When the Virginia High School League holds its Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on October 12 in Charlottesville, far Southwest Virginia will be represented very well.
Honaker’s Heath Miller, George Wythe’s Meg Turner, Wise County Central’s Robin Dotson and Honaker’s Tom Harding were among the eight inductees in the organization’s 27th class.
Hermitage track athlete Cornelius Cousins Jr., Pulaski County football coach Joel Hicks, Fluvanna County boys basketball coach Munro Rateau Jr. and contributor Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll from Galax will also be enshrined.
> Heath Miller did it all while he we was at Honaker, starring in football, basketball and baseball for the Tigers.
Miller amassed 1,701 rushing yards and 4,410 passing yards as Honaker’s quarterback and led the Russell County school to a VHSL Group A, Division 2 state runner-up finish in 2000.
He was the Bristol Herald Courier’s Southwest Virginia baseball player of the year as a senior in 2001 and was a double-figure scorer on the basketball court.
Miller became a record-setting tight end at the University of Virginia and won two Super Bowl titles while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2005-2015.
> Meg Turner put up some of the best numbers ever achieved by a VHSL girls basketball player and held several state records upon her graduation from George Wythe in 1981.
Turner amassed 2,202 points and 1,134 rebounds for the Maroons and made 542 career free throws.
She later played for the Vanderbilt University Commodores
> Robin Dotson has compiled a record of 566-193 during stints as the girls basketball coach at J.J. Kelly (1987-2011) and Wise County Central (2011-present).
He led J.J. Kelly to the 2002 Group A title, while guiding Central to consecutive state crowns in 2014 and 2015. Six regional titles and three state runner-up finishes are also on his resume.
Dotson has also coached a number of other sports at both J.J. Kelly and Wise Central.
> Tom Harding is the winningest high school baseball coach in Virginia, having amassed 623 victories during his 46 seasons at the helm of the Honaker Tigers.
He guided Honaker to the 2011 VHSL Group A, Division 2 championship, a day after undergoing heart surgery.
“Coach Harding loves the game of baseball, and he expects the team to love the game and to want to get better and be the best,” fellow Hall of Fame inductee Heath Miller told the Bristol Herald Courier in 2009. “When you play for him, you become a better player and a better person.”