April 17, 2019 – The Roswell High School Athletic Department recently inducted 12 new members in the sixth annual induction ceremony.
The event began with a meet and greet in the Media Center, followed by a banquet and induction ceremony attended by generations of faculty, friends and family.
The purpose of the Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize athletes, coaches, administrators and other community contributors who have achieved distinctive, noteworthy and outstanding accomplishments to the athletic program at RHS. Induction into the Roswell Athletic Hall of Fame will be the highest honor that the athletic department can bestow upon an individual.
Inductees are nominated and chosen by a selection committee. The 2019 class of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include:
Rev. Dr. Malone Dodson, Community Contributor, was senior pastor of Roswell United Methodist Church from 1977-2001, and also during this time, an avid supporter of RHS athletics.
Dick Huguley, Community Contributor, was president of the Booster Club for five years in the 1990s. During this time, RHS summer camps for all sports began, funds were raised for new baseball and softball fields, and funds were raised to enhance the football stadium, tennis courts, athletic fields and the auditorium.
Tom Zachary, former principal from 1989-1998. During Zachary’s nine-year tenure as principal, eight state championships were won by RHS athletic teams to include the 1997 4-A Boys Basketball state championship team on the J. Tom Zachary Court that now bears his name. The Tom Zachary VIP Award is given each year to those students selected by their teachers for going above and beyond in the classroom. Zachary was inducted posthumously, and his medal was accepted on behalf of his family by his daughter.
A.G. Crockett, former coach, taught and coached at RHS for 28 years, 19 of which were as the head coach of the Varsity Girls Basketball team. He also coached Boys Tennis, and the only Boys Tennis region championship in school history was won when he coached the team in 1982.
Phil Mathis, ’60, earned 11 varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball and track. In his senior year he was named MVP for football and baseball, and selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to the 1959 Class C All-State Football Team as a quarterback. Mathis was a member of the 1959 State Class C State Championship track team, achieving the first state championship in any sport in RHS history. He was a firefighter for the City of Roswell for 20 years.
John Freemon, ’73, lettered in three sports for three years in a row, finishing his senior year in the all-time top 10 basketball scorers at RHS at 1,405 points. He played on the varsity basketball team for the 1971 state championship his sophomore year, and led the team to regional titles in 1972 and 1973. Freemon also helped lead the cross country team to the region championship in 1972.
Russ West, ’82, earned six varsity letters while at RHS, three of each football and wrestling. He was team captain his senior year and received a dedication award before playing football on scholarship for Davidson College.
Pat Malcom, ’89, earned six varsity letters for his four years in soccer and two in football. He was the leading scorer for three seasons, and including during the 1987 state runner-up title. Malcolm was awarded the Atlanta Journal Cup for most outstanding senior at graduation. He earned an appointment to West Point where he continued his football kicking career, and upon graduation was commissioned as an Army Aviator.
Chris Page, ’91, earned three varsity football letters and four varsity basketball letters. He was one of Roswell’s all-time best linemen in football, and went on to be starting tackle at the University of Kentucky.
Tricia Page, ’96, was a four-year varsity basketball player, and a starting player as a sophomore, junior and senior, which included 77 consecutive games. She is the fourth-leading scorer at RHS, and was team captain her junior and senior years, when she was voted Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player and MVP. In her senior year, she was an 82 percent free throw shooter.
Chad McClendon, ’01, was a three-year letterman for track and field. He was the state discus champion his senior year and shot runner-up. He broke a 17-year RHS record for shot and discus throws in 2001. He received a track and field athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia and currently holds the sixth all-time best shot throw and the seventh all-time best discus throw in UGA history. McClendon also holds the UGA throwers record for both overhead throw and vertical jump.
Randell Bell, ’06, played four years of varsity football. He was named the AJC Northside Player of the Year, North Fulton Offensive Player of the Year and Roswell MVP. Bell led Butler Junior Community College to two straight national championships and was named Offensive Player of the championship game in 2008. Bell is currently coaching in the Wichita Youth Football program and has won city championships 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Nominations for the 2020 class of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will open in fall 2019.
For more information on Roswell High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame, visit www.roswellhighhalloffame.com.
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