Three outstanding alumni, Helen Wallace ’76, and two of the former athletes she coached, Clayton Jennings ’91, Caroline Cheves Owen ’95, were inducted into the CCES Sports Hall of Fame at the annual VIP Alumni Dinner held on September 28. The three honorees, who were selected by the Alumni Association, had proved themselves as athletes on the school’s courts and playing fields in more than half a dozen sports, including boys tennis, football, girls basketball, field hockey, girls track, volleyball, and softball.
With the evening’s inductions, the CCES Sports Hall of Fame claimed the special distinction of counting two pairs of siblings among its elite membership: Clayton and his older brother John Jennings, inducted in 2005, and Caroline and her older sister Kathryn Cheves Davis, inducted in 2004.
Tennis standout Clayton Jennings was hailed in induction remarks by Bill Mitchell ’88 as “among the top handful of juniors ever to come out of the state of South Carolina,” according to “the longtime tournament director of Belton, the top junior tennis event in the state.” Mitchell and Jennings, as teammates on the Greenville Country Club Men’s 4.5 Tennis team, last year took third place at the U.S. Tennis Association National Championships in Tucson.
Kathryn Davis inducted her sister with a speech that portrayed in detail her sister’s athletic—and academic—achievements, not only at CCES, but also at Sewanee University, where she played basketball and was named Academic All-SCAC team in 1997-98. To the amusement of family and guests at the event, her remarks were also laced with humorous anecdotes that came as somewhat of a surprise to her sister.
Last induction of the evening was Helen Wallace, introduced by her former colleague on the Middle School faculty, R.J. Beach, now CCES Athletic Director. His remarks included kudos from colleagues on the faculty and former students whom she coached. He noted that by playing and coaching multiple sports, Wallace managed to pack more than a decade’s worth of athletics into her high school career, and also racked up more than two dozen seasons of coaching in less than half that time.
Congratulations to these alumni for their achievements and for the honor they reflect on their alma mater. For more detailed summaries of the athletic and coaching careers of these Sports Hall of Famers, see the spring issue of Highlights, which will be in your mailboxes in February 2013.