may have been his win over top-ranked Virginia Beach High School, which a Virginian Pilot reporter said "ranks with the greatest upsets in the history of the district."
Often seen on the sidelines of GHS athletic events, Dr. Bryan has provided professional advice and assistance to GHS athletic programs for nearly 20 years. Through his privileges at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Bryan was instrumental in establishing the first athletic trainer position at GHS. He also organized volunteer physicians to provide on-site athletic physical exams for GHS students.