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BSC National “B” Club Announces Class of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Twelve individuals were inducted, four posthumously, into the Bluefield State College National “B” Club Hall of Fame.  Pictured (seated left-to-right) are Claudius Watts (accepting for brother Claude Watts posthumously), E. Ray Williams and Ralph N. Polk (2011 inductees) and (standing, l-to-r) Orlando Henderson (BSCAA National President and “B” Club President), 2012 inductees James W. Childress, Frank Lee, Lynne Kelly, Preston Watkins, Joseph Fourqurean and Ergie Smith (2010 Inductee).  (not pictured are BSC B Club 2012 inductees Raymond Reed, Lacy Smith and C. Douglass Cobbs, Esq., as well as family members of Class of 2012 posthumous inductees Alto Lark and Henry Winkfield.


Mrs. Mildred Washington, wife of the late John Washington, is pictured after accepting a plaque and certificate honoring Mr. Washington, who was inducted into the Bluefield State College National “B” Club Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in Bluefield, July 27.

(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College National "B" Club inducted 12 new members during a special ceremony and luncheon on July  27 at the Quality Inn in Bluefield. This year's inductees included four members inducted posthumously. Many of the honorees were All-Americans, All-CIAA, and All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selections as student-athletes.

This year's honorees were posthumous inductees Alto Lark (1962), Claude Watts (1962), John L. Washington (1947) and Henry Winkfield (1942), as well as living honorees James Childress (1971), C. Douglas Cobb, J.D. (1968), Joseph R. Fourqurean (1972), Lynne Kelly (1986), Frank Lee (1963), Raymond Reed (1955), Lacy L. Smith (1943), and Preston Watkins (1971).

Orlando Henderson, chairman of the Hall of Fame committee and President/Bluefield State College Alumni Association, observed that this year's honorees are "individuals of distinction on the athletic field, in the classroom, and in the community."

Deirdre Guyton, Bluefield State College's Director of Alumni Affairs, narrated a "Spotlight Parade of Hall of Fame Inductees," during which each new Hall of Fame member will be recognized for his/her achievements. Mr. King Harvey, Treasurer of the BSC Alumni Association, Inc. was the program's emcee.

Alto Lark--In 1958, he enrolled at Bluefield State College and was named to the All-WVIAC basketball team. In 1959, he left Bluefield State to play in the American Industrial League with the New York Tuck Tapers. Later, he was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters and played with the Globetrotters until 1964.

John Washington—A football player at Bluefield State College, John embarked on a 26 year career with the Ohio Department of Youth Services, and held numerous positions including probation officer, Superintendent of Fairfield School for Boys, Training Center for Youth, Buckeye Youth Center and Training Institution of Central Ohio. In addition, he held positions as Chief of After-Care, Chief of Institutions and other administrative positions in the department's Central Office.

Claude Watts-In 1956, Claude enrolled in Park Central High School and was an outstanding football and basketball player. He was the starting point guard on the 1957-58 basketball state championship team. Claude was inducted into the West Virginia High School Hall of Fame in April 2008. His talents were rewarded with several college football scholarship offers, and at his mother's request, he accepted a full four-year scholarship to Bluefield State College in 1959. While there, he led the CIAA in rushing yards twice, and earned all conference honors three times.

Henry Winkfield—Coach Winkfield was a graduate of Bluefield State College, the University of Pittsburgh and Marshall University. He taught in Tazewell County for three years. In 1945, he accepted a teaching position in McDoweIl County. He was a faithful teacher, coach and assistant principal at Kimball High School, Kimball Jr. High, and Northfork High School. He went to Northfork in 1971 and was a key member of the coaching staff during Northfork's string of state basketball championships. He retired after 41 years as an educator and coach in May, 1983.

James Childress-- In his senior year at William Byrd High School, James averaged 30 points with 15 rebounds per game and he holds a personal high scoring mark of 59 points in one game. His high school athletic awards include, All City and County for football, Player of the Year for two years and All-American in basketball and All-State in softball. During his time at Bluefield State, James served as the basketball team captain during his junior and senior years and he was a member of the starting lineup for every varsity basketball game at BSC. He averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds per game throughout his collegiate career. He was an All-WVIAC first team selection in 1968 and again in 1971.

C. Douglas Cobbs, Esq.-- He was a three times All WVIAC Conference Offensive tackle in 1966, 1967 and 1968. He was a three-time All-Conference selection at Bluefield State College. His brother, Obie, was an All-Conference linebacker in 1967.

Joe Fourquerean—Joe was an All-WVIAC selection in 1971 and '72. He later enjoyed an outstanding career with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was an All-CFL 1st team All-Star in 1978, '79, and '80. He was recently inducted into the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame and was named one of the Lions' "All-Time Greats."

Lynne Kelly—Lynne was the first female student-athlete at Bluefield State College to be selected as a national All-American. She was a WVIAC Player of the Year, led the Conference in scoring, rebounding, and rebounding percentage. As a junior, she helped the Lady Blues win the WVIAC championship and play in the NAIA national tournament.

Frank Lee—Frank was a four-time BSC letterman in track and a three year football letterman. He was also the WVIAC high hurdles champion for four consecutive years. He coached Halifax County Middle School to its conference's track championship for nine seasons and he is a member of the Dunbar (Lynchburg, VA.) High School and South Boston/Halifax County Sports Halls of Fame.

Raymond "Babe" Reed—After an outstanding career as a student-athlete at Liberty High School in Williamson, Ray enrolled at Bluefield State College with a four-year basketball scholarship. He attended a three day tryout camp for the Milwaukee Braves Farm Team. Of the 150-200 athletes to participate, Ray was the only one to sign a contract. He played his first year with the Quebec Canada Braves in 1951. He was drafted into the Army and served in the military from 1952 to 1954, then returned to college and received a bachelor's degree in 1955. Between 1955 and 1960, he played professional baseball in the minor league system of the Atlanta Braves.

Lacy Lasalle Smith—He was a very successful winning coach at Aracoma High School for 16 years with an overall record of 82-36-14, including 3 undefeated teams and two state championships. After integration, he applied for-the football coaching job at Logan High School but had to file a law suit before finally getting the job in 1980. Coach Smith was selected to coach the West squad in the annual East-West All-Star football game. Between 1947 and 1950, Smith's teams put together a streak of 23 consecutive games without a loss.

Preston Watkins earned first team All-WVIAC honors for three seasons and was named the Conference's Offensive Player of the Year during his senior season. He caught 157 receptions during his collegiate career, scoring 34 touchdowns. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the National football League. In 2011, he was inducted into the Logan High School Hall of Fame.