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Trio of players to be honored

September 10, 2012

MORGANTOWN-Three former West Virginia University athletes have been inducted into Morgantown High School's Athletic Hall of Fame.

They are Art George, David Mayfield and the late John Rockis.

More than 100 people turned out for this sixth-year class of inductees last Friday evening at the Waterfront Place Hotel.

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Besides the three former Mountaineers, Nathan W. Smith and Leigh Sanders Pell rounded out the five Hall of Fame newcomers.

George, who still resides in Kingwood where he owns and operates Radio Station WSFP, played football and excelled in track and field at WVU in the early 1960s.

Mayfield was a four-year letterman as a Mountaineers' defensive back in 1991-92-93-94. He helped WVU to its second undefeated regular-season 11-0 record in 1993.

Rockis is listed as having lettered at WVU in 1939-40 as a guard.

He had earned a full scholarship to Notre Dame after graduating from St. Francis High. But his parents' illness forced him to return to Morgantown.

Rockis excelled as head football coach at MHS for 10 years, beginning in the mid-1950.

His teams combined for a 59-27-9.

The aforementioned Art George was honored as one of the most determined athletes in MHS history. He earned awards in four different sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track.

In all, George earned 11 letters. He was an all-state selection in three sports.

What's more, he was the state's top scorer in Class AAA football with 107 points.

Mayfield also was a standout as both a Mountaineer and a Mohigan. In 1989, he was named the best high school football player in West Virginia.

He played running back as well as DB for the Mohigans.

For his three years, Mayfield rushed for an amazing 2,273 yards. Defensively, he averaged nearly 20 tackles per game his senior year at MHS.

Mayfield also became the first player in West Virginia history to play in the national East-West all-star game.

As a Mountaineer, Mayfield ranked 15th in career pass-breakups and 10th in career interceptions.

He was named to the All-Big East first team in 1993. He also was chosen by CoSida as an Academic All-American.



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