New hall of fame inductees

WHITMIRE — Three individuals are set to be inducted into the 2015 class of the Whitmire High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The following Whitmire graduates will be inducted into the Whitmire High School Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the Whitmire vs. Ridge Spring-Monetta football game on Friday, Sept. 25:

Tony Sims is a 1984 graduate of Whitmire High School. Tony is retired from the military — having served 25 years in the National Guard — including serving during the Iraqi Freedom tour. While in high school he participated on the football and baseball teams. Football awards include Best Offensive Back, Best Defensive Back, MVP, All Conference, and All County. His baseball awards include the Batting Title, MVP, and All Conference. Tony also holds school records for most career hits (119), most career home runs (16), most career RBI’s (94), and most innings pitched (204) in a career. Tony attends Seekwell Baptist Church and is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Young Buck Sims.

Desmond Harp is a 2008 graduate of Whitmire High School. He later attended Florence-Darlington Tech and Emmanuel College where he participated on the baseball team at both schools. He also attended Midlands Technical College for Civil Engineering Technology. He is in his third year as an assistant coach for the Wolverine Football Team. Desmond recently accepted a job offer from Norfolk Southern Railroad. While in high school Desmond was a four year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. His baseball awards include All-Region and All-State for 2 years, Region 2 1-A Player of the year in 2008, High School Sports Report All-State in 2008, and a North/South All-Star Game participant in 2008. For football, he holds the school record for most receptions (74) in a career. He was also the Newberry County Athlete of the Year in 2008. Desmond attends New Spring Church and is the son of Joseph Harp of the Maybinton Community of Whitmire and Sharon Harp who resides in Whitmire.

Alan Thompson is a 1999 graduate of Whitmire High School. He also attended the University of South Carolina. Alan is an active member of the American Legion and The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He served in the U.S. Air Force from September 10, 2002 to September 10, 2006. Alan received the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Service while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom. He is employed at Caterpillar, Inc. in Newberry as a Process Planner. Alan was a three sport letterman in high school, having lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. His football awards include All-Region and All-State in 1998, Region Defensive Player of the Year in 1998, Best Offensive Lineman in 1998, Most Valuable Player in 1998, and the Wolverine Award in 1998. He received the Attitude Award for Basketball in 1998-99 and also was a Three Sport Award winner. He was named to Academic All-Region and All-State Teams in 1995-96, 1996-97, and 1998-99. Alan attends St. Marks Catholic Church in Newberry and is the son of Randy and Angie Thompson of Whitmire. He joins his father, Randy (1988) and brother, Jeremy (2010) in the Whitmire High Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Will be inducted during Sept. 25 game