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Providence starts HOF

One of Michael Woods' main missions when he became Providence Christian's athletic director becomes reality this weekend.

The Lilburn private school, founded in 1991, will induct the first class into its athletic hall of fame Saturday evening at halftime of a boys basketball game against Landmark Christian. The inaugural class features soccer players Sarah Steinmann and Lindsay Duncan, four-sport athlete Heidi Sauers and former soccer coach John Spracklin.

"I determined that it was long overdue," Woods said of the hall of fame, which will feature a display in the mezzanine level of the school's gym. "I go to other schools, and granted some have been around a lot longer than us, and see their hall of fame exhibits. I felt we were deficient in this area because we've had some wonderful athletes who have accomplished a lot. We felt it was the right thing to do."

Three of the four honorees will be present for the induction ceremony. The exception is Spracklin, who passed away unexpectedly from a heart infection in Sept. 2006. His mother will be present to accept the honor.

Spracklin led Providence to the first state championship in school history, a 1999 soccer title.

Steinmann was a sophomore on that state championship team, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win on her birthday. She finished that season with 43 goals, part of a 156-goal high school career. She went on to be an SEC player of the year at Auburn, then played professionally for the Charlotte Eagles and Atlanta Silverbacks.

Duncan also started on the '99 state title team as a junior, finishing her career with 110 goals and a school-record 86 assists. She played college soccer at UNC-Charlotte.

Sauers, a 1996 grad, earned 12 varsity letters, including four each in basketball and softball. She also lettered three years in track and one in tennis. As a senior, she was an all-county selection in basketball, softball and track.

She led Gwinnett in scoring as a junior and became the Stars' first 1,000-point scorer in basketball. She also earned a track and field scholarship to Samford.