Seven Inducted Into Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame

Dan Hauser
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Golf Pioneer Malachi Knowles and former Palm Beach Post Golf and Sports writer Craig Dolch were among the seven inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend at the Plam Beach County Convention Center.

Knowles founded Inner City Youth golfers Incorporated in 1993. The not for profit organization was set up to help at-risk kids by promoting culture, education, and golf. He also started the African American Golfer's Hall of Fame.

"It means an awful lot to me," Knowles said. "From 10-years-old as the 'shag boy' at the Everglades Country Clb until today, 64 years later, I go into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame - what a great day."

In addition to Knowles and Dolch, five other were inducted inlcuding Palm Beach Gardens' Noah Babin, the first Florida native to sign an NHL contract, 11 year MLB pitcher Andy Andy McGaffigan, former professional soccer player Kristy Whelchel Hartofilis, Cardinal Newman alum Jackie Manuel, and former Michigan basketball player Richard Rellford.

In addition to the seven Hall of Fame inductees, several awards were handed out to the top local players and coaches.

Wellington boys basketball coach Matt Colin and Palm Beach Atlantic mens soccer coach Brian McMahon were names coaches of the year. North Carolina State Quarterback and former Dwyer standout Jacoby Brissett was named Amatuer Athlete of the year, while Boynton Beach gymnist Lea Mitchell and Royal Palm Beach pitcher Triston McKenzie were named high school players of the year.

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