- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Officials of the Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall of Fame have announced four inductees to comprise its class of 2010.
The four inductees include Olympian Tisha Waller, former NBA basketball star Terry Davis, former athlete and coach Bill Vanney and the late Tigue Day Sr., a well-known ball player and coach.
Waller, Davis, Vanney and Day will be inducted during ceremonies that will be held as part of the annual Halifax County-South Boston Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet, which will be held Saturday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax County Middle School.
Tickets for the event will be placed on sale soon.
Waller was an outstanding track athlete at Halifax County High School where she set several records. She went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. where she became one of the university’s elite track athletes.
The former Halifax County High School standout went on to become one of the top track and field athletes in the country, winning the USA Indoor and Outdoor championships five times.
Waller went on to compete in the Olympics in 1996 and 2004. She also won a bronze medal in the World Indoor Games in 1999.
The former South Boston resident has also had a stellar career as an educator and is a former winner of the Teacher of the Year Award in Dekalb County, Ga., where she currently teaches.
Davis, a noted basketball star, was a standout player for Halifax County High School in 1983 and 1984. He became an immediate success playing basketball for Virginia Union University and went on to play basketball in the NBA.
The former South Boston resident played professional basketball in the NBA for 12 years, playing with Miami, Dallas, Washington and Denver.
Vanney grew up in South Boston, and played Dixie Youth Baseball and other sports. His father, Joe Vanney, coached some of the teams he played on as a youth. He went on to become an outstanding football player and baseball player at Halifax County High School.
Vanney attended East Carolina University and later went on to attend and graduate from Western State University in Colorado.
He later returned to Halifax County and served as a defensive coordinator in football and head baseball coach at Halifax County High School.
Vanney and his family later moved to Arizona where he continued to coach and became a principal at Tempe High School in Tempe, Ariz.
Day, a noted baseball player and baseball coach, is being honored posthumously. A noted catcher in high school at C.H. Friend High School, he went on to play baseball in the Halifax County Baseball League.
His love for the sport of baseball was well-known. Day coached in the local baseball league for many years and he left his mark on many young people in South Boston and Halifax County.
In addition to being an outstanding baseball player and baseball coach, Day was an avid bowler and had many accomplishments in that sport as well.
At one time, Day was King of the Hill in Baltimore, Md. for 10 weeks and earned a nice sum of money as a result.
All of Day’s children have followed him in sports and each one has left his individual mark on the young people of the area.