Randolph HOF to host ceremony
ELKINS – Six individuals and two teams will be honored at noon today during the Randolph County Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony at Gandy Dancer Theatre.
Individuals being inducted into the Hall include Allen Duckworth, Bridget Jack Lanham, Heather Saffel, Jim Sanders, Scott Shillingburg and Travis Wells.
The 1982 Elkins High School girls basketball team and the 1956 Elkins High School football squad also will be honored.
Duckworth competed in track, basketball and football at Elkins High School. In his senior year in 1958, he was voted Athlete of the Year.
He qualified three times for the state track meet in the mile relay, 440-yard dash, discus and half-mile team relay events.
On the basketball court, he averaged over 20 points per game his senior season at the strong point position.
A varsity starter in football at offensive and defensive end, he grabbed seven touchdown receptions as a senior.
Lanham set school records in basketball at Tygarts Valley High School from 1995-1998. With 1,174 career points, she was an All-Potomac Valley Conference selection her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
She set a school record for single-game rebounds with 26 as a junior. Her other single-season records include 41 three-point field goals with a 44 percent average from that range.
Lanham was an honorable mention All-State choice as a sophomore and an All-State second-team choice both her junior and senior years.
Saffel graduated from Elkins High School in 2006, earning numerous awards in three sports.
She was a two-time All-State first-team selection in soccer, a three-time All-Stater in cross country and earned eight All-State titles in track.
On the soccer field, Saffel was named to the All-NCAC first team on three different occasions. In both her junior and senior years, she was voted the NCAC Player of the Year and State Midfielder of the Year. She captained the 2004 state runner-up team and 2005 state championship squad.
She participated in cross country three years, winning individual and team regional championships during her junior and senior years.
On the track, Saffel won two NCAC titles in the 1,600-meter run and 4×400 relay events, and seven regional titles in the 800, 1,600 and 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
Sanders, a 1981 graduate of Elkins High School, played on the first Tiger football team to make the state playoffs.
As a junior, Sanders earned All-State honorable mention honors.
During his senior season, he ran for a school record 1,174 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per carry for 12 touchdowns.
Shillingburg, a 2000 graduate of Harman School, ranks as one of the all-time leading scorers in West Virginia High School basketball. With 2,128 career points, he was a first team All-State selection as a sophomore, junior and senior.
As a sophomore, he ranked fifth in the state in scoring with 26.3 points per game.
During his junior year, he hit the 1,000-point mark, averaging 31.6 points, which was third best in the state.
Shillingburg averaged 33.2 points per game as a senior, second best in the state, while leading the state with 16.14 rebounds per contest.
Wells was one of just two punters from Elkins High School to be named a first team All-NCAC performer in three straight seasons (1990-1992).
In 1991 – with an average 39 yards per punt with a long of 59 yards – he was selected to both All-Mon Valley and All-State first teams. He became the first junior named to the All-State squad since Albert “Big Sleepy” Glenn in 1922.
The 1982 Elkins High School girls basketball team, coached by Jay Dailer, finished with a 25-2 record, winning the Big 10, sectional and regional championships before falling in the state championship game, 55-46, to John Marshall High.
The team compiled a three-year record of 68-8 with an 11-3 mark in postseason play. From 1980-1982, they won three Big 10 championships, three sectional titles and two regional crowns. In two state tournament appearances, the team reached the semifinal round in 1981 and finished as state runner-up in 1982.
The 1956 Elkins High School football team ranks as one of the top all-time scoring teams in school history.
Coached by Bob Irwin, the Tigers finished the season with an 8-1 record and ranked first in the state at midseason. With only one loss to Shinnston, the team finished as runner-up to undefeated state champion Grafton in the Big 10 Conference. Elkins finished the season ranked second in the state.