, 2014

Three area sports standouts will be
inducted Saturday into Wall of Fame

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Two highly decorated coaches and a former professional baseball player will be honored Saturday, April 13, as the 2013 Class of the Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame.

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Leon Douglas
Malcolm Lewis
Ellen Gaines

The awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Hayden Building at Dreamfields near Kilmarnock.

Leon Douglas of Warsaw, Malcolm Lewis of Montross and Ellen Gaines of Warsaw will be inducted.

Leon Douglas, who grew up in Callao and graduated from Northumberland High School, signed a contract with the Milwaukee Braves after playing semi-pro and sandlot ball in the Northern Neck. He was scouted by Milwaukee and Pittsburgh while in high school.

A third baseman and outfielder, Douglas played with the Kilmarnock softball team before signing with Milwaukee and reporting to its Jacksonville team in the South Atlantic League.

While playing for Milwaukee’s Wellsville Braves team in the New York-Pennsylvania Baseball League, Douglas was named to the 1961 All-Star Team. He carried a big offensive load that season for Wellsville, batting .347 and tied for the home run lead with 10. He was also fourth in RBIs with 30.

Malcolm Lewis is a Northern Neck District football icon. He resigned last summer from his post as head coach at Washington & Lee High School after 16 years.

Lewis has two state championships under his belt, one as an assistant coach at Middlesex in 1993. He led the Eagles to the Group A, Division 2 state title in 2001. As a result of that accomplishment, Lewis was chosen to lead the 2002 Virginia High School Coaches Association East All-Star Team in its summer game, when he had the opportunity to coach future pro-football players Darryl Tapp of the Philadelphia Eagles, Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts, John McCargo of the Buffalo Bills, Jimmy Smith of the Atlanta Falcons and Johnathon Lewis of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lewis also played in the state championship game with W&L in 1979.

As a head coach, Lewis has amassed a 123-58 overall record, with four regional titles and a state championship.

He also has served as athletic director at Washington & Lee for the last nine years, and continues in that position.

Ellen Gaines, a former college basketball player-turned-coach, has led the Rappahannock High School Raiderettes basketball team for the last 27 years and has coached the varsity softball team for 26.

As basketball coach, Gaines has led Rappahannock to two Northern Neck District championships, two district tournament titles and two Region A championships.

She has amassed a 401-157 overall record as Rappahannock’s softball coach with 11 Northern Neck District championships, 10 tournament championships and six Region A championships. Under her leadership, Rappahannock has finished as the state runner-up twice, in 1989 and 1991, and has made 10 state tournament appearances.

A decorated basketball player, Gaines attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she scored 827 career points, had 599 career rebounds and made the 2005 CAA Basketball Legends Team. From 1985 until 2006, she held the VCU record for most free throws made in a game with 15.

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