Fuqua To Induct Five Into Hall of Fame

Published 4:28 pm Thursday, September 29, 2011

Continuing over a half century of athletics excellence, Fuqua School is proud to announce the thirteenth annual induction ceremony for the Athletics Hall of Fame. The Farmville school established the initial program in 1999 for the purpose of honoring those who, by outstanding achievement in athletics or services to Prince Edward Academy/Fuqua School athletics, have made lasting contributions to sports at the school.

“We are proud of our student athletes, both former and present, and we are pleased with the Athletics Hall of Fame as a way to recognize athletic excellence and to allow the current school community to meet distinguished alumni,” Fuqua School President Ruth Murphy said.

To be eligible for selection, the candidate's most recent contribution in high school athletics must have occurred five or more years prior to his/her induction. Consideration is given to All-State, All-Conference, MVP, other similar awards, team captaincy, how the individual compared to other athletes of the era, and leadership and individual characteristics.

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The spirit of the program is to induct not only former athletes, but also coaches, administrators, and others contributing so much to the rich athletics history of the Wolverines and Falcons. In addition, a program for “Special Citations” is included to recognize individuals making similar contributions in support roles.

“I think it's really nice to reflect back on the achievements of some of our athletes,” Fuqua School Athletics Director Lewis “Skeeter” Fore said. “We've really been blessed over the years with great students, great athletes, and great family support.”

Additional information on the Athletics Hall of Fame events and nomination forms is available through the school's alumni newspaper, The Focus, or through the Fuqua School Office of Alumni Affairs.

Dan Phillips, 1969

With 60 pass receptions, including 18 for touchdowns his senior year – his only year at PEA – Dan Phillips set a single-season school standard that has remained unchallenged for several decades. A three-sport standout, he led the Wolverine football, basketball, and baseball programs to a school record winning percentage with 49 wins and only three losses across the entire academic year.

Undefeated in football with a perfect 10-0 mark, PEA went on to post a 22-1 hoop mark and 17-2 baseball record in 1969.

Dan is married to Celeste Phillips. They have four children and two grandchildren, and live in Blowing Rock, NC, where he is a small business entrepreneur working with patents and trademarks.

Cindy Farmer, 1976

From the 1970s, Cindy Farmer led the Lady Wolverines to their best basketball season in school history in 1975. Finishing three varsity seasons on the courts, and with 130 points, she paced PEA to a tournament runner-up finish in her final season. Farmer garnered letters as well in tennis and softball. She earned All-Conference honors in both basketball and softball her senior year.

Farmer's basketball skills continued at James Madison University where she played for one year. However, it was high school softball that later led to a 25-year experience in competitive adult-leagues, participating in several regional, state, and national softball tournaments.

Farmer enjoyed a successful professional career in management in the Wisconsin area before returning to Virginia to accept a similar position with Endless Horizons, a group of companies owned by a Harrisonburg entrepreneur, which includes the operation of a children's camp, conference center, and retreat.

John Adams, 1986

Earning eight varsity letters in two sports, Adams carved his mark in both PEA's baseball and football programs in the very successful mid-1980s.

His junior year in baseball, Adams was named Best Offense and garnered the team batting title with a .476 average while being named First Team All-Conference. As a senior, Adams served as team captain and earned repeat honors at First Team All-Conference. Through his four years of varsity baseball, the Wolverines were an impressive 50-22-1.

On the football field, Adams joined an impressive PEA squad to earn conference championships in 1982, 1983, and 1985. As a junior, he was named to the Farmville Herald All-Area team as a defensive back, in addition to All-Conference honors. His senior year capped a four-year 37-7 football mark with individual honors including Best Defense, PEA's “Mr. Football,” tri-captain, Farmville Herald All-Area Team as a linebacker, and First Team All-Conference.

Adams is married to Julie Kernodle Adams, and they have two sons currently attending Fuqua School.

Denise “Dedle” Murphy, 1994

A leader, an athlete, a scholar…Bachman stands out in every aspect of high school campus life.

As two-time team MVP in basketball, Bachman led the school to a championship season and an impressive 24-1 mark her senior year. Behind Bachman's 179 points and All-Academic and All-Conference honors, the Lady Falcons finished as conference regular season champions and claimed a tournament title her final prep year.

But it was on the softball field that Bachman brought poise, talent, and experience. A five-year varsity player and four-year starter, she combined with her teammates for a record of 101-9 over five years including a perfect 20-0 mark her senior year. Batting .400 her junior year and .468 her senior year, Bachman led Fuqua School to conference and state titles while earning All-Conference and All-State honors.

Bachman went on to a stellar academic experience at the University of Virginia graduating with a Masters in Education in 1999. She is married to Mike Bachman and has two sons.

Jon Martin, 1997

SCA President, Cum Laude graduate, three-time All-State baseball player and two-time All-State football player, Jon Martin paced the highly successful Falcon teams of the mid-1990s. He earned All-Conference honors in football twice and in baseball all four years of his high school career.

Martin carried his baseball skills to Lynchburg College as a four-year starting pitcher and was named to the All-ODAC team in 2001, while capturing Pitcher of the Year honors. He captained the Hornets his senior year, earning a Bachelor of Science in Health and Movement Science. Since 2005, he has served as the head baseball coach of the Vassar College Brewers in the Hudson Valley of New York.