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A Hallowed Hall

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With more than a century of history, Seminole High School establishes an Athletic Hall of Fame full of legends

The history of Seminole High School dates back to 1902, and the Sanford school also has a lengthy and outstanding tradition in sports. But for some reason, Seminole High never established its own Athletics Hall of Fame... until now.

The inaugural class – and it’s an impressive one – was inducted during a dinner celebration on October 24, 2019 and celebrated at halftime of Seminole High’s October 25 football game.

“The accomplishments of these graduates are just amazing,” says Mike Kintz, Seminole High’s athletic director since 2016. “We have a long history here, and this is long overdue. I’m glad we could finally get this up and running.”

In addition to the 10 inaugural inductees, two teams were also honored with a spot in the Hall of Fame: the 2008 State Champion football team and the four-peat State Champion girls’ track team that won team titles from 1986-1989.

“We have so many athletes who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame,” says longtime track coach Ken Brauman. “It’s been a long time coming, and now that it’s here, it’s going to be great.”

Walter “Red” Barber Class of 1926 The pioneering sportscaster did play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Yankees from 1934 to 1966. In 1978, he and Mel Allen became the first broadcasters honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame

Ray-Ray Armstrong Class of 2009
Playing quarterback and defensive back, Ray-Ray led Seminole to its first state football title, when the Seminoles upset two-time defending champion Miami Northwestern in the 2008 Class 6A championship game. He was named to three High School All-America teams and went on to play at the University of Miami. He has played linebacker for seven NFL teams after signing with the St. Louis Rams in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.

Tim Raines Class of 1977
A 2017 inductee into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Tim starred in baseball, football, and track at Seminole High and is considered the greatest athlete to come out of the school. Tim was a seven-time MLB All-Star, was the 1986 National League batting champion, and was a four-time stolen base champion. He spent the first 13 years of his career with the Montreal Expos and is regarded as one of the best leadoff hitters and baserunners in baseball history. 

Matt Kuchar Class of 1996
At Seminole, Matt helped the golf team earn a berth in the state tournament. He went on to become a two-time first-team NCAA All-American at Georgia Tech and was 1997 U.S. Amateur champion. A member of the PGA Tour since 2000, Matt has won nine PGA titles, including The Players Championship in 2012. He won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Jeff Blake Class of 1999
Jeff led the Seminoles to district and regional football championships during his senior year. He played quarterback at Eastern Carolina University and was sixth in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting. That year, he led ECU to an 11-1 record and a #9 national ranking. Jeff played 14 seasons in the NFL, including six with the Cincinnati Bengals, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1995. He finished his NFL career with 21,711 passing yards and 134 touchdowns.

David Eckstein Class of 1993
In 1992, David led the Seminoles to the Class 3A State Championship and was a two-time All-State selection. He made the University of Florida’s baseball team as a walk-on and went on to earn first-team All-America honors in 1996. David was a two-time MLB All-Star and won two World Series titles: with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006, when he was named World Series MVP. He retired in 2010 after a 10-year career.

Niki Washington Class of 1993
A star basketball player at Seminole, Niki was Gatorade Florida High School Player of the Year in 1993. Niki played college basketball at Seminole Community College and Southern Illinois University. Since graduating in 1999, Niki has worked as an assistant and head basketball coach, and she played one season of professional basketball in Denmark. She is currently associate women’s basketball coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. 

Alice Bennett Sims Class of 1979
Alice earned a total of 12 varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, and track at Seminole. She went on to become a track star at FSU, where she was a seven-time NCAA All-American and ran on two National Championship relay teams in 1981. At Seminole High, Alice set school records in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles and was also head majorette in the marching band. Her husband – Ernie Sims, Jr. – was a fullback at FSU, and years later, son Ernie Sims, III was a linebacker for the Seminoles and played eight seasons in the National Football League.

Jeff Faine Class of 1999
Jeff was a three-year starter on the football team and a State Champion in weightlifting while at Seminole. After earning USA Today High School All-America honors, he went on to become an All-America college football player at Notre Dame. Jeff was a first-round 2003 NFL Draft choice by the Cleveland Browns. He played center for four NFL teams during his 10-year pro career and was an alternate for the 2007 Pro Bowl.

Mike Good Class of 1976
Mike was a three-year starter on the Seminole High football team, a seven-time varsity letter winner, and a State Champion weightlifter. He played football at Florida State University, where he started 37 games on the offensive line and earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 1978 and 1979.  

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