Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - February 14, 2008

Player should be in Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Rick Riese on his induction into the Winthrop Hall of Fame. He is certainly deserving of such honors as were all prior inductees. Rick was a standout for the Neild Gordon-led basketball teams that didn't have a losing season in his first four years.

However, a large part of that team that helped Neild put together four straight winning seasons has gone unrecognized even though he is currently in the top 10 of many of the career stats lists. I view all of Winthrop's initial class of 1978 as worthy of accolades, but none more so than Tim Raxter. Tim was a hometown boy in 1978 who came to Winthrop and left his mark. He leads the history books in most games played and lettered in all four years. His place in the record books looks like this: First in games played; fourth in minutes played; 10th in field goals made; fifth in field goal percentage; fifth in career rebounds; 11th in career points; fourth in career free throws attempted and sixth in free throws made; eighth in blocked shots.

Tim also started all 39 games in 1980-1981, which happened to be one of Winthrop's best seasons ever with over 30 victories.

When you look at the talent Winthrop has had in the past 10 years and in the late 1980s, you see some gaudy stats, but still Tim is right there in the career lists ahead of some of our best recent players. That said, how come Tim has not been inducted in the Winthrop Hall of Fame as well as the York County Hall of Fame?

I know Tim pretty well and know he would never lobby on his own behalf for such recognition, but I think it is high time we honor those who built this program from the ground up. The players sweating it out in the old Sullivan high school gym who didn't have the luxury locker rooms, weight rooms and television exposure. I implore the committee who reviews nominations to take a long hard look at Tim Raxter's career stats and do the right thing. Vote him into the Winthrop Hall of Fame!

Rob Simpson

Rock Hill

Class of 1992

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