GASTONIA—Hunter Huss High School has officially named its court after one of its distinguished graduates.
The court was dedicated as Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell Court during festivities connected with games between Hunter Huss and Forestview, according to the Gaston Gazette.
Sylvia Rhyne, now Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell, is a 1970 Huss graduate who for many years has been the head women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina after a successful stint at Francis Marion College in South Carolina. She remains the only coach to win national basketball championships in the AIAW, NAIA and the NCAA.
Hatchell is a member of seven different Halls of Fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and has also coached several Team USA national squads.
One irony the Gazette pointed out is that she never played interscholastic sports on the court that bears her name, because when she was in high school Hunter Huss did not have a women’s basketball team.