Back in the 1990s when Twin Springs’ Stacy Ervin was proving himself as one of the greatest basketball players in VHSL history, it never occurred to him where he might fit in the grand scheme of things.
During a summer basketball league game a couple of years ago, one of his regular playing buddies brought it up.
Castlewood’s Calvin Talford, who was been inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame in 2008, told Ervin he was surprised he hadn’t been nominated yet.
“I think that was the first time that it crossed my mind,” said Ervin, who was inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame last week in Charlottesville. “I said I didn’t know anything about that. That’s something to leave to somebody else.”
Ervin, still the VHSL’s reigning all-time scoring leader with 2,687 career points, was the lone athlete among this year’s class of nine inductees.
His fellow honorees were James Madison girls basketball coach Pat Deegan, James River softball coach John Shotwell, Burley football coach Robert Smith, Martinsville/Hidden Valley basketball coach Troy Wells, Fairfax County coach and administrator Bruce Patrick, First Colonial forensics coach Mary Sue Crommelin and veteran Appalachia Officials Association football and basketball referee John Altizer.
The smooth-shooting Ervin did a great job executing his role as a scoring engine for the Titans.
Now that he has joined the Hall of Fame, Ervin’s VHSL basketball peers include not only Talford, but the likes of Ralph Sampson, Moses Malone, Steve Marsee, Dell Curry, Barry Hamler and Grant Hill.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of the Oct. 23 edition of the Times-News.