Five of Holy Innocents’ all-time best athletes and one former administrator were inducted into the Wall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 2, during halftime of the HIES-Loganville 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 six inductees included Sarah Belisle, Owen Penn, Warner Ray, Connor Thompson, Chris Mann and former Athletic Director Rob Weltz.
At the ceremony, each 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 contributions are as follows:
Sarah Belisle – Girls’ Soccer - Class of 2015
Sarah was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team that compiled 44 wins during her tenure. With 22 career shutouts, her teams advanced to the playoffs every year, including two Elite 8 and two Final Four appearances. Named captain her junior and senior seasons, she was also named Best Defensive Player in those two years. She had multiple soccer collegiate offers and attended Furman University where she played club soccer. One of her many notable off-field honors was serving as Homecoming Queen her senior year.
Owen Penn – Boys’ Lacrosse – 2014
Owen led the lacrosse team from his freshman through his senior season, leading the team in scoring his first three years before an injury-shortened final year. Our face-off man, he also remains a career leader in goals, assists and points, as well as second in ground balls. He also has records for ground balls in a season and second for goals in one game. Named First Team All A-Tournament for two years, he was selected All-State as a junior and Honorable Mention All-State his senior year. He also led in football and wrestling during his tenure.
Warner Ray – Boys’ Cross Country – 2014
Warner was All-State in cross country all four years, meaning that he finished in the top-10 individually at every state tournament. Captain of the team his junior and senior seasons, he was on three state-contending teams his sophomore through senior years. Besides his successes in the 5K, he remains the school record holder in the 3200-meter run and was the holder in the 1600 and as a member of the 4 x 1600, and distance medley teams. He was also a two-time Middle School state cross country champion.
Connor Thompson – Boys’ Tennis – 2014
Connor played the No. 1 singles position on the varsity tennis team all four years after finishing up an undefeated JV career. He went 62-1 during his tenure, while also leading the Bears to the state playoffs each season, which included an Elite 8 slot. He went on to star at UNC-Greensboro on the courts where he played the top position there for most of those four years. Connor earned several Conference Player-of-the-Month honors while playing collegiately, despite playing against the top Division I programs in the country.
Chris Mann – Wrestling – 2009
Chris became one of our school’s first state champion wrestlers when he won the crown in 2009 by not allowing a single point from his opponents during the tournament. Named Second Team All-State that year, he won 161 matches over his time, and suffered only three losses his final season – all to nationally ranked grapplers. He was a senior captain and finished in the top-three all-time as far as career wins at HI. If this isn’t enough, he led his team to the school’s first ever Top 10 team finish before graduating.
Rob Weltz – Athletic Director, 2000-2010
In the early 2000s, Rob became the school’s second Athletic Director in HI history, taking over for Emory “Buster” Brown. He served the position for nine years – his first being an interim before unanimously voted in for the job. Rob was and is an innovator. He initiated the football program at HI, which began with a JV team before becoming a state contender in years ahead. He also introduced both girls’ and boys’ lacrosse to our competitive slate, two sports that excelled right from the beginning.
Congratulations to all!
– Dunn Neugebauer