VMI Sports Hall of Fame Taps Ten for Induction
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 08/02/2011
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LEXINGTON, Va. - Eight former athletes and two former athletic department personnel will be officially inducted into the Virginia Military Institute Sports Hall of Fame Friday night, September, 2 at a dinner to be held at Marshall Hall located at the Center for Leadership and Ethics on the VMI Post. The dinner will kickoff a weekend of Hall of Fame festivities that includes recognition of the inductees during a full Review Corps of Cadets parade Saturday morning, September 3, and a ceremony held at halftime of the VMI-Delaware State football game later that day at Foster Stadium.

The 2011 VMI Sports Hall of Fame inductees are listed below with expanded biographical capsules to follow.    

LESLIE APEDOE '99 (Wrestling) - Earned All-America honors at the 1999 NCAA Wrestling Championships when he placed sixth in the heavyweight division...also became the first VMI heavyweight wrestler to win four consecutive titles in the Southern Conference (1996-99).

CHRIS CATANZARO '01 (Baseball) - One of the top left-handed batters in Keydet baseball and finished his career with the highest career batting average in VMI history with a .356 average.

RICH DAUGHTRIDGE '98 (Soccer) - Scored 13 goals and three assists for 29 points his senior season and finished as the program's all-time career scorer ...finished his career with 34 goals, 14 assists, and 82 points.

JOEY DUBOSE '96(Track & Field)- Co-captained the 1996 track squad and also served as Regimental Commander in the Corps of Cadets...won the Southern Conference outdoor 400-meter hurdles in 1996 and 1995.

GIL MINOR '63  (Baseball/Football) - Selected to the All-Southern Conference baseball team at catcher as a junior in 1962... was second team all-state in football and honorable mention all-conference and played on Southern Conference championship football teams in 1960 and 1962 and captained the 1962 football team.

ISSAC MOORE '00 (Wrestling) - A two-time Southern Conference champion winning the title at 197 lbs. in 1999 and 190 lbs. in 1998...was 29-8 as a senior including a perfect 12-0 in dual match competition and helped VMI to a share of the Southern Conference title.

NEAL PETREE '52 (Football) - A three-year starter at end for VMI and caught 79 passes for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns during that span... Named first team All-Conference by United Press, first team All-State by Associated Press, and was honorable mention Al- America by the Associated Press in 1951.

GARY SIBAYAN '89 (Baseball) - Compiled a .306 career batting average with a then school record 92 stolen bases...named All-Southern Conference Northern Division for three straight years, 1986-87-88.

KARYLOS HAYSLETT - Inducted on Special Citation ... Former equipment manager and served as head in the post for 23 years from 1982-2005.

IKE SHERLOCK...Inducted on Special Citation...former VMI head wrestling coach from 1978-1985... amassed a dual-meet record of 84 wins against only 19 losses... his 1982-83 team recorded a perfect 19-0 dual-meet record and the 1985 team won the coveted Southern Conference Wrestling Tournament Championship.

EXPANDED INDUCTEE BIOS

LESLIE APEDOE '99 (Wrestling) - Earned All-America honors at the 1999 NCAA Wrestling Championships when he placed sixth in the heavyweight division...also became the first VMI heavyweight wrestler to win four consecutive titles in the Southern Conference (1996-99) and the first in the conference to accomplish that feat in 60 years...also became the first VMI wrestler to participate in four NCAA tournaments all in one weight class...maintained a national ranking of No. 4 throughout most of his senior season and captured heavyweight titles in the Bloomsburg Invitational, Virginia State Championships and All-Academy Championships...compiled a 33-6 record his senior season and a career mark of 111-29 which placed him second among VMI career wins leader Charley Branch who ranked No. 1 at the time...helped his team to the 1997 Southern Conference wrestling team title and a team co-championship in 1999...named Southern Conference outstanding wrestler of the year in 1998 and 1999...currently works in medical supply sales in Newport News where he currently resides.

CHRIS CATANZARO '01 (Baseball) - One of the top left-handed batters in Keydet baseball and finished his career with the highest career batting average in VMI history with a .356 average...also graduated with then school career records in hits (258), runs scored (171), doubles (71), runs batted in (155), and total bases (410)...also set season marks in hits (76-2000), runs scored (56-2000), doubles (24-2000)...heading into the 2011 season, he still held the VMI career marks for batting average, doubles, runs batted in and total bases... hit .335 as a senior and led the team in homers in 2001 with eight...reached 100 career hits faster than any player in VMI history up to that time...hit safely in 42 of 49 games as a junior and had 24 multi-hit games, batted .346 as a freshman, .347 as a sophomore, .392 as a junior, and .335 as a senior...currently Chief Operations Officer for REMI (Real Estate Management and Investment) working primarily with the company's on-line school, Digital Learning Center, and the technology division in Kailua, Hawaii.      

RICH DAUGHTRIDGE '98 (Soccer) - Scored 13 goals and three assists for 29 points his senior season and finished as the program's all-time career scorer ...finished his career with 34 goals, 14 assists, and 82 points...finished among the conference region, and national leaders in all three stat categories in 1997...set a new VMI career points record, and ranks among the VMI career top five in career goals (2nd-34), career assists (4th-14), points (1st-82), shots (1st-246), games played (3rd-73), starts (T-2nd - 73)...also ranks second in the VMI record books for season goals (13-1997) and fourth and fifth, respectively for most points in a season with 29 and 27 in 1997 and 1994...team co-captain his senior year...was the first VMI player to be named to the All-South Atlantic Region team (1996)...was named first team All-Southern Conference and second team All-State in 1997...also named All-Southern Conference in 1995 and netted a game-winning goal over military rival The Citadel in overtime...was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1994 when he scored 11 goals and handed out five assists for 27 points which was then the third most points in a season in VMI soccer history...played indoor soccer professionally with the Baltimore Blast after graduation...Founder and President of High Studio in Hagerstown, Maryland which provides graphic design, web development, video production, and strategic marketing.      

