ELKINS - More than 300 people gathered in The McDonnell Center Saturday evening to welcome the two newest members of the Davis & Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame as well as recognize the top student-athletes from the 2013-2014
Selected for induction into the Hall of Fame were Gary Horvath, '62, and Gerald "Gerry" Lawrence, '61.
During his time at D&E, Horvath was a three-sport athlete, lettering in soccer, tennis and swimming, and served as a captain of all three teams. He was also a member of the D&E ski team.
Horvath reached the semi-finals of the state tennis championship and registered a runner-up finish at the swimming state championships.
Horvath continues to serve D&E as a member of the Finish the Field Campaign Committee and co-founder of the Virginia chapter of D&E alumni.
Horvath earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. After graduating from D&E, he spent four years serving in the United States Army. He returned to his alma mater as the assistant director of admission from 1970-1973, where he helped recruit athletes for the soccer team. Horvath was hired as Snowshoe Mountain Resort's first ski director in 1973, and became a real estate agent in 1974. He has been employed by Wintergreen Real Estate since 1975.
Lawrence was a two-year captain of the Senator football team and lettered in football, swimming, track and field, and baseball. He also played junior varsity basketball.
In football, Lawrence was a two-time all-conference honoree. He set the school shot-put record in track and field. On the diamond, Lawrence earned the 1959 National Baseball Congress of America Award and was a member of the Cincinnati Reds class "C" spring training team in Tampa, Fla.
Following his graduation from D&E, Lawrence joined the Pensacola Naval Air Station football team where he graduated first in his class for physical training and boxing. He then spent 10 years actively serving his country in the U.S. Navy, followed by 21 years in the reserves where he attained the rank of Navy Captain.
Lawrence worked as a sales contractor before becoming a licensed real estate agent and, eventually, an appraiser. Lawrence served two years as president of the Elkins Lions Club and is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion. He also spent six years on the board of directors at Valley View Golf Course in Moorefield.
Lawrence is currently retired and living in Elkins.
The Davis & Elkins Athletic Awards Banquet also paid tribute the accomplishments of several student-athletes.
Top honors of Male and Female Athlete of the Year were presented to James Pucci, a forward on the Senator soccer team, and Jorden Lykes, a forward on the women's basketball team. Pucci is a senior from Carrara, Italy. Lykes is a senior from Prince George, Va.
Stephanie Wooten, a guard on the women's basketball team, and men's tennis standout Vincent Hamon were recognized as the female and male Freshman of the Year. Wooten is from Lincolnton, N.C. Hamon is from Saint Barthelemy, France.
The Joe Carroll Leadership Award presented to a male and female athlete was given to women's tennis star Julia Hoehn, a junior from Thurnau, Germany, and Senator baseball infielder and pitcher Treavor Dubiel, a senior from Washington, N.J.
Softball catcher and utility player Amanda Serafini, a senior from Blasdell, N.Y., and Senator baseball infielder Houston Darling, a senior from Knoxville, Md., were recognized as the female and male Academic Athletes of the Year.
Two special presentations were also given during the evening. Head baseball coach Ronnie Palmer was recognized for earning the record of the baseball program's all-time winningest coach.
Retiring Physical Plant Director Ron Selders was recognized for his contributions to the athletic facilities at D&E.