Charlottesville, VA (June 27, 2017) – Park View’s Allen Pinkett and Loudoun Valley’s Blair Brown Lipsitz were inducted to the VHSL Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 25th.
A standout two-sport athlete in football and outdoor track, Allen Pinkett left a lasting legacy at Park View High School in Sterling, VA. As a first team All-State football player, he led his Patriots to the 1980 state final where he rushed for 236 yards and scored 32-points in a 33-32 lost to Giles. At the time, his 32 points and five touchdowns were the most ever scored by a player in a state final; his 236 rushing yards were the 2nd most yards gained in a state final. He rushed for over 5,000 yards and scored 64 touchdowns during his high school career.
As a track athlete, the 5-9 Pinkett competed in seven events in one day, posting career bests in the high jump (6’5″), triple jump (46’7″), shot put (52.00), discus (140.00), 100 meters (10.7), 200 meters (21.8), and the 800-meter relay. He currently holds school records in the 100, 200, and 800-meter relay team.
Pinkett was a four-year starter at Notre Dame, finishing his collegiate career as the Irish all-time leader in rushing (4,131 yards, now second all-time), touchdowns (53), and TDs in a season (17). He was a three-time All-American and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior.
Pinkett played six seasons in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and is currently a radio color analyst for Notre Dame football games.
A two-sport standout at Loudoun Valley (2002-2006), Blair Brown Lipsitz is one of the most accomplished high school volleyball players in the state of Virginia. Lipsitz was a three-time district player of the year, two-time region player of the year, and two-time first team All-State selection. Additionally, she was a tw0-time prep All-American and a two-time Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year as she led her Vikings to the AAA volleyball state title.
As a two-year track athlete, Lipsitz was the 2003 state high jump champion and 2004 runner-up.
An All-American volleyball player at Penn State, Lipsitz was the 2010 National Player of the Year and is one of only three athletes in NCAA history to be a member of four consecutive national championship teams. She is also an All-Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection.
She is currently the head volleyball coach at the University of Buffalo.
The VHSL Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of outstanding achievements by students and adults in sports and activities within Virginia’s public high schools. The complete 2017 inductee class consists of the following:
Allen Pinkett, Park View-Sterling
Blair Brown Lipsitz, Loudoun Valley
Bryan Randall, Bruton
Michael Robinson, Varina
Katie Smrcka-Duffy, James Madison
Alan Webb, South Lakes
Amy Reed, Gate City
Norbie Wilson, First Colonial
Francis Dall – Lake Braddock/Westfield
Ken Tilley, VHSL
Deb Tyson, Albemarle
VHSL Hall of Fame Athletes are eligible for consideration 10 years after completion of their high school careers and are judged primarily for their achievements in interscholastic sports. Coaches are eligible after 15 years of experience or upon retirement and are judged on the merits of their achievements at the high school level. Contributors are professionals who have rendered significant services in some other capacity such as administration, academic activities, officiating, media or sports medicine.