NEWBERRY – Retired Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball coach David Horton is among five to be inducted into the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame as the class of 2016, the Newberry College Lettermen’s Club announced Wednesday.
The five will be honored at a banquet on Sept, 3, as well as at halftime of that evening’s home football game against Florida Tech.
Horton pitched a no-hitter and was a varsity letter winner for the baseball team during his career at Newberry College. The 1960 graduate was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 following his 2012 retirement. In May, Horton was inducted as a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class for the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association.
In 46 seasons at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Horton coached 1,150 games, winning a South Carolina High School League record 889 games and losing 261. Under his leadership, the Red Raiders established a championship standard in South Carolina in winning 14 state titles in 17 appearances. During a stretch between 1974 and 1981, B-E tied a national record with eight state titles won on the Class 2-A level.
Other inductees are:
• Bryant Blanton (wrestling, football): Blanton was a three-time Division II All-American for the scarlet and gray (2009-11) and was the 2010 Division II National Champion at 184 pounds with a 41-8 record that season. He has two of Newberry's three 40-plus win seasons and holds the top three spots for most pins in a season.
• Keith McAlister (football, baseball): McAlister was a two-sport athlete at Newberry College and earned most of his accolades in football. He was named all-District 6 in 1971 and 1972 and was all-state and Lutheran All-American in 1972. McAlister played in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders before coming back to South Carolina in the coaching ranks.
He was the head coach at Swansea from 1976-78 before moving to Strom Thurmond for the 1978 season. At Strom Thurmond, he had a 91-20 record over nine seasons with seven conference titles, three state runner-up finishes and four undefeated regular seasons. He was also coach at Thomas Sumter Academy and Byrnes High School.
• Keath Porterfield (football): Porterfield played running back for the Indians from 1993-96 and is one of the top rushers in school history. His 3,462 career rushing yards rank second in school history and he is one of only five career 3,000-yard rushers in the scarlet and gray.
In his 1995 junior season, Porterfield set school records with 1,307 yards on 244 carries. His 14 rushing touchdowns and seven 100-yard games that season rank second in school history.
• Inga Woiwode (women’s soccer): Woiwode played at Newberry from 2004-07 and is the leading scorer in program history, helping to establish the program. She is the first women’s soccer player inducted to the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Her 109 career points stand as a school record for a career, as does her 33 career assists. Her 38 goals are second in the records.