Five inducted into Christchurch Hall of Fame
|The 2008 Christchurch School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include, from left, Edward N. Rand (‘70), Sam Williams (‘76), Thomas Henderson (‘70), Jefferson Cross III (‘66) and Holly Jones, accepting on behalf of her late father Grover Jones (coach 1955-60). At far right is Wayne Toney of Middlesex, who was recognized as the first African-American graduate (1973) of Christchurch School.|
The inductees were J. Jefferson Cross III (’66); the late Grover Jones, a coach at CCS from 1955-60; Edward N. Rand (’70), Samuel Williams (’76) and Thomas J. Henderson (’70).
All of the inductees gave acceptance speeches and were presented plaques..
The master of ceremonies was Dave Alter, chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
Also receiving a plaque was Wayne Toney (’73) in recognition of the fact he was the first African-American graduate of Christchurch School.
Cross lettered in football and track and set school records in the 100, 220 and 440-yard dashes and earned the nickname “Flash.” Cross won the 60 and 300-yard dashes at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Invitational in 1966, and won the 100 and 220-yard dashes at the State Prep League meets in 1965 and 1966.
The late Grover Jones was a former teacher and legendary football, basketball and golf coach at CCS. His daughter, Holly Jones, accepted the plaque on his behalf.
Rand was a track and soccer star at CCS and was undefeated for two years in the 880-yard run in tri and dual meets, and placed second in the State Championship meet. He also won races at other prestigious meets and set school records in the 880 and mile runs.
Williams was a standout in basketball, football and track. Twice selected for the Dick McDonagh Best All-Around Athlete Award at CCS, Williams led the Prep League in scoring (23 ppg) in 1976 and set a school single-game record of 47 points. He was first team All-Prep League and made the All-Tournament team. He was the first African-American to win the school’s Bishop’s Award.
Henderson was captain of the varsity football, soccer and baseball teams at CCS and won numerous team MVP awards in both his junior and senior years.