Hall of Fame inductees announced

UNION COUNTY — Three former Yellow Jackets, a former Wildcat, and a former Red Devil will be the latest athletes to be inducted into the Union County High School Hall of Fame.

The Union County High School Hall of Fame Committee has announced that three former Union High School athletes, a former Jonesville High School athlete, and a former Lockhart High School athlete will be inducted into the Union County High School Hall of Fame during a half-time ceremony at Friday’s football at the Union County Stadium.

Kyle Browning

A two sport standout at Union High School from 1998 thru 2001 Kyle was described by a former coach as being “Pound for pound one of the best running backs in the history of Union High School.”

A member of the 3A state championship team in 1999 and 2000, Kyle rushed for 1675 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. Also a great receiver, he had 20 catches for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns the same year. KB surpassed his 11th grade performance during his senior year with 1841 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns and 33 catches for 440 yards and 5 TD’s.

Kyle gained an incredible 4000-plus yards rushing in high school and was an all-area and all-region selection in 1999 and 2000. He was also named All-State as a junior and senior and was the High School Sports Report 3A Player of the Year.

Kyle finished out his high school career as a Super Prep All-American and PrepStar All-American as well as a Shrine Bowl selection at running back.

Also an excellent baseball player, Kyle was named all-region and all-state.

Kyle played football for Clemson University and still holds the Power Index record which makes him pound-for-pound the strongest player in Clemson history. He lives in Atlanta where he is the Transportation Operations Manager for McLane Food Service. Kyle is engaged to Lindsay Smith.

We proudly induct Kyle Browning into the Union County High School Hall of Fame.

Kacie Knox Gillespie

A tennis player in the 7th thru 12th grades, Kacie holds the school record for most wins with 106. She had an impressive winning percentage of over 90% and was named to the Spartanburg Herald Journal’s All-Area team for 5 consecutive years.

Kacie was an all-region selection every year beginning in the eighth grade through the twelfth grade and was the region player of the year for an amazing four consecutive years. She was awarded all-state honors an incredible six years in a row and played in the North-South game as a senior.

Perhaps even more accomplished in softball, Kacie played for the Lady Jackets for 6 years. She had 160 career wins as a pitcher and pitched an unbelievable 15 no-hitters as well as 2 perfect games. She was an all-area as well as an all-region selection for 5 consecutive years. Kacie was named to the all-state team four years in a row and was selected the 3A Softball Player of the Year an amazing 4 consecutive years. She played in the North-South game as a senior and was Honorable Mention Player of the Decade by the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

A tennis player at Erskine College, Kacie was undefeated in 4 years of Conference singles play and was named MVP her senior year. Kacie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and lives with husband Michael in Fort Mill.

We proudly induct Kacie Knox Gillespie into the Union County High School Hall of Fame.

Shane Grady

A three sport star at Lockhart High School from 1997 thru 2001, Shane led the 1999 football team to an 8-1 record; the best in 27 years.

Playing at quarterback, Shane was a 4 year starter and was named Most Valuable player as a sophomore. An extremely versatile athlete, he moved to wide receiver the last game of his career and set a school record for receiving yards with 210 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Shane led the team in tackles for 3 consecutive years at linebacker.

Also a standout on the basketball court, Shane was named all-region as a sophomore and was awarded the coaches award and best defense.

A five year starter on the baseball team, Shane was named all-region as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. He had the highest batting average for 4 consecutive years and was named Most Valuable player as a junior. Shane batted over 500 his sophomore year and pitched a no hitter. He was named all-state for both his 11th and 12th grade seasons.

After high school, Shane was offered a scholarship to play football for Newberry College and was also invited to try out for the Texas Rangers professional baseball team.

Shane and his wife Amanda have been married for 12 years and have one child, Peyton. They are active members of Lockhart First Baptist Church.

We proudly induct Shane Grady into the Union County High School Hall of Fame.

Terry Manus

A three sport letterman at Jonesville High School from 1958 thru 1961, Terry was voted best lineman in football during his 11th grade season and was named first team all-conference at tight end.

Terry was a three year starter on the basketball team and was voted most valuable player as a junior. He was also named all-conference in basketball and was the 2nd leading scorer in the Piedmont Conference.

As talented in baseball as the other sports, Terry was the team batting champion as well as most valuable player during his junior year. He was voted Most Athletic and Mister Reflector at Jonesville High School. This award recognized the individual who most exemplified the best qualities of a student athlete.

After High School, Terry played in the Union County basketball league and was named MVP. He became a member of NASCAR and worked in the pit crew for Bobby Isaac, Darrell Waltrip, Donnie Allison and Buddy Baker. While serving in the Army, he patrolled the Berlin Wall.

Terry has served in various capacities in his church as well as assisting with fund raising for building a church and little league baseball field. He and his wife Barbara have been married for over 50 years and have three children, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

We proudly induct Terry Manus into the Union County High School Hall of Fame.

Bryan Robinson

Best known for his prowess on the offensive side of the line, Bryan was a 4 year letterman at Union High School from 1994 through 1997. He also played two years of JV baseball before deciding to concentrate his talents on football. Bryan was a member of 1995 Division 2 4A State Championship team.

A member of the 1996 region championship team, most of Bryan’s awards and recognitions came during his senior year. He was named to the Region 3 all-region team as well as the Spartanburg Herald Journal’s all-area team. In 1997 Bryan was named an All-State player by the Greenville News and was also named All-State by the High School Sports Report.

As a 1997 Shrine Bowl selection, Bryan started on the offensive line for the sandlappers and helped lead the South Carolina team to a close 21-20 victory over the North Carolina team.

Bryan attended USC-Upstate and graduated in 2002. He returned home to teach and coach for the Union County School District and has coached football for 13 years at several schools including Union High, Sims and Jonesville. He was a member of the first coaching staff for Union County High School.

Bryan and his wife Audrey have been married for 11 years and are active members of Mt. Joy Baptist church. They have two children: 7 year old Thomas and brother Martin who is 3.

We proudly induct Bryan Robinson into the Union County High School Hall of Fame.

Five to be inducted at Friday’s game

This story was submitted by the Union County High School Hall of Fame Committee.

This story was submitted by the Union County High School Hall of Fame Committee.