Aycock legacy continues with 4 inductees

Half a decade later, Purple Tigers still influencial
BY MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor
This is the first in a series of articles on the 13 athletes who will be inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor Nov. 5. The public is encouraged to attend.

Despite the fact that its doors have been closed now for close to 50 years, the accomplishments of the people who filled its hallways and classrooms still echo in the Rockdale Athletic Hall of Honor.

Four more Purple Tiger contributors will join nine other inductees in the current and fourth class of the Hall of Honor at a banquet in the cafeteria from 4 to 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 5. The public is encouraged to attend.

The honorees w ill then be introduced to the crowd prior to the Rockdale-Caldwell game.

Susie Sansom-Piper

Aycock High School, and all that its students and athletes accomplished, will live forever in no small part because of the remarkable life’s work of Susie Sansom-Piper.

If not for the writing and research efforts of Mrs. Piper, the history of Aycock High School and its athletic exploits would have been lost forever. If not for the writing and research efforts of Mrs. Piper, the history of Aycock High School and its athletic exploits would have been lost forever. The 1937 AHS salutatorian, Mrs. Piper taught for 40 years, 23-1/2 of those at Aycock. She was Aycock’s last principal before desegregation in 1966.

For a half century she has written, recalled and remembered much of the school’s history, including its athletic history. She has also documented the lives of scores of AHS graduates after they left Rockdale.

At the time of her induction (2010) she had written 33 con- secutive Black History Month series for The Rockdale Reporter, including “Ebony Etchings” (28 years), “The Other Side of the Tracks”, “Way Back When”, “Aycock Nostalgia” and “Tied to Mama’s Apron Strings.”

Mrs. Piper compiled the book “Purple Tiger,” the history of Aycock High School and the most valuable resource to research the school’s history.

She has visited many schools, government organizations and nursing homes to present prog rams ba sed on “Way Back When,”

“I retired from the classroom to go to work on something else,” she said.

The Rockdale community is fortunate she did exactly that.

Bob Roberson

Bob Roberson a 1956 graduate of Aycock High School, was captain of the 1955 Tiger football team that won state, his third consecutive year to be named team captain.

He was also a member of the 1955-56 state champion Aycock basketball team and started three years in basketball.

Roberson started four years in football and three in basketball. As a freshman and senior he played offense and defensive end and led the team in receiving.

As a junior and senior he was a running back-defensive back and led the team in interceptions both years.

As a senior in a 52-0 win over Rosebud he scored five touchdowns of more than 40 yards and also had an interception.

Roberson had two fourth quarter interceptions against West in the state championship game to stop drives.

He logged 25 TDs in his junior and senior years.

In basketball, Roberson played point guard and shooting guard a nd averaged 10 point s per game.

The 1954-55 team won over 40 games and the 1955-56 state champs were 30-1.

Sammie Moore

A multi-sport athlete at Aycock High School in the late 1940s, Sammie Moore was a 1949 AHS graduate.

He quarterbacked a Tiger football team that won four straight district titles. Moore was also punter and place kicker for the team.

Moore played for wa rd on Aycock basketball squads that also won four straight district titles and went on to make consecutive appearances at the state tourney in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

The fastest man on the AHS track team, he helped the Tigers win four district titles and two state relay event championships.

In baseball he could play every position on the team and earned a major league tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1950.

After leaving Rockdale, he lived in Tucson, AZ and died there in 2004.

Tom Black

Tom Black, a 1954 graduate of Aycock High School, was a standout running back and place kicker on one of the Tigers’ great “might have been” teams.

The 1953 Tigers had 10 key players, including Black, go down to injuries during the middle of the season.

In seven games Black scored 15 touchdowns and kicked two dozen PATs.

He also starred as a sophomore and junior on coach Ralph Johnson’s teams but was plagued by injuries.

Black missed the final part of his junior season, after leading AHS on offense and defense, after being injured in a car wreck.

Current Hall of

Honor members

Class of 2010—Gerald Adams, Tom Black, Rainey Eanes, Ronnie Laurence, Liz Galloway, Ray Locklin, Odis Mack, Sammie Moore, Susie Piper, Bob Roberson, Martin Stroman, Ted Weems.

Class of 2009—Samaji Akili (Sammy C. Williams), Sue Jean Bennett, Bill Cooke, Glenn Chmelar, Edward Grubbs, Veron Guest, Ronnie Heflin, Barbara Young Kastner, Richard Kubiak, Ernie Wayne Laurence, H. Earl Marion, Art “Copie” Perry, Mike Speer.

Class of 2008—Ray Birchfield, Ernie Laurence, Duane Vincent, Matthew “Doc” Cook, Flora Mack, Annie Bell Wesley, Donnie Laurence, Ronny Menn, L. B. Kubiak, Lee Earl Gadison, Zelma Dykes, Gary Holliman, Dick Summers, Billie Jean Washington, Rufus Wolridge, Dan Yezak.

Class of 2007—Weldon Alford, Louise Barnes Ohnesorge, T. A. Weems, Billy Ray Locklin, Leroy Wright, Ralph Johnson, Kirby Owens Wright, Jack Kyle, Hal Stanislaw, Clyde Luetge, William Moultrie, Eural Davis Sr.

Hall of Honor

schedule

for Friday, Nov. 5

4 to 5 p.m.—Banquet and social time, RHS lunchroom.

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.—Induction ceremony, free and open to the public, RHS lunchroom. (Note: The entire event will be in the lunchroom with no activities in the auditorium.)

7 p.m.—Honorees introduced to Tiger Field crowd prior to Rockdale-Caldwell football game.


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