The Liberty County Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting five new members during its annual banquet at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dorchester Civic Center. In today’s Courier we introduce the last two inductees.
Victoria Standard Davis
BI class of 1979
It was evident Davis would excel in high school and collegiate sports when as early as 1971 she took a first place finish in the breast-stroke for the Fort Stewart Dolphins swim team.
In 1972 she started to play organized sports at the Liberty County Recreation Department. Those early days were the building blocks to her high school career at Bradwell and collegiate career at Georgia Southern College.
From 1972-1985 Davis played LCRD girls softball when her teams won first place nine times and earned second place six times. Davis was always heralded for her hitting and pitching. She often was named home run batting champ and was mentioned in numerous articles in the Liberty Herald/Coastal Courier. In the playoffs, Davis’ LCRD team placed first 12 times and second and third once each.
In all 14 years, Davis made every all-star team. During those years, her teams placed first eight times and second three times in the sub-district and district tournaments. Davis led the midget league girls to a second place state run and, a few years later, led the junior girls’ softball team to their first state championship title.
In 1973 and 1975 Davis also played basketball, and her team won second and first place, respectively.
Davis ran track in 1975, earning five first place finishes for the LCRD 13-14 year old age division. She held the record in 1975 and 1976 for 13-14 girls in the 100-yard dash, held the record in the 220-yard dash from 1975-1978 and held the long jump record for 22 years.
In 1975, she took second place in the district tournament in the 220-yard dash, fourth place as a member of the 440 relay team and fourth place at the state tournament in the 220-yard dash.
Davis continued to rack up accolades and took her prowess to Bradwell where she lettered in basketball and track. She started on the varsity squad as a sophomore. During her junior year, she helped the Lady Tigers to 15-9 record and a region 2-AA, second place finish.
In 1977, Davis was part of the 440 relay team that placed second, earning a new school time and also finished second at the region meet. At the state meet, the 440 team placed fourth in their first trip to state. That same year, Davis earned third place in the AAU Junior Olympics with the 440 relay team.
In 1978 Davis was a part of Bradwell’s first girls’ softball team and lettered in the sport for the remainder of her high school career. That first year, she was the LCRD’s batting champ with a .737 average.
She was the first woman in Liberty County to be offered a collegiate scholarship for softball. She earned the scholarship in 1980 as a walk-on freshman at Georgia Southern College.
She batted .421 her freshman year and the Lady Eagles recorded a 25-9 season. That season, the Lady Eagles placed third in the GAIAW (Now the NCAA) Slow-Pitch Softball Championship Tournament and Davis was named to the All-Tournament Team. Davis was the only Lady Eagle ever to be named to the national all-tournament team.
The following year Davis led the Lady Eagles to a first place finish at the GAIAW Slow-Pitch Softball Championship Tournament. In the national tournament the Lady Eagles finished fourth for the second year in a row.
Last year, Davis was honored at the GSU Softball Alumni spring weekend and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
In the classroom, Davis earned many awards, including the Bradwell certificate of service award (1975-76), merit award: French (1977 and 1978), national Beta Club certificate (1977) Beta Club merit award (1978), University of Georgia certificate of merit academic letter, library award.
She was an honor graduate and received a $1,000 scholarship from the Fort Stewart Officers’ Wives Club.
At Georgia Southern College, she made the dean’s list in several quarters.
Davis is currently employed at CenturyLink as a customer consultant and has been employed with the company since 1977.
Donell “Donny” Woods Jr.
BI Class of 1990
Woods also started his career at the LCRD where he made the all-star teams every year. He participated in basketball and baseball. Woods won the midget league baseball pitching award and he ran track, finishing fourth in the state 100-yard dash in 1981.
At Bradwell, he was a three-year letterman in basketball and averaged 20 points and nine rebounds a game his senior year. In 1990 he was named to the All Coastal Empire, all-region and all-region tournament teams. That year he won the Hokey Jackson Award and led the team to a 20-9 record, Region 3-AAAA championship and a tenth place in state rankings in their classification.
Woods graduated BI with honors.
He went on to play basketball at Mercer University and started all 27 games as a true freshman. He led the team in rebounding and blocked shots that year and was named to the TAAC Conference All-Freshman Team.
As a sophomore he led the team in field goal percentage (55%) and started all 29 games. He led the team again as a junior with a field goal percentage of 61 and started all 27 games. Woods was named to the all-conference defensive team.
To start his senior year, Wood was named Pre-Season TAAC all-conference player. He was also named academic all-conference and played in all 29 games, leading the team in field goal percentage (51%), rebounds (184) and blocked shots (38). He led the team in scoring in 13 games, including a game-high 29 points against Stetson.
He finished his college career ranked sixth all time in steals (105), fifth all time in blocked shots (89), eighth all time in blocked shot averages (.8 percent), 10th all time in assists (209), sixth all time in field goals (53%) and started every game and second all time in consecutive games (112 games).
He earned his bachelor’s in general business form Mercer in 1995 and his MBA from Mercer in 2001. Woods is employed at State Farm Insurance as an auto underwriter in a company leadership program.
Tickets for the ceremony are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Liberty County Recreation Department. Tickets must be bought in advance.