Canton South announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020
The six-person class features record-setting brother-sister track stars, a volleyball standout, two basketball stars and one of the school’s most successful coaches.
The Canton South Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020 features five record-setting athletes and a coach who orchestrated a memorable run nearly 20 years ago. Athletes Cory Bourquin, Armand Fontes, Eric Thompkins, Taylor Thompkins, and Miranda Valentine join former longtime boys basketball coach Henry Cobb in the class.
The inductees were honored at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Here’s a look at the class:
Henry Cobb - basketball
In 15 seasons as boys basketball head coach, his teams won six NBC championships, four district titles and one regional championship. His overall record of 245-90 ranks him second in school history for most wins behind the legendary Red Ash. He was a four-time NBC Coach of the Year, two-time Stark County Coach of the Year and the 2003 Ohio Coach of the Year in Division II. His 2002-03 team reached the state tournament, losing in the semifinals to
eventual state champ St. Vincent-St. Mary’s and its star LeBron James. His Wildcats won three straight district titles from 2001-03, winning 65 games in that stretch. Cobb also coached volleyball and softball at South.
Cory Bourquin – basketball, baseball, football
Joins his brothers, Ronnie and Andy, and father, Rocky, as members of the Canton South Athletic Hall of Fame. Ranks seventh in school history with 873 career points, earning first-team All-NBC twice. He also was first-team All-Northeast Inland District in 2006 and was honorable mention All-Ohio. He tied a school record with eight 3-pointers in a game, made 153 career 3s (second-most in South history) and set the school’s free throw percentage record (.879) for a season. He also earned all-league and all-county honors in baseball as a senior and was a three-year football letterman. Bourquin went on to be a four- year letterman at Muskingum, earning second-team All-OAC as a senior.
Armand Fontes – basketball and football
A four-year starter at point guard, he is the fourth-leading scorer in South history with 1,014 points. He set school records for highest 3-point shooting percentage in a single season (.557 in 2012-13) and career. He earned first-team all-league, all-county and all-district honors in 2013 as a senior, and was third team All-Ohio in Division II. He averaged 17.2 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.9 steals as a senior, leading South to the 2013 NBC championship (the school’s most recent boys basketball league title) and a school-record 20 regular-season wins. Fontes also played football, earning second team all-league honors as a senior.
Eric Thompkins – football, track & field
A record-setting receiver and sprinter, he joins his sister, Taylor, in this year’s class. He was first team All-NBC, all-county, and all-district as a senior when he set single-season school records for receptions (71), receiving yards (1,089) and receiving TDs (14). He also holds single-game South records for receiving TDs (4) and receptions (19), and a single-season record for most 100-yard receiving games (4). In track, he holds school records for the 100 meters, 200 and 400 relay (with Chantler Jenkins, Justin Lynch and Oshe Herring). He qualified for state in all three events in 2011 after winning regional titles in the 100 and 200. At state, he placed second in the 200 and third in the 100, the best finishes in school history in each. His 14 career team points earned at the state meet are tied for most in school history with Dennis Hill. Thompkins ran track at Ashland University.
Taylor Thompkins – track and field
She joins her brother, Eric, in the class after rewriting sprint records at South. She holds school records for the 100 and 200 and was a four-year state qualifier. Her highest finishes were a pair of thirds on 400 relay teams, a fifth in the 100 in 2013 and a sixth in the 100 in 2014. She owns the school record for most career points earned at the state track meet and is tied for most career event appearances at the state meet in school history with Imani Bush (6). Thompkins ran track at Youngstown State.
Miranda Valentine – volleyball
She is the only three-time first-team all-league, all-county and All-District IV player (1995-97) in school history. She was the player of the year for the league, county and district in 1997. Valentine also was first-team All-Ohio in Division II in 1997 and second-team all-state in 1996. She helped the Wildcats win an NBC title in 1995 and a district championship in 1996 2nd team all-Ohio in Division II.
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