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By Nathan Ham
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Four Ashe County natives were inducted into the Ashe County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night as fans, friends and family members got to celebrate the big occasion.

Andy Cheek had a storied sports career at Beaver Creek High School during the mid-90s. He was a three-sport athlete that opponents feared facing each time on the field and on the basketball hardwood.

Cheek was chosen as an All-Conference performer in football from 1994-1996, including being named Blue Ridge Conference Player of the Year in 1995. He was also named Blue Ridge Conference Basketball Player of the Year in 1996.

However, Cheek was more famous for his incredible skills on the baseball diamond. He was named player of the year twice, selected to the North Carolina All-State team twice and named to a USA Today High School All-American Honorable Mention in 1996.

Even though he was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft, Cheek decided to take his playing talents to the college level first and attend Appalachian State University. Cheek started for three seasons, and led the team in hitting in 1999. Cheek then signed with the Boston Red Sox after completing his collegiate career. Although injuries derailed his baseball career, he has still played a big role in the community today as he helps coach the baseball team at Ashe County High School.

Two other inductees to the 2011 class made their names known on the basketball hardwood.

Steve Rash became a tremendous basketball player while attending Northwest Ashe High School from 1966-1969. Rash was selected to the Blue Ridge All-Conference team twice, as well as the Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest team in 1968 and 1969. Rash helped lead his Northwest Ashe team to regular season and conference tournament championships in 1968 and 1969 as well as winning the Ashe County Tournament in 1969. Rash then took his skills to the collegiate level where he played at Appalachian State and William & Mary.

Anne Shoemaker McGuire was also known for her prowess on the basketball courts. She played at Beaver Creek High School from 1955-1959 and put up outstanding statistical numbers during her career. As a sophomore, she averaged nearly 26 points per game and only improved on that as her career continued. Her junior year, she averaged 29 PPG and upped that to 30 during her senior year in 1959 where she was also named to the Ashe County All-Tournament Team as well as an Honorable Mention to the Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest team.

The final inductee to the 2011 Ashe County Sports Hall of Fame class was Tony Dickson. He was a two-sport athlete at Ashe Central, but was most known for his golfing abilities. After his years at Ashe Central, he attended Appalachian State where he was the top-seeded golfer for the Mountaineers. Dickson was honored as a lifetime member of the Professional Golf Association of America. For years, he was the head professional at Jefferson Landing and Hounds Ear Golf Club, where he also held the course record. Dickson was honored as being named one of the Most Outstanding Golf Instructors in North Carolina.

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