Five of Holy Innocents’ all-time best athletes and one former coach were inducted into the HIES Wall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 24 during halftime of the HIES-Athens Christian football game. The Wall of Fame was established in 2008; it recognizes and honors outstanding varsity athletes, coaches and/or contributors who have demonstrated excellence in their athletic pursuits.
The five inductees included Sam Asbury, Randi Bohler, Rod Davis, Bert Olsen and Coach Mike Thornton.
At the ceremony, the former athletes and/or families received a commemorative plaque - a replica of the one displayed on the Wall of Fame in the Main Gym - as well as a “free ticket for life” to any HIES sporting event.
Their bios are as follows:
Sam Asbury (Class of 2015) – Basketball and Golf
Sam was a four-year varsity member of both the basketball and golf teams. In hoops, he started every season, was one of our first 1,000-point scorers, and led HI to the playoffs during his tenure. In golf, he paced the teams to the state playoffs each season as well. Sam was recruited Division I in both sports, but first chose Georgia State to play golf before transferring to University of Georgia to play club. Sam passed away in 2020. His family accepted his posthumous award on his behalf.
Randi Bohler (Class of 2014) – Track
Randi graduated as one of the best sprinters in HIES history; she competed in track under Coach Stephen Jayaraj. In 2013, Randi was the state champion in the 100-meter hurdles (15.25) and followed that up with a second-place finish in the same event as a senior (15.18). As a junior, she also took fourth in the long jump at state in leading the team to a third-in-state finish, second best in HI history.
Rod Davis (Class of 2015) – Wrestling
A two-time captain on our wrestling team, Rod was also a senior captain in football. He is fourth all time in wins on the mat with 44, was a four-time state placer, a two-time state finalist and took the state crown his junior year. Rod wrestled first at N.C. State before finishing out his career at Gardner-Webb University; he was captain of the Gardner-Webb squad as a senior where he earned a finance degree.
Bert Olsen (Class of 2007) – Baseball
Bert was captain of the 2006 Final Four baseball squad and of the 2007 team that earned HIES its first state championship in the sport. He remains the school record-holder for home runs, slugging percentage and RBI, and is also top-five for career batting average and hits. He owns the single season records for RBI, OPS and slugging percentage, while excelling as a catcher.
Mike Thornton – Coach – Football and Lacrosse
Mike built a legacy in both football and lacrosse at HI. A JV head football coach and linemen coach for the varsity, he was a big reason for the Bears’ quick climb into region and state success. He is also the winningest boys’ varsity lacrosse coach in HIES history; he coached three All-Americans and led his teams to the playoffs year after year. He came to HI as a teacher/coach after a career in law. Coach Mike passed away in June 2021; his family accepted his posthumous award on his behalf.
Congratulations to all!
– Dunn Neugebauer