Staley to be inducted to city's sports hall of fame

When his father's job promotion brought him to North Augusta from Williston in August of 1955, Frank Staley tried out for the Yellow Jackets' football squad, which was coached by North August Hall of Fame member Cally Gault, and became a junior starter on the team two weeks later.

As a member of the Yellow Jackets' 1956 squad, Staley, along with his team, went undefeated but was denied an opportunity to play for a state championship, a situation that was repeated in 1957.

Staley, along with 1957 Shrine Bowl selection Charles Overstreet and Charlie Williams - a member of the 1958 AA state championship team - will be joining the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 16.

As a high-school player, Staley was recognized as the 1956 STAR Outstanding Player of the Year - the only lineman ever to be recognized. He was also co-captain of the All-CSRA team, All-State team for South Carolina, a Shrine Bowl participant - playing both offense and defense - and a player in the North-South All-Star game in 1957. He was widely recognized as the area's best downfield blocker.

Staley accepted a football scholarship to the University of South Carolina, where he was the starting tackle as a member of the freshman class of 1957, red-shirted in 1958 and awarded "Outstanding Lineman for the Red Shirt team."

In 1959, he played in every game for USC and, in 1960, moved to the starting position for the Gamecocks as a 6-foot-2, 215-pound tackle, wearing No. 70.

In 1961, Staley was one of five North Augusta graduates on the team, and it was not uncommon for all of them to be on the field together.With two games left in the season, a shoulder separation ended Staley's playing career. He was, however, named to the ACC Honor Roll for "outstanding academic achievement during athletic participation."

Staley remained at the university as a freshman line coach while earning his master's degree in 1962.

This year's North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame induction program is scheduled to be held at Grace United Methodist Church. Tickets are $18 each and available at Sno-Cap, Parks Pharmacy, Hap Greenway Allstate, Jim Bush Flower Shop and Riverview Park Activities Center. Doors are scheduled to open at 6 p.m. with supper at 6:30 p.m. The program begins around 7:15 p.m.For more information, call John Felak at 215-6056.