Gar-Field High School Athletics and Activities Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Posted on 10/07/2019
All nine members of the GFHS Hall of Fame Class of 2019Seven student-athletes and two-contributors were recently inducted into Gar-Field High School’s Athletics and Activities Hall of Fame. The newest members were recognized at a varsity football game and attended a luncheon, where they received a shadow box with a Gar-Field High School chenille letter and an engraved name plate.

Established in 2016, Gar-Field High School Athletics and Activities Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those student-athletes, coaches, and/or contributors who excelled in their respective roles bringing honor, recognition, distinction, and excellence to the school.

A call for nominees was advertised last school year. Eligibility requirements include student-athletes who are 10-years post-graduation, coaches who have retired and have at least one-year of separation from the school, and contributors who served as administration, in sports medicine, sports media, as an official, as event personnel, as an activity sponsor or a participant. Nominees must have also exemplified the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.

A selection committee reviewed the candidates who were judged on their significant and/or long-term contribution to interscholastic athletics and activities while at the school.

There are now 71-members of Gar-Field High School Athletics and Activities Hall of Fame. They are honored in the school with their name on a plaque and their biographical information and pictures from the hall of fame website scrolling on a new 80” digital flat panel screen in the gymnasium lobby.

Activities Director Michael Payne said, “Incorporating the hall of fame magnifies the potential overall impact that students, coaches and contributors can have on Gar-Field High School during their respective time.”

Student-Athletes

Brian Banks, track and field, 1982
Banks was a high school All-American track and field star who set several school records. He won individual state championships in the 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and the 200-meter events. In 1982, Banks scored 26 of the team’s 35 points to secure an outdoor state championship for the Indians.

Michael Conner, baseball, 1962
Conner was a star football player, but his most notable achievements came in baseball, where as a pitcher he had a no-hitter and multiple two-hit ballgames during his career. In 1962, he set a school record as he struck out 19 of the 21 batters he faced in a seven-inning game in which he allowed just one hit. He averaged an amazing 12 strikeouts per game for an entire season, while being honored in multiple sports. Conner was recognized as Gar-Field High School’s Most Outstanding Athlete in 1962.

Dionne Evans, cross-country and track and field, 2000
Evans was a three-time All-State Cross-Country runner. She was also All-State in Track and Field in the 1,600- and 1,000-meter events. Upon graduation, Dionne was the school record holder in the 800, 1,000 and 1600-meter events. She remains the 1,600-meter record holder to this day. Evans was a big part of multiple team state championships. She was described by her coach as “one of the toughest and most competitive athletes he had ever coached.”

Casey Galvanek, rowing, 1992
Galvanek was a successful rower for several years. In the spring of 1991, he was part of the midweight eight team that earned a second-place medal at the National Championship (SRAA). As an adult, Galvenek used his rowing expertise to coach rower Clark Dean to a World Championship gold medal in the men’s single sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships held in Trakai, Lithuania. It was the first time in 50 years that the United States had won the event.

Mac Radcliffe, baseball, basketball and football, 1955
Racliffe was three-sport standout athlete having been successful in baseball, basketball and football. On the diamond, he hit over .400 and was a star pitcher. Upon graduation, he held several school basketball records, including points per game, total points and most points in a single game. He was the honorary captain of the first All-County basketball team and was named the best athlete of the 1954-1955 school year.

Bob Southworth, football, basketball, baseball and track, 1961
Southworth earned 10 varsity sports letters: three in football, three in basketball, two in baseball and two in track. In football, he was the 1960 Journal Messenger Most Valuable Player, a member of the All Suburban Virginia Team and a Scholastic All-American. In basketball, he twice made the Journal Messenger All-County Team, the All Virginia Group II District Team, the Free Lance Star All Battlefield District Team, the Battlefield District All-Star Team and The Washington Post Other Virginia Category Second-Team.

Robert Tolson, baseball, basketball and football, 1968
Tolson was a three-sport, eight-time letter winning athlete in baseball, basketball and football. He led Gar-Field High to district championships in each of those sports. Most notably, Tolson was a two-time Player of the Week in 1967, as he quarterbacked the legendary undefeated 10-0 Gar-Field football team to a district championship. The team amassed 357 points while allowing their opponents a mere 12-points, all of which were not scored until the last two games of the season.

Contributors

Rick Arrington, football statistician and supporter, 1975
Arrington spent over 40 years attending and contributing to Gar-Field High School athletics. Most notably, he served as a valued statistician and constant supporter of the football team for over 30 years, including the 1990 Virginia State AAA Football Championship team. Generations of Gar-Field High School football fans remember Arrington and his colleagues from the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department blowing fire truck sirens after touchdowns and soccer goals in Barnett Stadium.

Steve Lee, crew team supporter and Booster Club member, 1994-2017
Lee begin his support of Gar-Field High School Athletics in 1994 when his daughter was a member of the crew team. In 14 years he served as a launch driver, maintained equipment, hired staff members, and did trail driving. He also volunteered for the booster club, serving as the president in 1995.