Sonny King inducted into TL Hanna Athletic Hall of Fame
Sonny King of Clinton has been inducted into the T.L. Hanna High School Athletic Hall of Fame. King was a four-sport athlete at Anderson Boys High School, which later became T.L. Hanna when Anderson Boys High (later McDuffie High School) and Anderson Girls High combined in 1963.
King played at Boys High from 1948 until 1952 (graduating in 1953) and earned 11 varsity letters in four sports.
He played varsity football five years as a lineman. “Football was my main sport,” King said last week. As a senior, he was team captain, All-State and All-American.
After graduating, King earned a scholarship to Clemson University and played football for two years before transferring to Presbyterian College for his final two years of eligibility. He played both football and baseball at PC.
At Boys High, King also lettered as a baseball catcher for four years, three years in basketball and one year in track.
After graduating from PC, King coached football at Clinton High School as an assistant under Head Coach Buzz Tedards in 1957 and 1958 before moving to Honea Path High School from 1959-1966. He was the head coach and athletic director for five of those years.
King then became the head football coach and athletic director of Belton-Honea Path High School from 1966 until 1972.
He coached a semi-professional football team, the Greenville Bulls, in 1972 before coming back to Clinton to work at Clinton Mills. He retired in 1996.
The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame class at T.L. Hanna is the seventh class to be recognized. The first two years, 2009 and 2010, only former coaches were honored. The last five classes have recognized the achievements of former players.
The players must be out of school for at least 10 years to be considered.
King and the six other people in the Class of 2015 were recognized during an induction banquet Sept. 4 prior to the T.L. Hanna-Seneca football game.
In addition to King, the other former Hanna athletes honored were: Brandon Bailey, Sammy Brown, Kenny Caldwell, John Crosson, Joe Harris and Craig Mattison.
The Hall of Fame inductees were selected by an 11-member committee from nominees submitted.