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Green Wave News · Summerville High School announces inductees for Hall of Fame for the Class 2017


May 30, 2017

Ryan Okpych

This week, Summerville High School announced the inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2017 class.

The five regular inductees are William “Billy” Penn Jr., class of 1991 (wrestling, football), Alex Haynes, class of 2004 (football, baseball), David Goshorn, class of 1982 (football, baseball, won state championships in both teams), Karl Edward Naugle, class of 1999 (soccer, wrestling), and Kayla Blake Rogers, class of 2007 (track, basketball).

Being inducted into the special admit category are James M. and Eileen B. Kilbreth and the late Glenn “Tripp” Forrest Rabon, Jr.

All of the Class of 2017 Inductees will be honored at a ceremony at Spann Elementary School on September 29th at 5:30pm and at half time of the Summerville vs. West Ashley football game later that night.  The annual Summerville Athletics Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held on July 22nd with a shotgun start at 9:00am (information available at http://www.summervilleathletics.com).

William “Billy” Penn, Jr. (1991) – William was on the school’s wrestling team for three years, and won three regional championships and, with his team, won three lower state championships. He also claimed three runner-up positions for the state in wrestling. In football, he was the co-captain for the team, received the Palmetto Player of the Week award twice in his astounding high school athletics career. Even outside of sports, he was noted by SHS by winning Student of the Month twice. He went on to play football for Charleston Southern University, where he was co-captain, player of the week twice, and Street and Smith’s Football Magazine Players to Watch 1993. Later in his life, he coached at a local middle school wrestling team and won two state championships (2003-2004). He currently is a veteran captain firefighter, a member of the State Fitness Committee for Firefighters, and the Summerville Fire Dept Fitness Coordinator. Even after his high school athletics, he competes in many high trained exercises for firefighters. He is a member of the Summerville Fire Professional Combat Challenge Team, and in his time there he has won multiple championships.

“Billy had an outstanding athletic career at SHS,” Darryl Tucker, coach, said. “He is very active in the community as a captain for the Summerville Fire Dept… also volunteering as a high school coach and served as the head wrestling coach for Gregg Middle School.”

Alex Haynes (2004) – In his high school athletic career, Alex Haynes played football and baseball in the 2002-2004 seasons. He was considered the most valuable player on the football team in both 2003 and 2004, and he was USA Today’s National Player of the Week for 10/30/2003. He managed to shatter records, such as the single game rushing record of 336yd and the single game rushing touchdown record, with a solid 6 touchdowns. He continued playing football when he went to Newberry College, where he led the school’s football to their first ever South Atlantic Conference Championship and playoff victory. Even years later, he continued to break records as he broke the single game rushing record at 255 yd and the single game rushing attempts at 37. He is currently the program director at Charleston County School District.

David Goshorn (1982) – Goshorn played football and baseball during his time at SHS, scoring many achievements for both teams during his time there. On the football team, he scored a state championship in 1979, and managed a runner-up finish the following year. In all three years he was on the football team, they scored a region championship each year. They were the lower state champions as well in 1979 and 1980. His baseball records were also nearly as impressive, with two state championships in 1979 and 1980, with multiple lower championships as well. He received many honors, such as being voted as the MVP of Summerville High and the Palmetto TD Club Player of the Week. Nowadays, he is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting.

Karl Edward Naugle (1999) – Naugle was on the varsity soccer team, scoring four varsity letters. As a player for the soccer team, he gained a lot of attention, including being the Post and Courier Lowcountry Player of the Year 1999 and being on the list of the 50 best players from South Carolina twice. He was also on the varsity wrestling team from 1995-1997, getting two varsity letters there. His soccer team won the S.C. 4A State Championship in 1999. In four years, he got 77 goals. He also broke a record that still stands today with 45 goals in one year. Before doing soccer, he was on the Quail Arbor Swim Team from 1989 to 1999. Not only did he excel at sports, he also showed strength in academics, getting four academic letters, and being on the Beta Club. He was also the prom king in the 1999 prom.

“…I can honestly say that I’ve never been more privileged to have coached a more deserving player than Eddie Naugle for the Summerville High School Hall of Fame,” Ronald L. Brady Jr., former coach of Naugle, said in his letter of recommendation.

Kayla Blake Rogers (2007) – Kayla left her footprint both in the school’s history and on the track. She scored numerous awards and won two state championships in high jump. Nike awarded her with the Nike Outdoor National All-American award in 2007, marking her incredible skills. Kayla was also voted to be the 2007 senior of the year at SHS, as she showed her amazing determination. She also played varsity basketball, winning four letters. She is currently ranked second in Summerville history in high jump.

“Kayla was one of the greatest track and field athletes during my 23 years as a head track and field coach,” former coach Steve Wilson said in his letter of recommendation. “Her accomplishments led to her receiving a track and field scholarship to the University of South Carolina… A great honor to nominate Kayla.”

The following people nominated to the Hall of Fame under the special category designation for their incredible impact on Summerville High School:

James M. and Eileen B. Kilbreth – There aren’t many words to describe the tremendous impact that both James and Eileen Kilbreth left on Summerville High School. Together, they won eight regional championships in cross country. The duo also took 12 runners out to Portland annually to compete in the Coast High School Challenge. That same team won three titles and a runner-up finish in 50 teams. They were assistant coaches to both Coach Steve Wilson and Coach Joe Call, contributing to another seven region titles. Their amazing work hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. In 2001, both were inducted into the S.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Then, in 2005, induced into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Now, in 2017, they will be inducted into the Summerville High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

“Having known the Kilbreths since the mid 80’s, it was a highlight of my professional coaching career for them to join me at SHS in 2006,” former Coach Steve Wilson said in his letter of recommendation.

Glenn Forrest “Tripp” Rabon, Jr. (2016) – Tripp did a variety of sports during his time in high school, such as weightlifting, football and baseball. In weightlifting, he was in the elite class and he finished 3rd in state competition in his sophomore year. He was also known as a wonderful student and someone who went the extra mile, being in yearbook staff, leadership, and volunteering at a nursing home. As a student, he was awarded the highest GPA award among athletes and was accepted into the National Honors Society. He was later accepted at Clemson University in the engineering program, setting up a bright future for the young man.

Tragically, his life was cut short in an accident that left the hearts of SHS completely shattered. He is remembered for his passion for goodwill and his hard-working ethic in school. Today, his legacy still lives on as his tragic death brings awareness to being safe on the road. The BRAKES (Be Responsible And Keep Others Safe) program was created in his honor to teach young adults to drive safely and be aware of their surroundings.