Four former athletes and one coach will be inducted into the fourth class of the Carroll County High School Sports Hall of Fame on January 27, 2017 at CCHS.
The ceremony will take place in between Carroll County’s varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball games with Christiansburg. The ceremony is expected to take place at approximately 7 p.m., depending on the length of the varsity girls’ game.
While the first three CCHS Sports Hall of Fame classes each encompassed 15-year periods (1969-1984, 1985-2000 and 2001-2016), this year’s class was the first that was open to all eligible athletes from all time periods. This year’s inductees include athletes Kevin DeHaven, Casey Burcham, Rhonda Quesenberry Hartley, John Lancaster and coach Marc Motley.
A 1993 graduate of Carroll County High School, DeHaven will begin his first season as the Cavaliers’ varsity baseball team’s head coach. And while DeHaven has coached nearly 20 years at CCHS, he was inducted into the CCHS Sports Hall of Fame due to his exceptional high school playing career.
Quite possibly the only CCHS athlete to ever earn all-state honors in two sports, DeHaven was selected as a third-team All-VHSCA catcher in baseball as a senior and was a second-team All-VHSCA wide receiver in football. DeHaven was also selected honorable mention all-state as a utility player his junior year and played in the VHSCA All-Star baseball game. He held the school record for at bats, runs scored and doubles for over 10 years until there were broken in 2004 and 2006.
In baseball, DeHaven was first-team all-region, first-team All-New River District, and New River District Co-Player of the Year. He was also selected as the team’s best defensive player. In 1991, DeHaven was selected as second-team all-region and first-team All-NRD as a utility player. In football, DeHaven was first-team all-region as a wide receiver. He also earned first-team All-New River District honors as a receiver and as a punter, and second-team all-district honors as a defensive back. As a junior, DeHaven was second-team All-NRD as a punt returner and defensive back.
A 2001 graduate of CCHS, Burcham was a three-sport standout at Carroll, excelling in baseball, football and basketball. Burcham is probably best remembered for his outstanding exploits on the diamond, where he earned All-Southwest District honors all four seasons he played varsity baseball. An exceptional pitcher and outfielder, Burcham ranks second in CCHS history with 125 base hits. At the completion of his high school career, he signed a Division I scholarship with Radford University as a pitcher before transferring to Emory & Henry College in 2002.
Burcham’s varsity baseball career began in 1998 as a freshman. He made a quick impression, earning second-team All-Southwest District honors as an outfielder. As a sophomore in 1999, Burcham was named first-team All-SWD as an outfielder and second-team all-district as a pitcher. He also was named team MVP that season.
As a junior in 2000, Burcham again earned first-team All-SWD honors as an outfielder and was second-team all-district as a pitcher. He also earned spots as an outfielder on the All-Region IV and All-Timesland second teams. Additionally, he won Carroll’s Best Offensive Player team award.
As a senior, Burcham was named Southwest District Player of the Year. He was also selected first-team All-SWD and All-Region IV as an outfielder and was chosen as a second-team pitcher in All-SWD voting and second team All-Timesland as an outfielder. To complete his award-filled baseball career, Burcham was named Carroll’s team MVP and Best Pitcher.
On the gridiron, Burcham finished his career in the top three in school history for career passing yards. He was named second-team All-SWD quarterback as a junior. Following his senior campaign, Burcham was picked to the All-SWD first team and All-Region IV second team as a quarterback and was an All-SWD second-team outside linebacker selection.
As a basketball player, Burcham was a member of the Southwest District Tournament championship team and Region IV playoff team as a junior. As a senior, he earned All-SWD second team accolades and was named Carroll’s team MVP.
A 1988 graduate of CCHS, Rhonda Quesenberry Hartley was one of the greatest all-around athletes to come through Hillsville. A three-sport star in track, basketball and volleyball, she capped a terrific high school career her senior season by winning a state championship in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 6-inches. The week before, she just missed setting a Region IV record by a half inch with a jump of 5-feet, 4-inches, shattering the school record in the state championships, where she teamed with Rebecca Russell Buchanan to help the Cavaliers finish second as a team in the state.
As a basketball player, Quesenberry used those jumping abilities to be an absolute terror on the boards. As part of some highly-ranked Lady Cavalier basketball teams, she was a two-time All-NRD selection and led the Timesland with 17 rebounds per game one season.
A 2005 graduate of Carroll County High School, Lancaster was a four-year starter as a goalkeeper for the Cavaliers’ varsity soccer team. During his time in goal, Carroll won two Southwest District Tournament titles and one regular season district championship. As a captain his senior year, Lancaster helped guide the Cavaliers to the second-best season record in school history.
Lancaster holds several CCHS school records, including most wins in goal (39), lowest goals per game average in a season (1.19), lowest goals per game average in a career, most shutouts in goal for a season (7), most shutouts in goal for a career (11) and most playoff wins over a career (8). As a junior, Lancaster became the first soccer player in school history to earn first-team all-state honors. He followed it up with another first-team all-state award his senior campaign. Both of those years he was also named Southwest District Player of the Year. Lancaster was a second-team All-SWD selection as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.
Since taking over as the Carroll County varsity girls’ basketball coach in the fall of 2002, Marc Motley has guided an extremely impressive program, compiling a record of 268-105 at the school as of Dec. 30. During that time, Motley has led the Lady Cavaliers to nine Southwest District championships, a Region IV championship, a Conference 24 title, six Group AA state tournament appearances, and one berth in the state’s final four. Motley was named Southwest District Coach of the Year numerous times and he has coached five of the school’s six 1,000-point scorers. Motley also coached in the East-West All-Star game. Most importantly, he has done an outstanding job of teaching the game and also being a positive role model for Carroll’s girls’ basketball players.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN