33 to be inducted into MHS Hall of Fame

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Apr 10, 2019 - 02:25 PM

A total of 33 coaches, athletes and contributors will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Mathews High School Hall of Fame, with a ceremony to be held next month, according to assistant athletic director Al DeWitt.

The Hall of Fame Awards Program will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10 in the school’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium.

The auditorium’s namesake is one of seven contributors to make the list in this first year of the Hall of Fame program. The list also includes 16 athletes and 10 coaches.

DeWitt said that the idea of a MHS Hall of Fame has been discussed for a long time, back when he served as the school’s athletic director. “It was one of those things we talked about, but never did. It’s been in the works for a long time.”

The idea was revived when DeWitt was asked to come back to help when Al Thomas was named AD. He received support from administration and moved forward. “The selection committee was basically me to get it started,” he said. He said he sought to include every sport in this first HOF class.

Moving forward, a committee of some of the inductees will be formed to select future recipients. Plans are also in the works to renovate the trophy case in front of the MHS gymnasium to include the Hall of Fame.

Athletes

Athletes named to this first Hall of Fame are Norman Dinwiddie, Charles Minters, Stuart Anderson Sr., Keith Atherton, Mark Royals, Malcolm Blacken, Joe Silvus, Matt Muffelman, William James, Craig Todd, Denise Brooks Williams, Amanda Morris Robinson, Allie Bridge Robins, Sharese Jarvis, Ashley Hudgins and Morgan Johnson.

Dinwiddie, a 1965 MHS graduate, lettered in four sports. Among his other accomplishments, he scored 54 points in a basketball game, a school record. At Salem College, he scored over 1,300 points and pulled down more than 1,000 rebounds.

Minters, a 1969 graduate, was a three-sport athlete and a state champion in track. He went on to play college football at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, as well as professional football in the World Football League. He died in 2011.

Anderson, a 1978 MHS graduate, was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball, scoring over 1,000 points in basketball and receiving a full football scholarship to attend the University of Virginia. He received all-ACC honors and played in two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. Anderson’s 1978 classmate, Atherton, pitched eight no-hitters in his high school baseball career. Upon graduation, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics. In 1986, he pitched for the World Series champion Minnesota Twins. In 1990, he was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.

Royals, a 1981 graduate, competed in football, basketball and baseball at MHS. He was a punter for 15 seasons in the NFL.

Blacken, a 1984 graduate, was a four-year starter on football, rushing for over 2,000 yards. He received a full football scholarship to attend Virginia Tech. He began his professional career in the NFL as strength and conditioning coach. He worked with the Detroit Lions for 11 years and is currently Director of Player Development for the Redskins.

Silvus, a 1991 graduate, was a two-time state wrestling champion; his career record was 93-16. Muffelman, a 1999 graduate, was a four-year athlete in cross country and crew. He was rowing team captain in 2002 and 2003 at Dartmouth College and has won gold and silver medals in the World Rowing Championships.

James, a 2001 MHS graduate, was an outstanding runner in cross country and track. Among his accomplishments, he established a Group A State track record time in the 3,200-meter run.

Todd, a 2006 graduate, holds the record for most goals in a soccer career with 141. Williams, a 1987 graduate, is the all-time leading scorer in MHS basketball with 1,674 career points. Robinson, a 2002 graduate, participated in volleyball, basketball and track. She excelled in volleyball, earning All-District, All-Region and All-State honors.

Robins, a 2005 graduate, competed in basketball and crew. Among her accomplishments, she won gold medals at national and international regattas. She went on to row for the University of Tulsa. Jarvis, a 2011 graduate, scored over 1,000 points and pulled in more than 1,000 rebounds in basketball. She was also a standout softball player. At Randolph-Macon College, she set the ODAC record for most home runs in a season (17), most home runs in a career (38) and fielding assists (365). Hudgins and Johnson, two 2016 graduates, won the 2016 VHSL 1A State Doubles Championship in tennis.

Coaches

Coaches to be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame are H. Kenneth Brown Sr., Allen Moughon, Elma Moughon, Steven A. Lewis, Vic Camechis, John E. Brown, Bruce Shumaker, David Anthony, Tom Holaday and Robert Thomas.

Ken Brown initiated the MHS football program in 1945. He died in 2002. Allen Moughon, a quarterback on that first team, came back to coach MHS football from 1957 to 1966, compiling a 44-25-4 record. His wife, Elma, coached basketball and softball at MHS from 1962 to 1968.

Lewis began his coaching and teaching career at Thomas Hunter School, becoming Mathews High’s first African-American head basketball coach. He led the MHS boys’ track team to the school’s first state championship. Lewis died in 2016.

Camechis coached varsity baseball from 1970 to 1990, winning nine district championships, four Region A titles and guided the team to two state semifinal games, winning over 200 games at MHS.

John E. Brown, Ken Brown’s son, was head football coach from 1973 to 1978, was girls’ track coach from 1980 to 1998 and was girls’ basketball coach from 1982 to 1998. Shumaker was a member of the MHS coaching staff from 1988 to 1997. As head wrestling coach, his teams were five-time Region A champs, two time State Champions (1990 and 1991) and State Runner-Up (1989).

Anthony was head track coach from 1982 to 1987, winning the Boys State Championship in 1986. Holaday was MHS wrestling coach from 1999 until his retirement in 2015, with his teams compiling a 234-97 dual meet record. Thomas, a 1974 MHS graduate, coached softball for 17 years, winning the school’s first state championship in 2017.

Contributors

The seven contributors for this year’s inaugural class are James R. Lewis, Richard Perry, John Lanford, Tom Dutton, William B. Hudgins, C. Ben Lennon, and Harry M. Ward. 

Lewis, the longtime owner of Hudgins Pharmacy, initiated the Lewis Award for Extra Effort for MHS football. He died in 1995. Perry dedicated his efforts to running concessions for both outdoor and indoor sports. The outdoor concession stand was named in his memory. He died in 2010.

Lanford was a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal at MHS for 28 years. He was head boys’ basketball coach for 12 seasons. Hudgins, owner of Bill Hudgins GMC in Gloucester, has been a loyal booster of Mathews athletic teams over the years. A 1964 MHS graduate, he provided financial support to the MHS teams and purchased the state championship rings for the 2004 MHS baseball team.

Lennon, a 1980 MHS graduate, is another loyal supporter of MHS athletics. A dentist with a practice in Mathews and Deltaville, he has provided financial support over the years, including the purchase of state championship rings for baseball, volleyball and softball.

Ward came to MHS in 1968 as head football coach, athletic director and baseball coach. He was principal from 1973 until 1986, when he became superintendent. In 2007, he was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. The MHS auditorium is named in his honor.