Beach High to hold Hall of Fame Inductions

Renee' Wiilliams
Renee’ Wiilliams

Three sport star, Renee’ Williams, member of the 2000 State Champion Beach High Girls’ Basketball team will lead the list of inductees in the Beach High Athletic Hall of Fame Association 2009 enshrinement.

The 23rd induction banquet will be held Saturday April 25, 2009 in the Joseph M. Greene Complex at 3001 Hopkins Street and tickets are $25.00.

Joining Williams will be football stars Gerald Crawford’ 59, and Harmon Pinckney ’53. Also, inducted is 1964 graduate Edward Nelson – two sport star in basketball and baseball.

The 1945-46 Boy’s Championship Basketball Team will also be honored.

This year’s citations will be Mr. Leon Grant whose family purchased the first score board in Beach High’s first building on Hopkins Street.

Bernard “Yank” Lewis coached Beach for over five years and was innovative in his training of Beach athletics during the Russell Ellington era.

Lewis was the first at Beach to introduce strength training through weights to the football team that now plays a role in all sports at Beach.

In addition to being a member of the 2000 state crown, Williams was named Memorial Health All-Region Team 3-AAA most valuable player and WTOC and Savannah Morning News Player of the Week.

To closeout her career, Williams was named to the Guardian First Team, played in four straight region championships and four state champion tournaments.

Williams also played softball and was a member of the 4 x 400 and 4 x 100 team qualifying for the state.

Crawford was a member of Beach High’s first baseball team in 1959.

Without a complete schedule, Crawford proved to be an outstanding player and was nicknamed “powerhouse” because of his great hitting power.

Additionally, Crawford was a starting defensive back and was one of the fiercest tacklers in the city.

The leader of the secondary, Crawford was like glue on coverage and proved to be one dominant back with just a knack to stay around the football.

Harmon “Jazz” Pinckney, known for his hard running, excellent blocking and fierce competition played for Coach Joe Greene’s squads for three years.

Pinckney joined the Bulldog’s fullback Clifford Perry, halfback Robert Cole and Hall of Famers Claude Roberts, and quarterback brothers Earl and Carl Middleton.

For Tickets, contact Johnny Brown-231-0921, Jacob Greene-658-2538, or Rossie Caldwell-631-5538.

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