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Four will be inducted into Airport High School's Athletic Hall of Fame

West Columbia, SC 09/18/2023 -- Three former Airport High School athletes and a former coach will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 20.

This year’s inductees are:

Jim Barnes (1973-1980): Barnes served as a head wrestling coach and assistant football coach. Under his leadership, Airport wrestlers won 4A State Wrestling Championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978, and they were 4A State Wrestling runner-ups in 1973 and 1975. Barnes coached 17 state champion teams total, along with multiple individual state championships, and his career coaching record was 415-23. He won multiple Wrestling Coach of the Year honors and was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaching Association Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

DeAngelo Mack (Class of 2005): Mack was a baseball standout who also played football. He was named to the 4A All-State Baseball Team in 2004, the 3A All-State Baseball Team in 2005, and was a SC/NC Select All-Star in 2005. Mack received a baseball scholarship from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the NCAA All-Region Team in 2008, All-SEC Second Team in 2009, and received the Tom Price Award in 2009. He was drafted in the 13th round by the New York Yankees in 2009 and was a NY-Penn League All-Star that same year.

Steven McKoy (Class of 1975): McKoy was a wrestler who was the 4A Individual Wrestling Champion (135-pound Class) in 1975. He was a member of the 4A State Wrestling Runner-up Team in 1975 and was the first wrestling state champion under Coach Jim Barnes. He was the Airport High School Most Improved Wrestler in 1975. McKoy also was on Airport’s bowling team.

Quincey Riley (Class of 1976): Riley was a standout wrestler who also played football and ran track. He was the Wrestling Region Champion in 1976, a runner-up in 1976 and was a member of Airport’s first state championship wrestling team. He attended SC State University on a wrestling scholarship. He later became a wrestling coach at Swansea High School and Brookland-Cayce High School and compiled a 212-95 record. He coached 27 individual state wrestling championships. He was named South Carolina Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1995 and was inducted into the South Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Oct. 20 Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at Airport High School, 1315 Boston Ave., West Columbia. A drop-in reception is set for 5:30 p.m., followed by the formal induction at 6:15 p.m. in the Arena/Commons area. The inductees also will be recognized during halftime of the Airport vs. North Augusta home football game. Tickets are $15 each, which include admission to the football game. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

The event is presented by the Airport Eagle Club.

For more information, contact Brad Whittle at (803) 216-4176.


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