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George Mason H.S. Names Inductees to Hall of Fame

The George Mason High School Hall of Fame will induct five alumni athletes and one team into the Hall during ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 10, it was announced last week.  It will also confer its first Special Achievement Award on an alumni athlete whose high school sports career involved notable accomplishments while overcoming significant challenges in a manner inspirational to past, present and future athletes.

The athletes and team to be inducted are as follows:

  • Kenneth “Powers” Shutts (1957) was a four-time state champion in track – twice in the 440-yard run (1956 and 1957). He also anchored both the state championship mile relay team (1956) and the state championship 880 yard relay team (1957). His 1956 440-yard run, 1956 mile relay and 1957 880-yard relay involved then state record times.

  • Steve Clinton (1980) starred in basketball and baseball, playing on the varsity teams for three years in each sport. In basketball, he led the 1979-80 team to a district championship and was named the district’s most valuable player. In baseball, he started on the 1980 Group AA state championship baseball team and was named to the All-Region tournament team. Steve played intercollegiate baseball at the College of William and Mary, lettering four years, and joins his sister Joan (1977) as the first brother-sister tandem to be inducted into the Hall.

  • Kate Jackson (2000) is the leading career scorer in George Mason basketball history (boys and girls). She was Group A co-state player of the year in girls’ basketball in 1998 when her team won the state championship and a two-time first team Group A All-State selection in girls’ basketball. Kate played intercollegiate basketball at the College of Charleston. She joins her sister Sarah (1996) as the first sister combination to be inducted into the Hall.

  • Colleen Winzeler (2000) was the 1999 Group A state champion in girls’ cross-country, the 800-meter run, and the 1,600-meter run. She is the only girl in Mason history to win an individual state championship in cross-country and still holds George Mason High School records in the 800-meter and the 1,600-meter runs. Colleen skipped her final year of high school eligibility to enter college and compete at Lewis-Clark State College. She held school records there for the 1,500-meter run and the 3,200-meter relay.

  • Ben Griffin (2002) was the quintessential three-sport athlete, excelling in football, basketball, and soccer. In football, he had over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season and was first team All-Region as a defensive back. In basketball, Ben was a starter on the 2000-01 state semi-finalist team and was selected second team All-District the following year. In soccer, he was Group A state player of the year and led his team to the state championship his senior year. Ben played soccer inter­collegiately at Southern Virginia University and Mars Hill College.

  • The 1998 Girls’ Basketball Team was the first Mason team to win a state basketball championship, compiling a 25-1 record on the way to the Group A crown. Team members include Erin Ballard, Catherine Cooney, Liz Gannon, Karly Gould, Summer Harrington, Kate Jackson, Katie Kuhn, Kerry Kuhn, Lauren Lewis, Elisa Marks, Deidre Murphy, Emily Rudd, Erin Scrutchins, Lauren Szymanski, Robin Wilson, and Samantha Wippich as well as head coach Jim Spiridopoulos and assistant coaches Mike Malone, Bill Rohland and Byron Wood. The 1998 girls’ basketball team is the third team and the first girls’ team to be inducted into the Hall.

Tim McCabe (1997) will receive the Special Achievement Award.  Tim was a three-year letter winner and starter on the boys’ soccer team, playing the striker position.  During his career, Tim scored seven goals, was named to the second team All-District squad his senior year, and played on teams that compiled a gaudy combined 42-5-2 record while garnering metro area recognition for excellence. In 1997, Tim received the Allstate Foundation/Virginia High School Achievement Award in the Group A male athlete category. This award recognizes exceptional achievements in the classroom and in athletic and academic extra-curricular activities. Tim’s accomplishments are particularly noteworthy because of the adversity he overcame in order to compete.  Tim was born without arms.

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