Rose Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Chipp Williams, Beth Vincent Bauer, Andre Sherard, Tyron Laughinghouse, Justin Phillips and Mark Shank.
Six athletes and coaches who excelled at J.H. Rose High School now have a permanent place among the 60-year-old school’s elite.
Tyron Laughinghouse, Justin Phillips, Mark Shank, Andre Sherard, Beth Vincent Bauer and Chip WIlliams were inducted into the J.H. Rose Athletics Hall oF Fame during a Thursday night ceremony in the school’s Performing Arts Center. A moment of silence also was held for former Rose coach and 2015 Hall of Fame member Liz Upton, who passed away in July after a battle with cancer.
The Hall of Fame, established in 2007, now has 126 members.
The 2017 class will be honored Friday night during halftime of the Rose-Southern Wayne football game. The annual Scales-Aldridge-Garner Golf Tournament, which benefits the J.H. Rose Athletics Foundation, also is scheduled for Friday with 40 teams scheduled to participate at Greenville Country Club.
Laughinghouse, a 2008 graduate, didn’t let being cut as a freshman at North Pitt deflate him and blossomed as a three-sport athlete after transferring to Rose as a sophomore.
“I have great memories here,” Laughinghouse said. “I feel like everyone don’t cherish their memories coming from Rose. … It’s an honor to be here.”
Laughinghouse twice was named all-conference and team MVP in football and basketball, and won conference high jump and 4×100 relay titles as a senior. He went on to a stellar career at St. Augustine’s, where he holds school records for receptions (139), receiving yards (2,286) and touchdowns (32).
He was named to the CIAA all-rookie team and was a three-time All-CIAA selection. As a senior in 2012, he received the Presidential Award, was named Black College National Player of the Year and Division II National Player of the Year.
Laughinghouse played for the Florida Tarpons, Wilson Rams and Wichita Falls Knighthawks in professional indoor football and now trains athletes in Greenville.
Phillips, a 2001 graduate, secured a spot as Rose’s starting shortstop as a sophomore, helping the Rampants to a 28-0 record, the 1999 state championship and No. 4 national ranking by Baseball America.
He was a three-time all-conference and all-state selection, including being named first-team all-state as a senior.
“It’s truly an honor, and I very humbled,” Phillips said of his induction.
Phillips extended thanks to his parents, Rose head coach Ronald Vincent and Marvin Jarman.
“I want to thank him for every piece of Juicy Fruit he gave me before every game at Rose High School,” Phillips said of Jarman. “You don’t need a Powerade bar when you have walking Juicy Fruit every day.”
Phillips said he learned a couple of vital lessons from his time at Rose. One was “go 110 percent every play.”
“It only takes one person to see you not hustle, and once he sees you not hustle, there’s a good chance he’s not coming back,” Phillips said.
He also said it’s important to take pride in the “GR” on the Rose uniform.
“Playing here at Rose, it doesn’t just start with walking through those doors in ninth grade,” he said. “It starts at Elm Street Park, it starts at Perkins (Complex), it starts at E.B. Aycock and Eppes (middle schools). Seeing those guys and RV and championship teams before, I took pride in seeing those guys win. It was my goal to play shortstop here at J.H. Rose and lucky enough RV and my fellow teammates and coaches gave me the opportunity to do that.”
Phillips signed with ECU, then transferred to Louisburg College after a redshirt season and earned first-team Region X honors. He completed his final three years Campbell and was drafted in the 36th round by the Atlanta .Braves in 2003.
He now lives in Morehead City and works for RJ Reynolds.
Shank, a 1980 graduate, played three years for the Rampants in football and baseball, earning all-conference and team MVP honors in football in 1979 and all-conference and team MVP honors in baseball in 1980.
He recalled a game against Rocky Mount in which Rose trailed 21-14 and faced a third-and-30. A play sent in from the sidelines called for a handoff to Shank. Teammates in the huddle wanted to change the play, but Shank got the ball anyway and picked up the first down.
