Lord Botetourt HS will induct the 2012 class of the LBHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the LBHS auditorium. The inductees will also be introduced at approximately 6:40 p.m. before the kick-off for our Homecoming football game with Blacksburg. They are:
Bios of the Inductees:
Josh is a 1999 graduate of LBHS. During his career at LB, Josh was a standout in football, basketball and baseball. He lettered three times in football, and twice in both basketball and baseball. Josh was the consummate team player in all three sports and was given the Unsung Hero Award for Lord Botetourt High School following his senior season in basketball.
As an outstanding quarterback, Josh was named the LBHS Offensive Football Player of the Year following both his junior and senior seasons. Josh was named honorable mention All-District after his junior season. He passed for 1,437 yards and 8 touchdowns and rushed for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns that season. During his senior season, Josh passed for 2,030 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 515 yards and 6 touchdowns. He wasvoted second team All-District after his senior season. He was the Associated Press first team All-State quarterback and also was named first team All-Timesland at quarterback as well as Timesland Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named USA Today honorable mention All-American at quarterback. At the end of his senior year, Josh was named the Timesland Male Athlete of the Year and participated in the Virginia High School Coaches’ Association All-Star football game.
Josh went on to play football at Concord University where he was a two-time West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention quarterback. In 2003 he won the Kevin Johnson Memorial Award for Concord University. Josh currently teaches Social Studies at Lord Botetourt and is an assistant coach for both football and baseball. He and his wife Charlene are the proud parents of their infant son Michael.
Amber Graham Hamme:
Amber graduated from Lord Botetourt in 2002. She was a standout for the LB girls’ basketball team as a starter for four years. As a freshman, she was second on the team in scoring and rebounding. During her sophomore season she led the team in scoring, rebounds and assists and was named second team All-District. During her junior season, she was named team captain and led the team in scoring and rebounding and was chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Player. At the end of the season, she was named first team All-District, second team All-Region, and was also selected as the Fincastle Herald Female Athlete of the Year.
During her senior season Amber was once again named a team captain and chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Player. She led the team to their first regional tournament berth in four years averaging 14.9 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game and 2.7 assists per game. She was once again selected first team All-District and was voted the Blue Ridge District Player of the Year. She also was named first team All-Region, was selected to the 2002 All-Timesland Girls’ Basketball Team and was the Kiwannis Player of the Year. She played in the 2002 Virginia High School coaches’ Association All-Star Game and was Lord Botetourt’s nominee for B’nai B’rith. Amber finished her career ranked fourth in school history in scoring with 1,307 points. She also amassed 800 rebounds and 223 assists.
After graduation from Lord Botetourt, Amber earned a scholarship to play basketball at Campbell University. She was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team after her sophomore, junior and senior years. As a junior, she was named team captain and received the Calloway Defensive Award. During her senior season she was team captain and team Most Valuable Player while averaging 7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Amber and her husband Ryan currently live in Lillington, NC. She is a second grade teacher at Buies Creek Elementary School.
David graduated in 1974 from Lord Botetourt. He moved to Lord Botetourt for his junior season from Glenvar High School where he was a state runner-up wrestler at 119 pounds. During his junior season, David had one loss during the regular season. He placed second in the district, first in the region and first in the state in the 119 pound weight class. For the 1972-73 season, the team went undefeated in dual matches with a 14-0 record, including a win over eventual state champion William Byrd. LB finished third in the state tournament that year. As a senior, David had an undefeated record and won the district, region and state championships at 125 pounds. David’s accomplishments at Lord Botetourt make him one of the greatest wrestlers in school history.
After high school graduation, David received a wrestling scholarship from Pembroke State University. He was a four year starter and team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He qualified for and competed in the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament all four years. He was a three-time Regional Conference champion and runner-up once. David earned All-American honors three different seasons. His first All-American honors came in 1976 when he placed third in the National Wrestling Tournament. During that season he defeated both the Southern Conference champion and the ACC champion. At the end of the season he was selected to be a member of the twelve man USA NAIA College All-Star Wrestling Team that competed in Japan and Korea in the summer of 1976.
