Union Pines will celebrate the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame’s newest class Friday.
Nick Collins, Alishia Mosley, Jason Dowdy, Emily Micheal Thomas, Marylyn Blue Rogers and M.D. Guthrie will join the 52 individual and six teams that have been inducted into the hall of fame that was started by the school in 2005.
“It is a hall of fame worthy class, a class of individuals that deserves to join the hall,” said Union Pines athletic director Bobby Purvis. “There are a lot of good people in the hall of fame that have done great things and made a difference in our school. They have their own special place in the history of our school. This is a way of letting students in the present know what’s been accomplished in the past.”
The event begins Friday (Jan. 31) with a reception in the school’s cafeteria at 4:15 p.m. The induction of the class of 2020 will be held in the auditorium beginning at 4:45 p.m. The presentation of plaques takes place in the gym during the basketball games between Union Pines and Harnett Central at approximately 7:45 p.m.
“This is one of the best things we do,” said Purvis. “It’s a great night of celebration for the athletic department, the school and for our community.”
Below is a brief description of the class of 2020:
Nick Collins: Nick Collins made his mark on the baseball diamond, being named all-conference for three years that concluded with the Vikings claiming the Cape Fear Valley Conference championship his senior season.
After that senior season Collins, a catcher, went to Georgetown University on scholarship where he batted .352 with 203 hits and 10 sacrifice flies in his three seasons at the Washington, D.C., school. He was the named the Big East Player of the Year in 2015.
He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, playing several seasons in the A’s organization.
Alishia Mosley: Basketball was where Mosley shined, finishing her career at Union Pines with 1,356 career points, including hitting 152 three-pointers. She was a three-time all-conference selection. In 2010, her senior season, she helped lead the Vikings to a regular-season conference championship and the Section 4 title. She was all-state twice. Her senior season she was named the District 8 Player of the Year and was selected to play in the North Carolina East-West game.
She signed a college scholarship to play at Division I N.C. A&T. She ended her college career at Johnson C. Smith University.
She is currently an assistant coach for the Lincoln University women’s basketball team.
Jason Dowdy: Dowdy was an all-around athlete at Union Pines playing basketball and football while also competing in track and field where he holds the Viking record for the pole vault (13 feet).
He was the school’s athlete of the year in 2000. He was all-conference most valuable player in track his junior and senior years. He was Central Tarheel Conference 1999 Player of the Year in basketball.
He attended UNC-Wilmington where he was a conference champion in track and field. He still holds the school record for the high jump (6-foot-9).
Emily Michael Thomas: Thomas is the only female state champion swimmer in Union Pines’ history. She holds the school record for the breaststroke. She earned a Division I scholarship to Campbell University where she swam for all four years while there.
Marylyn Blue Rogers: Rogers was an outstanding girls’ basketball player for Union Pines. She was All-East selection in 1968.
M. D. Guthrie: Guthrie made his impact at Union Pines as a teacher, coach and administrator. He coached football and track and field at Union Pines. He has three eight-win seasons in football, leading one team to the third round of the state playoffs.
He coached the girls’ track and field team to five consecutive conference championships.
He served as an assistant principal at Union Pines and was principal for many years at Wallace-Rose Hill High school.