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Salem to induct first hall of fame group tonight

The Salem High School athletic department will be celebrating its past for the first time tonight. Eleven former players and coaches will be the first class inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame during tonight’s Region 8-AAAAA basketball doubleheader with Loganville.

Among the honorees are a trio of professional athletes:

Torell Troup, football. Troup, a 2006 graduate, was a two-time first-team all-state player while at Salem, then was a three-year starter at Central Florida. Troup was drafted in the second round (41st overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and is a member of the Oakland Raiders.

Billy Buckner, baseball. Buckner, a Class of 2001 pitcher, holds the school record for wins, innings pitched and single-season strike outs. Buckner was drafted in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals and has played for six big league teams, most recently the Los Angeles Angels in 2013.

Courtney Hurt, basketball. A graduate of the Class of 2008, Hurt was a first-team all-state player in 2008 for Salem before becoming an All-American at Virginia Commonwealth. She was drafted in the third round (34th overall) by the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and now plays for Mondeville in the French Professional League.

Others to be inducted:

Peter Yates, wrestling. Yates was a fellow 2008 graduate and left Salem as one of the state’s finest wrestlers and the most decorated wrestler in the county’s history. Yates was a three-time Georgia state champion and four-time state finalist, losing just one match in four seasons. Yates then became a two-time All-American at Virginia Tech where he was two-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion.

Zach Roddenberry, basketball. Before starring at Harding University, where he led the nation in field goal percentage in 2012, Roddenberry left Salem after 2008 as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Rebecca Hubbard, basketball. From 1994-1998 established 26 school records on the hardwood for the Seminoles. Hubbard’s jersey was retired by Salem on October 9, 1998, then she played her freshman season at Armstrong Atlantic University.

Jamil Hubbard, track and field. Hubbard, a 2004 graduate, was the state champion in the 400-meters in 2004 after finishing as the state runner-up in the 400 in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Won region titles in both the 200 and 400 meters all four years at Salem. Went to Mississippi State where he was a Southeastern Conference champion in the 400.

Paul Jobson, soccer. Before he graduated Salem in 1995, Jobson was the first Salem athlete to ever be named as an all-state member. Jobson later played for three years at Presbyterian College and is currently the co-head coach at Baylor University.

Jim McBrayer, coach/athletic director. McBrayer was head basketball coach from 1991-96 and girls soccer coach in 2003. He also served as the school’s athletic director and helped open the school and set the groundwork for the current athletic program.

Frank Caputo, coach. Caputo was the head football coach from 2000-05 and led the 2004 team to the state final four. Caputo’s teams won consecutive region championships in 2004 and 2005.

Jeff Blount, coach. Was a longtime baseball, football and basketball coach at Salem. Blount is the winningest baseball coach in school history and led the 2001 team to the second round of the state playoffs.

A dinner will take place at 6:15 p.m. and the first class will be inducted after the girls varsity game, which begins at 7 p.m, and before the boys tip at 8:30 p.m.