BC to Honor '85 Basketball and Golf
James Hagins, Sammy Poindexter and Ralph Stovall -- members of the Bluefield College Sports Hall of Fame and just a handful of former BC sports greats who will be honored on campus, Saturday, February 7, when the college recognizes its 1985 national runner-up men’s basketball team and its 1985 national champion men’s golf team.

BC to Honor '85 Basketball and Golf

By Chris Shoemaker | January 29, 2015 | RSS

Bluefield College’s 1985 men’s basketball team, runner-up in the NLCAA National Tournament.
BC's 1985 men’s golf team, champions of the NLCAA National Tournament.
Mark Blevins, coach of the 1985 BC men’s basketball team


The 1980s were “glory days” for Bluefield College athletics -- an era when the men’s basketball teams averaged 24 wins per season and earned three runner-up distinctions in the National Tournament for the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA), the forerunner of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) Division II.


The ‘80s were also a time when the BC men’s baseball team averaged more than 20 wins a season and claimed the first ever Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference (TVAC) championship. That same decade, the men’s golf team was crowned champion of the NLCAA National Tournament.


“I first heard this time period of BC athletics referred to as the ‘glory days’ by former coach and athletic director Mark Blevins,” said Alumni Director Mark Hipes. “When you look at what our athletic programs began to accomplish less than a decade away from transitioning to a four-year college, it truly is amazing. In the NLCAA, we were competing against long-standing programs from the NAIA and NCAA ranks. What our program didn’t have in resources it made up for in grit, heart and determination.”


Among the more notable years of the decade: 1985 -- the year when the men’s basketball team finished runner-up in the NLCAA National Tournament and the season the men’s golf team won the NLCAA National Championship. And, for those honors, the members of both of these BC sports teams will be recognized on campus on February 7.


“It will be a great day,” said Hipes. “These former players will have a chance to reunite on their campus, introduce their families, and spend the day reliving memories from a glorious time 30 years ago. These guys were there at the beginning, when Bluefield College had begun seeing success at the four-year level. In 1985, these young men promoted the best of Bluefield College, and on February 7 we will recognize and celebrate their accomplishments. I’m looking forward to hearing their stories and sharing what life is like today for BC athletes.”


The daylong recognition for the 1985 athletes will begin with a reception for the players, coaches and their families at 11:30 a.m. in Shott Hall. In addition to a time of reunion and fellowship, the reception will include photographs and remarks from BC executives.


Later in the day, the honorees are invited to enjoy a current Lady Rams basketball game against Reinhardt University at 1 p.m. from a special Alumni Zone in the Dome Gymnasium. In fact, all BC alumni are invited to join in the celebration at this time in the Alumni Zone.


Following the women’s basketball game, the current men’s basketball team will battle Reinhardt at 3 p.m. in the Dome. Members of the ‘85 men’s basketball and men’s golf teams will be formally recognized during halftime of the men’s game.


Among the men’s basketball players to be honored with Hagins of Roanoke, Virginia; Poindexter of Dublin, Virginia; and Stovall of Rihmond, Virginia; are Dale Black of Buena Vista, Virginia; Jerome Brown of Pulaski, Virginia; Kevin Clevinger of Charlotte, North Carolina; Cedric Cruise of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Will Largen of Rock Hill, South Carolina; Howard Mayo of Fancy Gap, Virginia; Bruce McCray of Sanford, Florida; the late Reggie Owens of Houston, Texas; Fred Phillips of Cedar Bluff, Virginia; Bobby Thompson of Marysville, Ohio; and Jimmy Whitaker of Roanoke, Virginia. The head coach of the elite ’85 men’s basketball squad also to be honored on February 7: Mark Blevins of Knoxville, Tennessee, along with student assistant coaches Daniel Brown of Suffolk, Virginia, and Dave Kessler of Winder, Georgia.


The men’s golf team from ’85 set to be honored at BC are Jeff Tickle of Pembroke, Virginia; Roger Hornsby of Martinsville, Virginia; David Moore of Bluefield, Virginia; Mike Wooldridge of Axton, Virginia; and Dean Marshall of Pembroke, Virginia; along with head coach David Clark.


“If Webster needed a definition for student-athlete, it would be these guys,” said Hipes. “We didn’t have a lot of resources back then, and athletic scholarships were small and numbered. They probably sacrificed a lot of time representing Bluefield College, and on February 7 we will try to return the favor. It will be their day.”


Alumni and friends are encouraged to RSVP for the reception and the games by contacting the Bluefield College Alumni Office by phone at 276-326-4209 or by email at . Guests may also register online by visiting the BC alumni calendar of events.




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