Sixteen athletes inducted into Hylton High School Athletic Hall of Fame
Posted on 09/27/2019
Sixteen inductees with Wayne Mallard in front of Hylton backdrop

Hylton High School inducted sixteen members of its athletic alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The athletes, coaches, and contributors were recognized for their character, leadership, athletic achievements, and contributions to the school community. 

Hylton requested nominations through calls to the Hylton community and announcements on its social media platforms including the school’s website, Facebook page and Twitter sports accounts. A Hall of Fame committee comprised of coaches, administrators, teachers and former Hylton athletes reviewed the nominations and chose the 2019 inductees.

The event was sponsored by the Hylton Varsity Athletic Boosters Club and Hylton Student Activities. This was the second induction ceremony Hylton hosted since 2012.

“The list was personal to me this year,” said event coordinator and Hylton English Teacher Tiffani Washington. My brother Troy Washington was one of this year’s inductees. I felt that we should create something memorable for all the inductees.”

“I have had many honors in my soccer career, but I have to admit, this tops all of them,” said 2019 inductee Keven Terne. “It was such a great honor to be among so many great people. All of the inductees have contributed so much to Hylton’s athletic history.”

2019 inductee Taylor Williams returned to Hylton in 2015 to serve as an assistant coach for the softball team. She was unable to attend the ceremony but had her sister read a statement on her behalf.

“It all came full circle in one of the most beautiful ways I could have imagined,” said Williams in the statement. “I got the chance to see some of our players wear my jersey. I’ll never forget the moment I got to put on that Hylton jersey. I’m hard pressed to remember a time I’ve felt more pride.”

Williams recently received a Fulbright teaching assistant grant and is currently teaching in South Korea. 

Another 2019 inductee, Karen Mays, continues to support young people through her role as an administrator at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford.  Mays was chosen as an inductee due to her years of service as both a soccer and volleyball coach at Hylton High School and Potomac High School. She led her teams to many district and regional championships. 

Two inductees played a special role in creating the Hylton football traditions.

Ben Goodman has been the voice of Friday night football games since 1999. When he moved to Ann Arbor last year, he continued to drive over 500 miles on Thursday nights to continue announcing Hylton’s Friday night football games.

Inductee Dave Via ensures fans can enjoy the game with a full stomach.  He has been preparing hamburgers and hot dogs at Hylton’s football games since the school opened its doors in 1991.

A full list of 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees is included below.

 

ATHLETES

Shae Braxton, softball, 2012

Shae Braxton set the Virginia state single game record for seven runs batted in.  During high school, she was named Cardinal District Player of the year and led the Prince William County batting average at .653. Braxton played softball for Marshall University, where she earned second all-time in career home runs (35) and RBI (171).

Lee Butler, baseball/basketball, 2002

Lee Butler’s talents helped the Hylton baseball team win Cardinal District and Northwest Regional championships and reach the state quarterfinals. Butler was awarded the VHSL award of excellence in baseball. In his senior year of college, Butler was the starting point guard in the University of Miami’s first ACC Tournament win against Clemson.

Endor Cooper, football, 2004

Endor Cooper earned a full scholarship to Howard University.  During his senior year (in high school or college?), he was the pre-season MEAC defensive player of the year and made the MEAC first team all-conference team.  Cooper ended his college career playing in 40 games with 281 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

Jon Hand, baseball, 1996

During high school, Jon Hand was named first-team all-metro by the Washington Post and the Homeplate Club. He was the winning pitcher in Hylton’s regular season, district and regional championship games. Hand holds the Virginia Tech career record for strikeouts (323). Hand was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998.

Travon McMillian, football, 2014

Travon McMillian was a dominating force at Hylton. In high school, he was named as the number 30 athlete in the nation, number 14 player in Virginia and Virginia’s Offensive Player of the Year. McMillian finished his career tied for 52nd place for all-time rushing yards (1,009) at Colorado University.

Ariana Moorer, basketball, 2008

Ariana Moorer was named to The Washington Post all-met team and named Cardinal District Player of the Year during her time playing basketball at Hylton. Moorer received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia where she was the leading scorer and averaged 9.7 points per game during the 2010-2011 season.

Brandon Morehead, tennis, 2000

Brandon Morehead was named Cardinal District Player of the Year and won the Cardinal District singles and doubles during his senior year at Hylton.  Morehead earned a full scholarship to Bluefield State, where he was named WVIAC Freshman of the Year in 2001.

Keven Terne, soccer, 1994

Hylton MVP Keven Terne helped the Hylton soccer team capture the VHSL AAA soccer championship in 1993. The undefeated record of 21-0 helped the team earn its No. 1 national ranking. Terne was second team all-conference in 1994 and first team all-conference in 1995 at Wingate University.

Jeff Vining, tennis 1994

During his time at Hylton, Jeff Vining was named Washington Post All Metropolitan, two-time Cardinal District Singles Champion, Cardinal District Doubles Champion and first-team All-District Champion. At James Madison University, he received the GTE Scholar Athlete Award and a wild card entry into the Legg Mason Tennis Classic (now Citi Open) in 1994 and 1995.

Troy Washington, soccer, 1995

Troy Washington helped Hylton win the VHSL AAA State Soccer championship in 1994.  The team earned the ranking of number seven in the nation the same year. Washington received a soccer scholarship to Radford University and then joined the Raleigh Capital Express soccer team in North Carolina. Washington was named district, region and state coach during the two years he coached Hylton boys’ varsity soccer.

Taylor Williams, softball, 2009

Taylor Williams earned the Cardinal District and Potomac News Player of the Year awards during her time at Hylton. During college, she helped lead the University of Virginia Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Williams served as Hylton’s varsity soccer assistant coach in 2015. She recently earned a Fulbright teaching assistant grant and is currently teaching in South Korea 


COACHES

Karen Mays, soccer/volleyball, coach 1991-2005

Karen Mays served as a soccer and volleyball coach at Potomac High School and Hylton. Her teams won three Cardinal District championships, two Northwest Regional championships and had two VHSL AAA state final appearances. Mays won many coaching awards including VHSL AAA State Coach of the Year, Cardinal District Coach of the Year, and Prince William Edition of the Washington Post Coach of the Year. Karen is an administrator at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford.

Jerry Williams, baseball/football coaches, 1991-1999

Jerry Williams was Hylton’s first baseball coach.  The team earned district and regional championships under his leadership.  Williams was named Cardinal District and Northwest Regional Coach of the Year. He also began the Eddie Hope Invitational Spring Break Baseball Tournament.


CONTRIBUTORS

Brenda Byrd 1992-2014

Brenda Byrd arrived at Hylton as a teacher in 1992 and has played an integral part in molding Hylton’s culture ever since. She was always a huge supporter of athletics from attending games to counseling young athletes and hiring coaches. She officially retired from education in 2014 but continues to visit and play a special role at Hylton.

Ben Goodman 1999-2018

Ben Goodman is best known as the voice of Friday night football games at Hylton. He has announced many sports at Hylton since 1999. When he moved to Ann Arbor last year, he continued to drive over 500 miles on Thursday nights to continue announcing Hylton’s Friday night football games.

Dave Via, 1991-present

Dave Via is known to the Hylton community as the best grill master in Prince William County.  Via has been preparing hamburgers and hot dogs at Hylton’s football games since the school opened its doors in 1991.