The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame(GWSHOF) will induct four new members as part of its 2014 class during a ceremony May 4 at the UNCW Burney Center.
“We have four wonderful inductees and every year it’s amazing to find another great group of athletes that have meant so much to the greater Wilmington community,” said GWSHOF Chairman Jon Rosborough.
The GWSHOF was formed in 2005 under the advisement of longtime coach Bill Dooley and has provided 31 scholarships to area students, with four more set to be given out this May. The four students selected will be at the ceremony to receive their scholarship.
The year’s inductees include: former New Hanover High School standout Alge Crumpler and UNCW soccer legend Calvin Lane, in addition to Ricky Benton (auto racing) and Bob Boyd (golf), posthumously.
Crumpler was a two-sport star at New Hanover, an All-Midwest 4A Conference selection and a three-time state champion in discus and the shot put. After graduating from high school in 1996, the football standout attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was an All-ACC performer and drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft.
The three-time Pro Bowler spent seven years in Atlanta and set a career-high with eight touchdowns in 2006. The former Wildcat finished his career as part with stints in Tennessee and New England before retiring from the game.
Soccer and success became synonymous at UNCW under the leadership of Calvin Lane, who served as head soccer coach for 15 seasons from 1971-1985, compiling a career record of 129-94-19. Lane led the Seahawks to the programs first national ranking in 1980, and devoted much of his time to developing soccer progams in Wilmington.
In the spring of 1985, he took over the golf program on campus and was inducted into the UNCW Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Benton has had a passion for racing since early in his life and continues to be very involved in the racing community. He owns RBR Enterprises and built a modest race shop in Cerro Gordo, which has fielded cars in the NASCAR and Late Model Series. Benton has placed cars in the Nationwide Series and currently runs the RBR/BTS No. 92 race truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
After working and helping expand Black’s Tire, Rickey and his wife, Dianne, eventually reached an agreement to purchase the business and decided to continue operating the company under the Black’s Tire name because of their respect for the Black family.
Bob Boyd (posthumously)
Bob Boyd was a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School in 1973, attended the University of Maryland and went on to become a successful golfer on the PGA Tour. Boyd competed in 10 PGA Championship, five US Opens, three British Senior Opens and two Senior PGA Championships.
He began his career in 1977 as an Assistant Golf Pro and went on to win a number of events as a professional. Some of his highlights include: Member Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame (inducted 2007), four-time Carolinas PGA Section Champion, four-time Carolinas Open Champion and five-time South Carolina Open Champion.
Boyd is survived by his wife Elizabeth, who will be in attendance at the induction ceremony in May.