The Collins / Oak Hill High Red Devil Sports Hall of Fame is set to induct a nine-member class in 2021.
According to Gary Ray, a member of the Hall of Fame committee, the sports sanctuary’s new member induction event will take place on January 15. The winners will be presented shortly before the Oak Hill-Riverside boys’ basketball game at Lilly Center. That evening, a reception will be held at the Holiday Lodge in Oak Hill at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6 p.m. during which inductions will take place.
There is “a variety of things going on in the selections,” Ray said. âI think this is a good opportunity to recognizeâ¦ student-athletes who did well in school, who did well in life, and who also had respectable careers in high school.
“We believe it must be someone who has continued his career and his life honorably to be in the Red Devil Hall of Fame.”
The Hall’s Class of 2022 will be inducted in the upcoming football season.
Here is a miniature sketch of each person who will be inducted on January 15th:
Jeffery Alex Ashley – Ashley graduated in 2007. He played soccer and basketball, and was a member of all states on the soccer field.
He worked at Mountaineer Ford and is one of their top sales people.
Ashley lives in Shady Spring and enjoys spending time with her family, children Aubrey and Maverick, and fiancee Courtney Woods.
David Wayne Cantley II – Cantley graduated in 2004. He played football and baseball for the Red Devils. He was co-captain in football, and he was all-state, all-county and all-Coalfield Conference in football. Cantley has also been involved in the National Honor Society and Who’s Who in America.
He lives in Oak Hill and is employed by Alpha Natural Resources. Cantley attended Concord College, where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in Leisure and Tourism Management. He enjoys coaching young people in baseball, football and basketball, as well as spending time with his son, Xavier Cantley.
Amanda Lynn Coates – Coates is a 2003 graduate who played soccer and basketball at Oak Hill High. She was a member of All-State Football and performed in the North-South All-Star Game. She was also named the most athletic woman.
Coates is a Senior Business Analyst for Med Express. She attended Davis & Elkins College and WVU, where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
She enjoys spending time with her two children, Cecily and Xavier. She resides in Fairmont.
Samantha Kerwood – A member of the 2005 Class, Kerwood played soccer, won all-state awards, won Coalfield Conference awards, and appeared in the North-South All-Star Football Game.
A resident of Scarbro, she is a speech-language pathologist for Linguacare Associates, serving Raleigh General Hospital and Amedisys Home Health. Kerwood received her black belt in jujitsu at the age of 14, and she now enjoys traveling, riding side-by-side, paddling and kayaking, as well as spending time cooking.
Christophe Adam Nelson – Nelson graduated in 2009. He participated in high school football, basketball and track and field.
He was from every state, every county and every conference on the grill. Nelson also played in the North-South All-Star Football Classic.
Nelson attended Johnson C. Smith College, where he graduated in 2007 with a Business Administration / Accounting degree, and he also attended Winston-Salem State in 2013 for the Teachers Program. He also played college football and was the team’s third best rusher in his freshman year.
He currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC where he is a teacher / coach.
Christophe Lawson – Lawson was a graduating class of 2009 from the OHHS.
He participated in football, basketball and track and field. His honors included All States in basketball, a McDonald’s All-American nominee, all counties in football for four years, and a North-South participant in football and basketball.
Lawson attended Concord University, where he played football. He now gives back as a coach of midget league football and in the Mount Hope youth basketball program. He also provided devotions for the high school football team.
Lawson lives with his wife and children, Janden and Kendra, in Hilltop, and he is a store manager for US Cellular. He says he takes great pride in the time he can devote to children’s ministries and his work with children at his church, Solid Rock Worship Center.
Tyler Ryan Nunn – Nunn is a 2005 graduate who played soccer and baseball.
He was a member of All State Baseball and competed in the North-South baseball game.
He attended Fairmont State University and West Virginia State University and received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. While in college, he also played baseball, winning the second-team conference all-star in 2007.
Nunn is a case manager at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and lives in East Bernstadt, Ky. With his wife, Heather, and son, Adam Becknoil. He also owns Nunn Gardens / Mini Farms.
Brittney Nichole Thomas – Thomas, a 2009 graduate, has participated in basketball and track and field (shot put and discus). She was a two-time State Discus Champion and a member of the 2009 Class AA Girls State Championship Track Team.
Thomas attended West Virginia University and Bluefield State College, where she received her BSc in Physiology and Nursing. While at WVU, she competed in the indoor discus and hammer throw for the women’s track and field team.
She is a travel nurse and lives in Beckley with his wife, Charley Reid, and daughter, Cadence Reid.
Keith Shelton – A 1989 graduate, Shelton played basketball for the Red Devils. He was on the States second basketball team and was an all-conference selection.
Shelton enjoyed his years playing basketball for Red Devil fans and with his Oak Hill teammates, especially during state tournaments. His team play and leadership contributed to the success of the 1989 State Championship team.
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