“In the end, we didn’t win the game, but our 1979 football team had turned the corner,” he said. “What I didn’t realize at that moment was our team had what matters most — determination, perseverance and just being tough. That’s what is special about Rose High football. You learn what it takes to be successful.”
Like Phillips, Shank said his time at Rose instilled valuable lessons. Topping the list, he said “relationships matter.”
“Coach Ronald Vincent took the time to learn more about his players off the baseball field than when we were on,” he said. “He truly cared about our well-being. This created a healthy environment for us to play loose together, tell each other jokes, support one another and build a cohesive team.”
Shank said other lessons were to believe in yourself and grow through adversity.
“Life is not about what happens but how you react to it,” he said.
Shank also excelled after Rose, playing center field for four years at ECU, where he still holds the record for most walks in a game with five. He earned all-conference recognition in 1984, helping the Pirates to the NCAA Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla.
Shank also earned Dean’s List honors all four years at ECU and completed his doctorate at NC State. He now is in corporate sales and a leadership consultant in Holly Springs.
Sherard, a 2004 graduate, came to Rose as a sophomore and finished his career as one of the most decorated soccer players in school history.
He credited his skills to trying to keep up with an older brother and sister.
“I always followed my brother around everywhere he went,” Sherard said. “That’s where I picked up the soccer ball. My sister was the more skillful of the three of us, and I just tried to take her every time we were doing practices out in the back yard.
“My dad wasn’t really a soccer guy, but he helped me with my fitness, he helped me with my quickness, he helped me with my pace. And my biggest fan, my mom, she drove up and down to Raleigh for club soccer.”
Sherard was a two-time conference player of the year, was named first-team all-state and played in East-West All-Star game. He signed with UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was named team MVP three times. He also earned recognition on the All-ACC freshman team, was twice named to the All-ACC second team and was a first-team selection as a senior.
Sherard played professionally in Atlanta and New Zealand. He lives in Raleigh and works as a scout for the Portland Timbers of the MLS.
Beth Vincent Bauer
Vincent Bauer, a 1996 graduate and the daughter of Ronald Vincent, grew up around Rose athletics, so participating was a natural. But she credits her family’s support for helping her excel.
“I feel like I was very lucky to grow up having the family I did,” she said. “They always supported me in whatever I wanted to play.”
Vincent Bauer tinkered with golf until seventh grade, then switched to volleyball. She played Little League baseball, winning a city championship with Jarman Auto Sales, then played softball at Rose.
“Baseball and softball were always a big part of my life,” she said. “Nobody really understands the amount of time my dad gave to allow me to be successful at the game. If I was in a slump, we took batting practice until it got better. If I wanted to take fly balls, he would hit me just one more until I was just exhausted.”
Vincent Bauer was named conference player of the year in both softball and volleyball and as a senior. She helped two struggling programs reach new heights, including state runner-up finishes in softball her final two years.
“Playing sports meant so much to me at Rose,” she said. “I gained lifelong friendships, I learned the value of teamwork, of working hard and persisting through tough times.”
Vincent Bauer attended Duke University, where she majored in English, and now lives in Greenville, working for Altria.
Williams represents the only coach and non-Rose graduate in the 2017 class.
His four-decade career in coaching included a stint at Rose from 1984-1990, where he compiled a 50-25 record that included two one-loss seasons.
The Millbrook High School graduate came to ECU to play football and started his coaching career at Farmville Middle School. He moved from there to Jacksonville High School, then to Bertie where he had two state championship appearances in four years.
After seven years at Rose, Williams accepted the head coaching job at New Bern and led the Bears to three state title games. He helped turn around programs at Ben Smith High School in Greensboro and Wakefield in Raleigh before taking the job at Scotland County, where he won the, 2010 state title. He continues to coach, assisting his son, Beau, in Jacksonville.
Williams has coached in both the North-South and East-West all-star games and is a member of the N.C. Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
He said one of his greatest honors remains being named head coach at Rose.
“Needless to say, the reputation of Rose High school, both academically and athletically, precedes itself,” he said. “There is high expectation in both areas.
“I know it’s J.H. Rose, but I like Greenville Rose because that is the high school in Greenville, North Carolina.”