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Eight legends of DA athletics to be inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday
Posted 11/30/2017 03:00PM

Seven alumni athletes and one coach will be inducted into Durham Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Dec. 1. This marks the third class of inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2013 and will tap new members every other year.

The new Athletic Hall of Fame members will be honored at halftime of the Dec. 1 varsity boys basketball game. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. in Kirby Gym. Following the game will be a reception in the Upper School Learning Commons.

The inductees are Conrad Hall ’89, Hunter Henry ’97, Sherry Bartholomew Holtzclaw ’78, Kelsey Kearney ’08, Marshall Moore ’92, Greg Murray, Phil Pearce ’77 and Christine Suggs ’05.

Conrad Hall ’89 stands out in a long and storied history of Durham Academy’s cross-country and middle-distance runners. He set the school record on DA’s old cross-country course in 1988 — a record that has been topped only by fellow 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Moore. Hall is a five-time N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association individual event champion and is also a two-time Durham City-County Meet champion. Hall now stands among DA’s all-time top-three athletes in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races, and he helped lead DA to four state championships in boys track and field and four state championships in boys cross-country. He was also a two-year letterman in swimming at DA.

Hall continued his running career at Duke University, where he ran cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track. He is now a NCISAA championship-winning track and cross-country coach at Cary Academy.

Hunter Henry ’97 is counted among DA’s best all-around athletes ever, having earned 10 varsity letters in lacrosse, soccer and basketball. He was a two-year letterman and team award winner in basketball. While wearing a Cavaliers soccer uniform, he earned multiple All-Conference and All-State honors and helped lead DA to two state championships. However, Henry garnered the most acclaim as a lacrosse player; he was a three-time All-State player and a two-time High School Lacrosse All-American, and he helped DA win three state championships.

Henry continued his lacrosse career at Duke University, where he served as a team captain. He now lives in Dallas, Texas.

Sherry Bartholomew Holtzclaw ’78 was a stand-out athlete in both track and volleyball. She remains among the top five long-jumpers and top 10 high-jumpers in Durham Academy history. Holtzclaw lettered in volleyball all four years of high school, earning All-Conference honors twice and being named All-State as a senior — a year in which she led her teammates to the NCISAA state championship.

Holtzclaw continued her volleyball career at the University of Virginia, where she was a team captain and still holds several school records. She now lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Kelsey Kearney ’08 was a two-year varsity basketball letter winner, twice earning All-Conference honors, and she lettered in soccer five years. As DA’s goalkeeper, Kearney developed into the top goalie in North Carolina and led the Cavaliers to the state tournament each season, including a runner-up finish in 2006.

A multi-year All-State player at DA, Kearney continued her soccer career at UNC-Greensboro, where she earned All-Conference and All-America recognition. She now works in fundraising for the University of South Carolina athletic department.

Dr. Marshall Moore ’92 stands among DA’s all-time outstanding distance runners. He is a seven-time NCISAA individual champion — including two championships each in cross-country, the 3,200-meter race and the 800-meter race. He holds the course record for DA’s old cross-country course and is a three-time winner of the Durham City-County Meet. Moore led the Cavs to six team NCISAA titles — four in cross-country and two in track and field.

He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and now lives in the Washington, D.C., area where he works as an orthopedic surgeon in the Navy.

Greg Murray has served as a Durham Academy coach and physical education teacher since 1979. Under Murray’s leadership in the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s, the varsity girls basketball team won 407 games, earned multiple conference titles, competed in six NCISAA Final Fours, appeared in four state championship games and won two NCISAA titles. Murray continues to serve as the head coach for both the girls and boys golf teams, which have won a combined eight conference titles. His girls teams have been runners-up in the state tournament twice, and the boys program has won one NCISA championship.

Phil Pearce ’77 was a three-sport standout athlete at DA. He earned All-Conference and All-Region honors on the soccer field and competed in six different events over the course of his career as a track athlete, earning team awards in each sport. Pearce was the leading scorer of the 1976-1977 state championship basketball team, earning All-Conference and All-State honors. He holds the DA record for making 27 rebounds in a single game. He once scored 37 points in a game and was the first member of DA’s 1,000-point club; he now ranks fourth of the eight student-athletes to have passed the mark.

After graduating from DA, Pearce attended the University of Virginia, where he was a cheerleader. He now lives in Michigan and will be unable to attend Friday’s induction ceremony; he will be represented by his father, Dr. Phil Pearce.

Christine Suggs ’05 is counted among the all-time great DA field hockey players, and she also competed on the basketball, soccer and track teams. As a field hockey player, Suggs was named All-Conference three times; All-State three times; Conference Player of the Year; and All-America two times. She is the DA field hockey program’s all-time leading scorer.

Suggs went on to play field hockey at Wake Forest, where she earned All-Region and Freshman of the Year honors. She now lives in Louisiana.

For more information on the Athletic Hall of Fame, see www.da.org/athletichalloffame.

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