April Barnhill paints the face of happy young man during the Homecoming Picnic.
By all accounts, Homecoming 2009 at Limestone was a rousing success.
Highlights included the induction of the 2009 Hall of Fame Class; over $17,000 being raised through the Third Annual Scholars, Dollars & Chocolates Scholarship Banquet; the Saints Club Golf Tournament which attracted 128 participants; and a picnic and Family Fun Zone.
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"Homecoming at Limestone is indeed a special occasion," said Dr. Walt Griffin, president of Limestone. "I make it a point to get to know as many students as possible on campus while they are pursuing their education, so it is especially meaningful to me personally to see them return as alumni.
"Our commitment to education is strongly displayed through our Scholars, Dollars & Chocolates Banquet. Every penny raised is earmarked for Cherokee County students attending Limestone's day program. And with the more than $17,000 we raised during Homecoming, quite a few Cherokee county students will receive significant financial assistance with their college education."
Inducted into the Limestone Athletic Hall of Fame were
- Cheri "C.T." Anthony '83, a four-year member of the softball team and a three-year member of the volleyball team. Cheri earned numerous accolades during her career, including being an NAIA District 6 All-District honoree in softball and volleyball. She captained the 1981 volleyball team that won the District 6 tournament and advanced to the national tournament. She was also the recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award.
- Mike Flaskey '90, one of the first athletes to sign to play baseball for Limestone's inaugural program. He was one of the first two players in Limestone's history to be selected for the NAIA All-District 6 team; served as a team captain from 1988-1990 and is a big supporter of the Saints baseball program. He has been involved in his community as a youth sport coach, a Life for Kids sponsor, and has spoken to several youth sports groups and businesses.
- Mike Pavlick '87, starting goalkeeper for the Saints soccer team for four years and an honors student. Mike served as the team's captain and was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP; was one of the first soccer players from Limestone to earn NAIA All-District 6 honors; and participated in the District 6 All-Star Game. Mike was also nationally ranked in average saves per game in 1986-87.
- 1981-82 Men's Basketball Team, the team that set the stage for Limestone basketball's tremendous success during the 1980s. Under the direction of second-year Head Coach Craig Drennon, the team won 25 of their 32 games in '81-82. The team started out by winning its opening 10 games, and earned Limestone's first invitation to the prestigious WBTV Classic. The Saints received a low seed in the tournament and had to play three consecutive games to advance to the tournament finals, where they defeated Johnson C. Smith 101-86 to capture the WBTV title.
Following that impressive win, the Saints were recognized as a team on the rise by receiving a national ranking.
The team was also a strong contender in NAIA District 6 competition, which included opponents such as Winthrop, Wofford, USC-Spartanburg, Presbyterian and the College of Charleston. Even though the Saints fell just short of capturing the 1982 District 6 title, they catapulted the team and started a winning legacy that would last for nearly a decade. In fact, for the next five seasons, the Saints never posted a win percentage lower than .640.