This weekend, Woodward will honor several players and teams from its storied athletic history with induction into the Woodward Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The event will take place this Saturday in the Tyler H. Brown '96 Student Center at 11 a.m.
Those being honored include:
Henry Anderson '10, a four-year letter winner in football who also lettered two years in track and field, where he competed in the shot put, and one year in basketball. After Woodward, Henry went on to play football at Stanford, where he was an All Pac-12 player and also earned Academy All-American status. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft and will play this year for the New York Jets.
The 1993 Volleyball team, which won the state championship. The team bounced back from some early struggles, including a 7th place finish in the Cobb County Tournament, to place second in the Area 5 Region Tournament and then go undefeated in the State AAA Tournament.
Dan Martin '64, a three-year letter winner in football, JV basketball, and track, where he set school records in the mile and medley relays. He went on to Emory University, where he lettered in track and soccer all four years and was captain of the soccer team in 1967-68, when Emory went 11-1. Dan was named to the Emory University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, and is a retired professor emeritus from the College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
Karekin Cunningham '88, a state wrestling champion who lettered in wrestling and football all four years. Karekin was a football camptain his final two years, and went to Auburn on a football scholarship, playing linebacker for the Tigers. He was a team captain at Auburn, and after his playing career, he went on to earn his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2000.
Joy Mayeske Phillips '95, a four-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was a member of the 1995 girls basketball state championship team and the 1993 volleyball state championship team. Joy went on to play volleyball at the University of West Georgia all four years, and is now in her 20th year teaching elementary P.E. in Henry County.
Tim Jefferson '07, a four-year letter winner in football, three-year letter winner in basketball, and two-year letter winner in track and field. He was a team captain and was voted MVP in both football and basketball. He went on to the Air Force Academy, where he was the starting quarterback for four years, and now serves as a B-1 pilot and captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Congratulations and thanks to all those being honored for what they've contributed to Woodward's athletic legacy!
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