Eight individuals will be inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame this week.
The class includes Doug Allison (men's soccer), Aleen Bailey (track & field), the late Weems Baskin (track & field), Ashley Edlund-Heidtke (volleyball), Kristy McPherson (women's golf), Andrew Provence (football), John Saunders (football) and Fred Wadsworth (men's golf).
The Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held at the Zone (south
endzone of Williams-Brice Stadium) on Thursday, Sept. 16. There will be
a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the induction dinner at 7. The newest
Hall of Famers will also be honored at the Carolina-Furman football
game on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Tickets to the dinner cost $40 each and can be ordered by calling
Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, 105 members have been selected to the elite group by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen.
Doug Allison - Men's Soccer (1984-87)
First-team All-American in 1987... named to the NSCAA All-South Region team in 1985, `86 and `87... is the career record holder in points (158) and goals (63) and is third in assists (32)... led the team in points and goals all four years... led the team to three NCAA Tournaments... led the 1985 squad to the best record in school history (20-3-1)... later served as an assistant coach at South Carolina.
Aleen Bailey - Track & Field (1999-2003)
Sprinter from St. Mary, Jamaica... nine-time All-American... national champion in the 100-meters and 200-meters as well as a member of the champion 4x100m relay team... helped the team to the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field team championship... won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in the 4x100m relay.
Weems Baskin - Track & Field (1948-69)
A head track coach for 33 years, most at the University of South Carolina, Weemie (Weems) Baskin retired from USC in 1969... compiled an overall record of 90-47 in dual meet competition... a former president of the National Collegiate Track & Field Coaches Association... is a member of the South Carolina Track & Field Hall of Fame, the Georgia Track & Field Hall of Fame, the USATF Hall of Fame and the Helms Foundation Track & Field Hall of Fame... the University of South Carolina's outdoor track is named in his honor.
Ashley Edlund-Heidtke - Volleyball (1995-98)
One of the most decorated volleyball players in school history... Four-time AVCA All-region selection... four-time All-SEC pick (1st-team 1996-98)... two-time SEC All-Tournament selection... 1999 USC Athlete of the Year... ranks among Carolina's top-10 in career assists, assists per set, aces, aces per set, digs and digs per set... totaled over 5,000 assists during her career.
Kristy McPherson - Women's Golf (1999-2003)
2001 and 2002 SEC Champion... one of only two repeat champions in SEC women's golf history... 2003 SEC Player of the Year... 2003 Honda Award winner... 2003 NCAA South Carolina Woman of the Year... helped the Gamecocks to the 2002 SEC Championship, the only women's golf title in school history... logged school records in career wins (6), top-five finishes (18) and top-10 finishes (25)... three-time NGCA first-team All-American and four-time All-SEC selection.
Andrew Provence - Football (1980-82)
Second on the career list in total tackles with 401... is one of only two players to record 400 or more tackles during his career... second on the career list in tackles for loss (35.0) and in sacks (26.0)... holds the single-season sacks record with 10.0 in 1982... led the team in tackles in both 1981 and `82... named to the Modern Era All-Time Team... named to Sporting News All-America team in 1982... named third-team Associated Press All-American in 1982... selected to play in the Senior Bowl... drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
John Saunders - Football (1957-59)
Considered one of the top fullbacks in school history... earned All-ACC honors... was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the ACC as a junior... led the ACC in rushing in 1958... selected to play in the 1959 North-South Shrine Game... hails from Churchland, Va.
Fred Wadsworth - Men's Golf (1980-84)
1984 GCAA second-team All-American... won two collegiate tournaments... 1984 All-Metro Conference selection... tied for ninth at the 1984 NCAA Championships, the best individual NCAA finish in school history... logged six top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes.