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Class of 2012 inducted into Hall of Fame

January 1, 2013
Seven former student athletes were named to the Patrick Henry Community College Hall of Fame on Monday. Pictured are: (front row, from left) Casey Hodges, Chris Ayers, Rachel Hawks, Carly Schmidt, (back row, from left) Chris Parker, PHCC athletic director; andDr. Max Wingett, PHCC President. Hall of Fame selections not pictured are Jeremy Fitzgerald, Eulandra Forrest and Ed Jenkins.

Seven former student athletes were named to the Patrick Henry Community College Hall of Fame on Monday. Pictured are: (front row, from left) Casey Hodges, Chris Ayers, Rachel Hawks, Carly Schmidt, (back row, from left) Chris Parker, PHCC athletic director; andDr. Max Wingett, PHCC President. Hall of Fame selections not pictured are Jeremy Fitzgerald, Eulandra Forrest and Ed Jenkins.

Seven former Patrick Henry Community College athletes were inducted into the PHCC Athletics Hall of Fame on June 18 at the school’s monthly board meeting, according to a news release from PHCC.

This year’s class includes Jeremy Fitzgerald (baseball; 2011); Chris Ayers (baseball, ’05); Eulandra Forrest (women’s basketball; ’12); Rachel Hawks (softball; ’12); Casey Hodges (baseball, ‘06); Ed Jenkins (men’s basketball, ’12); and Carly Schmidt (softball; ’12).

Fitzgerald played baseball for two seasons at PHCC and was named the Region X Pitcher of the Year and a third-team All-American in 2011. A native of Stuarts Draft, he was a first-team all-Region selection both seasons. Fitzgerald threw a no-hitter in the first game of the 2011 conference tournament. In 2010, he was drafted in the 28th round by the Chicago Cubs but decided to play college ball instead. This spring, he won an NAIA national championship at Tennessee Wesleyan College and was later drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 21st round of the amateur draft.

Ayers, a Patrick County native, competed for three years at PHCC before the school was an NJCAA member. Playing at the club sports level, Ayers helped the Patriots claim the state championship in 2005, and he has more career stolen bases than anyone in PHCC’s history. Ayers, who played center field, was an all-state player during each of his three seasons. He came back to PHCC to serve as the assistant baseball coach and activities coordinator for two years, and Ayers currently serves as the field manager at Dan Daniel Park in Danville.

Hodges, a Franklin County native, competed for PHCC’s baseball team during the 2006 season after transferring from Radford University. Hodges also pitched for the Martinsville Mustangs for two seasons and won a national championship at Mount Olive College in 2008. The same year, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 23rd round of the amateur draft.

Jenkins, a point guard, joined former PHCC women’s basketball standout Andrea Barbour as one of the most athletically decorated student-athletes in school history. In 2012, Jenkins was a unanimous first-team All-American and earned the same honor from the American Basketball Coaches’ Association. A Woodbridge native, Jenkins graduated from PHCC as the all-time leading scorer with more than 1,000 career points. He was named first-team all-Region X in each of his seasons at PHCC, and picked up the Region X Player of the Year award as a sophomore. He will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio on a full scholarship.

Schmidt was recently named the Region X player of the year and a second-team all-American. A catcher, Schmidt was a vital part of PHCC’s success in capturing the program’s first Region X softball championship and graduates as the program’s all-time leader in career home runs (14). A Leesburg native, Schmidt finished her two-year degree with a 3.5 GPA and will attend Sheppard University on a softball scholarship.

Hawks won more than 50 games while on the mound for PHCC. She was named first team all-conference both seasons and was earned pitcher of the year honors in 2011. A Suffolk native, Hawks was named to the all-tournament team both seasons and was a key player in the softball program’s rise to success. She finished her career with a 3.4 GPA and is accepting an athletic and academic scholarship from UVa. Wise.

Forrest, a power forward, earned first-team all-Region X accolades both seasons and was named to the National Tournament Team in 2011. Forrest’s background was unique, because she arrived at PHCC without a high school diploma and was not allowed to compete for her first semester. Through the help of head coach Tony Jones and the athletic department, Forrest earned a high school degree and has accepted a full scholarship to Virginia University of Lynchburg. She is a native of Chesapeake.

The PHCC Hall of Fame now has 23 members in all. Candidates for the hall are nominated by PHCC’s head coaches and voted on by a five-person panel.

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