JOEY DUBOSE '97 (Track)- Co-captained the 2006 track squad and also served as Regimental Commander...won the Southern Conference outdoor 400-meter hurdles in 1996 and also ran a leg on the winning mile relay team...also captured the 2005 Southern Conference outdoor 400 meters with a time of 52.23... earned all-conference honors in 1995 in the indoor 55m hurdles and outdoor 4x100 and 1600 meter relay team...ran a leg on the 1994 Southern Conference champion 4 x 400m relay team that won with a time of 3:16.43...earned All-Southern Conference honors by placing second in the 1995 indoor Southern Conference 55 meters with a time of 7.78 and was all-conference for the indoor 2006 season for running a leg on the runner-up 1600 relay team...awarded the 2006 Hardin Massie Award, the Col. Bev Read Academic Award, and the Walt Cormack Leadership Award...currently Lieutenant Colonel promotable (USAF) - Doctor, Trauma surgeon at the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center for Sustainment and Readiness Skills

GIL MINOR '63  (Baseball/Football)  - Was a three-year letterman in baseball as a catcher and was co-captain of the team his senior year...was selected to the All-Southern Conference team as a junior in 1962...he knocked in the winning run in one of the two victories over Virginia Tech in 1962...as a senior he batted .241 with VMI posting a 14-11 record- one of the best in the sport's history at that time...regarded as a having the strongest throwing arm among Southern Conference catchers at that time...lettered three years in football and started for two as a defensive lineman but also started a handful of games as a sophomore...As a junior he was second team all-state in football and honorable mention all-conference...played on SC championship football teams in 1960 and 1962 and captained the 1962 football team...Chairman of the Board, Owens-Minor Inc. ...nation's leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies to the acute care market.

ISSAC MOORE '00 (Wrestling)  -  A two-time Southern Conference champion winning the title at 197 lbs. in 1999 and 190 lbs. in 1998...was 29-8 as a senior including a perfect 12-0 in dual match competition and helped VMI to a share of the Southern Conference title...twice competed in the NCAA championships...captured the Bloomsburg Invitational as a senior and was a runner-up at the Virginia State Championships...was 22-8 as a junior and placed second at the All-Academy Championships and Virginia Intercollegiates...placed third in the Southern Conference in the 190 lb. bracket as a sophomore...was 77-32 for his career...served as team co-captain Regimental S-6 as a first classman...is currently a Captain in USMC...will be deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in August.

NEAL PETREE '52 (Football)  -  A three-year starter at end for VMI and caught 79 passes for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns during that span...caught 29 and 30 passes, respectively, his final two seasons in which he was selected first team All-State by the Associated Press...was one of the South's leading receivers both years...in 1951 (his senior year) he helped VMI to a 7-3 record, totaling 464 yards receiving, and a share of the Southern Conference title with Maryland...he was also the Keydets punter averaging 38.1 yards per punt...following the season, he was named first team All-Conference by United Press and was honorable mention Al- America by the Associated Press...was also a letterman in both baseball and basketball... retired Colonel U.S. Army...currently living in Chipley, Florida.

GARY SIBAYAN '89  (Baseball)  - Compiled a .306 career batting average with a then school record 92 stolen bases...named All-Southern Conference Northern Division for three straight years, 1986-87-88...hit .359 in 1987 which led the squad that advanced to the Southern Conference championship game...played second base and started four years including the 1988 SoCon North Division title squad...also hit .300 in his Rat year of 1986...he hit 24 career homers and socked 12 which led the team in VMI's North Division title year of 1988..set then school season records in 1988 in runs (53) and stolen bases (29) in 1986...in the current VMI record books, he still ranks third in season stolen bases (26), fifth in season runs scored (53), and on the career charts he is third in runs scored  (166) and second in stolen bases (92)...during his career, he was successful in stolen bases 92 out of 101 attempts including a perfect 29 of 29 in his Rat year of 1986...hit for the cycle against Marshall in 1988...currently Commercial Sales Manager for Virginia for HH Gregg, a regional leader in the sale of appliances and electronics.

SPECIAL CITATION NOMINEE- Karlyos Hayslett - Equipment manager (1982-2005 ) - Served as head VMI equipment manager for 23 years...stepped into the shoes of Hall of Fame inductee Henry Johnson in 1982-93 after serving as an assistant equipment manager under Johnson since 1965...worked a total of 40 years at VMI...oversaw an operation that went from nine sports in his first year as head equipment manager to 16 sports at the time of his retirement...was the mentor of current head equipment coach Jimmy Mason...is retired and living in Buena Vista, Va.

SPECIAL CITATION IKE SHERLOCK - Wrestling Coach (1978-85) - During his tenure at VMI, Coach Sherlock's teams amassed an incredible dual-meet record of 84 wins against only 19 losses... his 1982-83 team recorded a perfect 19-0 dual-meet record...the 1985 team won the coveted Southern Conference Wrestling Tournament Championship...Ten of the wrestlers he recruited to VMI became Southern Conference Champions and three of these wrestlers still rank in the top ten in the category of career wins: # 6 Ben Walker '86 (107-21-1), # 7 John Munno '84 (99-34), and # 8 John Ehrenberger '84 (99-48-2)... Munno and Walker also have been inducted into The VMI Sports Hall of Fame...the Southern Conference recognized Coach Sherlock's many successes by naming him as its coach of the year in 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1985...later worked with the VMI Keydet Club and VMI Foundation...currently Executive Vice President Kentuckiana Curb Company, Metal Fabrications Specialists in Louisville, KY.


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