Buford selects five to athletics HOF

Buford High School has selected five new members for induction into its athletics hall of fame, the youngest being former basketball standout Christi Thomas.

Thomas, a 2000 Buford grad, was a three-time all-state player in high school and earned Miss Georgia Basketball honors as a senior. She was SEC freshman of the year and an All-SEC player at Georgia before continuing her playing career in the WNBA and overseas.

She will be joined by 1979 grad Michael “Pop” Carson, currently the head football coach at M.L. King High. He was a four-sport letter winner in high school, earning Class A back of the year honors for the Wolves’ 1978 state championship football team. He also played on a state runner-up baseball team before playing football and baseball at Alabama State.

Chuck Burge, a 1976 grad, and Max Samples, a 1957 grad, also are former athletes slated for induction.

Burge lettered in football, basketball and baseball, and was a three-year starter (two-time all-county) player in football. He tallied more than 2,100 yards and 33 touchdowns as a starting quarterback.

Samples, who will be inducted posthumously, was all-state in both football and basketball as a senior. He averaged 26 points his senior season of basketball, earning a scholarship to Southern Tech, where he played for four seasons. He also was Buford’s class president and Beta Club president both his junior and senior years.

Longtime athletics contributor Harold “Pluto” Bagwell, a 1955 grad, also was selected. Bagwell has volunteered with the Wolves’ booster club since 1956, serving anywhere from an officer to concession stand worker. He was a member of Buford’s 1954 state runner-up football team.

Buford will honor the new hall of famers on Nov. 4 with an induction ceremony at the Buford Academy faculty dining room. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Buford High athletic office. For more information, call 770-945-6768.

The Wolves also will honor the class of 2010 at halftime of the Nov. 5 home football game.