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Seminoles induct inaugural Hall of Fame class
Salem inducted its inagural 11-member Hall of Fame class Friday night, highlighting the past achievements of their athletes. - photo by Darrell Everidge

Salem High School honored its past while celebrating its present Friday night, welcoming the athletic program's inaugural Hall of Fame class with 11 members, including three professional athletes.

The class was recognized Friday night between the Seminoles girls' and boys' basketball contests against Loganville, ushering in a group that defines Salem's achievements on and off the court.

Members of Salem's inaugural class included:

Torell Troup, Football - Troup, a 2006 graduate of Salem, was an all-region and two-time first team all-state selection with the Seminoles. Troup was a 3-year starter at Central Florida before being selected by the Buffalo Bulls with the 41st overall pick in the 2010 draft. While at Central Florida, Troup was a team captain and earned all-conference honors in Conference USA in 2009. Troup is currently a member of the Oakland Raiders.

Bill Buckner, Baseball - Buckner, a 2001 graduate of Salem, is the school record-holder for most batters struck out in a season. Buckner also holds the Seminoles' record for wins and innings pitched. After graduating from Salem, Buckner joined the University of South Carolina and Young Harris. Buckner was a 2004 second round draft selection of the Kansas City Royals and pitched for six major league teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Anaheim Angels.

Courtney Hurt, Basketball - Hurt, a 2008 graduate of Salem, was an all-state basketball selection and earned multiple all-region honors as a member of the Lady Seminoles basketball team. Hurt earned all-American honors while at Virginia Commonwealth University and during her senior season Hurt was ninth in the NCAA in scoring and led the NCAA in rebounding. Hurt is currently playing for Mondeville in the French Professional League after being selected 34th overall in the WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm.

Jeff Blount, Coach - Blount, a long-time football, baseball and basketball coach with the Seminoles is the winningest baseball coach in school history, finishing his career with 79 wins. Blount led the Seminoles to the second round of the state baseball playoffs in 2001. Blount served as an assistant to the Seminoles' football and basketball teams.

Frank Caputo, Coach - Caputo, a long-time football coach with the Seminoles, led the Seminoles to a Final Four appearance at the Georgia Dome in 2004. Caputo coached at Salem for six seasons, compiling 40 wins. In 2004, Caputo's Seminoles went 13-1, falling to Statesboro after finishing the regular season undefeated. Caputo also captured regional championships in 2004 and 2005.

Jamil Hubbard, Track - Hubbard, a 2004 Salem graduate, was a state champion in the 400-meters in 2004. Hubbard qualified for states in the 400-meters throughout his four seasons on the track team. Hubbard was a four time region champion in the 200- and 400-meters, while earning all-region track honors four times. Hubbard also earned a region title in the long jump. A dual sport state qualifier, Hubbard qualified for the state wrestling tournament once during his tenure at Salem. Hubbard joined Mississippi State after graduating from Salem, winning the 2008 400-meter run at the Southeastern Conference championships.

Rebecca Hubbard, Basketball - Hubbard, a 1998 Salem graduate, established 26 school records during her tenure with the Lady Seminoles. Hubbard finished her career at Salem with four all-region selections and had her jersey retired by the school for her achievements on the court. Hubbard matriculated to Armstrong Atlantic University where she averaged 4.8 points a game as a freshman. Hubbard currently serves as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University.

Paul Jobson, Soccer - Jobson, a 1995 Salem graduate, was the first Salem athlete to earn all-state honors, earning the selection his senior season. Jobson went on to become a 3-year letter winner at Presbyterian College. Since his collegiate days, Jobson has worked with the Atlanta Beat of the Women's Professional Soccer League and is the current co-head coach at Baylor University. The Bears finished ranked 11th in the country in 2012.

Jim McBrayer, Coach/Athletic Director - McBrayer served as the Seminoles basketball coach from 1991-2006 and as the girls varsity soccer coach until 2003. As Athletic Director, McBrayer helped opened Salem High School and oversaw construction of the Seminoles' football facility. McBrayer currently serves as the Chairman of the Rockdale County School Board.

Zach Roddenberry, Basketball - Roddenberry, a 2008 Salem graduate, was a 4-year varsity starter for the Seminoles. Roddenberry graduated as Salem 's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding, earning all Metro-Atlanta status in 2008. Roddenberry earned all-conference honors twice while at Harding University and was the 2013 Berryhill Award Winner for athletic and academic excellence. Roddenberry led the NCAA in field goal percentage in 2012.

Peter Yates, Wrestling - Yates, a 2008 Salem graduate, was a three-time state champion and one-time state runner up. Yates lost just one match during his 4-year tenure with the Seminoles and was named the Georgia Wrestler of the Year as a senior. Yates joined the Virginia Tech Hokies, piling up 131 career years. While with Virginia Tech, Yates won national championships in 2012 and 2013, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Year twice and was recognized as a 2-time all-American.