WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame has ten new members. Former US Open Champ Andy Roddick headlines the class, which will be inducted at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on March 24, 2013. Here are thumbnail sketches of the inductees:
Dave Barnhartwas a versatile athlete for Palm Beach High School. He played center, linebacker and long-snapper for the 1964 football team which went 10-0, outscoring its opponents 237-22. Barnhart went on to play for the University of Florida.
Kimmy Carter Bloemersis the daughter of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, but she carved out her own niche on the diamond. Bloemers was a star at Kings Academy, winning Palm Beach County Player of the Year honors in 1998. She was a four-year starter at Florida St., and was named to the All-ACC 50th Anniversary Team.
Gene Callawaywon ten letters at Palm Beach High School. He would later play professional baseball and was also quite a golfer, winning the West Palm Beach Country Club Championship in 1965.
Robert Harriswas the Palm Beach County Defensive Football Player of the Year at Suncoast High School in 1987. He went on to Southern University making the Black College All-America Team, before being a second-round pick of the Vikings.
Sam Howellstarred for the Cardinal Newman High School football and baseball teams. He holds Crusaders records for wins, strikeouts, no-hitters and lowest ERA. Howell was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1971.
Gregory Loweryis one of the best basketball players in Palm Beach County history. He was a three-year starter at Roosevelt High School, winning Player of the Year honors in 1968. Lowery later played for Texas Tech and professionally in France.
Louis Oliverwas a star football player at Glades Central High School. He walked on at the University of Florida and became an All-American. The Dolphins drafted Oliver 25th overall in 1989, and he was named to the 1991 NFL All-Pro Team.
Dana Quigleyis known as the "Ironman" of the PGA Champions Tour. He played in a record 278-consecutive tournaments. For his career, Quigley has played in 416 Champions Tour events, making the cut in 413 and winning 11 times.
Andy Roddickbecame the world's #1-ranked junior tennis player while a student at Boca Prep. In 2003, he won the US Open and became the youngest American male to reach #1 in the world. Roddick is the last American male to win a Grand Slam.
Tim Rosaforteis one of golf's premier journalists. He's been a senior writer for Golf World/Golf Digest for the last 15 years. Rosaforte has covered more than 100 Major Championships and earned numerous writing honors.