NEWBERRY - The Newberry College Lettermen’s Club has announced five inductees to the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016. These five inductees will be honored at a banquet on the afternoon of Saturday, September 3, as well as at halftime of that evening’s football game against Florida Tech.
BRYANT BLANTON (Wrestling, Football)
Blanton was a three-time Division II All-American for the scarlet and gray (2009-11) and was the 2010 Division II National Champion at 184 lbs. with a 41-8 record that season. He has two of Newberry's three 40-plus win seasons and holds the top three spots for most pins in a season.
His 143 career wins and 64 career falls are Newberry records and he is one of only four Newberry wrestlers to qualify for four Division II National Tournaments. Newberry was 75-16-1 in dual action with two NWCA National Duals runner-up finishes in his time on the mat.
Blanton was also a punter and receiver on the football team in 2006-07, where he helped the Indians qualify for their first-ever NCAA playoff berth and South Atlantic Conference championship in 2006.
DAVID HORTON (Baseball)
David pitched a no-hitter at Newberry College and was a varsity letter winner for the baseball team during his career at Newberry College. The 1960 Newberry College graduate was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 following his 2012 retirement.
In 46 seasons at Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Horton coached 1,150 games, winning a South Carolina High School League record 889 games and losing 261. Under his leadership, the Red Raiders established a championship standard in South Carolina in winning 14 state titles in 17 appearances. During a stretch between 1974 and 1981, B-E tied a national record with eight state titles won on the Class 2-A level.
KEITH McALISTER (Football, Baseball)
Keith McAlister was a two-sport athlete at Newberry College and earned most of his accolades in football. He was named all-District 6 in 1971 and 1972 and was all-state and Lutheran All-American in 1972. McAlister played in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders before coming back to South Carolina in the coaching ranks.
He was the head coach at Swansea from 1976-78 before moving to Strom Thurmond for the 1978 season. At Strom Thurmond, he had a 91-20 record over nine seasons with seven conference titles, three state runner-up finishes and four undefeated regular seasons. He was also coach at Thomas Sumter Academy and Byrnes HS.
He was then principal at North Central, Lewisville and Chester High Schools before entering administration. He served as assistant superintendent for operations for the Kershaw County School District and retired as the Lexington-Richland District Five design and construction director.
KEATH PORTERFIELD (Football)
Keath Porterfield played running back for the Indians from 1993-96 and is one of the top rushers in school history. His 3,462 career rushing yards rank second in school history and he is one of only five career 3,000-yard rushers in the scarlet and gray.
In his 1995 junior season, Porterfield set school records with 1,307 yards on 244 carries. His 14 rushing touchdowns and seven 100-yard games that season rank second in school history.
He is the career leader in 100-yard games with 19, including a school record eight 100-yard games in his senior season of 1996. He had two games with three rushing touchdowns and had a career-best game of 206 yards in 1995 against Wofford. He had a 75-yard touchdown carry against Charleston Southern in 1994 that currently ranks as the 10th-longest in school history and was the fifth-longest carry at the time.
Porterfield earned all-South Region honors from CoSIDA while Newberry played his entire career as an independent, unable to earn all-conference honors. He was a preseason All-American in 1996 and played in the 1997 “Snow Bowl” all-star game in Fargo, N.D., where he had nine carries for 118 yards.
INGA WOIWODE (Women’s Soccer)
Woiwode played at Newberry from 2004-07 and is the leading scorer in program history, helping to establish the program. She is the first women’s soccer player inducted to the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Her 109 career points stand as a school record for a career, as does her 33 career assists. Her 38 goals are second in the records.
In her freshman season, she set a school record with 11 assists and was South Atlantic Conference co-Freshman of the Year and all-Southeast Region. She was first team all-SAC as the Lady Indians defeated Presbyterian for the first time in program history and had the first winning season in program history.
She won first team all-SAC honors in all four seasons wearing the scarlet and gray and led the team to a record of 36-25-11 (.576). The three-time all-region honoree also earned all-academic honors three times from the NSCAA. She was the first Newberry women’s soccer player to play on the international stage as well, playing for Mexico in under-19 and under-20 competition.