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Panthers honor new HOF members, celebrate school#039;s 1,000th win

CHESAPEAKE - The pregame and halftime may have been the most exciting part of Friday night's Chesapeake Panthers game.

The Panthers beat the Rock Hill Redmen 66-30 on the court, but the school had two ceremonies that drew most of the attention.

The Panthers Hall of Fame inductions were held before the game. The four new members were Kevin Rice (football, basketball, baseball), Mark D'Antoni (basketball), Dickie Holland (football, track), and Laura Beuhring (track, golf, basketball, volleyball).

"Those four were awful good players for us," Chesapeake athletic director and head basketball coach Norm Persin said.

Although he was not elected to the school's athletic Hall of Fame as a player, Paul "Hammie' Leffingwell was named as an honorary member.

Leffingwell was honored for his longtime community service to youth sports, as a board member, and assistance to the high school athletic programs.

"An honorary member is someone who does a lot for the community. Hammie certainly has done a lot for us. He fits the criteria," Persin said.

Also, the school acknowledge its 1,000th career victory by introducing past players who were in attendance during halftime ceremonies.

A reception was held after the game in honor of the players and new Hall of Fame inductees.

"It was a nice crowd. A lot of work went into it and it was a nice evening," Persin said.