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Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Announces Four New Members

April 07, 2011

Category: Alumni, Athletics, Events


Four new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 30, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 34th anniversary.

The inductees are (with graduation year): Dwayne Brewington '82 of Montgomery Village, Md.; Lonnie Chandler '63 of New London; Tony DiPaolo '59 of Smoketown, Pa.; and Monte Jackson Turner '94 of Burlington.

The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Catawba College Chiefs Club, will be held at noon on April 30 during a luncheon in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center. At 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29, the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at The Country Club of Salisbury.

The Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 and this year's inductees will bring the total number of members to 161.

Following are the achievements of this year's inductees:

DWAYNE BREWINGTON
BrewingtonBrewington was a four-year letter winner in basketball in 1978-82. At 6-7, Brewington was key post player for Catawba teams that compiled an 80-43 during his career.

A two-time All-Carolinas Conference selection (1981 and 1982), Brewington also earned All-NAIA District 26 honors in 1981. As a sophomore, Brewington helped lead the Indians to the 1980 Carolinas Conference Tournament championship, well remembered for the 10-9 final score. It was during the pre-shot clock era and High Point held the ball for most of the contest.

That 1980 title set the tone for the next two years as Catawba went 25-6 and 26-7 during Brewington's junior and senior seasons. The 1982 squad won the District 26 championship and a berth into the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City. The 1981 team fell to Gardner-Webb in the District 26 semifinals.

Brewington scored 1,319 points during his career, which currently ranks 27th all-time at Catawba. He was deadly around the basket and still ranks first all-time in field goal percentage (61.5), making 579 of 941 attempts.

He had single season field goal percentages that still rank third (64.5), sixth (62.3) and ninth (61.3), respectively, at Catawba.

Also a great rebounder, Brewington's 862 boards still rank seventh all-time on the school's rebounding list.

Prior to attending Catawba, Brewington enjoyed a great high school career in Clinton, N.C.

Currently, a minister in Montgomery Village, Md., Brewington is married to Karen Wade Brewington, also a 1982 Catawba College graduate. They have a son, Alexander.


LONNIE CHANDLER
ChandlerChandler became synonymous with girls basketball, coaching the sport at North Stanly High School for 33 seasons (1964-1997). During those years, Chandler's teams won 556 games out of 785, a winning percentage of .708.

Chandler, a 1963 Catawba College graduate, also taught at North Stanly High School until 1993.

Chandler's teams had 12 seasons of over 20 wins and the long-time coach experienced only four losing seasons. The Lady Comets won 13 championships under Chandler and at one point, won 34 consecutive games at home.

Chandler's most successful season was in 1976, when North Stanly went 26-0 and won the old Western North Carolina High School Activities Association crown. Krystal Kimrey, a 6'5" center who went on to play at Maryland, was the star of that team.

North Stanly also won state 2-A district championships in 1985 (23-3) and 1991 (24-5).

Chandler was honored by being selected to coach in the East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro as well as the old WNCHSAA All-Star Game.

Chandler performed double duty in 1973 and 1974, when it addition to coaching at North Stanly, he started the women's basketball program at nearby Pfeiffer University. In two years at Pfeiffer, Chandler's teams were 39-17.

Chandler is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Wall of Fame and was inducted into the Stanly County Hall of Fame in 2007.

Since leaving the teaching and coaching ranks, Chandler has been safety and loss prevention coordinator of B.R.S. Inc., a Richfield utility contracting firm.

Chandler resides in New London with his wife, Linda. They have three grown children.


TONY DIPAOLO
DiPaoloDiPaolo was a three-year letter winner in football at Catawba, 1956-58, starting on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Born and reared in Berwick, Pa., DiPaolo was a standout in football, basketball and baseball at Berwick High School, prior to graduation in 1952. He then enrolled at Bloomsburg State College where he started as a freshman on the football team.

DiPaolo then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, played for the Quantico Marines football team, and earned "All-Navy Team" honors. He played in the Poinsettia Bowl, the national all-service championship game.

It was then on to Catawba to complete his education and enjoy a solid career as a football lineman. DiPaolo was nominated for Little All-American honors, in 1958 and earned All-North State Conference honors for three years as a guard. He was also selected to the North Carolina All-State team in 1958.

He was also voted Catawba's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1958.

After graduation from Catawba in 1959, DiPaolo began his coaching career at South Rowan High School in China Grove.

DiPaolo went on to a great coaching career in Pennsylvania, most notably at Catholic High School in Lancaster (1965-90) where he compiled a record of 156-97-6 in 25 seasons (18 winning seasons). He earned numerous Coach of the Year honors. Prior to arriving at Catholic, DiPaolo coached for two years at Solanco High School in Pennsylvania.

While working, DiPaolo found time to return to school and earned a master's degree in health and physical education at West Chester University.

DiPaolo was inducted into the Berwick High School Hall of Fame in 1983, the Lancaster Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pennsylvania High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008.

DiPaolo enjoyed a 43-year career, coaching at the high school and college levels. He taught high school for 39 years, 14 of which also saw DiPaolo serve as vice-principal of student affairs.

He now resides in Smoketown, Pa.


MONTE JACKSON TURNER
TurnerTurner was a standout in two sports, volleyball and women's basketball, in 1990-94. She was truly great in each sport, compiling huge statistics in both programs.

In volleyball, Turner was first team All-South Atlantic Conference for three years, 1991-93, after being selected the SAC Freshman of the Year in 1990. She was Catawba's team most valuable player in both 1992 and 1993.

As a senior in 1993, Turner had a kill percentage of 40.8, which was a school record at the time and the best in the SAC.

Turner concluded her volleyball career with 1,349 kills, ranking fifth all-time at Catawba. She ranks fourth all-time in career kill percentage (.310), third in career blocks (708) and 10th all-time in serving aces with 122.

Turner, who helped lead Catawba to SAC Tournament championships in 1990 and 1991, ranks first all-time with 290 solo blocks and third in school history with blocks in a match (33).

She was also selected All-NAIA District 26 in 1991 and 1992.

In basketball, Turner played four seasons and compiled 1,085 points. That scoring total ranks her 11th all-time at Catawba. Turner also ranks fifth all-time in rebounding with 792 and was voted the team's best defender as a senior in 1994. Turner also ranks ninth all-time with 50 career blocked shots and ninth all-time in field goal percentage at .460 (426 of 927).

Turner was a member of the 1992-93 squad that went 24-9, won the SAC Tournament championship, the NAIA District 26 championship and set or tied 42 school records. During her career, Catawba's basketball program was 69-41 (.627).

Prior to her arrival at Catawba, Turner hailed from Winston-Salem and North Forsyth High School. The volleyball, basketball and track star was named Forsyth County's Female Athlete of the Year in 1988-89. Turner earned 10 letters in high school and set a then school record, running the 200-yard dash in 24.6 seconds.

Turner is now a financial analyst for Labcorp and resides in Burlington with her husband, Willie, and two sons, Willie Jr., and Milton.


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