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Class announced for 2013 Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame

Buford grad Darius Walker dives for the goal line during a 2007 NFL game with the Houston Texans.

Buford grad Darius Walker dives for the goal line during a 2007 NFL game with the Houston Texans.

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Parkview grad Josh Wolff speaks with the media prior to the 2006 World Cup.

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Former Brookwood head football coach Dave Hunter is shown during a practice in the late 1990s.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn South Gwinnett graduate Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks, warms up as the Hawks hold a team practice at South Gwinnett High School recently.

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Former Greater Atlanta Christian, UGA and WNBA standout Sherill Baker was hired this week by the Auburn women's basketball program.

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Courtney Swaim Trimble

Six different high schools are represented among the six selections for this year's Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame class, which was announced Tuesday.

It is the fourth year of inductions for the hall of fame, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.

This year's group includes former Parkview soccer star Josh Wolff, longtime Brookwood football coach and athletic director Dave Hunter, former South Gwinnett basketball standout and current Atlanta Hawk Lou Williams, Duluth grad and golfer Courtney Swaim Trimble, record-breaking Buford football player Darius Walker and former Greater Atlanta Christian basketball star Sherill Baker.

Those Gwinnett County legends will be inducted Saturday, May 4 at Coolray Field in an event that coincides with the Gwinnett Braves' home game vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"We are excited to again host the annual Hall of Fame Induction," GCPS Foundation president David Seago said. "This is our fourth great class and what a pleasure it is to honor these outstanding individuals for their contributions to Gwinnett County. At the same time we have the opportunity to raise funds to support the School Foundation in support of our teachers and students. I want to especially thank the Gwinnett Braves for helping us to make this a special day."

Wolff, the first soccer player chosen for the local hall of fame, also is the most accomplished player Gwinnett has produced in that sport. He represented the U.S. in the Olympics and in two World Cups, assisting the first goal in the Americans' big World Cup win over rival Mexico. He made 52 appearances with the full national team.

Wolff also played 14 seasons of Major League Soccer, and also played in Germany for 1860 Munich. He retired last season as one of the top 10 goal-scorers in MLS history and now is a full-time assistant coach for D.C. United.

Hunter, the lone coach in this year's class, is widely credited for bringing a successful football model to Gwinnett, both on the field and through fundraising for first-class facilities. He accomplished a number of first for local football programs, including a 1996 Brookwood state championship that was the first ever for a team from the Gwinnett County Public Schools system.

Hunter, also the Broncos' longtime athletic director until he retired in 2006, still serves on the Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee and is executive director of the annual Corky Kell Classic. He was executive director of the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett until he retired last year from those duties.

Williams was star basketball player at South, guiding the Comets to the 2004 state title and winning the prestigious Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award in 2005 as national player of the year. He is still the only Gwinnett male to receive that honor.

He was drafted directly out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers, who he played for from 2005-2012 before signing prior to this season with the Atlanta Hawks. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 14.1 points in 39 games this season with the Hawks before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Trimble, under her maiden name of Swaim, played for the boys and girls high school teams during her time at Duluth, winning two individual state titles and one team title. She earned All-SEC and All-American honors as a college golfer at Auburn, then played briefly on the Futures Tour, the LPGA's feeder tour.

Since finishing as a player, Trimble has gone into coaching, first at her alma mater Auburn as an assistant coach. She was the head women's golf coach at Central Florida until last year, when she was hired for the same position at Louisville.

Walker was one of the most celebrated football players ever in Gwinnett, winning state player of the year honors in 2003 when his 46 touchdowns broke the old season mark of 42, held by legendary Georgia back and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. He rushed for 5,676 yards and 91 touchdowns at Buford, helping the Wolves to state titles his last three seasons as well as a 45-game winning streak.

He set the Notre Dame freshman rushing yards record and was the Fighting Irish's leading rusher for three straight seasons before declaring early for the NFL Draft. He played three NFL seasons and currently is a college football analyst for Fox Sports.

Baker led GAC to two girls basketball state titles in her career, winning Miss Georgia Basketball honors as a senior. She scored 2,276 points in high school.

The 5-foot-8 guard then played at Georgia, where she earned All-SEC and All-American honors and set school records for steals in a career and steals in a season. She averaged 12.7 points and her 1,665 career points put her 10th on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list.

Baker was drafted 12th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft and played four seasons in that league, as well as offseason stints with pro teams overseas. She completed her playing career in the 2011-12 season, when she averaged 24.4 points for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the Israeli League. She currently is the director of basketball operations for Auburn, which is in town for this week's SEC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.