Former Patriots to enter Florence Hall of Fame
Two former Francis Marion University student-athletes are among the 2014 induction class for the Chick-Fil-A Florence Athletic Hall of Fame. Former women's tennis player Debbie Wall and former baseball outfielder and left-handed pitcher Antone Brooks are among eight individuals who will be inducted on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Florence Civic Center.
Wall played on the first two tennis squads at Francis Marion in 1971 and 1972. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1972 from then Francis Marion College.
As a senior, she occupied the No.1 singles and No.1 doubles positions and posted a 3-2 singles record and a 5-0 doubles mark.
Brooks played one season at Francis Marion before tranferring to Norfolk State University. In 1993, he helped lead the Patriots to a 28-15 record, a No.19 national ranking, and second-place finishes at both the Peach Belt Athletic Conference Tournament and the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional.
He batted .339 with 35 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, five home runs, and 32 runs batted in. On the mound, he compiled a 4-2 record with one save, a 3.74 earned run average, a .203 batting average against, and 41 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.
He was named to the PBAC All-Tournament Team.
This marks the sixth consecutive year that an individual with ties to Francis Marion has made the Hall of Fame.