Congratulations to our inaugural class of the Richland Northeast High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The following were inducted on Friday September 6th at a ceremony in the upstairs gymnasium mezzanine.
Richland Northeast High School Class of 1998
Aaron earned 3 varsity letters during his stellar high school basketball career at Richland Northeast during which he led his teams to an overall 64-15 record. He was selected All-Region and All-Area for 3 years and All State for 2 years as a high school player. During his senior year he was honored as the High School Sports Report Basketball State Player of the Year and he was selected to participate in the North/South All Star game. Aaron is our boys’ basketball All-Time leader in points scored for a career with 1,238. He received a scholarship to play basketball at the University of South Carolina where he was a 4 year starter. After graduating from college he played professionally overseas for several years.
Richland Northeast High School Class of 2001
While at Richland Northeast, Airese was a 3-sport athlete. He earned 3 varsity letters in track & field, 2 letters in football and 1 letter in basketball. Airese was selected All Region and All-Area in Track & Field for 3 years and football for two years while being selected All State for two years in both sports. He was a stalwart member of our 2001 track & field state championship team where he individually won the 100 and 200 meters state championships. During the meet he broke the previous state record in the 200 meters. His record time held for over a decade before being broken. During his senior year Airese was selected to participate in multiple All Star events including the NC/SC Shrine Bowl in football and the Golden South Track and Field Classic. To cap off his stellar high school career, Airese was named the 2001 Gatorade 4A State Track Athlete of the Year. After high school he attended Clemson University on a football scholarship where he also ran track. After college he was selected in the 5th round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.
Richland Northeast High School Class of 2002
Bryn was a 4-year varsity letter recipient for girls’ soccer. She was selected All-Region and All-Area all four years of her career while being named All State for three years. Bryn is our school’s All-Time leader in goals scored in a single season with 60 goals and goals scored for a career with 220. She helped lead our girls’ soccer team to the Class 4A State Championship during her junior season of 2001 while being named the High School Sports Report State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year. To top off her stellar high school career, she was selected to participate in the North/South All Star game during her senior season of 2002.
CHARLES “CHUCK” LEE
Richland Northeast High School Class of 1988
Chuck Lee excelled and earned 6 varsity letters in tennis while being selected All Region all six years he played (7th grade thru 12th grade) for Richland Northeast. He was selected All State during his sophomore, junior and senior years. During his senior year of 1988, Chuck won the Class 4A State Singles Championship while leading his team to a State Runner-Up finish. His efforts earned him recognition as a Prince High School All American. After high school, Chuck received a tennis scholarship to play at the College of Charleston where he continued his stellar career by being named a NAIA All American in 1989.
Rick Grich served Richland Northeast High School as both a coach and athletic director for the first 20 years of the school’s history (1978 – 1998). Coach Grich coached both boys’ basketball and baseball for the first three years of the school’s opening while also serving as athletic director. His baseball team won the Region Championship in 1979. After he retired from coaching, he continued to direct the athletic department for the next seventeen years with exemplary leadership before his retirement in 1998. Rick is a native of Connecticut and a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
LAURA BOOZER WENTZKY
Richland Northeast High School Class of 2004
Laura lettered and excelled in 3 sports during her high school career at Richland Northeast. She earned 6 varsity letters in softball, 4 varsity letters in volleyball and 2 varsity letters in basketball. Laura was selected All Region, All-Area and All State in both softball and volleyball for all four years of high school and was selected to participate in both the volleyball and softball CAWS All Star games during her senior year. After high school, she attended Clemson University on a volleyball scholarship where she was a member of the 2007 ACC Champions team.
Richland Northeast High School Class of 1985
Portia was a dominant tennis player during her 3 years as a varsity player for Richland Northeast. She had a school record of 42 wins and only 1 loss. For those three years (1982-85) she was selected All Region, All-Area and All State. During her junior year, Portia won the tennis Class 4A Singles State Championship and was State Runner-Up during her senior year when she led our girl’s tennis team to a school best record finishing as state runners-up. She received a tennis scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she was an 8-time NCAA Division II All American while helping guide her team to four consecutive Division II National Championships.
Richland Northeast High School Class of 1985
Ryan was a standout in 3 sports at Richland Northeast during his high school years earning 4 varsity letters each in football and baseball and 3 letters in basketball. He was selected All Region, All-Area, All State and All American in football his junior and senior seasons. His senior season efforts in football resulted in Ryan being selected to participate in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl game of which he was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He was also invited to participate in the Blue Chippers All Star game. Ryan received a scholarship to play football after high school for the University of South Carolina where he continued to excel on the gridiron.