Five athletes and one coach were inducted into the Clarke County High School Hall of Fame during the home football game Friday evening against George Mason. The Hall of Fame was launched in 1990, and inducts new members each year. This year’s class continues to honor those making outstanding contributions to the Eagles’ sports programs.
The 2011 inductees are:
Gary Elsea, class of 1960, is being honored for his excellence in football, baseball, and track. He lettered in football for three years and earned an All-District selection as an end his senior year. He lettered in baseball and track for two years. He coached youth league football in Clarke County for seven years, umpired Little League baseball for ten, and has been a member of the Winchester High School Officials’ Association for eighteen years, officiating at numerous area freshman, j.v., and varsity football games, including Regional and State play-off assignments.
Marty Reardon Proffitt, also from the class of 1960, played in all sports available for females at the time: hockey, softball, and basketball in all four years in her high school career and lettered in all three. She continued playing softball, both area fast pitch and slow pitch teams, for another twenty-five years. Her athletic activities were more than a decade before Title IX elevated the importance of female sports.
Larry Allison, a graduate of Johnson-Williams High School in 1960, was a star in football, basketball, and baseball, lettering in all three all four years in school. He starred on the school’s football team as a linebacker and receiver and was selected All-Area his senior year. In basketball he starred as a shooting forward as the team advanced to the State Finals; he was selected to the All-Area team post-season. In baseball he was a four-year starter at third base and was a solid hitter; the team also advanced to State Finals.
Nancy Merriman, class of 1990, excelled in cross country and track, lettering four years in cross country and three in track. Her freshman year she finished third in Districts, third in Regionals, and fourth place at States. Her team won Districts, Regionals, and States, becoming the first girls’ State champion team at Clarke. In her sophomore year she again made the All-District and All-Region B teams as her team for the second time won Districts, Regionals, and States. Her junior year for the third time she was a member of the All-District, Region B and State team as she placed third in Bull Run, fifth in Region B, and 15th at States. She closed out her cross country career with a second place Bull Run finish.
In track she placed in the 1600 at Districts her freshman year while her team was District champions for the third straight year. As a sophomore, she took second in the 3200 at Districts, fourth at Regionals, and tenth at States. Her points helped her team take the fourth straight District title, their second Region B title, and finish as State runner-ups. Her senior year she finished third in the 1600 and sixth in the 800 at Districts. Again, her team was District champs. She followed that up with a fourth place finish in the 1600 at Regionals. Because of her academics and success as an athlete, she was awarded an Eagles Athletic Association scholarship. Each year in school she was recognized by the VHSL for Academic Excellence. She continued her running career while a student at Christopher Newport University, and as All-Conference athlete in both sports and several times was selected as athlete-of-the-week in Dixie conference. After graduation she was an assistant cross country coach there for one season, coached track and cross country at Johnson-Williams Middle School for three years, and served as a volunteer track coach at Clarke County.
Nakia Morgan, a graduate in 1993, starred in both football and basketball. He was a four-year starter on the football team, leading the team in tackles his junior and senior years. He was Bull Run All-District defensive lineman his junior year, Bull Run All-District linebacker his senior year, and selected on the All-Area team both years. His final season the team went 10-0.
His basketball achievements included being a three-year letterman and leading rebounder his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was the starting center on the 1993 Bull Run District champion team.
Longtime coach Chris Parker will also be inducted. In his 29th year of coaching, 20th at Clarke County, he has coached both football and baseball. He took over as Clarke’s head football coach in 2000. From 2007 to 2010, his teams were District champions. 2007, ’09, and ’10 his teams were Region B semifinalists, and in 2008 they made it to Region B finals, losing to eventual State Champion Gretna. In 2007 – 2010 he was Bull Run District football coach of the year. Other accolades include being named Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation “Coach of the Week” and having his team win the Eagles Athletic Association sportsmanship award in 2007 and ’09. He has also fostered younger football players by sponsoring Eagle football camps and clinics.
He was head varsity baseball coach for eight years, relinquishing this position to become head football coach. His team’s best year was 2000 when they won the Bull Run District championships, made it to Region B finals, losing to Strasburg, and went all the way to State semifinals, again losing to Strasburg . This earned him Winchester Star Baseball Coach of the Year.
Parker also coached at James Wood and Hedgesville High schools and served as an assistant football coach and chief football recruiter at Shepherd University, after graduating from there.
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