2012-2013 Inductions

2012-2013 Hall of Fame Inductions

 

Frank Belvin
Graduating in the top 5 of his class in 1961, Frank Belvin was one of the most versatile and dynamic athletes to have competed at GHS.  Frank was a 4 year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. The first pass he ever caught playing football was for 58 yards and a touchdown.

 He earned his nickname “Buzzer” on the basketball court for his late game heroics. Averaging double figures in scoring each year, his point total in one game left him shy of equaling the final score of Gloucester’s opponent by one. Frank and fellow Hall of Famer A.T. Walthall combined to make the highest scoring basketball duo in the district during their time together. On the baseball diamond he carried a career batting average of over 400 and at shortstop combined with A.T. at second to execute 5 double plays in one game.

A graduate of Virginia Tech and employed as a financial advisor, Frank continues to compete on the golf course where he has scored 5 hole in ones.

Valerie Ellis

Val Ellis went from honing her basketball talents “in the dirt” as a youngster to receiving a four year scholarship and being part of a national championship team. An all district, all regional selection at GHS, Val was known for her deadly jump shot. Her senior year culminated in being selected to and starting in the Virginia High School Coaches All-Star game for the East squad.

A 1981 graduate, Val was also an outstanding all district softball player with a tremendous .612 batting average. In addition to athletic activities, Val served as parliamentarian for both the SGA and Pep Club, and was a member of the Forensics Club. She was also named to Who’s Who in American Athletics.

Val received a full basketball scholarship to Vanderbilt University. After transferring closer to home at Virginia Union University, she was a member of the 1983 NCAA Division II National Champions and voted the teams Most Versatile Player.

Ms. Ellis has a degree in Health Administration and is the School of Education Administrative Coordinator for Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson grew up in Pinero, and attended T. C. Walker High School where he was a star athlete in football, baseball, and track.  He was Solitarian of his senior class and voted Most Athletic by his classmates and Best All Around by his teachers.

Graduating from Norfolk State University where he received an athletic/academic scholarship, Sam soon found himself in the York County School System.  His resume at York High School as a coach for 39 years includes two state cross country championships, four state track runner-up finishes, over 30 district and regional cross country and track championships and more cross country victories than all but four coaches in state history. Along the way Coach Jackson received Coach of the Year Awards on the district, regional, and state level. Sam also held the position of Athletic Director at York for 29 years. For his leadership and service to athletic administration he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peninsula Sports Club, the Merit of Honor award at the state and national level and the State Athletic Director of the Year award.

James Newton

Athletic programs do not strive without solid support from individuals both in front of and behind the scenes. Gloucester High School has been lucky to have such an individual. From coach to club sponsor to administrative assistant, Mr. James Newton has capability and competently filled these and other roles.

As coach of the boys cross country team from 1981 to 1995, Jim turned out many outstanding runners including two time all state and Hall of Fame performer John Pouchot. In 1984 he restarted and coached the girls program along with the boys cross country team with equal success.

As a faculty member, Jim has sponsored the Chrome Club, the Computer Challenge Team and served on the 2.0 Eligibility Committee. Having worked with every GHS Athletic Director since his arrival in 1979, as he describes “in whatever capacity they have needed me”, Jim currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director.

Graduating from Elizabeth City State University where he was selected to Who’s Who among College Students, Jim served on the President’s Advisory Council, and as President of the Men’s Government Association. A decorated Marine, Jim currently serves on the county Board of Zoning Appeals.   

Robert Orth

From Gloucester Parks and Recreation volunteer coach to President of the Abingdon Volunteer Rescue Squad to serving on the County Transportation Safety Commission, Dr. Robert Orth, or JJ as he’s known to many, has lived a life devoted to serving the community.

His involvement with the Gloucester County Public School System has found him on the Parent Advisory Committee for the Gifted and Talented Program, the Middle School Planning Committee, Chair for the Citizens’ Committee for Gloucester County Sports Facilities and President of the High School Athletic Boosters’ Club.

Add to this most impressive list, Fund Drive Co-Chair for the Sports Facility. Through JJ’s door to door persistence and effort combined with others, one of the finest stadium-track complexes in the state was constructed at Gloucester High School. His commitment to our youth has allowed generations of students, athletes, and community members to enjoy and benefit from the facility we have today.

Dr. Orth is a professor with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and currently sits on the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors.

Meredith Whitley

A combination of academic and athletic excellence, Meredith Whitley finished GHS in 2001 with a 4.69 grade point average while winning a bundle of honors in the process. As a four year starter, two time co-captain of the basketball team, Mere was second team all district and second team Daily Press All-Star her junior and senior years. Selected Most Outstanding Player at the I.C. Norcum Tournament her teams won two district championships, one tournament crown and were runners up two other times. 

Scoring 90 goals in her four years on the soccer team, Meredith was twice first team all district, Peninsula District Player of Year, first team all regional, Daily Press all star and participated in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

A co-captain on the cross country team, Meredith’s school activities included the Happy Club, Spanish Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Ecology Club, and Math League. She received the Peninsula Sports Club prestigious Scholarship Award in addition to their Highest Academic Achievement Award.

Graduating from New York University where she was a co-captain and starter on the basketball team, Meredith completed her PhD in Sports Psychology from Michigan State University and is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University.

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