In 1977, David set a school record for most pins in a single season with nineteen. During his senior season, he placed fifth in the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament at 142 pounds and also earned All-American honors. He won a total of 104 matches in his college career and was inducted into the Pembroke State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. After graduation, David became a graduate assistant wrestling coach for the Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, SC. He was the wrestling technique coach there for two years.
In 2000, David was finally able to convince the school system in Ohio County, KY to start a wrestling program. He has been the head wrestling coach for Ohio County High School and Middle School teams since.He married his college sweetheart, Ava and they live in Hartford, KY. He is in his twenty-seventh year as an Environmentalist with the Green River District Health Department in Owensboro, KY.
Chris is a 2002 graduate of Lord Botetourt High School. During his career, Chris excelled in both golf and basketball. As a freshman, he was named Most Valuable Player of the LBHS golf team. During his sophomore season, he lettered in golf and in basketball. After the basketball season, Chris was named the Timesland Sizzlin’ sophomore by the Roanoke Times. He also made first team all-district, first team all-region and was chosen for the All-Metro team. During his junior year, Chris once again lettered in both golf and basketball. For his outstanding season in basketball, Chris was named first team All-District and All-Region. He was also named to the All-Timesland team as well as the All-Metro team.
During his senior season at LB, Chris averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds.
He was named the team Most Valuable Player and was a Senior Athletic Award winner. He was named first team All-District, first team All-Region and made the Associated Press All-State team. He was once again named to the All-Timesland and All-Metro teams. He finished his basketball career at LBHS with 1,033 career points.
After his senior season, Chris declined several Division I offers and opted to attend Fork Union Military Academy where he played for legendary coach Fletcher Arritt. During the season Chris averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds. In the fall of 2003, Chris became a recruited walk-on at Virginia Tech. During his freshman year he played in 9 games as the Hokies made the Big East tournament for the first time in history. In his sophomore season, Virginia Tech joined the ACC. The team finished 4th in the conference and received a first round bye in the ACC tournament. At the end of Chris’s junior season, he was awarded a full scholarship to Virginia Tech. During his senior season, Tech finished in the top four in the conference and received an at-large bid to play in the NCAA tournament. In all Chris played in 85 games at Virginia Tech.
Chris currently resides in Roanoke and works at Corning in Blacksburg.
Jared is a 2002 graduate of Lord Botetourt. During his four year career, he earned 14 varsity letters including four each in football, soccer and track and two in basketball. As a soccer player, Jared was named All-District three years and All-Region two years. He was named the team captain for his junior and senior seasons. Jared is best known for his accomplishments on the football field for the Cavaliers as a wide receiver, free safety, kicker, punter and kick returner. He was named first team All-District all four years and was named first team All-Region three years. He was an All-Timesland Sizzlin’ Sophomore and was named the Crunch Magazine Player of the Week in three different occasions. He was also named a Friday Football Extra Player of the Week. He was named All-Timesland at wide receiver three times as well as Associated Press All-State wide receiver three times.
Jared was named to the Tom Lemming All-America Team, the Super Prep All-America Team and the Prep All-Star All-America Team after his senior season. He played in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game and in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX. He was named to the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team and was a first team All-Decade All-State team selection at wide receiver. Jared ended his career with 227 receptions which ranked him #1 in VHSL history. He also accumulated 2,884 career receiving yards which ranks sixth in VHSL history. In 2001, he had 83 receptions which ranks ninth in VHSL history.
Jared received Virginia Governor Gilmore’s Outstanding Athlete Award, was a member of the National Honor Society and was a representative from LBHS for Boys’ State. He was Lord Botetourt’s nominee for B’nai B’rith and won the B’nai B’rith Personal Life Award. Jared was awarded the Cavalier Award as the Outstanding Male Athlete at Lord Botetourt for his senior year.
Jared earned a full scholarship to play football at Northeastern University. He was a three year starter at punter and ranked as the fifth best punter in school history. He earned Academic All-Conference honors three years and is a member of Sigma Kappa Lambda, the University Honor Society. He was named the Conference Player of the Week three times and the Northeastern Player of the Week eight times. He was chosen as the Northeastern Husky of the Year in 2006.
Jared received his B.S. Degree in Finance from Northeastern University and his M.B.A. from North Carolina Belk College of Business. He is currently an investment banker for Stephens, Inc. in Charlotte, NC where he resides with his wife Katie. Congratulations, Jared!