HCHS athletes ‘framed’

Published 3:31 pm Friday, June 3, 2011

AHOSKIE – Suitable for framing.

Five senior athletes at Hertford County High School have earned a little something extra as graduation approaches. Something beyond other school awards – including those handed out at the athletic banquet last month.

They were presented framed jerseys as a memorabilia reminder of their glory days in the blue and gold on everything from the track to the court to the field.

The displays were the idea of HCHS Athletic Director Charles Simmons who thought it would be a way for the athletes to remember their accomplishments as time and records fade away.

The quintet are: Petey Boone in football, Briante Bond in girls basketball, Brandon Warren in baseball, Saeed Jones in track & field, and Jordan Jones in boys basketball.

Each athlete also excelled in more than one sport during their days as a Bear and all five are headed to college where they hope to continue their athletic careers in addition to their studies.

Boone, who broke the Bears’ school record for touchdowns in a game with five passing and two rushing scores, led the team to a 13-1 record in 2009 and an 8-4 mark in 2010. He also played baseball is headed to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee in the fall as a running back.

“It’ll remind me that I accomplished something in high school,” said Boone, “and that every time you walked on the field you did what you had to do at the right time.

“Ten years from now I can look back at it when I’m in the NFL playing for the Carolina Panthers”, he added with a smile.

Bond was girls basketball MVP as early as her freshman year of 2007-‘08 and among her accomplishments was helping the Lady Bears to the Northeastern Coastal Conference championship in 2010.  The former HCHS Prom Queen also excelled in volleyball and softball and will attend Virginia State come August.

“I feel great to know I’ve accomplished a lot from my freshman year to my senior year,” she said.  “My advice to those who will follow me is to never hold their head down and never let anyone tell you what you can’t do.

“I just never imagined me being this good,”  she said with a shy smile.

Warren was an unprecedented three-time Northeastern Coastal Conference baseball Player of the Year and finished his career with a .475 batting average including 19 homeruns, 97 runs driven in, and 25 wins as a pitcher with over 300 strikeouts.

He was also the punter/place-kicker on the football team and played a year of soccer. The 2011 State Games participant will enroll at Barton College to continue his career.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling,” said Warren.  “Baseball’s been a part of my life since I was three years old; I’ve always been on the honor roll and I really just started kicking two years ago.

“Don’t ever let them tell you you can’t do it because I never would have done it without God, my parents and my coaches,” he added.

His parents – dad, Stan, and mother, Michelle – who were on hand for the unveiling and beaming with pride said they’ve loved every minute of it.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Michelle Warren.

Saeed Jones, who will attend North Carolina A&T State University in the fall, led the Bears to three conference championships in four years in track and field.  In addition to his relay and short distance events, he also excelled in cross-country as well as indoor track.

“I see myself working with a civil engineering firm,” said Saeed, “but I want to continue running.  I hope to run the Olympic Trials sometime in the next eight years or so.

“My parents have kept me grounded and taught me everything I know about life,” he added, “and my coaches have been pretty much on the same path as well as being a great moral influence on me while I’ve been running.”

Jordan Jones, bound for St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh come August, was all-league in basketball and has been selected to the East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro in July. In addition to numerous hoops honors, Jones also participated in field events with the Bears’ track team.

“Most players won’t get that,” said Jones, taping on the glass frame, “and I’m going to miss a lot of this: plus my coaches and my teammates.”