The West Virginia Coaches Association WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic is pleased to announce the latest class of inductees into the Hall of Fame.
This year's Class of 2013 includes the late Gary Barnette, the long-time head coach at South Harrison who served as the North leader in 1988; Hoppy Shores, a former Stonewall Jackson standout who played for the South in 1949 and captured the 1948 Kennedy Award as West Virginia's top prep player and Mt. Hope's Lonnie Warwick, who enjoyed a stellar college and NFL career before embarking on several years as a coach.
Dunbar High School/South Harrison High School
Dunbar native Gary Barnette enjoyed an outstanding coaching career at South Harrison High School following his playing days.
Barnette was the head coach at South Harrison from 1968-97. His teams won 197 games and made several trips to the playoffs during his tenure of guiding the Hawk program. Barnette was honored on three different occasions to coach in the North-South Classic. He was an assistant twice and served as the North head coach in the 1989 contest.
While at South Harrison, Barnette also coached basketball, baseball, track, wrestling and cheerleading.
He came to South Harrison following a stint as a coach at Connellsville Area High School in Connellsville, Pennsylvania in the school years of 1966-67 and 1967-68.
Before launching his coaching career, Barnette was an outstanding athlete at Dunbar High School and West Virginia University. At old Dunbar High (now a part of South Charleston), Barnette lettered in football, basketball, baseball, track and wrestling.
He graduated from DHS in 1962 and headed off to Morgantown. Barnette was a two-year starter and letterman for WVU as a center in the seasons of 1964 and 1965. He earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors in both his junior and senior seasons and was a Third Team All-American in 1964.
Barnette's lasting mark at South Harrison High and the surrounding community is that he was a true servant and teacher in every sense of the word. A solid Christian man, Barnette worked with young people providing attention to their whole lives not simply because they could play a sport.
Barnette spent many evenings counseling young people and entertaining visits from former students who knew a talk with him would make the path in life more clear.
Barnette died on July 8, 2000 at the young age of 56. He continues to be beloved by his school and community. His teaching pride, commitment, teamwork and service to others are still remembered and talked about with a passion that only a coach like Barnette could ever instill.
His favorite standard for success was, "Be proud of who you are, what you are and where you are from. If you can remember and abide by these things, you will be a success."
His induction into the West Virginia Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic is just another honor bestowed upon Barnette since his passing.
The school's football venue - Gary Barnette Field - is named in his honor.
Stonewall Jackson High School
Hoppy Shores was a standout football player at old Stonewall Jackson High School (now a part of Capital) in the seasons of 1947-1949.
Under the legendary Russ Parsons, Shores alternated at running back during his sophomore season and helped lead the Generals to a share of the state championship (co-champs with Beckley).
As a junior, Shores led the highly-regarded Kanawha Valley in touchdowns. On a kickoff return that season, Shores galloped 102 yards for a score - which at the time was the longest TD ever recorded at Charleston's Laidley Field (the site of the North-South Classic). His impressive performance that season earned him All-State honors.
As a senior, Shores was Captain of the All-State team and earned the prestigious Kennedy Award, which goes annually to the state's top player.
The award is named for Harry H. Kennedy, who came up with the idea for the honor after being a part of the Downtown Touchdown Club and the Heisman Trophy Award while working in New York City.
Shores and Parsons were taken to New York by Kennedy to take in the Heisman ceremonies in 1947.
Shores posed for an artist to come up with a football player for the early Kennedy Awards trophies.
His outstanding senior season culminated by being selected a member of the South squad in the 1949 North-South contest.
He says one of his greatest thrills was to be chosen for the game some 63 years ago.
Shores went on to enjoy an outstanding track and field career at West Virginia University. A successful area businessman, Shores is a long-time Kanawha County Commissioner.
Mount Hope High School
Lonnie Warwick is a native of Fayette County's Mount Hope.
He is heralded as one of the all-time great Mustangs. Warwick graduated from Mt. Hope (now a part of Oak Hill High School) in 1960.
As a Mustang, Warwick starred in football, basketball and track and field. In addition, he took up the sport of boxing while in high school and became a Golden Gloves champion.
Warwick earned a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee. He was a part of the Volunteer program for one season before transferring.
