The Wolfpacker

January 2014

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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The second 10-member group of outstanding athletes and coaches to enter the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame was honored with a gala celebration on Nov. 22 at Reynolds Coliseum. A Class To Remember photo courtesy nc state media relations A Second Group Of 10 Is Inducted Into The NC State Athletic Hall Of Fame A By Tim Peeler little more than 20 years ago, Sylvester Terkay wasn't sure he if was going to make the wrestling team at Chowan Junior College. The strapping native of Pennsylvania had suffered a knee injury during his senior year of high school and was largely unnoticed by Division I colleges. How could he have known that he would have a hall of fame career at NC State? Torry Holt was in the same situation, for different reasons, when he graduated from Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville in 1994. By the time he needed to make his college choice, the speedy high school wide receiver had not achieved the necessary standardized test scores the NCAA required at the time for admission. So instead of enrolling at NC State, as he had planned, he headed off to a military prep school in Virginia. How could he have dreamed that he and his little brother would be Wolfpack legends, entrepreneurs and philanthropists? Betty Springs wasn't exactly sure what to expect of her college career when she arrived in Raleigh from Florida. She had never run up — or down — a hill in her life, so she wasn't sure if her All-America prep distance running career would translate to college. Who would have believed that she would be the first woman to win an NCAA championship in any sport? Tommy Burleson, the exceedingly tall, but sometimes awkward-looking, basketball center from the mountains of North Carolina always worried that those who saw him only as tall would never respect the hard work he put into being an excellent athlete. He always bristled at the idea that height was his only talent. Was it possible to think that he could become the centerpiece for two of the greatest teams in the history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball? And Ronnie Shavlik grew up in Denver, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. What made him think he could come into the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference and become the fledgling league's first superstar? It was simply unheard of. Mike Caldwell, from tiny Tarboro, N.C., 20  ■  the wolfpacker 20-22,24.Hall Of Fame.indd 20 12/5/13 3:35 PM

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