Thursday, October 9, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Buford Athletics Hall of Fame added three new members on Wednesday - Julie Harrison Phillips, W.R. Dudge Pruitt and Edwin Whidby.
The inductees will be honored with a banquet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Buford Academy faculty dining area. They also will be recognized at halftime of the Oct. 24 football game against Blessed Trinity. Harrison Phillips, a 1987 Buford grad, was a four-year basketball starter who graduated with school records in 12 categories, including career points (1,729), career rebounds (1,174) and season scoring average (23.4). She helped the 1985 team to a state runner-up finish, played in the Georgia-Tennessee All-Star Game and earned a full basketball scholarship to Middle Tennessee State.
Pruitt, a 1950 grad, played baseball, basketball and football at Buford, becoming the school's first all-state football player in 1949. Drafted by the Atlanta Crackers as a pitcher, he went on to become a Gwinnett County commissioner from 1964-72 and county chairman from 1968-72.
Whidby, a 1952 grad, lettered for three years in football, basketball, baseball and track at Buford. A longtime booster club officer and supporter of the Wolves, he also coached their youth league football teams from 1968-2003.