Warren Central High School added three former standout student-athletes, a former coach, and a championship baseball team to its Athletic Hall of Fame this year. The induction took place on January 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The new inductees were also recognized between the games of a girl-boy basketball doubleheader on January 29.
The new inductees:
Rick Alfonso, coach of the WCHS baseball team from 1991 through 2003. Alfonso compiled a record of 230-150 and won two regional championships and three district titles. His 1993 team reached the state semifinals.
David Beckner, a multi-sport athlete who earned all-conference or all-district honors in three different sports. Beckner was an all-district basketball player two straight seasons and later played at Western Kentucky University. In football, he was an all-conference quarterback in 1969 and 1970. In baseball, he batted over .300 for his career and earned all-district honors in 1970 and 1971.
Robin Gard, a track and field star who won the Class 3A state championship in the high jump in 1982 and 1983. She set a state record in the high jump that stood until 2000, and she was named a track and field All-American.
Ben Matlock, the first Warren Central basketball player to score more than 1,000 career points. He earned all-district and all-region honors and played on the 1982 team that won the 4th Region championship. Matlock still holds school records for single-season and career rebound average. He played basketball at Pearl River Junior College and Bryan College.
1993 Baseball Team: Coached by Alfonso, this Dragon team made it to the semifinals of the state baseball tournament, the best finish in school history. The team compiled a 25-7 record and won district and regional championships. This Dragon team won 15 of its last 16 games and outscored opponents 19-2 in the 4th Region Tournament.
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