Last week the Lewisville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee met and voted on the nominations for the Class of 2015, selecting three former athletes, one former coach and one state championship team.
The selection committee consists of school administrators, current and former coaches and faculty, and community members. Last year the group selected the inaugural class. Coaches Lonzo Giles, Debbie Rogers and Bennie McMurray, athletes Grady Bolton, Wesley McFadden, Lisa Waldrop Rivers, Brian Williams and Sheldon Brown, and the 1959 girls’ basketball team and the 1986 football team were all inducted.
Lewisville’s second hall of fame class will include:
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Barber was an All-State and All-American linebacker who was voted MVP of the 1989 Shrine Bowl. A three-sport athlete at Lewisville, Barber would go on to star at Clemson University and spend five seasons in the NFL.
•Maria Murdock, class of 1983
Murdock was an All-Region basketball and softball player who helped lead the Lewisville girls’ basketball team to a 24-1 record as a senior. Murdock would go on to star at Francis Marion University and, in 1986 led the Lady Patriots to the NAIA National Championship.
•William Strong, class of 1990
Strong was an All-State and North/South All-Star selection as a senior football player. He also led the Lions to track and field state championships in 1988 and 1989. A three-year starter at defensive back for North Carolina State University, Strong was All-ACC twice and was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth Round of the NFL Draft.
•Coach Jimmy Wallace
Wallace coached the Lions football team from 1981 to 1986, leading them to a 50-21 record. His 1986 squad won the first football state championship in school history. After Lewisville, Wallace would go on to a highly successful career at Northwestern High School, winning three more state titles.
•The 1985 Lewisville Lions Baseball Team
Coached by 2014 inductee Bennie McMurray, the Lions won the school’s first state championship in baseball. Led by future Major League Baseball player and 2014 inductee Brian Williams, the Lions would go on to win the Class A State Championship three years in a row.