Warwick took his talents to Tennessee Tech, where he starred in football while earning a degree physical education and a minor in biology.
After college, Warwick moved on to the National Football League. He spent nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a linebacker. Among his most exciting moments was returning a punt for a touchdown in the 1965 season.
In the seasons of 1966-1970, Warwick led the Vikings in tackles. In 1970, Warwick helped lead the Vikings to Super Bowl IV. In the 1969 and 1970 campaigns, Warwick was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Warwick was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 1974 and served as a player/coach. He was also a player/coach with the Washington Redskins in 1976 and 1977.
From 1980-1982, Warwick was the head coach of the semi-pro West Virginia Rockets. The team played their home games at Laidley Field before outstanding crowds.
In the springs of 1983 and 1984, Warwick was a defensive coach for the Denver Gold of the old United States Football League.
In 1986, Warwick was a defensive coach at old Salem College, then a member of the West Virginia Conference.
Warwick is both a member of the Tennessee Tech University Hall of Fame and Mount Hope High Hall of Fame.
WV Coaches Association WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South Football Classic Hall of Fame
Kenny Wright-North head coach (1978), N/S Game Director, head coach at Pennsboro High/Ritchie County High
Charles McKown-1952 N-S Classic (South), Wayne High
Fred Wyant-1952 N-S Classic (North), Weston High, WVU, NFL Referee
Robert Alexander-1977 N-S Classic (South), South Charleston High, WVU, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Express
Sam Huff-1952 N-S Classic (North), Farmington High, WVU, NY Giants, Washington Redskins
Mike Barber-1985 N-S Classic (South), Winfield High, Marshall, San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Walter Easley 1976 N-S Classic (South), Stonewall Jackson, WVU, San Francisco 49ers
George Cafego-1936 N-S Classic (South), Oak Hill High, Tennessee
Floyd Schwarzwalder-North head coach (1938), Parkersburg High, WVU player, Syracuse head coach
Russ Craft-1938 N-S Classic (North), Wellsburg, Alabama, Philadelphia Eagles
Bobby Moss-1952 N-S Classic (South), Huntington East High, WVU
Alex Hawkins-1955 N-S Classic (South), South Charleston High, South Carolina, Baltimore Colts
Leon McCoy-South head coach in 1980, Charleston High, University of Tennessee/Morris Harvey College, head coach at Charleston High/Winfield coach
Walter Barnes -1939 N-S Classic (North), Parkersburg High, LSU, Philadelphia Eagles
Rich Braham-1989 N-S Classic (South), University High, WVU, Cincinnati Bengals
Bruce Bosley-1952 N-S Classic (North), Greenbank High, WVU, San Francisco 49ers
Bob Gain-1947 N-S Classic (North), Weirton High, University of Kentucky, Cleveland Browns
Dick Huffman-1941 N-S Classic (South), Charleston High, University of Tennessee, LA Rams, Calgary(CFL)
Carl Lee-1979 N-S Classic (South), South Charleston High, Marshall University, Minnesota Vikings
Jerome Van Meter-South head coach 1934, 35, 37, 39, Beckley Woodrow Wilson High head coach
Carl Ward-South head coach in 1977, Ceredo-Kenova High head coach
Bill Leskovar 1947 N-S Classic, Fairmont Senior High, Kentucky
Roger Jefferson-South head coach in 1989, N-S Classic Assistant Director, Charleston/Capital High and Charleston High head coach
Bimbo Coles 1986 N-S Classic (South), Greenbrier East High, Virginia Tech basketball, USA Olympic team in 1986, NBA for 12 seasons
Bobbie Howard-1995 N-S Classic (South), DuPont High, Notre Dame, Chicago Bears
Curt Warner-1979 N-S Classic (South), Pineville High, Penn State, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams
Chris Massey-1997 N-S Classic (South), East Bank High, Marshall University, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears
Mike Linsky-North head coach in 1993, North assistant in 1990, South assistant in 1983, Duval/John Marshall High
Gary Barnette-North head coach in 1989, South Harrison High head coach
Hoppy Shores-1950 N-S Classic (South), Stonewall Jackson, WVU (track and field)
Lonnie Warwick-No N-S Classic year graduated (1960), Mt. Hope High School, University of Tennessee Tech, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons
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