5 members join Sandhills Community College Sports Hall of Fame

Sandhills Community College held its induction for the school’s Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The group was celebrated at a morning banquet and inducted at halftime of Sandhills’ basketball game against Mountain Gateway Community College. The Flyers won, 135-100, for their fifth straight win, improving to 14-7 on the year.

Five new members joined the school’s hall:

Emmett “Shelton” Raynor: A Clinton native, Raynor played for the SCC baseball team in the 1970s. He continued to play semi-pro baseball until age 62. He also contributed to the region by founding the Optimist Club of the Sandhills and the Sandhills Academy of Gymnastics.

Charlie Bergmann: Not all Hall of Famers are alumni. Bergmann moved to Moore County in 2000 and spent much of the next two decades covering SCC sports for the Pilot newspaper. He recently retired as the paper’s primary sportswriter.

Donna Ford: A Moore County native, Ford has photographed SCC sports since the school started competing in them in 2008. She has served as the Sandhills’ school photographer since 2015.

Sayaun Dent: A basketball star for the Flyers at the start of this decade, he earned the 2019-20 regional player of the year as well as national junior college All-American honors. Dent helped lead SCC to the DIII NJCAA national championship at 2000. He went on to study medicine at UNC Pembroke and was working on a degree at that school when he died tragically in a car accident. His parents were at the ceremony to accept the honor on his behalf.

Keith Fields: A male player on the school’s co-ed volleyball team from 1990 to 1992, he won two conference player of the year awards and a pair of tournament MVP awards. He has continued to play amateur and pro-am volleyball around the country, and he is an active member of the Moore County community.

By North State Journal Staff

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