Polk-Jones to be inducted into Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame

UNCGSpartans.com 06-21-2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former UNCG women's basketball All-American Angie Polk-Jones has been selected for induction into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, the Greensboro Sports Commission announced Wednesday.

Polk-Jones and the rest of the 14-member class will be introduced at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game at NewBridge Bank Park on Thursday. The group will be formally inducted with a banquet on Sept. 19 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Polk-Jones, a Greensboro, N.C., native who played for UNCG from 1985-89, was a first-team Kodak All-American in 1987-88 and a four-time all-region pick. During her career, she helped UNCG to a 93-22 record, including a 41-1 record in the Dixie Conference. UNCG posted three 20-win seasons in Polk-Jones' career, appearing in the NCAA Division III tournament each year from 1985-88 and reaching the Final Four in 1987-88. Polk-Jones was also a member of UNCG's first Division II team.

UNCG's all-time leading scorer with 1,585 points, Polk-Jones is also the Spartans' second-leading rebounder with 1,002 in her career and is third in career steals with 260. Polk-Jones also holds the school record for career field goals (667) and is in the top 10 in several other career categories, including field goal attempts, free throws made and attempted and blocked shots.

Polk-Jones led UNCG in scoring in each of her final three seasons, including scoring 554 points on 230 field goals, both school records, as a junior in 1987-88.

Polk-Jones' No. 34 was the first number to be retired in UNCG history in any sport and is still one of just two retired by the women's basketball team.

In 2000, she was a member of the inaugural induction class of UNCG's Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduating from UNCG, Polk-Jones became a teacher and coach. After eight seasons at the helm at Grimsley High School in which her teams made the state tournament five times, Polk-Jones returned to UNCG to serve as an assistant on former UNCG coach Lynne Agee's staff.

With Polk-Jones on the staff, UNCG went a combined 60-27 over her three seasons (1998-2001), winning the Southern Conference regular-season title in 1998-99.

Polk-Jones is now the principal of The Middle College at UNCG, which will open in August.

Joining Polk-Jones in the 2011 induction class will be: athletes Joey Cheek (Olympic gold medalist speed skater), Tripp Welborne (Page High School and Michigan football), Maurice Spencer (Page, N.C. Central and New Orleans Saints football), Eddie Pope (Southwest Guilford, North Carolina and U.S. National soccer), and Tommy Langley (amateur golf); coaches Freddy Johnson (Greensboro Day School boys' basketball), Herb Goins (High Point Andrews football) and Chuck Hartman (High Point College baseball); administrators Bradley Faircloth (college official and ACC Supervisor of Football Officials) and Eddie Bridges (wildlife conservationist); and Legends Class (posthumous honors) amateur golfer Larry Dempsey and former high school coaches Claude Manzi and John Morris.

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