North Georgia College & State University inducted Dewayne Patrick, Leon Ricketson, Sue Haynes Malone, Morey LeFeve and Willie Thomas into the athletics Hall of Fame on Friday.
Dewayne Patrick graduated from North Georgia in 1957 after starring as a two-sport athlete, excelling at both baseball and basketball.
Saints baseball legend Leon Ricketson graduated from North Georgia in 1965 and was the first athlete from North Georgia to receive recognition on the All-American level.
Sue Haynes Malone came to North Georgia for basketball as the first woman in the state of Georgia to receive an athletic scholarship.
Willie Thomas joined the Saints in the fall of 1980 as one of the finest men’s basketball prospects North Georgia had ever recruited, and appeared in 122 games while scoring 1,976 points, grabbing 1,038 rebounds and making 822 field goals.
Morey LeFeve was a Saints graduate in 2000 and is the most decorated player in North Georgia women’s basketball history setting a school record with 2,556 points, while grabbing 1,326 rebounds and hitting 913 field goals.
The athletics Hall of Fame honors individuals who have earned outstanding athletic achievement or made substantial contributions to the university. A nine-member board of directors is responsible for the operations and serves as selectors for all honorees, based upon nominations.