INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University's athletic booster organization, the "W" Club, will induct eight of its alumni into the university's Sports Hall Fame with a brunch at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Wilson University Union.
The new "W" Club Sports Hall of Fame members are: James L. Henry (Class of 1983) for football; Julius A. McLeod II ('89) for football; Shawn Harvey ('96) for basketball; Alfred G. Vance ('75) for basketball; Richard L. Dunlap ('65) for track and field; James M. Hill Jr. ('60) for swimming; Taryn Haas ('07) for volleyball; and honorary inductee U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ('71).
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is part of WVSU's annual homecoming activities. Following the brunch, where the new inductees are given gold jackets to wear, they will be go to the Canty House, which houses the Hall of Fame, and be led through a lineup of previous inductees.
New inductees will also be recognized during halftime at the homecoming football game later that day when the Yellow Jackets face Urbana University at 1:30 p.m.
"It is always an honor to recognize individuals or teams that bring distinction to WVSU and to let them know we haven't forgot you and to say thank you," said William Lipscomb, president of the "W" Club. "I have seen how other colleges bestow this honor, and truly, we don't take second place to any of them. When they present the Hall of Famer's lineup and extend their hands to welcome the new inductees into the 'House,' and then we line up at halftime on the football field, the feeling of Yellow Jacket pride is at its highest peak."
James L. Henry was voted the football team's most valuable defensive lineman in 1977, 1979 and 1980. In 1979, he was a member of the Southern Division conference championship team and Coal Bowl Team. Henry received the distinction of most valuable player for the 1980 Homecoming game.
Julius A. McLeod II earned football letters each year from 1986 until 1989. In 1988, he was captain of the team and an all-conference first-team selection. He was credited with 29 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns in 1987.
Shawn Harvey was the West Virginia Conference leader in both scoring and rebounding in 1996 and was named WVC player of the year, NAIA Great Lakes Section player of the year and second-team NAIA All-America. Harvey played in the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational, a showcase of the top 64 senior college basketball players in the nation, and was named to the all-tournament team. He was a three-time NAIA All-America selection.
Alfred G. Vance was a member of the 1972 all-tournament team at the Rio Grande Holiday Tournament. He also named to the 1972 Ashland Invitational all-tournament team. He was all-conference in 1972 and was team captain in 1973-74.
Richard L. Dunlap earned first place in the 120 high-hurdles at the 1962 WVC meet. He was a two-year letterman and earned the WVC All-Time Award for spring sports presented on the conference's 50th anniversary in 1974. He served two terms on the WVSC Athletic Committee and has been a lifetime member of the National Alumni Association since 1997.
James M. Hill Jr. was a freestyle swimmer and sprinter, specializing in 50- and 100-yard events, 400-yard freestyle and 400-yard relay events, and the 1-meter diving event. He earned points in all of the swimming meets in which he competed and swam in four events per meet. Hill achieved the highest degree of difficulty in the diving competition, and these accomplishments paved the way for then West Virginia State College to win its first swimming championship in 1960.
Taryn Haas was named the WVC volleyball player of the year in 2006 and is a four-year letter winner. She was named second-team all-conference in 2004 and 2006, all-freshman team and All-WVC in 2003 and first team All-WVC in 2005. Haas was also selected as the WVC tournament's most valuable player in 2006.
Judge Reggie Walton lettered three years in football for the Yellow Jackets and was a member of the 1968 WVC championship team. He is a current member of the WVSU National Alumni Association. Judge Walton assumed his position as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia on Oct. 29, 2001, after being nominated to the position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Admission to the Sports Hall of Fame induction brunch is $10, and tickets will be available at the door. Admission to the Homecoming football game is $5 with tickets available at the gate.
For more information and a complete schedule of all Homecoming events, visit https://connect.wvstateu.edu/homecoming, or contact Belinda Fuller at (304) 766-3387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.